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Draghi’s incursion into fiscal policy

  © Daniel Roland/AFP/Getty Mario Draghi’s remarkable speech at Jackson Hole has raised expectations that ECB purchases of sovereign debt will be soon announced by the governing council, if not this Thursday, then perhaps by...



Big Money Wants Hard Money—But Why?

Let’s see if we can shed some light on the dialogue between Paul Krugman and Steve Randy Waldman (or indeed between Paul Krugman and Paul Krugman).  It is an indisputable fact that the rich have a strong bias in favor of tight monetary...



Germany Bans Uber’s Ride-Sharing Service, Threatens $328,225 Fine Per Ride

When your company’s goal is to disrupt the entire livery industry, current taxi and other car-for-hire operators and livery regulators are not going to like you very much. The idea of a car-sharing service that connects non-professional drivers...



Dollar General Offers Major Antitrust Concessions as It Lifts Bid for Family Dollar

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Dollar General araisedathe stakes in its competing bid for Family Dollar , offering $80 a share in cash and major antitrust concessions that may force the two discount retailers to the negotiating table after a one-month...



How To Value Stocks Using The Absolute PE Model

Learn how to value stocks using the absolute PE valuation method. This method uses earnings growth rate, dividend yield, business risk, financial risk and earnings visibility to come up with a fair value multiple. How to Value Stocks Like a Pro Using...



MORGAN STANLEY: The Market Could Rally For Years, And The S&P Might Go To 3,000 (SPY)

The S&P 500 is up a whopping 200% from its March 2009 low. At 2,003, the S&P has already exceeded many analysts forecasts. Morgan Stanley strategist Adam Parker and economist Ellen Zentner believe that the conditions are just right for...



Deep Value: From Ben Graham To A Young Carl Icahn

Book Review: Deep Value by David Merkel, CFA of The Aleph Blog Deep Value is a book that starts with a simple premise: buy stocks at a fraction of the per share intrinsic value of the company, conservatively calculated.  Neat idea, huh, and it is...



The Data Are Clear: Robots Don't Boost Joblessness

Mark Mills,...



Apple Investigates Reported iCloud Risks

Apple said it is investigating reports that vulnerabilities in its iCloud service were exploited to hack the accounts of celebrities, leading to the publication of nude photos and...



S&P 500 ‘Intrinsic Value’ Rises To 2003

S&P 500 Intrinsic Value Rises to 2003 by ToddSullivan, ValuePlays “Davidson” submits: We are at that point in the economy and market prices where there are still many positives yet to unfold but with a substantial number of investors...



It's the Inflation Fallacy, duh!

Paul Krugman is wasting his time trying to figure out why the rich and powerful don't like inflation. There's a simple answer, that also explains why the non-rich and non-powerful don't like inflation either. And you...



More Investors Begin To Question Quindell Plc (QPP) Numbers

Company questioned regarding improper accounting practices by not including sales tax and medical payments in revenue calculationInstitutional insiders are now formally questioning Quindell PLC (LON:QPP) (OTCMKTS:QUPPF)’s somewhat unusual...



Soft landing vs. hard landing

Michael Pettis writes: The choice, in other words, is not between hard landing and soft landing. China will either choose a “long landing”, in which growth rates drop sharply but in a controlled way such that unemployment remains reasonable...



Facebook Inc (FB), WhatsApp Deal Questioned By EU Watchdogs

Facebook and WhatsApp deal might go through some rough patches as EU antitrust regulators want to know the perspective of competitors and consumers.Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) and WhatsApp deal might face a new challenge as the European Union antitrust...



China Queries Microsoft

A Chinese antimonopoly agency said Microsoft Corp. should issue a written explanation covering what it called compatibility and bundling issues with Windows and Office...



PAPER: Joan Rivers being brought out of medically induced coma...

PAPER: Joan Rivers being brought out of medically induced coma...(First column, 1st story, link) ...



U.K. authorities had refused to give child medical treatment he needs, parents take child out of country, UK seek extradition to force family back to...

Socialized medical system in the UK can't give a young boy suffering a brain tumor the specialized medical treatment he needs.  So the family, trying to save the boy's life, takes the boy out of the country.  In response, the...



'What Unions No Longer Do'

Justin Fox: What Unions No Longer Do, by Justin Fox: Forty years ago, about quarter of American workers belonged to unions, and those unions were a major economic and political force. Now union membership is down to 11.2% of the U.S. workforce, and...



Bond market conundrum redux

As the U.S. economy returns to healthier growth, many of us expected long-term interest rates to return to more normal historical levels. But the general trend has been down since the end of the Great Recession. The 10-year rate did jump back up in the...



Scylla, Charybdis, and the Euro

The shoals of debt versus the vortex of...



Moral hazard: If you are not taking socially excessive risks, you aren’t doing your job

Tyler Cowen recently quoted from a paper by Cheng, Raina and Xiong (in the AER) on the banking crisis: We analyze whether mid-level managers in securitized finance were aware of a large-scale housing bubble and a looming crisis in 2004-2006 using their...



Megan Smith Expected To Become Next US CTO

Sources say US CTO Todd Park to be replaced by Google VP Megan SmithAccording to a report from Bloomberg, knowledgeable sources are touting Megan Smith, currently a vice president at Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s X lab, as...



Is Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO) On the Edge?

Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) is facing difficult times at the moment due to tough competition in its core markets. Companies like Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOGL), Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) and Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) create an almost unbearable pressure...



