Bernanke: More Bank Of Japan Imitation to Come

In a widely telegraphed move, the FOMC today voted to keep Fed Funds target rate at zero. Oh, and based on the statement, don’t expect this to change anytime soon. Bernanke may have been a student of The Depression, but he is clearly a fan of the Japanese Lost Decades. All that was missing from…

Ken Lewis: Should I Stay or Should I Go (reprise)

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYxkvAwIjzQ] With trouble coming from both the SEC and the NY Attorney General over the Merrill Lynch acquisition, Ken Lewis is faced with a big decision – should he stay or should he go as CEO of Bank of America?  With apologies to the late Joe Strummer, here’s Kenny doing his rendition of The Clash‘s…

Hot Links: Marc Faber, Doug Kass & R2D2

Stuff I’m Reading this Morning… Pay attention!  What to expect from the FOMC statement today.  (Bloomberg) Great interview: Marc Faber on Tech Ticker discussing why emerging markets will surpass the West.  (TechTicker) In Soviet Russia, Kalashnikov Bankrupts You! (LOLFed) The unintended consequences of Sen Dodd‘s aggressive push for one super-regulator will be that this will…

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Don Dion's 10 Most Dangerous ETF List

If you haven’t already, run on over to TheStreet.com to read Don Dion‘s first installment of the 10 Most Dangerous ETFs list.  In light of the over-abundance of these products and the fact that many of them have not raised nearly enough assets to justify their existence, now is a great time to bone up…

Guy Hands Comes Clean on Private Equity

I found this take on the private equity industry from one of its more well-known insiders to be refreshing in its honesty. Guy Hands is a “name brand” PE executive from London who made a very bad deal at the peak of the market.  In his discussion with Andrew Ross Sorkin, he comes clean about…

The Incredible Shrinking Finance Sector

This is very cool. The New York Times put up a moving infographic that shows the progression of the 29 largest financial firms and how they first shrank since 2007 and then began to grow again. The graph above shows them from the starting point at the market’s peak in October 2007. The one below…

Hot Links: Bizarro FDIC

Stuff I’m Reading this Morning… Dollar down, stocks and commodities _____?  Yeah, yeah, you know the rest.  (Bloomberg) Story of the Day: Bizarro FDIC to borrow money from…The Banks!  (NYT) This was fascinating:  World economies and where we are on the productivity curve.  (Clusterstock) Maryland is the most moneymaking state in the US.  (CNNMoney) John…