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Friday, April 18th, 2014

Stocks & Industries

  • Invest In Stubs, Spin-Offs And Liquidations For Alternative Returns http://t.co/ccezep0K9Y Cites a Gabelli article http://t.co/xTrqEfmQeq $$ Apr 19, 2014
  • Real Estate Management Better Than Owning Real Estate? http://t.co/IFaDLiwTRa Sometimes yes, sometimes no. Definitely adds more leverage $$ Apr 19, 2014
  • Wells Fargo Securities Lending Lawsuit Ends in Settlement http://t.co/w3lSY4Cw8D Low margin business that can go badly wrong in a crisis $$ Apr 19, 2014
  • Makani, a $GOOG subsidiary makes an airborne wind turbine that dramaticlly increases power generation efficiency http://t.co/0Fug49o7gC $$ Apr 18, 2014
  • Google to Buy Titan Aerospace as Web Giants Battle for Air Superiority http://t.co/HjJ8wKtnjM Makes me think $GOOG has 2much $$ 2spend Apr 18, 2014
  • Profit Tastes Like Chicken in Hunt for Cheaper US Meat http://t.co/drgQbwEiKR With recent rise in beef & pork prices people substitute $$ Apr 18, 2014
  • Roads Versus Rail:The Big Battle Over Public Transportation http://t.co/ydBxEglexC Makes case that American will own fewer cars in future $$ Apr 18, 2014
  • Barclays Ups $LNC To Buy, Says $MET , $PRU Are Undervalued – Stocks To Watch http://t.co/c7yNaVZqdp Stock Market sensitive insurance cos $$ Apr 18, 2014
  • Bidding War Looming for Aspen? Analysts Say Don’t Count On It http://t.co/iMotqyAgHv Offer 4 $AHL looks pretty full 2me, dont look4more $$ Apr 18, 2014
  • Biggest LBO Demise Poised to Put Oncor in Play http://t.co/d30djwOa5M Buffett is unlikely 2 enter into bidding in a competitive sale $$ Apr 18, 2014
  • Target of Naked Short Sellers Is Angry, Confused http://t.co/I3ZZDn5JNp @matt_lavine takes on imaginary naked shorting in $LPHI $$ Apr 18, 2014
  • Radioactive Waste Is North Dakota’s New Shale Problem http://t.co/BiMkO0ZdgK Significant amounts of low level radiation from radium $$ Apr 18, 2014
  • The death of mortgage lending http://t.co/u8uQBvZCuS Loan yields must rise in order to compensate for higher required capital at banks $$ Apr 19, 2014
  • Kochs’ Flood Insurance Opposition Becomes Campaign Issue http://t.co/b1iuvoVhZK 1 of the few businesses the Kochs’ aren’t in is insurance $$ Apr 18, 2014
  • Office Markets Strengthen Where Tech, Energy Jobs Are http://t.co/sESuHUeAVr Helps explain the spottiness of commercial RE prices $$ $CMBS Apr 18, 2014
  • Labor Shortage Threatens to Bust the Shale Boom http://t.co/R1TctaTelD Can’t find a job? Consider learning to weld; monotonous but pays $$ Apr 18, 2014
  • Koch Brothers Net Worth Tops $100B as TV Warfare Escalates http://t.co/XgH0M6CNIR Almost as wealthy as extended Walton family $$ $WMT $SPY Apr 18, 2014
  • Big Banks Ramp Up Business Lending http://t.co/83dMAPIQia Signs of life spotted in big corporations, but r they just buying back stock? $$ Apr 18, 2014
  • How Can Yahoo Be Worth Less Than Zero? http://t.co/sr3owwkyNE @matt_levine argues a breakup of $YHOO makes sense even if core biz loses $$ Apr 18, 2014
  • Wal-Mart Undercuts Rivals With New U.S. Money Transfer Service http://t.co/a4vq0HYALi Useful if u need 2 transfer $$ inside the US $WMT $SPY Apr 18, 2014
  • How Chick-fil-A Spent $50M to Change Its Grilled Chicken http://t.co/Q9kpXoSIbF The marinade matters, but the grill design was the key $$ Apr 15, 2014
  • Small US Colleges Battle Death Spiral as Enrollment Drops http://t.co/nHRhO4Gc1R Too much capacity & affordability is a problem $$ $APOL Apr 14, 2014

Outside the US

  • China GDP Gauge Seen Showing Deeper Slowdown http://t.co/ntIxxdXcpO If China increases consumption GDP growth will fall faster still $$ $FXI Apr 18, 2014
  • Housing Trouble Grows in China http://t.co/Z4tKUuqLFd Overbuilding by Real-Estate Developers Leaves Smaller Cities W/Glut of Apartments $$ Apr 18, 2014
  • Suddenly, Europe Is Taking a Harder Line on Russia Sanctions http://t.co/MnzxvMP3pe Nations can solidify when they face a common threat $$ Apr 18, 2014
  • Las Bambas Copper Mine Purchase Shows China’s Still in the Hunt for Commodities http://t.co/h1cqGERGCu China may not b changing much $$ Apr 18, 2014
  • Forgetting How to Speak Russian http://t.co/D0UwT6unki Among former Soviet republics knowing Russian is less important for business $$ Apr 18, 2014
  • The Middle East War on Christians http://t.co/BW1NwCAXuH Israeli Ambassador 2 UN argues Israel is tolerant of Christians, not like some $$ Apr 18, 2014
  • Britons Struggle to Save for Home Down Payments as Prices Surge http://t.co/M6vH0vDlDs Space is constrained in London & foreigners buy $$ Apr 18, 2014
  • US Said to Warn Money Managers of More Russia Sanctions http://t.co/rB8AUQTsnc Putin knows Iran survived worse sanctions; Russia tougher $$ Apr 18, 2014
  • China Sentences Four Activists on Disturbing Public Order Charge http://t.co/Tx95rrhWsb Mostly, US has rule of law, China has rule by law $$ Apr 18, 2014
  • US govt isn’t perfect, but in principle the govt is subject to the Constitution & laws, & not merely able 2 use law 2 enforce its will $$ Apr 18, 2014
  • Frontier Fund Buyers Find It Pays To Look Under The Hood http://t.co/JQ6khwYllJ 2much $$ is being thrown @ frontier mkts; crowded trade $FM Apr 18, 2014
  • Why iShares’ ‘FM’ Is About To Get Better http://t.co/4FiqlfW0YS Diversifies out of Middle East, but frontier market vals r stretched $$ $FM Apr 18, 2014
  • Putin’s 21-Year Quest to Be Russian Guardian Began in Estonia http://t.co/5oelLBHCmN Father was betrayed by Estonians in WWI, almost died $$ Apr 15, 2014

Market Dynamics & Fundamentals

  • Bridgewater Founder Says 85 Percent Of Pensions will Go Bankrupt http://t.co/YknEmyGgfJ 9% pension returns required, 4% is most likely $$ Apr 19, 2014
  • The Fitch Fundamentals Index Dashboard http://t.co/OzI6KWUFfs Interesting little utility 4 understanding where we are in the credit cycle $$ Apr 19, 2014
  • Rich Start-Ups Go Back for Another Helping http://t.co/ZbFbpLVgmM When capital is plentiful, bad decisions get made. expected returns low $$ Apr 18, 2014
  • Stumbling S&P 500 Reaches Worst Stretch of Election Cycle http://t.co/zgJTynu2od Interesting timing, wonder whether past is prologue? $$ Apr 18, 2014
  • How a 56-Year-Old Engineer’s $45K Loss Spurred SEC Probe http://t.co/3HfdH2aqxK Always read the risk factors in the prospectus or 10K $$ Apr 18, 2014
  • High-Speed Traders Said to Be Subpoenaed in NY Probe http://t.co/2qxmrxeVd7 What level of technology is legitimate 2 gain an advantage? $$ Apr 18, 2014
  • Nuggets of Corporate Governance Wisdom From Charlie Munger http://t.co/gMFIE9jlRM Also c this paper: http://t.co/033v0bgdYr $$ $BRK.B $SPY Apr 18, 2014
  • Global stock rally: World market cap reached record high in March, &is $2.4T above pre-recession, pre-crisis level http://t.co/iMq0IoBhch $$ Apr 18, 2014
  • Speed—the only HFT advantage? Not so fast—Flash Boyshttp://www.cnbc.com/id/101586488 Algorithms may also be an advantage w/price patterns $$ Apr 18, 2014
  • Investor Alert – Exchange-Traded Notes—Avoid Unpleasant Surprises http://t.co/NqhUr2whsJ A helpful reminder 2b wary of exotic ETNs $$ $SPY Apr 18, 2014
  • Americans Sold on Real Estate as Best Long-Term Investment http://t.co/La4UROU0ie Helps explain y retail investors lose on average $$ $GLD Apr 18, 2014
  • Destroying Smart Beta 2: Ground Rules http://t.co/uecYqZLCEe Smart beta is a trendy but vapid concept, factors should be part of alpha $$ Apr 18, 2014
  • Gross Loses to Goldman in Hot Bond Strategy as Pimco Lags http://t.co/VWv7UC72bS Series of bad bets makes Pimco a laggard as AUM flees $$ Apr 15, 2014
  • Trillion-Dollar Firms Dominating Bonds Prompting Probes http://t.co/RXZNkNwtFs Concentrated markets can lead to bond pricing distortions $$ Apr 15, 2014

US Politics & Policy

  • What’s the Matter With Illinois? http://t.co/wmDiyWDN1e They r the exemplary state for shortsightedness & corruption $$ Apr 19, 2014
  • Heartbleed Hackers Steal Encryption Keys in Threat Test http://t.co/dYfezfXe8A >6 people were able to extract private key of a website $$ Apr 19, 2014
  • Elijah Cummings, W/IRS, Targeted Tea Party Group True The Vote http://t.co/TE5A1zTM0y I live in his gerrymandered district; kick him out $$ Apr 18, 2014
  • Yellen Lays Groundwork for Rules on Short-Term Credit Markets http://t.co/z03MWlpsqI Fed doesn’t regulate the banks well, y try 4 more? $$ Apr 18, 2014
  • Schooling on a ‘Debit Card’ http://t.co/wwixbB0pqy Arizona created a program so that special needs kids can get specialized schooling $$ Apr 18, 2014
  • IRS Among Agencies Using License Plate-Tracking Vendor http://t.co/HTs5aEMNtK Howard County Police use it & catch people 4 old crimes $$ Apr 18, 2014
  • Wealth Effect Failing to Move Wealthy to Spend http://t.co/R3vfD5i94J Wealth effect, if it exists, is small, FOMC is pursuing illusions $$ Apr 18, 2014
  • NSA Said 2 Exploit Heartbleed Bug for Intelligence for Years http://t.co/9XvcLX9ZTE NSA quietly knows security vulnerabilities; uses them $$ Apr 15, 2014
  • The Wall Street second-chances rule: scandal makes the rich grow stronger http://t.co/8HhscWJjMN What does not kill us makes us stronger? $$ Apr 14, 2014

Practical

  • How well do you know your insurance policy? http://t.co/szp3G8H4kN Know what is covered & what isn’t, how much is covered & options $$ Apr 19, 2014
  • Attention Shoppers: Fruit and Vegetable Prices Are Rising http://t.co/MMdPOLry9A As are meat prices & most food prices $$ #agflation Apr 18, 2014
  • How to start investing http://t.co/yGyziE8Tac Good advice from a credible source $$ Apr 18, 2014

Other

  • El Nino Signs Detected, Presaging Global Weather Change http://t.co/D1uDLS9aJ0 El Nino exists 2 give us something 2 blame when frustrated $$ Apr 18, 2014
  • More People Pick Elimination Diets to Discover Food Sensitivities http://t.co/ftQkzs3PxP Fad and Science of Not Eating Entire Food Groups $$ Apr 18, 2014
  • SAT Adopts Real-World Questions and Jettisons Obscure Words http://t.co/Mspw9EG3OV In 2016, changes from intelligence to achievement test $$ Apr 18, 2014
  • Scientists Make First Embryo Clones From Adults http://t.co/e5qlwyiWwj Cloned cells 2create early-stage embryos, matching DNA tissue $$ Apr 18, 2014

Comments, Replies & Retweets

  • RT @howardlindzon: Funds still paying up (I say silly overpay) for private over public, this is spooking IPO ‘s for sure http://t.co/mclSd9… Apr 15, 2014

Sorted Weekly Tweets

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

US Policy & Politics 

  • Nearly Half of Dodd-Frank Rules Still Unwritten http://t.co/TwzSawT298 Experiment of regulation by study committees continues albeit slow $$ Apr 12, 2014
  • Banks Given Two Extra Years to Fully Comply With Volcker Rule http://t.co/XVfO9CKMm7 Banks prefer abolition; Fed offers a delay $$ #more? Apr 12, 2014
  • How Big Banks Created a Fed to Serve Their Own Interests http://t.co/tUlNYE3px5 Fed almost always ends up being a shill 4 the banks $$ $XLF Apr 12, 2014
  • Angry students snap photos of lunches, tell Michelle Obama: ‘You call this a [expletive] lunch?’ http://t.co/PY4gfa90oI Food Nazis r mean $$ Apr 12, 2014
  • On equal pay for women, Obama challenges GOP to ‘join us in this the 21st century’ http://t.co/wthQJKwsOO White House has own disparities $$ Apr 12, 2014
  • When the Messenger Is Worth Shooting http://t.co/GGuAxpkizc Fewer & fewer people think teaching financial literacy 2 avg ppl works $$ $SPY Apr 12, 2014
  • Republicans should be friendly to markets, not to business http://t.co/YXEWNr9MEh Big business excellent at co-opt laws 4 their own good $$ Apr 12, 2014
  • Maybe a Gender Pay Gap Is OK http://t.co/2rtYIZ6MFo This argumentation isn’t new; economists have been making this argument since the 70s $$ Apr 12, 2014
  • The Best SEC Money Can Buy http://t.co/wbwBB0CYd4 @ritholtz on Jim Kidney’s excellent retirement speech on the SEC which is worth reading $$ Apr 12, 2014
  • Food Price Shock, 2014 Edition http://t.co/u79xlrwK1I Note that the last time this happened, wars & other pains hit developing world $$ Apr 12, 2014

Market Impact

  • Hedge Fund Industry Growing With Pensions To Thank http://t.co/RF2FTh3YsD Probably a mistake as hedge funds tend not 2b good w/volatility $$ Apr 12, 2014
  • Hedge Funds Unwind As Growth To Value Rotation Intensifies http://t.co/XoK1RFKiAg As growth stocks correct, hedge funds chase performance $$ Apr 12, 2014
  • How Money Managers Fight Their Emotions and Sometimes Lose http://t.co/J0KH06m12P Too Bold? Not bold enough? Tough 2strike right balance $$ Apr 12, 2014
  • The Buys You Can’t Make Yourself http://t.co/0swRNG0Eyo @reformedbroker points out the value of @MebFaber ‘s global value ETF $GVAL $$ Apr 12, 2014
  • Humble Student of the Markets: A quant lesson from a technician http://t.co/svQilIRW4m Useful way to understand indicators & mkt regimes $$ Apr 12, 2014
  • 2014 crash will be worse than 1987′s: Marc Faber http://t.co/Guil41sSvP Bold w/respect to timing &severity of the next crisis, prob wrong $$ Apr 12, 2014
  • Do ‘rising rate’ ETFs really protect investors? http://t.co/tcx2p4qtuc I would b wary here; additional yield often carries hidden risks $$ Apr 12, 2014

Rest of the World

  • Kuroda Seen Brewing Yen-Weakening Surprise Action http://t.co/fVpFvwEiJz Don’t b shocked if the BOJ does yet more to weaken the yen $FXY $$ Apr 12, 2014
  • This is the bank to watch for a Chinese credit implosion http://t.co/sKL9NPruZz Minsheng is an aggressive lender 2the most dodgy credits $$ Apr 12, 2014
  • China’s steelmakers have branched out into shadow banking—which is funny since they owe $484B http://t.co/Z1IzHBJJ7G Brief stmt of prob $$ Apr 12, 2014
  • China Pizza Passion Has Fonterra Riding Mozzarella Wave http://t.co/J4605GnGK4 Pizza is so different than traditional Chinese food $$ $YUM Apr 12, 2014
  • Ukraine’s Rust Belt Faces Ruin as Putin Threatens Imports http://t.co/7BYk6ULy3t Russia has more ec influence on Ukraine thn US on Russia $$ Apr 12, 2014
  • Saudi Banks Reject Algosaibi Meeting on $5.9B Default http://t.co/6eZwowBlZW Islamic finance struggles w/debt that isn’t debt but is debt $$ Apr 12, 2014
  • Lavender-Filled Teddy Bears From Tasmania Are a Big Hit in China http://t.co/ubhWoUSnQz Bobbie Bear touches the hearts of Chinese ladies $$ Apr 12, 2014
  • Top economists warn Germany that EMU crisis as dangerous as ever http://t.co/gsqrbZ5ox0 Overall & banking leverage still higher than safe $$ Apr 12, 2014
  • Fracking’s hottest year in China http://t.co/5xVoKK6K0d China finds gas & tight oil in their shale formations. Who knew? $$ $FXI $XLE Apr 12, 2014

