Sorted Weekly Tweets



  • If Greece Quits Euro, Its Ruin Will Be Pointless Suggests Greece will face more pain if leaves E-zone than stays $$ May 17, 2012
  • Experts Try to Chart Path for Exit From Currency Let’s see, where is that manual for unscrambling eggs? Mmm… $$ May 17, 2012
  • On the E-zone: the politicians, like sorcerer’s apprentices, thought they could reshape Europe; end up fighting forces beyond their power $$ May 17, 2012
  • The Running of the Bank Depositors Governments r smaller than economies, which r smaller than cultures $$ #fightgravity May 17, 2012
  • Governments are smaller than economies, which are smaller than cultures.  The Eurozone is a huge experiment that igno… May 17, 2012
  • Greek President Told Banks Anxious as Deposits Pulled If u thot u faced a conversion 2 new drachmas, ud w/d euros2 $$ May 16, 2012
  • ECB Said to Stick to Current Crisis Stance as Tools Reviewed No worries; ECB policies r meeting the challenge $$ 😉 May 16, 2012
  • Bet on Greek Bonds Paid Off for ‘Vulture Fund’ While Greece is in disarray, makes full pmt2 hedge fund Dart Management May 15, 2012
  • Lightning Strike Delays Hollande Trip Weird, but he gets to Germany anyway to have a disagreement w/Merkel $$ May 15, 2012
  • Hazardous Greek-Exit Scenario WSJ goes through the steps and effects of an orderly Greek exit, should there b1 $$ May 15, 2012
  • European Officials Warn Greece No way to kick Greece out; what do you do if they refuse to pay? $$ #enduredefault May 14, 2012


Rest of the World


  • Hugo Chávez’s Enemy No. 1 Henrique Capriles, governor of Miranda state & candidate selected by the united opposition May 19, 2012
  • Kolatch Bullish on Argentina’s Debt When someone is willing to cheat others, he is more likely to cheat you $$ #FTL May 17, 2012
  • Iranian Rapper Fears for His Life After Fatwa Interesting how killing ceases 2b murder after cleric issues fatwa $$ May 16, 2012


Bond Markets


  • US insurers seek $300 mln cat bond cover There’s a hard property reinsurance market, so alternatives r attractive $$ May 18, 2012
  • Junk-Debt ETFs Set Markets ’Abuzz’ After Record Trades New ways of putting biggish HY positions on/off quietly $$ May 18, 2012
  • @Fullcarry @munilass At least the Treasury yield curve is “out of this world.” Have long Tsys on as a hedge in my bond strat, when2punt? $$ May 17, 2012
  • Every two years, the annual shareholder filing for the iShares Trust, which holds the big bond ETFs, doubles in size: now 20MB $$ May 15, 2012
  • RT @Munisrgood: @munilass More room to go. If you subscribe to Hoisington’s predictions, (I do to an extent) 30 yr tsy could be 75-100 l … May 15, 2012
  • +1 Needle in red zone $$ RT @groditi: HY CEF wavg premium 15%; min -8.27 max 67.3%; +1.1stdevs; sample-size: $11B (40 funds) #YieldChase May 14, 2012
  • Euro-Zone Fears Drive Bund Yield to Record Low Opposite risk: Germany might leave EZone; ECB actions disliked $$ May 14, 2012
  • Euro Officials Begin to Weigh Greek Exit as Euro Weakens Note the shift, indicates the bailouts may b over 4Greece $$ May 14, 2012


Elderly Poverty


  • See pg 26 4 details Figure is low IMO b/c 25% “don’t know” what they have saved. They r prob below $50K, so ~60% <$50K May 17, 2012
  • Report says “Overall, slightly more than one-third have saved less than $50,000.” Still thought the % was higher, ~50% May 17, 2012
  • Same here RT @ballenmo: @AlephBlog @fundmyfund 20%? I’m surprised the number is so low. May 17, 2012
  • +1 that’s what I think RT @fundmyfund: @AlephBlog 20% of 50 and 60 yr old dont have 50K to their name, not to mention saved for retirement May 17, 2012
  • Expected worse RT @MoneyMag_Penny 20% of workers in 50s & 60s have saved less than $50,000 for retirement: Transmerica May 17, 2012


JP Morgan


  • Lawrence Lindsey: Why Washington Hates Jamie Dimon Not a diplomat & does not perform kowtows to politicians $$ $JPM May 18, 2012
  • For JP Morgan Trader, From ‘Caveman’ to ‘Whale’ It is often dangerous to win, next step is try to win big & fail $$ May 17, 2012
  • Romney Vowing Dodd-Frank Repeal Hits JPMorgan Risky Trades Tough sell; existing law had enuf pwr, but regs didn’t use May 14, 2012
  • The core problems with JPMorgan’s failed trades When that illiquid, putting positions into runoff only solution $$ May 14, 2012
  • Dimon Fortress Breached as Push From Hedging to Betting Blows Up $JPM too big relative 2market; hard2mark prices $$ May 14, 2012
  • Bank Order Led to Losing Trades $JPM ‘s Efforts2Shield Itself From European Market Fallout Prompted Disastrous Bets May 12, 2012

Buffett & Newspapers


  • Why Warren Buffett is buying newspapers It certainly isn’t for economic reasons; he overpaid, plain & simple. $$ $BRK.B May 18, 2012
  • Warren Buffett buys into ‘declining’ newspapers $MEG does have TV and data businesses, not sure how much that helps. May 17, 2012
  • Berkshire Buys Media General Newspapers for $142 Million add in a $400 million term loan with an rate of 10.5% $$ May 17, 2012

(As an aside, if you read any of my comments on Buffett, newspapers, and Media General, I made the mistake of think that he had bought Media General, when he bought most of their newspapers, a portion of the company, and lent them $400 million at 10.5% with a first priority of payment in bankruptcy.  Now that I realize my mistake, I can’t say whether Buffett got a good, bad, or indifferent deal.  Apologies for the mistake.)


