Sorted Weekly Tweets



  • Cargill joins Wall Street banks as swap dealer Could b a good idea 4 any firm that does much commodities hedging $$ Feb 22, 2013
  • Office Depot To Buy OfficeMax? And Then There Were Two. 0 + 0 = -1 Combined company faces $AMZN undercutting them $$ Feb 21, 2013
  • U.S. Insurers Resist Push to Make Gun Owners Get Coverage It hasn’t worked that way with cars; this is a good idea $$ Feb 21, 2013
  • $OMX & $ODP merge — market doesn’t like it, combined companies worth less than before the merger rumor emerged $$ Feb 20, 2013
  • Buffett brand has more beans than Heinz The investor has won every advantage in the deal, writes Alice Schroeder $$ Feb 19, 2013
  • Bondholders Dislike Uncertainty in Berkshire-Heinz Deal Bondholders, Buffett *never* assumes acquired debt $$ #patsies Feb 19, 2013
  • Annaly Reversing Slump as Denahan Tries to Dodge Fed $NLY changes its character as Fed crowds them out of RMBS $$ Feb 19, 2013
  • The Pitfalls of Dividend Yield in the Oil Patch The higher the dividend yield the less $$ 2 pour in2 exploration/growth Feb 19, 2013
  • Reader’s Digest Is Bankrupt; Iconic Magazine Falters 2 much debt & competition from internet; private equity failure $$ Feb 18, 2013
  • Danone Stake Poses a Challenge for Heinz Investor Peltz Much harder 2 get changes in France than the US. Won’t work $$ Feb 18, 2013
  • US Airways Wins AMR as Horton Said to Wage Last CEO Push CEO job went 2 visionary who saw a way 2 create value $$ Feb 17, 2013
  • Amazon Sells Out Predator Drone Toy After Mocking Reviews Don’t like it keep quiet; mocking draws more attn & sales $$ Feb 17, 2013
  • What? Carl Icahn Just Thinks Selling Diet Shakes And Herbal Tea Is A Really Good Business nuances of synthetic long $$ Feb 16, 2013
  • McGraw-Hill Credit Rating Cut by Moody’s After U.S. Sues S&P Less 2 this than some say; it’s just business, baby $$ Feb 16, 2013


Rest of the World


  • Waiting for a Crisis Wishful thinking on this side of the Pacific, but China needs to reduce the size of government $$ Feb 20, 2013
  • Cyberwar With China Is Here, Like It or Not Most systems can be compromised from inside by inviting someone 2 err $$ Feb 19, 2013
  • Spanish Debt Grows by Euro146 Billion, Largest Ever Recorded; Debt-to-GDP Highest Since 1910 Spain will leave EZone $$ Feb 19, 2013
  • G20 currency truce shortlived as Japan mulls foreign bond buys Japan decided G20 meeting gave a free pass to devalue $$ Feb 19, 2013
  • China’s New Leader Needs Grip on Wacko Next Door Instead, trade Taiwan for North Korea. Interests become aligned $$ Feb 19, 2013
  • Saxo Bank CEO Says Euro Is Doomed as Currency Woes Resurface CEO: “Right now we’re in one of those fake solutions” $$ Feb 18, 2013
  • Billionaire Miner Fights Rivals to Halt Digs on His Ranch Interesting Aussie mining claims law; u only own top meter $$ Feb 18, 2013
  • Mrs. Watanabe Dumping Australia Debt Signals Turn for Yen JPY Retail FX speculators try to pick a top for the AUD $$ Feb 18, 2013
  • How China’s President Is Earning A Nobel Peace Prize If true, many unlawfully detained in China may be freed $$ Feb 18, 2013
  • Ugliest Danish Banks Find No Buyers in Toxic Asset Trap 2 much leverage in system makes resolutions hard. Who can buy? Feb 18, 2013
  • BlackRock Sounds Covered Bond Collateral Alarm Weaker collateral & larger haircut did not work well 4 securitization $$ Feb 18, 2013
  • CDS Uncertainty Adds to Fear on Europe Bank Bonds Y don’t the protection buyers get paid by sellers? No auction poss $$ Feb 18, 2013
  • Hugo Chávez Returns to Venezuela I wouldn’t get 2 excited; rare that he would fully recover after so many operations $$ Feb 18, 2013
  • Japan flirts with equity targets to drive a stake in the zombie economy Targeting yields& equity prices doesn’t work $$ Feb 18, 2013
  • EU Economy and Horse Meat Scandal: Both Finishing last at the Gate – Germany to follow? EZone Core falters, what2do? $$ Feb 18, 2013
  • Celebrating the end of the eurozone affair ignores the heart of the matter Problems reappear after victory declared $$ Feb 18, 2013
  • Group of 20 chiefs take stand on exchange-rate policies Basically, nothing happened, everyone hopes it goes away $$ Feb 18, 2013
  • Hollande Tiptoes Toward Raid on Pensions With EU Pressure No way to make the budget balance; needs many, too little $$ Feb 17, 2013
  • Walking-Pace Trains Spur $17 Billion India Rail Revamp I don’t believe in the BRIC nations; all have huge problems $$ Feb 16, 2013
  • Auto Keiretsu Wracked by Antitrust Probes Friendly collusion 4 the purpose of quality, or profit? Not allowed in US $$ Feb 16, 2013




