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Credit Markets   Credit Suisse Raises $802M CLO; Prudential Closes Fund Watch arb from creation of CDOs & CLOs: clue 2 bond rally end Dec 01, 2012 Caisse Thinks Bond Party Is Over? Shifting $$ from bonds 2 infrastructure; usually good though liquidity is underpriced Dec 01, 2012 Bond Yields May Fall Short [...]

Credit Markets


  • Credit Suisse Raises $802M CLO; Prudential Closes Fund Watch arb from creation of CDOs & CLOs: clue 2 bond rally end Dec 01, 2012
  • Caisse Thinks Bond Party Is Over? Shifting $$ from bonds 2 infrastructure; usually good though liquidity is underpriced Dec 01, 2012
  • Bond Yields May Fall Short of Corporate Pension Fund Needs Bonds in DB plans r4 risk reduction not just yield $$ Dec 01, 2012
  • My point is that it is difficult to tell whether we will be getting inflation or deflation. My bond portfolios are barbelled: long &short $$ Nov 30, 2012
  • Investors Unprepared for Bond Danger, BlackRock’s Rosenberg Says B wary of owning 2 much or 2 little long bonds $$ Nov 30, 2012
  • Safe or junk, bonds in bubble trouble Fuss told the summit in New York there was evidence of “a spread bubble” $$ Nov 28, 2012
  • Overnight Rates Surge in Fed’s Operation Twist Large supply of short Treasuries raises Repo rates over LIBOR $$ Nov 26, 2012


Muni Markets and Pensions


  • Bankruptcy threat back on the table in Pennsylvania city as filing ban ends Will b tough to stiff muni bondholders $$ Dec 01, 2012
  • Calpers Seeks to Sue San Bernardino Over Pension Payments Will have2show a place in CA law/constitution reqrng pmt $$ Nov 28, 2012
  • Fierce Debt Puts Pensions at Risk in Puerto Rico Future curse: May u starve like a Puerto Rican pensioner! Uh, yeh $$ Nov 27, 2012
  • Proponents of pension reform face steep hurdles Choose: raise taxes, reduce services, attempt constitutional change $$ Nov 26, 2012
  • San Bernardino’s ‘Toxic Politics’ Snarl Calpers Debt Be careful what you put into your city’s Charter. $$ Nov 26, 2012


Market Dynamics


  • The Great 2012 Cashout Special dividends r coming fast & furious; last call 4 low tax rates; next stop: Caymans $$ Dec 01, 2012
  • Wells Fargo CEO: ‘Bad players are gone’ from finance FD: + $WFC | Sadly, false. There may be fewer, but not all gone $$ Nov 30, 2012
  • Nontraded BDC sales on a tear despite closing of first fund Poison, beware. BDCs are bad enough w/o the illiquidity $$ Nov 30, 2012
  • Beware the Smart Money: Hedge Funds Issue Sell Signal When fast money is “all in” it just takes a jolt2make mkt fall $$ Nov 30, 2012
  • Home Equity Loans Make Comeback Fueling US Spending We never learn, we never learn, we never learn, we never learn $$ Nov 27, 2012
  • Private-Equity Managers Make Moves as Tax Increases Near refinancing investments, accelerating gains, etc. $$ Nov 26, 2012
  • The Faustian Bargain between States and Banks I lend 2u, u lend 2me. I lend 2u, u lend 2me. What could go wrong? $$ Nov 26, 2012
  • The Manufacturing Boom You Won’t Notice Productivity continues 2 improve -> more mfg in US, but not more mfg jobs $$ Nov 26, 2012
  • Overlooking Overvaluation Hussman interacts w/long-term valuation measures. He finds the market overvalued $$ #whatelse Nov 26, 2012
  • Everything You Know About Investing is Wrong Single-vble measures of valuation fail in short-run, some in long-run $$ Nov 26, 2012
  • The prior BB article is a little deceptive, because regulated entities use them under regulation. Many r quite safe, like auto ABS, etc. $$ Nov 24, 2012
  • Shadow Banking Grows to $67 Trillion Industry, Regulators Say Many are SPV securities held by banks & ins cos $$ Nov 24, 2012




