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US Politics & Economic Policy   Employers Blast Fees From New Health Law Phases in the added costs of covering sick people previously uninsured $$ Mar 15, 2013 Conservative Groups Warn GOP Lawmakers About Deals With Obama If this were a 2-player game, would have been solved $$ Mar 15, 2013 Gundlach: Investors [...]

US Politics & Economic Policy


  • Employers Blast Fees From New Health Law Phases in the added costs of covering sick people previously uninsured $$ Mar 15, 2013
  • Conservative Groups Warn GOP Lawmakers About Deals With Obama If this were a 2-player game, would have been solved $$ Mar 15, 2013
  • Gundlach: Investors are asking the Wrong Question ht: @ReformedBroker QE as a permanent affair w/which we have 2 live Mar 15, 2013
  • New Group Pushes Corporate-Tax Overhaul Trying 2 End Double Taxation of foreign profits. Hasn’t worked so far $$ Mar 14, 2013
  • The Almighty Dollar Is Back Skeptical. Waiting for the Fed to announce increase of QE to send the $$ back down Mar 14, 2013
  • GIs Fighting Nazis Last Time Factory Workers Toiled Longer This is optimistic for new hiring $$ Mar 14, 2013
  • Grand Bargain Taxes, Entitlements Cuts Await Deal Makers My sense is that we r heading 4 another deadlock $$ Mar 14, 2013
  • Refusal to Expand Medicaid May Cost Employers $1 Billion Pressure is going to grow to eliminate PPACA & Medicaid $$ Mar 14, 2013
  • US Growth = Inventories Much of the presumed growth in the US is just rebuilding of inventories to a peak level $$ Mar 12, 2013
  • GOP Budget Establishes Contrast With Democrats No chance of it being passed, but gives an idea of where 2 sides r $$ Mar 12, 2013
  • SEC Charges Illinois Over Pension Funding This is how it should be. No one gets punished in the slightest. $$ Mar 12, 2013
  • Note from last tweet: a lot of ppl want to punish bankers, what about state officials who lie – they r much bigger, where is the outcry? $$ Mar 12, 2013
  • Fed mulls putting a ‘not for sale’ sign on its assets A sign of weakness from the Fed; they know they r trapped $$ Mar 10, 2013


Roman Catholic Church


  • Jesuits Had Past Struggles With Popes In the RC church, they have top liberation theologians &their top opposition $$ Mar 14, 2013
  • Ten things you probably didn’t know about the Jesuits If the Church have defined anything to be black… amazing $$ Mar 14, 2013
  • The sins of the Argentine church New Pope may have been complicit w/Military Dictators killing their enemies. $$ Mar 14, 2013
  • The Changing Church Interesting 2c change in locations of Cardinals. Size of RC church overstated, many not active $$ Mar 14, 2013
  • How Is the Pope Elected? A little late, but I thought this was an interesting infographic on papal elections $$ Mar 14, 2013
  • African Catholics Look to Black Pope to Safeguard Tradition US Media does not get how traditional most Catholics r $$ Mar 13, 2013
  • Black Smoke Signals No New Pope More & less unity in RCC than commonly thought. More: Europe, Less: elsewhere $$ Mar 12, 2013


