Archive for the ‘Finance’ Category

To Whom Does the U.S. Government Owe Money?

Sunday, April 27th, 2014 Leave a comment

On Tax Day 2014, the U.S. federal government owed its lenders over $17.577 trillion. Here is a breakdown of the U.S’s biggest creditors:


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Source: Political Calculations


2013 Compensation for Big-Bank CEOs

Saturday, April 5th, 2014 Leave a comment

In light of the recent fact that Lloyd Blankfein, Goldman Sach’s chairman and CEO, received $23 million in salary and bonus for his 2013 performance (his largest pay package in six years), let’s take a look at what other big-bank CEOs were paid in 2013:


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As you can see, Mr. Blankfein’s compensation exceeded what his counterparts at the five other giant U.S. banks earned. It should be noted, though, that Goldman’s returns remained ahead of its peers as well.


Source: Goldman’s Blankfein Awarded $23 Million for Work in 2013 (WSJ)

Bitcoin’s Wild Ride

Saturday, April 5th, 2014 Leave a comment

The value of a bitcoin has tumbled about 60% from its peak in December 2013.



Source: WSJ

Moneybeat’s Quarterly Quota (1Q 2014)

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 Leave a comment



Source: WSJ (Moneybeat)

How Big is [Infographic]

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014 Leave a comment



Hat Tip: The Reformed Broker

High-Frequency Traders Get an Edge

Saturday, February 8th, 2014 Leave a comment


Source: WSJ


Hat Tip: The Big Picture

Recap of Twitter’s First Earnings Report (Post-IPO)

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014 Leave a comment

Earlier tonight, Twitter announced its much anticipated first earnings report since going public. Despite exceeding top and bottom line expectations, the microblogging company’s shares dropped sharply in after-hours trading mainly due to concerns over slowed user growth.

Here are some highlights from Twitter’s earnings report:

  • Twitter posted earnings of 2 cents a share, excluding one-time items, on sales of $243 million, easily topping expectations for loss of 2 cents a share on revenue of $218 million.
  • In the fourth quarter, Twitter said it added just 9 million, or 3.8% more, new monthly active users to 241 million, down from 6.4% growth in the previous period. It was the fourth straight quarter of slowing growth.
  • Twitter did show it is drawing more revenue from its users. The company said it made $1.49 per 1,000 timeline views in the quarter, up from 97 cents in the previous three months. Twitter has been incorporating improved metrics and adding to new ad products to woo more advertisers.
  • Going forward, Twitter sees 2014 revenue between $1.15 billion to $1.2 billion, with revenue for the first quarter of the year expected to range between $230 million to $240 million.


Here are two charts relating to Twitter’s ad revenue and monthly active users:







Twitter Revenue Jumps But So Do Concerns (WSJ)

Twitter skids 17% on user growth, but earnings beat (CNBC)