Companies & Industries

  • Time Inc. to Raise $1.4B in Debt for Spinoff http://t.co/8QUGvyKhrv I would b careful here; levering up old media not a recipe 4 success $$ Apr 12, 2014
  • Vox Takes Melding of Journalism and Technology to a New Level http://t.co/YdMuuu0ZQC Vox Media creates a content mgmt system 4 journalism $$ Apr 12, 2014
  • Trailer Parks Lure Wall Street Investors Looking for Double-Wide Returns http://t.co/zym4OmSDP5 Poor people have a hard time moving $$ Apr 12, 2014

Other

  • Stay-at-Home Moms Rise in Reversal of Modern Family Trend http://t.co/sCBErpTIhk Children deserve attention to help them grow up $$ $SPY Apr 12, 2014
  • More Moms Staying Home, Reversing Decadeslong Decline http://t.co/w7bnhw8tQd Value in efforts 2 produce better children w/more parenting $$ Apr 12, 2014
  • Font War: Inside the Design World’s $20M Divorce http://t.co/4YpYf1x5UN Not clearly spelling out a partnership agreement: font of trouble $$ Apr 12, 2014
  • Windows XP Goes Dark; Will Hackers Be Lurking? http://t.co/GPBJKpzdhf XP has been debugged; odds of significant holes are low $$ Apr 12, 2014
  • After Heartbleed Bug, A Race to Plug Internet Hole http://t.co/HCBfcHBl5O A significant part of internet affecting privacy had a hole $$ Apr 12, 2014
  • Global solar dominance in sight as science trumps fossil fuels http://t.co/BZOdAVwYbA Can capture 31% of sun’s energy with a 111V Solar Cell Apr 12, 2014
  • At Gross’s Pimco, El-Erian Says ‘Different Styles’ Stopped Working Well Together http://t.co/vRqPfRA67m Oil & water eventually separated $$ Apr 12, 2014

Wrong

  • Unsafe: Greece Plans to Issue Long-Term Bond on Wednesday http://t.co/X4gnld481q Lust 4 yield guides the behavior of debt investors $$ Apr 12, 2014
  • Misleading: Oklahoma Swamped by Surge in Earthquakes Near Fracking http://t.co/nHfPIWys3q All quakes r little which avoids big quakes $$ Apr 12, 2014
  • Wrong: Are Safer Cars Worth the Money? http://t.co/1N0Y9aklJb Misapplies benefit-cost analysis; may b cheaper ways 2 save more lives $$ $F Apr 12, 2014

Retweets, Replies & Comments

  • ‘ @foxjust Nice going; EEBS is breaktakingly honest with respect to earnings manipulation. cc: @jciesielski $$ Apr 12, 2014
  • RT @ReformedBroker: Reminder: The Fed’s own economic forecasts are basically worse than your dog’s. http://t.co/uLYirMA5zB Apr 09, 2014

Sorted Weekly Tweets

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Rest of the World

  • Putin’s Rejection of the West, in Writing http://t.co/X0SOPFH80d ”Russia must be viewed as a unique and original civilization…” $$ $MACRO Apr 05, 2014
  • Japan Working Women Face Tax Blow as Their Numbers Swell http://t.co/D38taPNgWT Govt’s like women working o/s home: can tax their output $$ Apr 05, 2014
  • China Leverage Seen Rising Through 2016 http://t.co/8hJzmlSBp5 It’s relatively worse than advertised, debts r private, bank & muni $$ Apr 03, 2014
  • China Unsated by US Ham Means More Food Deals http://t.co/Cn7hFTEGwP If China is rebalancing to consumption, expect large food imports $$ Apr 03, 2014
  • Rajan Offers No Solace as Developers Fight Rut http://t.co/Ml8RhIt7Eb Rising rates put pressure on Indian businessmen $$ Apr 03, 2014
  • CHINA IS IMPORTING GOLD SECRETLY USING MILITARY CHANNELS http://t.co/gYAjRrwz1c @JamesGRickards new book is coming out in a few days $$ $GLD Apr 01, 2014
  • How rumour sparked panic and three-day bank run in Chinese city http://t.co/i3K74leRHG All it took was a rumor that went viral $$ $FXI $SPY Apr 01, 2014
  • Foreign Policy Legacy of Obama Administration in European Hands http://t.co/LTF2ozdpyA U don’t want Europeans 2question the value of NATO $$ Apr 01, 2014
  • Chinese Private Sector Debt http://t.co/4LMSyjvEV9 China’s ratio of private debt to GDP is higher than the US & EU http://t.co/lXhCxlzumX $$ Apr 01, 2014
  • Poor Coordination Led to Flawed Search for Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 http://t.co/RugoIUSm1y Maybe, but would have been hard $$ Apr 01, 2014
  • South Sudan Ethnic Hatred Drives Rebel Leader’s White Army http://t.co/diy5Tk9W8M Read the last sentence & u will c y this war persists $$ Apr 01, 2014
  • She’s lost 3 sons in the war & is adamant should continue. “The war will not be stopped until we kill all Dinka, including the children,” $$ Apr 01, 2014
  • China Burns Speculators as $5.5B Lost on Yuan Bets http://t.co/srRCSJ9kmU Real market goes more than 1 way, doles out punishment 2losers $$ Apr 01, 2014
  • Almost 10,000 Divorces Each Day in China’s Breakup Boom http://t.co/0T7pTpeg4e Driven by increasing economics & greater freedom 2 do so $$ Apr 01, 2014
  • Dashed Ikea Dreams Show Decades Lost to Bribery in Ukraine http://t.co/9fU4nPMnSj Corruption & denial of propty rights keep nations poor $$ Apr 01, 2014
  • China’s $14.5B Test http://t.co/W9lO6L2LDc China seizes $14.5B assets from family, associates of ex-security chief http://t.co/6STqFY74DB $$ Apr 01, 2014
  • China Lake Saved From Stink Leaves Fiscal Cleanup for Li http://t.co/lAOloKNSxo Ability 2 service municipal debt is a problem 4 China $$ Apr 01, 2014

US Politics & Policy

  • A Catastrophe Like No Other http://t.co/zKuULERWYm Peggy Noonan: The president tries to put a good face on ObamaCare $$ #unforcederror $TLT Apr 05, 2014
  • Janet Yellen’s Human Message Gets Clouded http://t.co/8oYHkdPN4W Truth is monetary policy is weak w/respect to unemployment $$ Change regs Apr 03, 2014
  • Yelp Reviews Brew Fight Over Free Speech, Fairness http://t.co/2SoSO8K54f Free speech doesn’t mean u can say anything, libel is a crime $$ Apr 03, 2014
  • Democrats Bet on Technology Instead of Paying Down Debts http://t.co/UjTKK9VFjC Dems put lack of $$ where mouth is, b/c debts don’t matter Apr 01, 2014
  • Constitutional conundrum: Michigan demand 4a balanced budget could trigger amendment convention http://t.co/UU2pVgEnuu States take power? $$ Apr 01, 2014
  • The House Republican Mess http://t.co/COfoZ0303M GOP leadership held unannounced voice vote on a one-year unfunded “doc fix” 4 Medicare $$ Apr 01, 2014
  • What Is a Patent Troll? Congress, Courts Try to Find Out http://t.co/BDDs3DOccp Should not be able to patent ideas, many ways 2 implement $$ Apr 01, 2014
  • Controversial FHA payoff rule to end http://t.co/gopPWWpQYL At closings, FHA required one month’s interest from sellers who prepaid mtge $$ Apr 01, 2014
  • Supreme Court skeptical of computer-based patents http://t.co/nHLTpDyP8J Multiple ways 2 achieve same results w/computer code $$ $MSFT $GOOG Apr 01, 2014
  • Yellen Assures Markets on Interest Rates http://t.co/OeOTmQHZuj In the short-run, monetary looseness helps, in the long-run it hurts $$ $TLT Apr 01, 2014
  • GOP Sees a New Path for Senate Through Iowa http://t.co/wsb8jJKpWd Looking at the data, the GOP will have a hard time taking the Senate $$ Apr 01, 2014            

Market Impact

  • Buying Bonds in Sellers’ World: Prepare to Fail http://t.co/y7DBRjX57P If u r a life insurer, don’t want 2 give up income from prem bonds $$ Apr 05, 2014
  • Emerging markets ETFs take off in March and June http://t.co/Dd5IMvcU8B Bear market rallies r short & sharp, watch monetary tightening $$ Apr 03, 2014
  • Investors Clamor for Risky Debt Offerings http://t.co/pYAj8nxQve High yield isn’t so high anymore, & income starvation leads ppl astray $$ Apr 03, 2014
  • Gross Worst as Volatility Spikes in Fund http://t.co/V1ncKkJNHW Bad idea to move to 5s just as Yellen began to speak unguardedly $$ #taper Apr 03, 2014
  • Forget the lottery. Time for the Billionaire ETF? http://t.co/K2IZvH5CuA Kind of a follow the 13Fs of the wealthy fund, could do worse $$ Apr 03, 2014
  • Vanguard Beats BlackRock Winning Most ETF Money This Year http://t.co/V1IppyRKyv Low fees, sticky clients, tracks index well, low fees $$ Apr 01, 2014
  • Andreesen On How To Kill Stock Market http://t.co/sbgdxaumyy Personal pet peeve is how Sarbox killed off sponsored listings of fgn firms $$ Apr 01, 2014
  • Activists Beat S&P 500 in 48% Gain for Shareholders http://t.co/TwRuCI4lp3 Cool interactive graphic $$ $SPY Apr 01, 2014
  • Investors Picking Fights Enhance Value as Stocks Beat S&P 500 http://t.co/c7N0cM7ytB Problem: avg investors can’t find those stocks early $$ Apr 01, 2014
  • Biggest ETF Flow From US Debt Since ’10 on Growth Optimism http://t.co/YEy2MGXYKI Funny how long Tsys haven’t tanked yet $$ $TLT Apr 01, 2014
  • So Far, So Meh http://t.co/0dCzzhpav3 @ReformedBroker tells us to expect a boring year when all is done with lots of jolts inbetween $$ $SPY Apr 01, 2014
  • Flows Don’t Follow Value, They Follow Performance http://t.co/lwe3zP0zIX @reformedbroker tells u small investors r always late & lose $$ Apr 01, 2014  

High Frequency Trading (Boo!)

  • Michael Lewis Feels No Shame as Book Curdles Tempers http://t.co/qIbX9ztO2r Must admit, I lost respect 4 him on this last media circus $$ Apr 05, 2014
  • High-Frequency Trading May Be Too Efficient http://t.co/3yLdqjijcA @matt_levine explains the effect of HFT, who gets hurt, who doesn’t $$ Apr 03, 2014
  • High-Frequency Traders Chase Currencies as Stock Volume Recedes http://t.co/YSHRec5emx Ponder how HFT can b good 1 place & bad in others $$ Apr 03, 2014
  • What Michael Lewis Gets Wrong About High-Frequency Trading http://t.co/1kf3Uh9fDH He gets quite a bit wrong; this is a good summary $$ Apr 03, 2014
  • An Adaptation From ‘Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt,’ by Michael Lewis http://t.co/8TB1fkkzbt Tells story creating a fair stock exchange $$ Apr 01, 2014  

Marvel Comics Movies

  • Kevin Feige, Marvel’s Superhero at Running Movie Franchises http://t.co/R5wWdhlAUX Great article. Explains the strategic aspects well $$ Apr 05, 2014
  • Comic Wars: How Two Tycoons Battled Over the Marvel Comics Empire–And Both Lost http://t.co/NuRuteq8f1 Provides backstory for Marvel $$ Apr 05, 2014  

Companies & Industries

  • Energy Future Talks Pit Billionaires Against Billionaires http://t.co/Foaq3v50rf & the IRS, who is owed billions, creditors want 2 stiff $$ Apr 03, 2014
  • Old Math Casts Doubt on Accuracy of Oil Reserve Estimates http://t.co/wM1FQHAKvz Life of fracked wells is a lot shorter than conventional $$ Apr 03, 2014
  • New $GOOG Shares Hit Market as Founders Cement Grip With Split http://t.co/FdYqQCPFPR Won’t hurt much, just don’t issue2many C shs $$ $GOOGL Apr 03, 2014
  • The Argument for $75 Oil Should Be $95 Oil http://t.co/2EZdu90Scv W/weak global econ, oil should b falling but it is not; new equilibrium $$ Apr 01, 2014  

Other

  • Loans Are Finally Easier to Get http://t.co/JaVFE1LBLG If this persists for 6 months, start watching consumer price inflation $$ Apr 03, 2014
  • Jules Kroll’s KBRA Out to Disrupt Cozy Ratings Agency Business http://t.co/xGOiU3Tg7V Starts in area of greatest failure: securitizations $$ Apr 03, 2014
  • So U Think You’re Smarter Than A CIA Agent http://t.co/OLWUPMnQi9 Good Judgment project finds bright ppl who predict better than experts $$ Apr 03, 2014
  • Do We Hate Female Bosses? http://t.co/0oR9PBiSLe Never had one, so I don’t know. ;) $$ Apr 03, 2014
  • How Americans Meet Their Spouses http://t.co/f5L9GZ6i8K Fewer people meet their spouses @ work, more meet them over the internet than b4 $$ Apr 01, 2014
  • US Airports Are Off the Chart http://t.co/s1dO4kOeOR @Ritholtz shows how lack of infrastructural investment hurts the US $$ $SPY $TLT Apr 01, 2014
  • Millennials Mired in Wealth Gap as Older Americans Gain http://t.co/OfXlbWIV0l If u had lots of debts & few assets going into 2008, ouch $$ Apr 01, 2014  

Wrong

  • 2hard: US Seeks Changes to ‘Skewed’ Data in UN Climate Draft http://t.co/udApXg8XFq Models r 2complex 2produce any sort of accuracy $$ $SPY Apr 05, 2014
  • Wrong: Investment strategies you’d be foolish to ignore – Pros http://t.co/CTaNMR01Sb Many of these might work in the short-run, not L-T $$ Apr 03, 2014
  • Wrong: Schwab: HFT a cancer that needs to be stopped http://t.co/iVh9eatou2 It’s more complex than that; improves mkts in some ways $$ $SPY Apr 03, 2014
  • Wrong: Christine Lagarde: global economic growth is still too slow http://t.co/doefcWDiLN Aside frm degegulation govts can’t affct growth $$ Apr 03, 2014
  • Wrong: This Ratio Reveals The Market’s Top Bargains http://t.co/Hs9A55z9To Makes rookie error of applying FCF 2 financials, can’t b done $$ Apr 03, 2014
  • Wrong: The Modern View of the Stock Market http://t.co/OnhWdKgPrj Value of MPT is that it sidelines smart people who would b competitors $$ Apr 01, 2014
  • Meh: Flight 370 Search Gains Vessel With Black Box-Detector http://t.co/5PhcNkIEhL Late 2 arrive; can’t probe more than 1 mile deep $$ $BA Apr 01, 2014
  • Maybe: Home Sales in US Poised to Surge With Spring http://t.co/Pi2oE4es0n Maybe if prices come down this might happen, few moveup buyers $$ Apr 01, 2014
  • Very Wrong: When You Really Look, Financial Quicksand Turns Into Oligarchical BS http://t.co/LhiEZNxtas Claims Govt debt doesn’t matter $$ Apr 01, 2014  