  • How a desperate HP suspended disbelief for Autonomy deal If $HPQ had been focused on organic growth, wouldnta happened Nov 30, 2012
  • Berkshire Hathaway, CaixaBank Agree to Reinsurance Deal Berky hasn’t done well w/Life Re — I would be cautious $$ Nov 30, 2012
  • Google Has Officially Eaten the Newspaper Industry $GOOG now has more advertising revenue than all print media $$ Nov 28, 2012
  • Investors Demand CEO Face Time CEO griping about time spent on investors is wrong; a good CEO is Mr. Outside $$ Nov 28, 2012
  • Global Steel Industry Faces Capacity Glut We need to see 20% of the steel industry fail b4 buying steel stocks $$ Nov 28, 2012
  • Lehman Sells Archstone in Deal Worth $6.5B Losses taken; Lehman more liquid; Sam Zell lives 2 gravedance $$ $EQR $AVB Nov 27, 2012
  • $AMZN ‘s bond offering will b a bit of a “museum piece.” I.e. unusual issuer unlikely to issue more; should get tight deal spreads $$ yld<2% Nov 26, 2012
  • $ICOA Says $GOOG Didn’t Acquire the Company Whoever put out the press release will be an easy target 4 the SEC $$ Nov 26, 2012
  • France to ArcelorMittal: if you don’t like losing money, get out of France Invisible foot punishes France 4 bad policy Nov 26, 2012
  • Flowers Foods Sizes Up Hostess Might buy brands, marketing arrangements, factories., etc. Won’t hire unions $$ $FLO Nov 26, 2012


Central Banking


  • Japan’s Ill-Fated Experiment With Money Doctoring Interesting tale of Asia conquest; what does it imply 4 the US? $$ Nov 30, 2012
  • The death of volatility? “Central bank puts have done a great job of removing tail risks.” for now h/t: @izakaminska Nov 29, 2012
  • When the Credit Transmission Mechanism Breaks… While we r delevering monetary policy won’t work well. h/t: @pragcap $$ Nov 28, 2012
  • The Indiana Jones economy @izakaminska explains how economic transmission mechanisms r short-circuited by hoarding $$ Nov 28, 2012
  • Brazil real jumps as central bank eclipses Mantega Loose developed mkt $$ polcy forces choice: exports or inflation? $$ Nov 26, 2012


Politics & Policy


  • Mortgage interest rate tax deduction scores political points – but little else Limit to $20K of interest $$ @hnmoore Nov 30, 2012
  • IMNSHO, the PPACA was designed to destroy the parts of the US health care system that worked well, in order 2 move 2a single-payer system $$ Nov 30, 2012
  • Unaffordable Cost Seen for Some Under Affordable Care Act When this law goes live in 2014, people will hate it $$ Nov 30, 2012
  • In D.C., Social-Media Surveillance Pays Off What they glean from social media aids service to constituents $$ Nov 29, 2012
  • 10 Things the SEC Won’t Tell You 11) U r your own best defense; we can’t help u much if u r stupid, b skeptical $$ Nov 28, 2012
  • Going to college is not of itself a good thing economically. You have to choose something that will pay off if you dare borrow money $$ Nov 28, 2012
  • Federal Student Lending Swells We need to eliminate student loans. They do more harm than good. $$ Nov 28, 2012
  • Time running out on debt ceiling Follows months behind the “fiscal cliff.” Will probably cause as much angst. $$ Nov 27, 2012
  • “Y is the burden of proof on those who want 2 return 2 the proven statutory & regulatory approaches of the past?” $$ Nov 26, 2012
  • Disabled parents face bias, loss of kids: report Found this 2b disturbing; govt should avoid meddling w/families $$ Nov 26, 2012
  • A Minimum Tax for the Wealthy Let Warren pay tax on his deferred gains in $BRK.A shares, & pay the large DTL also $$ Nov 26, 2012


