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Archives: August 2010

Individuals Directly Saved $274 Billion on Dividend Tax Cut, But Payback Time Is Coming

Posted by: Howard Silverblatt on August 23

I am estimating the qualified dividend tax cut savings from 2003 until year-end 2010 have saved direct individual owners of S&P 500 issues $140.70 billion For the full universe of...

A Few Q2 Stats, or Where We're At

Posted by: Howard Silverblatt on August 09

Note that while 86% of the earnings are in (9.28% operating margin), many of the stats require the 10Qs, so reporting varies. Buybacks - With 60% of the numbers reported,...

Continued Stock Gains Won't Boost Consumer Confidence

Posted by: Ben Steverman on August 06

Consumer confidence, by any measure, has taken another hit this summer, with mainsteam surveys such as the Michigan consumer sentiment index reflecting growing uncertainty about the economy. But in case...

Foreign Sales - Love 'em Or Leave 'em

Posted by: Howard Silverblatt on August 05

Back in 2002 S&P deleted the foreign issues from the S&P 500, in effect making the 500 a pure U.S. play, which fit well with S&Ps other country indices. But...


Bloomberg Businessweek’s Ben Steverman focuses on the latest moves in financial markets and emerging trends in stocks, bonds, and funds, always with an eye toward giving readers a better understanding of the sometimes confusing and often chaotic world of money. Standard & Poor’s senior index analyst Howard Silverblatt will also provide his take on companies’ finances and the markets. Voted one of the “Top 100 Finance Blogs” in 2007.

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