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Archives: February 2007

Online brokers struggled yesterday, but not E*Trade

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on February 28

(Updated March 2 with Vanguard comment) The good folks at Gomez, Inc., a market research and consulting firm, forwarded some of their data about the performance of online brokerage web...

Diversification didn't do much for you today

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on February 27

Apropos of my previous entry -- and perhaps equally amazing for fans of diversification -- only 9 out of 289 exchange-traded funds tracked at Yahoo Finance had positive returns today,...

Two out of 500 stocks up? Ouch

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on February 27

I just did a quick run through of all 500 stocks in the S&P 500 and only two are in the green: Radioshack (Symbol:RSH) and Questar (STR), a natural gas...

Coffee Wars IV - Schultz rallies Starbucks' baristas

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on February 23

The coffee wars continue unabated into 2007 and Starbucks (SBUX) still looks like target numero uno of every new and expanding player. Today, the web site ("Monitoring America's favorite...

Maybe you can match Harvard's endowment

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on February 21

Mebane Faber, a money manager at Cambria Investment Management in Los Angeles, has been doing some interesting thought experiments on his blog about how ordinary investors can try to replicate...

Will E*Trade kick off a race to offer more foreign trading?

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on February 20

E*Trade announced today that they'd soon let their online customers trade shares directly in six foreign markets at reasonable commission rates (though higher than the rock-bottom rates for trading U.S....

Clearwire IPO gearing up but watch out for turbulence

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on February 15

Clearwire, the well-funded broadband wireless company, disclosed the expected valuation for its upcoming IPO in an amended SEC filing this week and the numbers are pretty heady. With a projected...

Sticker Shock for Tots

Posted by: Karyn McCormack on February 12

I've just made a huge investment: Preschool for my 2-year old daughter. Starting September, she'll go to school for the first time for two days a week for almost 3...

I'm a doctor, not a hedge fund manager Jim

Posted by: Aaron Pressman on February 08

Boy there's been an awful lot of confusion about Fortress Investment Group LLC's upcoming IPO. The company, which managed $9.4 billion of hedge funds and $17.5 billion of private equity...

Alphabet Soup

Posted by: Lauren Young on February 05

If you've ever looked at the business card of a financial adviser, it might be hard to deciper the alphabet soup of acronyms that follow their name. Some of the...


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