Aka, self-regulation. Hahahahaha. We're old enough to remember the concept of "living wills". And how it took years and millions in professional fees for banks to comply. AND, fyi, those wills just got kicked down the road. Self-regulation, that's a good one. As it turns out, a new report concludes that "indicators of bank soundness have not recovered to pre-crisis levels." Still laughing. "In the United States, where the crisis originated, a new wave of deregulation appears to be underway: the government is considering reducing provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act and reviewing rules on financial advisers’ conflicts of interest. This may lead to the re-emergence of fragilities that post-crisis regulation aimed to tackle." Ugh. Laughter replaced with the pounding of beers and tears.
3D Printing. Increasing evidence of its rise from the CEO of Jabil Circuit Inc. ($JBL) - and not just for prototyping. If this continues to grow, it will have wind-ranging implications for manufacturing.
Alitalia. Apparently it's getting a lot of interest.
Credit Cards. Chargeoffs are on the rise. This helps explain, to some degree, why consumer spending is coming in below expectations.
Dodd-Frank. Peace out. We would love some investigative reporter to do a story on the hundreds of millions of dollars that were proffered to big law firms to draft "living wills" that nobody...like not one person...ever thought were based in reality to begin with. That said, not to get political but haven't we seen this deregulation movie before?
Post-Reorg equity. Brookfield Asset Management has a hedge fund ($300mm seeded, unclear of size now) that is chomping at the bit for post-reorg equity. We're curious to know which ones they think are attractive as several have flat-lined without having a large institutional sponsor underlying the stock. Peabody Energy($BTU), Midstates Petroleum ($MPO), Basic Energy ($BAS), Goodrich Petroleum Corporation ($GDP) and Sandridge Energy Inc ($SD) come to mind.
Radio Shack. Interested in some esoteric home furnishings? Well, interestingly, the carcass of Radio Shack remains up for auction and you can get a piece of it for your crib.
Simon Property Group ($SPG). We've beat these guys up ad nauseum because we don't buy the BS they're feeding us about how healthy they are - despite the noted new "click-to-brick" folks above and the opportunity that may present. This is a reason why. And we expect to see more of this.