Measuring GDP Growth from Space

The image above is from a series of shots taken by satellite over the course of 11 years.  It will be used by scientists to get a better idea of how economies in developing countries are growing.  In many places, the data reported locally just isn’t reliable or robust enough to truly capture the rate…

Hot Links: Prechter, Keynes & MJ's Glove

Stuff I’m Reading this Morning… Elliot wave fanatic Bob Prechter looking for $10 a barrel crude oil over the next few years, completing the supercycle that started in the 90’s.  (Clusterstock) Karl Denninger explains karma to Bank of America.  (MarketTicker) Abercrombie can’t catch a break.  (YahooFinance) Michael Jackson‘s glittery glove is going up for auction….

July Retail Sales…Yep, Still Ugly

Europe and Asia were leading the way higher for S&P futures early this morning…until this ugly bucket of cold water was thrown at the optimists. What you’re looking at here is July Retail Sales broken down by sector.  Don’t get too fired up over the Cash 4 Clunkers-induced gain for the autos.  We’re not going to…

You and Us. (*unless things get ugly, then you're on your own)

One of the more curious features of the wealth management business over the last few years was the unfair competitive advantage that some firms had over others because of their innate ability to offer tax-evasion-as-a-service to high net worth investors as a selling point. It’s nice to hear that someone out there in Governmentland actually cares……

Hot Links: Ackman, Paulson, Samberg & Whole Foods

Stuff I’m Reading this Morning… William Ackman may finally be done bashing his pretty head against the brick wall that is Target.  (Dealbreaker) Ezra Klein on what Whole Foods can teach us about healthcare.  (WaPo) Bespoke breaks down hedge fund star John Paulson‘s most recent sector allocations.  (BIG) And then Trader Mark discusses Paulson’s just-revealed…

Setting the Record Straight Re: Bill Singer

I owe someone a major apology for something I wrote last week which was completely disingenuous to their standing and reputation in our industry. It all started when I read an article in Forbes that I felt was insulting to professionals in the brokerage and advisory industry.  Since I’ve started my career, I’ve seen a…

FOMC Day! Get Your Programs!

I love FOMC Day!  From the moment I wake up, my stomach is filled with butterflies, really pretty purple and pink ones, as I look forward to the 2 o’clock hour.  At this appointed hour, the chairman of the world’s most secretive monetary institution descends from on high with his stone tablets, which are emblazoned…

Hot Links: Blodget & Spitzer Sittin' in a Tree

Stuff I’m Reading this Morning… Not just tent cities anymore, more like a Tent Metropolis in Nashville, TN.  (WSJ) The SEC kids were dropping off resumes after auditing Bernie Madoff.  Nice.  (NYP) Felix Salmon saw the Scariest Billboard of the Day in NYC yesterday.  (Reuters) My favorite read of the week:  Lunch and a discussion…