Contributing Editors' Blog Entries

inoculatedinvestor's picture

Friedrich von Hayek might have thought so. Hayek worried that during times of crisis the government would assume so much control that it would eventually have a negative impact on the economy and eventually turn all the people into serfs. My hope it that through sites like Zero Hedge we can help wake people up and avoid such an undesirable fate.

Leo Kolivakis's picture

With an asset allocation of 45% in public equities and 11% in private equities - by far one of the more aggressive asset mixes among the large pension funds - it's all about beta. If equity markets tank next quarter, so will CPPIB's performance.

Bruce Krasting's picture

The FDIC will announce today its final plans on how to bridge a $45 billion shortfall in its accounts. Our pals, the bankers, have submitted letters on this matter to the FDIC. Some make interesting reading. Guess what? They all want to get paid for bailing out the FDIC. They will get paid and this will be all off balance sheet. Presto, the problem no longer exists.

EB's picture

Recently, the Pragmatic Capitalist questioned who the mysterious large buyer of eMini S&P 500 futures (ES) was, when there has not been a corresponding large buyer of SPY ETF shares over the same short periods. We decided this warranted a further investigation to assess whether it is SPY or the ES that has historically had the greatest impact on the S&P 500 cash index. The results were surprising.

Reggie Middleton's picture

In developing my REIT short thesis, I am being forced to spend more time than anticipated quantifying the effect of explicit sell side manipulation combined with purposeful opacity in the CRE mortgage holdings as endorsed by our dear government. I am actually entertaining a direct head to head analysis competition with an entity such as Goldman Sachs that ends up explicitly detailing which properties of which REITs are underwater and by how much, which may end up in a "run on the REITs", by the banks (at least those with common sense), who don't want to be left with the least edible scraps at the table.

Leo Kolivakis's picture

Caisse Lagging its Peers?

What's truly mediocre in Quebec is the media's pathetic coverage of the Caisse under Michael Sabia. If he isn't having second thoughts, it means he's ready to deliver on his promise and deal with his critics, which includes Quebec's media mafia.

Static Chaos's picture

There was a report by the Guardian this Monday that a “whistleblower” from the International Energy Agency (IEA) claims that IEA has been, for years, over-reporting the estimates of oil reserves around the world under pressure from the U.S. government. This would certaily be a cause for celebration by many peak oil theorists such as Matt Simmons, since on the surface, the story is quite plausible.

Leo Kolivakis's picture

A Fair Value Shake-Up?

In the letter to the IASB, Jörgen Holmquist, director general of Internal Markets at the European Commission, said more assets might be marked to market under the new system than even under existing rules. He urged the IASB “urgently” to consider further changes.