Dumb Money

Marissa Mayer To Leave Yahoo With $186 Million From Verizon Deal

Marissa Mayer, the soon to be former YHOO Chief Executive, is set to make at least $186 million as a result of the internet company’s sale to Verizon Communications. The staggering figure is over seven times greater than the $23 million "golden parachute" Yahoo said last month that Mayer would receive as part of her planned departure from what’s left of the company after the sale to Verizon.

Weekend Reading: Markets May Be Getting Expensive

"This leaves markets with the “hope” trade in peril as Congress continues to trip itself up in moving its legislative agenda forward while, at the same time, the Fed has accelerated the pace of monetary tightening and sending clear warnings to the markets...This has “bad” written all over it."

"Alexa... Should I Buy Stocks?"

Are retail investors buttressing US stocks at current (and elevated) levels? A variety of indicators say "Yes". Our primary concern: fund flows can be quite seasonal, with Q1-to-early Q2 a peak period due to retirement account flows. After mid-April, this diminishes considerably. Then, we will need a reliable stream of positive headlines to keep retail investors in the game.

It's Time To Get Painfully Honest: Banks Are Evil

"I've increasingly come to see the financial industry - with the big banks at its core - as the root cause of injustice in today's society." Whether it's social equity, the security of your job or retirement, your day-to-day existence, or the fairness of the laws we live under - our fate is currently in the hands of the banks.

The Second Dumbest Kind Of Money Is Pouring Into Stocks - "With A Vengeance"

One of the traditional signs of market tops is individual investors finally succumbing to the lure of apparently easy money and pouring their savings into the stock market. In the past this dumb money flowed into equity mutual funds in general. But today it’s favoring exchange traded funds (ETFs)...

US Financial Markets - Alarm Bells Are Ringing

If any unexpected fundamental news should emerge that throw doubt on the beliefs so widely held by market participants of late, a sizable surge in market volatility is likely to ensue.