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July 2009

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Friday Night Fightclub -- There's Only 1 Winner

July 31, 2009 – Comments (12) | RELATED TICKERS: AAPL , GOOGL

This might be the most important blog post you read all weekend. Or not.   [more]

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Obama Vs. Corporate America -- Check Mate!

July 31, 2009 – Comments (9) | RELATED TICKERS: XRX , KO , HON

Since the Obama Administration has taken post, there's always been a bit of skepticism from corporate America about how things might change. Despite the bank bailouts, the auto debacle, and the billions of dollars doled out in stimulus change -- the skepticism remains. From time to time, the Administration hints at policies or new regulations that may affect corporate America. It's like watching a boring chess match unfold -- until recently.    [more]

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The Recession is Over! Plus Clunkers and Illegal Activities

July 31, 2009 – Comments (4)

Let's jump right into the top story..  [more]

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Economy Wars: Episode V - The GDP Strikes Back

July 31, 2009 – Comments (6)

The newest GDP numbers are out and they're -- dare I say -- a bit of green shoots.   [more]

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Yet another conflict of interest

July 30, 2009 – Comments (1)

Ah, the glory of bad incentives...   [more]

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Worst Brand Concept Ever?

July 30, 2009 – Comments (13) | RELATED TICKERS: SBUX , WMT

Starbucks recently announced their concept for a new neighborhood coffee shop: 15th Ave Coffee& Tea.  [more]

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Maybe Goldman Sachs Isn't Bulletproof...

July 30, 2009 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: GS , JPM

We chatted yesterday about Goldman Sachs' seeming ability to influence the government and use the financial markets as its liege.  [more]

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Is Goldman Sachs the Most Evil Company in America?

July 29, 2009 – Comments (13) | RELATED TICKERS: GS , GOOGL

I finally read the notorious Rolling Stone article about Goldman Sachs: "Inside The Great American Bubble Machine." I'm late to the party, but maybe you are too, so I'll grab a 6-pack and proceed...  [more]

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Oil Plummeting, Down $4

July 29, 2009 – Comments (4)

Oil prices are plummeting today, at one point down slightly over $4 a barrel. The culprit this time isn’t speculators, but fundamentals, specifically inventory data.   It came in much higher than expected with a 5.1 million barrel increase over the prior week, nearly 5X greater than analyst estimates!  [more]

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Microhoo's Shotgun Marriage Over- Now Comes the Awkward First Wedding Dance

July 29, 2009 – Comments (3) | RELATED TICKERS: GOOGL , MSFT , YHOO

After almost a year and a half of back of speculation, it looks like Yahoo and Microsoft have finally tied the knot. (Link provides a timeline of the events.)

While not the full buyout that Microsoft had initially angled for, it does provide a 10-year partnership that makes Bing the default search on Yahoo's site and gives Yahoo the right to handle sales of search ads for both companies.   [more]

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Oil Speculators Guilty!

July 28, 2009 – Comments (3)

I love the smell of validation in the morning.  [more]

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Home prices up-ish, Confidence, Pre prices and B of A employee count down

July 28, 2009 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: BAC , PALM.DL2

Like the elevator business, we've all got our ups and downs.  Here are a few from today:  [more]

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The End is Finally Near

July 28, 2009 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: TWX

The Engagement…  [more]

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World Stimulus Package: US To House Entire Population of 68 Nations

July 27, 2009 – Comments (2)

Last week (and today) saw more housing statistics released and the typical bull-bear spin that follows.  [more]

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Bravo to the SEC!

July 27, 2009 – Comments (1)

The Securities and Exchange Commission made a good common-sense move today -- it made a temporary ban on naked short-selling permanent.  It is also considering further moves on short-selling.   [more]

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News Flash: Bernanke Feared a Second Great Depression (and other events from a slow news day)

July 27, 2009 – Comments (4) | RELATED TICKERS: VZ

Bernanke refuses to buy a home in a Hooverville...  [more]

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Let's Get the Weekend Started Right!

July 24, 2009 – Comments (0)

We hope everyone has as good a weekend as these folks did:  [more]

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For all of you who think Warren Buffett's looney toons...

July 24, 2009 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: BRK-A , BRK-B

Yes, Warren Buffett will be starring in a web cartoon series for AOL called "The Secret Millionaire's Club."  [more]

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Amazon and Microsoft Down Big...

