Sports Illustrated

A floor trader shows some 2014 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit models the ropes. [Reuters]

  • 14 Feb 2012 at 5:54 PM

Xenophobic S&P Prefers American-Born Racks

U.S. stocks experience significantly better returns during years when an American model graces the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue than during years when the magazine cover features a foreign model, history shows. The S&P 500 had an average return of 14.3 percent during the 17 years since 1978 that featured an American, with positive returns a whopping 88 percent of the time, according to the Bespoke Investment Group blog. That’s about four percentage points above the average return during the years that featured a model from another country. The difference would be even greater, if not for the failure of the indicator in 2008, when the S&P 500 plunged 37 percent after Sports Illustrated featured American-born Marisa Miller and Lehman Brothers collapsed. Last year, Russia’s Irina Shayk graced the cover and the U.S. benchmark subsequently returned a disappointing 2.1 percent. [CNBC]

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Picture 120.pngMacquarie employees, feel free to do what you will with her out in the open.

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  • 01 Feb 2010 at 3:57 PM

Hank Paulson’s Alone Time

hankandhisbird.JPGA copy of Hank Paulson’s memoir just arrived at our office. It is huge and requires more attention than I can give it now. I have, however, skimmed it a bit and so far I can say there’s some stuff that did not surprise me in the least to read about, such as HP’s determination, on display from an early age:

As a boy, I was very goal oriented. It’s what [my wife] Wendy calls my “gold-star mentality.” I no sooner became a boy scout that I made up my mind to be come an eagle scout, which I did, at 14.

And some stuff I was surprised (and thrilled) to hear about, like the former Treasury Secretary rubbing one out:

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  • 14 Jan 2010 at 4:20 PM

CNBC To Air Mildly Tittilating Programming

sportsillustratedcover.pngCNBC would like you to know it will be airing a one-hour special on Sports Illustrated‘s annual swimsuit issue, on February 9 at 9PM, when Darren Rovell will interview a bunch of former SI models (Cheryl Tiegs, Carol Alt and Kathy Ireland), there’ll presumably be lingering close-ups of the cover at left, and, maybe, a behind the scenes look at the shoot. So, mark your calendars. Or, just watch actual porn. Do one of these two things.