June 29, 2010

"Flash Crash" After-Shocks

Plugging That OTHER Hole(the Regulatory One) Remember the SEC’s press conference last week announcing that it had isolated the cause of the “flash crash” May 6, and unveiling a sweeping set of financial reforms designed to prevent a recurrence? Me, neither. That thought comes to mind as I see that the Dow Jones is already...
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Housing Market Hindsight

Low Interest Rates — Then & Now Three (four?) years into the housing market downturn, what conclusion is it possible to draw? In retrospect, it seems obvious (at least to me) that it was a liquidity-driven phenomenon. Add a tsunami of cash, subtract any vestige of underwriting standards, and real estate will go up. Subtract...
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Weekend Storm(s) Aftermath

The Wisdom of a Sump Pump With a Battery Backup Q: What’s worse than biting into an apple and finding a worm? A. Biting into an apple and finding half a worm. What’s worse than having water in your basement from one of the two(!) deluges that hit the Twin Cities last weekend? Having water...
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Faux Photo?

“Is it Live . . . or is it Memorex?” I just tripped across a new Fern Hill listing with the lead photo reproduced above. Is it just me, or is the grass too green, the sky too blue? (not to mention uniform). At the very least, this photo looks heavily doctored/colorized; at worst, it’s...
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