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  • Learning to Love Hedge Funds
    The Wall Street Journal has put together the best history of hedge funds I have found so far. They start with the legendary Fortune Magazine editor, Winslow Jones, who created the first fund out of a shabby office on Broadway in 1948, and generated monster returns over the next 20 years. I... More »
    Feb. 28, 2011
  • Thank Goodness I Don’t Live in Sweden!
    I pulled the chart below off of Paul Kedrosky’s ever insightful website, Infectious Greed, showing world tax rates as a percentage of GDP for the past 40 years. Sweden suffers the world’s heaviest tax burden at 51%, compared to only 27% in the US. The US has among the world’s... More »
    Feb. 28, 2011
  • Reflections on Morgan Stanley’s 75th Anniversary
    The three elder statesmen I saw on TV ringing the opening bell at the NYSE couldn’t have been more representative of the evolution of Morgan Stanley (MS) over the past three quarters of a century. When I joined just after the 35th anniversary, it was a small, white shoe private partnership... More »
    Feb. 28, 2011
  • Humor for the Week
    Here are some efforts from Gannett News Service:
    Feb. 28, 2011 humor, cartoons
  • Trading results 2/28/11
    Last day of the month and I finish out February by being able to chalk up another month in the winner column. I didn’t get more for trading but I did get a couple of trades. I did manage to order another computer that I hope I will be able to use to replace my main computer execution... More »
    Feb. 28, 2011
  • Will the Utica Shale Surpass the Barnett and Marcellus?
    The Barnett and Marcellus shale plays are justifiably regarded as world class resources for natural gas and are becoming recognized for their great gas liquids potential. Thus, when industry conversation starts mentioning a  North American gassy shale play that could be in the same league... More »
    Feb. 28, 2011
  • FCCN, UHT, DST, LTD - Stock Update From!
    Spectral Capital will produce premium financial returns for shareholders by utilizing innovation and technology in high growth markets in our pursuit for market leadership. Markets with significant growth and profit opportunities will be approached with fresh ideas and vigor to attain a... More »
    Feb. 28, 2011 DST Systems, FCCN, Kazakhstan
  • *Blue Plate Specials* Sampler - Feb. 28
    Breaking Out to New Highs: ABR, ...Breaking Out to New Highs on Lower Volume: BRE, ...New Lows: NTRI, ...Breaking Out: HR, ...Breaking Down: AKAM, ...Low-priced leaders: CSU, ...Speculative leaders: ATAI, ...Darlings of the Day (long pix>$30): CPT, ...Hot!: REITs!!!, ...Heating up: Oil &... More »
    Feb. 28, 2011
  • Marshall Adkins: Disparity Means Higher Oil Prices
    Marshall Adkins: Disparity Means Higher Oil Prices Source: George Mack of The Energy Report  02/24/2011 Texas Intermediate (WTI) oil is trading at a significant discount to Brent crude, the latter of which is used to price... More »
    Feb. 28, 2011 Oil
  • Weekly RS Recap
    The table below shows the performance of a universe of mid and large cap U.S. equities, broken down by relative strength decile and quartile and then compared to the universe return.  Those at the top of the ranks are those stocks which have the best intermediate-term relative strength.... More »
    Feb. 28, 2011