July 24, 2009 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: AMZN , MSFT

Both are down close to double digits (percentage-wise) today after their earnings reports disappointed investors.  [more]

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How to Value a Casino Stock

July 23, 2009 – Comments (2) | RELATED TICKERS: WYNN , MGM , LVS

In this post, we're going to take you behind the curtain here at Fool.com.  [more]

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Dow Hits 9,000!

July 23, 2009 – Comments (6)

It's there right now (everyone's running to the window to see it like the first snow of the year).  So nice to see green instead of red in our Yahoo! Finance portfolios.  [more]

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Maybe this is our answer to the healthcare debate?

July 22, 2009 – Comments (3)

Tonight at 8 PM, the President will address the nation about the latest in Healthcare Reform. Over the last few months Democratics and Republicans have moved further away from one another as bi-partisan bickering has increased. A large majority of the controversy surrounds the "public" vs. "private" options, and the amount of spending towards a new bill (the CBO estimates anywhere from $1-3 trillion over the next 10 years).    [more]

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Amazon's Sportin' Some Stylish New Kicks

July 22, 2009 – Comments (3) | RELATED TICKERS: AMZN

Amazon is adding Zappos to its shoe collection. The privately-held online shoe retailer, known for its rather Foolish culture, is being acquired by Amazon in a deal worth at least $800 million (or roughly $850 million according to other media sources).   [more]

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Bankrate bought out...but at what price?

July 22, 2009 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: RATE

For those of you hoping for a merger arbitrage opportunity, shares are already trading near the $28.50 offer price.  Actually, they're trading slightly above $28.50...sounds like some investors are thinking another offer will come in...   [more]

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3 Apple Stories... A Golden Delicious, A Rotten Apple, and a Granny Smith

July 22, 2009 – Comments (3) | RELATED TICKERS: AAPL , MSFT

As we mentioned in our last blog post, Apple reported earnings last night. Apple beat analyst estimates and upped their gross margins, on strong sales of their Macs (2.6 million sold) and iPhones (5.2 million sold). Their stock is up roughly 4% right now.   [more]

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Apple scores, Bernanke bores

July 21, 2009 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: AAPL

Apple sandbags and beats earnings again...something like the 26th straight time (I may be off...I can only get to 20 with my toes).   [more]

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Goldman Sachs Calls a Bottom?

July 21, 2009 – Comments (3)

In case you missed it in Bloomberg yesterday, Goldman Sachs is quite bullish on the stock market for the second half of the year.  It sees the S&P 500 up to 1,060 by year end (11% higher than yesterday's close).  Of the 10 prognosticators Bloomberg tracks, Goldman trails only JPMorgan's 1,100 call (16% higher than yesterday's close).  [more]

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Barney Frank pulls a Shaggy: "It wasn't me"

July 21, 2009 – Comments (9)

The Barney Frank video (courtesy of Yahoo!'s Tech Ticker...if my embedding doesn't work, I'll post in the comments section):   [more]

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Of green shoots, douple dips, and second derivative recoveries

July 20, 2009 – Comments (0)

I think financial commentators believe progress has been made only once a new term is introduced.   [more]

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Bank malfeasance (perhaps not), CIT Saved, and a hurrah for Tom Watson

July 20, 2009 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: CIT

Bank malfeasance (perhaps not)   [more]

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March of the Smartphones

July 20, 2009 – Comments (4) | RELATED TICKERS: AAPL , BBRY , NOK

We tend to write about smartphones a lot of Fool.com, specifically regarding Research in Motion, Apple, and Nokia. In case anyone was wondering where the fascination on these handy little gadgets comes from, here's some interesting figures to consider:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124805149501664033.html (Subscription Required)   [more]

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The Top 10 Most Overrated List

July 17, 2009 – Comments (10) | RELATED TICKERS: AAPL

In honor of our 50th post, we're regaling you with our first Top 10 list: The Most Overrated List  [more]

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Mark Cuban is Free!

July 17, 2009 – Comments (0)

Per the WSJ:   [more]

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Apple to Microsoft: Stop Picking on Me!

