Apple Stores Have A Stinky Brand Problem

Apple Computer is known for a sleek, clean and attractive brand reputation – and its stores are a key extension of that brand.  It’s unclear how that hip brand reputation is going to be impacted by odor. Source: Pixabay According to a report in The Street the Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) store in [...]


Farnam Street Investments Up 25% Net With 60% Cash In 2013

Farnam Street Investments 2014 commentary With the market's amazing 2013 run-up, we've entered a very rare and dangerous environment. There have only been a handful of times in the last 100 years when a confluence of economic and financial factors have combined to place markets on the precipice of such staggering losses. [...]


Foursquare Teams Up With GrubHub To Offer Takeout

Users of Foursquare, the popular location-based social networking website for smartphones, will soon be able to order takeout from thousand of restaurants directly through the Foursquare application. Foursquare is teaming up with Grubhub / Seamless, a web site for ordering takeout food, to roll out the application. Foursquare is an [...]


Dark Pools, Meet "Twilight Pools"

In the book Dark Pools: The Rise of the Machine Traders and Rigging of the US Stock Market, author Scott Patterson, who covers government regulation for the Wall Street Journal, exposes the dangerous side of markets that operate under “dimly lit” conditions.  The issue of markets facilitating large block [...]


Invest like a legend: Charles Brandes

Brandes, 70, has been spreading the gospel of disciplined investing in sound but undervalued companies since 1974. Like Warren Buffett, the San Diego billionaire counts Ben Graham as his mentor. The author of the widely read Value Investing Today, first published in 1989, regards investing as a long-term proposition. [...]


Spain’s 2014 GDP Target Raised By 450 Percent: CITI

Spain’s recovery has accelerated on the back of growing corporate profits and faster than expected job growth, causing Citi to raise GDP growth forecasts from 0.2% to 0.9% for 2014 and from 0.8% to 1.1%, providing what could be a roadmap for Portugal to follow. “The financial position of the [...]


12 Legendary investors On What To Do With Your Money Today

In our fourth annual investing issue, we talk to 12 investors, from Bay Street to Wall Street to Silicon Valley, about how to make money now, their worst moves, best advice and favourite reads—plus a few dire warnings and sunny predictions, too. Indeed, our 2014 crop of legends runs [...]


Kylin Management Increases Stake In NQ Mobile Inc (NQ)

Kylin Management has increased its position in NQ Mobile Inc (ADR) (NYSE:NQ), giving it a 6.2% stake in the company, according to a recent 13G filing. Kylin already had a small stake in the company, but is now clearly taking a bullish position, increasing from 346,500 to 9,569,980 common [...]


Private Equity CFOs Say FACTA Manageable, But Costly

Private equity CFOs say that the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act will have the highest expected impact on their business, according to a recent survey conducted by Ernst & Young in collaboration with PEI. While they consider regulations to be manageable, a large majority expect it to increase internal [...]


EU Stress Test In The Hands Of National Supervisors

The European Banking Authority (EBA) has released the first details about this year’s stress tests, meant to provide regulators and markets with reliable information about how EU banks would weather another crash, but it’s leaving a lot of the legwork to national regulators. Reliability rests with national supervisory groups “The assessment [...]


Legg Mason Stable For Now, But Precocious Tailwinds Down The Line

BMO Capital Markets analysts David J. Chiaverini and Richard Fellinger maintain an Underperform rating for Legg Mason Inc (NYSE:LM) as the company announce in-line FY3Q14 results but headwinds remain in long-term flows. Legg Mason Inc (NYSE:LM) reported FY3Q14 GAAP EPS of $0.67. Financial results were in line with its preannounced range of $0.65 [...]


Trouble At Standard Chartered Only Beginning?

Carson Block, founder of Muddy Waters and renowned short seller, said that he was shorting Standard Chartered PLC (LON:STAB) (LON:STAN) back in May of last year, and it looks like the rest of the market is starting to catch up with his views. Jefferies equity analyst Joseph Dickerson has initiated [...]


Former Tullow Execs Team Up For New African Oil Venture

Five former directors from FTSE 100 (INDEXFTSE:UKX) oil producer Tullow Oil plc (LON:TLW) (OTCMKTS:TUWLF) have teamed up to float a new oil and gas venture in Senegal. Led by Pat Plunkett, who chaired Tullow for 12 years, T5 Oil & Gas plan to list on AIM in London this autumn. Lack [...]


Gold Miners Won’t Be Burdened With High Expectations In Q4: CITI

Gold miners will have to counter the bearish environment for gold prices by a slew of measures such as management changes, downsizing exploration plans, rationalization of maintenance expense as far as possible, bypass processing of unprofitable lower grades, and resort to asset sales. “The net result is likely to be [...]


CFTC COT Report Shows Largest Net Short As Yields Rise

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Commitment of Traders reports show that the Eurodollar net short are the highest since 2006, according to the January 27 USD Rates Strategy report produced by the Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc (NYSE:RBS) (LON:RBS) (AMS:RBS). A short interest rate price position is a [...]


Regulatory Burden Eases On European Banks

Significant regulatory forbearance through reduction of Basel leverage exposure and netting provision would considerably help European banks, notes Citi in its recent research report. Kinner Lakhani and team at Citi Research in their recent report titled “Handover Continues; Regulation Eases” point out that in FICC, there has been a modest [...]


Swiss double tax treaties – a one-sided affair?

Swiss double tax treaties – a one-sided affair? by Simon Bradley, January 31, 2014 - 11:00 Following mounting foreign pressure, the Swiss government relaxed its banking secrecy laws in March 2009, agreeing to adopt Organisation for Co-operation and Development (OECD) standards on administrative assistance in tax matters. Since then, Switzerland has renegotiated double taxation [...]

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