Financial Markets


  • To all of the fixed income followers out there: someone asked me today to recommend good bond blogs. What would you recommend? Mar 15, 2013
  • Highest Bond Yield at Auction in a Year Could Be Sign of Things to Come Or it could be a buying opportunity $$ Mar 15, 2013
  • $OAK Founder Knows How to Get an Edge in Investing “Experience is what u get when u didn’t get what u wanted.” $$ Mar 14, 2013
  • Smallcap Stock Volatility Index Hits All-Time Low Complacency is the rule of the the day among small cap stocks $$ Mar 14, 2013
  • 5 ways Warren Buffett invests that you don’t Good job describing what parts of Buffett’s strategies can b mimicked $$ Mar 14, 2013
  • Team Alpha Retirement Portfolio: Dividend Investing Vs. Annuity Purchasing Example of y I don’t read Seeking Alpha $$ Mar 14, 2013
  • New Carlyle Group Fund Lowers Bar for Investors As @reformedbroker aptly put it, “Muppet Bait” Avoid. Avoid. $$ Mar 14, 2013
  • Fidelity to Expand ETF Relationship With BlackRock Fidelity says “Me 2,” by partnering with $BLK . No value added $$ Mar 14, 2013
  • moving down-market @researchpuzzler has it right, inviting small accounts in means opportunities r getting worse $$ Mar 14, 2013
  • Historical S&P 500 Price to Sales (P/S) Chart Useful little chart – around avg now, but profit margins r a record $$ Mar 13, 2013
  • SP500 Bull and Bear Factors – Not so Fun Damentals! Bull factors: QE, Buybacks, Yen. Bear: Econ data, Earnings mo $$ Mar 13, 2013
  • Gold Sales From Soros Reveal 12-Yr Bull Run Decay Makes me want 2 do a piece on $$ weighted vs time weighted on $GLD Mar 13, 2013
  • Why (Most) People Hate Good Financial News Regret is a strong force in psyche of amateur investors: missing out $$ Mar 12, 2013
  • How Much Of The Stock Market’s Growth Is Caused By Its Shrinking? I would be skeptical here; capital changes weak $$ Mar 12, 2013
  • Securities Lending: Worth The ‘Risk’ When done right, sec lending is almost free money, the risks r low. $$ Mar 12, 2013
  • New ETF Underway for Distressed Debt Bad idea. Creating indexes for distressed bonds will be hard, Won’t attract $$ Mar 12, 2013
  • Firms Send Record Cash Back to Investors A sign of economic weakness; there are few places to invest for growth $$ Mar 10, 2013




  • Wrong: Amazon Preparing Bid For Barnes And Noble? Combination would not be allowed by the FTC $$ Mar 13, 2013
  • Wrong: Why Insurers May Be Unprepared for the Next Big Storm Most P&C insurers have more than adequate reserves $$ Mar 13, 2013
  • Wrong: The US can’t afford a Chinese economic collapse We can afford it; China won’t affect much in the US $$ Mar 12, 2013


Rest of the World


  • China s Next Potential Bubble: Hello, Anybody Home? Trapped. Potential sellers need prices 2 stay high, buyers low $$ Mar 15, 2013
  • Embrace consumption, IMF’s Zhu urges China Easier said than done. Party not ready to give people more freedom. $$ Mar 15, 2013
  • Nordic Testicular Cancer Mystery Prompts Chemicals Probe Interesting, might be a combo of genetics & environment $$ Mar 15, 2013
  • Jeffrey ♥’s Japan Stocks♥s-japan-stocks/? Weak yen drives Japan stocks up $$ Mar 15, 2013
  • Recent cyberattacks could be part of a Chinese military strategy started nearly 20 years ago Explains what is up now Mar 14, 2013
  • Brazil’s Richest Family Forging $13 Billion Niobium Dream Stronger flexible steel from a Brazilian tech company $$ Mar 14, 2013
  • Even Berlusconi Can’t Slow Bulls Boosting Euro View Great 4 core Eurozone, bad news 4 the fringe Eurozone $$ Mar 13, 2013
  • Chinese inflation hits 10-month high The end of the cycle comes when Chinese inflation gets out of control $$ Mar 13, 2013
  • Snow Causes European Travel Chaos That’s one thing about weather & climate, constantly changing & always will $$ Mar 13, 2013
  • Should You Bond With Azerbaijan? by @jasonzweigwsj | Emerging market govts are better run than developed govts $$ Mar 12, 2013
  • Norway Fund Flees Currencies Tainted by Stimulus Addiction Rational response2 depreciating currencies: hail Norway $$ Mar 12, 2013




