Sunday Links Sparkle Like Diamonds

News and views from around the web:

Floyd Norris, behind the TimesSelect firewall, notes that

sometimes it pays for banks

to stick their heads in the sand, although he stops far short of suggesting

that this might be one of those times.

In 1990 and 1991, when many banks went under, regulatory forebearance probably

saved some from meeting that fate. A refusal to recognize a reality that turned

out to be temporary now looks wise.

Al Ries thinks the

iPhone will fail because "divergence devices have been spectacular

successes" while "convergence devices, for the most part, have been

spectacular failures". Um, can anybody say cameraphone? Or Blackberry?

Edward Hugh has 7,681

words on Latvian economics. I dare you to read them all.

Pat Toomey claims that raising taxes on private-equity shops

"can only have a

major adverse effect on the industry and a host of unintended consequences".

But he doesn’t explain why, and he also doesn’t explain why private equity principals

and companies should pay much lower taxes than anybody else. File under: "stunningly


Brad Greenspan, the would-be

Murdoch spoiler seeking a minority stake in Dow Jones, says that the company

should launch a new business television

channel to compete both with CNBC and with Murdoch’s forthcoming channel.

‘Cos launching TV channels is so easy.

Scott Armstrong says that "even when done properly, statistical

significance tests are of no value".

Michael Bloomberg says

you should spend seven days a week at the office. Best Buy, not

so much.

And finally, something that the buyer of Damien Hirst’s $100

million skull

might be interested in: Diamond


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