Posts filed under “Financial Press”

Video-o-rama: Ring out the old, ring in the new

Although this is a holiday-shortened trading week, there has certainly not been a lack of video clips hitting the airwaves. A number of these review the historically brutal year that has just drawn to a close. Others attempt to cast light on the outlook for 2009, debating whether markets will stabilize, or at least be less ugly than 2008.

Also featuring prominently is a fair bit of footage on the rapidly deteriorating situation in China. Let’s see what the Year of the Ox will bring – the Ox after all is “a sign of prosperity through fortitude and hard work”, according to Wikipedia.

A few of the more interesting clips that have attracted my attention are shared below. All the material is worth watching, but do make a special effort to watch the Jim Rogers video (even though it runs for almost 20 minutes). On a lighter note, John Paczkowski’s “2008 – the year in wisecracks” is also not to be missed.

CNBC: 2008 in review
“CNBC looks back at the top stories from the past year, with CNBC’s Bill Griffeth.”

Source: CNBC, December 30, 2008.

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Category: BP Cafe, Economy, Financial Press, Markets

The Five Worst Days of 2008

You know it’s been a bad year when you’re arguing about what the five worst days were. Between the massive market fluctuations and the biggest banks going belly up, it’s hard to know where to start. From a crowded field of contenders, here are The Big Money’s five biggest buzz-killers.

The Five Worst Days of 2008: Relive the disaster.
By Win Rosenfeld
Big Money, December 30, 2008 – 5:47pm

Category: Financial Press, Markets, Video

MSM Begins to Embrace YouTube

It used to be there were two kinds of MSM video in the world: Embeddable and Non-embeddable.

Embeddable is designed to be shared, and is easily inserted into blogs and social media. Non-embeddable is old school, seeking to drive traffic to a primary site.

Yes, you can capture and embed any video, via a few HTML tricks (like using Frames) or by using a few code tricks to pirate someone else’s stream, but 1) its a pain in the arse to do; and b) if they don’t want their videos publicized, well then, suit yourself, I’ll comply.

On the Embeddable side there is DJ (WSJ, Barrons and Marketwatch), Business Week, TDS, Charlie Rose, TED, Colbert, amongst others.

Non embeddable include NYT, CNBC, Bloomberg, MSN, PBS, Bill Moyers, etc.

However, the latest development in MSM video is the hybrid approach: Some major media sites, such as the New York Times and Bloomberg are creating their own channels on YouTube, and uploading all of their video content. Ever since the Times and Bloomberg have been using the embeddable video, I have been sifting thru their offerings and using a lot more of their stuff for TBP’s Video Channel.

Its the best of both worlds: They have their own content on their own sites, so it offers a [insert nonsense consultant babble here: fuller, rich multimedia blahblahblah] but they also get all the advantages of YouTube. Why shouldn’t they let Google pay for all of the hosting of video, get the benefit of blogs, facebook, social networks, etc. giving them a viral boost?

CNBC: Please Embed Your Videos: I am hoping that CNBC adopts the same model. There is a lot of great video content on their site amongst the volume of video, but its very difficult to find. You Tube allows viewers to separate the wheat from the chaff, take advantage of crowd voting, identify the higher rated stuff (i.e., separate the gems from the junk) and make it easier to embed.

MSN and CNBC both use old school, slow, non-flash based Windows Media. Congratualtions on your new 1998 technology!

CNBC has tentatively used YouTube to host commercials and promos for upcoming shows ( Somehow, I don’t see these commercials really catching viral fire. They are missing a tremendous opportunity to push their very best content, the gems hidden amidst the blahblahblah. Let it free!


Bloomberg vs CNBC Video: Bleccch (March 2008)

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Category: Financial Press, Markets, Web/Tech

Who Are the Most Influential Liberal Thinkers?

A friend who edits a well know conservative business magazine is anticipating the new Obama administration. He wants to know what liberal thinkers will be influential in the coming years. He writes: Barry: We’re putting together a list of the 50 most influential liberal thinkers/intellectuals in America (academics, thinktankers, columnists, even politicians…) for a…Read More

Category: Economy, Financial Press, Politics

UPDATED: Worst Predictions for 2008

Special Schadenfreude edition: In case you missed it, here is our updated collections of the worst predictions for how 2008 would turn out: • The 10 Worst Predictions for 2008 (Foreign Policy) • The Worst Predictions About 2008 (Businessweek) • 2008 Investment Guides Are HILARIOUS (New York Magazine) • Famous Last Words (CNBC) • The…Read More

Category: Financial Press, Markets, Psychology, Really, really bad calls

2008 Investment Guides Are HILARIOUS

Via New York Magazine, comes this amusing collection of bad forecasts for the 2008 year: • Jon Birger, senior writer, Fortune Investors Guide 2008 Smart investors should buy [Merrill Lynch] stock before everyone else comes to their senses.” Merrill’s shares plummeted 77 percent. • Elaine Garzarelli, president of Garzarelli Capital, Business Week’s Investment Outlook 2008…Read More

Category: Financial Press, Humor, Markets, Really, really bad calls, Trading

Internet Passes Newspapers as Info Source

I guess this makes it official: The net is now a bigger source of news than newspapers, according to Pew Research Center for the People & the Press: The internet, which emerged this year as a leading source for campaign news, has now surpassed all other media except television as a main source for national…Read More

Category: Financial Press, Web/Tech, Weblogs

Top 10 Quotes of 2008

The Top 10 quotes of 2008, as compiled by the editor of the Yale Book of Quotations: > 1. “I can see Russia from my house!” — Comedian Tina Fey, while impersonating Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on the TV comedy show “Saturday Night Live,” broadcast Sept. 13. 2. “All of them, any of them that…Read More

Category: Financial Press, Psychology

World’s 25 Most Influential Companies

World’s 25 Most Influential Companies: 1. Wal-Mart 2. Toyota 3. Saudi Aramco 4. JPMorgan Chase 5. Unilever 6. China Mobile 7. Microsoft 8. News Corp. 9. 3M 10. Apple 11. Google 12. Huawei 13. Monsanto 14. YKK 15. Nielsen 16. Jarden 17. Intuit 18. Autodesk 19. HCL Technologies 20. Japan Steel Works 21. Sirius XM…Read More

Category: Corporate Management, Financial Press

The Barron’s Forecasting Challenge

Think you know what will happen in financial markets in 2009, then take our 8th Annual Forecasting challenge. The winner will receive a one-year subscription to Barron’s, lunch with Associate Editor Andrew Bary or $100.


Category: Economy, Financial Press, Markets, Video