July 17, 2009 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: AAPL , MSFT , PRE

Well, yesterday we had an example of Apple bullying Palm's Pre users off iTunes. Today, Apple plays the victim.   [more]

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GE, Citi, B of A all report earnings, home construction up, and Letterman beats Conan

July 17, 2009 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: GE , C , BAC

Just news, baby!  We'll have articles on Fool.com later today for GE, Citi, and Bank of America.  [more]

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Twitter's growth projections are LOL, ROFL, LMAO, TMI-ridiculous

July 16, 2009 – Comments (6)

So according to TechCrunch's "stolen [Twitter] documents":   [more]

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Fat, Drunk, and Stupid Bank of America is on Double-Secret Probation

July 16, 2009 – Comments (10) | RELATED TICKERS: BAC , JPM , C

Further down in the news from Paulson testifying about pressuring B of A, JPMorgan's earnings, and CIT's problems is the revelation that Bank of America is basically on double-secret probation.  Its frat brother Citi is as well.  [more]

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The market's up 3%, a bank rant, and self-loathing...

July 15, 2009 – Comments (6) | RELATED TICKERS: GS , JPM , BAC

Holy moley...if you haven't been paying attention the market's up 3% today!  [more]

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John Stewart Hammers Nails

July 15, 2009 – Comments (6) | RELATED TICKERS: TST

We here at FoolHQ have been enthralled with the turbulent investing career of Lenny "Nails" Dykstra.  You can see previous blog coverage of it here:   http://caps.fool.com/Blogs/ViewPost.aspx?bpid=224507&t=01001329399083857736   [more]

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"It's Not A Tumor!"

July 15, 2009 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: BAC , WFC , JPM

That line may have worked in the 1990 box office thriller Kindergarten Cop, but with regard to the nations largest economy, Governor Schwarzenegger -- it sure as heck ain't benign!  [more]

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Tech Giants Gettin' Sassy

July 14, 2009 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: MSFT , CRM , GOOGL

So as most people who follow technology know, this week has had some major announcements... Most centered around Microsoft.  [more]

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Notes from Whole Foods CEO John Mackey's Visit to Fool HQ

July 14, 2009 – Comments (5) | RELATED TICKERS: WFM

A great perk of working at the Fool is the fantastic speakers who pay us a visit...my personal favorite is one of my idols -- Michael Lewis of Moneyball, The Blind Side, and Liar's Poker fame, who stopped by a few weeks ago. You can see a summary here: (http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2009/07/01/lessons-from-the-financial-crisis.aspx)  [more]

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The State is Finally Out on DVD!

July 14, 2009 – Comments (3)

This has nothing to do with investing, but I've been boring you folks with bank stuff the last two posts...the legendary MTV comedy show "The State" is finally out on DVD.  See the link to the Washington Post review below.  [more]

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Goldman Sachs earnings soar...shares slightly down

July 14, 2009 – Comments (2) | RELATED TICKERS: GS

In an instance of buy on the rumor, sell on the news...Goldman came through with its "expected" thrashing of analyst expectations...shares are slightly down this morning.  See my previous post about Meredith Whitney jumping on the bandwagon yesterday (http://caps.fool.com/Blogs/ViewPost.aspx?bpid=227437&t=01001329399083857736)  [more]

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I love this bank volatility!

July 13, 2009 – Comments (2) | RELATED TICKERS: GS , C , WFC

As an investor looking for mispriced securities, I love this bank volatility!  So do most of my Foolish colleagues who follow the banking sector.  [more]

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Madoff's Mess: Bigger Than We Thought Last Month

July 13, 2009 – Comments (1)

Good story from the New York Times on claims made against Madoff. A few snippets:   [more]

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Zweig Takes Down Siegel; Wal-Mart Opens in India

July 13, 2009 – Comments (6) | RELATED TICKERS: WMT

Two stories worthy of a few minutes:  [more]

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Wells Fargo v. Wells Fargo...true story!

July 13, 2009 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: WFC

Every week or so I say to myself that I'm going to compile a list of the 100 craziest stories from this financial crisis.  I gotta think this one would make the list...Wells Fargo is suing itself!   [more]

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GM's now a buy?!?!?!

July 10, 2009 – Comments (6)

At least that's what the market's saying. The old bankrupt shares (GMGMQ...i.e. not shares in the "new" GM) are up over 30% so far today to over $1.  Unless we're missing something, these shares are worthless. GM's said so itself...quoting from the LA Times last month:  [more]

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Investing's Biggest Loser?

