Saturday, August 19, 2017

Who Is Pro-Business? Steve Bannon or the Financial-Media-Tech Complex?

Steve Bannon has left the White House. Various ways can characterize it. He left as planned, he was ousted, Chief of Staff John Kelly is trying to create some order. 

Courtney Weaver and Shawn Daonnan write in the Financial Times, "Bannon goes on offensive after White House ousting." What they write exemplifies the disconnect between the elite and the reality on the ground. I will focus on one particular statement:

They characterize Mr. Bannon as having "clashed with pro-business moderates within the administration." The Goldman Sachs troika and their allies are "pro-business" only in the sense of being for large multi-nationals, investment bankers and their allies in the financial-media-tech complex that prospers at the expense of small businesses and ordinary Americans. 

The financial-media-tech complex destroys jobs, while the little guys have always been the source of 80% of America's job growth. Even here in Kansas, Republican Brownback subsidizes Amazon while the Seattle Goliath drives community building small books stores out of business

Why has job growth slowed? Why have we had the slowest economic recovery in a hundred years? The "reforms" of the last eight years have stifled the little guys while protecting the big guys. Is it any surprise we have had increased income inequality and slower growth? The elites get fatter, while Everyman and the community he or she lives in dies.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

How the iPhone Was Born: Inside Stories of Missteps and Triumphs

How the iPhone Was Born: WSJ 6/25/2017 9:00AM 

On the iPhone’s 10th birthday, former Apple executives Scott Forstall, Tony Fadell and Greg Christie recount the arduous process of turning Steve Jobs’s vision into one of the best-selling products ever made.

Saturday, April 15, 2017


How does Tesla wind up having a stock market valuation greater than Ford or GM?

Monday, April 03, 2017


MLP is short for Master Limited Partnership.  These are taxed like a partnership, but are traded much as common stocks are traded.  There will be a general partner, typically a corporation, that assumes the general risk so the unit holders have a limited liability just as shareholders in a corporation.

Marcus McGregor and High Quality MLPs
 Marcus McGregor is a MLP Equity Strategist with Conning Asset Management tells Barron's senior editor Jack Hough investors should buy high-quality MLPs for income and stability because they have stronger balance sheets and less regulation. He says their average yields around 7% look sustainable.

Libby Toudouze Sees a Sideways for MLPs

Jack Hough interviews Portfolio Manager Libby Toudouze of Cushing Asset Management. She suggests three for growth and yield.


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Wall Street Journal: Carlos Ghosn

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn spoke to Journal about "How I Work:" the true automobile of the future, the toughest period in his career, and whether he'd rather go on a road trip with Elon Musk or Mary Barra. The Wall Street Journal, 3/14/2017, Photo: Robert Libetti

Friday, March 10, 2017

News from the FT & WSJ Today

Bonfire of Wall St analysts burns some big names

Snap's $19.7bn IPO explained

The February Jobs Report in 11 Charts

Analysis: Strong February Jobs Report 3/10/2017 9:44AM WSJ's Paul Vigna and Nick Timiraos analyze the February employment report, representing the first full month of the Trump administration. They discuss whether the upbeat payrolls and hourly wages figures are likely to give the Federal Reserve the green light to carry out several interest rate increases this year. Photo: iStock

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Fast Growing Companies at Value Prices

12/30/2016 5:06PM Heidi Heikenfeld, manager of the Oppenheimer Emerging Markets Innovators fund, is finding health care and tech stocks selling cheaply relative to their growth rates.

Barron's Buzz: Can Chipotle Be Fixed?

2/3/2017 4:04PM Barron's senior editor Jack Hough and WSJ's Shelby Holliday preview the latest issue of Barron's. Topics include Chipotle's recovery from food illness outbreaks and pressure on earnings. Also, calculating health-care costs during retirement. Plus, challenges facing Snapchat ahead of parent Snap's IPO.