  • JP Morgan’s Jamie Dimon showed too much hubris and too little humility @moorehn highlights cultural problem @ $JPM $$ Mar 15, 2013
  • Bubble Exchange: Technology vs Financials Suggests that financials, not tech, will do better in the future $$ Mar 15, 2013
  • EU Said to Plan Concession on Tax Credits as Bank Capital Deferred Tax Assets should not be allowed as capital $$ Mar 15, 2013
  • Deferred Tax Assets r only valuable if a company makes $$ in the future, which for a bank in distress is less likely; should not b capital Mar 15, 2013
  • Beware of a New Banking Bubble Three recent deals involved premiums of 32% to 83% above tangible book value $$ #fire Mar 14, 2013
  • Fisher and Rosenblum: How to Shrink the TBTF Banks Could work, roll back safety net, keep pieces small, holdcos fail Mar 14, 2013
  • 5 Big Questions for the Future of Retail Banking Branches buy/sell, online/mobile, layoffs, interest margins down $$ Mar 14, 2013


Companies & Industries


  • Lawmakers Examine Ethanol Credits’ Affect on Gas Prices Wasteful program doesn’t aid conservation adds 2 pollution $$ Mar 15, 2013
  • 5 beloved tech products that were sentenced to death Impending death of Google Reader makes writer wax nostalgic $$ Mar 15, 2013
  • Google and Bing Say the Future of Search Is Conversational Software improves ability 2 understand contextual data $$ Mar 15, 2013
  • Herbalife short-seller sues banks, Icahn over alleged fraud Losing investor throws good $$ after bad, will not win Mar 14, 2013
  • Evolv, Making Hourly Workers More Profitable, Lands $15 Million Improves retention of the employees u want 2 keep $$ Mar 14, 2013
  • Lincoln’s Cooper Shuns Shoot-For-Moon Funds After Goldman This does not make me feel better about $LNC. Avoid. $$ Mar 14, 2013
  • How Benjamin Franklin Invented the Mail-Order Business A look at the precursors to mail-order retail. Interesting $$ Mar 14, 2013
  • Lego Builds New Billionaires as Toymaker Topples Mattel Family controls 75% of the operation through Kirkbi A/S $$ Mar 14, 2013
  • 8 Megatrends Defining the Oil & Gas Industry Nationalization, Ending subsidies, Green, New frontiers, LNG, M&A $$ &c Mar 14, 2013
  • Blackstone Said to Get $2.1 Billion Loan for Home Purchases I’m skeptical, don’t think renting homes is scalable $$ Mar 14, 2013
  • Many hospitals, doctors offer cash discount for medical bills ht: @dpinsen | Sometimes ucan pay less w/o insurance $$ Mar 13, 2013
  • Gas Rigs Drop to Fewest Since 1999 as Drilling Declines Almost like the old days when they would flare off natgas $$ Mar 13, 2013
  • Starr Proceeds With Fight Over $AIG Rescue I don’t think he will win, but Greenberg will get his day in court $$ Mar 13, 2013
  • Beating The Downturn By Degrees Good summary article on the for-profit educators $$ Mar 13, 2013
  • Liberal-Arts Colleges Dangle Deals to Woo Students Pay for 4 years & never have 2 pay again; u *can* finish 4 free $$ Mar 13, 2013
  • InTrade Online Betting Site Shuts Down Abruptly A long shot from the start, current bettors may b stuck w/the loss $$ Mar 12, 2013
  • Green Cars Have a Dirty Little Secret Producing and charging electric cars means heavy carbon-dioxide emissions. $$ Mar 12, 2013
  • Uninsured Americans Get Hit With Biggest Hospital Bills First value of insurance is buying power lowering prices $$ Mar 12, 2013




