Adam Warner at the Daily Options Report give kudos to Google (GOOG) on their market for employee options.

Speaking of Google, Roger Ehrenberg at Information Arbitrage admires the innovative culture of Google and a hedge fund oft in the news.

Barry Barnitz at Financial page points to an interesting paper on fundamental indexation and international diversification.

CXO Advisory Group reviews a paper on a potential way to play the size effect.

Doug Kass at completes his list of 25 surprises for the new year.

This is why we don’t forecast (publicly). (via MarketBeat)

Accrued Interest on the relationship between ‘closet indexing’ and poker.

Barry Ritholtz at the Big Picture on the “mixed” nature of retail sales this season.

Ticker Sense on what might happen to commodity prices next year.

FT Alphaville wonders why we are comparing hedge fund index results to the S&P 500 in the first place?

Paul Kedrosky at Infectious Greed wonders whether we are under IPO-ed and has an interesting list of finance books.

Speaking of deals the airline industry is abuzz with takeover talk. In that same light, how big a buyout is too big? (via DealBook)

Free exchange on why everyone isn’t an investment banker these days.

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