Sorted Weekly Tweets

Rest of the World

 

  • Ghana Farms Miss Out on Oil-Fueled Middle Class Food Demand http://t.co/IwEsoXVy20 Middle classes introduce changes into societies $$ $SPY Dec 07, 2013
  • Are the Baltic Dry Index Telling Us to Expect a Stronger Economic Activity? http://t.co/aqnFaUuGkg Could be, but only in exports $$ Dec 07, 2013
  • Yuan Passes Euro as 2nd-Most Used Trade-Finance Currency http://t.co/yeNQzNYLWD If China’s banks were exposed 2 market, would b impressed $$ Dec 07, 2013
  • Big Oil to Get Brazil-Like Terms in Plan to End Mexico Monopoly http://t.co/SWqSEyVnU0 Maybe Mexico can gain the technical help it needs $$ Dec 07, 2013
  • Panasonic in Deal Talks With Auto Parts Makers for Expansion http://t.co/vjECK9hnD5 Desperation drives the company 2 seek more markets $$ Dec 07, 2013
  • Pirates Wielding Grenades Spur Japan to Ease Samurai-Era Gun Ban http://t.co/jsOtaI0J7c Force must b opposed by force; no other way $$ $SPY Dec 07, 2013
  • Rich Kazakhs Revive Polygamy as Women Seek Poverty Escape http://t.co/vTn2h9eSZx Young Kazakh women would rather b second wives than poor $$ Dec 07, 2013
  • Iran Wants US Companies to Develop Oil Fields http://t.co/E1NUUEo5t4 The Great Satan is quite useful under the right conditions $$ $SPY $TLT Dec 07, 2013
  • China Cinda Attracts $65B in Orders for Up to $2.5B IPO http://t.co/6i5nvsWhSD Those are bubbly conditions; 2 much $$ 2 put 2 work $SPY $TLT Dec 07, 2013
  • Wrong: OECD Warns Riksbank Against Obsessing Over Record Debt http://t.co/fYu3CcY31M OECD should learn excessive debt harms $$ $TLT $SPY Dec 07, 2013
  • Banks in Safest Euro Nation See Credit Drought as Finns Save http://t.co/HZ6IDctQzk Many want to save; few want to borrow. Rational $$ Dec 07, 2013
  • Spain Credit Falls to ’05 Shadow After Price Collapse http://t.co/y9VUnLcszp Even that is too much credit. Wait 4 hard money buyers $$ Dec 06, 2013
  • China Bans Financial Companies From Bitcoin Transactions http://t.co/i8yhbAcKAW Wealthy Chinese want to get value out of China $$ $SPY $TLT Dec 06, 2013
  • “Wealthy Chinese could use it to funnel flight capital out of China” — David_Merkel http://t.co/XRD6rOfsGg How Bitcoin functions in China $$ Dec 02, 2013
  • China’s Largest Bitcoin Exchange Seeks Recognition for Currency http://t.co/hNtBu9e2MU Communist Party will eventually ban Bitcoin $$ $SPY Dec 02, 2013

 

PPACA/Obamacare

 

  • Obamacare’s New Goal: Stay Alive Until 2015 http://t.co/tJpT20oW6K The idea is 2 survive until 2015, so the law can’t b destroyed in 2017 $$ Dec 07, 2013
  • How Much More Will Smokers Pay for Obamacare? http://t.co/Rd3eWeVynR Answer: not much more & no, it will have little effect on quitting $$ Dec 04, 2013
  • Obamacare Website Repair Goals Reached, Administration Says http://t.co/PfJ5tgLrSu Big Problem: the insurers are not getting the data $$ Dec 03, 2013
  • Deep Inside The Hot Mess Called Obamacare: It’s Time For Honesty http://t.co/uY6P8JnakO Sophomoric, doing a dumb thing, calling it wise $$ Dec 01, 2013
  • Obamacare Payment System to Insurers Changed in Setback http://t.co/0d26PCyQh6 Complex law, difficult to change w/o affecting other parts $$ Nov 30, 2013
  • Inside the Company That Bungled Obamacare http://t.co/EbcR6VQ3rs B wary of companies that grow 2 fast w/shaky revenue recognition $$ $GIB Nov 30, 2013

 

Pensions

 

