Random poll: is the guy or girl who sits next do you at work a) forgoing a chair and instead squatting in front of his/her computer b) doing lunges and push-ups behind you or c) breathing alarmingly heavily and sweating profusely post-deskside workout in which he or she shouted things like “Market’s going up! Heart rate’s going up!”? If you answered no to all of the above, your office is apparently miles behind the curve. According to a segment aired on Bloomberg TV earlier this morning, everyone on Wall Street is working out on the job. Read more »
Remember when Council of Economic Advisers chairman Austan Goolsbee explained the Bush tax cuts debate on a whiteboard? Bloomberg does. The normally staid, restrained, non-confrontational network brought it up today in a segment that one might rate “3 trombones” on the “how many sad trombones for Goolsbee does this rate” scale. Read more »
One can’t help but get that vibe as Margaret Brennan and her colleague discuss the group of female business journalism students who posed in lingerie for a calendar in honor of Vladmir Putin’s 58th birthday, which features captions like “you put out the forest fire but I’m still burning.” I can tell you one network that doesn’t think it’s too good for this “kind of journalism.” The reason I know this is because I’ve seen an advanced copy of the shots being used to celebrate Alan Greenspan’s 100th birthday. You haven’t seen a Mr. September until you’ve seen a Mark Haines Mr. September, who follows the August sandwich that is Trish, Kudlow and Mandy (the Kudwich).
You can’t go around rating “shitty deals” AAA and get away with it.
I actually think it would be a good thing for rating agencies if they suffered some consequences for bad opinions.”
“One of the problems is, when you have an institution who is allowed to write opinions that have enormous market impact, but they have no economic – they have an exemption for free speech, it can create some problems. Rating agencies, in my view, during the credit crisis acted effectively as underwriters. Deals could not get done without their primatur.”
It’s an age-old question that deserves revisiting every now and then. BroBible has complied a list of its 12 favorite business bitches and while we think it’s definitely a decent start, with your collective expertise we can really nail this thing.
Personally, the bones we have to pick are a) that this isn’t a ranking but just general love-fest. Those things have their place but not here. This is a serious cutthroat competition. Line ‘em up, top to bottom. b) Some entries on the list seem to be the result of the authors have created the thing from the inside of a time machine and c) The lack of Bloomberg representation, especially from someone who is working overtime on the job and had the business sense to take a page from the AmandaDruryplayabook. And speaking of the Druries, they’re present and accounted for after the jump. Let’s show a little teamwork and make this thing something to be proud of. Add, subtract and annotate at this time.