Joshua M Brown

Sparring With the Cult of Ayn Rand

I recently posted an interview I did with the ghost of Ayn Rand and, as expected, a few Randian ideologues came out of the woodwork to challenge the points I sought to get across in my post. I do these faux-interviews because I believe that my strong suit as a writer and financial commentator is…

Hot Links: Ackman, Leno & Goldman's BRIC Picks

Stuff I’m Reading this Morning… Goldman Sachs is recommending the BRIC-related stocks going into earnings season, here are their 50 favorite plays:  (PragCap) The most important news of the day.  (Clusterstock) Pershing Square’s Bill Ackman has a new short position.  (DealBook) Classic: NBC wants Jay Leno to have an affair!  (BorowitzReport) Pessimism Porn takes a…

Uh Oh…The Analysts Are Bullish

Many will call this the ultimate contrarian tell, in fact, most will.  But then doesn’t that mean that the real contrarian would take this as a positive?  I’m talking myself in circles here. From Bespoke Investment Group: Analysts are more bullish heading into the current earnings season than they have been at the start of…

Vitaliy Katsenelson on the Propaganda of Michael Moore

When you get a chance, run on over to Zero Hedge to read about a true capitalism love story, from an ex-resident of the Soviet Union who now runs money professionally here in the US and is a hell of a writer. From Zero Hedge: (This) past weekend Americans voluntarily spent a few million dollars to…

Finance Blogger Feud Week

So apparently, this is Finance Blogger Feud Week!  Get your programs! Last week’s Felix Salmon versus Zero Hedge dustup was merely a prelude for what was to come to this week. Two biggies to report so far:

G'Day Rates! Australia Tightens Up

Australia’s central bank raised interest rates yesterday, beginning the unwind of their credit crunch stimulus program. They are the first nation in the G-20 to do so. Like Norway and Brazil, Australia derives a great portion of its GDP from minerals and mining exports, and so is more concerned about inflation in the near-term than many other…

Hot Links: Heir to the Throne

Stuff I’m Reading this Morning… BlackRock is bullish on US and emerging markets stocks.  (DealBook) Go out and hug a bear today.  (MusingsOfATrader) What’s George Soros up to these day with his positions?  (MarketFolly) Peter Schiff under attack on MSNBC, Eddie calls BS.  (CrossingWallStreet) Marc Faber on currencies, equities, commodities and India.  (InvestmentPostcards) “Buying gold…

Damn It Feels Good To Be A Goldbug

My Goldbug friends and Hard Assets-loving associates will sleep well this evening…or stay up all night with excitement. Congrats to the faithful, but don’t OD on the Kool-Aid. G’night! Read Also: …You Might Be a Goldbug (TRB)

Checking In With The Bail-ettes On TARP's 1st Birthday

A quick look at how shares of the Bail-ettes have performed over the year since they became partially our property problem… Click Image to Embiggen! Check out the source article for the exact amounts, in case they haven’t already been emblazoned into your brain. Source: Heroes and Zeroes of the Fallout (CNNMoney)

Interview With The Ghost Of Ayn Rand

As regular readers know, I am often visited by ghosts when I work late at my office in the historic Helmsley Building. I recently had an encounter with none other than the ghost of Ayn Rand, the creator of the objectivist philosophical movement and author of Atlas Shrugged, an ideological novel that argued for absolute…