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All eyes are on the bonus checks going out to the financier set: those of Wall Street, those of the City, those of rural Australia. Read more »

I really hope that Facebook is just faking us all out with this whole “we’re IPO’ing on Wednesday” thing that they haven’t said, in part because I have yet to park $100k of the Dealbreaker slush fund/Bloomberg budget in Facebook shares on SharesPost. But just in case they actually do something next week let’s analyze the hell out of everything so we can be proven wrong by the filings. Okay? Okay.

One thing to over-analyze is that presumptive lead-left bookrunner Morgan Stanley’s shares did or did not go up on the news that Facebook will or will not file next week and MS will or will not be the lead bookrunner. One reason for the market to shrug off this quasi-news is that Morgan Stanley won’t actually make any money on the deal since Faceook is planning to punch everyone in the face on fees: Read more »

  • 02 Nov 2011 at 7:13 PM

Sheep Finally Stepping Up As Job Creators

Mr. Miller, 23, is the founder of Heritage Lawn Mowing, a company that rents out sheep — yes, sheep — as a landscaping aid. For a small fee, Mr. Miller, whose official job title is “shepherd,” brings his ovine squad to the yards of area homeowners, where the sheep spend anywhere from three hours to several days grazing on grass, weeds and dandelions. The results, he said, are a win-win: the sheep eat free, saving him hundreds of dollars a month in food costs, and his clients get a freshly cut lawn, with none of the carbon emissions of a conventional gas-powered mower. (There are, of course, other emissions, which Mr. Miller said make for “all-natural fertilizer.”)…As an uncertain economy and a stagnant hiring climate continue to freeze people out of the traditional job market, a number of entrepreneurs like Mr. Miller, many of them in their 20s and 30s, are heading back to the land, starting small agricultural businesses. And in the process, they are discovering that modern homesteading offers more rewarding work, and possibly more security, than entering the white-collar fray. [NYT]

And don’t give them that crap about the disclosures– those things were paragraphs long! You think a sheep reading at a 3rd grade level’s gonna go through all that?

When Merrill Lynch & Co. raced ahead of its rivals to become the king of collateralized-debt obligations last decade, pensions and hedge funds weren’t its only targets. The Wall Street firm also used its vaunted network of financial advisers to pitch the risky investment pools to Main Street. Some of these individual investors now say they weren’t sophisticated enough, despite their relative wealth, to understand the dangers.”We were just lambs being led to the slaughter,” said Michael Slomak, a member of a Cleveland family that he says invested $2.65 million in several Merrill-issued CDOs. He says these structured securities, typically based on a pool of debt such as mortgages, had a level of risk that was never adequately explained. The family lost all but $16,500, according to an arbitration claim the family brought against Merrill before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

Merrill spokesman said investors signed a disclosure document stating that the CDO “involves a considerable amount of risk and that some or all of the investment may be lost.” Other CDO investors admit they didn’t read or overlooked certain risk disclosures spelled out in the prospectuses.

Irked CDO Investors Target Merrill [WSJ]