Quote of the day

Jeff Carter, “While we think we assume risk every day when we trade markets, maybe the riskiest thing you can ever do is get married.”  (Points and Figures)

Chart of the day

AAPL Earnings Per Share Chart

AAPL Earnings Per Share data by YCharts

A preview of Apple ($AAPL) Q2 earnings.  (Osprey Flyer)

Video of the day

The case against Lehman Brothers. (60 Minutes)


Corrections happen.  (Big Picture)

Where investor sentiment stands.  (Humble Student, The Technical Take)


The low volatility investing trend has legs.  (Falkenblog)

Are you a right brain or a left brain investor?  (Rick Ferri)

Alternate betas are the new hedge fund replication.  (FT)

How trading is different than any other enterprise.  (Darvas Trader)


How to best harvest momentum returns.  (SSRN via CXOAG)

Academics focus on long/short momentum returns, most practitioners are long only.  (Optimal Momentum)


An explanation why Google ($GOOG) and Facebook ($FB) have lagged in mobile.  (Bits also Asymco)

Is Android suddenly in trouble?  (SAI)

It’s hard to tell the patent holders without a scorecard.  (FT Alphaville, WSJ)

Amazon ($AMZN) is now looking to disrupt an entirely new sector: B2B.  (AllThingsD)

Eric Jackson, “Apple can be Switzerland or it can start placing bets on key apps in the ecosystem.”  (Forbes)


Amidst bribery allegations what now for Wal-Mart ($WMT)?  (The Atlantic, Time)

Sears ($SHLD) where American used to shop.  (Crain’s Chicago)

Barry Diller has a diversified portfolio of paychecks.  (footnoted)

Chesapeake Energy ($CHK) can only ignore its shareholders for so long.  (Kid Dynamite)


If you are confused by swap regulations, don’t worry the CFTC is as well.  (Sober Look, FT)

The E.F. Hutton name will soon be back on Wall Street.  (WSJ)

What it takes to reduce transit time across transatlantic cables.  (Businessweek)

Institutional investors are bring in house the management of certain asset classes.  (Institutional Investor)

The finance industry has a trust deficit: how technology can help.  (TechCrunch)

Alternative assets

We are going to need some guidelines for advertising hedge fund returns.  (FT also Marketwatch)

Why have venture capital returns been so bad, for so long?  (Noahpinion)


Low costs are important for ETFs, but not everything.  (Financial Adviser)

Under what (narrow) circumstances do $VIX ETNs serve as a hedge?  (SSRN via @quantivity)

The stunning symmetry in $VXX performance in up/down markets.  (MarketSci Blog)

The ETF industry is now officially an Industry: they now have their own trade group.  (IndexUniverse)

Fund expense ratios dropped in 2011.  (Morningstar)


Seven questions about the global economy, answered.  (FT ALphaville)

China hearts Germany.  (NYTimes)

Is democracy going to be the downfall of the Euro?  (Time)

Spain, Italy and their banks are holding hands and hoping for the best.  (FT Alphaville)

Repsol is not going to take the loss of its YPF stake lying down.  (FT)

China is stockpiling cows.  (WSJ)


An FOMC meeting preview.  (Calculated Risk, WSJ, Money Game)

Americans have gotten quickly inured to a high unemployment rate. (James Surowiecki)

Why the Fed is unlikely to shift its policies.  (Tim Duy)

Sheila Bair on why the Fed should declare victory.  (Fortune, Wonkblog)

Warring constituencies and the unintended choice of depression.  (Interfluidity)

The geography of unemployment.  (Econbrowser)

Book stuff

I spoke with fintech whiz Zack Miller about my new book.  (Tradestreaming)

What if some one wrote an owner’s manual for the financial markets? (Reformed Broker)

The self-organizing nature of the blogosphere and a book review.  (The Psy-Fi Blog)

Earlier on Abnormal Returns

Bloggers are an overconfident lot. Every time you hit publish you are rolling the dice. (Abnormal Returns)

What you missed in our Monday morning linkfest.  (Abnormal Returns)

Social finance

Financial bloggers are going to have to step things up: computers are coming for you.  (RogueTraderette)

StockTwits continues to build out a robust set of social investing tools.  (Howard Lindzon, Pando Daily)

Are product reviews the data source to be mined by investors?  (Moneyland)

Mixed media

Outsource stuff you don’t care about.  (Chris Dixon)

The downside of a STEM degree: the glass ceiling.  (Bloomberg)

Why we humans are suckers for round numbers.  (Scientific Amreican)

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