Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Financial Deals and Mergers

In Marketline Advantage you can search Financial Deals (which includes mergers) by company or industry.

Search your terms/company and get some results. Then select Financial Deals to the right.

Then look over to the right side of the screen. Even more options!

Monday, January 27, 2014

A Few Good Bloggers

I am a big fan of quality economics bloggers.  You learn what the data really means, you'll get great explanations of economic ideas, and also learned a lot of stuff you never knew existed (which you can then find in the library)!  In addition, the best bloggers are not part of the mainstream media, so you will see a different perspective than you would in mainstream media.

In my opinion, this is what makes a good blocker:

1. Devotion to reason and citing sources and statistics.
2. Original thought pieces rather than linkfests.
3. Intellectual openness and willingness to consider other sides while treating then with respect.

Some of the best bloggers are (Their worldview is in parentheses) :

Naked Capitalism (left)
Zero Hedge (libertarian right)
Noahopinion (status quo)
Mish (libertarian right)
Jesse's Cafe Americain (centrist)

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Bitcoin Criticism

Here's a pretty good summary of Bitcoin criticism from Naked Capitalism.

(Having some trouble linking through to the Financial Times article referenced - will get that going soon)

The growing criticism of Bitcoin basically boils down to:

1) Its value fluctuates wildly
2) It is even more opaque than current fiat of money  
3) It is not anonymous -each Bitcoin contains the complete record of every transaction it has ever been involved in! 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

CIA World Factbook and Ranked Lists

Ever use the CIA World Factbook?

Look up data like purchasing power parity, growth, per capita GDP, investment, inflation, credit, etc... by individual country or generate lists of rankings.

The link to get rankings is here. Select economy and scroll down.