  • Change Illinois’ pension benefits to match the Social Security system http://t.co/LuA3nkw50C The bill passed will harm Illinois long-run $$ Dec 07, 2013
  • The Best and Worst Run States in America: A Survey of All 50 « http://t.co/Kq5ElC567u You might be surprised by the rankings $$ $SPY $TLT Dec 07, 2013
  • Pension Threats in Illinois, Detroit Rattle Government Workers http://t.co/t2rqvoK3cl If the local government can’t pay, it won’t $$ Dec 07, 2013
  • Pension Threats in Illinois, Detroit Rattle Government Workers http://t.co/Hd0Wr0TL0b Blame Union strategy of extracting pension gains $$ Dec 06, 2013
  • Illinois Passes Pension Overhaul http://t.co/8svwzeiTuK Fake overhaul that leaves Illinois taxpayers worse off, will go to court & die $$ Dec 05, 2013
  • Detroit Retirees Got Extra Interest After Guaranteed 7.9% http://t.co/WmvpH4PHWI What Detroit did w/”excess” pension earnings was evil $$ Dec 03, 2013
  • Illinois Legislative Leaders Try to Sell Pension Agreement http://t.co/vU1O1qKSO6 Dreamland vs Hard Choices. So far Dreamland is winning $$ Nov 30, 2013

 

US Politics & Policy

 

  • Gun Patents Set 35-Year Record as Limits on Sales Fail http://t.co/lZKuBqkheu When GOP has Presidency sales will fall $$ Dec 07, 2013
  • What You Don’t Know About Mortgages http://t.co/dmKPgFMAqL! Mortgage documents don’t reflect the full cost of getting the mortgage $$ $TLT Dec 07, 2013
  • Obama war chiefs widen drone death zones http://t.co/E47ZKFgBex If we want to make the US odious to the rest of the world, use drones $$ Dec 07, 2013
  • Paul Krugman Consigns To Hell An Economic Slump Of His Own Devise http://t.co/qgrKFSBG8W We have 2 turn the lights off near Krugman $$ Dec 07, 2013
  • The Fed Must Inflate http://t.co/nBKutizEDw I think this is the most likely conclusion, but not certain $$ Dec 07, 2013
  • Is the Fed increasingly monetizing government debt? http://t.co/1I3twSCfaY Yes, Fed is monetizing government debt, get ready 4 inflation $$ Dec 07, 2013
  • Angry Self-Insured Voters Dim Democratic Takeover Plans http://t.co/MMjVZi16LU Many feel robbed by the loss of choice in healthcare $$ $SPY Dec 06, 2013
  • Henninger: Obama’s Red-Line Presidency http://t.co/tOjc5UV88s What doe the US stand for? What will we defend? Who r our allies? Confusing $$ Dec 06, 2013
  • “You can’t regulate what you don’t understand. The SEC looked in on it several times, with more…” — David_Merkel http://t.co/g9jqwD0En1 $$ Dec 03, 2013
  • Uninsured-Driver Dilemma http://t.co/DSBWcNLyMk Have Assurant track non-payment at the insurers, & inform the MVAs of lapsation $$ $AIZ Dec 03, 2013
  • Magic Johnson, Tom Hanks Join Obama on Cash-Grabbing Trip http://t.co/z2AOd9C8yC Cash works in the short run, voters decide the long run $$ Dec 03, 2013

 

Financial Sector

 

  • Why FDIC is Running Out of Time for Resolution Planning http://t.co/5PTdNU6LPb As w/all complex laws, things move slowly, no surprise. $$ Dec 07, 2013
  • Why Capital Is Key Battleground in GSE Reform Debate http://t.co/21pFcfRhfU Appropriate capital 4 new system:a political &technical issue $$ Dec 07, 2013
  • Penny Pricing for US Stocks Said to Get Scrutinized http://t.co/grStNTieJR I don’t think this is a big problem, helps small investors $$ Dec 07, 2013
  • Examiners-in-Residence Should Be Pulled Out of Megabanks: OCC Report http://t.co/QGyvc9RkDz Familiarity breeds acquiescence, not contempt $$ Dec 07, 2013
  • Buyers Give Up Their Names to Seal Merger Deals http://t.co/zmAgQ2J5Zo Who cares what a bank is named, so long as you have control? $$ $FXF Dec 07, 2013
  • Volcker Rule to Force Banks to Comply With Five Regimes http://t.co/7H0s7dhCnm Recipe 4 disaster. When many r responsible, no one is $$ Dec 07, 2013
  • Slate Writer Is Dead Wrong to Root Against Community Banks http://t.co/TAL566KB0n Getting banks is tough 4 neophytes like Matty Yglesias $$ Dec 06, 2013
  • Private equity firms brace for ‘mafia’ style scrutiny http://t.co/dRaXIvfztv This looks a lot more difficult than the article indicates $$ Dec 03, 2013
  • Fed Eyes Financial System’s Weak Link http://t.co/ShsZIBcWT4 Solution is simple; bifurcate repo acctg 4 statutory cash flow testing $$ $XLF Dec 03, 2013
  • Creating a Black Swan http://t.co/wMnfc81Ai0 Attempts 2 explain how negative black swan events get created in financial markets $$ $SPY $TLT Nov 30, 2013
  • The Black Swan http://t.co/IBQL7AG4XJ A good piece that explains positive & negative “Black Swan” events, & how 2 thus position for them $$ Nov 30, 2013

