Bailout

Goldman Sachs is a Charity Case, Too.

This is a very big story and will probably piss off taxpayers like nothing else has thus far.  The Wall Street Journal has the list of all the companies that were essentially made whole by the AIG bailout.  Basically, these are the firms that were counter-parties in transactions with AIG, the hedge fund that happens…

Golden Age for Activist Investors? 'Bout Time!

“A lot of people die fighting tyranny.  The least I can do is vote against it.” – Activist Carl Icahn, Texaco Annual Shareholder Meeting 1998 Could 2009 be a Golden Age for Activist Investors?  Ken Squire wrote a pretty convincing case in Barron’s this week and I can only say that it’s about time. His…

The Lemonade Crisis (Explaining the Bailout to Children)

The Lemonade Crisis or How to Explain the Bailout to Children Cast: Jimmy, Jamie, Kenny, Stan, Dick, Chuck and Sandy as “The Lemonade Stand Kids” Easy Al and Ben as “The Grocers” Summer came early to Bankington Heights and the neighborhood kids were all excited for their vacation.  The previous summer, Jamie, Jimmy, Stan, Dick,…

The Quesadilla That Changed My Mind About The Bailout

I kid you not, readers, he literally uttered the word “Citigroup” and his quesadilla was packed in a bag with plastic utensils and napkins, and he was out the door. No one asked him for ID or made a note anywhere of what he was eating that day. He just said “Citigroup” and bounced. I was on line to pay behind him with my own chicken quesadilla and a bottle of Diet Pepsi…cost to me as a non-Citigroup employee: $9.85 plus tax.