Articles by Dominic Basulto

An Innovation Lie...

On August 7,, the investigative journalism venture launched earlier this year by billionaire bad boy Mark Cuban, claimed its first victim: Xethanol. Apparently, Xethanol was going around telling investors that its alternative fuel solution had the p Read More

Main Street Fights Back

The good news is that nearly 50 percent of all U.S. households now own stocks. The bad news, though, is that the individual investor who directly owns stocks without the use of financial intermediaries (i.e. mutual funds) is a disappearing... Read More

Financial Markets Get Global

NYSE Group's $10.2 billion merger bid for Euronext NV, the operator of the Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels and Lisbon stock exchanges, has the potential to create the world's largest transatlantic stock exchange (assuming, of course, that Deutsche Borse doesn't try to.. Read More

D-I-Y Hedge Funds

In a recent op-ed column ("Do You Really Need a Hedge Fund?") for the Wall Street Journal, former hedge fund manager Michael Steinhardt lamented the current state of the hedge fund industry. With hedge funds now being marketed to the... Read More

Show Me the Money

Two major initiatives -- one by Google, the other by the SEC -- promise to level the playing field for retail investors by making information more readily available and easier to discover than ever before. The big news, of course,... Read More

VIX Vapor Rub

In his 1933 inaugural address, Franklin Delano Roosevelt famously remarked, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." Seventy-three years later, there is nothing to fear -- including fear itself. On February 24, the Chicago Board Options Exchange... Read More

Keeping up with Mr. Jones, CEO

A recently announced proposal by the SEC to curtail runaway CEO compensation by forcing increased corporate disclosure of total annual compensation is certainly well-intentioned. After all, the average large firm CEO now takes home $11.8 million in annual compensat Read More

The End of Corporate Darwinism...

The debate over the constitutionality of teaching intelligent design in public school classrooms has sparked a vigorous public exchange about evolution and creationism, the split between church and state, and the difference between religion and science. Seemingly e Read More

Intergalactic Space Virgins

On December 14, a group of intergalactic space Virgins officially landed in the New Mexico desert, less than 150 miles away from the site of the famous Roswell UFO incident. In case you haven't heard by now, a 27-square-mile plot... Read More

An Innovation Roadmap

On the surface, a national innovation strategy based on allocating more government funding to R&D while, at the same time, spending additional money on education in order to produce more math, science and engineering students might sound like a good... Read More

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