Archive for May, 2010

  • SEC: Comment Period for Individual Stock Circuit Breakers
    Posted by on May 18th, 2010 at 10:37 pm, Comments: 0

    I gave you this story last week.  Today, it’s official. “Under the proposed rules, which are subject to Commission approval following the completion of the […]

  • History Repeats Itself
    Posted by on May 18th, 2010 at 2:17 pm, Comments: 0

    Cliche:  History repeats itself because no one was listening the first time. This morning’s Bloomberg story of interest involved the continued acceleration of ignorance of […]

  • Beaten To the Starting Line on Another Business Plan
    Posted by on May 18th, 2010 at 1:46 pm, Comments: 0

    One of my best business ideas that would have been relatively easy to do was to create a sarcasm font.  We all know that sometimes […]

  • Quotable: John Hussman
    Posted by on May 18th, 2010 at 1:05 am, Comments: 0

    From John Hussman’s weekly piece: “ECB President Jean-Claude Trichet has been quick to deny concerns that the move by the ECB will be inflationary, emphasizing […]

  • Sarcasm – MGM – Paulson
    Posted by on May 18th, 2010 at 1:01 am, Comments: 0

    I just found out that John Paulson is on the other side of my trade.  I’m short MGM, and he filed his latest 13-Fs today, […]

  • GM Wants More Subprime Buyers
    Posted by on May 17th, 2010 at 1:48 am, Comments: 0

    Last week I linked to a story about how GM wanted to get back into the  financing business. Today’s AP headline had me tilting my […]

  • Vegas & Detroit – A Tale of Two (Not So Different) Housing Markets
    Posted by on May 16th, 2010 at 9:13 pm, Comments: 0

    There’s definitely an interesting comparison between Detroit and Vegas – both of whom have housing markets which I think could accurately be described as “languishing.” […]

  • Greek Prank Calls? Punitive Damages
    Posted by on May 16th, 2010 at 1:12 pm, Comments: 0

    This morning’s Bloomberg story to talk about is “Greece Considering Legal Actions Against U.S. Banks for Crisis.” “Greece is considering taking legal action against U.S. […]

  • Doubling Down
    Posted by on May 15th, 2010 at 9:17 am, Comments: 0

    “I just had my first KFC Double Down Chicken Sandwich.  I feel like I doubled down and lost.” – Kid Dynamite, May 14th, 2010 I’m […]

  • You Be The Judge
    Posted by on May 14th, 2010 at 8:46 pm, Comments: 0

    Can you pick the real headline(s) out of the list of headlines below? 1) BN  16:00  GEITHNER SAYS EUROPE’S RESPONSE TO CRISIS IS “VERY STRONG” […]

  • A Succinct Enunciation of "The Problem"
    Posted by on May 14th, 2010 at 6:12 pm, Comments: 0

    On my prior post about the real problem evident in the big banks’ perfect trading quarters, commenter “HT” weighed in with some thoughts that I […]

  • Breaking News: What the SEC’s New Individual Stock Curbs Might Look Like
    Posted by on May 14th, 2010 at 3:57 pm, Comments: 0

    This isn’t cast in stone yet, but I’m told that starting Monday, a pilot program will be filed requiring all exchanges to apply new rules […]

  • Quick Links
    Posted by on May 14th, 2010 at 3:01 pm, Comments: 0

    If you didn’t like my take on the perfect trading quarter, try The Reformed Broker with a humorous take on how to have a perfect […]

  • Big Bank Perfect Trading Quarters – The Real Story
    Posted by on May 13th, 2010 at 3:42 pm, Comments: 0

    disclaimer/disclosure: 1) I am not an expert in bank balance sheets.  These 10Qs are not for the faint of heart, and yet I’m quite sure […]

  • Feminine Hygiene Products and Dog Butts
    Posted by on May 12th, 2010 at 10:41 pm, Comments: 0

    There you go – I laid it all out there right in the subject line.  If you’re expecting thoughtful economic commentary, you will be disappointed […]

  • I Have Finally Made It
    Posted by on May 12th, 2010 at 5:05 pm, Comments: 0

    Although I’d been hoping that I could get William Shatner to read my blog posts aloud as performance art, I guess I’ll have to settle […]

  • The Little Guy Has Nothing to Complain About
    Posted by on May 12th, 2010 at 1:49 am, Comments: 0

    I see a lot of comments about how the “little guy” feels like the system is stacked against him. Who are we talking about here? […]

  • A Few Smart Quips
    Posted by on May 11th, 2010 at 11:01 pm, Comments: 0

    1) Jesse:  “GM Wants to Get Back Into Financing to Increase Its Profits“ “Bloomberg reports that GM Considers Buying back GMAC Or starting a new […]

  • The SEC Talks About Reforming Market Mechanisms
    Posted by on May 11th, 2010 at 8:00 pm, Comments: 0

    Via Calculated Risk:  Mary Schapiro sez: “In addition to time out mechanisms, we will consider any other steps that potentially could prevent or help minimize […]

  • What a Difference A Day Makes
    Posted by on May 11th, 2010 at 12:08 pm, Comments: 0

    Yesterday: “Stocks Soar on Europe Bailout“ Today “US Stock Futures Fall on Concern Aid Plan Won’t Solve Crisis“ Whattttt?  It won’t solve the crisis?  You […]