Sorted Weekly Tweets

Monetary Policy

 

  • Buffett Calls Fed History’s Greatest Hedge Fund http://t.co/vToZwL7D21 Buffett great on practical business economics, lousy on politics $$ Sep 21, 2013
  • Bernanke Faith in Housing Seen Shaken in Bonds http://t.co/F0xtRsM13v The Fed never had control of the long end of the yield curve $$ #barmy Sep 20, 2013
  • The Fed has lost all credibility http://t.co/NhXbQjxiNa For an institution that values clear communications, things have been murky $$ Sep 19, 2013
  • Excellent question on financial regulation from the lady from the American Banker. $$ Sep 18, 2013
  • Good question from @pdacosta on the labor force participation rate and unemployment. $$ #Fed Sep 18, 2013
  • Less Tapering Becomes Tightening Credit No Matter What Fed Says http://t.co/rQMp900dxA Q: what total pkg does 2 forward rate expectations $$ Sep 17, 2013

 

 

Janet Yellen (we get what we deserve)

 

  • White Houses Urges Democratic Senators to Defend Yellen http://t.co/pBd1U1dz7u She seems like a lock: to QE Infinity & Beyond! $$ #FTL Sep 21, 2013
  • Yellen Chances Grow as Obama Aides Test Senate Support http://t.co/kbDdWmlX4L “She will make Bernanke look like a hawk.” Marc Faber $$ Sep 19, 2013
  • White House official says Yellen front runner for Fed chair http://t.co/wGor8xIJoI This is to make us oppose the uber-dove #anyonebutyellen Sep 19, 2013
  • Yellen No Lock for Fed Chair Despite Summers Exit http://t.co/ycEBcedvTe “This was an unprecedented struggle for leadership of the Fed.” $$ Sep 17, 2013
  • Yellen Now Front-Runner for Fed Chief http://t.co/H4xh8vmot1 Yellen means no change from the current failed policies $$ #anyonebutyellen Sep 17, 2013
  • Fed Leader Doubt Erodes Low-Rate Message as QE Taper Looms http://t.co/CgyxacYaap Can’t appoint Yellen now, lest it look like a loss $$ Sep 16, 2013
  • Why Larry Summers Bailed on the Fed http://t.co/lVn10kgYIL Bring on Don Kohn, better still, bring on that monetary dissident John Taylor $$ Sep 16, 2013

 

Rest of the World

 

  • Bermuda’s Search for New Wealth http://t.co/LPMJJvD6QE I like Bermuda a lot, & learned a lot here. No paparazzi, much privacy $$ #humble Sep 20, 2013
  • Rebel-on-Rebel Violence Seizes Syria http://t.co/LsZUvpQTuo Two player games r easy; Three-or-more player games r tough & confusing $$ Sep 20, 2013
  • What Happens When the US Isn’t the Biggest Gas Guzzler? http://t.co/pl8X9TkOUM 1 reason y I am long energy stocks: rising global demand $$ Sep 20, 2013
  • Olympic Athletes in Tokyo Risk Hottest Weather in 120 Years http://t.co/4E9MnDTzv5 Same for FIFA in Qatar, but humidity in Tokyo is a factor Sep 19, 2013
  • Why Even the Worst Bloggers Are Making Us Smarter http://t.co/PhztCBG6kP It is amazing how many people are writing their ideas on the web Sep 19, 2013
  • China’s Choking Cities Means Job Cuts at Steel Town: Commodities http://t.co/3Xmz1Z7zqh China has over-invested in heavy industry #japan1989 Sep 19, 2013
  • In Post-Tsunami Japan, Homeowners Pull Away From Grid http://t.co/kPUIVdYq8b Power is now less reliable, some move to solar & fuel cells Sep 19, 2013
  • What Egypt Wants: Cheaper Bread http://t.co/S8NE6Zo8JU Demand for Subsidized Food Vexed Ousted President and Pressures Interim Government Sep 19, 2013
  • Obama Rifts With Allies on Summers-Syria Limit Debt Dealing http://t.co/M8f1f1fPm6 Weakened by bad choices but he is the President! $$ Sep 18, 2013
  • How Did Advanced Economies Get in So Much Debt? http://t.co/QGF1acUQf8 They absorbed bad private debts, rather than letting them fail $$ Sep 18, 2013
  • On Putin, his NYT editorial: http://t.co/eb45qkGBq1 Peggy Noonan responds: http://t.co/qwFRsk83cR Avoid interfering in foreign wars $$ Sep 18, 2013
  • Canadian Household – Drowning in Debt http://t.co/hJz8057OMF Total Canadian Household Debt-to-Income Ratio Rises to Record 165.6% @ 6/13 $$ Sep 17, 2013
  • $$ @paulvieira Point taken. Q: If someone bot an avg house in Canada 2 rent it out, would he make money; if arb is neg, Canada faces probs Sep 17, 2013
  • Eleven Countries with Soaring Inflation http://t.co/xl6Ivzr5bx Soaring means >6%/yr; leading the parade are Venezuela, Argentina & Egypt $$ Sep 17, 2013
  • Political Risk: What Should Investors Know About China’s Interest In Peru? http://t.co/85wGZJ1x3W Biz in Peru means negotiate w/locals $$ Sep 17, 2013
  • Smallest Ships Profitable Again as Logs Feed China Boom http://t.co/YsPOJMW9ul Chinese demand for wood raises freight 4 small ships $$ Sep 17, 2013
  • Vladimir Putin, the Richest Man on Earth http://t.co/bpLFDXtPWw Who needs wealth when you control a country? Putin makes his cronies rich $$ Sep 17, 2013
  • China Reins in Popular Voices With New Microblog Controls http://t.co/0tlX38uI1q The internet is a threat & an aid 2 every government $$ Sep 17, 2013
  • No Confidence in China Markets Inflates Housing Bubble http://t.co/G8qgXC8OEW Distrust other assets leads Chinese 2 invest in real estate $$ Sep 17, 2013
  • Germany’s Migrating Seniors http://t.co/Bhsqr6TePo Good care cheap, but you have to move 2 Poland to get it. Solves some old age problems $$ Sep 17, 2013
  • Germans Export Grandma to Poland as Costs, Care Converge http://t.co/e9w45mHkQe But where will the Poles export their Grandmas? $$ #long Sep 17, 2013

