Showing posts from February, 2011

Sunday Spectacle CXI

Mobile Operating System Lifespans (source: " The lives and deaths of mobile platforms ,", February 19, 2011, 2:44PM)

Some articles for the weekend

Some of these articles are really old—in general, don't always assume I post current articles since I have a habit of reading old ones—but think some of you may find them interesting. (Highly Recommended) GuruFocus interviews Bruce Greewald (GuruFocus): Some people don't like Bruce Greenwald, professor of finance and asset management at Columbia University, but I'm a fan of him (although I don't really use his methodologies). (Recommended) Book Excerpt/Adaptation - The Price of Everything: Solving the Mystery of Why We Pay What We Do (The New York Times): Adapted from a book by Eduardo Porter, this article provides a look at a modern problem, the spectacular rise of incomes at the top (whether in sports, entertainment, or business). One theory cited appears to explain what may have happened: " Nearly 30 years ago, Sherwin Rosen, an economist from the University of Chicago, proposed an elegant theory to explain the general pattern. In an article entitled “The E

Is the current infatuation with short-term investing something new? Do the stock exchanges favour the short-term investors?

Jason Zweig wrote an interesting article for his Intelligent Investor column at The Wall Street Journal a few weeks ago. The topic dealt with two pertinent, intertwined, issues that have been raised of late. The first issue has to do with whether the recent popularity of short-term trading (high-frequency trading for instance) is something unique in history. The other issue is whether the stock exchanges favour those high-frequency traders (or others like them). If this topic interests you, I recommend that you read his full article instead of my select quotations below.

Sunday Spectacle CX

Highest R&D Spenders "Most Innovative" (according to survey) (source: " The Global Innovation 1000: How the Top Innovators Keep Winning ," by Barry Jaruzelski and Kevin Dehoff, Booz & Company. Strategy+Business, Winter 2010, Issue 61, November 3, 2010.) Highest spenders aren't necessarily the most successful innovators. A good example is Nokia.

Sunday Spectacle CIX

A day late for the Sunday Spectacle... Sorry about the lack of posts... I've been trying to get my dating life going and that's consuming a great deal of time, with no luck so far :( ... wish me luck... For now, something on the oil market... (source: " WTI v Brent ," The Globe & Mail, February 14, 2011)

Sunday Spectacle CVIII

(source: " Costs of Living ," The Economist. Jan 21, 2011)