Street Fighters: Good Information and Good Fun

Kate Kelly's book, Street Fighters:   The Last 72 Hours of Bear Stearns, the Toughest Firm on Wall Street,  now on our recommended reading list, is a great source of information and fun to read.  It is well-sourced, authoritative, and always interesting. Does it provide, through a look at Bear, the answers to our financial crisis?  […]

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Should You Own Junk Bonds?

At "A Dash" we think the time is right for high-yield bonds.  We hold profitable positions in these securities in personal and client accounts.  The yields offer an attractive alternative to most of the common shares, and have less chance of default or dilution.  Naturally, we are very attentive to comments on prospects for these […]

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Does Blogging Enable Market Manipulation?

The greatest strength of financial blogs is also a potential weakness.  There is so much information that readers frequently rely upon the interpretation of the writer.  Most people do not click through to the supporting links.  They go to their favorite sources for information, and generally rely upon the interpretation of the writer. We know […]

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Interpreting Government Data: Is a Conspiracy Afoot?

Nearly everyone agrees that there are many economic issues and that government policies are an important part of analysis and forecasting. So much for the non-controversial statement. Investors Need to Know As investors, the key questions we all face involve interpreting data.  We want to know whether there are signs of a change in the […]

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