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[24 Nov 2008 | One Comment | 2,599 views]
Thick Turbid Transparency

You have to like Hank Paulson. The Treasury Secretary grew up on a farm in Illinois. Many leaders in American history learned the value of hard work while planting seed and harvesting crop. George Washington was a farmer. Thomas Jefferson was a farmer and envisioned our country as a republic of farmers with a strictly limited federal government. That was when agriculture dominated the economic composition of the United States. Since then, the original federation of thirteen states has grown to fifty while the percentage of the citizenry employed in …

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[16 Sep 2008 | No Comment | 699 views]

Don’t start giving in to panic as the market works its way lower. Sure some once impressive financial institutions are going the way of dinosaurs. Perhaps your 401(k) looks like it might lose weight faster than you can. Whether you’re managing your own account or entrusting your nest egg to a professional mutual fund manager, the market and your investments have seldom felt more bleak. Whatever you do, don’t panic.
Don’t make a run to your bank and demand to close out your savings and checking accounts. …

Investing, Linkfest »

[27 May 2008 | No Comment | 539 views]
Investing Linkfest 5/27/08

Last week, I attended Zions Bank’s (ZION) 7th Annual International Trade and Business Conference. Most of the speakers were very interesting. John Howard, the former Prime Minister of Australia, gave a lively keynote speech and subsequently fended off with aplomb the inane question of a clearly wide-eyed political science student from the university. Christopher Padilla, the United States Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade (that’s a mouthful), spoke about the opportunities in a world featuring an emerging power in China.

The one speaker that intrigued me most was Matthew Simmons …

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[13 May 2008 | One Comment | 634 views]
Home Values Go Up In Smoke

Florida, one of the hottest real estate markets during the insanity of the housing bubble, is suffering from a barrage of wildfires that look suspiciously like the work of arsonists. When the credit crisis struck and housing values began to fade, I wondered about the potential for unethical and desperate homeowners willing to experiment with creative ways to escape their financial obligations. With many homeowners over-leveraged and paying for homes worth less than their mortgages, otherwise known as “underwater” mortgages, I thought that some homeowners would happily walk out of …

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[4 May 2008 | 2 Comments | 2,326 views]
Investing Linkfest 5/4/08

The technology sector gets a big surprise with Microsoft (MSFT) announcing that it will cease to pursue the acquisition of Yahoo! (YHOO). Most analysts and market pundits expected Jerry Yang & Company would ultimately accept a deal, albeit at a higher price than Microsoft’s initial offer. Expect Yahoo! stock to take a precipitous plunge at the market open and the announcement of class action lawsuits from its larger shareholders. While this saga of two tech giants unwinds, plenty of news in the rest of the tech sector deserves attention.
The Nasdaq …

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[27 Apr 2008 | 2 Comments | 870 views]
Investing Linkfest 4/27/08

A couple weeks ago, I wrote about my pessimism regarding the technology sector. The market had seemed to interpret the surprisingly good results reported by Big Blue (IBM), Google (GOOG), and even Yahoo! (YHOO) as reasons for unleashing optimism and a bargain hunting shopping spree for stocks of publicly traded technology companies. Maybe the recessionary environment and the woes faced by banks and the American consumer would not negatively impact corporate budgets for technology. My skepticism rests on the ability of secondary technology companies to weather the economic slowdown. In …

Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Investing, Startups, Technology, Venture Capital »

[18 Apr 2008 | One Comment | 409 views]

Venture capital follows the public equity markets. So it is no coincidence that many VCs think that funding activity will slow down in the foreseeable future. KPMG, the large accounting firm, surveyed venture capitalists and found that 69% of respondents think that we are currently in a recession. A whopping 90% believe we will see a drop in initial public offerings. All in all, this will result in less money raised in venture capital partnerships and thus less money available for startups. Startup funds will find …

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[17 Apr 2008 | One Comment | 416 views]
Investing Linkfest 4/17/08

Optimism abounds with the market resolutely shaking off bad news while focusing myopically on the good, or relatively good, news. The cheerleaders on CNBC (GE) can scarcely be heard uttering the dreadful words of inflation, recession, stagnation, credit crisis, and foreclosures. Happily, they talk about earnings beats. Surprisingly, there are a number of really substantial earnings beats that seem to justify the current sanguine tone of the market.
A lot of the beats thus far have come from blue chip companies that dominate their industries and sectors. Logically, this makes sense. …

Investing, Technology »

[7 Apr 2008 | 2 Comments | 344 views]

In response to Microsoft’s (MSFT) letter with a three-week deadline to act on Microsoft’s buyout offer, Yahoo’s (YHOO) CEO, Jerry Yang, insisted that Ballmer & Company raise its offer. Yang states that his company is not against a marriage with Microsoft, but he wants a bigger dowry.
Mutual funds, the large shareholders that control swaths of Yahoo! stock are already beginning to vocalize their desire for Yahoo! to accept an offer. One such institutional shareholder, Larry Haverty of Mario Gabelli’s GAMCO Investors, who manages a fund that owns 1.2 …

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[5 Apr 2008 | 2 Comments | 1,404 views]

 
Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft (MSFT) puts on his best poker face with this letter to the Yahoo! (YHOO) board of directors. Ballmer isn’t known all over the world as an innovator, but as a former lawyer and one of the architects of Microsoft’s monopolistic business tactics, I’m sure he can hold his own at the negotiation table. Of course, that hasn’t been the case lately with the outlandish premiums he paid for aQuantive and Facebook. So maybe he’ll back off of this hard stance:
Dear Members of the Board:
It has …