Happy Hour: Rise Of Capex

Welcome to the end of the week and another edition of Happy Hour! Just sit back, relax, and enjoy your end of the week roundup of all things interesting in the land of money.

Higher Capex

A lack of capex spending has held down the economy so far. That’s rumored to be changing as CEO’s talk about a pick up in spending. For those not fluent in business speak, capex (capital expenditures) is money used to maintain or grow a business. Continue Reading…

Happy Hour: Heartbleed And Marks Memo

Welcome to the end of the week and another edition of Happy Hour! Just sit back, relax, and enjoy your end of the week roundup of all things interesting in the land of money.

Heartbleed Bug

Last week I mentioned how code is flawed. This week we were reminded again. A big security flaw popped up in the encryption used by sites to hide information like usernames, passwords, and credit card numbers. It’s called Heartbleed. This article explains it better than I can.

Not every site was compromised. Still, everything I’ve read suggests changing your passwords. Continue Reading…

Happy Hour: Has HFT Rigged The Market?

Welcome to the end of the week and another edition of Happy Hour! Just sit back, relax, and enjoy your end of the week roundup of all things interesting in the land of money.

HFT

A media storm erupted this week because of the 60 Minutes story - Rigged and the release of a new book by Micheal Lewis. Once again, headlines make drastic claims about the market and your money.

What’s the best way to sell a book? Get a 60 Minutes infomercial and make bold statements about how Americans are getting ripped off.

Kidding aside, people are always looking for an advantage. It’s human nature. History is repeating itself for the thousandth time. Only this iteration is computerized. Continue Reading…

Happy Hour: Search For The Next Tech

Welcome to the end of the week and another edition of Happy Hour! Just sit back, relax, and enjoy your end of the week roundup of all things interesting in the land of money.

Oculus Rift

There a big uproar this week with Facebook buying Oculus Rift, a virtual reality hardware company that began with funding on Kickstarter.

The Oculus kickstarters got exactly what they overpaid for…an expensive t-shirt. A few got a prototype too. The Oculus owners got $2 billion in cash and Facebook stock (which they might want to insure). Continue Reading…

Happy Hour: March Reminders

Welcome to the end of the week and another edition of Happy Hour! Just sit back, relax, and enjoy your end of the week roundup of all things interesting in the land of money.

March Reminders

The hopes and dreams of a perfect $1 Billion Bracket is all but lost thanks to Dayton’s upset of Ohio St. That game knocked out 80% of the participants. Sadly, I was one of them. While you toil away tracking your NCAA brackets, here’s a few things you can do between games. Continue Reading…