Comments, Replies, and Retweets

  • @charlie_simpson Marry young, have children, a recipe for happiness that fights loneliness — true for men as well. Apr 02, 2014
  • @insidermonkey @jimcramer @katsuyama Stupid argument. Read & learn http://t.co/AtOpRCaRrN $$ Apr 02, 2014
  • . @dpinsen seems he just wants it 2 stop. Also notes Darfur attacked once again http://t.co/HRQ1xRLNYc & http://t.co/dDE995HFi0 $$ $SPY $TLT Apr 01, 2014
  • @dpinsen I’m not backing the Ukraine in NATO — only caution. NATO should be bold or silent, but not in-between, counting the costs. $$ Mar 30, 2014

Sorted Weekly Tweets

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

Rest of the World

 

  • Malaysia Plane Traced in Inmarsat Engineer London Huddle http://t.co/roKtJSY9WY How they managed to figure out the area of the crash $$ $SPY Mar 30, 2014
  • UK Pension Revolution Putting Long-Term Bonds at Risk http://t.co/o8TNO4lgAn Need 2 match liabs drives demand 4 long bonds, lowers yields $$ Mar 30, 2014
  • Putin Has Exposed NATO’s Weakness http://t.co/xDs2X10AKg US & NATO Europe willing to agree upon? What r they willing 2 risk? Be careful $$ Mar 30, 2014
  • China Said to Expand Property Survey Amid Oversupply Concern http://t.co/m0VAkijXmi Will b difficult 2 end overinvestment by fiat $$ Mar 30, 2014
  • Chinese Pigs Eating Soybeans Cut US Supply to 1965 Low http://t.co/hLfrB2MXM1 Chinese demand 4 pork drives demand 4 US Soybeans $$ Mar 30, 2014
  • Lira Fate Tied to Real Assets as Hot Money Flees http://t.co/GpdoGuymdO In countries where inflation is a threat, invest in property $$ Mar 30, 2014
  • Business not ipso facto criminal: Tendency of presuming it guilty without proof is damaging India’s economy http://t.co/HgpdxdNrbu $$ Mar 30, 2014
  • Mr. Putin’s Revealing Speech http://t.co/BTQ2IDbny5 Defender of Orthodox civilization as he sees it pushes back against encroahing NATO $$ Mar 30, 2014
  • Russian Forces on Border Stir Concern as Crimea Annexed http://t.co/b7SLK8wTTH Threats of more economic sanctions will not deter Putin $$ Mar 23, 2014
  • What the West Can Learn From Putin’s Other Neighbors http://t.co/NB4aeGih9D Don’t make promises that u won’t keep; Putin is not scared $$ Mar 22, 2014

 

Financial Sector

 

  • So what is today’s nonbank business model? http://t.co/awllKHMHK1 Legalized extortion done to “protect consumers,” objective is political $$ Mar 30, 2014
  • Wall Street Banks Cut Out of Prized Commercial Mortgages http://t.co/xImkJXAwC7 $MET $PRU originate commercial mortgages 2 fund own liabs $$ Mar 30, 2014
  • SEC Is Probing Dealings by Banks and Companies in Loan Securities http://t.co/yseFiyZvFJ Current CLO issuance drives loan issuance $$ $BKLN Mar 30, 2014
  • Pimco Chases BlackRock in ETFs as Money Returns to Bonds http://t.co/rL9Bm40rHm Amazing how people follow anything w/positive momentum $$ Mar 30, 2014
  • And if banks start lending aggressively, it will b time to radically shrink asset maturities in bond portfolios, velocity will b rising $$ Mar 30, 2014
  • Banks Lending Like It’s 2007 Belied by $10T Hoard http://t.co/Ef6yHiVNSu But they aren’t lending heavy yet, if they do FOMC has 2tighten $$ Mar 30, 2014
  • Scandal-Hit British Banks Turn to ‘Weirdy Beardy’ http://t.co/XGv1Bt9af1 ”Why do you exist?” “Who r u?” Pondering existence bugs bankers $$ Mar 30, 2014
  • Josh Rosner: The Wrong Remedy for Fannie and Freddie http://t.co/ExIuZxRlyM Better to wind them up & get Govt out of the Mtge mkts $$ Mar 30, 2014
  • Iowa’s Friendlier Watchdogs Lead Insurer Pack to Des Moines http://t.co/UPug7MJA7I Iowa DOI will regret embracing complexity, gtee funds2 $$ Mar 30, 2014

 

Market Impact

 

  • Which will win? $BRK.B or $IWM ? 3views: http://t.co/P4rWOG283S & http://t.co/c20Fbqh2b6 & http://t.co/QMIWqojPnB BRK will beat smallcaps $$ Mar 30, 2014
  • Americans Can’t Retire When Bill Gross Sees Repression http://t.co/4hNi5jAH2U Investments eventually reflect the underlying cash flows $$ Mar 30, 2014
  • Financial scars linger: 1/3 of investors wary of stocks http://t.co/xbFcGeOykX Have 2 wait 4 these people 2 come & put in the top $$ $SPY Mar 30, 2014
  • 1999 Buffett: stocks can’t possibly meet public’s expectations. Internet? Notes how few got rich in auto &aviation http://t.co/2FsC9vuvKe $$ Mar 30, 2014
  • Declining Pension Benefits Leave Workers Uneasy http://t.co/A5RmBueODe Difficult 2 fund high benefits when interest rates r so low $$ $TLT Mar 30, 2014
  • Google Traders See Opportunity in Confusion on New Shares http://t.co/2bTfXy75ol New nonvoting shares may allow 4 some arbitrage plays $$ Mar 30, 2014
  • Attention Suckers: Please Send Us Your Money http://t.co/Mibp1EXWh3 @Ritholtz comments how the JOBS Act weakened investor protections $$ Mar 30, 2014

 

US Housing

 

  • High Prices Partly to Blame for Slow New Home Sales http://t.co/rSHWH4Uzra When markets near their peak, frequently volumes drop off $$ $LEN Mar 30, 2014
  • Time might be ripe for boomers to sell their homes and move on http://t.co/hzL9mMImDS Sell them 2whom & @ what price? Lack move-up buyers $$ Mar 30, 2014
  • Finding a House That Won’t Destroy You http://t.co/kJNQf3upos Buy a house u can afford even under stressed conditions, reduce risk $$ Mar 30, 2014

 

US Politics, Policy & Economics

 

  • Florida’s Scott Travels on Corporate Tab as Lobbyists Tag Along http://t.co/qhDVzIgXO1 Governors increasingly use corporate $$ 2fund trips Mar 30, 2014
  • IRS Takes a Position on Bitcoin: It’s Property http://t.co/aCbGKvWGRT Thus any trading of bitcoins involves capital gains &losses $$ $BTCUSD Mar 30, 2014
  • Google, EBay and the Roots of Collusion http://t.co/Vc2SMUU5T5 Some don’t want to annoy companies that r complementary 2their biz goals $$ Mar 30, 2014
  • The Individual Mandate Goes Poof http://t.co/PvjexmswaF Barack Obama undoes what House GOP would like 2undo, just not permanently totally $$ Mar 30, 2014
  • Global Warming Will Not Cost the Earth, Leaked IPCC Report Admits http://t.co/hziljg2Npp Will b interesting 2c how gets spun by bothsides $$ Mar 30, 2014
  • Economists: Rising interest rates are the biggest threat to recovery http://t.co/gPQ1c2ZHAQ More evidence that rates will stay low $TLT $$ Mar 24, 2014
  • Kocherlakota: Don’t raise rates to head off possible crisis http://t.co/yxAGSWGmGQ There may come a time when you will have no choice $$ Mar 22, 2014

Other

 

  • Advice for a Happy Life by Charles Murray http://t.co/7y51RDeGy3 Marry young & someone similar 2u, don’t try2get rich, Groundhog Day $$ $SPY Mar 30, 2014
  • Why Runners Can’t Eat Whatever They Want http://t.co/FLMOWE8sC1 Studies Show Heart Risks to Devil-May-Care Diets—No Matter How Much U Run $$ Mar 30, 2014
  • Speed Reading Returns http://t.co/EwxEFe6Paz Apps and Classes Help People Adapt 2Reading on Their Phones | More content 2 read everywhere $$ Mar 30, 2014
  • The book Scientology tried to ban http://t.co/g4GeTda7bS Read about the *real* L. Ron Hubbard, from a book Church of Scientology hates $$ Mar 30, 2014

 

Wrong

  • Wrong: Not Voting Should Not Be a Choice http://t.co/UlBFwMe6fi Seems fundamental that no one should b forced to vote; it’s a protest $$ Mar 30, 2014
  • Wrong: Japan Is Doomed Unless It Learns to Love Inflation http://t.co/AFD8QA1d8Z More “hair of the dog that bit you solutions” $$ $JPY $JOF Mar 30, 2014
  • Wrong: Digital v human: the new debate http://t.co/PiUgvNHm6x We’ve seen transformational technologies b4, takes a while 4 new jobs 2show $$ Mar 30, 2014
  • Wrong: Fed’s Bullard: Yellen’s ‘6 Months’ Comment Doesn’t Represent Change in Policy Stance http://t.co/v7gzHBobVw Could have fooled me $$ Mar 22, 2014

 

Notes, Comments, Reples & Retweets

  • RT @ReformedBroker: In November 1999, Buffett wrote this op-ed for Fortune on why he doesn’t bet on innovation. @pmarca @hblodget http://t… Mar 27, 2014
  • RT @felixsalmon: “This means Bitcoins are not fungible, and that makes it unworkable as a currency.” http://t.co/JjFOO8Z2Xq cc @pmarca @bar… Mar 27, 2014
  • RT @journalistjosh: Crowdfunding emptor: Attention Suckers: Please Send Us Your Money http://t.co/gvxeT4SyOW via @BloombergView Mar 27, 2014
  • We enjoyed having @susanweiner speak to us at the #CFA Institute – Baltimore; we can all benefit from learning to write more engagingly $$ Mar 26, 2014
  • ‘ @PlanMaestro Yes, I remember that piece http://t.co/YDhQTnNopk and the series that followed it http://t.co/OC2PfnWc1z $$ Capital efficient Mar 26, 2014

 

Sorted Weekly Tweets

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

Federal Reserve

 

  • Why Central Banks Should Be Vague http://t.co/iVO9s9l3il They would b better off saying nothing, as their ability 2analyze future is poor $$ Mar 21, 2014
  • Yellen and the Curse of Forward Guidance @BloombergView http://t.co/kAWJg4vrEN Better the Fed should shut up & let the market adjust $$ $TLT Mar 21, 2014
  • Yellen and the Fed Go Dark http://t.co/M70bG02KZ3 @M_C_Klein tells the truth, better the FOMC should say nothing, words don’t mean much $$ Mar 21, 2014
  • Yellen Punt Prompts Panic http://t.co/ztlpEuEGp6 Interesting to be quoted in the article above. Author liked my comment on the weather $$ Mar 20, 2014
  • Essentially Yellen said monetary policy will b the same as before, only more so. But the forecasts show a faster removal of accommodation $$ Mar 19, 2014
  • Level of Central tendency of FOMC Fed Funds forecasts 2014-6, LR — 0.30%, 1.13%, 2.42%, 3.88% Change -0.04%, 0.07%, 0.25%, -0.01% $$ Mar 19, 2014
  • Level of Central tendency of forecasts for when the Fed first starts tightening Fed funds: October 2015, change from prior January 2016 $$ Mar 19, 2014
  • Level of Central tendency of FOMC PCE Inflation forecasts 2014-6, LR — 1.55%, 1.80%, 1.84%, 2.00% Change 0.04%, 0.03%, -0.03%, 0.00% $$ Mar 19, 2014
  • Level of Central tendency of FOMC Unemp forecasts 2014-6, LR — 6.21%, 5.73%, 5.41%, 5.45% Change -0.24%, -0.20%, -0.13%, -0.08% $$ Mar 19, 2014
  • Level of Central tendency of FOMC GDP forecasts 2014-6, LR — 2.81%, 3.04%, 2.76%, 2.21% Change -0.13%, -0.09%, -0.08%, -0.05% $$ Mar 19, 2014
  • Low-Wage Workers Are Finding Poverty Harder to Escape http://t.co/RQP18XOPQA Low Marketable Skills plus divorce or no marriage w/kids $$ Mar 18, 2014
  • Fed set to roll out new low-rate pledge http://t.co/WXYH7aiBcK Fed spends 2much time on words, not enough on long-term efficacy of policy $$ Mar 18, 2014
  • Yellen should take away the punch bowl http://t.co/VzkzJZr83D Fed will never do that; doesn’t like 2 take actions that point back @ them $$ Mar 18, 2014

 

Rest of the World

 

  • Bloomberg Hints at Curb on Articles About China http://t.co/q1R6Xsa8fF Bloomberg makes its $$ by renting out terminals; wants more China biz Mar 21, 2014
  • CPI Credibility Lasts 34 Days as Doubts Return http://t.co/qtUNozXPnZ Well, that was quick – guess Argentina doesn’t want 2 pay more out $$ Mar 20, 2014
  • Putin’s Tools of Sabotage Beat Urgency of Ukraine Invasion http://t.co/Yv3rRkrdnd Putin ready 2 play a rougher game, understands politics $$ Mar 20, 2014
  • Putin Is No Madman to Russians as Power Play Trumps Economy http://t.co/hOPPmnCF5u We shouldn’t fight over this, Crimea is Russian $$ $RSX Mar 19, 2014
  • “Nobody Knows Anything” http://t.co/WTlzkgXvkM Knowledge lost as Cold War Generation gone from foreign policy: C: http://t.co/0KvkZIqlHW $$ Mar 18, 2014
  • How China’s official bank card is used to smuggle money http://t.co/2PIMdctQu5 Between Macau Casinos & UnionPay, wealthy get $$ out of China Mar 18, 2014
  • China to Spend More Than $162B on Shantytowns http://t.co/l0HKesS6lr Herding people into cities, but what will they do for work? $$ $FXI Mar 18, 2014
  • Alibaba Confirms It Will Begin IPO Process in US http://t.co/jkdScz12kQ Could be valuable 4 $YHOO who owns ~24% $$ Mar 18, 2014
  • The Welsh dairy farmers who bought 320 buy-to-let properties in Sweden http://t.co/haGuwFQXGn Worry when it seems easy 2 make $$ in housing Mar 18, 2014
  • Chinese Companies Caught in Yuan Riptide http://t.co/BnKss6ZQvN What was once viewed as “free money” proves to have a cost, panic ensues $$ Mar 18, 2014
  • Musk Jab at Rival Shows US Space Reliance on Russia http://t.co/NBun2inY5Q Interesting how we rely on Russia 4 manned space flight $$ Mar 18, 2014
  • Nigeria Overtaking South Africa Masks Poverty Trap http://t.co/Bf2ZGIXuHl When economy is mostly resource extraction inequality common $$ Mar 18, 2014
  • Putin’s Motives Rooted in History Remain a Mystery Abroad http://t.co/ckRcNaYgUj Should b happy that most of Ukraine is allied w/West $$ Mar 18, 2014
  • Chinese Developer Bonds Sink in Secondary Trade Amid Collapse http://t.co/LDVrHVdptU Test 4 Govt: how much bad credit will u bail out? $$ Mar 18, 2014
  • Japan Analysts Split on Fiscal Crisis Time as Tax Looms http://t.co/9VQPhtQaoD Testing the limits of how much a govt can borrow b4 crisis $$ Mar 18, 2014

New Businesses

 

  • Rock-Climbing Generation at Foot of US Startup Ascent http://t.co/dQjCDlYNVL Example of an unusual business catering to exercise wants $$ Mar 21, 2014
  • Zuckerberg, Musk Invest in Vicarious http://t.co/C5avwXQ0mi Part of brain that sees, controls the body, understands language & does math $$ Mar 21, 2014
  • Personally, I think Artificial Intelligence won’t succeed w/ that. No surprise that Vicarious is trying, though — would save lotsa time $$ Mar 21, 2014

 

Finance

 

