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March 2010

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The Stupidest Article Ever?

March 31, 2010 – Comments (18)

I've read a lot of stupid articles over the years, but this one may be the stupidest.  [more]

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The Diabolical Secret Of The Short-Sellers' Success

March 30, 2010 – Comments (2)

What is the cause of the historical success of short-sellers? It appears that now we have an answer.  [more]

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Trading Is Even Worse Than You Thought

March 29, 2010 – Comments (7)

A soon-to-be-released study has found that 80 percent of active traders lost money. Actually, that doesn’t surprise me so much.  [more]

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The Promise Of Financial Regulation

March 26, 2010 – Comments (0)

I highly recommend this excellent piece by David Leonhardt entitled, Heading Off The Next Financial Crisis.  [more]

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Seth Klarman's Investing Lessons From 2008

March 26, 2010 – Comments (2)

As the market continues to rise each day, now might be a good time to ponder these investing lessons of 2008 from Seth Klarman:  [more]

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Another Black Eye For the SEC

March 25, 2010 – Comments (2)

It seems like David Einhorn of Greenlight Capital has been vindicated again. This time by an SEC investigation that delivered a worrying finding about its own capabilities.  [more]

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Be Strong Bankers

March 25, 2010 – Comments (0)

Last week, Congressman John ‘Don’t Pronounce It That Way’ Boehner offered comfort and support to an increasingly oppressed and disenfranchised constituency.  [more]

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It's All The Short Sellers' Fault

March 24, 2010 – Comments (0)

That was the view of Lehman CEO Dick Fuld who felt that short sellers like David Einhorn brought the company down by questioning its accounting practices.  [more]

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The Bright Side To Losing 90% Of Your Money

March 23, 2010 – Comments (5)

In a recent letter to shareholders, Ebullio Capital Management had to report that it was down 90% since inception due to some recent, speculative investing decisions.  [more]

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EMH, CAPM,MPT,DCF, Beta, Forecasting: Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast

March 23, 2010 – Comments (0)

In his provocative Value Investing: Tools and Techniques for Intelligent Investment, James Montier declares that academic theories and tools like the Efficient Market Hypothesis (EMH) and the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) are complete rubbish.  [more]

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The Wages of Capital Destruction

March 22, 2010 – Comments (1)

From 2000 to 2008, the top five executives at Lehman Brothers and the top five at Bear Stearns pocketed a total of $2.5 billion from cash bonuses and equity sales. Clearly, destroying companies pays.   [more]

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Pass This Health Care Bill Now

March 19, 2010 – Comments (27)

The health care debate has been interminable. The analysis has been muddled. And the posturing on both sides of the aisle has been nauseating.   [more]

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Sell Tim Geithner

March 18, 2010 – Comments (1)

Michael Lewis, author of The Big Short, visited us at Fool HQ today, and said that he’d ‘sell Tim Geithner’ during a round of “Buy, Sell, or Hold.”  [more]

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The Best Book You'll Never Read

March 17, 2010 – Comments (4)

A way a lone a last a loved a long the / riverrun, past Eve and Adam's, from swerve of shore to bend of bay, brings us by a commodius vicus of recirculation back to Howth Castle and Environs.   [more]

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Lehman Brothers and the "Junior High" Defense

March 16, 2010 – Comments (1)

As a father of an eleven year old, I know a thing or two about how junior high schoolers respond to accusations of wrongdoing. Here are three typical strategies they deploy:  [more]

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How Much Is $180 Billion?

March 15, 2010 – Comments (0)

As we all know by now, taxpayers had to pony up $180 billion for the AIG bailout. That’s a huge number. So much so, in fact, that it’s very hard to get your head around it.   [more]

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A Sign That Things Are Either Really, Really Good Or Really, Really Bad

March 10, 2010 – Comments (2)

AIG's shares are up approximately 24% over the past two days!  [more]

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This Will End Very Badly

March 09, 2010 – Comments (1)

What do you do when your pension fund is trailing its return targets?  [more]

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Good Guys and Bad Guys From "Too Big Too Fail"

March 08, 2010 – Comments (5)

I'm having a lot of fun reading Andrew Ross Sorkin's "Too Big Too Fail." It's sort of like a People Magazine about investment bankers.   [more]

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Ken "The Sun King" Lewis Sells His North Caolina Chateau

March 04, 2010 – Comments (5)

Who'd have guessed that former Bank of America CEO, Ken Lewis, used to live in Versailles?

Seems a bit ornate for most folks, no? BOA shareholders better hope that Louis XV's famous line doesn't apply here as well: "Apres mois, le deluge."

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Basketball and Management

March 02, 2010 – Comments (1)

By day, I manage our investing talent at the Motley Fool. In my free time, I’ve been coaching my son’s basketball team. The Hoyas, as we call ourselves, have had a difficult season so far. In my attempt to understand how we might get better, I have learned a few things about both basketball and management in general.  [more]

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AIG Wins "Orwell Award" for Abuse of the English Language

March 01, 2010 – Comments (2)

This headline says a lot about AIG and our culture in general:

AIG Seeks to Cut "Retention" Payout to Ex-Employees.

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