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  • The Bubble Decade Is Far from Over [View article]
    Perhaps the "we" is the same we who are "all in this together."
    Dec 14, 2009. 03:36 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Bubble Decade Is Far from Over [View article]
    What does this mean: "unprecedented levels of government stimulus rain down on us all…?" What is meant by "we?" The rain "we" (talking Joe citizen here, that is, non-homeowning, non-government employee, non-CEO) are getting is too much brown to be gold.
    Dec 14, 2009. 03:35 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • VIX Short Term Futures: Even Worse than I Expected [View article]
    SEC approved: rated tops in performance for the process ofdeleveraging, and highly effective in the interest of screwing shorts, smacking bears and inflating bubbles. And you expected...?
    Dec 10, 2009. 02:46 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Employment Data Show Workers Moving from Skilled to Unskilled Jobs [View article]
    BLS B.S.?


    "Jobs Data Divergence: The Numbers are Huge"

    Here is an excerpt:

    ...aside from manufacturing, the November BLS employment summary is completely incomprehensible. There is a massive discrepancy between the all-sector job losses reported by ADP and the BLS—169,000 versus 11,000. In percentage terms, this could well be the biggest ADP-BLS disagreement ever. It seems that the stats are finally coming unglued. My own hunch is that under intense political pressure, BLS created a number of service sector jobs out of thin air.
    Dec 6, 2009. 05:53 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Ben Bernanke Ruining Indian Weddings? [View article]
    He likely also did not intend to make last year's brides happy, mitigating many cases of buyer's remorse.
    Oct 9, 2009. 07:19 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The Renminbi as a Reserve Currency (Part 1) [View article]
    "Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore."
    Good riddance: The first 5 were all hardworking underpaid employees of the 10th, who owned the beer manufacturing plant, which was a monopoly, so all the money minus the barman's 2% take went back to him. Since the first five were marginally employed or unemployed, and suffered a low quality of life, they are the ones who made the latter five enjoy capital surpluses. #6 was a full time working part-time college student with loans outstanding, #7 was a teacher, number 8 was a manager at the factory which was about to close in a takeover, and #9 was the beer distributor. The tenth was so upset he left to stay on his yacht in Cannes to sulk over the others' ingratitude....See, there is no free lunch!
    Sep 3, 2009. 07:17 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Recession Is Easing - Check Your Underwear [View article]
    "When the multi-pair packs are moving, you know better times are ahead" But how far ahead? And are these sales perhaps merely the result of "mishaps" of the nervous bowels of the upper classes?
    Sep 2, 2009. 08:58 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Report from Europe: Does September Mean Sell? [View article]
    Was that a yes or a no. The Mole must be an academic.
    Sep 2, 2009. 08:51 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Markets Saturated with Good News [View article]
    So predictable: the current big fib being worked up in the media, judging by the pundits on Fox News today, is that there is going to be an inventory buildup, and because there will be an inventory buildup, this will create more confidence among investors, therefore equities will rise.
    Well, as long as there is Christmas and as long as there are retail stores in business we can rest assured there will be seasonal inventory buildup, as there always is, so this "big lie" is being promoted that the stock market will react positively to inventory buildup, to make the possiblity an inevitability. All we need now is the jawboning newsheads saying inventories are up and voila, volatility! These guys are hoseheads for the bubble machine.
    Aug 27, 2009. 07:40 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Unemployment Claims: No News Is No News [View article]
    Full employment would come with nobody applying for unemployment anymore; therefore, if the entire nation is unemployed, the entire nation is fully employed.
    Aug 27, 2009. 07:17 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • David Kotok on Clunker-nomics [View article]
    Like a lot of bubble reflation measures, the clunkers program is wrong because it is a hidden tax on the responsible, and a shift away to government interference. Clunkers taxes non-drivers and the poor the same way mortgage relief (either to banks or homeowners) is a hidden tax on renters and savers. It:

    1) rewards those wealthy enough to buy new cars
    2) rewards auto manufacturers for decades of failure
    3) sets the precedent for more taxpayer bailouts of other subsidized corporations
    4) is an automatic penalty for incipient small businesses which would devise, promote and distribute new transport means/methods
    5) disincentivizes innovation
    6) rewards petroleum fuel burning technology producers
    7) rewards oil industry producers/distributors
    8) punishes public transportation
    Aug 5, 2009. 12:00 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Unemployment Rising: Public Policy Makes a Bad Situation Worse [View article]

    The fact is, living standards are not sufficiently enhanced by paid employment. We want to work; being unemployed is more difficult and much less satisfying, but the fact is, the nature of work itself has been degraded. Besides, college degrees have become worthless, and for all the abuse we service workers get, we are torn, because we actually want our employers' destruction: we want the greedy abusers, subsidized by our tax dollars, patronized by the politicians they have bought, to fail. We have been sold out by the entire system, and we are holding on to the hope of honest employment which is not somehow involved in a massively corrupt Ponzi scheme the US economy has become.
    Aug 5, 2009. 11:33 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • CIT Group on the Radar [View article]
    For the first time in 20 years campaign contributions from the finance industry to Dems outstripped contributions to the Repubs (see

    Looks like CIT forgot to contribute, because there seems to be no record of any campaign contributions by CIT Group.

    So, yeah, punish these guys with a vengeance to send a message to other finance companies that don't buy political influence by donating to Democratic presidential campaigns.
    Jul 11, 2009. 12:34 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Asians Going East [View article]
    It does not take "sixth sense when it comes to searching out opportunity" at a time when there are simply very few alternatives but to move if you want a life.
    Jul 6, 2009. 11:23 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Banking Sector Isn't Out of the Woods [View article]
    Well now, the author does not cite FAZ in the subheader list of potentiall affected stocks, but at $4-5 FAZ is looking like a cheap hedge, even a good mid-term hedge (weeks/months not overnight or days). Even a small purchase of 50-100 shares could provide cheap insurance against a major drop--a good hedge even for the average American's 10k portfolio. After all, the spring pop in housing numbers was a hollow dud when you look beneath the headlines, which will erode banks' balance sheets. Employment? fuggedaboutit. Obama has blown pick and shovel reconstructive measures and now it is too late. Remember this crisis begins and ends with real estate. Could very leave the inverse-ETF bashers like Cramer with egg on their faces, especially now with political oppposition to bank bailouts and the Fed running out of ammo. Biggest risk? Fed intervention intended to limit returns to shorters.
    Jun 30, 2009. 01:57 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment