That Nagging Question of Mutual Fund Fees

May 9, 2010
Published: May 7, 2010

PAUL SAMUELSON, the late Nobel laureate in economics, compared mutual funds to a saloon.

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John C. Bogle says a Supreme Court decision didn’t go far enough in setting guidelines for mutual fund fees.

“I decided that there was only one place to make money in the mutual fund business, as there is only one place for a temperate man to be in a saloon: behind the bar and not in front of it,” he told Congress in 1967. It made sense to invest in mutual fund companies, Mr. Samuels


Weekend Business Podcast (May 9, 2010)

May 8, 2010

Jeff Sommer with Gretchen Morgenson on market uncertainty, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac; Tim O’Brien and Natasha Singer on Teva Pharmaceuticals; Paul Lim on corporate earnings; and David Segal on airline refunds.

Weekend Business podcast May 9, 2010

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April 10, 2010

This week: Jeff Sommer with Robert Shiller on housing, Kenneth Lieberthal on U.S.-China economic tensions, Tim O’Brien and Steven Johnson on Apple’s “walled garden,” Mark Hulbert on market timing, and John Schwartz on naked finance.

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Clashing Currencies (The New York Times)

April 10, 2010
In Currency Games, the Prize May Be a Trade War
Published: April 9, 2010
A modest change in how China values its currency is unlikely to satisfy some members of Congress.

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March 22, 2010

Cornell Is No Longer a Stretch by Ray Glier, NYT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — There was respect for Cornell, sure, but there was never the awe that surrounds elite teams. The Big Red challenged No. 1 Kansas in January and lost by just 5 points, yet it was an Ivy League team, a squad of nonscholarship players, so it was not always clear how much should be invested in it.

On Sunday, in the second round of the N.C.A.A. tournament, awe replaced respect.

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Cornell’s Chris Wroblewski attempted a shot on Sunday.

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Louis Dale led Cornell with 26 points, a career high.

Go Big Red!

March 22, 2010

Enjoying the flurry of upbeat Cornell stories. Great sports teams this year, highlighted by men’s basketball. But kudos also to students in women’s hockey, men’s hockey and wrestling. And, this alum fervently HOPES, all done by high-achieving students without sports scholarships. That part’s important: squads of great …scholar-athletes, without the distortion of big money — that’s the goal. Go Big Red!