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Companies & Industries

  • Odyssey Hits Wall as Honda Redesigns Minivan to Ace Test http://t.co/6VyK2N2EcO $HMC goes all out to reduce crash injuries 4 2014 Odyssey $$ Aug 16, 2013
  • Fairholme Fund May Increase Bet on Fannie, Freddie http://t.co/EOj8Z9SCzg BB reopens fund 2 get more buying power 4 F&F. Wouldn’t do it $$ Aug 16, 2013
  • Warren Buffett Stake in Suncor Energy, Much More Than It Seems http://t.co/ULDMXqYAnt $SU will be producing high cost oil 4a long time $$ Aug 15, 2013
  • Mall Owners Entice Hispanic Shoppers http://t.co/k42J96Nhxc Temporary stopgap 4 malls being hollowed out by retail over the internet $$ Aug 15, 2013
  • Losing Faith in Gold From Ghana to Vancouver Proves Rout http://t.co/K6VcC7Duyj More high cost mines come out of production as gold falls $$ Aug 15, 2013
  • The iCahn Effect: Apple’s Market Cap Jumps by $17B After Tweets http://t.co/8qb0rUWjCR Don’t c how $1B should move a stock $17B $$ $AAPL Aug 14, 2013
  • Y Food Companies Are Fascinated by the Way We Eat http://t.co/NhIRtprRWj Do u like 2 chew, crunch, smoosh or suck? Food companies study u $$ Aug 14, 2013
  • Financials near to regaining S&P 500′s top spot http://t.co/fgSKGOrfyC We do not learn, we do not learn, we do not learn, we do not learn $$ Aug 13, 2013
  • Endurance Welcomes Fred Cooper 2Head US Financial Institutions Insurance Practice http://t.co/XpQcxwYwJS Picking up nickels… $$ FD: + $ENH Aug 13, 2013
  • Heinz announces layoffs in Pittsburgh and Canada http://t.co/VG3WI8OTfs Now that the merger has closed, the cost rationalization begins $$ Aug 13, 2013
  • Funny in a way: pricing rationality & profits flow to hard disk makers once the industry consolidated down to three players $$ Aug 13, 2013
  • WD® Founds New Storage Association To Promote The Critical Role Of Magnetic Storage Technologies http://t.co/4jKYDyGGb2 FD: + $WDC $$ Aug 13, 2013

Rest of the World

  • India Shares Slump, Rupee Sinks to Fresh Low http://t.co/cfEnRd5EjQ Central Bank tightens credit conditions- Rupee still falls & stocks2 $$ Aug 16, 2013
  • How Mexico Ended Political Gridlock With a Pact http://t.co/GjNEfA0Ela How the PAN & PRI managed to work together & get most mutual goals $$ Aug 16, 2013
  • What Obama Misunderstands About Egypt http://t.co/UAKXAQBOPs No one worthy of support here, as Egypt slides into a situation like Syria’s $$ Aug 16, 2013
  • Cayman to Singapore Gain as Rules Stump Clinics http://t.co/giudbhHATR Medical Tourism looks elsewhere as India makes things hard $$ Aug 14, 2013
  • Petrobras Downgrade Looms as Slump Sinks Rating Outlooks http://t.co/EpRahHggSF Brazilian corporate sector got too aggressive w/debt $$ $PBR Aug 13, 2013
  • Death of 75-Year Monopoly Can’t Come Soon Enough: Mexico Credit http://t.co/wqfnynnYkP PEMEX monopoly lasts 75 yrs, dies in a few weeks? $$ Aug 13, 2013
  • Japan Inc. Profit Doubles to Add Support to Economic Rebound http://t.co/xv5dPxlRHO Sends $$ from consumers 2 exporters 2 invest abroad Aug 13, 2013
  • Mexico Plans Oil Reserve Sweetener to Lure Exxon, Chevron http://t.co/Ol0sGlse9h Will allow companies 2count reserves from profit-sharing $$ Aug 14, 2013
  • Buffett-Style Dinner Auctions Lure Chinese Seeking Just Society http://t.co/7dK9W52Yhe Long article on odd business seeking a freer China $$ Aug 14, 2013
  • What Brazilian Slowdown? Petrobras Maxes Out Refining Capacity&Imports Oil2Meet Demand http://t.co/0FsI0V6V27 $PBR Milked by Brazil govt $$ Aug 13, 2013