Rest of the World


  • China’s over-investment problem IMF working paper says what China skeptics have said for years: 2 much investment $$ Nov 30, 2012
  • China Mafia-Style Hack Attack Drives California Firm to Brink Chinese hackers steal software & hack software firm $$ Nov 28, 2012
  • A UK Exit From EU Offers No Promise of Better Fortunes EU is a failed experiment; Y should the UK continue there? $$ Nov 28, 2012
  • French jobless total hits 14-yr high Francois Hollande getting costly economics lessons, paid4 by the French people $$ Nov 27, 2012
  • China Wage Gains Hurt by Weaker Profit Damp Consumption Malinvestment leads2 lower profits, then wages can’t grow $$ Nov 27, 2012
  • China’s nemesis: bribes, banquets and backslapping Difficult 2 develop highly when rule of law is not followed $$ Nov 26, 2012

·  Sovereign CDS trading plummets Will eventually lead discretionary holders to lighten sovereign positions $$ Nov 26, 2012

  • Egyptian Army allowed Morsi in2 power 2 avoid riots & allow him 2 mess up, so that Egyptians would support military rule again. US wins 2 $$ Nov 26, 2012




  • Wrong: Misconceptions 101: Why College Costs Aren’t Soaring Doesn’t square w/the rise in delinquent student loans $$ Nov 28, 2012
  • Wrong: Obama To Meet Romney Tomorrow Amid Fiscal Cliff Talks Doesn’t Obama realize Romney has no power in the GOP? $$ Nov 28, 2012
  • Wrong: Fed’s Easing Yields Hidden Benefit 1994 is not 2013. The banks/financials/households were in good shape $$ Nov 28, 2012
  • Taleb Mishandles Fragility Taleb needs new ideas, but does not perceive that. He is mired in the past. $$ Nov 28, 2012
  • Russell Napier’s “Most Important Chart In The World” While we’re at it let’s reprise the Nikkei vs Nasdaq charts $$ Nov 28, 2012




  • THE FUTURE OF DIGITAL [SLIDE DECK] Good but long piece from BI on the future of digital media $$ Nov 30, 2012
  • Alleged Insider Group Includes Website Editor In general insider info is a curse to the upright; ties your hands $$ Nov 30, 2012
  • Texas Feral Hog Wrecks Mark Losing Battle With Animals This is Texas, no one said anything about losing. $$ Nov 29, 2012
  • He Carries On, She Likes to Check Men and women are different when they fly. This explains it. $$ Nov 29, 2012
  • . @izakaminska is a favorite writer of mine. She helps me with the nuances of tightly nested markets, finding the variable that is valuable Nov 29, 2012
  • American Housing Casino Revives After Big Drop: Mortgages Setting up conditions for the naive 2 lose again $$ Nov 28, 2012
  • FHA’s Biggest Loser: No-Money-Down Mortgages Surprise! Lend2 someone w/nothing 2 lose & they default a lot more $$ Nov 26, 2012


Teaching Math


  • Helping Parents Score on the Homework Front 6-yr olds should not be doing fractions. Parents aren’t the problem $$ Nov 28, 2012
  • The push to think abstractly about math does not work w/kids. You can start with girls around 13, boys around 14; misguided idealism $$ Nov 26, 2012
  • Children learn math best through drill, giving way to problem-solving, giving way to algebra (abstraction), further abstraction Calculus Nov 26, 2012
  • A New Kind of Problem: The Common Core Math Standards This is as bad as the “New Math” of the 1960s; utterly idiotic $$ Nov 26, 2012