Malaysian Airlines To Slash Workforce In Turn Around Bid

Even before two separate disasters struck down two separate Malaysian Airlines aircraft, the national air carrier has struggled to produce profits. While Malaysian Airlines has long been recognized for being a high-quality, on-time, and once had a...



BREAKING: Economy Continues to Stagnate

If, despite my warnings, you allowed yesterday's upward GDP revision to kindle a tiny spark of excitement about the economy, today's news should bring you right back down to earth: Household spending fell in July, a sign that cautious...



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Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Board Losing Ballmer Could Mean More Cash for Shareholders

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s board lost Steve Ballmer on Tuesday, as the former CEO stepped down, citing concerns that he wouldn’t be able to devote enough time to the board in light of his recent purchase of the Los Angeles...



Dollar General Offers Major Antitrust Concessions as It Lifts Bid for Family Dollar

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Dollar General araisedathe stakes in its competing bid for Family Dollar , offering $80 a share in cash and major antitrust concessions that may force the two discount retailers to the negotiating table after a one-month...



Bill Ackman Just Made Another $144 Million On Burger King This Morning

Hedge fund manager Bill Ackman, who runs Pershing Square Capital, is having a big day.  He just made more than $144 million on his Burger King stake this morning before the opening bell. The news is that U.S. burger chain Burger King is...



The Road To World War 3: Russia And Ukraine Are Now Engaged In A Shooting War

Russian soldiers and Ukrainian soldiers are now shooting at each other in eastern Ukraine.  Could this conflict ultimately lead us down the road to World War 3?  This week, a very robust force of "tanks, artillery and infantry" has...



Bond market conundrum redux

As the U.S. economy returns to healthier growth, many of us expected long-term interest rates to return to more normal historical levels. But the general trend has been down since the end of the Great Recession. The 10-year rate did jump back up in the...



PAPER: Joan Rivers being brought out of medically induced coma...

PAPER: Joan Rivers being brought out of medically induced coma...(First column, 1st story, link) ...



10 Things You Need To Know Before The Opening Bell (DIA, SPY, SPX, QQQ)

Good morning! Here's what you need to know: Russia Is Advancing On Ukraine, Says Ukraine. "I have made a decision to cancel my working visit to the Republic of Turkey due to sharp aggravation of the situation in Donetsk region, particularly in...



U.K. authorities had refused to give child medical treatment he needs, parents take child out of country, UK seek extradition to force family back to...

Socialized medical system in the UK can't give a young boy suffering a brain tumor the specialized medical treatment he needs.  So the family, trying to save the boy's life, takes the boy out of the country.  In response, the...



Facebook Inc (FB), WhatsApp Deal Questioned By EU Watchdogs

Facebook and WhatsApp deal might go through some rough patches as EU antitrust regulators want to know the perspective of competitors and consumers.Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) and WhatsApp deal might face a new challenge as the European Union antitrust...



Deep Value: From Ben Graham To A Young Carl Icahn

Book Review: Deep Value by David Merkel, CFA of The Aleph Blog Deep Value is a book that starts with a simple premise: buy stocks at a fraction of the per share intrinsic value of the company, conservatively calculated.  Neat idea, huh, and it is...



Was Falcone Just Left At the Alter With Lightsquared?

Falcone's $1.8 billion investment vaporized in bankruptcy reorganization as new company could flourish Poor Phil Falcone. He got married to a trade and was blinded by love until the end, the ultimate sin for a professional. Falcone’s hedge...



How To Value Stocks Using The Absolute PE Model

Learn how to value stocks using the absolute PE valuation method. This method uses earnings growth rate, dividend yield, business risk, financial risk and earnings visibility to come up with a fair value multiple. How to Value Stocks Like a Pro Using...



Bank of America Near Up to $17 Billion Mortgage-Probe Deal

Bank of America and the Justice Department are close to a deal in which the bank will pay between $16 billion and $17 billion to resolve allegations of mortgage-related misconduct in the run-up to the financial...



Stop Twisting Republican Quotes. They're Not Threatening Another Government Shutdown.

As we approach the midterm elections, Democrats are naturally trying to frighten Americans into believing that the GOP could shut down the government again. What isn't natural is that the media is helping them do it.The October shutdown was a...



GOP Extremism Isn't Just Hurting America. It's Hurting Our Planet.

The New York Times reports today that President Barack Obama is pursuing an international climate agreement ahead of next year's United Nations climate-change summit...



'What Unions No Longer Do'

Justin Fox: What Unions No Longer Do, by Justin Fox: Forty years ago, about quarter of American workers belonged to unions, and those unions were a major economic and political force. Now union membership is down to 11.2% of the U.S. workforce, and...



Warren Buffett defends Burger King tax flip

The move is a ‘tax inversion’ because it shifts Burger King’s base out of the US to Canada, where taxes are...



The Data Are Clear: Robots Don't Boost Joblessness

Mark Mills,...



MORGAN STANLEY: The Market Could Rally For Years, And The S&P Might Go To 3,000 (SPY)

The S&P 500 is up a whopping 200% from its March 2009 low. At 2,003, the S&P has already exceeded many analysts forecasts. Morgan Stanley strategist Adam Parker and economist Ellen Zentner believe that the conditions are just right for...



Burger King in Talks to Buy Tim Hortons

If completed, a potential deal that would create one of the world's biggest fast-food chains. But it also would mean the burger giant's corporate headquarters would move to...