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Doin' It Bloggystyle: Random Holiday Cheer


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.

It's a Small World After All
  • Nasdaq (NDAQ) has agreed to buy Nordic markets owner OMX (OMX.ST) for $3.7 billion.
  • Personally, I see this move as one of those touchstone moments in the consolidation of the worldwide bourses. Access to the Scandanavian and Baltic marketplace opens up all sorts of synergies as Nasdaq continues to spead its global reach as part of the New World Exchange Order.
  • OK, who am I kidding, this deal is meaningless unless you have a position in one of these stocks. It was just an excuse to run the picture.

Points of Interest

Gimme Some Mo'

Given the current popularity, you would think more ETF's would come to market.

  • Want to buy-write the S&P in ETF (really ETN) form? Bring on the BWV.
  • Know thy specifics, I say. USO didn't work out as planned, to give one example.
  • Basic gist though is close to market returns and reduced volatility, via a strategy that ironically sells calls, says Felix Salmon.
  • James Picerno sees the ETF revolution getting more speculative by the day.
  • Roger chimes in on the topic as well.

Beyond Private Equity

  • There's public companies. There are public companies gone private. And there are private companies trading like public stocks on this new Goldman network (hat tip Abnormal Returns).
  • From the Journal: "Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) ranks as the most profitable securities firm on Wall Street -- reflecting its mastery of trading on the world's public markets. Now Goldman is turning that franchise on its head, creating its own private system to trade the stocks of companies that don't want the scrutiny and regulatory burdens of going public. The new system, GS TRUE -- short for Goldman Sachs Tradable Unregistered Equity -- was announced two weeks ago and made its debut on Monday with an $880 million sale of a 15% stake in Oaktree Capital Management LLC, an alternative-investment manager."
  • Seems like a great idea, hard to see how this could end badly.
  • Roger Ehrenberg sees this as more evidence of the ravages of Sarbox.
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