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Month: July 2009

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Too Much Pain Buying "Under Construction" Properties (Or "Holes In The Ground")

I haven’t bought a house or apartment, because houses are WAY overpriced ever since I could afford one. Also the rent-versus-buy argument is much skewed ...

Buffett on CIT and the "Cheaper" Money

Buffett on CIT’s recent troubles: (Via Calculated Risk) CIT pays 13% plus gargantuan fees of 5% or so to get rescue funding, and they had to put up 5x ...

Courts Reflecting Society

Fred Kaplan talks about “The Day Obscenity Became Art” – on the 50th anniversary of the day the courts declared that the Post Office may no ...

A Mutual Fund Trading Platform

ET: Mutual Fund trading platform takes shape The Association of Mutual Funds in India (Amfi) has shortlisted four entities to develop a common electronic ...

Bonds and Banking: Fork in the road?

Last Friday’s bond auction results (one, two) are: New 10 year bond (6.9%) for 6,000 cr. : fully subscribed 6 year 2015 at 6.55% yield, 5000 cr.: fully ...

ULIP Strikes Again

Jago Investor, which has become an excellent site, has a post on misselling ULIPs. The story: A family that had 10 L to invest, gave it to someone they knew in ...

More Inflation (or the lack of it)

The latest inflation report has inflation at -1.55%. This is WPI inflation but the slope of it is doggedly positive. At 234.7, the index is at the highest ...

Goldman’s high-frequency code stolen?

Reuters has it, and an analysis from Zero Hedge: on Friday, one Sergey Aleynikov was arrested at Newark airport by FBI agents, as he was coming back from a ...

Nifty Stocks: EPS not quite growing?

Going through the Nifty stocks as results poured in, and some startling facts: Of the 50, 24 have contracted EPS. Meaning earning per share is less than the ...

Michael Lewis writes about AIG

Michael Lewis on how A.I.G. and the insider view, beats up Joe Cossano. Also talks about how Goldman got away with their 100 cents on the dollar, which ...