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Doin' It Bloggystyle: Everybody in the Pool


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.

Swimming with the Fed
  • Everyone's all stoked about an inter-meeting Fed Funds rate cut, but as Jim Kingsland notes, that cut will only happen if there is a crisis between now and then.
  • Remember the TED spread (Treasury minus Eurodollar)? Up to 2.40 and more, highest since 1987 as per The Aleph Blog.
  • FT Alphaville wonders if the Fed move got lost in translation.


  • New low in the New High/New Low ratio via Chris Perruna.
  • Implications, not real good.
  • Are increased hits at financial blogs a contrary sentiment indicator? Dr. Brett explains.

VIXed out yet?

  • The ratio of the VXN to the VIX hit an all time high last week. My best guess what's going on? "...a perception out there that tech is relatively *safe* now. And I suppose it is given that it's not the focus of the periodic poundage."
  • Bill at VIX and More takes it a step further and looks at the implied volatility action in some subsectors.
  • "...following the February 27 VIX spike, XLK retraced all of its IV spike, while XLF only retraced half of that spike before starting to rise in mid-June. Was the half-hearted XLF implied volatility spike retracement in March through June a warning of what was lurking under the surface? "

Fun With Numbers

  • So if I went to a Mets game with three of my high school friends and Yao Ming, our average height would be about 6'3". The median on the other hand, is more like 5' 9".
  • Sort of like all those economic numbers that tell you how great the average person is doing now, and then inspire a debate on bubblevision about why the "average" person doesn't realize it's a great economy.
  • Barry runs down some numbers, and according to IRS data: "While incomes have been on the rise since 2002, the average income in 2005 was $55,238, still nearly 1 percent less than the $55,714 in 2000."
  • And as Barry notes, that's using CPI numbers, which of course doesn't incorporate such mundane rising expenses as health care and education.
  • And further, "The growth in total incomes was concentrated among those making more than $1 mln. The number of such taxpayers grew by more than 26 percent, to 303,817 in 2005, from 239,685 in 2000. These individuals, who constitute less than a quarter of 1 percent of all taxpayers, reaped almost 47 percent of the total income gains in 2005, compared with 2000. "
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