 

US Politics & Policy

 

  • Benghazi investigators gave Hillary Clinton heads-up on findings http://t.co/6Oimx1LhSx Mrs. Clinton appointed 80% of the review board $$ Sep 21, 2013
  • Weeds amidst the ivy |http://t.co/nvMFuNioFN A long & relatively thorough analysis of for-profit colleges & how they milk student loans $$ Sep 21, 2013
  • House GOP Ties Government Funding to Health Law http://t.co/rcNBBl2c6m This is a Q of short- vs long-run. Balancing budget best 4long-run $$ Sep 20, 2013
  • Big Insurers Skip Health Exchanges http://t.co/JWvGJSYVdQ Y deal w/ markets that attract sick people w/limits on underwriting & pricing? $$ Sep 20, 2013
  • What caused the financial crisis? The Big Lie goes viral http://t.co/1qFMg1BYGo The crisis was not merely caused by bad regulation Sep 19, 2013
  • The Queen Mary of macro trends: Rising rates http://t.co/OSgaYzIQkg Less certain than article says, as the economy weakens, no loan growth Sep 19, 2013
  • Walgreen will drop its traditional health insurance and instead give its 160,000 workers payments 2buy plans http://t.co/dpvbC8IigC via @WSJ Sep 19, 2013
  • National pension group challenges Pew’s work http://t.co/iiZROFHzRy! Cash balance plans give lower benefits, but maybe that’s affordable Sep 19, 2013
  • Puerto Rico can only cover 11.2% of pension costs http://t.co/wdnQJFniEF! Puerto Rico exists 2 make Illinois think it is prudent $$ Sep 19, 2013
  • Obama Feels a Pinch From Congressional Democrats http://t.co/d78z6b9a2c Obama gets constrained by the Left as much as the Right $$ Sep 18, 2013
  • Republicans Weigh Defunding Health Law, Avoiding Shutdown http://t.co/cbiqo2vBoW Ignore the economists, they don’t know anything, & cut! $$ Sep 18, 2013
  • Republican Newcomer Influence in Congress Risks Shutdown http://t.co/dtdHcg59po 3-player games r much less stable then 2-player games. $$ Sep 18, 2013
  • The Financial States of America http://t.co/xGQ8c6uajo Clever infographic; click a state 2c how it ranks; click on categories 4 diff maps $$ Sep 17, 2013
  • States With The Most Zombie Homes http://t.co/Dj6hphkUrM >20% of foreclosed homes vacant: Indiana, Nevada, Georgia, Florida, MD, AZ, SC $$ Sep 17, 2013
  • Heroin Pushed on Chicago by Cartel Fueling Gang Murders http://t.co/GmuhpbSxIk Getting a receipt from the Indiana police 4 forfeited cash $$ Sep 17, 2013
  • Armed EPA raid in Alaska sheds light on 70 fed agencies w/armed divisions http://t.co/90YKg3TWB2 Interesting how many have police units $$ Sep 16, 2013
  • Obama stands firm on refusal to negotiate over US debt ceiling http://t.co/kUDp9Q4ZL2 Nothing bad happened from sequester; do it again $$ Sep 16, 2013
  • How the SOPA law got defeated politically http://t.co/X3ZJiTiJ48 Creation of a website to highlight & affect legislative markups was key $$ Sep 16, 2013
  • Health Law Faces Skepticism http://t.co/AYf9IjdUL9 Complex laws typically don’t work well; Obamacare/PPACA is the epitome of complexity $$ Sep 16, 2013

