My early morning reads to start the week:

• Two market perspectives:
…..-Leading indicators of a market top (Market Watch)
…..-S&P 500 Has Biggest Gain in Two Months on China Signals (Bloomberg)
• U.S. lets China bypass Wall Street for Treasury orders (Reuters)
• JP Morgan’s Isn’t the Only Bad Bank Chart (Barron’s)
• Getting to Retirement With Minimal Financial Risk (NYT)
• The Magnetar Fallout: Who’s Been Charged, Has Settled, or is Now Being Investigated? (Pro Pubica)
• The Right Way to Try to Buy Happiness (NYT)
• Greeks embrace some new myths about life with the euro (Reuters)
• Would Romney Be Another Bill Clinton or Another George W. Bush? (NYT)
• Former Record Label Exec Ethan Kaplan: Duh, Of Course More File Sharing Leads To More Sales (Tech Dirt) see also What Filesharing Studies Really Say – Conclusions and Links (Zero Paid)

What are you reading?

Calm Seas Can Mask Market Risks That Remain

Source: WSJ

Category: Financial Press

Please use the comments to demonstrate your own ignorance, unfamiliarity with empirical data and lack of respect for scientific knowledge. Be sure to create straw men and argue against things I have neither said nor implied. If you could repeat previously discredited memes or steer the conversation into irrelevant, off topic discussions, it would be appreciated. Lastly, kindly forgo all civility in your discourse . . . you are, after all, anonymous.

21 Responses to “10 Tuesday AM Reads”

  1. whydtinigo says:

    What am I reading? Check out these little gems;
    Local Government Financing Growing Increasingly Precarious
    Wall Street should stop trying to gut financial reform
    Double trouble at JP Morgan
    Fool’s Gold Behind Beijing Loan Guarantees

    Get the links at

  2. VennData says:

    Dolan: White House is “strangling” Catholic church

    Why is paying for healthcare “strangling” or “the end of America” for these right wing nuts?

    And asking people to pay the same tax rates that they paid under Clinton is “class war fare!” …while healthcare education and the military gets cut?

    The GOP Media Machine, in a class by itself for overstatement.

  3. VennData says:

    Computer Trading Takes Human Turn

    “…System Two’s chief executive is Anupam Ghose, who most recently was a founding partner and co-president of Roc Capital Management, a Deutsche Bank AG DBK.XE +2.35% spinoff that incorporates research by a team of analysts in India with a quant-trading system in New York. Roc launched with more than $1 billion, now has about $800 million, say people familiar with the firm…” … 11828.html

    (Don’t Fear) the Reaper – BOC.

    Q: What does Zuckerberg, FB’s man-child, and the Grim Reaper have in common?

    A: A hoodie.

  4. techy says:

    What prevents china from threatning to dump their $1.1T UST ?

    It almost feels like USA and China are building a MAD weapons in financial terms??

    If China gets pissed off and dumps UST, can they send interest rate shock, something like from 3% striaght to 6% or higher??

  5. VennData says:

    Computer Trading Takes Human Turn

    “…System Two’s chief executive is Anupam Ghose, who most recently was a founding partner and co-president of Roc Capital Management, a Deutsche Bank AG DBK.XE +2.30% spinoff that incorporates research by a team of analysts in India with a quant-trading system in New York. Roc launched with more than $1 billion, now has about $800 million, say people familiar with the firm…”

    Don’t Fear the Reaper – BOC.

    Q: What does Mark Zuckerberg, FB man-child, and the Grim Reaper have in common?

    A: A hoodie.

  6. AHodge says:

    no offense here dude
    but you have been a little lite on JPMorgan and jamie
    got a relation w them?? i guess that would be understandable
    i would have two weeks ago

  7. AHodge says:

    i think someone should drew a cartoon
    a knight with his sword to the throat of a defenseless peasant on the ground whispering “help” to his family
    yelling “thats class warfare”

  8. SOP says:

    Greek Voters Need to Look Beyond the Lies of Bloomberg, …

    globaleconomicanalysis blogspot com/2012/05/greek-voters-need-to-look-beyond-lies.html


    Maybe Bloomberg is just confused like all the rest of the media (MSM and most blogs included)?

  9. Jojo says:

    Zuckerberg’s Property Status, Post-Marriage
    Published: May 21, 2012

  10. AHodge says:

    if the SEC nails Magnetar that might be the first big CDO thing they did
    of course so far

    “JPMorgan agrees to pay $153.6 million to the SEC [3] to settle allegations that it misled investors…….. In reaching the settlement, JP Morgan did not admit or deny the SEC’s allegations.””

    pure genius.. and makes nailing magnetar soooo much easier

  11. rd says:

    BTW – the muppets are putting their money into Vanguard instead of buying Facebook shares from Wall Street underwriters:

    Apparently people have figured out that costs matter and have elected not to give their hard-earned money to Wall Street. My wife’s 403b is with Vanguard and my son just started a Roth IRA there. I own Vanguard MFs and ETFs in my IRA.

    Expect more JPM types of blow-ups since they will have to stretch more in the finest LTCM-like fashion to make profits instead of relying on the cash flow from the muppets.