  • RT @prchovanec: Market should be rooting for China to buckle down to real econ adjustment, not hit yesterday’s growth targets with yeste … Dec 01, 2012
  • Would put the fraction at 80%, but I agree $$ RT @GMRobertson: if they are risk free they are solely for risk reduction, IG is about 2/3 so Dec 01, 2012
  • Wow! RT @prchovanec: Chinese company debt climbed to 122% of GDP in 2012 from 108% last year, highest level in 15 years Dec 01, 2012
  • Probably $$ RT @merrillmatter: @hnmoore I think eliminating (slowly) the 2nd home tax deduction is more palatable and possible. Nov 30, 2012
  • Blameworthy RT @grossdm: anybody ask boehner about the time he voted for massive new medicare entitlement without a funding mechanism yet? Nov 30, 2012
  • +1 RT @jonsticha: as is mine. Large bets on rates either way are a bad bet IMO Nov 30, 2012
  • RT @MuniTrader: @AlephBlog completely agree. credit risk front end, high coupon quality on the back end. pretty obvious but best way to … Nov 30, 2012
  • RT @PlanMaestro: If you don’t know enough to know about the business instantly, you won’t know enough in a month or in two… – Buffett H/ … Nov 29, 2012
  • Needs2meet an actuary RT @TheStalwart: James Galbraith is only economist who talks about lowering the retirement age Nov 29, 2012
  • Recognizing reality, & verbally shading down fwd GDP $$ RT @carney: What does the beige book change from “moderate” to “modest” growth mean? Nov 28, 2012
  • Thanks, still think Eurozone should dissolve, replace w/mere free trade zone $$ RT @euromoney: Another take (quick): Nov 28, 2012
  • RT @John_Hempton: Nassim Nicholas Taleb is a humourless git… and his publishers censor the internet. Do not buy his book… http://t.c … Nov 28, 2012
  • RT @munilass: Over 300 drone strikes and 2,500 people killed without a policy in place for when such attacks should be authorized http:/ … Nov 27, 2012
  • To the best of my knowledge, never RT @merrillmatter: do humans ever (in toto, as a society) voluntarily deleverage? Nov 27, 2012
  • Sad but true RT @AppFlyer: we never learn. Nov 27, 2012
  • That’s a big gap w/Moody’s @ Baa1 – S&P looks at balance sheet, Moody’s at Income Stmt? $$ RT @jonsticha: AA- @ S&P Nov 26, 2012
  • Rated Baa1 $$ RT @SimoneFoxman: RT @chrisadamsmkts: Amazon is today set to issue its first bond in more than a decade Nov 26, 2012
  • That’s why we homeschool RT @Nonrelatedsense: @AlephBlog pull kids from public schools if you can afford it. Nov 26, 2012
  • Bigtime $$ RT @Pawelmorski: Though anyone who thinks Canada is bubble-free might care to follow @garthturner and read his blog. Nov 26, 2012
  • Can we get the PBOC to take Yellen? $$ RT @TheStalwart: I’m definitely on board with this Central Bank poaching/global market place thing… Nov 26, 2012
  • Wow. Whoever published the original release will be an easy target $$ RT @mickwe: @AlephBlog so did all these guys Nov 26, 2012
  • AP goofs RT @mickwe: oh… RT @allthingsd: Google Sources: Acquisition of ICOA Wireless Are ‘Not True’ -by @ahess247 Nov 26, 2012
  • RT @mickwe: That wifi co Google just bought for $400m? Loses $ and ‘Cash and cash equivalents were $10 at June 30, 2012′ … Nov 26, 2012
  • Warranties r usually ripoffs RT @danielckoontz: Anybody who’s ever bot an extended warranty should read this post twice Nov 25, 2012
  • A good guy; I appreciate him $$ RT @PlanMaestro: Retail Industry’s Ninja Mind Tricks #biases Nov 25, 2012




