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It’s that the time of the year when you probably want to pick up a bauble or two for your favorite trader, fund manager or analyst.
Sure, I may make fun of Shopmas and our mad consumerist society, but every now and again, I like to remind those folks who have been nice that their efforts are appreciated.
A quick disclosure: All of the items on this list were hand selected by humble author (without interference or suggestion by the legions of PR weenies who darken my email box). I receive no compensation for these recommendations. The links to Amazon generate data (which we will discuss at a future date) as well as a modest referral fee – which I will donate to charity.
On with the gifts!
Under $50 Dollars:
• Wall Street Movies: After a long day at the desk, what’s more relaxing than kicking back and watching a movie about investing or trading? Here are 4 flicks for your favorite keyboard jockey:
- Eddie Murphy Trading Places ($9) Only tangentially related to trading, but filled with lots of oft quoted lines, this comedy is good for everyone.
- Wall Street ($10) Blue Horseshoe loves Anacott Steel. Dated, but watchable. Skip the 2010 version — its awful.
- Boiler Room ($6) Know a retail stock jockey? This gritty flick will show him what the bad old days were like in the land of penny stocks. A cautionary tale with a great cast.
- Margin Call ($7)This 2011 film set during the financial crisis has already been called the greatest Wall Street movie ever made.
- Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas ($8)
Ella at the top of her game made what is simply the best holiday disc ever recorded. If this disc doesn’t make you smile, you are a hopeless grinch. Spike a cup of coffee with some Kahlua or Baileys and put this on. Enjoy.
- Charlie Brown Christmas, Vince Guaraldi: Original SoundTrack CBS Television Special ($7)
Guaraldi has a delightful way around a keyboard — quirky, humorous piano playing that warms the soul. You cannot listen to this without breaking into a smile. This jazz collection exudes pure holiday magic. Along with Ella, this may be one of all time favorite holiday albums.
- A Jolly Christmas From Frank Sinatra ($7)
This 1957 is a great addition to any holiday music collection. I love the first cut, Frank’s version of Jingle Bells. The rest is very traditional, very 50′s. A perfect gift for the hipster with the soul patch in your trading room. No holiday collection is complete without this Sinatra holiday album.
- A Winter’s Solstice: Windham Hill Artists ($11)
Is your trader dude stressed out? Then he needs to pour himself a stiff drink, and chill out to this collection of acoustically rooted mellowness. The upside is this music will help him slow down relax from the day’s tensions. The downside is his heart may not realize this is supposed to occur in Humans and assume he is dead.
Retail theater: Beware of bad Shopmas data! Barry Ritholtz Washington Post November 29 2013 This weekend kicks off the official start of the seasonal gift-buying frenzy I call Shopmas! When it comes to retail, ’tis the season of artifice and deception. The retailers offer fake discounts via phony markdowns — no one pays…Read More
I am working on my list of holiday shopping ideas for Traders, and came across this auction: Lot 379: Harrison Ford “Han Solo” DL-44 Blaster from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back & Return of the Jedi. Starting bid is $200,000, but there are no takers (yet) . . . I would that that was…Read More
One would hope that after a decade of people lamenting the poor reporting of Thanksgiving weekend retail data, the news media might learn to do better. Yet we see few if any signs that reporters understand the misleading press releases put out by the retail industry and its flacks. The innumeracy of the media has…Read More
I am writing up my BBRG coverage of the innumerate business reporting of Black Friday and the holiday shopping weekend. The press as per usual got it wrong again this year. Here is the press release from the NRF, pushing their usual survey silliness as if it were actual retail sales data: “More than 141…Read More
> My Sunday Washington Post Business Section column is out. This morning, we look at the retail theater that is Black Friday: Beware of bad Shopmas data! Here’s an excerpt from the column: “The news media aren’t any better. They breathlessly cover shopping as if it were an Olympic event. The big-box retailers play right…Read More
Thanksgiving is but a few days away. We celebrate by the giving of thanks for whatever bounty has come your way. It is a warm and wonderful holiday full of family and tryptophan and good cheer. Black Friday, the day after turkey day, is the official kick off of the season I like to call…Read More