Author Archives: John Coumarianos

Jim Grant on manipulated markets

Key quotes: “The Great Sedation” and “Low interest rates flatter projected future cash flows.”

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Quote of the day

“Your honor, everyone in the industry was doing the same thing” is an actual defense, even if you bankrupted your client. — Brett Arends

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Shiller: This isn’t news; valuations have been high

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Weekend Reads

Sunday Gretchen Morgenson on bad disclosure by bank loan funds Bloomberg piece on Brad Katsuyama ——————– Henry Blodget says market-timing is hard, but stocks are expensive, so you should prepare for 7-10 years of subpar returns. Brett Arends also says … Continue reading

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Most recent Marketwatch piece: Don’t count on Buffett-like market returns

Click on the pic below to read the piece.

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Should university endowments spend 8% per year?

This is an interesting piece on university endowments and the fees they pay to private equity managers — often more than they spend on students. But the proposal to spend 8% seems dangerous to me, given that we’re in such … Continue reading

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Quotes of the day

These people who wander around saying that the economy is picking up steam are living in this weird kind of academic, inflation-adjusted world because nominal GDP has not been gaining traction.” The people saying that interest rates won’t matter – … Continue reading

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Any bullets left in the gun?

Good WSJ piece on how the government might (or might not) respond to another crisis or bout of deflation.

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Monday Reads

The rent is too high, says this article, and going higher for midtier apartments, says this one. Gretchen Morgenson on market jitters. Josh Brown on substituting stocks (or MLPs) for bonds. S&P 500 revenues are down year-over-year for the second … Continue reading

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John Authers interviews Rob Arnott on Fundamental Indexing

This is from June 2014, but worth watching.

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