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September 2008



SEC Issues Clarifications on Mark to Market Accounting

September 30, 2008 – Comments (14)

The SEC just released this statement clarifying that alternatives to mark-to-market may be used when there is no active market for a security or the only transactions in the market are distressed sales.   [more]



Federal Reserve shows how well the bailout would have worked

September 29, 2008 – Comments (5)

The news talking heads are up in arms about the market losses today.  No question the drop coincided directly with the bailout getting voted down.  [more]



Fannie Mae Play Update

September 23, 2008 – Comments (2) | RELATED TICKERS: FNMA

A while back, fellow Fool mysoftballcoach asked how those of us speculating with FNM or FRE after the gov’t intervention were doing.  I responded promising an update on my FNM gamble as it developed and here it is.  [more]



Free beer??? BUD Price Spread (BUD)

September 18, 2008 – Comments (3) | RELATED TICKERS: BUD

Back in July, InBev launched a $65 per share take over offer for Anheuser Busch (BUD).  After negotiating, the offer was bumped to $70 and accepted.  Both boards agreed to the takeover, InBev had financing lined up and the deal looked good to go.   [more]



BAC – MER Deal May Not Happen

September 15, 2008 – Comments (2) | RELATED TICKERS: BAC , MER.DL2

Today we learned that the BAC offer for MER wasn’t really $29 per share, but was an all stock deal swapping 0.8595 shares of BAC for each MER share.  This sets up an arbitrage trade that should keep the value of the two securities tied closely to the deal ratio.   [more]



A Numbers Play with Fannie Mae

September 08, 2008 – Comments (4) | RELATED TICKERS: FNMA , FMCC

Enough complaining about the gov't bailout, nothing we can do about that.  It's time to see if there's any money to be made.   [more]



Value Dining in a Tough Market

September 06, 2008 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: SYY

Decided to take a break from commenting on politcal stuff and post something a little out of the ordinary; a stock pitch.   [more]

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