Daily Archives: December 25, 2011

This is going on for years…

This is a question that keeps 1,000’s of analysts busy every year. There are others that need much more care.

My personal 2012 forecast for Amazon: They will do just fine and will deliver some outstanding numbers. – Read Disclaimer on top.

The Incredible Soccer Match of the Animals…

Dinner for One – Legendary New Years Celebration

CNNMoney Mobile: Netflix CEO Hastings’ stock options halved

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Goal Mobile story – Goal.com’s European Team of the Season so far: Goal machines Lionel Messi, Robin van Persie & Cristiano Ronaldo feature

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Goal.com’s European Team of the Season so far: Goal machines Lionel Messi, Robin van Persie & Cristiano Ronaldo feature


Goal Mobile story – Cesc Fabregas: If I have to leave Barcelona, I will go back to Arsenal

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Cesc Fabregas: If I have to leave Barcelona, I will go back to Arsenal


Aguero can hit 30 goal mark

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Mancini: Aguero can hit 30-goal mark


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Ferguson won’t bow…

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Ferguson won’t bow to demands to spend


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Got a new iPad? These are the first apps you should install on it


January GQ


He plays one of the most iconic and identifiable characters in cinema but off screen he remains an enigma. In GQ’s extraordinary interview Daniel Craig, the spy who refuses to come in from the cold, reveals why he won’t play the fame game, his unique take on The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and the extremes he has gone to in order to find the ultimate Bond.

Elsewhere, Bar Refaeli stuns in swimwear, Ed Caesar investigates India’s boom kidnapping industry and we list the 100 Most Influential Men In Britain (in association with The Macallan). Plus Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat on Sherlock series two, a Heston Blumenthal dish you can cook and our ultimate eveningwear guide. All this – and why 2012 is the year of the twonk…

The January 2012 issue of British GQ is out now priced £3.99 and is also available on the iPad, priced £2.49.

How to dress: Job Interview

How to dress: Job Interview

Going for a job interview? Read GQ‘s failsafe guide to making a good first impression.

Dress for the job you want, not the job you have. A careers advice cliché, true, but no less valid for it. Especially if you are currently unemployed.

Dress for success, but not too successfully. If you give the impression that you don’t need to work then your interviewer might not be inclined to offer you any. Gold monogrammed cufflinks are more appropriate for a boardroom pow-wow or big presentation. If in doubt, dial it down a notch.

“Wear something neutral” suggests Kim Jones, menswear designer and former Dunhill Creative Director. “Nothing too flashy and nothing that makes you look as though you’re trying too hard. If you’re going into a bank wear a suit, but if you’re doing something creative, wear what you expect you’re going to wear doing the job. Start as you mean to go on.”

Go on a reconnaissance mission to the company’s office one lunchtime (but not on a Friday) and scope out what the better-dressed employees are wearing. Copy them. Make it easy for your interviewer to be able to picture you doing the job. It’s not just your face that needs to fit.

Match your socks to your trousers. Now is not the time to reveal your Wildean wit via the medium of novelty hosiery.

Unless your interview is at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, save the pocket square for after you get the job.

Your hair is one area though where you’d be wise to imitate Mad Men: short, neat and sensible. Unless you’re applying to be the new lead singer of a rock band.

Unless the job is at an undertaker’s, don’t wear a black suit. Grey and navy are much less severe and much more forgiving on most skin tones.

Wear proper, polished shoes. As GQ‘s Style Shrink recently commented of one trainer-wearing (unsuccessful) candidate, if you can’t be bothered to make a little effort in an interview, your interviewer’s assumption will be that you’ll make little effort in the job.

A white shirt always works. Wear one and you will too.

(BN) Home Prices in U.S. Probably Fell at Slower Pace as Market Gained Traction

Bloomberg News, at how low home payments are compared to rent.”

Policy makers are promoting programs designed to reinvigorate the housing market. The Obama administration this month started a new version of the federal Home Affordable Refinance Program, or HARP, after the original plan helped less than a quarter of the people targeted to lock in lower mortgage rates.

Officials at the Federal Reserve this month reiterated that they will keep the benchmark interest rate near zero until at least mid-2013. The central bank in September decided to reinvest maturing housing debt into new mortgage-backed securities instead of Treasuries.

 Bloomberg Survey ============================================================== Release Period Prior Median Indicator Date Value Forecast ============================================================== Case Shiller Monthly MO 12/27 Oct. -0.6% -0.3% Case Shiller Monthly YO 12/27 Oct. -3.6% -3.2% Consumer Conf Index 12/27 Dec. 56.0 58.6 Initial Claims ,000’s 12/29 24-Dec 364 374 Chicago PM Index 12/29 Dec. 62.6 61.0 Pending Homes MOM% 12/29 Nov. 10.4% 1.5% ============================================================== 

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(BN) China, Japan to Promote Direct Trading of Currencies to Cut Company Costs

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China, Japan to Back Direct Trading of Currencies to Cut Costs

Dec. 25 (Bloomberg) — Japan and China will promote direct trading of yen and yuan without using dollars and will encourage the development of a market for the exchange, to cut costs for companies, the Japanese government said.

Japan will also apply to buy Chinese bonds next year, the Japanese government said in a statement after a meeting between Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao in Beijing today.

The deals between the world’s second and third-largest economies come as the two-year-old European debt crisis keeps global financial markets volatile. Japan will start to buy “a small amount” of China’s bonds, a Japanese government official said on condition of anonymity because of the ministry’s policy, without elaborating on when and how much of the debt the nation plans to purchase.

“Given the huge size of the trade volume between the Asia’s two biggest economies, this agreement is much more significant than any other pacts China has signed with other nations,” said Ren Xianfang, a Beijing-based economist with IHS Global Insight Ltd.

Finance Minister Jun Azumi said Dec. 20 buying of Chinese bonds would be beneficial for Japan because it would help reveal more information about financial markets in China, the world’s largest holder of foreign currency reserves.

Biggest Trading Partner

Encouraging direct yen-yuan trades will aim to reduce currency risks and trading costs, Japan’s government said. Currently, about 60 percent of trade transactions between the two nations are settled in dollars, according to Japan’s Finance Ministry. China is Japan’s biggest trading partner.

Then-finance minister Noda said in September 2010 that Japan should be able to invest in China’s market given that China buys Japanese debt. Japan holds $1.3 trillion of foreign- currency reserves, the world’s second largest.

Austria has already been granted the eligibility to buy Chinese bonds, according to the Japanese government official. Central banks from Thailand to Nigeria plan to start buying yuan assets as slowing global growth has capped interest rates in the U.S. and Europe.

Investing in Chinese debt has become easier for central banks as issuance of yuan-denominated bonds in Hong Kong more than tripled to 112 billion yuan ($18 billion) this year and institutions were granted quotas to invest onshore.

China sold the second-biggest net amount of Japanese debt on record in October as the yen headed for a postwar high against the dollar and benchmark yields approached their lowest levels in a year. It cut Japanese debt by 853 billion yen, Japan’s Ministry of Finance said on Dec. 8.

Separately, the Japan Bank for International Cooperation, JGC Corp., Mizuho Corporate Bank Ltd., the Export-Import Bank of China and other Chinese companies will establish a $154 million fund to invest in environment-related businesses such as recycling and energy, the Japanese government said.

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To contact the editor responsible for this story: Paul Panckhurst at ppanckhurst

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