  • @LSilverspar as @EpicureanDeal says: “Names will be changed to protect the innocent, if we find any.” Few clean hands among banks, S&Ls, etc Nov 30, 2012
  • @Frank_McG Consider it a different way… I think it would b more likely to see a case prosecuted over insider information w/ CDS trading $$ Nov 30, 2012
  • @Frank_McG I’ve never seen a case tried for insider information on bonds, because gains r less, but technically, legally it is possible $$ Nov 30, 2012
  • Congress controls the purse strings, not the Presidency, which is too powerful as an office already. Bad… Nov 30, 2012
  • But when she became CEO, she could have paid the ~$100MM breakup fee. She didn’t, so she is partly to blame. Nov 30, 2012
  • @ritholtz Dear Barry, is that a real plus? We have increasing delinquencies there, in the face of nondischargability in bankruptcy $$ Nov 29, 2012
  • @danielckoontz Thank you, dear friend Nov 29, 2012
  • @munilass I’m no expert, but CALPERS would have2 point @ California statutes/constitution requiring the payment Nov 28, 2012
  • @williamalden Not surprising. Academics & pseudo-academics r easy to co-opt. Most of the members worked in finance & r its friends $$ Nov 28, 2012
  • @Sir_Strangelove Free trade is a simple concept, & is hindered by Eurocrats. Free trade means fewer laws & regulations, not more $$ Nov 28, 2012
  • @Sir_Strangelove No. The Euro is the worst of it, but nations need to have their own unique rules to function well, not standardization $$ Nov 28, 2012
  • @EddyElfenbein Funny in a way, because at the beginning of his career, his main research tools were S&P and Moody’s stock reports $$ Nov 28, 2012
  • “You have more to say than Taleb. He has not had a useful new idea in 10 years.” — David_Merkel $$ @reformedbroker Nov 28, 2012
  • @JayLeonard So, more like $2.0-2.5T per year Nov 27, 2012
  • @JayLeonard I think they are wrong. Other statistics I have seen indicate the amount is 8% of GDP, or $1.2T plus whatever the current gap is Nov 27, 2012
  • @carney My comment: If you pay $400M to get $500M over 30 years, the IRR is 1.45%. Better to buy a ladder of muni or corporate bonds. $$ Nov 27, 2012
  • @AppFlyer Care 2 clarify? Nov 27, 2012
  • @BryanMortenson Thanks, appreciated. Nov 27, 2012
  • @BryanMortenson Has the latest Financial Report of the US Government come out yet? Due soon. Thought I was on the email list… Nov 27, 2012
  • @carney Best place to look would be Canadian Mortgage bubble articles like this: Nov 27, 2012
  • @TheStalwart This is why I don’t follow any monthly numbers for my investing: noise/signal is high. Even a year of data, noise swamps signal Nov 27, 2012
  • @richtoscano I largely agree. My main disagreement is that the majority says rates must go up, and for some time, but they don’t $$ Nov 27, 2012
  • @richtoscano They R the best comparisons that we have 2 the current situation. I respect U, Rich, but wht wld B a better comparison? $$ Nov 27, 2012
  • “You may have a long wait. Great Depression & Modern Japan went on over 10 years.” — David_Merkel Nov 26, 2012
  • @jonsticha Used 2 manage corporates for Fidelity & Guaranty Life. I only guessed, but big rating gaps mean there r two stories told $$ Nov 26, 2012
  • @japhychron I don’t know. So many things are messed up that it is impossible to say… :( Nov 26, 2012
  • “But Buffett’s tax proposal barely nicks him because he makes little income. His shadow income is…” — David_Merkel $$ Nov 26, 2012
  • @mickwe Basically, $GOOG bot out a penny stock, $ICOA, virtually inactive & broke. Pays a ~nickel/share for something $.0001 Friday. Huh? $$ Nov 26, 2012
  • @BarbarianCap $HOGS Tough company to analyze; doubts as to the reality of assets, financials, according to some Nov 26, 2012
  • @GaelicTorus I’ve been through the social work system five times in my life, each time to rescue a child & adopt him. I am not naive. Nov 26, 2012
  • @Nonrelatedsense I knew that, but I still think that Taleb had great insights in his first book, and has not grown from there. Nov 25, 2012
  • @volatilitysmile A good warning to all of us who put our opinions forthto the public. Nov 25, 2012
  • “Taleb has jumped the shark” — David_Merkel Sorry to be so blunt $$ Nov 25, 2012
  • @PlanMaestro I have friends working in South Sudan on that. Bigger problem is a lack of tending the fields; the culture is not aggressive $$ Nov 25, 2012
  • @PlanMaestro One of the most important initial things a developing nation can do is get agriculture right; other things tend to follow $$ Nov 25, 2012
  • @moorehn I liked Taleb’s first book a lot. His insights since then have not increased. I think he is on his 16th minute of Warhol’s fame. $$ Nov 24, 2012
  • @Convertbond Is there a link for that? Investment dept @ ins co in 93 was reaching for yield through duration @ wrong time 94 bad year 4 dur Nov 24, 2012
  • @JamesGRickards If you’re in Baltimore/DC and want to talk, I would be interested in what you are thinking. Let me know. Nov 24, 2012
  • @JamesGRickards Too speculative. We should be happy saying that we don’t know. The Bible does not speak to the issue, nor do the Fathers. Nov 24, 2012

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