Market Impact

 

  • The Long, Sorry Tale of Pension Promises http://t.co/6Pi2V0yiPA It started w/accounting rules allowing2much flexibility4funding/valuation $$ Sep 21, 2013
  • ING CEO Says Stress Tests Without Safety Net Bring Risks http://t.co/Bi7IKXvuYK If u fail the stress test, y would anyone recapitalize u $$ Sep 21, 2013
  • Challenging the Imperial Boardroom http://t.co/VW6IrzKIF9 @Carl_C_Icahn argues 4 mgmt transparency, competence, & shareholder orientation $$ Sep 20, 2013
  • Money Market Funds Ready for Battle with Regulators http://t.co/1VIxWqfVLE Floating NAVs will kill money market funds; better solutions $$ Sep 20, 2013
  • Banks’ $10B Sweet Spot Sets Off Buying Spree for Lenders http://t.co/2oDNEEqEdY Bank capital rules r helping create medium-large banks $$ Sep 20, 2013
  • Avoid ‘Dividend Yield Traps’, Look To Releveraging Stocks http://t.co/0k3Qs4mJHx 2 risks: higher bond yields compete; free cash flow 2low $$ Sep 20, 2013
  • Longevity-Proof Your Future http://t.co/0MB5S7Yx5S The main point is that you need to save. Beyond that, invest well, but savings r capital Sep 19, 2013
  • Novogratz to Burbank See Stocks Surviving First Fed Taper http://t.co/Xeig2UVtvT So what? We already know “Three steps and a stumble.” Sep 19, 2013
  • How Social Responsible Investing Can Be Irresponsible — Pension Fund To Sell Energy Stocks? http://t.co/JE6g2S8hHC Vacuous city council Sep 19, 2013
  • Remembering the families at the center of the financial crisis http://t.co/ICSLkY2TcD If finances were related 2 finance/housing it hurt $$ Sep 19, 2013
  • Judge Dismisses Bank Lawsuit Over Mortgage Foreclosures http://t.co/aJ5VmA64x2 Richmond needs supermajority 2 use eminent domain $$ Sep 17, 2013
  • Dr Copper & his funny friends disagree tremendously with SP500 level http://t.co/uNpdfvlbC9 On the divergence of stocks & commodities $$ Sep 16, 2013
  • Is Fiscal Austerity Good for the Economy? http://t.co/gQif4JHXqc “austerity is costly in the short run, it can provide long-run benefits” $$ Sep 16, 2013
  • Gross’s Trade Sours as Bonds Lose Faith in Fed Guidance http://t.co/YGZgvVries Depends on level of future GDP growth, keep watching $$ Sep 16, 2013
  • Montepeque of Platts Caught in Battle Over Oil Assessments http://t.co/4o0wvVyCEz All human systems r gamed, just a question of how much $$ Sep 16, 2013
  • Wall Street trading in US fuel credits hurts consumers http://t.co/8hZ8shAIJJ Very difficult 2manipulate prices in long run: sup/dem chgs $$ Sep 16, 2013
  • Uh oh. People buying houses fear rising prices http://t.co/FWAAeHwKdz Bubbles persist until financing costs more than implied rents $$ Sep 16, 2013

 

Companies & Industries

 

