The Epicurean Dealmaker has invented a new parlor game: match financial-market participants to Russian national stereotypes circa 1865! Can I play too?
I’m not sure how often you feel sorry for a judge, but after years of handling the nightmare that is the litigation surrounding Argentina’s sovereign debt situation, the Southern District’s Thomas Griesa is now finding himself making key decisions in the Chrysler litigation, too. So far he seems to have avoided anything Lehman-related, but GM is coming down the pike — and the lack of available bankruptcy lawyers might start being matched only by a lack of available bankruptcy judges. How many monster litigations can any one judge handle simultaneously?
John Kemp has a very handy summary of exactly how emissions allowances are going to be allocated under the Waxman bill. And it turns out that while only 15% of the allowances are certainly going to be auctioned — at least in the first instance — another 14% or so are going to go towards pushing clean-energy objectives. As Kemp notes, this is
Peter Kafka delves behind the New Yorker’s firewall today to look at the relationship between David Geffen and the New York Times, as reported by Lawrence Wright. The upshot is that if you’re worried about the future of the NYT, don’t be — the Sulzbergers can take all the risks they want, because they know that if it all goes horribly pear-shaped, the Geffen Put will always be there:
Ecuador has closed out its bond exchange offer at the higher end of expectations, paying 35 cents on the dollar to investors who hold the 2012 and 2030 global bonds. That’s higher than the bonds have traded all year, and certainly higher than they have traded since Ecuador defaulted — which means that any vulture investors who bought the bonds in default will be able to lock in a decent profit for doing essentially no work at all.
The done thing when the Case-Shiller index comes out is to look first at the first derivative — how fast is it falling? Then people look at the second derivative — is the rate of decrease slowing down or speeding up? And if there’s no optimism there, you can always find it somewhere. The official press release leads with a graph of the first derivative over time, and then adds this: