As more companies across multiple industries rely on this data to understand their particular market and customers, the more power Twitter and other data-rich social networks will have to increase their licensing fees.
Many states have underfunded pensions, partially because to the financial crisis and partially because of politicians underfunding them. In order to increase returns and close that gap, more pension systems are turning to alternative investments in hedge funds.
Our attention spans are on Miley Cyrus, not the precarious long-term health of, say, the bond market. If we don't wake up and change the way we run our companies and invest our capital, immediate gratifications are going be a dim memory.
Unless you've just recently been rescued from decades stranded on a deserted island, you've heard of someone buying, fixing and flipping single family homes. It has long been the staple method for the everyday person to make money in real estate.
Obama's choice of Summers as chair of the Fed would deal a devastating blow to what little is left of the public's faith that the government will serve the common good and not the ultra-rich. For Summers is the perfect symbol of the insider's game that now dominates Washington.
Matteson also pointed out that the JOBS Act requires the SEC to revise its rules within 90 days of enactment, which would be July 5, 2012. They were only late by a week -- and one year. Now you can begin to understand why Congress didn't consult with the SEC.
The idea that Barack Obama would still consider appointing Lawrence Summers to head the Federal Reserve rather than order an investigation into this former White House official's Wall Street payments mocks the president's claimed concern for the disappearing middle class.
What is being communicated is that these guys are not the studs producing strong returns many folks believe them to be but weak (limp) pretenders. Are they right or this just another case of the traditional business media protecting the traditional investment world?
Hedge funds have an opportunity to be transparent and describe their core values, investment strategies and much more than just "track record." But, I'd argue that the biggest challenge facing the hedge fund industry with respect to the JOBS Act is that they can no longer hide.
Certainly, the obscene fees charged by these funds create a drag on performance, but is Mr. Zhang really arguing that fees cause such a large gap? And if so, shouldn't that be a different big red flag for investing in these vehicles?