This lovely Friday’s end of week reading:

• Banking Systems Most Exposed to PIIGS Nations – 3,2 trillion USD (Asymptotix) see also Everything you need to know about the European debt crisis in one post (Washington Post)
• Volcker on the Unfinished Business Financial Reform: (NY Review of Books)
• Moral Hazard? Does MFGlobal Demise Show U.S. Willing to Let Bigger Firms Fail? (Bloomberg)
• Slowpoke Traders Seek to Gain on Speedsters (WSJ)
• The MF Global fun never stops:
…..-Masked Debt Risks (WSJ)
…..-As Regulators Pressed Changes, Corzine Pushed Back, and Won (DealBook)
• Dividend Swaps Signal No Slowdown as European Crisis Boils (Bloomberg)
• Groupon’s No Bargain (The Daily Beast)
• Artificial stupidity: Siri suffers a 5-hour outage (Fortune)
Eejits: ‘Journalists all use Wikipedia’ (Poynter)
• The Big List of Behavioral Biases (Psy-Fi Blog)

What are you reading?


Source : BusinessWeek

Category: Financial Press

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13 Responses to “10 Friday AM Reads”

  1. Petey Wheatstraw says:

    Your “Quote of the Day,” above.

    “The world has always been betrayed, not by scoundrels, but by decent men with bad ideas”
 -Sydney J. H Harris.

    Nope. It was clearly scoundrels.

  2. nickthap says:

    Why are the PIIGS instituting austerity measures if the ratings agencies keep downgrading their bonds because those same austerity measures inhibit growth? The whole thing seems like a negative feedback loop to me.

  3. AHodge says:

    all you actually need to know about the Europe in 200 words
    from an email (with our respected buddy Kotoks testimonial)

    my view (benefitting from David Kotok’s conference in stockholm) is that
    1.this is a creditors problem
    2. greece is small and has probably done all it can–a sideshow
    3. the banks have bad debt and unwritten writedowns at leat 2-3 times likely actual sovereign writedowns
    4. the fin markets are misbehaving because of this–and pressuring/ panicking the politicians
    5. the banks understand this and want the pols pressured to get the panicked no haircuts Geithner style no bank left behind cover all losses deal for banks, in the guise of saving europe
    6. this may take a little longer with more market pain

    david you may not agree but thanks for the meeting access

    and kotoks reply
    Andrew. agree with this 100%. i’m proud of you.

  4. Francois says:

    Reading With Liberty And Justice For Some by Glenn Greenwald. The more I think about this two-tiered justice system of ours he so aptly analyzed, the more I realize that we won’t get back to the road to shared prosperity as long as things don’t change on that front.

    After all, who would be stupid enough to deal with people who, not only cannot be made accountable, but can use the trappings of the law to screw you at will?

    If you think I’m exaggerating, here’s a 2005 incident that is a harbinger of things to come.

    Basically, Lucent cheated 3 inventors from untold sums of money by using State Secrets Privileges. The story is utterly repugnant and demonstrate clearly the incestuous relationship between mega-corporations and the government and their willingness (and glee) to screw over individuals and small businesses.

    Make no mistake about it: This kind of stuff has happen and will happen with increasing frequency; the temptation to cheat and steal is overpowering when people know that no bad consequences will befall upon them.

    What do you think the overall effect on the economy shall be if the financial and political elites are above the law? Economists claim this is a “social question” but economists are idiots anyway. Ever heard of an economy without a society?

  5. DeDude says:

    Don’t miss this one:

    The title is fantastic, but the whole piece also great.

  6. nofoulsontheplayground says:

    Mark Hulbert – “Looks and Smells Like a Bear Market Rally”

    He points out sentiment numbers are way too bullish and not representative of past bull market starts.

  7. ToNYC says:

    I’m lucky, my best bud had his fill of GS under Stephen Friedman, and was long gone by Corzine time. He’s got his own Bs to watch over now. Back then a million dollars a year was a lot of money.

  8. gordo365 says:

    Looks like RUT 2000 rally failing.

  9. Bomber Girl says:



    BR: Came home to his book arriving in the mail today!