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Math Too Hard: Qualitative Easing a Literal No-Brainer

Unfortunately it seems that, when we recommended Quantitative Easy, even though it was super easy, it didn’t gain a lot of traction. The markets haven’t been nearly as easy as Ben had hoped. So we here at LoS went back to the blackboard for a new idea, something on which we could write a clean,

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Let’s Talk About Health, baby

Let’s talk about all the good things and the bad things that may be. Recently, everytime I’m at Blockbuster video (NYSE: BBI) or waiting in line for a payphone or getting my chest hair lasered (ask your depillitator for “the Kaiser”, your lady will be grateful) I’ve been getting dragged into the healthcare debate. Usually

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Wait wait, we got HALF???

Executive pay and Wall Street bonuses are the root of all evil.   You might even put them in the axis of evil.   And our fearless good-guy government leaders in the US and Europe have addressed the evil head-on, chastising anyone who makes “a lot of puddin“.  Recently, even going so far as to enforce

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The Palm Pre – It’s What Happens to Your Body When You’re Too Excited

As you may have heard, Palm has launched a new phone.  The launch has Wall Street in a frenzied state of excitation, a state of such frenzy that Palm (NASDAQ: PALM) has “doubled in size” in the last two days.  I think we’ve all been excited by “new palms” before.  But this one is special,

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Bailing Out the Bailer-Outer

Today the US treasury announced they are bailing out the federal reserve bank. They are concerned that the federal reserve bank – after taking over the debt of Bear Stearns, Fannie, Freddie, AIG et al. is “over-leveraged”.  The obvious question is, who will bail out the Treasury?  The answer is paper.  More specifically the “Bureau

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How Are Oil Prices Affecting You?

Inspired by this incredible expose about oil prices hurting kids via increasing operating costs of school buses all over the country, we decided to survey other demographic representatives to see how higher oil is affecting them. Middle-aged white woman in the midwest: “Gas prices are so crazy I had to buy a second car, one

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What Are Investment Banks and Financial Companies Worth?

8. That’s it. 8. They are all worth 8. All financials stocks are worth 8. (Fast forward to minute 6 or so, it all will become clear by minute 7) Recommendation: If a financial stock is above 8, short it until it is 8. If it is below 8, maintain a buy until it is

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Bloomberg News Writers are Boobs, The Bad Kind

Notice to Bloomberg headline writers — contorting your headlines and story to changes in stock price of a company makes you look like a gaggle of maroons. My example from last week: 2:15am – (BN) Electrolux stock futures drop 2:17am – (BN) Elextrolux profit falls, steel costs squeeze margins 2:36am – (BN) Electrolux’s latest profit

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Africa is good at doing things

In case you’ve been on the moon, South Africa is out of power. One government-run monopoly produces 95% of the country’s power and they ran out. In 1998, the power company told everyone in the government that they would run out of power in 2007. The government apparently thought they were just kidding and didn’t

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Quotes Irrelevant to Investing

“The currency is the share price of a country.” -George Glynos, Econometric Treasury Management

 
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Who Missed Their Earnings?

Is this a company that missed earnings or the index of the largest country in Europe?

 
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How to End It

So your fund is down double-digits, the first number is a 1 if you’re lucky, and you are one more -3% day away from getting a margin call from your friendly brokerage house which has it’s own balance sheet disaster because of its in-house, levered long ‘hedge’ fund. You’re starting to think it’s just not

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Totally Rad Mini-baller Ski Lingo

A few mini-ballers went skiing over break and met some stoners in the gondola who taught them all some coloradical ski lingo. Of course the mini-ballers were enthralled with this new vocabulary and proceeded to overdose on the new found choices piece of diction. A brief guide in case you want to “make some convo”

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Bloomberg Headlines, 2007 vs the Future

How bloomberg headlines read in 2007: Crude reaches new high up 2% to 89.30 nearing Goldman $100 target. Citigroup shares fall below $30 on further writedowns of $5bn How bloomberg headlines will read in the future: Dollar reaches new record low -2% to 0.011 barrels of oil nearing Goldman target of 0.010. Citigroup shares fall

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