Monthly Archives: October 2009

Will Wall Street Be Punished For Historically High Bonuses?

Today's podcast focuses on the historically high levels of Wall Street pay and the potential response from Washington, as well as a ballsy request from Saudi Arabia in advance of the Copenhagen climate change meetings.

The Housing Market's False Rebound

Today's Coffee and Markets podcast focuses on the potential for rebound in the housing market, the out of whack expectations of new home owners, and whether or not we're experiencing the new normal.

Inflation, the Dollar, and a Recession Double Dip

Today's Coffee and Markets podcast focuses on the ramifications of higher interest rates, the need to protect the dollar, and the possibility of a double dip recession.

Zoellick, Reserve Currency, and the Dollar's Decline

Today's Coffee and Markets podcast focuses on the continued concerns about the decline of the US Dollar as reserve currency, and recent comments from IMF head Robert Zoellick. We also talk a bit about the President's Nobel Peace Prize win.

Health Care, the CBO, and Punishing Success

Today's Coffee and Markets podcast focuses on the latest news from Washington about health care reform -- the Congressional Budget Office's scoring of Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus's Chairman's Mark gives the Senate the cover they need to pass a plan, one that proves powerful disincentives for success.

Nancy Pelosi's Big New Value Added Tax

Today's Coffee and Markets podcast focuses on the rising price of gold and Speaker Nancy Pelosi's support in an interview with Charlie Rose for a new value added tax -- because it will "even the playing field"? We don't know what that means either.

Gold For Oil and Son of Cash For Clunkers

Today's Coffee and Markets podcast focuses on the oft-reported backroom dealings of the Gulf states on oil and the dollar, and the more realistic possibility of a second bailout for the auto industry.

Naked Short Selling and the Financial Crisis

Today's podcast focuses on the controversy over naked short selling, prompted mostly by leftist Rolling Stone reporter Matt Taibbi's coverage of the financial crisis, and whether or not the practice is actually to blame for a whole slew of terrible things -- including the demise of Lehman Brothers.

Zombieland: The Long Slow Death of Old GM

In today's Coffee and Markets podcast, we discuss at length Mike Spector's WSJ profile of the long slow death of old GM, the incredible assets it has to get rid of, and the overall ramifications for the marketplace.

Why Does Comcast Want to Buy NBC-Universal?

Today's Coffee and Markets podcast focuses on the latest news from the markets, the potential Comcast deal with GE for NBC-Universal, and its ramifications for the broader media space.