Monthly Archives: August 2012

More Numbers

Rex Nutting, a columnist at MarketWatch.com, writes about issues that affect the middle class and retail investors.  Last month he wrote 7 economic indicators that could decide the election about numbers that those people pay attention to. This month he … Continue reading

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Digging into the Employment Numbers

A few days ago I quickly wrote about Recession, Jobs, and Education. John Mauldin digs a little further into those numbers in Boomers Are Breaking the Deal. The upshot is that a college degree is no longer a guaranteed ticket … Continue reading

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Iceland Looking Better and Better

When Iceland’s banks ran amok in 2008 and then crashed, the government let them fail. Since the banks’ loans amounted to 10 times the GDP, they had little choice. So the banks creditors and bondholders took the hit. They also … Continue reading

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Recession, Jobs, and Education

See How the Great Recession Proved, Beyond a Doubt, the Value of a College Degree for an update on how level of education affects employment. Summary: it’s not a good time to have only a high school education. And it … Continue reading

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The Last Days of Cash

The June 2012 issue of the IEEE Spectrum magazine is entitled, “The Last Days of Cash”.  This is a great issue covering the past, present, and several possible futures of money at many levels.  From paying the babysitter “off the … Continue reading

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Faster than Light

The Microsecond Market in the June 2012 issue of IEEE Spectrum is relevant to the stock markets, especially high frequency trading (HFT). And an interesting bit of tech history. One of the early uses of the telegraph was to get … Continue reading

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The Retail Liquidity Program

An article on Bloomberg, Knight Trading Loss Said to Be Linked to Dormant Software mentioned the “Retail Liquidity Program” (RLP) rolled out on the same day as the Knight Capitol “software glitch” that cost them millions in losses. Everyone is … Continue reading

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What thre Bleep is the “Retail Liquidity Program”?

Knight Blames Trading Fiasco On “Dormant Program” Glitch is mildly interesting until the last paragraph of the quote from Bloomberg. What the bleep is this? The Big Board’s so-called retail liquidity program, designed to attract smaller investors by giving them … Continue reading

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Introduction: George Friedman on Financial Markets, Politics, and the New Reality

George Friedman is head of Stratfor, a “privately owned publisher of geopolitical analysis.” Stratfor has been described as a private CIA. Perhaps a more app description than originally intended because they appear to also be influencing events as well as … Continue reading

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Introduction: Jason Zweig and Bond Rates

Jason Zweig writes “The Intelligent Investor” column on the Wall Street Journal’s Website (WSJ.com).  The edition of Benjamin Graham’s “The Intelligent Investor” book with Zweig’s commentary is considered to be the version to read.  A recent post on Are Bond … Continue reading

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