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Doin' It Bloggystyle: Bears, Amazon and Jessica Simpson...


Minyanville brings together the best of what they are saying "out there" about the topics we're talking about right here.

Blogs themselves need no introduction, as they get as much publicity as pretty much anything these days, save maybe the latest Britney news. There's an expanding world of excellent financial blogs, covering just about everything, from global economics to swing trading. Minyanville's goal is to bring together the best of what they are saying "out there" about the topics we're talking about right here.

As we ponder whether Jessica Simpson has officially jinxed the 2007 Cowboys...

Da Bears
Name Game

Deep Thoughts by (Not) Jack Handy

  • Millionaire Now! has some "Issues to Consider" for the "Individual Investing in Commercial Real Estate."
  • Dr. Brett breaks down buying and selling events as independent variables to gauge underlying market strength.
  • When measuring a gap in an index use futures, not cash, as Trader Mike notes.
  • Should volatility be thought of as an asset? Some opinions from the non-roid-injecting Roger and Yours Truly.

Chemicals Between Us

  • So help me, I've been meaning to get this point down in print forever. The motivations of all parties in baseball in regards to the steroids issue have been so misconstrued, misrepresented, mis-whatever-ed.
  • What I mean is, it's the players that have the incentive to get rid of the roids. The owners? Do they really care how Player X is suddenly managing to hit balls 500 feet (and then parlaying it into a magazine empire?) and Player Y can wing it 100 MPH and then bounce back the next day and do it again?
  • But now I don't have to. Wages of Wins gets it spot on here, in my humble opinion. (Hat Tip to the holiday-adorned Abnormal Returns).
  • "In econ-speak, what we have here is a "positional externality" problem: every player wants to improve his position, relative to all other players, in order to capture the huge rewards that go to big-leaguers. But when a player resorts to illegal, chemical means to do so, it puts pressure on everyone else (those "external" to the initial decision to cheat) to do similarly unwise and destructive things.
  • "At any point in time, there are 750 ballplayers in the big leagues. They stay in 4-star hotels, bask in the adulation of millions of fans, and earn salaries ranging from fabulous (the current minimum is $390,000) to incomprehensible (A-Rod, we're looking at you). This means that the 751st best player in the world, who rides buses between Super 8 motels in places like Syracuse and Scranton, will be tempted to "do whatever it takes" to become 750th best. Which puts pressure on that guy, and so on up the chain. To preserve his relative position and the rewards that go with it, every player will be tempted to cheat."
  • Similar points can be seen here from the Sabernomics blog, as well as a radical-sounding solution that makes perfect sense. Let the players, and only the players, handle the testing program.
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