- As a clapping obsessive, I love this: Cultural differences explain synchronized clapping's incidence. http://bit.ly/r4aAt6 ->
- I've never been part of a discussion involving "smell tests" where metaphorical utility trumped my squeamishness. ->
- With Citi's Willem Buiter speculating today that all G7 countries will lose their AAA ratings, does that not mean AA is the new AAA? ->
- My favorite pleonastic email subject from a nitwit brokerage exec today: FRENCH RUMOR..REPEAT RUMOR. http://on.wsj.com/mOCaZM ->
I’m not sure what to be more chagrined about in this interview with a Silicon Valley econo-undertaker, that he anticipates so few assets in upcoming bankruptcy sales, or that those assets mostly include patents and IP.
In terms of the younger companies, what do you have to unwind exactly? What sorts of assets do they have to sell off?
Things have definitely changed. I remember in 1999, 2000, I would sell a used server for $35,000 and I had a line of people wanting it. Today, a server is $5,000 and you can get an okay server for less than $2,000. [In the meantime], we’ve probably become one of the largest sellers of [intellectual property] in the country. We sell tons of IP, and as you know, the IP wars have started, so we play with the big guys, the little guys, and the in-between guys. During the last bubble, there weren’t as many patents. It was more ideas and URLs.
From the WSJ tonight, a Birinyi graph comparing bank performance from 1929 onwards to banks today since the 2008 crisis/event/crashes/etc. The 1930s banks are as proxied by the S&P money center bank index for the period, while the current banks is as modeled by the KBW bank index.
Max Hastings in the Daily Mail on the London riots, but the lessons are more universal:
The depressing truth is that at the bottom of our society is a layer of young people with no skills, education, values or aspirations. They do not have what most of us would call ‘lives’: they simply exist.
- While there isn't yet a new Michael Lewis piece on Germany at this link, there soon will be – http://t.co/VdMpwvi ->
- Gas shortages continue in Canada, having moved from New Brunswick to Ontario – http://t.co/4BrYOYC ->
- Newsflash: NYT discovers that funds with good results get to set their own terms. More at six. Or never. http://t.co/Va6oWBn ->
- My amigo @dylanratigan burnt some serious on-air calories today – http://on.msnbc.com/ocX9Bd ->
One of the more persistent self-congratulatory questions I hear people ask is this, “What would it take for something like the London riots to happen here in the U.S.?” The implication is that for all its flaws and wildness the U.S. is somehow more civilized in its incivility than is Europe, at least London.
It is, of course, deadly wrong. As the U.S. has discovered many times over history to its dismay, the patina of civilization here is as thin as anywhere. What protects the U.S. has been wealth, complacency, and American exceptionalism in service of the idea that bad things don’t happen here.
What would it take? A year of austerity and more cuts ahead, plus a wobbling economy, did it in London, and I’m reasonably sure the same thing would happen here in the U.S. Arguably, it would happen faster given this country’s modern inexperience with societal sacrifice in service of a common goal. All of this makes late 2012 — a year into U.S. austerity alongside a wobbling economy — the time to watch the U.S. streets.
From Reuters as the gold frenzy (literally) hits new highs, this high-gloss take on the precious metal’s recent history:
- "Waiting for a Landslide" is almost a good Ross Douthat column. What the hell is wrong with the world? http://nyti.ms/pIA4rI ->
- .@epc Yeah, the ASX miracle index. See attached in all its day-glo wonder. http://twitpic.com/639qaa in reply to epc ->
- Laughed out loud a moment ago as Bloomberg terminal ran screaming red headline that an equity index somewhere was actually up. ->
- Favorite metaphorically apropos thing I saw today http://lockerz.com/s/127944873 ->
- Ken "This Time is Different" Rogoff is predicting/suggesting we get a QE3 announcement from Bernanke & Co. tomorrow. ->
- Bloomberg article tonight saying can acquire Yahoo for < value of its stakes in Alibaba and Yahoo Japan. I'll get right on that. ->
Canada’s fear index blew up today on too much fear:
TMX Group, Canada’s main stock market operator, along with the Standard and Poor’s launched the S&P/TSX 60 VIX index last October, promising it would offer investors a “powerful” tool to gauge investor sentiment. But on a day when jitters were acute, the so-called fear index couldn’t be calculated because the necessary pricing information wasn’t available. In effect the market was to [sic.] volatile for the volatility index.
Eye-popping stuff: August GLD in-flows already approach full-month July totals.
Flows into GLD this month now total $2.5 billion, just shy of the $2.68 billion that flowed into GLD in July, an official at Boston-based State Street Global Advisors said in a telephone interview.