Squawking with 'Walking Dead' Daryl (sans crossbow)
What a week! Highlights include Daryl from "The Walking Dead," Jack Welch, Jim Chanos, T. Boone Pickens, Sam Zell, and yachts versus 11-foot kayaks. This is Talking Squawk, the official "Squawk Box" blog, providing tidbits, insights, and some sarcastic reflections on the WEEK THAT WAS and the WEEK TO COME from the notepad of the show's senior executive producer.
Jack Welch is our favorite guest of ALL-TIME.
Nobody tells it to us like Jack, and he's been coming on this show for as long as it has been in existence. (BTW, we're in year 18!)
He told it to us "Straight from the Gut" back then, and he's still teaching us his "Winning" ways to this day. (Jack, do I get extra points for creative writing links?)
So you want the unedited, hit-you-over-the-head answer to what he thinks about the government shutdown and how to fix it?
He told "Squawk Box" on Friday that the resident has become too powerful relative to Congress, and the Republicans are the worst marketers of their ideas.
"Talking Squawk" Dead?
OK, follow me here.
There's a show about the show "The Walking Dead" on AMC called "Talking Dead." On "Talking Dead," they sit around and talk about what happened on "The Walking Dead" that week. We find that a little odd. The reason for our skepticism is that CNBC has a blog called "Talking Squawk." This "Talking Squawk" blog strangely enough talks about what happened on the show called "Squawk Box."
"Talking Squawk" … "Talking Dead" … Hey! They must have copied us!!! (SPOILER ALERT: Not true, not true).
If we had figured this out in advance, we would never have invited AMC Networks President Charles Collier or the guy who plays the "Walking Dead" zombie-killing, crossbow-wielding Daryl Dixon (real name, Norman Reedus @wwwbigbaldhead) to talk about this Sunday's big Season 4 premiere! Watch video of their interview.
I can't believe they sneaked that past us! But I will say right here and now, our interview was a hard-hitting piece of journalism full of critiques on how to make the show better. (We love you Daryl!)
He's one of the world's most famous short sellers. Unlike the traditional approach to investing, Jim Chanos makes most of his money (a fortune BTW) by figuring out what's not working. One company he still thinks isn't working very well is Hewlett-Packard, which he's been short since the 2012 CNBC-Institutional Investor Delivering Alpha Conference.
Chanos also gave us his take on the government shutdown and possible ways we can get out of this mess. But he said the signals from the stock market provide hope.
Want a doomsday scenario on this whole government shutdown? Jes Staley of Blue Mountain Capital said its simple: Default on our debt and the impact will be felt around the world like the cloud of dust that killed the dinosaurs after the giant asteroid hit.
Look Ma', no hands
Gellin' with Yellen
It looks like come 2014, we'll be "Gellin' with Yellen." It was the worst-kept secret. We even got those nerdy economists signing that letter and giving us the "JA-NET YELL-EN!" March on Washington cheer! But we don't anticipate that Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) will be "Gellin with Yellen" anytime soon. Read and watch his interview here.