Some Overnight News

January 28th, 2009 8:28 am | by John Jansen |

This Apple computer I am using to write while I am in chilly Evanston, Illinois has not permited me to create paragraphs when I write. So you have ben bombarded with some very long and tedious looking opening and closing posts. Rather than make today’s opening interminably long and difficult to view I will include the overnight news here.Australian consumer prices declined 0.3 percent in the most recent quarter after rising 1.2 percent in the previous quarter. It was the biggest drop in the index in 11 years. Leading Indicators in Australia fell 1.0 in November to 253.5.  Toyota, Honda and Nissan slashed  global production last month by 25 percent,7.5 percent and 36 percent,respectively.Santander announced that it earned nearly $12 billion in 2008 in spite of a $435 million loss in Le Affaire Madoff.Software giant SAP will slash 3000 jobs.Italian business confidence fell to a record low of 65.5 in January. That is its lowest levels since inception of the index in 1986. 

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  1. 18 Responses to “Some Overnight News”

  2. By Danny on Jan 28, 2009 | Reply

    John,

    For the last 4 months I have been thinking of replacing my Laptop for an Apple MacBook; but after reading your daily frustrations, you have not been very encouraging.

    Although I still believe Apple has a better product.

  3. By John Jansen on Jan 28, 2009 | Reply

    Do not use me as a barometer as I am not especially computer savvy.

  4. By texalope on Jan 28, 2009 | Reply

    If you can’t master apple software you can buy word made for the mac so
    it will function like your pc. Same with excel.

    I’ve used mac and pc for years and I prefer the mac. Much more intuitive for the non geek.

  5. By BL on Jan 28, 2009 | Reply

    Just a test to see if HTML tags work in the blog.

    Break
    Bold

  6. By BL on Jan 28, 2009 | Reply

    Looks like the blog software supports at least some HTML. So left-angle-bracket (less than) BR and right angle bracket (greater than) will appear as a line break when posted. There are also some simple tags like B to start bold, and /B to end bold.

    BL

  7. By Alex on Jan 28, 2009 | Reply

    John,

    British Pound — still behaving like a moribund feline? Can’t see how the UK can avoid following the US blueprint of creating a “bad bank” and implementing QE.

  8. By K T Cat on Jan 28, 2009 | Reply

    I think you should insert some photos of your cat in these posts to break them up visually.

    You do have a cat, don’t you?

    🙂

  9. By Stuart on Jan 28, 2009 | Reply

    I use an Imac and have a MacBook Pro…… Mac’s ideal function is for desktop publishing and media. Will never go back to PC ville.

    “This Apple computer I am using to write while I am in chilly Evanston, Illinois has not permited me to create paragraphs when I write”

    What?

  10. By Alex on Jan 28, 2009 | Reply

    Stuart,

    I think he means the hypertext editor in WordPress normally inserts the paragraph tags automatically when he does a cut & paste.

  11. By Christopher T on Jan 28, 2009 | Reply

    JJ

    I grew up in North Evanston. A phenomenal town…

  12. By Stuart on Jan 28, 2009 | Reply

    Not positive, but I believe Ritholtz uses a Mac and publishes via wordpress. If so, perhaps checking with him for the workaround then could help.

  13. By Alex on Jan 28, 2009 | Reply

    More ammo for the ECB doves?

    Germany Baden-Wuerttemberg Jan CPI -0.7% MM; +1.1% YY

  14. By Confused on Jan 28, 2009 | Reply

    Congrats on the grandchild, Go Evanston!
    (lived next door to Evanston all my life)

  15. By nades on Jan 28, 2009 | Reply

    Once you go Mac you never go back. Believe me I had to eat crow once I got hooked…. Embarrassing…

  16. By Joe on Jan 28, 2009 | Reply

    I’ve actually had the “no break” problem on windoze. It just depends what program you used. As mentioned: insert p and br manually to get around this.

    Back on topic, I think the pound’s fall is temporary. They simply cut rates faster than the ECB. The talk on the continent, that we don’t have to cut rates because we don’t have a trade deficit, is hogwash. The ECB will have to cut further, and then the pound will look relatively strong again.

  17. By James on Jan 28, 2009 | Reply

    John,
    I’m in the next town north of you, hope you enjoyed the flurry of light fluffy snow we got this morning. 🙂

    As for the readability of the content, it’s not a problem. The content is worth having to mentally insert your own paragraph break.

  18. By David on Jan 29, 2009 | Reply

    Hey! I work in Evanston at NW. I will look you up sometime if I ever come across a Treasury bond and don’t know where to sell it. Got all those pesky $50 US savings bonds. God I wish people would give me something useful like socks.

  19. By John Jansen on Jan 29, 2009 | Reply

    I am just visiting. My daughter and her husband are graduate students at Northwestern and we are here celebrating the birth of their first child and the first grandchild for my wife and myself

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