Thursday, 21 Oct 2010 | 3:17 PM ET

Three Scenarios For Oil If Israel Attacks Iran’s Nuke Program

Posted By: Brad Schaeffer, CEO INFA Energy Brokers
I have written in the past about the prospect of a nuclear Iran and its destabilizing effect in the world’s most important energy region. But what if Israel strikes before Tehran’s nuclear ambitions are realized? »Read more
  Thursday, 21 Oct 2010 | 2:43 PM ET

Let Us Now Praise the Head of RenTech's Political Engagement

Posted By: John Carney
The co-head of Renaissance Technologies is the donor who has been paying $300,000 of ads critical of Congressman Peter DeFazio, the Democrat from Oregon. »Read more
  Thursday, 21 Oct 2010 | 1:06 PM ET

As it Turns Out, High-Frequency Traders Don't Front Run Trades

Posted By: Ash Bennington
A recent study by JD-PhD candidate Jonathan Brogaard seems to suggest that high frequency traders aren't jumping in front of big trades to take the same position first. (Doing so would pick the pocket of the trader behind the front runner — since the front runner would benefit from price shifts caused by fluctuations in the quantities supplied or demanded by the large trade.) »Read more
  Thursday, 21 Oct 2010 | 12:27 PM ET

Put-Back Apocalypse Demonstrates the Need for a New Kind of Law Firm to Sell Legal Advice to Investors

Posted By: John Carney
Law Professor Larry Ribstein points out that Bank of America’s put-back problems are raising a host of legal issues. »Read more
  Thursday, 21 Oct 2010 | 11:13 AM ET

KKR Hires Nine Goldman Prop Traders

Posted By: Kate Kelly
Intending to launch a new long-short public equities unit, KKR has hired nine traders from the Goldman Sachs prop-trading desk GSPS. »Read more
  Thursday, 21 Oct 2010 | 10:55 AM ET

Back to the Mac

Posted By: Ash Bennington
Apple's title for yesterday's conference in Cupertino is in itself provocative: That Apple would need to tell its audience that it was going "Back to the Mac" is enough to make you think. »Read more
  Thursday, 21 Oct 2010 | 10:00 AM ET

CEOs Debate the Merits of QE2 ??

Posted By: Lori Ann LaRocco

QE2 sounds like something out of a Star Wars movie. One of my kids who overheard me talking about QE2 thought it was C3PO's brother. When I tried to tell him it was quantitative easing, that was all a six year old had to hear. His eyes glazed, and it was like I was talking Ewok.

Too bad QE2 wasn't a guarantee that the force of the Jedi would be behind it and save the day. This is what economists and CEOs are debating as the important two day Fed meeting approaches. The economy, while still sluggish, looks "less bad" than it did a year ago. But with interest rates already near zero, just how much oomph can this additional quantitative easing have on the economy? ??

In the first quantitative easing, the Fed purchased some of the bad assets from the banks. But this time the Fed is tackling a different set of economic problems. It's not just bad paper. It's the overall economy that's in need of a serious jolt.

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  Thursday, 21 Oct 2010 | 9:54 AM ET

Is Apple's $20.5 Million Backdating Settlement Illegal?

Posted By: John Carney
Apple was alleged to have backdated a number of options. (The practice seems to have been particularly popular in the tech sector.) In 2007, New York City's municipal employee pension fund sued Apple over the backdated options. A federal judge dismissed the case but class-action lawyers working for the pension fund kept the litigation going. Eventually, Apple settled the case, to the tune of $20.5 million. »Read more
  Thursday, 21 Oct 2010 | 8:40 AM ET

As Crisis Continues, Lawyers Specializing in Foreclosure Get the Spotlight

Posted By: Ash Bennington
A roundup of the morning headlines. »Read more
  Wednesday, 20 Oct 2010 | 4:28 PM ET

Bank of America's Shares at 17-Month Low on Mortgage Worries

Posted By: Ash Bennington
A roundup of the day's headlines. »Read more

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