Bookonomics (or, why writers don’t make min. wage)

One of the questions I get all the time is about the economics of the book: How much did it sell, what was your advance, what did it cost to produce. I was thinking about this as I prepare for April 15th, so I did a quick run down of costs. Here is the skinny: […]

Alacra Pulse

Interesting website that compiles analyst commentary and media coverage on stocks:

Fred Hickey: Tools of the Fed Feed Market Growth

Fred Hickey, editor of The High-Tech Strategist and Barron’s Roundtable member, believes the Fed’s fiscal moves have helped rally the market. In 2010, he expects gold stocks to outperform gold.

In Defense of Wall Street . . .

Here’s something I never thought I would do: After spending most of my career trashing the big investment houses for their conflicts of interest and bad advice, after dissing the upper management who drove their firms off the cliff, after pretty much throwing much fo the financial firmament under the bus, allow me for a […]

Bailout Skyline

I have a funny little story that relates indirectly to TARP and government bailouts. Last week, we moved into new offices — same building as our old offices, we just went 20 floors up. The building “wedding cakes” as you go up, so the higher floors are much smaller (5-10k sq ft) than the lower […]

Sony Bravia LCD/Blu-ray Combo: $850 (free delivery)

The TV in the bedroom — the one we got as a wedding present 17 years ago — started giving out a month or two ago. Its now in its final death throes. We should really put her out of her misery, and put her down . . . Its the humane thing to do. […]

State of the States

Gallup’s “State of the States” series reveals state-by-state differences across several political, economic and wellbeing measures which Gallup tracks daily.