The Blackstone Group (BX) is now public. Is it the first of many private equity IPOs? Apparently so, KKR is thinking of following suit.

Are investors simply buying the first day pop? (via FT Alphaville)

Mark Cuban is wary of hedge fund IPOs.

William J. Bernstein at Efficient Frontier on the rapid proliferation of narrowly focused ETFs. (via on why sell-side equity analysts might be a dying breed.

Greg Newton at NakedShorts declares “Charles Ponzi Memorial Day*.”

Mark Hulbert at reports on Value Line’s shift towards cash.

How does China’s (supposed) bubble compare with previous bubbles? (via

David Merkel at the Aleph Blog highlights eleven (depressing) articles on residential real estate.

Tom Lydon at ETF Trends highlights a resource to help you understand commodity investing via ETFs.

An outlook for the U.S. economy. (via Economist’s View)

Bess Levin at highlights Tom Brown’s recommendations for the oversized Citigroup (C).

Algorithmic trading makes up a third of US share volume (and rising). (via

Bill Luby at VIX and More on the value (and source) of put/call ratios for individual stocks.

Emily Brandon at on the differences between ETNs and ETFs.

Mebane Faber at World Beta notes the imminent launch of a truly alternative investment ETF – diamonds.

Apple and Google are helping each other with the iPhone.” (via Robert X. Cringley)

Stephen J. Dubner at the Freakonomics Blog highlights a book review of a “fascinating economic-history subject: the business of whaling.”

Leave it to Dr. Brett to turn a harrowing experience into valuable life lessons.

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