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Byrne’s Marketview

"A blog about all things financial, with a focus on the fuzzy math, funny money, and shady characters who make life in the financial world interesting.”


April 30, 2018, 8:04 pm, 1848133
This Quality Journalist sure thinks so. He notes that popularity is 1) Gratifying, and 2) Thanks to the rise of link-sharing sites, really easy to measure. He's worried that once writers are allowed to know how popular they are, they'll write just to be popular.

Let's hope this ...


April 30, 2018, 8:04 pm, 1848134
The Tradesports Maven (just added to my blogroll, along with Midas Oracle, because I'm on a politics-and-gambling binge today) asks: What affect does not splitting a stock have on a company's brand equity?

I suspect there isn't a quantitative change in perceived value; it's mostly qualitative. ...


April 30, 2018, 8:04 pm, 1848135
TheStreet.com is running a ten-year Jim Cramer retrospective -- seven pages worth of what was up-to-the-minute a decade ago. I definitely haven't read all of it (or much of it, really -- just auditing to see if his columns match his book). But one column reminded me of ...


April 30, 2018, 8:04 pm, 1848136
Remember Chinese Math? "If the market is $X billion, and we get just Y%, we'll be rich!" It's happening again. In China, of all places: 24/7 Wall St. notes that Toyota, Ford, and GM have all decided that they're going to beat the competition by raising market share. ...


April 30, 2018, 8:04 pm, 1848132
James Cramer notes that hedge fund disasters only happen because middle-class investors are allowed to invest (indirectly) in hedge funds. This is a striking departure from the populist tone of his first book, in which he argued that regulators were depriving investors of access to the best managers ...


April 30, 2018, 8:04 pm, 1848131
I'm visiting family in St. Louis for Thanksgiving, so blogging will be constrained by scheduling (and because my Blogging Chair in Brooklyn is kind of painful, whereas the office chair here is hypnotically comfortable, so I can't get quite the right combination of irritation and haste when I post. Also, ...


April 30, 2018, 8:04 pm, 1848128
The Peanut Butter Manifesto is a Yahoo! strategy memo spreading fear, uncertainty, and doubt about the company's ability to compete with Google when Yahoo spends so much energy competing with itself. It's almost sad, though:

There are three pillars to my plan:

1. Focus the ...


April 30, 2018, 8:04 pm, 1848129
...with his discovery that the stock market is, in fact inefficient. This op-ed is proof that phrasemongers don't make great economists: In his effort to prove that leveraged buyouts are unfair and thus that a perfect free market is a tenuous abstraction based on ludicrous assumptions, he makes the ...


April 30, 2018, 8:04 pm, 1848130
James Cramer is still bullish on Nymex, and his argument still has a whiff of Money Shamanism. The stock punished late buyers by going up fast; they can only placate it by buying less than they originally intended, and then buying some more later on no matter what ...


April 30, 2018, 8:04 pm, 1848127
It's easy to be confident in your plans for reform if they aren't serious plans at all, which is why I'm disregarding the otherwise good news that Treasury Secrectary Hank Paulson wants Sarbanes Oxley enforcement relaxed. Notice that he said enforcement, not the law itself. That's a great way ...