  • Credit Card Data Security Standards Don’t Guarantee Security http://t.co/Kky2011rLb Antiquated technology relatively ez2hack, no surprise $$ Mar 21, 2014
  • Why Do High Frequency Traders Never Lose Money? http://t.co/V3CdYpzVZx Why do auctioneers & brokers rarely lose money facilitating trades $$ Mar 21, 2014
  • How to Decide on Your Investment in Bonds http://t.co/9ApVxQkxyG When rates are so low you should b extra careful, stay short & hi qual $$ Mar 21, 2014
  • Shadow Banking Deals Prompt SEC Plan to Cap Broker Leverage http://t.co/6CKxLVDYT5 SEC does not go far enough, repo mkts should b ended $$ Mar 21, 2014
  • SEC to take another look at ETF regulation http://t.co/pKPQeUvVqU Should leveraged products & inverse products b allowed? Lousy returns $$ Mar 20, 2014
  • Junk Bonds at $2T as Gundlach Pulls Back http://t.co/CMRM6cLF6E Markets always seem large when they are overvalued, Gundlach is right $$ Mar 20, 2014
  • Seth Klarman warns of impending asset price bubble http://t.co/oa49IEj68A When he runs out of safe places 2 put $$ the red lights flash Mar 18, 2014
  • ARM Loans—a Vestige of the Housing Bubble—Are Making a Comeback http://t.co/BrrfQlDwni True 4 wealthy & those with prime credit scores $$ Mar 18, 2014
  • Buffett gets the better of everyone, version 4,762 http://t.co/uCq0dE1Uo8 Parts w/his holdings of $GHC, retires shares of $BRK.A & $BRK.B $$ Mar 15, 2014

 

Politics & Policy

 

  • Uneven Wage Gains Restrain Recovery http://t.co/LD5h31WFxO Article has a lot of interesting data on what jobs r available to semi-skilled $$ Mar 21, 2014
  • Obama Keystone Choice Pits Donors Against At-Risk Senate http://t.co/jCNbOFTg0w Kind of a no-win situation 4 Obama; should ok the deal $$ Mar 20, 2014
  • Young Invincibles Are Killing Obamacare http://t.co/AcNg9p83d7 Obamacare destroys the healthcare system as healthy young people leave $$ Mar 20, 2014
  • Christie Counts on Revenue Surge Not Seen in Most States http://t.co/dfOkM7gy8V A Reaganesqe flaw: relying on the rosy scenario w/Dems $$ Mar 20, 2014

 

Companies & Industries

 

  • Phillips 66 Considering Splitter at Sweeny Refinery http://t.co/9g7NefuiTJ New trend: Partial refining. Those products can b exported $$ Mar 21, 2014
  • TV Subscriptions Fall for First Time as Viewers Cut the Cord http://t.co/M984bGpJfr It is cheaper to not have a cable subscription $$ $SPY Mar 21, 2014
  • A Sour Bean Sweetens Cocoa Supply http://t.co/AsUOr8cBlM Fascinating story of a high-yield bean that is more sour than low-yield beans $$ Mar 21, 2014
  • Buffett Cuts Tax Bill, Tells Others Not 2 Complain http://t.co/bbjxWcyy8i If Buffett weren’t so sanctimonious on taxes this would b small $$ Mar 20, 2014
  • IBM’s Watson to help in brain cancer research http://t.co/EozXiEIXq8 Fascinating 2c Watson sequencing DNA of cancer & suggest treatments $$ Mar 20, 2014
  • TED Winner Launches Campaign to Unmask Shell Companies http://t.co/g7FXj6ca2I Ambitious effort 2unmask those using shells 4 bad purposes $$ Mar 20, 2014
  • Windows XP: What to Do When Microsoft Ends Its Support http://t.co/MSKGTC0ofU Article agrees w/my answer; get a copy of Windows 7 $$ $MSFT Mar 20, 2014
  • Fannie Mae Wind-Down Deemed Threat to Home Recovery http://t.co/L8Bg5wd7bz It will be painful, but we need to delever housing $$ Mar 19, 2014

 

Other

 

  • IFRS could be stripped of accountancy watchdog role http://t.co/zxcHHBaUcW This would be very good. US GAAP is far superior to IFRS $$ $SPY Mar 19, 2014
  • Bugatti-Driving 26-Year-Old Tied to Penny-Stock Website http://t.co/p9J5FOb6kx Of John Babikian & the misnamed AwesomePennyStocks $$ $SPY Mar 18, 2014
  • Behind The Scenes With Dream Team, CytRx & Galena http://t.co/xFC3DgsVT9 He gets inside firm paid/undisclosed promotions 4 $CYTR & $GALE $$ Mar 18, 2014
  • Individual investors Lose Money When Using Technical Analysis http://t.co/dVLgjWUOk8 I can hear it now, “But they’re doing TA wrong!” $$ Mar 18, 2014
  • The Hidden Rot in the Jobs Numbers http://t.co/R0FHIrKaVt Here’s another way 2c it: http://t.co/KtoClJngXF $$ $TLT $MACRO Mar 18, 2014
  • Want Success? Choose the Right Parents http://t.co/AverC5lySd Not sure I believe it, but interesting thesis $$ Mar 18, 2014
  • Pssst! Everything’s a Conspiracy http://t.co/cFUH0dK9eo Tough 2hold a significant conspiracy together, high incentives 2eventually reveal $$ Mar 18, 2014
  • To Make an Airplane Disappear, Start by Getting Through the Cockpit Door http://t.co/AVcMjSG1LY How difficult it would b2 take over a 777 $$ Mar 18, 2014

 

Wrong

 

  • Late: City vs. Country: How Where We Live Deepens the Nation’s Political Divide http://t.co/lDKNT0bOjx This isn’t news; no surprises here $$ Mar 21, 2014
  • Wrong: ‘Ring of Death’ Throttles Georgia as Small Banks Close http://t.co/g9VGMPkKx0 Lent 2 much on overvalued properties, their fault $$ Mar 20, 2014
  • Weak: Why gaining from value investing is hard http://t.co/hGY8Xnr6p7 Value investing typically does better on other side of mkt peaks $$ Mar 18, 2014
  • If We’re Going to Take Budget Forecasts Seriously, Then This is a Good Way To Present Them http://t.co/yk9asr52HT Kinda naive about stats $$ Mar 18, 2014
  • Wrong: Why equities sold off despite a dovish Fed http://t.co/pyUW8FebAB Fed was not dovish. Yellen’s comments & Fed forecasts bearish $$ Mar 21, 2014
  • Weak: Robert Shiller On The Tech Economy http://t.co/tvvo8uzgot Some innovations save labor; others create demand 4labor through new svcs $$ Mar 21, 2014

 

Replies, Retweets & Comments

 

  • The bigger change was the shift in the time tightening is likely to happen. That shifted up 3 months on… http://t.co/dIxt1tcxgB Mar 19, 2014
  • “Interesting to be quoted in the article above. If you want to see the other things I wrote about…” David_Merkel http://t.co/k0NyUsgTzG $$ Mar 20, 2014
  • RT @treehcapital: Credit investors like the elves in LOTR~when they leave Middle Earth, time to pay attention “Gundlach Pulls Back” http://… Mar 20, 2014
  • @treehcapital That’s a great analogy. I’ve lightened up as well, time to do more. Mar 20, 2014
  • We’ve been through periods like this before in human history. Inventions that save labor in an area… http://t.co/ajY9DJwns6 Mar 21, 2014

Sorted Weekly Tweets

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Rest of the World

  • China premier warns on economic slowdown as data fans stimulus talk http://t.co/B4uN1uP6OU Stimulus just leads 2more overcapacity & debt $$ Mar 14, 2014
  • Teslas in California Help Bring Dirty Rain to China http://t.co/YTBdiM77Pi Mining graphite adds 2 Chinese air pollution $$ Ironic, huh? Mar 14, 2014
  • Deeper Ukraine Invasion Lurks in Putin’s Warnings,  ’Provocations,’ Clashes in East http://t.co/L5GbJqx8j6 1 mistake away from major war $$ Mar 14, 2014
  • Finland Trapped in Recession as Investment Fades http://t.co/DL9m3nGy13 Punk global economy exhausted from 2 much stimulus & debt $$ $SPY Mar 14, 2014
  • Norway’s Oil Stimulus Nears Tipping Point as Growth Fades http://t.co/ct5Mt8RY5i Government economics stimulus fails; ppl have 2much debt $$ Mar 14, 2014
  • Warnings From the Ukraine Crisis http://t.co/lcC1RDpjRv Not being George W. Bush is not a foreign policy. Let Nobel winner get a strategy $$ Mar 14, 2014
  • US Investigators Suspect Missing Malaysia Airlines Plane Flew On http://t.co/dhM6rlQlf1 Engine Data Suggest Flight Airborne for 5 hrs $$ Mar 13, 2014
  • Treasury’s Lew Uses Mideast Toolkit to Back Ukrainian Bonds http://t.co/QeyvWdDKZ1 Another example of ways to buy US credit with spread $$ Mar 13, 2014
  • Qatar World Cup: 400 Nepalese die on nation’s building sites since bid won http://t.co/uUY4neKHbF Slavery is alive & sick in Qatar $$ Mar 13, 2014
  • The Malaysia Airlines Disappearance Shows Technology’s Limits http://t.co/dWgmOKk42v Interesting read: rare cases of disappearing planes $$ Mar 13, 2014
  • Ukraine Starts Military Exercises as Russia Warns on East http://t.co/8ZeISGvEcA All u need is 1 significant mistake & u could have war $$ Mar 10, 2014
  • Israelis in Berlin Signal Middle Class Struggles at Home http://t.co/mydWWz9j7M It’s cheaper living in Berlin, forget the past, live well $$ Mar 10, 2014
  • China Strike Illustrates Shift in Labor Landscape http://t.co/DDWIN8KLhM Would rather work 4 a foreign firrm than Chinese firm $$ $FXI Mar 10, 2014

 

Companies & Industries

  • $GLCH Gleacher & Co is liquidating. Looking at the price chart, it has seen better days http://t.co/aIYv7zxrfd $$ $SPY $TLT Mar 14, 2014
  • IBM’s double dilemma http://t.co/HJfljGY7Wq If you buy back stock at levels over the company’s intrinsic value, you destroy value. $IBM $$ Mar 14, 2014
  • Even in its final days, Windows XP still looms large http://t.co/m2VUtiTJIp Last night friend told her hospital just upgraded to XP $$ $MSFT Mar 14, 2014
  • BNSF pledges 2get caught up on ND ag shipments http://t.co/XGah5Xmop6 $CNI made a similar promise in Canada recently. Coincidence? $BRK.B $$ Mar 13, 2014
  • Target Missed Alarms in Epic Hack of Credit Card Data http://t.co/lYLAWDI04m $TGT got ample warning from $FEYE & $SYMC but ignored it $$ Mar 13, 2014
  • Candy Crush Maker’s Realm Spans Across Continents http://t.co/9dZyVNhqWp A global firm that uses tax & regulatory haven 2 their advantage $$ Mar 13, 2014
  • ‘Candy Crush’ Maker Seeks Valuation Up to $7.6B http://t.co/L1Kaf4WLjK I would b wary here, not just the IPO, but a faddish company $$ $SPY Mar 12, 2014
  • US Wind-Down Bill Clips $FNMA $ FMCC Shares http://t.co/rZxsLenQk4 Would require most borrowers 2make down payments of >5%, lenders hit 2 $$ Mar 12, 2014
  • Fannie, Freddie Shares Plunge http://t.co/XfNZ1Jv5Rv Taxpayers should reap the reward for bailing out $FNMA & $FMCC as mtge gtees change $$ Mar 12, 2014
  • Buffett’s Berkshire Reaches $300B Market Cap http://t.co/lqnyQ0F4sN As he buys profiable businesses, growing retained earnings builds MC $$ Mar 10, 2014
  • Chiquita to Acquire Irish Fruit Distributor Fyffes in Stock Deal http://t.co/MJBhJuuxM3 $CQB is no “top banana” in the fruit biz $$ $SPY Mar 10, 2014

Market Impact

  • Corporate Cash Pushes Further Into Corporate Bonds http://t.co/Vk9PGzrItp Corporate finance gets urge 2b a profit center @ wrong moment $$ Mar 14, 2014
  • Bio-finance? Why high-frequency trading makes stocks flock like birds http://t.co/UB6jzwgjla Reasonable defense of HFT H/T: @matt_levine $$ Mar 14, 2014
  • ETFs Get $41B Erasing Stock Withdrawals on Economy http://t.co/l1hrnCWuel This is y I advocate low turnover strategies $$ sell low, buy high Mar 13, 2014
  • BlackRock Junk ETFs Push Buyers to Dark Corners http://t.co/vjydZFBFwG Same problem exists w/index bonds not in ETFs; high short interest $$ Mar 13, 2014
  • A man and his signals @reformedbroker http://t.co/12SiH3ZkCp No 1 has a set of signals that can be relied upon in all market environments $$ Mar 13, 2014
  • Wall Street and Casinos…Are They Similar? http://t.co/MYNALbXAJm @howardlindzon tells us 2b prepared, understand mkts & not blame ump $$ Mar 13, 2014
  • Activist Investors Put Bondholders in Crossfire http://t.co/k1BdJx1gR6 Investment grade corps offer little2no protection frm negative M&A $$ Mar 13, 2014
  • How Market Tops Get Made http://t.co/Saa7j6zkCQ Good piece by @Ritholtz on technicals of market tops. For dessert: http://t.co/VIGN6jhACy $$ Mar 12, 2014
  • Stock Market Surge Bypasses Most Americans, Poll Shows http://t.co/IJ0S2rRx8x People don’t get stocks; worse, they think they get housing $$ Mar 12, 2014
  • Chart of the Day: No Profits, No Problem? http://t.co/HpYPLqoOKP IPO quality is down, & many private companies want to IPO. IP-uh-oh $$ $SPY Mar 12, 2014
  • Bull Market Rivals ’90s at Half Valuation as Demand Broadens http://t.co/YzXZDj9HlK Profit margins were a lot lower & corp yields higher $$ Mar 10, 2014
  • Still Corporate Cash Everywhere http://t.co/gseGZd38Th How much $$ is encumbered? More derivatives today, which induces some calc bias $SPY Mar 10, 2014

 

US Politics & Policy

  • Regulators Size Up Wall Street, With Worry http://t.co/aQolfRq0Y4 Allowing big banks to fail, while protecting depositors is a solution $$ Mar 14, 2014
  • Senate Investigation of Bush-Era Torture Erupts Into Constitutional Crisis http://t.co/qkqkAGiP9Y Obama-era also; what he tell CIA 2 do? $$ Mar 13, 2014
  • CFPB targets “zombie” foreclosures after Reuters report http://t.co/RohgKncAnm What happens when an owner walks away & bank doesn’t f/c $$ Mar 13, 2014
  • How the NSA Plans to Infect ‘Millions’ of Computers with Malware http://t.co/N72lYfxhr9 Another reason to end the existence of NSA $$ #nonsa Mar 13, 2014
  • Raskin Confirmed by Senate as US Treasury’s No. 2 Official http://t.co/TvwMcqj6eI Maybe she’ll do as much at Tsy as she did at the Fed $$ Mar 12, 2014
  • ObamaCare’s Secret Mandate Exemption http://t.co/s6OCOdwU83 HHS quietly repeals the individual purchase rule for two more years $$ $SPY $TLT Mar 12, 2014

Central Banking

  • Fed Sends $79.6B in Profit to Treasury http://t.co/W313rKFj2k That profit is taken from the pockets of savers, it is not like manna $$ $TLT Mar 14, 2014
  • Fed Nominees Vow To Fight for Recovery http://t.co/KjdmHILaCV Stanley Fischer & 2 blanks in the gun; really unimpressed w/shuffle Tsy/Fed $$ Mar 13, 2014
  • Yellen Job One Is Redoing Guidance Without Roiling Markets http://t.co/2Hu8ALqIwW Unlikely, her own work established current verbiage $$ Mar 12, 2014

 

Economics

  • Your Job Taught to Machines Puts Half US Work at Risk http://t.co/a0WSKAEIom W/o labor-saving innovation we wouldn’t b so well off $$ $SPY Mar 12, 2014
  • Global Debt Exceeds $100T as Governments Binge, BIS Says http://t.co/cDgYwRUI7A When large amts of securities get issued -> underperform $$ Mar 10, 2014
  • Where’s Economics When We Need It? http://t.co/3SMaboCeG6 Games played by obscure mathematicians explaining a world that does not exist $$ Mar 10, 2014
  • Will Housing Bloom Again This Spring?http://t.co/KEHLTIKesD There r2 many investors looking to make $$ in housing; makes further gains hard Mar 10, 2014

