From the category archives:


Last Man Standing

March 5, 2011 by Ryan Barr

Over the last few years, I’ve developed quite an enjoyment of reading.  After taking a great course (Managerial Leadership) at Kellogg taught by Edward Hughes, my back log of books has grown substantially.  As a part of this course, he did a great little thing called the “Book-O-Rama” where all of the students read a [...]

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Hedged the Condors

May 7, 2010 by Ryan Barr

Rather than locking in profits a touch early, I’ve hedged off the SPY and IWM positions that are currently open. Read more to see which strikes were used, a quick bit of commentary on the hedges and a brief insight into my views for the next few weeks in the market.

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I can’t say that I’m suprised…. Big Banks Hide Risk – duh.

April 9, 2010 by Ryan Barr

From the WSJ: Major banks have masked their risk levels in the past five quarters by temporarily lowering their debt just before reporting it to the public, according to data from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. A group of 18 banks—which includes Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Morgan Stanley, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., [...]

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Reality strikes after an inflated GDP report

October 30, 2009 by Ryan Barr

Yesterday we had the pleasure of enjoying a 200 point rally in the Dow driven by a headline GDP report of +3.5% in the third quarter.  The headline number looks great; however, when you pull back the covers it isn’t that pretty.  Today’s report of a .5% reduction in consumer spending for Sept further enforces [...]

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It’s Official – You ARE going to pay your neighbors mortgage

September 11, 2009 by Ryan Barr

I cannot begin to explain how angry this makes me, I’m not kidding when I say that I can feel the anger building up after reading this.  The FDIC, on a Friday afternoon with no vote, no say, no representation, from the people is socializing mortgages and making you and me pay for it.  I [...]

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Loading Papermoney for the Drop

September 6, 2009 by Ryan Barr

I’ve just added a whole slew of option positions into the order queue for my papermoney portfolio.  These are almost all October/November expiration positions that include long put butterflies, short call verticals, long put verticals etc…  I’ll post all of the details depending on the fills that I get.  Basically, I’m winding it up and [...]

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Why 1945 doesn’t matter vs. today’s spending – it’s all about the mandatory stuff.

September 4, 2009 by Ryan Barr

I’ve recently been turned onto the Business Insider.  So far, I’ve been fairly impressed with the content, this is a great article from their site: Paul Krugman is trying to have it both ways when it comes to the deficit. On the one hand, he says it isn’t a big problem, and that we can [...]

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This is rich – GM and Chrysler can’t even execute when the Fed’s pay people to buy cars

September 1, 2009 by Ryan Barr

Much like the post office, it appears that GM and Chrysler aren’t exactly competitive with their privately held counter parts – even with huge amounts of cheap capital!

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Simply amazing – 84 bank failures already this year.

August 28, 2009 by Ryan Barr

Via Calculated Risk: From the FDIC: Pacific Western Bank, San Diego, California, Assumes All of the Deposits of Affinity Bank, Ventura, California Affinity Bank, Ventura, California, was closed today by the California Department of Financial Institutions, which appointed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as receiver. … As of July 10, 2009, Affinity Bank had [...]

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This is fantastic… Tea Party Time

April 7, 2009 by Ryan Barr

This was on my mailbox today: You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom.  What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.  The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half the people [...]

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