January 28, 2010
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2) In case you missed it, the second hand animal market has crashed. Forced to slash budgets by cash starved municipalities, the nation’s public zoos have been paring back their collections of living exhibits. The Washington Zoo is trying to offload a 7,000 pound hippopotamus; while the San Francisco Zoo is short some tigers after one ate a visitor and had to be shot. The Portland Zoo was able to liquidate a portfolio of lemurs only because of the popularity of the recent DreamWorks’ ‘Madagascar 2′ animated film.Â When zoos are forced to economize, they downsize the big eaters first to save on feed costs; hence, the absence of elephants in San Francisco (Could this be a political gesture?). In fact, zoo staff were recently busted for illegally harvesting acacia on private property, a favorite of giraffes, which grows wild here after its introduction a century ago. The hardest to move? Baltimore has been trying to sell its snake collection for two years now. Talk about an illiquid market. Maybe they should try AIG. Snake derivatives anyone?
3) My guest on Hedge Fund Radio this week is Andrew Horowitz, president and founder of Fort Lauderdale, Florida based Horowitz & Company. Andrew is a registered investment advisor, blogger, and podcaster extraordinaire. He has built one of the most sophisticated investment websites on the Internet, and his podcasts, 145 of which have been posted so far, and are rated among the ‘Top Ten iTunes’. Andrew uses a blended investment approach called ‘QuantaFundaTechna’ which combines stocks, mutual funds, ETF’s, and options to deliver investment returns. In 2007, Andy has published a book about his approach called The Disciplined Investor-Essential Strategies for Success. Andrew also writes for AOL Finance and MSN Money. You can learn more about Andrew Horowitz by visiting his website at www.thedisciplinedinvestor.com.
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QUOTE OF THE DAY
‘Cash bonuses on Wall Street are going to become a dinosaur,’ said Jon Corzine, governor of New Jersey, and former chairman of Goldman Sachs.