Other

  • Want a Lasting Relationship? Give Up Sex [before marriage] http://t.co/nxSBVl2QB2 Interesting piece that supports traditional morality $$ Mar 13, 2014
  • Vanishing Planes Since 1948 http://t.co/2mSC2NGByA Interesting lost planes graphic @BloombergNews | Rare, but more common than expected $$ Mar 13, 2014
  • The Risk Behind Buffett’s Advice http://t.co/LE6EGqinq2 Asset allocation driven by valuation & time horizon. Don’t B&H if you need the $$ Mar 10, 2014
  • Morgan Stanley, Goldman Said to Swap Fees for Deal Credit http://t.co/dH1FwKNEsr $$ less valuable 2 investment banks than pride $GS $MS $SPY Mar 10, 2014

Wrong

  • Wrong: US to Be Energy Self-Sufficient by 2035: $BP http://t.co/hr8TTFBpge Many don’t notice how quickly production tails off w/new wells $$ Mar 13, 2014
  • Wrong: Repo Fire-Sale Plan Said Within Reach After Fed Sounds Alarm http://t.co/Kzbgp20yRG These r just band-aid solutions $$ $NLY $TLT $SPY Mar 12, 2014

Retweets, Replies & Comments

  • Here’s to Martin Rimes @hitmarktrading, my 9,000th Twitter follower; thanks to all who follow me. $$ Mar 13, 2014
  • @Money_in_Stereo I’m writing an article about it tonight at Aleph Blog. This was last night’s article: http://t.co/bjvqvgXRc5 $$ $BRK.B Mar 13, 2014
  • @Money_in_Stereo Did anyone respond to you when you asked about the Harney Investment Trust $BRK.B ? Mar 13, 2014

 

Sorted Weekly Tweets

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

Rest of the World

 

  • Chinese Workers at IBM Factory on Strike Amid Company Sale http://t.co/TBE44EtSgI Chinese workers don’t want to work 4a Chinese company $$ Mar 07, 2014
  • China Tropical Island Lures Rich Homebuyers Fleeing Smog http://t.co/SLi78lj115 Wealthy Chinese find ways 2escape pollution others endure $$ Mar 07, 2014
  • China Banks Show Too-Connected-to-Fail Link to Loans http://t.co/XQXaAJNNy5 Wanna join my exclusive club & make lotsa $$ Chinese Ponzi $FXI Mar 07, 2014
  • China Attack Gives Xi Impetus to Tighten Grip on Security http://t.co/eM021jQeQ7 No matter how unfair the Communist Party can’t look weak $$ Mar 07, 2014
  • Cut Off the Russian Oligarchs and They’ll Dump Putin http://t.co/WDCDgEXzfd Argues that economic sanctions would do the job. EU is no go $$ Mar 07, 2014
  • US Fighters Circle Baltics as Putin Fans Fear of Russia http://t.co/XybK3YxHDq This is ticklish, u don’t want to accidentally start a war $$ Mar 07, 2014
  • Merkel Eye 4 Russian Empress Shows Putin Ties Are Complex http://t.co/2HP4i5xNi0 Putin speaks German, Merkel speaks Russian. Cute Couple $$ Mar 06, 2014
  • China heads for 1st corporate bond default http://t.co/gJRnBMVwrE 1st corporate default on public debt in China since the late 1990s.$$ $FXI Mar 06, 2014
  • Crimea Crisis Haunted by Ghosts of Bungled WWI Diplomacy http://t.co/YjrQNqkprD Complexity in foreign relations-> unexpected results $$ $RSX Mar 05, 2014
  • Putin’s Push Into Crimea Shows Cheap Can Get Cheaper in Russia http://t.co/Qwfpzw6zda See what sanctions do 2 banking system $$ Mar 04, 2014
  • China Central Bank’s Move on Yuan Leads to More Cash Flowing Into System http://t.co/LHIfEqUveg Sorcerer’s apprentices find their limits $$ Mar 04, 2014
  • In Crimea’s Capital, Gratitude for a Russian Takeover http://t.co/3HUH1N3N0h 59% Russian, many welcome Russia, as in Georgian invasion $$ Mar 03, 2014
  • Putin’s Gamble: Crimea Land Grab Will Be Met W/Western Inaction http://t.co/TwCab9skoD Confused article thinks sanctions will move Putin $$ Mar 03, 2014
  • Putin Crimea Grab Shows Trail of Warning Signs West Ignored http://t.co/VmsFLmgBxG Putin knows that the West will do nothing $$ $EFA $SPY Mar 03, 2014
  • Oil at $100 Loss Warning Rejected by Norges Bank http://t.co/VhPaLc4zL1 Norway is smart to leave interest rates higher, grow slower $$ $STO Mar 03, 2014

 

 

Companies & Industries

 

  • Safeway to Be Bought by Cerberus’s Albertsons http://t.co/ivygaGRXxr Interesting deal, definitely consolidates supermarkets $KR $SWY $WMT $$ Mar 07, 2014
  • BP Splitter Refinery Seen Skirting US Oil Export Ban http://t.co/pTiND92WZ5 Light processing allows crude 2b exported & refined out of US $$ Mar 07, 2014
  • MIT’s Liquid Metal Stores Solar Power Until After Sundown http://t.co/P0XlvhZL7m New batteries needed to store energy from wind & solar $$ Mar 07, 2014
  • RadioShack’s Store Closings to Break Covenant http://t.co/c1X5mu5erN So $RSH pays a little $$ to break lease terms & reduce expense $SPY Mar 07, 2014
  • Fannie’s Profits May Be Fleeting–Heard on the Street http://t.co/lkAiXTGutW Think $FNMA investors r wrong; belongs 2 the government now $$ Mar 07, 2014
  • Amcol Hot Commodity as Bidding War Escalates http://t.co/biRyucMyqn Unusual bidding war 4 $ACO | Price moving up slowly “nickels & dimes” $$ Mar 07, 2014
  • Behind the $100B Commodity Empire That Few Know http://t.co/2Y1ivuWvXC Pay a visit 2 Mercuria & c how the Crude gets traded moved stored $$ Mar 07, 2014
  • Chevron pizza ‘scandal’ isn’t one in small town http://t.co/XYPNDjI6TM Give $CVX credit, they understood culture of Bobtown, unlike media $$ Mar 07, 2014
  • The DJIA’s 22,000 Point Mistake http://t.co/BgX4W7y8g1 If $IBM had been in the $DJIA 1939-1979, DJIA would be a lot higher today $$ #splits Mar 06, 2014
  • Jain feeds Buffett’s hunger http://t.co/KKuQyWoe7e $BRK-B Article ~5 mos old, highlights what might be a chg in U/W philosophy $$ $KIE $IAK Mar 06, 2014
  • Sons of Ikea’s Kamprad Emerge as New Swedish Billionaires http://t.co/WvH03xylxW Throw enough trusts together &u can hide almost anything $$ Mar 06, 2014
  • The ever-expanding Google juggernaut http://t.co/TgdZrWGEUM $GOOG goes from strength2strength; it passes $XOM to have 2nd highest mkt cap $$ Mar 06, 2014
  • US Oil-Refineries Bulk Up http://t.co/wC1kybHjuQ Annual increase in capacity only 0.5%/yr over the next 5 yrs. Unlikely to change things $$ Mar 03, 2014
  • Wi-Fi Phone Upstarts Lure Penny Pinchers From Verizon http://t.co/xJCplpR9TC Get 90% of what u want for less than half the cost $$ $VZ $T Mar 03, 2014
  • The Housing Market With Nowhere to Go (but Up) http://t.co/3gQqi24Nes San Fran shoots itself in the foot with building restrictions $$ Mar 03, 2014

 

Municipal Finance

 

  • Buffett Says Pension Tapeworm Means 10Yrs of Bad News http://t.co/H8LtRrZueb ”greater electorate ignorance of governmental pension costs” $$ Mar 07, 2014
  • Detroit to Pay $77M in Swaps Accord With $UBS & $BAC http://t.co/Jjd6yFmRgw Banks took 70% haircut, makes me think all b/ks w/swaps lose $$ Mar 07, 2014
  • The Ideologue vs. the Children http://t.co/cvIKH9XmmM NY mayor cares more 4 ideology than effective education; Cuomo steps in2 fill void $$ Mar 07, 2014
  • North Carolina Is a Case Study in Jobless-Benefits Cut http://t.co/SjDG0I0BoW Eliminate computers analyzing resumes & this problem dies $$ Mar 04, 2014
  • TARP Funds Demolish Homes in Detroit to Lift Prices http://t.co/mqF4IKgMfN Severely blighted areas benefit from destruction of blight $$ Mar 03, 2014
  • California’s $600B Sinkhole http://t.co/mtTvH4ifwL Pension liabs accrue silently as Brown & legislature dither; bigger problem later $$ $MUB Mar 03, 2014

 

 

US Politics & Policy

 

  • Private health exchanges begin to shift behavior http://t.co/HbChMXMXJs People tend 2 choose less expensive plans, and then stick w/them $$ Mar 07, 2014
  • Will Obama Ever Enforce His Health Law? http://t.co/zqNln7AR7b Obama won’t stand up for the hard choices his law requires $$ Mar 07, 2014
  • SEC Can Explain Why It’s So Good at Selling Stocks http://t.co/GIj3HzxxKS @matt_levine perhaps it takes a thief 2 catch a thief $$ $TLT $SPY Mar 07, 2014
  • Another Obamacare deadline moved: Non-compliant plans get 2-yr extension http://t.co/6fc8FwM2Wu Signature law survives by non-enforcement $$ Mar 07, 2014
  • How Presidential Budgets Became a Joke http://t.co/uw78mnO8Wb Interesting article on how US budget process has changed over time $$ $TLT Mar 07, 2014
  • Supreme Court Has Some Theories on Market Efficiency http://t.co/OBiMrmVrWs Sadly, mkt efficiency can’t really b tested w/o a model $$ $SPY Mar 06, 2014
  • Insurers’ Obamacare Losses May Reach $5.5B in 2015 http://t.co/cEiFXV7nNp Defective PPACA law increases medical expenses dramatically $$ Mar 06, 2014

 

Market Impact

 

  • Companies Rush to List Shares http://t.co/FZcfw0AGkV Initial Public Offerings Hit Pace Not Seen in Years, similar to 2005-7, <2000 $$ $SPY Mar 07, 2014
  • Buffett Cuts Bond Allocation as $BRK-B Warns on Yields http://t.co/1IlcxihmE7 Can c bond holdings on Sch D: Buffett Buys Boring Bonds $$ Mar 07, 2014
  • That’s a compliment to Mr. Buffett by the way. He keeps his bonds relatively safe to compensate for aggressive alloc 2 stock 4 an insurer $$ Mar 07, 2014
  • The Great Divide over Market Efficiency http://t.co/1vls4pokmn Purists argue ad nauseam & can’t b happy with the idea “mostly efficient” $$ Mar 07, 2014
  • Old Mutual Breathes New Life Into the Multiboutique Model http://t.co/pv0VCH6PGI Still skeptical; $AMG is the model but $PNX failed $$ $XLF Mar 07, 2014
  • High-Grade Firms Dive Into Debt Market http://t.co/Kd9hxJmMSj Whenever there is high issuance of new stocks or bonds, time 2b careful $$ Mar 07, 2014
  • Seth Klarman: Investors Downplaying Risk “Never Turns Out Well” http://t.co/gjgSObhR9m ”Markets don’t exist simply to enrich people $$ $QQQ Mar 07, 2014
  • Buffalo Small Cap Tech Fund Tops Ranking with 61% Return http://t.co/KyP5qcKx9E If u r looking 4 aggressive growth funds, many ideas here $$ Mar 07, 2014
  • How to invest like a billionaire http://t.co/8OsYmbDUid Billionaires build corporations; they don’t just trade stocks $$ Mar 06, 2014
  • Deleveraging Is a Drag http://t.co/nCjzfJc4w2 Gary Shilling tells us what factors may lead interest rates to go down further, not up $$ $TLT Mar 05, 2014
  • Buffett’s Book Pick Guides Fuss to Marks Beating Market http://t.co/AyJROYpYov Many investors cut their teeth on The Intelligent Investor $$ Mar 05, 2014
  • Buffett Derivatives: back in black http://t.co/iitbAGrUFQ Keep it simple — @WarrenBuffett won on this trade, add in the float earnings $$ Mar 05, 2014

 

Other

 

  • Fed’s Plosser Asks Central Banks to Get Back to Basics http://t.co/wiUb3CU9qL Slight fed funds rise helps money mkts & metal inventories $$ Mar 07, 2014
  • How the Chevron RICO Ruling Relates to Abortion Clinic Protests http://t.co/URsJ3pAuVl Fascinating analogy, though I think it is flawed $$ Mar 07, 2014
  • 95% of bank ATMs face end of security support http://t.co/WOYOoiB9Kw Bet u never knew that almost all bank ATMs use Windows XP! $$ $XLF $SPY Mar 07, 2014
  • Food Hacks To Change The Way You Eat http://t.co/GEAX14oDjy Cute ideas; I may try a few of them $$ Mar 06, 2014
  • Satoshi Nakamoto’s Modest Lifestyle http://t.co/4UZGSXmyFg & how Leah McGrath Goodman found the Bitcoin founder http://t.co/qAY239pRZ4 $$ Mar 06, 2014
  • Women Could Have Greater Role in Church, Says Pope http://t.co/4RcQVeWZ5Q Making them deacons doesn’t make sense; prelude to priesthood $$ Mar 06, 2014
  • The Computer Mouse Still Roars http://t.co/opGReEejHJ If u want accuracy & speed, nothing beats a mouse, aside from a trackball $$ $LOGI Mar 06, 2014

 

Wrong

 

  • Warren Buffett, Climate-Change Denier http://t.co/A0YFEHjgzk Buffett didn’t deny climate change; just that it had no impact on P&C ins $$ Mar 04, 2014
  • Unlikely: Buffett Power Hunt May Target Wisconsin Energy http://t.co/kmceBMMY4T Don’t think Buffett pays up 4 an earnings yield <6% $$ $WEC Mar 04, 2014
  • Wrong: Insurers will destroy themselves 2nudge us in2 robot utopia http://t.co/pjn4OUNYD3 Systems will never b that good; rates will fall $$ Mar 05, 2014
  • Wrong: The well is running dry for big oil http://t.co/sgzsvu4tkU Article ignores growing demand 4 crude globally, but depletion is big $$ Mar 03, 2014
  • Wrong: Vladimir Putin’s Alternate Reality http://t.co/M1ioKfzqPg Putin saw that the West did nothing when Georgia was invaded, he learned $$ Mar 03, 2014
  • Wrong: Debt alarmist chart. http://t.co/uq0cC33Kel Neglects the entitlement liabilities of the US Government. Wish he gave data source $$ Mar 03, 2014

  

Retweets, Replies & Comments

 

  • RT @footnoted: A bit of hedging in there @vitaliyk my go-to person on Russia/Ukraine situation http://t.co/bUBvcRj2bm Mar 05, 2014
  • @firstadopter Not worth the paper it is written on, not that Ukraine could have maintained nuclear weapons. The US is an unreliable ally. Mar 04, 2014

 

Sorted Weekly Tweets

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

Bitcoin

 

  • Mt Gox: The brief reign of bitcoin’s top exchange http://t.co/9jSwvxrzOJ What happens when u neglect basic acctg & programming controls Mar 01, 2014
  • Bitcoin Exchange Mt. Gox Files for Bankruptcy Protection http://t.co/aobpHTmsYi B wary of opaque transaction systems, clever may steal $$ Mar 01, 2014
  • Where Did the Bitcoins Go? The Mt. Gox Shutdown, Explained http://t.co/0OkksL8TPG Currencies can’t exist apart from legal systems $$ $BTCUSD Feb 26, 2014
  • The Bitcoin Collective Delusion http://t.co/t51GGmuWbw Inevitable that gov’ts get involved in currencies & trade 4 punishment of fraud $$ Feb 26, 2014

 

Companies & Industries

 