  • Cardinal Dolan Preps for Conclave Vote on New Pope “Bring Peanut Butter” & other tips for traveling Cardinals. 😉 $$ Feb 21, 2013
  • Sewage Status Grows as Resource for Utilities to Skiers Amazing what we can do2 convert waste to power $$ Feb 21, 2013
  • Gasoline Pump Prices Soaring on Refinery Repairs, Oil Rally Rising crude prices & refinery outages raise gas prices $$ Feb 20, 2013
  • Ironing Out the Wrinkles—The Complexities of Madeleine L’Engle As a kid, I loved ML, opinion has always fallen since $$ Feb 19, 2013
  • Rotten Egg Gas Seen Offering Promise of Extending Life Hydrogen Sulfide – up to a limit we could all use more of it $$ Feb 19, 2013
  • What Doesn’t Kill Us Makes Us Stronger Small problems lead to product & service improvement & more robustness $$ Feb 18, 2013
  • Close Encounter by Asteroids Makes Case for Scrutiny We humans always fight the last war; remember the avian flu? $$ Feb 16, 2013


Credit Conditions


  • Junk Bond Froth Seeps into Emerging Markets I prefer emerging market gov’ts to corporate junk, they are run better $$ Feb 20, 2013
  • Bubbles and fraud: A smoking gun? Easy profits always brings out the worst in people; no wonder fraud increases then $$ Feb 20, 2013
  • The Indianapolis 500 of Corporate Bonds Yields The trend chaser are blowing out of credit; avoid 4 now, b cautious $$ Feb 19, 2013
  • Finra bond warning a real worrier Dog bites man. Many have predicted long rates would rise & they haven’t (so far) $$ Feb 18, 2013
  • Debt Bubble Born of Easy Cash Prompts Swedish Rule Review $$ policy should not be used 2 stimulate; 2 much debt kills Feb 18, 2013
  • Super-prime’s invisible driver Would u rather hold govt bonds or prime property? Which will lose less? @izakaminska $$ Feb 18, 2013


US Politics


  • Obama’s Deficit Commission Leaders Offer New Debt Plan 50% cuts, 25% adjustments 2 Medicare, 25% close tax loopholes $$ Feb 19, 2013
  • How to Fix Too Big to Fail Without Taxpayer Bailouts: Rep. Campbell’s Plan Plan is reasonable; receivership4BK banks $$ Feb 19, 2013
  • Pentagon Budget Stuck in Last Century as Warfare Changes More smaller weapons, lower tech, fewer ppl, more skill&mobile Feb 19, 2013
  • All-the-Right-Skills Immigrants Ride US Hiring Wave: Economy Note many in US have those skills & get screened out $$ Feb 19, 2013
  • Obama Golf With Woods in Florida Risks Muddling Message Give Obama a break; he deserves a little fun too $$ Feb 19, 2013
  • Fiscal trouble ahead for most future retirees I predicted 20 yrs ago: Many Baby Boomers won’t b able 2 retire $$ Feb 18, 2013


Market Impact


  • Paulson Leads Funds to Bermuda Tax Dodge Aiding Billionaires After all that Paulson lost $$ rendering no tax savings Feb 19, 2013
  • Performance Tops Pedigree in Money Managers’ Fortunes Story of two $$ mgrs & how performance drove their stock prices. Feb 17, 2013
  • Upside: Why Most Value Investors Will Burn Out You have to be willing to look like an idiot & be patient 2b rewarded $$ Feb 16, 2013
  • Confidence on Upswing, Mergers Make Comeback 2 early 2 say. Profit margins r2 high & interest rates 2 low; unstable $$ Feb 16, 2013


  • Wrong: Let’s Downgrade S&P, Moody’s Ratings Oligopoly Writer does not understand the needs of regulators or bond buyers Feb 19, 2013
  • Wrong: Swelling US Labor Force Keeps Fed at Ease Every statistic I c on labor force participation says otherwise $$ Feb 19, 2013


Replies & Retweets

  • @TheStalwart Hey Joseph, thou hardest working guy on Wall Street, Congrats on your promotion at BI — it is well-deserved Feb 21, 2013
  • If I were long $HNZ now, I would sell; likely there is no better deal coming along, & upside is only 0.5% $$ Feb 20, 2013
  • “Johnson will report to 3G; they have all of the incentives to cut costs and recognize synergies…” — David_Merkel $$ Feb 19, 2013
  • SEC EDGAR seems to be down, at least the search function isn’t working… Feb 19, 2013
  • @TheStalwart pick a medium-nice suburb of Rome. I grew up in the county of Waukesha, WI, FWIW. Feb 19, 2013
  • “These aren’t bargains; buying them @ these prices assumes they grow rapidly for the next 5 years.” — David_Merkel $$ Feb 19, 2013
  • ‘ @groditi Yes, reviewing it tonight. Agree about conviction; book’s only drawback is that if you get his emails, not much new $$ Feb 19, 2013
  • “When I analyze mutual funds, I look at active share and process — are they doing it right? Do…” — David_Merkel $$ Feb 19, 2013
  • Illegal, you used “US postal service” & “innovate” in the same sentence $$ RT @ReformedBroker: CAN THE US POSTAL SERVICE STILL INNOVATE? Feb 18, 2013




  • My week on twitter: 34 retweets received, 3 new listings, 49 new followers, 39 mentions. Via: Feb 21, 2013