Archive for January, 2010

Weekly Recap & Outlook – 01.22.10

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

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  • Stock markets correcting
  • Companies beating earnings estimates
  • Housing wilting

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Crayola Crayons Since 1903

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Here’s a really cool graphic of the changes in Crayola’s colors since 1903.   You can click here to jump to the original story on it.  Otherwise, click on the graphic to expand the chart.



Weekly Recap & Outlook – 01.08.10

Friday, January 8th, 2010

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  • Fabulous prize opportunity 
  • Not so great employment

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Warning: Investment analysts may be harmful to your financial health

Monday, January 4th, 2010

If you’re new to the blog you might not have picked up on my disdain for Wall Street analyst and strategist types.  It stems, largely, from their view from behind rose-colored glasses and their affinity for perennial market return forecasts of 10%.

Here’s a slide borrowed from Jeremy Grantham’s outfit GMO.  They recently picked up James Montier from Societe Generale.  The slide shows analyst forecasts in red and actual results (“outturns” in this case) in black.

To be fair, these results are for analysts on average.  There may be a few that have an uncanny knack for forecasts, but as a group they’re pretty lousy.