Musings.

Musings

The world, the economy, the markets, and our lives are dynamic. Events can have a large or small impact on us. They can create excitement, cause fears, raise questions, and spark insight.

Listed here are our most spontaneous, timely, and succinct comments on wealth, life, and more.





  • March 31, 2011 - Stock options traded more heavily in March than any month

    Stock options traded more heavily in March than any month in history--including May 2010 when the Flash Crash sent options volume soaring--while investors grappled with Japan's earthquake and the rising unrest in MENA. Options trading hit record (WSJ)



  • March 30, 2011 - Jobs report says, "Now not firing." Here are the latest

    Jobs report says, "Now not firing." Here are the latest statistics from the Challenger Job-Cut Report (Econoday)



  • March 29, 2011 - The political uprising in MENA has swept the Syrian inner

    The political uprising in MENA has swept the Syrian inner circle aside. How president Bashar Assad reacts will tell almost as much as the silence of Iranian media outlets. Syrian cabinet resigns (WSJ)



  • March 26, 2011 - "He may know more about investing than anyone alive," sai

    "He may know more about investing than anyone alive," said Jason Zweig about Peter Bernstein in 2004. Nearly two years after his June 2009 death, Peter's advise about unknown risks remains as important as ever. Peter Bernstein interview by Jason Zweig



  • March 25, 2011 - When does this uprising reach high tide?

    When does this uprising reach high tide? Syrian troops fire on protestors (WSJ)



  • March 23, 2011 - Hawk100 filed its latest Form ADV and firm brochure today

    Hawk100 filed its latest Form ADV and firm brochure today, reflective of information as of December 31, 2010. Search under firm name Hawk100.



  • March 22, 2011 - I once worked for a firm that routinely fired the 51st em

    I once worked for a firm that routinely fired the 51st employee to avoid regulations affecting employers of 50 or more. "Obamacare also creates penalties for firms with more than 50 workers that do not provide employees with a level of health coverage deemed adequate by Washington. This discourages small businesses from expanding." Happy Birthday Obamacare. (Heritage)



  • March 19, 2011 - Japan will rise again.

    Japan will rise again. Jason Zweig (WSJ)



  • March 18, 2011 - Obama and the UN finally take a tough stance on Gadhafi.

    Obama and the UN finally take a tough stance on Gadhafi. Stop killing your people, or we'll send you a nasty-gram. World rallies to curb Gadhafi (WSJ)



  • March 17, 2011 - Although radioactive material is expected to reach the US

    Although radioactive material is expected to reach the US west coast tomorrow, Hawk100 urges its west coast friends to remain calm. After traveling across the breadth of the Pacific, any radioactive material likely dissipated and will cause little to no harm. No Health Risk Seen (LA Times)



  • March 11, 2011 - Our hearts go out to the people affected by today's

    Our hearts go out to the people affected by today's quake and tsunami in Japan. Japan's earthquake (Economist)



  • March 10, 2011 - With just over one month remaining until the tax filing d

    With just over one month remaining until the tax filing deadline, investors may be wondering how they can take some tax-saving moves in the middle of the year. Morningstar provides a quick video with simple tips for consideration. Mid-Year Tax-Cutting Tactics (Morningstar)



  • March 08, 2011 - Turns out Bill Gross, PIMCO's famous bond manager,

    Turns out Bill Gross, PIMCO's famous bond manager, and I see eye-to-eye. Thanks to a Hawk100 member for sharing this piece. Two-Bits, Four-Bits, Six-Bits, A Dollar (PIMCO)



  • March 02, 2011 - In a move that will dilute its equity ownership, MetLife

    In a move that will dilute its equity ownership, MetLife offers 69 million shares and ALICO offers 78 million shares to the public to settle the transfer of ownership of MetLife preferred shares from AIG to MetLife. Shares tumbled in response today. MetLife Announces Offerings of Common Stock and Common Equity Units (Company IR)