Posts from February 2013

Is Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer Against Women’s Rights?

Yahoo ($YHOO) CEO Marissa Mayer just told all her employees that they couldn’t work from home anymore.  Some employees were incensed.  A few critics said she was defrocking women and taking away their livelihood.  CEO Mayer was making it tough …






Republicans Are Stupid

I have never been to CPAC.  It’s the annual conservative conclave.  Sort of like a SXSW for conservatives. This year, the headline speaker is Dr. Ben Carson.  I thought Dr. Carson’s speech at the National Prayer Breakfast was excellent this …






Breakfast Links

I am riding 100 miles(in one day) in August.  Support me here if you want.  The money goes to African bike relief.  Last year, the money donated sent 125,000 bikes to Africa so kids could get to school, get jobs, …






The Transfer of Power

Today is the last day Pope Benedict is Pope.  The CEO of the Catholic church.  A very interesting run.  It’s a historic day, since it’s been 600 years since a Pope has deliberately stepped down to step aside for a …






Breakfast Links

How to be SOCIAL, courtesy of my friend @FAKE GRIMLOCK.  Tip to stupid mechanical dinosaur: BEST WAY TO BE SOCIAL, COOK BACON.  SMELL ATTRACT PEOPLE.  THEY SPREAD WORD. Decoding the mysteries of managed futures. Talking about taxing excess cash on …






The Low Capitalization Rate of Potential

Last evening I went to the kick off of KIPP:Chicago.  It was a stimulating evening, highlighted by a speech from Malcolm Gladwell.  Michael Feinberg talked about how everyone told them KIPP couldn’t be done anywhere.  Yet, it’s making a massive …






CME and DeutscheBorse

Don’t believe the press.  They are chatting.  But, exchanges always chat.  It goes back to the 1980’s with all the meaningless “memorandum of understandings” exchanges did with each other before they all went public and embraced electronic trading. There are …






Breakfast Links

Was at a KIPP Chicago event last night.  Support charter schools where you can.  Gary Comer College Prep does a darned good job too.  Maximizing human capital potential via education is the human rights issue of our time.  It isn’t …






How to Steal A Contract

One of the main gripes about failed attempts at competing with existing exchanges is that there is no competition. Eurex, ELX, and many others have made failed attempts to wrest control of US Treasury futures trading ($ZT_F, $ZF_F, $ZN_F, $ZB_F) …






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Now that Mayor Nanny has banned 2 Liter soda in NYC, would you move to Charleston? Hollywood gets massive tax cuts, but wants you to pay more. Les Mis. Hey, the sequester might force politicians to fly commercial! Don’t look …






George Clooney And Monuments Men

If you have never heard of the Monuments Men, you can visit their website and find out about them. Or just buy the book. The author, Robert Edsel, has another book coming out in May called Saving Italy. It’s worth …






The EU Transaction Tax-Capitalism Killer

The EU is going full bore and will tax financial transactions in Europe.  This is not a novel idea.  As a member of ($CME) CME Group’s political action committee, we fought this tax every year no matter which President was …






Breakfast Links

The fine art of customer acquisition. Is Obama laying the ground work to go after your 401(k)? How to choose a college-because the rating system is muddled with bull. A real education exposes you to the eternal realities of truth, goodness, …






How Do You Work? What’s The Future of Work?

What do you think the future of work is in the world?  Will we continue to go to offices that our businesses own-or will we be working in other types of environments?  Will corporations continue to house people in big …






It’s Not Over In Europe

My friend Yra Harris is a great historian as well as being a pretty sharp currency trader.  In our conversations over the years we have figured out a lot of things, and one we both agree on is that the …






Breakfast Links

Why to sleep through the sequester hyperbole. No till is the way to go if you farm Hey remember when everyone said bacon would be in short supply?  They are wrong. Britain downgraded.  If the US keeps on it’s pace, …






CFTC Sues CME-Why This Matters

The CFTC is suing CME ($CME) over information leaks coming out of the New York Mercantile Exchange.  To the average individual, it looks like a relatively small suit that doesn’t have big implications.  If you are a trader, and trade …






Why The Sequester Isn’t Financial Armageddon

The sequester isn’t armageddon.  It’s just something Obama is using to punish Republicans with and scare people.  That’s why he said 800,000 jobs will be lost at the Pentagon. In the physical space itself, only 24,000 military and civilian personnel work …