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6/4/2012 @ 10:12 am
The Sirius XM annual meeting was marked by airport scanners, bag checks and bodyguards for CEO Mel Karmazin. One wonders what they were so scared about. It appears that Karmazin is fairly lacking in defensive actions he can take to ward off an "unfriendly" takeover by largest shareholder Liberty Media.
5/21/2012 @ 10:15 am
Competition over Facebook's IPO led to overpricing of the deal. Competition over Facebook's listing led to a NASDAQ opening that the Exchange couldn't handle. And, investors disproved the old adage that "There's a sucker born every minute."
5/15/2012 @ 9:46 am
In the Mother of all short squeezes, Groupon has been forced higher by its quarterly results. Remember the lockup on these shares expires on June 1 and only 5% of the stock is floating now. It has been reported that almost half of the present float was held short. No wonder the stock spurted higher when they all tried to cover at once. Meanwhile, quarter on quarter improvement at Groupon is only 10% and it still can't earn a profit on lots and lots of revenues.

Joan's Blog

12/22/2010 @ 1:49 am

As we approach any new year and in this case 2011, we greet our friends and neighbors with the above wishes for their future success.  It is not an accident that the first of the three is a wish for their good health.  The longer we live, the more we come to know the importance of good health.  It is not an accident that our site: JoanLappin.com is identified as the site for fiscal and physical fitness. 

9/8/2010 @ 5:07 pm
 
“lemming [ˈlɛmɪŋ]
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1. (Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Animals) any of various volelike rodents of the genus Lemmus and related genera, of northern and arctic regions of Europe, Asia, and North America: family Cricetidae. The Scandinavian variety, Lemmus lemmus, migrates periodically when its population reaches a peak
 
2. a member of any large group following an unthinking course towards mass destruction”
 
8/27/2010 @ 11:53 am
One of the more trying aspects of the current economic malaise is the subtle way it has stripped too many of us of our pride and sense of accomplishment with how we have conducted our lives. The 90% of Americans who still have jobs don’t remotely understand the degree to which those who are out of work have been made to feel helpless. If you are a striver who has done well in life until now, you are quite ill equipped to deal with your present situation. It’s likely you have been caught up by global events more than you have underperformed at your job and you don’t deserve to have lost your income stream.  It’s clear to me that those still working cannot imagine your anguish.
 

Investing

 
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Study this chart carefully. It holds the key to your investment future. Interest rates peaked at 19.1% in January 1981. If you bought thirty year Treasury Bonds then and put them...

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