Posts filed under “Retail”

February’s Most Popular Books on TBP

One of the cool things about Amazon is the ability to track what gets purchased when referred from the site. For privacy reasons, I only know what was purchased, not by who — so whoever bought Ginger Lynn’s The Pleasure Hunt video, your secret is safe).

I find it intriguing to see which books were most purchased by TBP readers, in both physical and kindle forms. Note some of the book are from Part I of the list of Apprenticed Investor books.

Not counting Bailout Nation, here are TBP’s most popular books:

Top 15 Most Popular

1. Stock Market Wizards: Interviews with America’s Top Stock Traders
2. How We Know What Isn’t So: The Fallibility of Human Reason in Everyday Life
3. Bull: A History of the Boom and Bust, 1982-2004
4. How I Trade and Invest in Stocks and Bonds
5. The Art of Contrary Thinking
(Tie) 6-7. This Time is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly
6-7. Reminiscences of a Stock Operator
(Tie) 8-9. The Investor’s Anthology; Original Ideas From the Industry’s Greatest Minds
8.-9 The Holy Grail of Macroeconomics: Lessons from Japan’s Great Recession (Koo)
10. The New Market Wizards: Conversations with America’s Top Traders
(Tie) 11-15. Too Big to Fail
11-15. The Winner’s Curse: Paradoxes and Anomalies of Economic Life
11-15. Comeback America: Turning the Country Around and Restoring Fiscal Responsibility
11-15. Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers
11-15. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

Standouts on Kindle were Reminiscences of a Stock Operator, followed by New Market Wizards. Every other book was too limited in sales numbers to differentiate.

Category: Bailout Nation, Retail

Economic Cheat Sheet: Using Retail Sales to Forecast GDP & NFP

Of all the various economic indicators and data points out there, is there one that has any special ability to forecast future economic activity? Or defined more broadly, what gives the best insight into future GDP ? That is the question Dave Livingston of Llinlithgow Associates (he blogs at BizzXceleration) was considering perusing when he…Read More

Category: Economy, Retail

Is Patrick Byrne America’s Nastiest Dumbest CEO?

Our story so far: Back on December 9th, my young niece informed me (via Facebook) that she had discovered her name publicly posted on a DeepCapture website. That was the first discovery of the “Facebook Friends scraping” operation. My assumption was that the asshats at DeepCapture had exploited a Facebook security lapse, and grabbed all…Read More

Category: Legal, Really, really bad calls, Retail

Last Minute Shopping Ideas

The response to Sundays snowbound shopping list was (surprisingly) encouraging; Many of of you commented or emailed with even more gift ideas; Quite a few of you made specific suggestions in comments. A few of you even asked for more ideas. In the spirit of (last minute) gift giving, consider this list — many of…Read More

Category: Consumer Spending, Music, Retail

Do Appliance Sales Signal the Start of Housing Uptick?

Its funny how two people can look at the same data point and draw opposite conclusions. That’s what makes a horse race. Sometimes, an inherent bias or wishful thinking comes into play; other times, its partisan ideology getting in the way. And in some instances, a little bit of common sense goes a long way….Read More

Category: Data Analysis, Retail

Snowbound Shopping

Fun and tiring day. We dug out early in the morning, then took the beasts for a romp in the snow. The puppy — now almost 1 — never saw a foot of snow before. (loved it!) We left the house about 11:30 for Dim Sum brunch. The roads were all plowed, but mostly empty….Read More

Category: Consumer Spending, Retail, Web/Tech

Last Minute Shopping List !

Back home from Florida — its a 60 degree temperature swing from Fort Lauderdale to NYC — and I suddenly realize that I have some shopping to do. I assume many of you are also behind on this most wasteful holiday of consumer spending frenzy. Here are a few items that are on my list…Read More

Category: Consumer Spending, Retail

The King Report: No, Retail Sales Did Not Improve in November

> ~~~ How can US beancounters report twice the expected retail sales when all private data and state tax data shows that November had tepid if not soft retail sales – even with the easy y/y comparisons? FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2009, AT 8:30 A.M. EST ADVANCE MONTHLY SALES FOR RETAIL AND FOOD…Read More

Category: Data Analysis, Retail, Think Tank


Whatever little patience I had with Patrick Byrne, and his overzealous friends at, has now become officially exhausted. As I noted last week ( Scraping Facebook Friends), this group found the Facebook friends and relatives of any journalist, critic, fund manager or blogger who dared to  criticize Overstock (or Deep Capture), and then published…Read More

Category: Financial Press, Retail, Short Selling, Web/Tech

Strong Retail Sales in November

Nice chart via Econompic >

Category: Retail, Think Tank