  12. mrg says:

    I have to admit that I don’t know a lot about the way the FDIC operates, but why can’t they just make a determination not to insure some so called “banks”” depositors? I can guarantee if people knew that their deposits weren’t insured, then they wouldn’t put their money into “banks” that play fast and loose with their deposits, and they’d switch to a bank where their money was safe.

    I read things like this where the SEC et all are saying that they can not effectively regulate these Wall St. banks and it makes me wonder why our government agencies just can’t take matters into their own hands and refuse to insure these “banks’” deposits.

    Someone please explain this to me- I don’t understand it.

  13. willid3 says:

    well techy, if they want to dump their treasuries, and if it were to actually drive the interest rates up, wouldn’t they cutting their own throats? since they are an export based economy, they need to export, and there is no bigger import market than the US. of course if they sold all of their treasuries at one time, they would take a huge loss on their investments. and of course it might drive the interest rates down too. as the flight to safety would take place again. and having dumped the treasuries, and trashed their biggest market (maybe locking them selves out of it too) they then would have a really massive employment problem (and a huge political one to boot). all that unemployment breeds unrest and revolution.

  14. rd says:


    Some info on FDIC limits is below. The big moral hazard problem now is that when everything was blowing up in 2008-2009, the US government extended FDIC coverage to virttually everything and backstopped money market funds as well. So the players with more than $250k now believe that all of these “cash” types of deposits will be made good in the event of a systemic collapse. As a result, they are careful about small banks that can go bust based on local conditions but are not concerned about TBTF institutions or brokerage money market funds, so that type of free market control is now missing. However, as MF Global showed, things can still go wrong.

    “The standard deposit insurance amount is $250,000 per depositor, per insured bank, for each account ownership category.

    The FDIC insures deposits that a person holds in one insured bank separately from any deposits that the person owns in another separately chartered insured bank. For example, if a person has a certificate of deposit at Bank A and has a certificate of deposit at Bank B, the accounts would each be insured separately up to $250,000. Funds deposited in separate branches of the same insured bank are not separately insured.

    The FDIC provides separate insurance coverage for funds depositors may have in different categories of legal ownership. The FDIC refers to these different categories as “ownership categories.” This means that a bank customer who has multiple accounts may qualify for more than $250,000 in insurance coverage if the customer’s funds are deposited in different ownership categories and the requirements for each ownership category are met.”

  15. willid3 says:

    think they would have to decide to decide all or none depositors in a bank. and if they decided to not insure, that would probably kill that bank. we have 0 tolerance for banks loosing deposit money. that includes business too. if the FDIC didn’t exist, we would have repeated the 1930 bank runs. and many banks would be gone. along with untold billions in deposits. and if we think 2007-2008 was bad. this would have been many magnitudes worse

  16. mrg says:

    Thank you for your explanations. What I still don’t understand is why, when it becomes clear that our regulatory agencies are unable to regulate (and they even TELL us that they can’t do it, like in the article I linked to above), why the FDIC doesn’t step in to some of these “banks” and say “Hey, we’re sorry- we are unable to regulate you because we don’t have the technology and/or staff, so we’re no longer going to insure your depositors”. Then the depositors would say “oh, shit!”, and pull their money out and put it somewhere else that is insured. Why can’t they do that? Because it would cause bank runs? Maybe bank runs are what some of these banks need to straighten themselves out.

  17. willid3 says:

    MF global wasn’t a bank. and in fact if you have a 401k or any other type of retirement account. there isn’t any thing insuring those accounts either. if the company ‘holding’ your retirement account fails, you are out of luck. not sure if that wouldn’t also be a taxable event too.

  18. mrg says:

    willid3: yeah, I found that out with the AIG crisis. My employer invests our retirement accounts with AIG (which gobbled up our original company, VALIC). I found out that my state will insure up to $100,000 of that, and I’m on my own if the rest is somehow lost. Doesn’t seem like a very stable way to set up a retirement account to me, but it’s not like we have much of a choice.

  19. thomas hudson says:

    depends on the state that you live in as to what is insured, but typically it goes like this: the only thing that they insure is insurance based products (AIG/VALIC is an annuity company). typically they only insure the fixed subaccounts, and not the variable. so if you have all or some of your account in the fixed/guaranteed bucket, the state has funds (paid into by the insurance companies) that will make you whole, up to the state limit. if you had everything in the VALIC Equity fund, and it went due south, that is all on you.
    willid3: no, it is not a taxable event, but you also can’t write it off as a loss.

  20. thomas hudson says:

    divorce attorneys are asking for facebook passwords in divorce proceedings.

    third of divorce filings contain the word ‘facebook’.

  21. re..

    • Would Romney Be Another Bill Clinton or Another George W. Bush? (NYT)

    stay away from G*rbage.

    Care to See some of ..

    to the Topic, allegedly, being ‘Covered’ (-up), by “All the News, That’s Fit to Print.”

    start ~11:00-mark..—brace-yourself–the-american-empire-is-over-and-the-descent-is-going-to-be-horrifying