US Economy


  • ‘One Recession Away’ From Next Bull Market – John Mauldin 5 min interview, short-term bearish, long-term bullish $$ May 17, 2012
  • Paul Krugman’s Simple — or Is It Simplistic? — Reasoning Is there any level of govt spending or debt that is2much? May 17, 2012
  • North Dakota Tops US States in Credit Ranking as Florida Rises Amazing what energy & the influx of elderly will do $$ May 17, 2012
  • North Dakota Tops Alaska in Oil Output The US potentially has more hydrocarbons than Saudi Arabia. TX, ND, AK $$ May 17, 2012
  • RE: @bloombergview The two papers look pretty good, but would the bureaucracy have the guts to rein in a boom based o… May 16, 2012
  • Tom Frost: The Big Danger With Big Banks Fine, but it was mortgage lending that led the crisis, not invt banking $$ May 16, 2012
  • When I used to mix sound, there was a knob on my board called “contour.” That’s what QE is to the Fed.  When I would … May 17, 2012
  • Midwest Sees a Sand Rush Fracking Spurs Demand for the Stuff, Sparking a Mining Boom—& Vexing Some #midwestboom $$ May 14, 2012


US Politics, Regulation, and Culture


  • SEC Probes Role of Hedge Fund in CDOs Don’t forget the blame due the yield hogs 4 their inadequate due diligence $$ May 17, 2012
  • Dental Abuse Seen Driven by Private Equity Investments Long article on unscrupulous dentists that harm poor kids 4 $$ May 17, 2012
  • The creeping disaster for USPS is that as they cut services, they become irrelevant. The internet changes everything… May 17, 2012
  • School-Test Backlash Grows Some Parents, Teachers & Boards Rebel, Saying Education Is Being Stifled $$ #room4both May 16, 2012
  • Please apply the same logic to the liberal justices of the court, who have flouted the Constitution for far longer. May 16, 2012
  • Jerry Brown vs. Chris Christie More states r realizing that the road2fiscal hell is paved w/progressive intentions May 15, 2012
  • California Deficit Swells to $16 Billion, Governor Says & CA in self-reinforcing neg spiral $$ May 14, 2012
  • Obama Hits Romney on Bain as He Raises Wall Street Money “The pot calls the kettle black.” $$ (has 2ba better phrase) May 14, 2012
  • Midnight Was Movie Hour, Nap Time in New York Air Tower Long piece; parts of the FAA r seriously messed up $$ #unions May 12, 2012
  • Trouble in Coal Country for Obama If persists, could mean Obama wins popvote, Romney win the election $$ #kingcoal May 12, 2012




  • Tsst… $COP is no longer in the refining biz, it spun of $PSX which is.  FD: +COP, +PSX $$ Oh, and selling the comp… May 17, 2012
  • Facebook ($FB) announces that they will no longer accept General Motors ($GM) cars in exchange 4 advertising exposure $$ 😉 #lamejoke May 15, 2012
  • Avon Shares Tumble After Coty Pulls Bid Coty might b better off creating the parts of $AVP it wants organically $$ May 15, 2012
  • Margin Call: The Most Exposed Interesting what CEOs have borrowed against shares of the companies that they run $$ May 15, 2012
  • Yahoo CEO’s resignation spotlights tech action We keep the board of $YHOO around 2make that of $HPQ happy. FD +HPQ May 14, 2012




  • Paper Plane Champ Watches His Record Fly, Fly Away Division of labor in design & tossing-> paper airplane record $$ May 18, 2012
  • @ReformedBroker You really had lunch w/Mauldin? Cool, I know he is friends w/ @ritholtz ; I just reviewed his recent “Little Book.” $$ May 17, 2012
  • When people get 2 deep into a sliver of knowledge, they get dumb RT @jasonzweigwsj: is your sense of self an illusion? May 17, 2012
  • 5. They sometimes bring specialized knowledge of the topic at hand. 6. They tend to write for users, not reviewers o… May 17, 2012
  • Going for Gold—or Whatever Secret to an Aging Olympian’s Endurance: Don’t Let Training Get in the Way of Fun $$ May 16, 2012
  • When you show up DD, you usually make me smile $$ RT @DoubleDeuce: Wisdom: “try to convince, don’t gripe” by @AlephBlog May 15, 2012
  • ‘Trigger-Happy’ Investors Boost IPO Insurance Through Litigation Looks like Errors & Omissions coverage applied 2IPOs May 14, 2012