Personally I groan when I see a US company buy back shares. It is a pity, because sometimes the buybacks are actually effective.”  (Ultimi Barbarorum)

An example of a company buythat has botched its stock buyback program.  (Jeff Matthews)

The stock market is down big this morning.  Are market valuations to blame?  (Abnormal Returns)

“..if you thought the VIX premium was anticipating some sort of meltdown, you’re going to have to tamp down your expectations as that premium is one more option pop from vanishing.”   (Daily Options Report)

Can the US market advance without help from China?  (VIX and More)

But just make sure you have some cash in hand, in case of a rainy day. That’s one lesson Harvard, Yale, and other great universities learned the hard way.”  (Real Clear Markets via peHUB)

“Is it really worth paying an extra 11% just for the privilege of buying UNG?”  (IndexUniverse also FT Alphaville, WSJ earlier Abnormal Returns)

“Much of quant trading is analagous to this viscosity problem: blindly backtesting over myriad observed measurements, rigorously optimizing parameters using varying mathematical methods.”  (Quantivity)

Should the quant analysis blogosphere be taking a more vertical approach to blogging?  (MarketSci Blog)

The nominal and real yields on money market funds.  (EconomPic Data)

On the differing value of earnings estimates for individual companies and aggregates.  (CXO Advisory Group)

Investors tend to trade more in markets where “the quality of information and level of familiarity decreased.”  (Bull Bear Trader)

Are compensation clawbacks coming to TARP banks?  (Big Picture)

The SEC proposes a modified uptick rule.  (DealBook)

Why has Asia bounced back so quickly?  (Atlantic Business)

How will we know if the economic recovery is self-sustaining?  (Economist’s View)

Don’t expect a typical recovery this time around.  (WashingtonPost)

“I think they’re [economists] right about very simple questions, but the more complex the system, the more I believe economics just fails.”  (Atlantic Business)

Ten rules from applied sports psychology can help make you a better trader.  (Kirk Report)

The Financial Times fights to the fight for paid online news content.  (NYTimes also Telegraph)

On the value of standardized terms sheets for initial VC rounds.  (A VC)

How to become a management guru in five easy steps.  (The Big Money)

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