Merrill Lynch, Apparently, Committed Suicide

Thanks to my pal The Epicurean Dealmaker‘s incredible Supermassive Black Hole post, I learned a great deal more about why some investment banks survived the credit meltdown and others didn’t.  My key takeaway from this must-read piece is that Merrill Lynch had a Death Wish. See that crazy-ass blue line really going for it through…

Hot Links: McDonaldland

Stuff I’m Reading this Morning… A Fed official talks about the potential for aggressive interest rates hikes when necessary.  (Bloomberg) Trader Mark on the Julian Robertson Armageddon interview.  (FundMyMutualFund) Yes, Twitter is worth 74 kajillion dollars, haters.  (NYP) Rumors of a Blackstone LBO for Sea World.  Somebody warn Shamu!  (LOLFed) Jesse is still agnostic on…

Required Viewing for Newly-Bonused Goldman Employees

[vodpod id=Groupvideo.3484400&w=425&h=350&fv=%26rel%3D0%26border%3D0%26] So Goldman Sachs is sitting on a $16 billion bonus pool, which CEO Lloyd Blankfein is hesitant to dole out to employees amidst the possibility of populist furor in this wonderful economy of ours. My advice to Lloyd is to make the above clip from Goodfellas required viewing for the troops upon receipt of…

Visual Economics: 3 Advantages of a Roth IRA Conversion

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Who Are The Biggest Chefs In The Business World?

Anecdotally speaking, I’m told that the restaurant business is the most difficult business on earth (in terms of the success to failure rate).  I’ve also heard that the average Saturday night dinner service in NYC is as hectic and stressful as a full week of work for everyone else.  I’m a stockbroker, so of course…

Hot Links: Pulp Tinkerbell

Stuff I’m Reading this Morning… The agenda for economic regulation reform at the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh isn’t looking too promising.  (Economix) A tale of tragic heroism in the Bronx.  (NYP) The Healthcare Debate rages on…in an Iron Man comic book.  (Ecocomics) My fave post of the week so far: Imagine If Lehman Brothers Had…

Insider Trading Lesson 1: No Call Options

You guys are so stupid.  The first thing the SEC looks at is the call option activity whenever there’s a high profile merger or takeover.  Anything unusual is gonna be flagged. From DealBook: The Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday charged two men with running an $8.6 million insider-trading scheme connected to Dell’s $3.9 billion agreement…

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…