Follow the money: for the past year, the big trade
was short bank stocks, and use the cash to go long oil. Massively profitable, but now that trade is unwinding. So where is the big money being invested now? Lots of places: diamonds
, fine art
, and Madonna
posted by Mutant
on Aug 20, 2008 -
The Scholar Ship
, an international floating university stewarded by top universities in Morocco
, the United Kingdom
, and Ghana
, have temporarily suspended all voyages
due to lack of funds - mainly caused by the withdrawal of main sponsor and initiator Royal Caribbean International
. The program ran two voyages in 2007
before shutdown. Alumni and prospective students on Facebook
are busily sourcing options to revive the organization, while Semester at Sea is offering spaces
to students who were accepted for the now-cancelled voyages. [more inside]
posted by divabat
on Jun 14, 2008 -
The rapid growth of electronic trading since 1976
has benefited equity market participants by improving competition, reducing cost and increasing liquidity while insuring better pricing.
One unexpected side effect has been the recent emergence of "dark pools of liquidity"
, or the secret stock market. [more inside]
posted by Mutant
on May 20, 2008 -
I asked Nathan Myhrvold, C.E.O. of Intellectual Ventures and widely considered to be one of the smartest people in technology, if he is brilliant. "If you put yourself in that camp, you might be correct," he teased. "But then, you're also an asshole." The Brilliant Issue
profiles Porfolio's picks for best game-changers, upstarts, rebels, connectors and other influencers. [more inside]
posted by Non Prosequitur
on May 2, 2008 -
The Most Important Article You Did Not Read This Week
Now, it is true that the most important article you probably didn’t read contains all the usual hair-raising things you’d expect to see about the real estate market, including “developers under siege,” “signs of weakness in key markets,” developers “slashing prices,” and the head of a major builder advising “that people wait three to four years before purchasing a new home.” But the most important article you probably didn’t read is not about real estate markets in Naples, Florida, or Sacramento, California. It is about China. [ full WSJ article here]
posted by Stynxno
on Mar 28, 2008 -
While the US equities markets were closed on Monday for Martin Luther King Day, stock markets around the world took a nosedive, losing billions in equity
; the markets in Australia
, South Korea
, Indonesia, Hong Kong
, the UK
, and more countries
have dropped at least 5% each (Canada
only fell 4.75%), even though most of those markets had already been seriously down for several days prior. India has been hit particularly hard
, at one point down a whopping 11%, tripping their markets' automatic "circuit breakers"
for a mandatory time-out period, before scraping back up to close at 8% down.
US futures markets are currently predicting a 650+ point drop just at the open Tuesday morning
, before even a single trade goes through. [more inside]
posted by Asparagirl
on Jan 22, 2008 -
At a time when fed-up American citizens are petitioning Congress
to end the imprudent financial practices that caused the
housing bubble sub-prime mortgage crisis liquidity crisis
impending recession -- including the banning of SIV's
and refusing any bailouts
for Wall Street, banks, or mortgage companies -- the United States Treasury Department has just announced
the creation of a giant-mega-ultra SIV called "M-LEC" made up of assets from several of the largest American banks. Already unofficially nicknamed "Sivie Mae" (or worse, "the Frankenstein Fund"
), it would be an off-balance-sheet way for these banks to pool and price the ABCP
's that they've lately been having trouble pricing and thus selling -- i.e. the liquidity crisis. [more inside]
posted by Asparagirl
on Oct 16, 2007 -
"I had no idea how my open-handedness could be made to look,
after the fact. At the time I bought the subprime portfolio I thought: This is sort of like my way of giving something back. I didn't expect a profile in Philanthropy Today or anything like that. I mean, I bought at a discount. But I thought people would admire the Wall Street big shot who found a way to help the little guy. Sort of like a money doctor helping a sick person. Then the little guy wheels around and gives me this financial enema. And I'm the one who gets crap in the papers!" -- Michael Lewis
on the subprime meltdown
posted by GrammarMoses
on Sep 8, 2007 -
A New Kind of Bank Run. ...a new financial architecture has emerged that relied more on securities and less on banks as intermediaries. With the worth of [these new] securities now being questioned — and no equivalent of deposit insurance — some who financed the securities want their money out, a fact that has created the 21st-century equivalent of a run on a bank.
. It's no wonder these securities are being questioned, when some are based on Ninja mortgages
and foreclosures are up 58% from last year.
posted by storybored
on Aug 10, 2007 -
A very big day for the Supreme Court. In Morse v. Fredrick
, the Court ruled that a school could suspend a child for holding up a "Bong HiTs for Jesus" banner. (Previous post here
). In Hein v. Freedom from Religion
, the Court held that taxpayers lacked standing to challenged Faith Based Initiatives (previous discussions
). In Wilke v. Robbins
, the Court held that land owners do not have Bivens claims if the federal government harasses landowners for easements. In FEC v. Wisconsin Right to Life
, the Court held that the portion of the campaign finance law which had blackout periods before elections on issue advocacy advertising was an unconstitutional restriction of speech (other
). This Thursday, the Justices will deliver their last opinions of the term, including a death penalty case
and the school assignment cases
. (Opinions are .pdfs)
posted by dios
on Jun 25, 2007 -
"George Soros initiated holdings in Oil Equipment & Services company Halliburton Co.. His purchase prices were between $27.62 and $33.53, with an estimated average price of $31.3. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 2.02%. His holdings was 1,999,450 shares as of 12/31/2006. Halliburton Co. closed today at $30.05." Maybe he's 'culture jamming
'? Might raise some amusing ethical conundra
in any case.
posted by waxbanks
on Mar 1, 2007 -
Want to learn about investing?
Morningstar, an independent investment researcher, is offering 172 free online "classes" on stocks, bonds, funds, and portfolio building. And there's nifty quizzes at the end of each lesson where you can earn points that can be used for Morningstar products.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero
on Jan 9, 2007 -
EarthShell, a small Maryland company that makes environment-friendly packaging (among
others) may wink out of existence
thanks to PIPEs
, or private investments in public equities. Who likes PIPEs? Hedge Funds
, mostly. Companies that take the pipe
, as it were, may be sealing their doom. 10 percent of PIPE deals done this year are 'death spirals'
, where the company's stock price plummets from short selling by the financiers who structured the deal in the first place. And of course it's legal if you don't
get caught shorting the stock naked and covering with the shares from the PIPE.
(BTW, http://www.earthshell.com appears to be on the margins now or I'd have linked it).
posted by nj_subgenius
on Dec 27, 2006 -
How can a credit card company fool you? Let me count the ways. When Brad Kehn received his first credit card from Capital One Financial in 2004, it took him only three months to exceed its $300 credit limit and get socked with a $35 over-limit fee. But what surprised the Plankinton, S.D., resident more was that Cap One then offered him another card, even though he was over the limit -- and then another and another.
posted by storybored
on Dec 10, 2006 -