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Doin' It Bloggystyle: Chinese Stocks, Learning Tools, and Karma Police


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.

Name Games, special China Edition
  • ZackStocks on Perfect World (PWRD), a Chinese online gaming stock.
  • Looking for the next (BIDU) (who isn't)? MadStocks offers up Intuitive Surgical (ISRG) as an idea.
  • Abandoned Baby setup in FXI, as per Slope of Hope.

Learning Center

And In Other News

  • Trading Goddess has a new group thing going on over at her site.
  • OK, it's not what that sounds like! A couple of my faves are posting over there now as well, like Bullish Jim and Muckdog.
  • Bespoke visits Intrade and finds among other things, a recession in '08 is considered more likely than Hillary getting elected (55% versus 44%).
  • Meanwhile the Red Sox are more likely to win the World Series than Rudy is to win the White House (20% versus 16%).

There There
  • So what would you pay for the new Radiohead album? It's more than a theoretical question: You can actually pick your price.
  • From the Journal: "By letting consumers dictate what they will pay for a digital copy of the album, the band will test theories of online pricing that have been the subject of much speculation in recent years --- most notably, the notion that fans will pay a fair price for downloads if given the freedom to do so on their own terms."
  • Lot of commentary across the econoblogo-world, starting with Barry.
  • Greg Mankiw: "Economists do not have a good theory of tipping. Normally, we assume that consumers pay as little as they have to when buying the products they want. Yet, when buying meals, haircuts, and taxi services, most consumers voluntarily pay more than they are legally required... Since we economists don't understand tipping, we can't really say whether this new scheme will work. But if it does, during my next EC 10 class, I will put a hat next to the lectern."
  • Roy Williams (the Lions Wide Reciever, not the horse collar-er) clearly must have taken Mankiw's class somewhere. At least on the tipping part. If he's a Radiohead fan, he's clearly taking the free download.
  • Free Exchange: "I wouldn't be surprised to find out that this is simply a case of a wealthy and conscientious band opting to do what it feels is the right thing by its fans, but the honour system strategy nonetheless strikes me as clever and highly workable. It reveals a recognition of the fact that recorded music is no longer an excludable good; those who wish to get recorded music for free will be able to do so, no matter how hard record labels try to shield their product behind a wall of technology."
  • And The Long Tail: "Regardless of what the average consumer decides to pay, this is another example of a business model enabled by FREE. They only way Radiohead can enter into this with no idea of what people will pay is because they have a product whose marginal cost of manufacturing and distribution is close to zero. ...In this case, I suspect that the attention that Radiohead is getting for this stunt will ensure that it does far better, between direct music sales and concert attendance, than it would have otherwise, so the opportunity costs are probably negative."
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