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Commentary & Opinion
April 24, 2014 Market Structure Map - Monoliths and MicrosecondsSource: Tim Quast, president, ModernNetworks IR LLC
People are getting screwed because they can’t imagine a microsecond.” Well, how about $1 trillion? Can we imagine that? If you want context for the quote, read Michael Lewis’s book, Flash Boys (No. 1 now in NY Times nonfiction)....
April 22, 2014 What to look for in earningsSource: CNBC
Earnings, earnings, earnings. This week, we will hear from some 150+ S&P 500 companies, so prepare yourself. Expect to hear the same song. For the most part, earnings will beat the expectations. Analysts will sing about the...
April 21, 2014 The Most Important Book Ever Is All WrongSource: Bloomberg
It's hard to think of another book on economics published in the past several decades that's been praised as lavishly as Thomas Piketty's "Capital in the Twenty-First Century." The adulation tells you something, though not mainly...
April 21, 2014 Stop Obsessing Over Exorbitant CEO PaySource: Slate
Last weekend the New York Times published its annual list of executive compensation, with Oracle’s Larry Ellison topping the charts at $78.4 million (and Disney’s Bob Iger in a distant second, at $34.3 million). Pay packages have...
Source: Washington Post
Does 39.6 percent, which is today’s top marginal tax rate, sound like the optimal top marginal tax rate to you? No? How about 80 percent? Not that either? Well, if you’re concerned about reducing income inequality in the United...
April 17, 2014 Market Structure Map - Fires, Crashes and Kill SwitchesSource: Tim Quest, president, ModernNetworks IR LLC
Suppose the engine of your vehicle was on fire. The logical response would be to shut it off. But what if you were traveling at highway speed and killing the fuel supply meant you had no power breaks or steering? What if your...
April 17, 2014 When Shareholder Activism Goes Too FarSource: Bloomberg
Has investor activism gone too far? Some shareholder champions are beginning to think so, and they may have a point. To them, a handful of hyperactivists, mostly hedge funds, has hijacked the shareholder-rights movement -- a...
April 16, 2014 C.E.O. Pay Goes Up, Up and Away!Source: NY Times
At 79, Graef “Bud” Crystal is the grand old man of executive compensation critics. Once a top compensation consultant, he switched sides in the 1980s, becoming a fierce critic of many of the practices he helped institutionalize,...
April 10, 2014 Market Structure Map - The RecoverySource: Tim Quest, president, ModernNetworks IR LLC
I think the chief reason for the recent swoon in stocks was not anemia in the job market but a sort of investor outrage. You can’t troll a trading periodical or blog or forum without wading through rants on why Michael Lewis,...
Source: The Week
Since 1987's Black Monday, markets have become increasingly computerized. Change was gradual at first, but in the last decade it has become rapid. Today, computerized markets trade faster than ever before — faster, literally,...
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