  • Wall Street Hates JPMorgan Fee 4 $1T Junk Loans http://t.co/laoAXelOIr It is a private market; if the distortions r bad enuf, biz will leave Mar 01, 2014
  • Line Builds $15B Value With Teddy Bears, Wicked Witches http://t.co/ccGFjIVQsQ Freemium model applied to Asian messaging, watch 4 IPO Mar 01, 2014
  • Old Mutual Plans IPO of US Unit After Profit Increases http://t.co/a28VUvS23r The final reconciliation of a decade-plus of mis-investment $$ Feb 28, 2014
  • Oil Giants Sell Pipelines as Shale Strength Drives Deals http://t.co/OBVZ66Tm5y They expect oil prices 2rise as they c cheap oil scarcity $$ Feb 28, 2014
  • Dream of US Oil Independence Slams Against Shale Costs http://t.co/eFRnOdt0aX If debt funds a large part of drilling, time 2b nervous $$ Feb 28, 2014
  • $MSFT ‘s Culture Is Like ‘ $IBM Circa 1990,’ New Chairman Says http://t.co/gzy5NzCaAX Use MSFT Office/Windows Cash Cow 2build new biz $$ Feb 27, 2014
  • What is ‘Forbes’ worth? http://t.co/mHpDgpfkpi The Internet chgs everything; formerly important publications get digitally hollowed out $$ Feb 26, 2014
  • Rolls-Royce Drone Ships Challenge $375B Industry http://t.co/CCC9L0rynT Problems here r considerable- control in bad weather, piracy, etc $$ Feb 26, 2014
  • US Issues Emergency Testing Order To Crude Oil Rail Shippers http://t.co/bU5AuY7Ixd Reasonable precautions 4 general safety $$ $UNP $CSX Feb 26, 2014
  • Japan Post Prepares for IPO http://t.co/yE7k137VjT Lotsa assets, but the Q is what can be done w/them. Fuzzy situation w/no hurry $$ $EWJ Feb 26, 2014
  • Zuckerberg Dines With Phone Frenemies Fretting Over Profits http://t.co/NMga2US13J Monet 2b made in solving mobile payments problem $$ $FB Feb 26, 2014
  • Rising Premiums May Hit Small Firms http://t.co/nBA1wjigHP The lies told by the administration regarding cost control r astounding $$ Feb 26, 2014
  • Saudi’s Allure Undimmed for Bechtel to DaVita Amid Fallout http://t.co/ikppxlukf3 Someone has 2 buy from the US; $DTA helps w/diabetes $$ Feb 26, 2014
  • $BAC Reaches Deal With Buffett on Preferred Stake http://t.co/bLpgqOMJzT Buffett gets better call protection, divs can b waived in crisis $$ Feb 26, 2014
  • Woes of Megacity Driving Signal Dawn of ‘Peak Car’ Era http://t.co/npHTO6NtcJ It may take ~10 yrs, this will right itself, w/fewer cars $$ Feb 26, 2014
  • Google Buses Fuel Inequality Debate as Boom Inflates Rents http://t.co/CaQ4msqBnW I f you can’t afford living in San Francisco, move out $$ Feb 26, 2014
  • How ARM Holdings Dominates the Chip World http://t.co/CCFJDitgh1 $ARMH vs $INTC – 2 clever approaches that r utterly different. Who wins? $$ Feb 26, 2014
  • Health Law Already Has Impact on Bottom Lines http://t.co/o4k5u6uWgB Fitting that health insurers r getting hosed 4 cooperating w/Obama $$ Feb 26, 2014
  • Repsol Agrees to $5B Deal W/Argentina on $YPF http://t.co/piwKwxqS70 $REP decides half a loaf is better than none, nondefaultable bonds $$ Feb 26, 2014

Rest of the World

 

  • China’s Yuan Slides Against US Dollar http://t.co/VLBVTrLPEf The Yuan is still a rigged market, we need 2c it float to ascertain value $$ Mar 01, 2014
  • Bulgaria’s Currency Board versus Ukraine’s Chaos http://t.co/w1lAYExWuF A currency that is anchored leads 2 better results in many ways $$ Feb 28, 2014
  • China’s Central Bank Engineered Yuan’s Decline http://t.co/WmwpCa0H4L It remains 2b seen where the yuan will trade when it freely floats $$ Feb 28, 2014
  • War Crimes Evident in South Sudan, Human Rights Watch Says http://t.co/1AfsvPMYmG Easiest way 2 call off dogs of war is not 2 loose them $$ Feb 27, 2014
  • Abe’s Southeast Asia Push Adds to US Ties Amid China Rift http://t.co/3BDgdNznN4 Example of entangling alliances: Will US defend Asia? $$ Feb 26, 2014
  • Ortega’s Zara Fashions Tax Avoidance by Shifting Profits to Alps http://t.co/RGBMJ4Xmzc Govts have an interest in unifying tax policy $$ Feb 26, 2014
  • Crisis Gauge Rises to Record High as Swaps Avoided http://t.co/hLKrltiEVk Chinese corp spreads widening, same for their TED spread $$ $FXI Feb 26, 2014
  • Investors Mount Attack on Norway in $20B Oil, Gas Row http://t.co/VOPMQgMZKE Norway becomes less predictable, may chase developers away $$ Feb 26, 2014
  • Ukraine Pledges to Protect Deposits as Kiev Rally Called http://t.co/iMGsdLODA2 Must ring hollow in Cyprus as EU moves 2 support Ukraine $$ Feb 26, 2014

 

US Politics & Policy

 

  • How ADA, a Chemical Used in Rubber, Got Into 500 Food Products http://t.co/moZqNNco85 Just because it’s not natural doesn’t mean it’s bad $$ Mar 01, 2014
  • Federal audit calls new school lunch rules a failure http://t.co/RyEd0JpP7j Missing middle ground where kids get yummy nutritious food $$ Mar 01, 2014
  • Study Finds SEC Staff Sold Shares B4 Cases Made Public http://t.co/8xRzyCfIgx SEC staffers don’t know what 2 buy, they know what 2 sell $$ Feb 28, 2014
  • GOP Targets Hillary Clinton With Obamacare Attacks http://t.co/QKlHYwHUeG It is fair to ask her what she would do differently than Obama $$ Feb 27, 2014
  • Here’s How Much People Are Actually Paying for Health Insurance http://t.co/AeC4xs3y2d Interesting, not sure what to make of it $$ Feb 27, 2014
  • Busted State Obamacare Websites Haven’t Caught Up to Healthcare gov http://t.co/LLee1ovP2y OR, MA & OR r worse than Fed’l website 4 PPACA $$ Feb 27, 2014
  • What Does Eric Schneiderman Know That the Rest of Us Don’t? http://t.co/aI4Crec3EZ Oversteps his bounds, but gets sellside firms 2 stop $$ Feb 27, 2014
  • Dave Camp: How to Fix Our Appalling Tax Code http://t.co/lx4VM2kHNz Complex tax codes allow the wealthy 2 eliminate taxes that poor can’t $$ Feb 26, 2014
  • When the Minimum Wage Goes Up, the Menu Price Also Rises http://t.co/ukEWzIjoje The pain has 2go somewhere, including reducing employment $$ Feb 26, 2014
  • America’s 10-Year Experiment in Broadband Investment Has Failed http://t.co/hjGuuu7JA0 We need to free up competition in the “last mile” $$ Feb 26, 2014
  • How Dodd-Frank Might Kill the CLO Market http://t.co/ztV9PMdums & we won’t miss it, b/c securitized credit is not accounted 4 properly $$ Feb 26, 2014
  • High-Priced Hydrogen Cars to Challenge Electrics http://t.co/3akLFwjJuG Hydrogen is not the solution, it is just fossil fuels in disguise $$ Feb 26, 2014
  • Truth About Hydrogen Power http://t.co/McG32mWHyT Old article, explains y hydrogen is no panacea b/c it takes fossil energy 2 produce it $$ Feb 26, 2014
  • The same is true of fusion power. The costs of creating Tritium at a scale needed to power a city would be astounding. $$ Feb 26, 2014
  • A Surprise Guest at the SEC’s Annual Gathering http://t.co/R15fMul7CU @mcuban shows what a measured & classy guy he can b @ SEC meeting $$ Feb 22, 2014

 

US Economics & Monetary Policy

 

  • Foreclosures Climaxing in New York-New Jersey Market: Mortgages http://t.co/NPQeYY7Rc3 Judicial foreclosure states catching up rest of US $$ Feb 26, 2014
  • Home Prices in 2013 Notch Biggest Annual Gain Since 2005 http://t.co/FjTjdA7YcU Demand from investors pads purchases, rates higher now $$ Feb 26, 2014
  • America’s Hottest Housing Market Has Suddenly Cooled Down http://t.co/00uIJ4gSo3 Phoenix RE rises out of ashes on speculative demand $$ $Z Feb 26, 2014
  • March 4 Hearing for Three Fed Nominees http://t.co/McV2Tt7p29 One bullet & 2 blanks in the gun. Stanley Fischer will bring some wisdom $$ Feb 26, 2014
  • Fed Crisis Transcripts Highlight Futility of FSOC Crystal Balls http://t.co/XComU1xA5K Bureaucrats can’t/won’t predict disaster coming $$ Feb 26, 2014
  • The Fed knows less than average http://t.co/cnA4nBBwU0 & http://t.co/5wG84hxPGi & http://t.co/C5y3re8ajV 2008 Transcripts show clueless $$ Feb 26, 2014
  • How to Profit from the Yellen Fed http://t.co/4oAiBUdXDr Yellen is core 2 the M.O. of the Fed, it’s like jazz, they make it up as they go $$ Feb 26, 2014

 

 

Market Impact

 

  • Banks Averting Bond Losses With Accounting Twist http://t.co/VC83ByMGNC Switching bonds from available 4 sale 2 held 2 maturity $$ Feb 26, 2014
  • The switch limits flexibility b/c u can’t change back w/o poss changing all back; also doesn’t change economics, moves losses 2 future $$ Feb 26, 2014
  • Greed Turning Losers to Leaders in Russell 1000 Index http://t.co/vpGTVXkD9t Could this b a harbinger of a change in the markets? $$ $SPY Feb 26, 2014
  • Outcome or process — what investment focus succeeds over time? http://t.co/edXLqAX9pg @Ritholtz tells us to focus on process not results $$ Feb 26, 2014
  • Social psychology: Market madness http://t.co/BtaVXAYWYZ This is y the 1st priority of investment is risk control; can’t sleep @ night $$ Feb 26, 2014
  • 10 Value Investing Blogs You’d Be Crazy Not To Follow http://t.co/mt8tZkGRAq Happy 2b featured among this great group of blogs $$ Thanks! Feb 26, 2014

 

Other Business

 

  • Harvard Brainpower Joins MIT Fueling Boston Sports Teams’

Titles http://t.co/OZNC8wCIJi Bright guys using math2analyze sports in Beantown $$ Feb 28, 2014

  • Big Data Comes to the Farm, Sowing Mistrust http://t.co/ayBsxp8qAt Farmers worry that data used to help them will b used against them too $$ Feb 28, 2014
  • Corporate Economists Are Hot Again http://t.co/DUn5O7Idjz An alternative would b actuaries, they r usually better at practical models $$ Feb 27, 2014
  • Dwindling Midwest High School Grads Spur College Hunt http://t.co/iVURNV69EU Demographics now fight against colleges, many weak will die $$ Feb 26, 2014
  • The Joy and Freedom of Working Until Death http://t.co/wkGRoRSJIg Find something that u enjoy doing that supports u & yours well forever $$ Feb 26, 2014

 

Medical

 

  • Dad May Join Two Moms for Disease-Free Designer Babies http://t.co/yiXUO0sLok Designer babies:many embryos die in order 2 produce 1 child $$ Feb 26, 2014
  • Your Heart May Be Older Than You Are http://t.co/46PbtkWQ7h Cute way 2 get people to take care of themselves; may have false negatives $$ Feb 26, 2014
  • Mystery Medical Symptoms Hit a Surprising Number of Patients http://t.co/6DoJnAjt6w Stress can trigger pains; this teaches stress control $$ Feb 26, 2014

 

Pimco & Bill Gross

  • Pimco’s Gross: ‘U don’t always produce productive family by sweet talking&always being inclusive’ http://t.co/sjKnhN76jh Allianz happy w/him Mar 01, 2014
  • Counterpoint: It’s time for Bill Gross 2 retire http://t.co/UB1ikZhTlI Everybody Should Get Off Bill Gross’s Back http://t.co/hbbAYRXuBN $$ Feb 26, 2014
  • Inside the Showdown Atop Pimco, the World’s Biggest Bond Firm http://t.co/kVtk8Zf5d8 Gross developed the theories guide Pimco & he stays $$ Feb 26, 2014

 

Wrong

  • Wrong: Templeton Braving China’s Housing Bubble http://t.co/rjVSQUXoAe China looks like Japan in 1989, or the developed world in 2007 #avoid Mar 01, 2014
  • Wrong: NASA Scientists Discover 715 New Planets http://t.co/6KhRpp2Y5A Life is finely tuned on Earth +/- 10% in size of Earth -> no life $$ Feb 27, 2014
  • Wrong: Fed s Tarullo Eyes New Tools to Limit Interest Rate Risk http://t.co/fA4l6omDVi Dreams 2 undo effects of bad policy w/o undoing it $$ Feb 26, 2014
  • Wrong: It Takes How Much Water to Grow an Almond?! http://t.co/u8kpW7kJFj Misses the idea that water does get reused many times: rain $$ Feb 26, 2014
  • Wrong: Can Amazon Dominate in Insurance, Too? http://t.co/zAP8GkunSx Except 4 simple products, Insurance is too complex 4 people to pull $$ Feb 24, 2014

 

Comments, Replies & Retweets

  • @jasonzweigwsj @AlexRubalcava I wrote an article on the problems w/zero cost investing recently http://t.co/ALu1ijgVev ”sand in the gears” Mar 01, 2014
  • RT @AlexRubalcava: Zero commission stock trading sounds like a product tailor made to amplify investors’ behavioral finance mistakes. Mar 01, 2014
  • “Currencies & trade cannot exist in a vacuum apart from legal systems, because fraud is a crime…” — David_Merkel http://t.co/7fJX26SEyP $$ Feb 26, 2014
  • ‘ @GSElevator Tattletale Exposed (He Was Not in the Goldman Elevator) http://t.co/S1NVy13sZn I don’t get out much, 1st I’ve heard of this $$ Feb 26, 2014
  • “Regarding First Data, many might think it quite desirable to step out of the spotlight @ $JPM &…” — David_Merkel http://t.co/COHGctym2A $$ Feb 26, 2014
  • . @dpinsen The ancient retirement tripod of course http://t.co/k06EUCbHa1 unless the modern one works. $$ Feb 26, 2014
  • @dpinsen That was icky, and more… gotta go wash my brain out… brrr. Feb 22, 2014

Sorted Weekly Tweets

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

Facebook & WhatsApp

 

  • Rags-To-Riches Tale Of How Jan Koum Built WhatsApp Into Facebook’s New $19B Baby http://t.co/bJs6kQrlMx Background on WhatsApp founders $$ Feb 22, 2014
  • WhatsApp Shows How Phone Carriers Lost Out on $33B http://t.co/3gOutvRDzK Perhaps consortium of telephone companies should have bot them $$ Feb 22, 2014
  • Whatsapp and $19B http://t.co/TWI44XfTOC Explains why $FB decided 2 get into mobile, & how WhatsApp may benefit their mobile push $$ $GOOG Feb 22, 2014
  • Zuckerberg Bonded With WhatsApp CEO Over Coffee and Dinners http://t.co/EZAR7rFAsG Promise made to respect the unique culture of WhatsApp $$ Feb 22, 2014
  • Facebook’s horrible, stroke-of-genius IPO @felixsalmon http://t.co/9HrdWMd0Fo Makes point that overvalued $FB stock can b currency 4deals $$ Feb 22, 2014
  • How Much Sequoia Made On WhatsApp http://t.co/SzzdcObDXJ The funny part is how Zuckerberg pranked Sequoia 10 yrs ago, & regretted it $$ $FB Feb 22, 2014
  • Facebook Investors Shrug Off Concerns About $19B Deal http://t.co/AwON4bV9tU also http://t.co/TItg9AIJfI & http://t.co/vgKAI4w1Ye $$ $FB Feb 21, 2014

 

US Politics & Policy

 