Bond Markets

  • Confident Consumers Step Up Their Borrowing http://t.co/QkD3Xss4NS Auto Loans Post Largest Gain in 7Yrs, as Total Consumer Debt Declines $$ Aug 16, 2013
  • California Sells $5.5B in Bonds http://t.co/TbUGTpmTk7 Better fiscal mgmt, maybe, at least it is not Michigan. Liquidity is abundant $$ Aug 16, 2013
  • Muni Investors Make Michigan Pay http://t.co/zCWMx5Ba2a To get a muni deal done in Michigan, you need extra yield & guarantees/covenants $$ Aug 15, 2013
  • Summer Lull Draws Investors to Riskier Debt http://t.co/08H0vfFj1b Feels like time to begin peeling back credit risk $$ Aug 13, 2013
  • Bond Hubris Overwhelms Fed in Riskiest Credit-Market Sectors http://t.co/WUKgfpse77 No free lunch; Fed’s asset inflation will mean-revert $$ Aug 13, 2013
  • Michigan Safety Net for Boomers Frays on Bankrupt Detroit http://t.co/tTso4JMxTR What happens when u make 2 many promises vs tax base $$ Aug 13, 2013

Central Banking

  • Fed’s Yellen Says Stance on Banks Hardened http://t.co/KZIfgPncaN Yellen tries 2 differ from Summers, but bank regulation was weak 2003-8 $$ Aug 13, 2013
  • Next Fed Head Should Meet the Bernie Sanders/Elizabeth Warren Standard http://t.co/xM9MF71dvM Questions aren’t realistic about $$ policy Aug 13, 2013
  • Yellen, Fischer Among Participants at Jackson Hole This Year http://t.co/MBui5Hfc3y Bernanke not attending as he slips into the shadows $$ Aug 13, 2013
  • Rand Paul on Republicans’ Voter Appeal and the Federal Reserve http://t.co/oVdaavHWsj Can we find another Reagan, who united the GOP? $$ #no Aug 13, 2013

Market Impact

  • Hundred-Dollar Stocks Double as US CEOs Dismiss Splits http://t.co/OOmXdpWSrU With trading costs so low, y do we need splits anyway? $$ Aug 15, 2013
  • How to Invest Like Seth Klarman http://t.co/JDxW9VbROs Easier said than done. Who has the conviction 2 sit on $$ when opportunities r poor? Aug 13, 2013
  • Greater &lesser rotations http://t.co/XZ6D4CgIZq “no evidence that retail investors r very overweight bonds or very underweight equities” $$ Aug 13, 2013
  • Will Mom and Pop investors blow it again? http://t.co/95lZYtIZ6u @BrettArends on retail $$ coming back into stocks; time 2b careful Aug 13, 2013

Politics & Policy

  • What We Lose if We Give Up Privacy http://t.co/ZOddurR51k When 4th Amendment rights erode, 1st Amendment rights follow, eg, free speech $$ Aug 16, 2013
  • Free Work Entices Businesses to Hire Long-Term Unemployed http://t.co/Lhemn5JIWp Try b4u buy lets employers figure out who they like $$ Aug 15, 2013
  • Problems With Authority http://t.co/JjIgnIJVEh Obama ignores unusual writ of mandamus, which compels the govt 2fulfill a legal obligation $$ Aug 14, 2013
  • Everything you know about immigration is wrong http://t.co/UpHiI0Wwfd Militarizing the border did not stop the flow in, did stop flow out $$ Aug 13, 2013
  • Encryption App Silent Circle Shuts Down E-Mail Service ‘To Prevent Spying’ http://t.co/95KCJt80mH Destroying data 2 preserve secrecy $$ Aug 13, 2013
  • Eric Holder Owes the American People an Apology http://t.co/07JtmV95QA Vastly overstated the efficacy of mortgage relief programs $$ Aug 13, 2013


