Weekend Reads- New Year’s Edition

We’re headed out of the work week and into the weekend, but more importantly, out of 2011 and into 2012. What better way to celebrate than by looking back over the events of the year AND gathering some excellent reading materials?


  • Forex Brokers Draw Scrutiny (WSJ)
  • Manager Selection: Getting it Right (Financial Advisor)
  • FBI Arrests commodities trader for threats against NFA, CFTC, FINRA,  and SEC (CNNmoney)
  • Food Inflation: Retail meat prices in December climb by most in seven years (Drover)  [gotta love a publication named ‘drover’]
  • MF Global converting to Investment Bank (Reuters)
  • Steelers win Superbowl in 52% of 2500 computer simulations (WhatIf Sports)
  • The business of running a Hedge Fund [or CTA] (FINalternatives)
  • Middle East through the Oil looking glass (Platts)


  • Japan Quake Sets Off Market Aftershocks (Attain)
  • Funds Find Opportunity for Volatility (New York Times)
  • The Making of a Bond Debacle (Business Week)
  • Examining the Yen-Dollar Relationship (CNN)
  • 10 Ways to Win Your NCAA Bracket Pool (We Got This)


  • Where your taxes that paid for the bailout went…  (Rolling Stone)
  • The Risk of Risk Management (ReformedBroker)Ten reasons the world economy may be going soft (Telegraph)
  • CME explains the method behind the madness in margin changes (CME)
  • Algorithms aren’t only for trading models – did they help us track down Bin Laden? (The Daily)


  • Pay attention bond traders… Predicting Unemployment number with Google Correlate (Freakonomics)
  • Copper as collateral game over in China? (FTAlphaville)
  • May commodity slaughter (Attain)
  • Goodbye Oprah (in song)  (Youtube)
  • CTAs and hedge funds struggle in May  (HedgeWorld)
  • John Paulson loses half a billion in less than 24 hours  (ZeroHedge)
  • Is the Fed the World’s Larged Fixed Income Hedge Fund? (Ritholtz)
  • People are finally realizing that the commodity ETF market may be a little oversold (Index Universe)
  • Screencast: When commodities are financialized, managed futures win (Abnormal Returns)


  • Dumbest Moments in Debt Ceiling History (MoneyCNN)
  • Who is watching the banks? (Fiscal Times)
  • Commodity Bubble infographic (Focus)
  • Financial Beer Goggles? Who’s driving the economy? (Paul Kedrosky)



  • The debt problem nobody is talking about…   (Yahoo!)
  • Buying Tomorrow- Risk, Speculation and Seeking the Divine (Lapham’s Quarterly)
  • Spam and High-Frequency Trading (FTAlphaville)
  • Delta One Desks- How we got to UBS and the Rogue Trader (NYT)
  • Operation Twist 101 (Freakonomics)


  • Volatility killed the IPO Star (Motley Fool)
  • Don’t like the ratings from the ratings agencies? Just ban them… (Reuters)
  • The Next Big Bank Bailout (Matt Taibbi)
  • Ratings Agencies show preference to those paying the most (Business Week)
  • Remember Occupy Wall Street? (Attain)


  • Best explanation you’ll find of those MF Global European Bets you’ve heard so much about (MoneyControl.com)
  • Everything you need to know about the Eurocrisis in one post (Washington Post)
  • First new poverty formula since 1964 (CSM)
  • The best Halloween play for parents…. ever. It gets good around 2:18. (Youtube)
  • How to Save the Futures Industry (Attain)


  • Disagreement between investors and analysts on the value of the EU Summit (WSJ)
  • How NOT to Get a Second Date: Lessons from an Investment Manager (HuffPo)
  • 50 Economic Stats You’re Probably Not Ready to See (Zerohedge)
  • US Troops out of Iraq (AFP)
  • Ending 2011 with 11 charts about 11 year trends… (Zerohedge)
  • Biggest Bankruptcies of the Year (Forbes)

And in case you’re more of a picture person: The Most Powerful Images of 2011

That’s it for 2011, folks. Don’t worry- we’ll be back at it all next year. Until then, here’s wishing you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2012 from everyone at Attain!

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