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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Fancy Bond ETF's ? How about MLP's ?

If you've been kicking the tires on Fixed Income ETF's but have a hard time making sense of various measures of performance, then Jared Cummins of the ETF Database's got some answers for you, in his SEEKING ALPHA post, Deciphering ETF Yield Metrics.

Interested in an investment vehicle that pays a steady 6% ? Well, if you can stomach High-Yield-Bond-type risk and have a good tax accountant, MLP's may be just the ticket. What are MLP's ?  They're Master Limited Partnerships, and for the ins and outs of MLP's check out SL Advisors' SEEKING ALPHA post, MLPs: An Undervalued Sector Outperforming Other Asset Classes.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Looking for Insights on the Continuing Housing Mortgage Crisis ?

Check out the contrasting views presented in William Galston's survey of proposed approaches in THE NEW REPUBLIC ('Three Ways Obama Can Fix the Housing Crisis') and Greg Fielding's SEEKING ALPHA post ('4 Ways Obama Might Try to Stabilize Housing Before the 2012 Election').

Why Does David Goldman Believe some PIIGS Are Doomed, and Not Just Financially ?

In his SEEKING ALPHA post, 'Southern Europe: Beyond a Demographic Point of No Return', Goldman argues that Southern Europe is rapidly aging, and as its native-born numbers sink, it will be overwhelmed by a tidal wave of emigrants who will transform its societies.
Between 2020 and 2045, however, the infertility of Southern Europe will catch up with it, and the elder dependent ratio will rise to over 60%–an impossible, unmanageable number. At that point the character of these countries will change radically; they will be overwhelmed with immigrants from North Africa as well as sub-Saharan Africa, who will not have the skills or the habits of civil society to maintain economic life. And their economies will slide into a degree of ruin comparable only to that of classical antiquity. Perhaps the Chinese will operate Greece as a theme park. Spain, which can draw on Latin American immigrants, is likely to be the least badly off.
The southern Europeans are doomed. They have passed a demographic point of no return. There simply aren’t enough females entering their child-bearing years in those countries to reverse the rapid aging.
Goldman isn't nearly so pessimistic about Ireland.
Ireland’s fertility rate still hovers around replacement. The Irish economy was far too dependent on offshore finance as a source of employment and suffered disproportionately from the collapse of the credit bubble in 2008. But this small country also has high-tech manufacturing and other industries, which make the eventual restoration of prosperity possible.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Tonight Blogger DJ Accedes to the Magic of Love

Keple-Gestalt - Victor Vasarely, 1968
The Eagles - Witchy Woman
ELO - Strange Magic
Classics IV - Spooky
Olivia Newton-John - Magic
Jeff Beck and Joss Stone - I Put a Spell on You
Fleetwood Mac- Hypnotized 
Heart - Magic Man
The Searchers - Love Potion No. 9
Focus - Hocus-Pocus

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Tonight's Blogger DJ Song

The Eternal Female forever baffles and thwarts the Eternal Male, as explained eloquently in this Van Halen cover of The Kinks 'You Really Got Me'

Friday, July 8, 2011

Tonight's Eclectic Blogger DJ PLaylist

Estelle, of AMERICAN BOY
Phil collins - Separate Lives
Phil Collins - One more night
Dan Hartman - I Can Dream About You
Streets of fire - Tonight is what it means to be young
John Legend - Give Me the Green Light
Haddaway - What Is Love ?
Estelle - American Boy

More photos from the C.V.'s and Mrs C.V.'s gardens


Climber, with blossoms galore

A bug crashing in our Rose Double de Coubert

Our lavender has an Afro habit

Froggie stares down a demonstrative Lily

Hanging basket of petunias adds color to the backyard

Monday, July 4, 2011


Blogger DJ Celebrates the Glorious Fourth in Song

Johnny Cash and June Carter - Green Grow the Lilacs

The Steve Miller Band - Living in the USA

Sousa - Stars and Stripes Forever

Culture Vulture's Favorite Film for the Glorious 4th ?

It's no contest : Bronco Billy (1980). Check out the trailer, as well as Janet Maslin's spot-on review in the NEW YORK TIMES.

IMHO, this is Eastwood's best, and most American, film.

July 4 Not Hot Enough ? How about some A/V Heat and Fireworks...?, say, Michelle Pfeiffer's rendition of Makin' Whopee in THE FABULOUS BAKER BOYS ?

IMHO, Pfeiffer's treatment compares well with those of Julie London, Peggy Lee, and even Marlene Dietrich.

Want more Pfeiffer ?  Your wish is my command. In FBB, M.P. also covers More Than You Know, Feelings, and My Funny Valentine.

To check out Henry Parke's Western Movie Blog, click on the link below...
A graduate from NYU's prestigious film-school, Parke is an accomplished writer who's worked in the movie business since before liesure suits went out of style. I've been following his career from a respectful, non-stalker-distance ever since Speed Trap (1977).

Friday, July 1, 2011

Blogger DJ's Fourth of July Body-Surf for the Soul Playllist

Catch the Wave, Soul-wise
Weather Report - Black Market
Weather Report - Teen Town
Weather Report - Boogie Woogie Waltz
Weather Report - Nubian Sundance 
The Dave Brubeck Quartet - Take Five (1961)
Pat Metheny - Last Train Home
Stan Getz - Desafinado
Gilberto/Getz - Girl from Ipanema
Antonio Carlos Jobim - Wave
Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil - Cinema Novo
Milton Nascimento - Anima
Milton Nascimento - Travessia (Bridges)