  • Twitter announces IPO: The Pricing Game begins http://t.co/GlR7MWJz4X Daring Damodaran gives a value 4 $TWTR w/out having any financials $$ Sep 21, 2013
  • Secret Rocks and Gem Hunters http://t.co/4Dpm6jGavk Colored gems r like small cap stocks, they r unique & illiquid mkts w/odd characters $$ Sep 20, 2013
  • Companies Seize on Rate Reprieve to Issue Bonds http://t.co/qQJzknEqhp Many think rates will go higher, & so they issue debt now $$ Sep 20, 2013
  • Google May Stop Using ‘Cookies’ to Track Web Users http://t.co/MgvZtEHo1Q Could concentrate marketing power in hands of a few companies $$ Sep 20, 2013
  • How ‘Cord Never’ Generation Poses Sales Drag for Pay TV http://t.co/10M73Td7jL Once you get used to not paying for your video, u don’t pay Sep 19, 2013
  • Verizon Pays $5.1 Billion in Extra Interest http://t.co/om7PsDAwzO That was the price of getting a big deal done in the short-run. Sep 19, 2013
  • Companies are increasingly choosing to generate their own power, delivering a jolt to utilities http://t.co/brVyNOWokp Disintermediation Sep 19, 2013
  • For TV Shows, It’s a Seller’s Market http://t.co/eja7JEhl1t Producers have many more outlets for content & networks must pay up 4 content $$ Sep 18, 2013
  • Capstone Metering Provides Smart Water Management Solution, Powered By Verizon Wireless Network http://t.co/0xd77Bnz0q fascinating tech $$ Sep 17, 2013
  • Berkshire Billionaire Found With More Shares Than Gates http://t.co/wqoceUXHJW Tales of old buyers of $BRK.A & cpmny sellers taking stock $$ Sep 17, 2013
  • Retailer REI Ends Era of Many Happy Returns http://t.co/0xDYFXDV95 Abuse leads REI to end returns on items bought more than one year ago $$ Sep 16, 2013
  • Wildcatter Hunch Unlocks $1.5T Oil Offshore US http://t.co/4lTsK10aj0 Longish story of how a hunch led2 deepwater drilling, amid failures $$ Sep 16, 2013
  • How Did Wal-Mart’s IPhone Discount Defeat Apple’s Price Controls? http://t.co/F3ZuYFvbWM $WMT takes a low margin on sales of $AAPL phones $$ Sep 16, 2013
  • Home, Sweet (Crude) Home in Fort McMurray, Alberta http://t.co/GpuUq289T8 Economies based on resource extraction flourish 4 a time & die $$ Sep 16, 2013

 

Economics

 

  • Women Waiting Tables Provide Most of Female Gains in US http://t.co/eoetZdyRAi Not so much demand 4 workers w/degrees in certain majors $$ Sep 20, 2013
  • Martin Feldstein: How to Create a Real Economic Stimulus http://t.co/bH2e2Z67mb Suggests mild entitlement reform; we need retirement @ 72 $$ Sep 17, 2013
  • Want Marital Bliss? Pool Your Money http://t.co/mJQb3XEkZn The more things r shared in marriage the better/tighter the bond becomes $$ Sep 17, 2013
  • Mysterious Disappearance of James Duesenberry http://t.co/LD3GfjTyka Old article on relative income hypothesis. Ppl r envious not greedy $$ Sep 16, 2013
  • Explanation of the discrepancy is that poverty is relative. Ppl r not maximizers & economists resist this b/c the pretty math falls apart $$ Sep 16, 2013
  • & if the pretty math falls apart, economists can’t publish & there goes their jobs. That is y they would rather hang onto a wrong theory $$ Sep 16, 2013

 

Other

 

  • The Time a Cleveland Newspaper Divulged Manhattan Project http://t.co/mFDKvhJTlW Fascinating tale; clever reporter http://t.co/o5CzDU61nL $$ Sep 21, 2013
  • Our Chat With Jeremy Grantham http://t.co/FSlADefGi0 In general, need 4 technological change has driven technological change; we will win $$ Sep 21, 2013
  • Marc Faber’s Biggest Mistake http://t.co/Dui1ZehA09 Really pretty minor. Interesting guy who gets things right, but speaks bearish Sep 21, 2013
  • Pope Warns Church Focusing Too Much on Divisive Issues http://t.co/2yEMa3O89I More than other Popes, this one is a slave2 liberal opinion $$ Sep 20, 2013
  • How a 91-Year-Old Geek Helped Keep the Aged Independent http://t.co/GD1AmUK6OQ Small cheap sensors monitor oldsters, watching their needs Sep 19, 2013
  • Say Goodbye to the Password http://t.co/pTnQ4ng2Xn New technology aims to offer security that is more convenient and more effective $$ Sep 18, 2013
  • Veggie-Heavy Stress Reduction Regimen Shown to Modify Cell Aging http://t.co/b3KNrSOdSY Cooking from scratch improves your life & health $$ Sep 17, 2013
  • Jonathan Jacobs: As Education Declines, So Does Civic Culture http://t.co/tk7WHue1mS Biggest complaint about new analysts: can’t write $$ Sep 17, 2013
  • Gonorrhea Among Drug-Resisting Germs Sickening Millions http://t.co/Fbgw14Q4ZQ Add C. difficile & E. coli; resistance 2 antibiotics grows $$ Sep 17, 2013
  • Twitter Co-Founder Evan Williams Lays Out His Plan For The Future Of Media http://t.co/e7nv4u8Z0T Need the equivalent of @abnormalreturns $$ Sep 16, 2013
  • Google’s Boss and a Princeton Professor Agree: College Is a Dinosaur http://t.co/ffUTIQFxdV True, but what do we do 2prove knowledge then $$ Sep 16, 2013

 

Replies, Retweets, & Comments

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  • $$ @joebrusuelas Wrong. Yellen is an imitation of the policies of Bernanke & QE. They don’t work. Summers — rejection of the Rubin clique. Sep 17, 2013
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