July 10, 2009 – Comments (6)

Sure, you could go the easy route and pick a Bernie Madoff, or any of the other notable crooks from this financial crisis, but how about someone who's spanned crisis to crisis? Who not only was almost singularly responsible for a previous crisis, but also failed horribly in the current one.   [more]

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You May Be In a Recession If...

July 10, 2009 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: GM , AIG , GS

Quick note: We're having some hyperlinking issues, so we'll also include our links in the comments section.   [more]

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Really, AIG? Really?!

July 10, 2009 – Comments (5) | RELATED TICKERS: AIG

Those familiar with SNL's news skit informally known as "Really?", may remember the likes of some of these hysterical lines:  [more]

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United breaks guitars and 1 out of 5 people are gross

July 09, 2009 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: UAUA.DL

You'll have to click the links to get my headline. If you're against fun, click away now.   [more]

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Stimulus and Viagra..just another day of Buffett wordplay

July 09, 2009 – Comments (12) | RELATED TICKERS: BRK-A , BRK-B

This morning, Warren Buffett, head honcho at Berkshire Hathaway, shared some thoughts about the economy on "Good Morning America." He said he wouldn't be surprised (but is not predicting) if unemployment reached 11% and that a second economic stimulus package might be needed.   [more]

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Not the money you could be saving with GEICO...

July 09, 2009 – Comments (4) | RELATED TICKERS: NFLX , AMZN

Tell me who's watching...  [more]

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Happy B-Day, Lenny Dykstra!

July 08, 2009 – Comments (11) | RELATED TICKERS: TST

At the Fool, we've poked a lot of fun at Lenny Dykstra. Most know him for his career on the baseball field. More recently, he created a reputation as an overconfident businessman looking for handouts from just about everyone, including his family. There are probably some people who would argue that he was a passionate, smart businessman..but it's virtually impossible to think that after reading ESPN's article on Lenny Dykstra from April. One thing is certain, Lenny never stopped cooking up get-rich-quick schemes.    [more]

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What's going on at Yahoo! Finance?

July 08, 2009 – Comments (13) | RELATED TICKERS: YHOO

What's going on Yahoo! (Nasdaq: YHOO)?  

Recently, Yahoo! Finance has been unresponsive or down multiple times a day. A few inhouse Fools have noticed too, so it's not me and my numerous clicks. Anyone else noticing Yahoo! Finance going down? What's going on here?  

-- Katrina, doesn't own shares

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Futures market goes wild (Great long)

July 08, 2009 – Comments (5) | RELATED TICKERS: CAG

Go long Big Slim Jim, cause it's time for the Annual Summer Slim Jim price hike:   [more]

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California's about to hit the fan

July 08, 2009 – Comments (3) | RELATED TICKERS: BAC , WFC , JPM

From Calculated Risk:  [more]

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Google Looks to Steal Microsoft's Lunch Money

July 08, 2009 – Comments (4) | RELATED TICKERS: GOOGL , MSFT

Lots of news about Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) this morning:  [more]

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Michael Jackson Exposes the Media

July 07, 2009 – Comments (3)

I really enjoyed this thought on Tech Ticker:  [more]

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Chinese Authorities Detain Four

July 07, 2009 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: PEP , RTP.DL , ACH

Four Rio Tinto (NYSE: RTP) employees, three of which are Chinese citizens, are being held by Chinese authorities and the company has no idea why. Hmm...  [more]

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Is the iPhone a Monopoly?

July 07, 2009 – Comments (9) | RELATED TICKERS: VZ , T , AAPL

Meanwhile back at the Department of Justice, the Wall Street Journal is reporting (may require subscription) that the government is looking into anti-competitive practices in the telecom industry.  [more]

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Another one(s) bite the dust

July 07, 2009 – Comments (8)

As if we need more ways to compare this recession to The Great Depression, we are now "officially" in the second worst economic downturn as measured by companies going bust. In the past year we have seen 5 out of the 8 largest bankruptcy filings -- Lehman, WaMu, Thornburg Mortgage, GM, & Chrysler. Some more recent additions include Eddie Bauer and Six Flags.   [more]

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Wells Fargone?

July 06, 2009 – Comments (3) | RELATED TICKERS: WFC , GS

Fellow Fool Alex Dumortier wrote today about Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC) taking on Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS) and the rest of Wall Street -- i.e. it plans to expand the i-banking business it got in its Wachovia acquisition.   [more]

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Green trends, skinny jeans, and bagelheads (say what?)

