Thursday links: broad exposure

29May08

“The whole point of index funds is that they don’t pick and choose: they just give broad exposure to the market as a whole.” (Market Movers)

Are ETFs-squared worth a look? (TheStreet.com)

The launch of a 130/30 ETN.  (IndexUniverse.com)

“Tech is still subject to the same economic laws as every other industry. Tech investor, enjoy your 10% return if you can get it.” (Deal Journal)

Libor pricing is “out of whack.” (WSJ.com, Alea)

A ten year Treasury yield repeat.  (Bespoke Investment Group)

Is speculation driving commodity prices at this point? (Interfluidity)

What will Exxon Mobil (XOM) buy with its enormous “war chest”? (DealBook)

Should the Fed lend to investment banks? (Market Movers)

Not much difference between the volatility indices. (VIX and More also Daily Options Report)

Free real-time stock quotes at Yahoo! Finance. (Silicon Alley Insider)

Stock Tweets get some more publicity. (FT Alphaville)

Separating signal from noise in regards to the consumer confidence index.  (Bill Rempel, ibid)

Our mental maps are necessary–without them experience would seem chaotic–but they are also prisons of a sort.”  (TraderFeed)

The ‘turn-of-the-month effect‘ is disappearing.  (CXO Advisory Group)

Should idle private equity shops give their investors their money back? (DealBook)

Apparently the ‘SPAC spike‘ is over.  (TheDeal.com)

Falling prices, transaction and commission rates equals falling commissions for real estate agents. (Calculated Risk)

UK home prices are in free fall as well. (FT Alphaville)

Trouble a brewing for the Vietnamese dong. (MarketBeat)

John Taylor, “The global dimension of current inflation means a global response is necessary.” (Economist’s View)

Economists’ devotion to free trade is based not only on the positive conclusion that it leads to a bigger economic pie but also on a couple of related philosophical positions.” (Mankiw Blog)

How are charities like start-ups? (EconLog)

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