  • Jim Gaffigan Is the King of (Clean) Comedy Heartening 2c clean humor getting attention; certainly harder 2 do $$ Mar 15, 2013
  • The Bearded Man I’m no trendsetter. If you’re out of fashion long enough, eventually u accidentally get in fashion $$ Mar 15, 2013
  • Does money taint the sharing economy? If you want an organization to last, there must be a profit margin $$ Mar 15, 2013
  • Scientists find how deadly new virus infects human cells Disease is similar to SARS. Infected 15, killed 9 $$ Mar 14, 2013
  • Former Ravens May Outnumber Ravens Noticed in Baltimore; curse of the Joe Flacco contract; less $$ for rest of team Mar 14, 2013


Retweets & Replies

  • ‘ @tradewins @moorehn The problems are concealing data from the regulators, & Dimon perhaps concealing what he truly knew at the time $$ Mar 16, 2013
  • @TWealthMgmt Yeah, they are good, & I mentioned them. Seems many bond blogs have folded; they had a finite maturity ;) Mar 15, 2013
  • @nelson3748 Railroads r scarce; impossible to replicate; has a big moat w/pricing power; trucking has no moat; scale is needed Mar 14, 2013
  • I just left a comment in “5 ways Warren Buffett invests that you don’t – Jonathan Burton’s Life Savings – MarketWat…” Mar 14, 2013
  • Yes, but the nice thing about Pi day is that it has been a round RT @EddyElfenbein: Celebrating Pi Day seems so irrational. Mar 14, 2013
  • @EliHoffmann Don’t get me wrong I *like* dividends & have for a long time. They r more frail than the new advocates assume Mar 14, 2013
  • @EliHoffmann There r other things he got wrong re insurance, but the faith in dividends is naive. They get cut in bad periods like the ’70s Mar 14, 2013
  • @EliHoffmann Annuities r guaranteed by state guarantee funds Mar 14, 2013
  • @DavidSchawel Thanks, but r u bullish on it or neutral? Mar 14, 2013
  • @DavidSchawel How successful? Mar 14, 2013
  • No RT @pdacosta: VZ president says Chavez, now close to Christ, had a hand in choice of South American pope Mar 14, 2013
  • “Pretty cool. Billy Joel took a chance on the student, and it was beautiful. Kid had moxie.” — David_Merkel $$ Mar 14, 2013
  • UCan say that again RT @ReformedBroker:Muppet Bait MT @researchpuzzler:Don’t miss your chance 2 play w/big boys of PE Mar 14, 2013
  • Listening to broadcasters in Rome, it reminds me of the Super Bowl when the power went out; gotta say something, but not much to say… $$ Mar 13, 2013
  • . @scott_matagrano Also, $AIG’s domestic life companies were BK until rescued b/c of sec lending… long story: $$ Mar 13, 2013
  • @scott_matagrano Not *quite* riskless. There were some bond trades I could not execute b/c we could not get the shares back. Mar 13, 2013
  • @merrillmatter I don’t but some of my clients do. Mar 13, 2013
  • @ReformedBroker Hey Josh, where is that indicator now? Mar 12, 2013
  • @weelifeworkplay Saw that, but property tends not to vary in value as much as currencies do. Owning land tends to preserve value, mostly $$ Mar 12, 2013
  • @prchovanec In a word, overvalued. P/E measurements of value fluctuate too much b/c earnings varies more than sales or book $$ Mar 12, 2013
  • @exMBB I avoid life companies that primarily write variable business; the accounting quality is poor. No opinion on $PNX $$ Mar 12, 2013
  • @SagittaCapital I’m afraid that one is a ‘No.” I don’t have a lot to say there. Mar 12, 2013
  • @60Minutes @sherylsandberg That’s dumb. It could just be rudeness, or ego, and the same applies to boys. Will to power <> leadership $$ Mar 11, 2013
  • @prchovanec P/E is more significant in the short-run. CAPE10 & Q-ratio more significant in the long run. $$ Mar 10, 2013




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