Monthly Archives: July 2008

Opinions on SOX

From Euromoney Online: Execs Lose Faith In Sarbox Jul-22-2008 | Source: Compliance Reporter Company executives are taking an increasingly dim view of some effects of Sarbanes-Oxley. According to new research by IT firm Oversight Systems, just 10% of officials think … Continue reading

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Templating: best practices?

A question from alt.php: What I’m asking – is there a best practise to this concept? Not really… When you say “best practice”, there’s always a question, “best for what?” And that “what” in turn can be either a feature … Continue reading

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House prices by tier

CalculatedRisk has produced this chart based on data from Standard & Poors: Interestingly, the greatest price run-ups (and, more recently, the most dramatic price falls) are observed in the low-price segment of Los Angeles housing market.

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Removing non-numerical characters from an Excel worksheet

A question from Askville: I need an excel macro that will delete all the letters and special chctrs from a cell, while leaving the numbers in tact Example: 1-216-564-7894 would become 12165647894 a214d546d7894 would become 2145467894 This sub will remove … Continue reading

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Hedge fund performance deteriorates

From Euromoney Online: HFs Suffer Worst First Half Since ’90 Jul-14-2008 Hedge funds got off to their worst start in nearly two decades in 2008, the Independent reports. The exception was Man Group, the giant U.K. alternative asset manager, which … Continue reading

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Dani Rodrik’s academic fantasy

Dani Rodrik writes: I once had a fantasy. I would devote a whole year, perhaps a sabbatical, just to reading and thinking, and would not write anything. I mean really nothing: no papers, no articles, no op-eds, no contributions to … Continue reading

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Hedge funds to consolidate?

Two articles from Euromoney Online: * * * * * Fewer, But Larger, U.S. HFs Up In 1H08 Jul-09-2008 (Source) The number of hedge funds launched in the U.S. in the first half of the year may have dropped 50%, … Continue reading

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Another dispatch from the Central Coast

The fire is said to have spread to the area of 5,400 acres and shows no signs of abatement…

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An afterword to the housing bust

Source: Ben Inker, “Managing Portfolios in a World of Multiple Bubbles“, CFA Institute Conference Proceedings Quarterly, June 2008, Vol. 25, No. 2: 22-32

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California’s Central Coast on fire

Well, not all of it, if course… The photo above was taken today in Goleta, CA, from approximately this location:

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