  • Companies bracing for 1-2 retirement punch http://t.co/bVBBRV1ytu Unlikely that Obama’s proposals would b enacted; hurts powerful people $$ Feb 22, 2014
  • White House to Propose New Limits on Overseas Corporate Tax Avoidance http://t.co/Me6p3WFG9U This will be difficult 2 enforce; complexity $$ Feb 22, 2014
  • Gold Rush Ghost Town Bodes Ill for California Power Flow http://t.co/fpor2Toct2 Interesting article on how the drought is affecting CA $$ Feb 22, 2014
  • Peggy Noonan: Whose Side Are We On? http://t.co/5l2dofDbpg We can have a “Cold War” vs those who hate democracy & human rights $$ $SPY $TLT Feb 22, 2014
  • NSA Official Warned About Threat 17 Years Before Snowden http://t.co/8utCDM2eug Warned computer system administrators had too much power $$ Feb 22, 2014
  • Fannie Mae Payments to US Will Exceed Bailout http://t.co/aT1Z8jlrW0 2 bad, b/c government owns $FNMA & will keep it as a piggy bank $$ Feb 22, 2014
  • An anti-tech backlash in San Francisco http://t.co/NYsVvWZUu7 Note to politicians: don’t bite the hand that feeds u 2 support malcontents $$ Feb 21, 2014
  • Good: Bumper profits threaten US ethanol support http://t.co/UVjiGT68Wr Time to free *all* energy sources from subsidies adj 4 pollution $$ Feb 21, 2014
  • Bottlenecks along the Industrial Revolution http://t.co/pzxGIC8GjL There is $$ 2b made in expanding energy infrastructure in America $$ Feb 21, 2014
  • CBO Is Right: Minimum Wage Hike Can Kill Jobs http://t.co/hKL64NzpJw Suggests raising the Earned Income Tax Credit, which would add jobs $$ Feb 21, 2014
  • Obama Keystone Pipeline Review Roiled by Nebraska Judge http://t.co/PiF9q1F4nE Governor & Legislature bypassed Public Services Commission $$ Feb 21, 2014
  • Obamacare’s Latest Surprise for Taxpayers? http://t.co/zirjEk1cP0 @Asymmetricinfo says Obama Admin may extend risk corridors past 3 years $$ Feb 19, 2014
  • Detroiters Without Cars Seek Jobs in Vain as City Shrinks http://t.co/x76RJvkgza Cities r organic & they can die, like Detroit. Give up $$ Feb 19, 2014
  • UAW’s Devastating Defeat at a Tennessee Volkswagen Plant: 4 Blunt Points http://t.co/ISoUdA2WBZ Give workers credit 4 rejecting bad deal $$ Feb 17, 2014

 

Market Impact

 

  • Frontier-Market Funds Pour in Boosted by Fixed Currencies http://t.co/YwDTW6bccU 2 much $$ flowing into immature mkts via ETFs; avoid $$ Feb 22, 2014
  • Learning From a Literary Legend: The Importance of History http://t.co/7QqQ9dkiZd Argues that 10-year stock returns will b below average $$ Feb 21, 2014
  • Income As The Outcome: Reframing the 401(k) Plan http://t.co/bEWsAPSuiK Int rates fall, 401(k) bond values rise, but future income falls $$ Feb 21, 2014
  • Wall Street Bond Dealers Renounce Treasuries That Lure Pimco http://t.co/uPxeIqN5uE This is a mess, &no one knows, but I remain long $TLT $$ Feb 19, 2014
  • FX Traders Facing Extinction as Computers Replace Humans http://t.co/CDqoLCjqsn True if all u r doing is matching trades not if profiting $$ Feb 19, 2014
  • Information asymmetry, bad incentives and Taibbi http://t.co/K9M8pI1vQR @izakaminska does an excellent takedown of Tabibi’s recent piece $$ Feb 15, 2014

 

Rest of the World

 

  • Japan Record Trade Gap Shows Risk of Abenomics Losing Steam http://t.co/Lfqgvay6KL High debts, trade deficit due 2 low yen, disaster $$ $FXY Feb 22, 2014
  • For Chinese, It’s Going to Cost More to Become Canadian http://t.co/OlBMh7ZpFv Pity those that want to escape China 2 Canada w/their loot $$ Feb 22, 2014
  • Nigeria’s Delta Oil Thieves Scrape Out a Precarious Living http://t.co/VxknSU5t3Q Long piece shows a vignette of the troubles in Nigeria $$ Feb 21, 2014
  • Foreign Investors Scoop Up New Treasuries Even as Fed Cuts Buying http://t.co/zgPmG1NIQu Weaken your currency. Help exporters. Buy US Tsys $$ Feb 21, 2014
  • India Hedging at Two-Year High as Polls Shroud Outlook http://t.co/mBfYH1HNky Fears of a minority govt have hedgers buying puts on Nifty $$ Feb 21, 2014
  • Samsung Investors May Discover World of Possibilities http://t.co/8DsBUYHKDu Pity about Sarbanes-Oxley. Samsung shares used 2 trade in US $$ Feb 21, 2014
  • Emerging Stocks Rise to Three-Week High on Record China Lending http://t.co/bukIP0bFPA W/China overlending already a problem, not helpful $$ Feb 21, 2014
  • Invading Switzerland? Try Before 8 or After 5 http://t.co/jgBHUG6m84 The Swiss Air Force likes to have the evenings off. War can wait $$ Feb 21, 2014
  • UN warns North Korea’s Kim Jong-un w/a strongly worded letter http://t.co/AlwVjivIO4 Few things crueler than making a Mom kill own child $$ Feb 21, 2014
  • Bank of Japan Surprises Markets http://t.co/BbVlwTMHVR Expands Loan Programs, Keeps Main Policy Unchanged, builds bigger debt bubble $$ $FXY Feb 21, 2014
  • Japan’s GPIF Should Own $600B of Stocks, Ito Says http://t.co/YCfIvErZfb Angling 4a nomination 2 the coveted “Putting in the top” award $$ Feb 21, 2014
  • As World’s Kids Get Fatter, Doctors Turn to the Knife http://t.co/VdTVjqXu0j Bariatric surgery on a 3-yo, as parents can’t say no re food $$ Feb 21, 2014
  • China Fund Shifts Focus Away From Energy to US, European Recovery Plays http://t.co/h10gQrGrEs CIC shifts out of power & into real estate $$ Feb 21, 2014
  • Japan Growth Figures Disappoint http://t.co/FsFtS5qaA5 GDP Increase Comes in Well Below Expectations, perhaps Abe will think twice $$ Feb 21, 2014
  • China Overtakes India as Gold Consumer http://t.co/XV9WA5p8sT When your property can b confiscated by gov’t, helpful 2 have gold 2 carry $$ Feb 21, 2014
  • US to Face G-20 Pressure Over Tapering http://t.co/dLYU5cbqKd If the emerging market nations are properly financed, US $$ policy won’t harm Feb 21, 2014
  • At Asia Air Show, Plenty of Competition for Sales of Drones http://t.co/UCxNe9jQP9 Many uses 4 drones to monitor areas that r hard 2get2 $$ Feb 21, 2014
  • Russians Return to Cyprus, a Favorite Tax Haven http://t.co/qxW0YkMqlK But they won’t put $$ is Cypriot banks after losing much of it b4 Feb 21, 2014
  • Billionaire Niel Trains Geeks to Fix France’s Talent Mismatch http://t.co/3jSO5yXExl Sets up a school in France that teaches programming $$ Feb 21, 2014
  • Elliott vs Argentina: 3 possible resolutions @felixsalmon http://t.co/LuxIKbslsj Sovereign immunity, pari passu & bondholders’ ransom $$ Feb 20, 2014
  • Europe Mending as Markets Signal Even Portuguese Get Work http://t.co/OwqyCMKeGh Less clear than it seems, but Europe is getting better $$ Feb 20, 2014
  • Sochi Olympics: Vic Wild, American-Born Snowboarder Competing For Russia, Wins Gold http://t.co/uKlhwCdHP3 Far better he got a good wife $$ Feb 20, 2014
  • What the Heck Is Going on in Venezuela? (Could the Maduro Regime Fall?) http://t.co/JknNNCQpm6 Yes, it could fall, but what will replace? $$ Feb 19, 2014
  • China Digs Itself Deeper Into Dollar Trap http://t.co/VXRPJEt5o2 Buying Dollar assets supports the cronies of the party that export $$ $FXI Feb 19, 2014
  • Asia Has Crisis to Thank for Gains in Emerging Rout http://t.co/JMyYasAild Emerging Asia, minus China, in better shape than 1997-8 $$ $FXI Feb 19, 2014
  • Swiss Fault Lines Exposed as Villagers See Risk to Postcard Life http://t.co/55NLuUb7er Urban vs rural & the “last settler” syndrome $$ $FXF Feb 17, 2014
  • Salmond Says Forcing Scotland to Drop Pound to Hurt UK http://t.co/bQEK4xwTfY Seriously doubt UK would giveup the seigniorage if Scots go $$ Feb 17, 2014
  • A Rebuke to Japanese Nationalism http://t.co/iZfr1gfeYM Japan needs 2 give up any sense that what they did in WWII was honorable $$ Feb 17, 2014
  • Indonesia Says Australian Defense of Spying Is ‘Mind Boggling’ http://t.co/ykT06aSaxe My, but Snowden opened many cans of worms w/leaks $$ Feb 17, 2014
  • Saudis Agree to Provide Syrian Rebels With Mobile Antiaircraft Missiles http://t.co/vRawuKKAgj Proxy war between Wahabis & Shia continues $$ Feb 15, 2014

 

Financials & Personal Finance

 

  • Wall Street Landlords Buy Bad Loans for Cheaper Homes http://t.co/hrf9Ph0RNq Color me skeptical; when investors own homes, mkt overvalued $$ Feb 22, 2014
  • Energy Holdings Nears Bankruptcy After Creditor Talks Falter http://t.co/MXMolWYXSg They overpaid & the debt was huge, even Buffett lost $$ Feb 22, 2014
  • Tender Offer for Insurer Divides a Boardroom http://t.co/uaNnWRYPfq $AFG ‘s offer for $NATL is more than generous, just tender yr shares $$ Feb 22, 2014
  • Putting Your 401(k) on Autopilot http://t.co/Mby8Yf9iQe Would b better if we made plans where employees could buy defined benefit units $$ Feb 22, 2014
  • The growing case against ETFs http://t.co/dV8fE2563o Makes same point that Jack Bogle & I make, ETFs get traded badly by most investors $$ Feb 22, 2014
  • Americans Ramp Up Borrowing http://t.co/qApFJ0KESP US Household Debt Posts Largest Quarterly Increase Since Before Recession $$ #seenthisb4 Feb 21, 2014
  • Has Small-Business Lending Really Improved? http://t.co/NujuTdfGtk Qty available may b high, but yields r steep @ nontraditional lenders $$ Feb 21, 2014
  • The Current Opportunity Set http://t.co/k1i9NS5nsD Valuation-sensitive mgrs see fewer & fewer places 2 put $$ 2 work, so cash balances grow Feb 21, 2014
  • These Wells Fargo robbers were also tellers http://t.co/ERo7JVe2X1 Comments, some think if banks r dishonest they should b stolen from $$ Feb 21, 2014
  • I, Claudius, caller of bank bonds http://t.co/tlXoiypnQV Memo 2 bond investors: if you buy an odd bond, b sure 2 read the prospectus $$ $TLT Feb 15, 2014
  • When One Spouse Saves and the Other Spends http://t.co/vtJfjX0W8P I do not get how this person can be a financial advice columnist $$ $TLT Feb 17, 2014
  • Debt-Market Chill May Leave Banks Out in the Cold–Heard on the Street http://t.co/MdpS2KOwSv No January bounceback 2 make up 4 December $$ Feb 15, 2014

Companies & Industries

 

  • 10-Gbit Google Fiber is already real, just not from $GOOG http://t.co/6d0nEU3ViN $VZ has tested it & others 2, coming 2 biz, not home $$ Feb 22, 2014
  • Charter Seen Eyeing Cox After Time Warner Loss http://t.co/S2YpktEr5x Cox family is pretty cagey; $CHTR would have 2 pay through the nose $$ Feb 21, 2014
  • ‘Candy Crush Saga’ Maker Files for an IPO http://t.co/TIUYMDKnIE Put King Digital in the “too hard” pile, hard to predict future success $$ Feb 21, 2014
  • Google to Push Its Fiber Rollout on Comcast’s Turf http://t.co/qStVon4gvq $GOOG experiments, $CMCSA will have hard time competing w/fiber $$ Feb 21, 2014
  • My Goldman Sachs Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (And Why I’m Grateful) http://t.co/1cJJpQzreu Toughened her up, made her more cynical $$ Feb 21, 2014
  • Chevron’s Free Pizza Offer Only Feeds Public’s Distrust http://t.co/xXsFzIgqT4 It was a cheesy way 2 compensate people 4 their troubles $$ Feb 21, 2014
  • The Coal Plant an Illinois Town Couldn’t Give Away http://t.co/7tMYEXqV8u $AEE pays $DYN to take over a coal plant. Now $DYN wants 2leave $$ Feb 21, 2014
  • Rarest of Rare Iridium Gains as Growth Spurs Demand http://t.co/2X7P02FFBb Cheaper than gold, Iridium is used in industrial applications $$ Feb 21, 2014
  • Buffett’s Coca-Cola Complacency Warning Foretells Troubled Year http://t.co/MaoyseiN8O Listen to Buffett, his intuition is sharp $$ Feb 20, 2014
  • Steve Perlman’s Amazing Wireless Machine Is Finally Here http://t.co/BGpdOactlf If it works, it is a huge increase 4 mobile bandwidth $$ $T Feb 19, 2014
  • Actavis Agrees to Buy Forest Labs for $25 Billion http://t.co/bv6o4VtRM8 Kudos 2 @Carl_C_Icahn Quite a string of victories $FRX $ACT $IEP $$ Feb 18, 2014

 

Fed Notes

  • Fed Puts Rate Increase on the Radar http://t.co/IdvNVpEmDl Move Before 2015 Unlikely, but Minutes Suggest Some Inflation Hawks R Circling $$ Feb 21, 2014
  • The Key Passages in the Federal Reserve’s Minutes http://t.co/xUpUwu9IZZ Hawks start discussion on when the Fed Funds rate should rise $$ Feb 21, 2014
  • Yellen Leads Fed Damned Every Way by Emerging Market Angst http://t.co/TApq07VklJ Can’t win b/c developed mkt $$ policy swamps EM policies Feb 21, 2014

 

US Economics

 

  • Worsening US Divorce Rate Points to Improving Economy http://t.co/f5He5DrfuY “We’re finally doing well, honey. Now we can afford2divorce” $$ Feb 21, 2014
  • Citi’s Economic Surprise Index Hits Zero http://t.co/Z69Vy85Hfi As such, the economy is slowing & bond yields r falling. Who knew? $$ $TLT Feb 21, 2014

 

Other

 

  • ‘Downton Abbey’ Is Downright Un-American http://t.co/zGCbFHWzfY If a servant wrote book about how nice her employer was it wouldn’t sell $$ Feb 21, 2014
  • Go Ahead, Let Your Kids Fail http://t.co/kHSID4NgpT Fail & bounce back -> Kids gain skills & grit @asymmetricinfo is off on her book tour $$ Feb 21, 2014
  • I Took the GMAT With No Preparation. Here’s What Happened http://t.co/hXwdxNJiub Journalist gets score good enough 2 go 2 biz school $$ Feb 20, 2014
  • Friedman and Hanke on Bitcoin http://t.co/T4bK693dJ8 But what happens when 1 party gets cheated in a Bitcoin transaction? Caveat emptor? $$ Feb 20, 2014
  • The Official Forecast of the US Government Never Saw This Winter Coming http://t.co/w3RS18QJJd We don’t understand climate well $$ $TLT $SPY Feb 19, 2014

 

Wrong

  • Wrong: In Buffett We Trust as Berkshire Annual Report Lacks Disclosure http://t.co/JP3U63bhnj There is more than adequate info in the 10K $$ Feb 21, 2014
  • Wrong: Cut Off Harvard to Save America http://t.co/ro9cIOe2ok When u mess w/what is a nonprofit & not, u can’t tell what will b the result $$ Feb 21, 2014
  • Wrong: Is China at Risk of a Debt Crisis? Not Really,Bank Says http://t.co/erURFnC3g1 China facing domestic banking crisis, like US 2008 $$ Feb 19, 2014

 

Comments, Replies and Retweets

  • “From what I glean, Zuckerberg romanced them & told them $FB wouldn’t touch their baby. We’ll see” — David_Merkel http://t.co/X25hjO1Fxo $$ Feb 20, 2014
  • “Well said. It is hard for China to give up forced investment and export promotion. It’s economic heroin” Merkel http://t.co/0eH1kgg0lo $$ Feb 19, 2014
  • Commented on StockTwits: This: http://t.co/D0mIcnLtIP and if I knew Spanish, could have seen it earlier:… http://t.co/lPajNQAc4w Feb 18, 2014

 

Sorted Weekly Tweets

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

Market Impact

 

