Saturday, December 29, 2012

Grant's Interest Rate Observer Winter Break Edition

Grant's Pub annually puts together a free Summer Break and Winter Break issue of the much lauded Grant's Interest Rate Observer.  Embedded below is the 2012 Winter Break Issue.  Enjoy.

Grant's Interest Rate Observer Winter Break Edition

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Jeff Gundlach on Bloomberg TV

Gundlach has been one of the most successful fixed income managers over the last decade.  Gundlach is eclectic and often has an interesting  and worthwhile variant view on the markets.  In this 20 minute interview, he touches on his bullishness on Japan, his affinity for cash, what he thinks of the Homebuilders, and why he thinks the puny returns on cash will be much appreciated compared to the large losses that could be incurred when the market 're-prices' to the downside. 

How to Manually add Playlists from iTunes 11 to your iPhone

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." 
-Leonardo Da Vinci

One of the things that has made Apple (AAPL) wildly successful is their ability to create user intuitive products.  Steve Jobs said that he first designed the desired user experience, then built a product that would achieve that experience.  I think this is one of the most fundamental drivers of AAPL's success and appeal over the years.  Now that Jobs is gone, is Apple starting to stray from the path?

iTunes 11 is visually appealing at first glance, but even as an very experienced iTunes user (abuser), I had some trouble getting around.  I wanted to drag and drop a playlist from iTunes 11 to my iPhone 4 and run out the door this morning.  I sat in front of my Macbook Pro puzzled and confused.  I found the answer of how to do it, and for the sake of brevity, I'll withhold any further pontifications in regards to the future of AAPL, and post the answer below. 

Hope you find this useful!

How to manually add playlists from iTunes 11 to your iPhone.

1 - Connect your device so that it can be seen in iTunes 11
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2 - Select your device and then select "On This iPhone" on the far right (or whatever your connected device is)
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3 - Under the blue "Done" button there is another button titled "Add to". Select this
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4 - You will now be presented with your iTunes library for your computer. You can select one of the following options for searching your library

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5 - Simply drag track(s), albums or playlists over to the iPhone mounted on the right side of iTunes

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h/t Robbo

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Kyle Bass Keynote: The Engtanglement | AmerCatalyst 2012

In October Kyle Bass gave his keynote presentation, The Entanglement, at the AmerCatalyst 2012 conference.  Bass touched on the US, Japan, China and of course the debt related issues.  He also spoke a bit about the housing shadow inventory in the Q & A, as well as where he sees some investment opportunities.

Here is the link for the video: Kyle Bass: The Entanglement

 h/t Frank Voisin

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

It Takes a lot of Work to get to Simple

Einstein said that "everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler."  It takes a lot of work to get to simple, and the video below shows just that.  Here is an interesting perspective of what it takes to make a pencil.  It seems simple enough, but how much orchestration occurred to have that simple device conveniently at your finger tips...?

h/t Cook and Bynum