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Apple’s Mind-Blowing Margins In Context (MSFT, AAPL, GOOG)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-google-microsoft-apple-operating-margins-2012-4

The most important thing to come out of Apple’s earnings was the fact that its operating margins were so strong, said Goldman Sachs analyst Bill Shope.

As you can see in this chart from the always insightful Horace Dediu of Asymco, Apple’s margins are better than Microsoft, which is a software company, and Google, which is an Internet company.

Apple is a hardware company. The fact that its margins beat software companies and internet companies is mind blowing. 

(The chart below shows margins from 2 quarters ago.)

Want more mind-blowing information on Apple? Then take a look at this >

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Wednesday, April 25th, 2012 news No Comments

I Read 21 Books About The Financial Crisis And They Explained Nothing

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/andrew-lo-21-books-financial-crisis-2012-2


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Ever thought you would have to read 21 books to get to the bottom of what caused the financial crisis?

Andrew Lo, an economist at MIT, has some bad news: it’s going to take at least 22.

Lo, a leading expert on hedge funds and financial engineering, has written a paper (h/t NPR) for the Journal of Economic Literature describing his experience reading 21 books on the crisis — nine by journalists, 11 by academics and one by a former Treasury Secretary.

His conclusion: In a field that prides itself on its scientific rigor (however dismal), the books reveal that alarmingly few facts about the crisis have been agreed upon. Was there too little or too much regulation? How much of a factor were low interest rates? No one’s been able to say conclusively.

“After each book, I felt like I knew less,” Lo told NPR’s Planet Money.

Economics, he says, has fallen well short of that standard when it comes to understanding the crisis:

“Many of us like to think of financial economics as a science, but complex events like the financial crisis suggest that this conceit may be more wishful thinking than reality.”

Read Andrew Lo’s Reading About the Financial Crisis: A 21-Book Review >

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Monday, February 6th, 2012 news No Comments

A Few Insights Drawn From The Facebook Pages Of Abercrombie, Aeropostale And More (AEO, ANF, ARO)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/insight-facebook-abercrombie-2011-11


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“Although Abercrombie fans agree this Skyler cami is cute, a few refuse to pay $88 for it.”

That’s the kind of insight Brean Murray’s Eric Beder drew from comments on the Facebook pages of retail brands. Here are some more:

A&F fans also love the new warm and comfy sweats.

AE fans love the spread in People magazine and they’re digging the “Friends & Family Additional 30% Off” deal, but they’re bad about web tech problems.

Aeropostale “are going crazy” over the 40% off for “Friends & Family” and they’re also excited about the fee $25 gift card after they spend $100.

Hollister fans are buying the new sweaters, though a few object to the prices. The Huntington Beach cardigan is a “must have.”

Urban Outfitters is pissing off its target consumers with the latest fashion line. And everyone thinks those platform heels are “hideous and unoriginal.”

Now take a sneak peak at the Victoria’s Secret fashion show >

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Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011 news No Comments

On Facebook, A Wal-Mart Employee Is More Valuable Than A Goldman Sachs Employee

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-facebook-ads-2010-6

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In the real world, using salary as a measure, a Goldman Sachs staffer is worth much more than a Wal-Mart employee. An average Goldman Sachs employee is paid a bonus of $500,000, while the average Wal-Mart employee salary is $20,000.

On Facebook, the opposite is true. In the eyes of an advertiser, a Wal-Mart employee is worth nearly twice as much as a Goldman employee, according to Facebook’s suggested advertising bid prices.

Kim-Mai Cutler at VentureBeat looked at Facebook’s suggested advertiser bid price on per category basis. What she found is pretty interesting. 

As you can see in this chart, the most expensive company to target is Facebook. The next most expensive is Wal-Mart. Goldman and Bain employees are duking it out for the cheapest.

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Monday, July 5th, 2010 news 1 Comment

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