  • Companies Squeeze 401K Plans From Facebook to JPMorgan http://t.co/2glTizHOjm This should not surprise, many companies shrink labor costs $$ Feb 15, 2014
  • Wells Fargo edges back into subprime as US mortgage market thaws http://t.co/s8AJCKuzOH Isn’t a problem now, problem comes w/imitators $$ Feb 15, 2014
  • Homebuyers Get Break as Loan Rates Defy Fed Tapering http://t.co/i7PdmGThdz Housing & general economy weakened, so mortgage rates fell $$ Feb 13, 2014
  • Pension politics http://t.co/3NaaI61AxM @felixsalmon points out how defined benefit plans r in general better 4 workers. Mind the PBGC $$ Feb 13, 2014
  • Colleges Raise Record $33.8B Exceeding US Peak in 2009 http://t.co/PRjlMrKM9i Donations always follow creation of unrealized cap gains $$ Feb 12, 2014
  • Some Lines Say Maybe the Stock Market Will Go Down http://t.co/FdkJdRT9qe @matt_levine correctly criticizes the 1928-9 $SPY graph overlay $$ Feb 13, 2014
  • 1929 Stock Market Crash Chart Is Garbage http://t.co/PyPIulerCH Unequal left & right scales make the relationship look tighter than it is $$ Feb 12, 2014
  •  When to Ignore the Investment Experts http://t.co/K2vyHgb1gv “When all the experts &forecasts agree — something else is going 2 happen.” $$ Feb 11, 2014
  • Comparing Economic Recoveries http://t.co/5za6QtEFKD In 1984-2006, growth was borrowed from future by increasing debt levels-> #payback $$ Feb 11, 2014
  • Aluminum Lines Still Trouble the London Metal Exchange http://t.co/f5OyWC5EHC Aluminum inventories will b a prob, til short intrates rise $$ Feb 11, 2014
  • Top Anecdotal Signs of a Market Bubble http://t.co/MavPhxB6vZ Good piece, like one of mine: http://t.co/bON7nJJFfk Watch the credit cycle $$ Feb 11, 2014
  • Ten Stocks to Own During a Market Correction http://t.co/RzBdaNf1ff Good list. I own a few of them. $$ Feb 11, 2014
  • Does trend-chasing explain financial markets? http://t.co/3Mkg4R99dx Partly. Difference between investment IRR and total return is big $$ Feb 10, 2014
  • “Security. Safety. Stability.” http://t.co/VfKVcGgMRJ from @reformedbroker Gold is useful at certain points, but only when it is hated $$ Feb 10, 2014
  • Flows Don’t Follow Value, They Follow Performance http://t.co/9oIJ4M7HMo @reformedbroker wrote this little gem. Learn & internalize it $$ Feb 10, 2014
  • Long Term Charts 2: Western Markets Since The Middle Ages http://t.co/lsBfIot8pi Interesting charts from very messy data at Zero Hedge $$ Feb 10, 2014
  • Most Expensive Place to Find Out Who You Are http://t.co/szQfeKFZxT @jasonzweigwsj : Your reaction 2 minor crisis shows yr risk tolerance $$ Feb 10, 2014

 

Companies & Industries

 

  • AIG Takes $832 Million Charge on Death Bets as Hedge Funds Gain http://t.co/JmI7hBy9MH Life settlements should b illegal $$ $MET $AIG $PRU Feb 14, 2014
  • To Stop the Coffee Apocalypse, Starbucks Buys a Farm http://t.co/CPkyVAUnsR $SBUX helps create a variety of rust resistant Arabica trees $$ Feb 13, 2014
  • Former BlackRock Manager Finds Billions on Rice Energy http://t.co/aBPTo3u4Ky Few investment mgrs have operating talent; Daniel Rice does $$ Feb 13, 2014
  • Buffett’s Pal Munger Heads a Very Weird Company http://t.co/ztr3XizpKM Growth of $DJCO thru investing leads 2 # of growing pains & 13F $$ Feb 13, 2014
  • Here’s Why the Biggest Cable Company in the Country Thinks It Can Get Bigger http://t.co/04cdg1J9VP Feds tolerant of cable re antitrust $$ Feb 13, 2014
  • Why AOL ended up spending millions on ‘distressed babies’ http://t.co/d2lWs8eJit $AOL chose 2b in healthcare biz 4 its employees & lost $$ Feb 13, 2014
  • 3 High-Yielders To Buy On The Pullback http://t.co/8SUBI1M0ut In total $SNH issues more stock than it pays in divs. Divs -> cap losses $$ Feb 13, 2014
  • Who is John Thompson? A look at Microsoft’s new chairman http://t.co/W7SrXqxtwm May have right stuff to protect new CEO from meddling $$ Feb 10, 2014

 

US Politics & Policy

 

  • Runaway Drones Map Land, Film ‘Wolf,’ Knock Down People, FAA Gives Chase http://t.co/rcTnjug8w1 Drones r here 2 stay; time license them $$ Feb 15, 2014
  • Teacher Tenure Put to the Test in California Lawsuit http://t.co/XP5fx6HpR3 Tenure has outlived its usefulness; older teachers can b lazy $$ Feb 15, 2014
  • Lincoln’s Foreign Policy in Today’s World http://t.co/t2RELj7uRB Kept England & France from joining Civil War; otherwise pragmatic $$ $SPY Feb 15, 2014
  • What Would Lincoln Do? http://t.co/hi6n4Rb8hl A clever man w/principles, who did not cease to be pragmatic pursuing 1 main goal – Union $$ Feb 15, 2014
  • Harvard Professor Attacking Google Thrives as Web Sheriff http://t.co/g1W7KXH94K At some point, lack of disclosure will blow up on him $$ Feb 14, 2014
  • The $2.2B Bird-Scorching Solar Project http://t.co/hIYWhJpUwQ Get used 2 idea: almost every form of energy imposes environmental costs $$ Feb 13, 2014
  • Obamacare Damage-Control Teams Seek to Calm Complaints http://t.co/bPU95rVMxM Things r tough when u r trying to avoid media embarrassment $$ Feb 13, 2014
  • Billionaire Musk Gets Brownsville to Pay for SpaceX http://t.co/eoAiygs9mq Like a football owner bargaining 2 get taxpayers buy a stadium $$ Feb 13, 2014
  • Snowden Swiped Password From NSA Coworker http://t.co/1mJ5D6vGH3 & it cost him his job. Snowden denies it; NSA is Not Saying Anything $$ Feb 13, 2014
  • Puerto Rico Legislators Amend Bill Calling for Bank-Deposit Shift http://t.co/fMaCvMi7ab Provincial govt’s attempt 2raid cookie jar stopd $$ Feb 13, 2014
  • Obamacare Will, in Fact, Encourage Employers to Cut Jobs http://t.co/D3vaCFHOZY As the employer mandate comes into force, jobs will b cut $$ Feb 12, 2014
  • Tea Party Scorns Republicans as House Lifts Debt Ceiling http://t.co/fPohsF6Kbi t-party can b “pure” as Dems raise ceiling w/few GOP $$ $TLT Feb 12, 2014
  • A Lame Duckish Calm Falls Over the Capital http://t.co/u6bG2cg1nL Parties in DC act as if the next event is the November elections $$ $TLT Feb 12, 2014
  • Obama Rewrites ObamaCare http://t.co/Ym3CtHt3pI Another day, another lawless exemption, once again for business; WSJ bangs populist drum $$ Feb 11, 2014
  • The US Senate Again Insists on USPS Saturday Mail Delivery http://t.co/YnzmKE5Xrh 2 timid; end Wednesday & Saturday delivery $$ $UPS $FDX Feb 11, 2014
  • US firms ‘paid effective tax rate of 2.2% in 2011’ http://t.co/f2T5Qnrhri More than a tax haven, Ireland helps insurers shave reserves $$ Feb 11, 2014
  • No Honeymoon for Janet Yellen http://t.co/86QPfTcVE0 QE withdrawal will bite, & what will become of all the deposits? $$ Feb 11, 2014
  • Please Hold Your Bernanke Applause http://t.co/DCKPttFHNU Remember, when Greenspan left, he was viewed as a success, same as BB now $$ $TLT Feb 11, 2014
  • Sounding the Tax Alarm, to Little Applause http://t.co/r9JQmmaeLB IRS stiffs whistleblowers who often lose employability 4 being a tipper $$ Feb 10, 2014

 

Rest of the World

 

  • Putin is Playing a Game of His Own http://t.co/19Arh0aJOH Not so fast. Russia has significant resources & influence in Eastern H’sphere $$ Feb 15, 2014
  • Boy’s Life Hanging on 8-Hour Trip Shows Why Venezuelans Protest http://t.co/8G8CgGwGST Socialism is like a cancer that spreads til death $$ Feb 14, 2014
  • Let’s Watch Venezuela Destroy Itself http://t.co/g1Uy3zk1W3 Logical extreme of Socialism falls apart; pity that Chavez never lived 2c it $$ Feb 14, 2014
  • Chinese Join Winklevosses in L.A. Luxury Home Hedges http://t.co/TUdw4AItw8 Amazing what the wealthy will pay 4a fancy foreign retreat $$ Feb 14, 2014
  • Next crisis won’t come from the emerging markets http://t.co/Jei7oKJ8BD Argues France, Germany, Britain, Australia & Canada-> 2 much debt $$ Feb 13, 2014
  • Mister Donut, Pan Am and Friendster Found Alive and Well http://t.co/vDaGi33cEN Old brands never die, they just move overseas & make $$ $SPY Feb 13, 2014
  • Bank of England points to 2015 rate rise, blurs guidance http://t.co/AWhyd8GZmd More precision than 1 can know; the world is messy $$ $FXB Feb 13, 2014
  • Italy Pays Record Low to Sell 3-Year Debt at Auction http://t.co/PWmUhXufjb Let the leverage build for the next crisis $$ Feb 13, 2014
  • Fink to Mobius Touting Emerging Stocks Fails to Stem Outflow http://t.co/8PFKbOH8Lg A time 2 nibble, not a time 2 gulp $$ $EEM Be wary Feb 13, 2014
  • Greek Truckers Show Plight as Groceries Show Up Frozen http://t.co/XgAM737A7h Freeing up the labor market will work as attitudes change $$ Feb 13, 2014
  • Tunisians Bolt Doors Even After New Constitution Passed http://t.co/lBhXz8iqWb Constitutions cannot create cultural change; asks 2 much $$ Feb 13, 2014
  • Israel Desalination Shows California Not to Fear Drought http://t.co/BFidhnEF7S When resources r tight there are incentives 2 create tech $$ Feb 13, 2014
  • London Walkie Talkie Owners to Shield Car-Melting Beam http://t.co/76TP0u2tuT Reflective parabolic curve of building melts cars @ a spot $$ Feb 12, 2014
  • Rouhani Seeks Economic Fix as Iran Commemorates Revolution http://t.co/EDNL5WLOvB Will have to get the agreement of unelected true rulers $$ Feb 11, 2014
  • Argentina to Replace Bogus Inflation Index to Mend IMF Ties http://t.co/iSzQizrgnF Argentina tries 2 find cheapest way out of this mess $$ Feb 11, 2014
  • Who Should Pay for Trusts that Go Bust? http://t.co/aOXFbDltCZ If China is smart, protect depositors, but let banks & WMP holders fail $$ Feb 11, 2014
  • Iceland Girds for Fight as Suit Targets Half $14B GDP http://t.co/hX6M12PZ48 Icelandic taxpayer will refuse the bill; UK will b stiffed $$ Feb 11, 2014
  • Mobius Says Emerging-Market Rout Near End as Valuations Lure http://t.co/MMLjlAmN49 I dunno, a 4% earnings yield premium seems small $$ $EEM Feb 11, 2014
  • Rehabilitating Portugal http://t.co/tFy3GnIwRQ Long; Argues that a Greek-style bailout should b done, or Portugal will eventually default $$ Feb 11, 2014
  • Iranian TV Shows Rare Broadcast of Band Playing Music http://t.co/jTBFNcRsHJ Christianity has always been easier on music than Islam $$ Feb 11, 2014

 

Work Trends

 

  • Sheep-Shearing Wells Fargo Banker Bridges US Income Gap http://t.co/utMe1ekmir Sells coffeemakers too; many in US work multiple jobs $$ $TLT Feb 13, 2014
  • Workers Shed Caution, in a Healthy Sign for Labor Market http://t.co/zTq0NgbO0f When workers r willing 2 quit, labor mkt is healthy $$ $TLT Feb 11, 2014

 

Practical

 

  • A Little Valentine’s Day Straight Talk http://stks.co/j0I6p Sage counsel 2 younger women if they want to get married: start early $$ Feb 15, 2014
  • The Sex Question Readers Want Answered Most http://t.co/kRhYIgwI2Z Even Long-Married Happy Couples Ask, ‘How Can We Have Sex More Often?’ $$ Feb 11, 2014
  • Ten Ways You’re Probably Leaving Money on the Table http://t.co/KkjetkJsp9 Simple list of ways to save money for avg upper-middle class $$ Feb 11, 2014
  • Why Mom’s Time Is Different From Dad’s Time http://t.co/0Xr4IMsFfs Husbands, u can win if u reduce chaos for your overburdened wives $$ Feb 11, 2014

 

Other

 

  • US Scores Fusion-Power Breakthrough http://t.co/h6wDtXHcVj Bad news is Tritium very expensive @ $100K per gram; takes much energy 2 make $$ Feb 13, 2014
  • If Ocean Heat Pump Switches On, Expect to Feel It http://t.co/FlsYni5c62 Speculative; we don’t understand climate or hurricanes well $$ Feb 11, 2014
  • Who is Steven Reisman? Meet Hip-Hop VIPs’ Favorite Lawyer, The Man With The $2 Bills http://t.co/B3v87YDWrt Weird. Very, very weird $$ $SPY Feb 11, 2014
  • What Really Happened to Flappy Bird? http://t.co/3IiBxSIhYx Beware the success u wish 4? Also: http://t.co/ld6A2XaiKs Still a puzzle $$ $SPY Feb 11, 2014

 

Wrong, etc.

 

  • Skeptical: Blackstone-Fueled Single-Family Home Boom Lifts Chicago http://t.co/sETcWifBGx In past hi levels of investor ownership bearish $$ Feb 15, 2014
  • Wrong: Pros Panic, Retail Investors Stay Cool on Emerging Markets http://t.co/QXXpOcqKYw Too short a period time to judge $$ Feb 14, 2014
  • Wrong: Social norms: The indignity of no work http://t.co/6isHJo9fkw New technologies will create new jobs & make the whole world better $$ Feb 13, 2014
  • Wrong: Warren Buffett is laughing at you for selling http://t.co/S5LFS3jUk5 Poorly thought-out piece glues 2unrelated ideas together $$ $EEM Feb 13, 2014
  • Wrong: The #1 High-Yield Investment Of America’s Elite http://t.co/FUVyBblQpZ Spammy article that talks about REITs as if they r a secret $$ Feb 11, 2014

 

Replies, Retweets & Comments

 

  • 10 miles west of Baltimore, MD, we got ~15 inches of snow over the last last 2 days. #snow #weather #pax $$ Feb 14, 2014
  • “I made this comment six months ago: http://t.co/a82j8TRxm1… & then, I tipped the SEC. …” — David_Merkel http://t.co/gthPe5eQoA $$ $DJCO Feb 13, 2014
  • “Administrative Services Only” plus individual stop loss protection is in general the smart way2…” — David_Merkel http://t.co/fPV6fQo1i1 $$ Feb 13, 2014
  • “This is a common confusion in statistics — you can have a high correlation and a low beta. Second…” — Merkel http://t.co/sa6PLqEhdU $$ Feb 13, 2014
  • RT @Pawelmorski: Scary parallel my foot. http://t.co/omyovAKQaX Feb 12, 2014
  • @davidgaffen that would only be a temporary fix. I wrote this 3.5 yrs ago on the topic: http://t.co/q3lbyELN9d The internet eats USPS Feb 11, 2014
  • @quakkelaar I miss you too. If you are ever near Baltimore/DC, let me know; we can get together, brother. Last few years have been hard Feb 11, 2014
  • RT @ReformedBroker: Please explain how the wording of this investment advertisement on the Washington Post site could be legal: http://t.co… Feb 10, 2014
  • ‘ @quakkelaar Hail old friend. Yes, same old mistakes, b/c those wishing to retire are making the money sweat, until it rebels on them $$ Feb 09, 2014

 

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