Jean Eaglesham has a big piece of news today: yes, the SEC is looking into the private share dealings in Facebook. But not necessarily with any kind of enforcement in mind. Instead, it’s thinking about raising the 500-shareholder limit which marks the point at which companies need to start making public filings.
On Wednesday, if all goes according to plan, I’ll be attending Marion Maneker’s first Artelligence conference, and interviewing art collector Adam Lindemann for a Reuters video after he and his wife have delivered their talk on “the truth and fiction of art as an asset class”. I’m also very much looking forward to the panel on art funds, which I hope includes one or two die-hard skeptics. (If it doesn’t, I’m willing to pinch-hit!)
Remember the sharp and painful rally in the yen following the Japanese earthquake in March? I described the 4% move as a “monster,” adding that “Japan, after being hit first by an earthquake, then by a tsunami, and then by nuclear disaster, is now going to have to suffer the effects of a volatile and overvalued currency as well.”
Saletan on the lobbying power of NATO, a/k/a Big Popcorn — Slate
FakeAPStyleBook: The True Story — The Bureau Chiefs
Tasmania’s Museum of Old and New Art — Hyperallergic
Five Ways Banks Could Learn From Apple’s iPad — WSJ
1099 repeal finally passes, on the 7th attempt — Portfolio
Flying a kite for total disclosure on wine labels — Jancis Robinson
When I talked to Chrystia Freeland on Monday about World Bank chief Bob Zoellick’s big speech on the Middle East and North Africa today, I said I was looking for two things: concrete promises to do specific things, on the one hand, and a recognition, on the other hand, that the World Bank was working for the struggling citizens of these countries rather than their entrenched elites. The revolutions in the region have shown that politics is inextricably bound up with economics, and that you can’t affect the latter without dealing with the former.