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Doin' It Bloggystyle: Random Amanda


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.

What Would Yogi Say?

As Yogi might say, the more financial blogs that sprout up, the fewer financial blogs there are.

  • In the past few days, two excellent sites have shut their doors, Trader-X, and Yasir Anwar.
  • Abnormal Returns has a great post on the subject, and some suggestions on how to maybe show some love to sites you like.
  • "For some it might mean financially through donations, or purchasing your investment books through an affiliate link. For others it may mean a simple e-mail, or comment that says thanks and provides a word or two of encouragement."

Food for Thought

  • Chris Perruna reminds me of a lesson that we all forget sometimes. Don't confuse brains with a bull market.
  • Some thoughts on playing splits, from OptionPundit.
  • While the VIX remains on the high end relative to actual stock volatility, options on the VIX itself are at their lowest volatility on record, as per VIX and More.

Start Naming Names

In honor of Jason Giambi's impending testimony, how about naming some names?

  • Bill Rempel takes a look at Biko ... I mean PICO.
  • Games Without Frontiers? Brian Shannon on Smart Modular (SMOD).
  • Red Rain on Google? Stockbee wonders whether the American (BIDU) has lost its focus.
  • And Speaking of Giambi...
  • Minyan Ron Sen has the testimony (which incidentally is going to be pre-scripted) all set. "Will Giambi say he's sorry? Why not? Ashamed? Why? After all, he'll argue to his friends and his peers that steroids don't help you hit a baseball, only help you hit it a little farther. And if they don't help you, then why take them?"

It's Darren Rovell's World

  • Who "killed" Vince McMahon (the TV character, not to be confused with the actor/CEO who plays him, coincidentally also named Vince McMahon)?
  • Lead suspect is none other than Darren Rovell.
  • Confused? This from WWE: "It is well known to our shareholders and our viewers that "Mr. McMahon" is a character portrayed by Vincent Kennedy McMahon, the founder and Chairman of World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. "
  • There's more: "As far as speculation as to who may have committed this heinous act against "Mr. McMahon," the WWE has not ruled out any suspects, including CNBC sports business reporter Darren Rovell."
  • How did Darren Rovell get enmeshed in this? Apparently he had the temerity to question whether it was irresponsible for a public company to fake the death of its CEO. And wondered whether anyone could make the distinction between the character and real life.
  • Ok, enough cheesy P.R. by WWE, Rovell's post also includes an interview with Amanda Beard. Talk about burying the lead.
  • And a link to a Wimbledon preview ... of what Ana Ivanovic plans to wear.
  • Need more Rovell? Nice analysis here of Yahoo's (YHOO) takeover of Dan Shanoff chimes in as well.
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