 

Companies & Industries

 

  • Crude Oil Refiners Are In A Sweet Spot | Commodities http://t.co/HjtUJOe0gZ Because crude oil can’t b exported, refiners benefit $$ $SPY Dec 07, 2013
  • Retailers Are in a Deflated Holiday Mood http://t.co/Rd7JLXlRj8 One reason why I rarely invest in retailers, aside from grocery $$ $SPY $TLT Dec 07, 2013
  • Heavy Inventories Threaten to Squeeze Clothing Stores http://t.co/t542Zlltcf That said, clothing is dirt cheap, so why worry much? $$ $SPY Dec 07, 2013
  • Hidden U-Haul Billionaire Emerges With Storage Empire http://t.co/YRE2pc6Tf4 Fascinating tale of how brothers rescued the family business $$ Dec 06, 2013
  • UnitedHealth Projects 2014 Results Below Analysts’ Estimates http://t.co/c9fGK1QUzp Health Insurers take one for Obama’s errors $$ #FTL Dec 03, 2013
  • Olin Corporation Common Stock up 9% today http://t.co/HwlrL4TD9z Something is happening w/OLN today. Anyone know what? FD: + $OLN $$ $SPY Dec 02, 2013
  • Microsoft, Yahoo Upgrades Shows Snowden Won, Obama Failed http://t.co/sqzBmoIY8n Encryption keys double, squaring time needed to crack $$ Nov 30, 2013
  • Fair-Weather Friends or Raining on Your Parade http://t.co/uVksfLp84u Good snarky post. Time to lighten up on property-centric reinsurers $$ Nov 30, 2013

 

Market Dynamics

 

  • Gen Re’s Gilbert Says Fed Sets Up Stocks for a Decline http://t.co/o28udyUMGC The Fed will learn the limits of its power in a few years $$ Dec 07, 2013
  • The Blessing of a Declining Stock Price http://t.co/Ta2eE12QW7 This is how I do it; I buy companies that have moved against me $$ $SPY $TLT Dec 07, 2013
  • The Stock Market Is ‘Shrinking,’ Despite Record-High Indexes http://t.co/cj6YcrhBYL Interesting argument of stock scarcity pushing prices $$ Dec 07, 2013
  • Buffett’s Alpha http://t.co/D3UrTxePlp Finally a paper from academics that gives Buffett the credit he deserves. Efficient markets? No. $$ Dec 07, 2013
  • Gross to Run Pimco Unconstrained as Dialynas Takes Leave http://t.co/rgLxxVp3Xj Unconstrained is no guarantee of good performance $$ $TLT Dec 06, 2013
  • “Quant” hedge funds: Computer says no http://t.co/ZCXplVsnnA Runs in cycles as more or less focus on anomalies in investing $$ $SPY $TLT Dec 01, 2013
  • Don’t Ignore Doctor Copper http://t.co/JYw6XNcR5z Copper is indicating a punk economy $$ $SPY $TLT Dec 01, 2013
  • Howard Marks: Too Cute for His own Good? http://t.co/BWZ2bDD0xP Unfair. Marks says that the opportunity set is small, get it? $$ $SPY $TLT Dec 01, 2013

 

Other

 

  • Fixing What’s Wrong With Economics 101 http://t.co/BR8Lt8Z19H We need 2 scrap neoclassical economics, and move economics away from math $$ Dec 07, 2013
  • Madoff Behaved Like a Lunatic Over Fund Probe, Jury Told http://t.co/CUfV17a9tA Seems like Madoff employees kept their heads down $$ Dec 07, 2013
  • CS50, a computer science course, breaks stereotypes and fills halls at Harvard http://t.co/wnc2WYQbpo Making IT relevant across cultures $$ Dec 01, 2013
  • Caveat Emptor: Lovers of Latin Try to Sell a Dead Tongue http://t.co/d5YuHQQZtd Looks like wishful thinking 2me. Esperanto, anyone? $$ Nov 30, 2013
  • Why Taylor Swift Is the Reigning Queen of Pop http://t.co/sTEJPtyp66 Swift’s popularity secret? My take:she appears more humble than most $$ Nov 30, 2013
  • Build a Better Turkey Sandwich http://t.co/mM42sClsuL Thanksgiving keeps on giving in six inspired takes on the leftover-turkey sandwich $$ Nov 30, 2013