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Doin' It Bloggystyle: All Star Randomness


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 pretty much 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.

Boom Boom

Some Ideas as we ponder whether Ben Bernanke will reveal why he keeps that "3" shaved into his back.
  • Bill at VIX and More examines the Implied Volatility screens to highlight earnings movers.
  • Kirk with some objective thoughts on Socially Responsible investing.
  • And an actual site devoted to the topic,, via Dr. Brett.

Name Dropping

In the financial media...

  • And the winner of the Million Dollar Portfolio Challenge is... still undecided.
  • If Barry wants to watch clips of himself on, it will cost him some money, lol. Gotta agree with him here, the model makes no sense.
  • Best decision they have made recently? Bringing Jim Kingsland onboard online.


So what happens to the Specialist Biz as the trading world gets more automated by the minute?

  • Shockingly, the value of a specialist unit plunges, as this story on Van Der Moolen shows.
  • LaBranche looking for alternatives as well. (Hat Tip Abnormal Returns)
  • OK, let's get real here. These developments have been in progress for five years now, not sure why in this moment VDM and LBR suddenly decided they needed to shift their biz models.

Midseason Report

  • So who is the more overpriced team in New York in terms of betting odds? Surprisingly, it's the Mets.
  • According to the numbingly complex ELO system at Baseball Prospectus, the Mets have a 56% chance of winning the NL East. Yet the tradesports *market* prices it at about 66.5%.
  • The Yankees on the other hand have a 12.67% chance to win the AL East, yet the market on tradesports is 7.5-10.
  • How about the World Series? BP doesn't do odds for that this far out (the small statistical sample size of the playoffs makes it kind of impossible). But tradesports posts markets.
  • The Red Sox lead the pack at about 18%. Seems high compared to, say the Tigers at 10.5% considering the Tigers just swept them.Tigers not in as good playoff position, although odds-wise BP says the Red Sox have an 88.6% chance of getting in, vs. 79% for the Tigers.
  • Best bet? I'm going to say the Padres (market is 5.7 bid, 7.7 offer).
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