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The Geek has Jumped the Shark

by The Wall Street Geek

Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy Rarely do I like the manner in which Jim Cramer delivers his message. But his rants on Former Merrill CEO John Thain, Paul Krugman and Nouriel Roubini on Morning Joe today captured my growing exasperation with those guys. Bravo Mr. Cranky Pants. Follow […]

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Should Banks Stress Over the Stress Tests?

by The Wall Street Geek

One of the more bizarre characteristics about me is that I love taking exams. Not only is it a thrill to jog farther or lift more weight after weeks of training, it’s also exhilarating to knock an exam out of the park after weeks of studying. The brain is a muscle too and needs love, […]

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Goldman Announces Earnings and They Mean Business

by The Wall Street Geek

Goldman Sachs announced much higher than expected profits today. What does that mean? It’s like expecting your child to get a C+ on an exam, but her getting an A+ instead, and with a gold star! But in a period in our economy where the Dow is still down 45% year to date, how did […]

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Dear RNC Chairman Steele, I Quit!

by The Wall Street Geek

Dear Chairman of the Republican National Committee Michael Steele: We have not yet had the pleasure of meeting, yet I hope that you are not offended by the formality of a written letter expressing my decision to resign from the Republican party. It is as difficult a decision to leave as it was to join–the […]

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Jets vs Sharks — Wall Street Edition

by The Wall Street Geek

While reading about the disparity of treatment between the automobile and financial industries today, I found myself inexplicably humming “Somewhere” from the West Side Story soundtrack. I didn’t make the connection at the time. But later in the quiet of my home, I realized why. Imagine Rick Wagoner as Bernardo, leader of the Sharks; and […]

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Making the Case AGAINST AIG Bonuses

by The Wall Street Geek

Who today hasn’t read or heard about this article by Andrew Ross Sorkin of the New York Times, making the case for bonuses at AIG. I read it and heard his commentary during Morning Joe today, and quite frankly I’m not buying it. His argument centers on three key points: #1: The bonuses keep the […]

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1-800-IDEAS?

by The Wall Street Geek

Ouch!! I’m really feeling bad for Geithner and the beating he’s taking!! So let me throw my hat in the ring and help him. At the same time, I could really use $420B! What happened in the first place? I cover it in my videos The Three Little Securities. A key part of the problem […]

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Shhh…I Think We’re In a Depression. Now What?

by The Wall Street Geek

I gave a financial seminar in late 2008 before it was confirmed that our economy was in a recession since Dec 2007. At that time, “recession” was a dirty word–kind of like “Voldemort” in Harry Potter, or “Michael Moore” in the Bush White House. Noone was saying that we were in a recession. All we […]

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If You Think Socialism Bites, How About Nepotism?

by The Wall Street Geek

The mortgage stimulus debate is exposing a great deal of what’s becoming increasingly wrong with our economy: the spirit of helping one’s neighbor is diminishing, and the wall separating the haves from the have-nots is becoming harder to break through. Helping one’s neighbor?? But wait, should it be my responsibility to help someone who took […]

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FinancialStability.gov is FinancialStability.huh

by The Wall Street Geek

Early in my career when I was at Morgan Stanley, the head of my department gathered a handful of us “next generation managers” into his office. There was a big issue that needed solving by fresh, young, brilliant minds…but he called us in instead He wanted an action plan for solving the problem by the […]

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