Sneak Peek at Weekend Reading

Here is a sneak peek at my weekly Weekend Reading column over at TheStreet/RealMoney:

  • Canadian tar sands production is growing, but it’s a lot tougher going than Venezuela (Reuters)
  • Albert Frere gets Henry Kravitz’s nod as investor extraordinaire (Bloomberg)
  • Wider Middle East war warned of by historian Niall Ferguson in discussion how an early economic boomed ended (Economist)
  • Live Earth set record with nine-million Internet video streams — but 300-million archived streams expected in coming weeks (Reuters/MSN)
  • Useful primer on the new science of synthetic biology (NY Times)
  • Clever post-iPhone-teardown detective work being done to find hidden suppliers (EETimes)
  • This year’s E3 gaming technology conference has shrunk attendees by 95% (Reuters)
  • New ways to engage in insider trading has created a burgeoning business (Bloomberg Markets)
  • KKR may be suffering from asset bloat: Too much money and too few places to put it (Bloomberg)
  • Many bubble-fearing investors are only now looking at equities (L.A. Times)
  • Testostorone-rich men make strange money decisions (Economist)
  • More than half of the top 20 rising hedge funds stars are in the U.S. (FT)
  • Profile of Asia’s godfathers of business: tycoons whose lives revolve around golf, massage, and money (Times)
  • Frequent business travelers want separate family-only sections (Maritz Research)


  1. Regarding the Albert Frere piece in Bloomberg: interesting article.
    He does seem to be a canny investor and even the 1976 investment in Drexel Burnham showed his excellent timing; it would have been remarkable timing if they had gotten out of the investment before Drexel’s ultimate demise around 1990.

  2. Another clever iPhone ‘teardown’…
    …though this might only help determine its chemical composition, rather than investable suppliers.