Archive for March, 2013

Stocks’ Sweet 16 Bracket

Saturday, March 30th, 2013 Leave a comment

As the NCAA basketball tournament continues to provide exciting upsets and thrilling games, brackets appear to be out of whack everywhere. On that note, here is another interesting March Madness inspired bracket based on the various factors that impact equities. Enjoy!



Hat Tip: The Big Picture (via The Reformed Broker)


Quote of the Day

Friday, March 29th, 2013 Leave a comment

“There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword. The other is by debt.”

— John Adams

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20 Years of Same-Sex Marriage Actions

Friday, March 29th, 2013 1 comment

Most public opinion polls now show 50% or more of Americans believe gay marriage should be legal but that hasn’t always been the case. Here’s a look at 20 years of the same-sex marriage battle, courtesy of the Wall Street Journal:



Gallup Poll: Americans Support Government Job Creation Proposals

Thursday, March 28th, 2013 Leave a comment

While the U.S. economy shows signs of improving conditions, most would agree that the recovery is still occurring at a lackluster rate. One of the major issues surrounding the economic recovery debate is what role should the government play in helping spur growth and creating jobs.

Against this backdrop, a recent Gallup poll provides interesting insight with regard to the above-referenced question. It appears that Americans widely support government job creation proposals. Specifically, Gallup notes that “[j]ob creation proposals enjoy widespread public support, including majority backing among all party groups, even when the issue of government spending is raised in an era when deficit reduction is one of the major priorities for the federal government.

Here are some charts highlighting the above.




Source: Americans Widely Back Government Job Creation Proposals (Gallup)

European Slowdown (By Decade)

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013 Leave a comment


Source: The Economist

Buffett’s Latest Big Deal: 10 Million Shares of Goldman at No Cost

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013 Leave a comment

Here’s a shocker: investment guru, Warren Buffet, just made another genius financial deal.

According to Yahoo! Finance, Buffet plans to exchange warrants for 43.5 million Goldman Sachs (GS) shares that he received in a 2008 deal made during the financial crisis for 10 million shares of Goldman at no cost.

Given Goldman’s current share price, the deal is worth about $1.47 billion. Keep in mind, too, that the deal is in addition to the 10% dividend Buffett’s been collecting all along on his original stake.

So what’s the benefit for Goldman? Yahoo! Finance notes:

Goldman, in turn, won’t suffer nearly as much dilution of its stock. It will only have to issue about 2% new shares versus 9% if Buffett had executed the original warrants. Goldman will also have fewer shares outstanding when negotiating with the Federal Reserve for permission to buy back stock.

Apparently, age hasn’t stopped the “Oracle of Omaha” from cutting great deals.

March Madness Compliance Risk Assessment Bracket

Friday, March 22nd, 2013 Leave a comment

Had to share this given my interest in corporate compliance.

In the spirit of the annual NCAA basketball tournament, aka “March Madness,” here is an awesome compliance risk assessment bracket via Ryan McConnel, partner at the law firm Morgan Lewis:


Source: Corporate Counsel