Winning edition, why?
Because I’m leading the 2011 stock picking competition at TheFinancialBlogger for the second quarter in a row. Up 23% through June. Pending that gold or oil (it seems like 99% of the picks were commodity producers) don’t rise, I’m winning this thing.
I totally just screwed myself. Watch…down 50% on Monday open. Anyway, to the news!
Around the World
- India has a Do Not Call List. Isn’t that funny coming from the land of the telemarketer?
- What’s it like to have 45% unemployment? Ask Gaza!
- Tons of people are fleeing from the US to China. Good for them. I still like my freedom.
- You can grab a piece of China’s largest online dating company. It went public!
- The Catholic Church has returned to profitability on more than $300 million in revenues. Tough business.
- Your mutual fund may own a part of Groupon. Sucks to be you, doesn’t it?
- Google launches Google+. If most people didn’t type “Facebook” into Google to get to their favorite social network, I might just think that Google+ didn’t have a chance in hell at catching up.
- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg is the most popular user on Google+.
- Zuck doesn’t look too happy in his Google+ picture.
- Google is trying to buy Hulu.
- Zynga looks forward to an IPO. May seek $1 billion in funding.
- Twitter co-founder leaves one unprofitable company to work on another unprofitable company. Both have billion-dollar valuations.
- Chrysler gets sold. No, not a Chrysler vehicle; no one would buy one of those!
- Once the food for recession, Campbell is cutting jobs as soup sales lag.
- Nintendo comes out with Wii U.
- Surprise! Obama lies about the auto bailout.
- Yes I am Cheap says CEO pay is up 23% this year. Rawr!
- BoomerandEcho posted about bailing out your adult children. You can’t complain, boomers. We’re just collecting our dues so that we can pay your entitlement benefits later!
- MoneySpruce had a great post on starting a meetup. Also, why he pledges to never pitch his readers credit cards.
- FinancialUproar hits a homerun with If You Like Camping I Hate You.
- Thanks to Frugal Confessions’ collection of beater cars I now confuse my piece of junk with a Maserati. Wow. That page redefines beater.
- Money in the 20s had another great post in the MBA series: picking a target school.
- Darwin’s Money asks, “Are you better off than your parents?” 30+ years better off! Haha.
- I can’t help you budget if you can’t help yourself from Elle at CoupleMoney. You tell ’em!
- Money Talks Coaching wants you to know that you should never say “I can’t afford it!.
- Financially Consumed posted about 4 thrifty ways to hire a lawyer. I’m really just shocked there is at least 1 way.
- So Over Debt posted a Cigotine review. If nothing else, read the comments. I LOL’d at her response to one commenter.
- FYSA has a great post on how college students can build credit. All college students should be doing this.
Off Topic & Random
- Does your relationship suck? You might just live too far away!
- Did you know it costs only $18,000 (per song) to outsource the next radio hit? Yup! That’s it.
- Did you know about the FICO 8 model? And you thought there was the one and only FICO score!
On this blog
Since the last round up I posted about:
- The social media bubble of 2011
- How Papa Murphy’s uses take n bake to make big money.
- The 12 types of passive investors
- A rant on mortgage math
- Why Harvard is projecting big gains in US manufacturing
- The mechanics of an all cash housing market
- Six reasons I don’t like dividends.
- A new entrepreneurial leap of faith.
- Why credit card vs. cash comparisons are bunk.
- The emerging solar lease business model.
- About my own stock portfolio
- Whole life insurance isn’t for college students
- The importance of capital structure in personal and business balance sheets.
- Ben Bernanke is in my mailbox and I’m borrowing all his money.
“Meh” would be a great word to describe June.
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