Menu Engineering: Hacking Human Reactions to Price

I thought this piece about determining how to set prices on GigaOM this morning was fascinating.  Wall Street is all about prices.  What is something worth now, what will it be worth in 10 seconds, 6 months or 3 years from now? There are no shortage of formulas and equations that can be used to…

Mauldin on Deflation or Inflation, Take Your Pick

It is not a matter of pain or no pain; it is a matter of choosing which pain we will face and for how long, and perhaps in what order. – John Mauldin, September 2009 We’ve talked about the Inflation vs Deflation debate a lot here on TRB this year, as I think that getting…

Hot Links: Where Are They Now

Hot Links For Weekend Reading… Where are they now?  The financial crisis players (Callan, Fuld, Thain, Prince, O’Neal, Cassano) are caught up with.  (NYT) Vincent Fernando compares gold to both real estate and then to a Ponzi Scheme…and gets his head handed to him by the peanut gallery.  (Clusterstock) The definite cultural shift at Morgan…

Ivanka Works The Phones For Charity

I’ll leave you with this image of Ivanka Trump raising money for charity and wish you a good weekend. Sigh, to be the receiver of a black telephone on the BGC Partners brokerage trading floor… Sources: Ivanka Trump (Daily Intel)

Is BankersBall Extinct?

Is the all-about-investment-bankers website BankersBall the latest victim of the credit crisis?  If so, isn’t it the most deserving victim left? Hardcopy relics of the Age of Free Money have ceased publication this year and the world hasn’t quite stopped spinning on its axis. Trader Monthly, one of the douchiest rags ever printed, ran out of money sometime in…

Is Monsanto Worth a Look? Depends on Which Monsanto You're Talking About.

Disclaimer:  This is not research, advice or an invitation to trade or invest.  My comments below are simply some observations based on publicly available information.  Do not trade based on anything you read here. Monsanto (MON) is becoming quite the controversial stock in light of the dichotomy of near-term and long-term outlooks.  You could make the…

Hot Links: Don't Let Ballmer See Your iPhone, Boy

Stuff I’m Reading this Morning… China Strong, Dollar Weak.  Stocks Likey.  Keep walking, nothing new to see here.  (Bloomberg) Mish says, “Yes, it is a Depression.”  (GlobalEconTrendAnalysis) The Notorious B.I.G. sees a bullish reverse head and shoulders pattern in the chart of front-month gold prices.  (Bespoke) Veteran Buffett-watcher Jeff Matthews on what the Oracle’s recent…

Something to Remember on 9/11 from JFK

JFK’s quote only has it half-right on this latest anniversary of 9/11. I like the never forgetting an enemy’s name part, it’s the forgiveness thing that will never be possible for me. Sources: Cagle.com

One Year After Lehman: We Don't Love These Bros.

No one misses Lehman Brothers. Yeah, I said it. On September 15th 2008, the investment bank filed for bankruptcy after 6 months of protestations by Dick Fuld, Erin Callan and the rest of the brain trust that all was well at 745 Seventh Avenue in Times Square. Enough has and will be written about the…