  • Report: Half of All Homes Are Being Purchased With Cash http://t.co/p9GF4dOBUz Good sign. More equity means greater sustainability $$ Aug 15, 2013
  • Baltimore Foreclosures Surge Again as Legal Logjam Breaks http://t.co/xphbxvRXjv Foreclosures take longer 2work out in judicial states $$ Aug 15, 2013
  • Why Home-Price Growth Will Slow http://t.co/IZaE08udfI Prices up, mortgage rates up, fewer distressed homes available 4 sale $$ Aug 13, 2013


  • Mom, Dad, Sorry I Was So Expensive http://t.co/VakZSkmE3r If u think having children is expensive, imagine the $$ of a society w/out them Aug 15, 2013
  • DNA Sequencing of Tumors Brings Hope of New Lung-Cancer Drugs http://t.co/YRul3Gfiva Costs high, distinguishing between diff cancers worx $$ Aug 13, 2013
  • Companies Ease Up on Non-Compete Agreements http://t.co/iEhtgQ7qjq Restraint of Trade laws also make it difficult to enforce non-competes $$ Aug 13, 2013
  • Overhaul Proposed for Annual Audit Reports http://t.co/8LAgJf5rrU Could b good 2 get past the the present binary pass/fail $$ Aug 13, 2013
  • Stocktwits – Happy 5th Anniversary http://t.co/AQ8vI1kOsC @howardlindzon extols efforts made as they r the premier social investing site $$ Aug 13, 2013
  • Browser wars: Chrome rules the web http://t.co/QoGqVlVNcI The sun never sets on the Empire of Google’s Chrome; IE dying, Firefox choking $$ Aug 13, 2013

On Fiduciaries

  • On brokers as fiduciaries, choose: mixed advice, paid for by commissions, best advice, but u have to pay more 2a fiduciary, or no advice $$ Aug 13, 2013
  • You Can’t Afford Your Broker, at Any Price http://t.co/C46ndiTx6U by @asymmetricinfo on holding brokers 2a fiduciary standard $$ Aug 13, 2013
  • Look Who’s Locking Horns Over Retirement Accounts http://t.co/xSRFtbFndD @jasonzweigwsj tells us 2 act as our own fiduciaries or hire one $$ Aug 13, 2013


  • Wrong: Don’t Kill Fannie Mae http://t.co/JqDk0kNJM5 People forget the incredible losses on prime mortgages when housing prices fell $$ Aug 15, 2013
  • Dumb: Retirees in Enemy Territory Go Door-to-Door on PPACA http://t.co/4xSgHH2qNL Won’t work unless young & healthy sign up on exchanges $$ Aug 14, 2013
  • Wrong: Your mortgage documents are fake! http://t.co/rErbfMzP7B Mistakes procedural justice 4 real justice. U don’t pay, U get foreclosed $$ Aug 13, 2013
  • Wrong: In defense of the 30-year mortgage http://t.co/cc9kgtRJpM Over-investment in housing & levers up the economy, creating fragility $$ Aug 13, 2013

Replies, Retweets, & Comments

  • RT @TheLimerickKing: QE has not led to inflation It’s now a much worse situation Velocity’s low But risk assets grow So now it’s just wealt… Aug 15, 2013
  • Commented on StockTwits: No, I don’t. Ultimately all assets boil down to their cash flows. This doesn’t change th… http://t.co/xjshS62La2 Aug 14, 2013
  • A shout-out to DarkCloud @p0stk0m for being my 8,000th Twitter follower. Thanks a lot, & thanks to all who follow me $$ Aug 14, 2013
  • @marketfolly @EquityNYC That is a very good point, and I internally noted it, but did not comment. I should have.  $$ Aug 14, 2013
  • “Congratulations, Howard. Well done, particularly the way you survived Twitter’s $ grab.” -Merkel http://t.co/tOlvvEqy0P @howardlindzon $$ Aug 12, 2013