July 06, 2009 – Comments (3) | RELATED TICKERS: BBY , TM , TRLG

I'll take Fads and Trends for $400.   [more]

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It's already worse than last year ... plus, heroin and bears!

July 06, 2009 – Comments (2) | RELATED TICKERS: BBW

Two quick hits this morning:  [more]

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Pepsi Ignores Ikea's Warning

July 06, 2009 – Comments (4) | RELATED TICKERS: PEP , KO

Pepsi (NYSE: PEP) is investing another $1 billion in Russia as it tries to increase its worldwide footprint and better compete with Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO).  [more]

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Happy Fourth of July!

July 04, 2009 – Comments (1)

Really? You're reading this post on the 4th of July. As mom's across America would say, get off your computer and go outside and play!  [more]

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The Return of Harvard Stupid

July 03, 2009 – Comments (6)

Harvard stupid comes from thinking that you're smarter than everyone without recognizing that you still might not be smart enough to control the evil your creations threaten to unleash. The genius financial products that kept you eyes-deep in Cristal and vacation homes nearly caused the global financial system to seize up. Do you think that the titans from the University of Maine could bring the free market, the global economy to its knees? I sure don't, if for nothing else because they don't come from the right families.  [more]

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Madoff and the SEC

July 03, 2009 – Comments (3)

Yesterday's Washington Post featured a story titled "SEC Staffer Had Warned of Madoff." A staff attorney had warned of irregularities in Madoff's books as far back as 2004, but was "told to focus on an unrelated matter."   [more]

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Vex in the Citi (we thought GE was Mr. Big)

July 02, 2009 – Comments (4) | RELATED TICKERS: C , GE

This story reminds me of Nouriel Roubini's quip about two drunks trying to hold each other up (in relation to the mergers of troubled banks):  [more]

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Unemployed and buying a car!

July 02, 2009 – Comments (11) | RELATED TICKERS: GM

Who says we live in an efficient market? We knew June job losses were higher than expected yesterday.  Today, the headlines read doom and gloom (oil's down, stock futures, too!) b/c we've hit 9.5% unemployment, up from 9.4% last month.  Um, yeah, the unemployment rate generally goes up if jobs are lost.  [more]

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Ramen Profitability -- yum!

July 01, 2009 – Comments (2)

Interesting article from Inc.com (which was initially shared over TMF's Yammer.)  The article's about Paul Graham, founder of Y Combinator, and his approach to start-ups. Y Combinator provides funding and advice to roughly 40 start-ups a year.    [more]

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Is Apple Going the Way of the Walkman?

July 01, 2009 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: AAPL , SNE

On an unrelated musical note, I got to be a judge at our Intern singing contest. They sang various patriotic songs in honor of the 4th...fortunately, all three groups tied and we had a Michael Jackson-themed tiebreaker.  Congrats to Peter Khanahmadi for bringing it home with his rendition of "Heal the World"...It's a great day to be a Fool!  [more]

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GM's Shares Are Cheap!

July 01, 2009 – Comments (11)

Exactly one month ago, General Motors filed for bankruptcy court. My colleague Joe Magyer wrote about the affair on Fool.com (read more here) and did not exactly mince words about the future value of GM common stock:

And what of GM's shares? I want to be crystal-clear about what GM's shares will be worth in very short order: Zero. Zilch. Nada. Zip. $0.00. Common shareholders are dead last on the totem pole of bankruptcy prioritization, which usually means they get nothing in a reorganization. If bankruptcy investing is new to you, I highly recommend this classic by fellow Fool Bill Mann: "When Companies Go Bankrupt."  [more]

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Dennis Kneale Strikes Back

July 01, 2009 – Comments (5)

I know he's gotten a lot of heat here on the CAPS blogs...so this one's for you guys:  [more]

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AIG up 1700%? Uh, no.

July 01, 2009 – Comments (4) | RELATED TICKERS: AIG

In case you're wondering why AIG shares have popped from $1.16 yesterday to above $20 this morning, the answer is that the company's 1-for-20 reverse split went effective today.  [more]

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No news is lame news

July 01, 2009 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: WMT , C

We may not get creepy songs written about us for this post, but nothing huge to discuss yet today.  [more]

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