Openings are important - whether an article, a class, or a sales piece Jim Logan of Direct Response talks about Direct Response letters (i.e. direct mail, or "dead tree spam) in The Workhorse Of The Letter, The Opening Paragraph.Here's my usual disclaimer: these are ones that I found interesting. Your tastes probably differ, so look around. There's always lots of good stuff at a Carnival.
Kevin Hillstrom of Mine That Data breaks down some of the costs of running a movie theater in Business Review: Regal Cinemas.
What's "medical tourism? Henry Stern of InsureBlog tells us in A Slick Operation.
I get a kick out of colorful Wall Street jargon. Ever heard the term "triple witching hour"? RJH Adams at Capital Chronicle discusses the historical evidence on what happens on TWH days in Triple witching, 16 June 2006: what does the historic data say?
Not to go all "Andy Rooney", but the late-night gurus with their sure-fire systems for financial success really get under my skin. Looks like Einzige at Die Eigenheit is in the same boat. In John Burley's 7 Levels of Investor he takes a few shots at Burley.
A lot of people use the PEG ratio (the relationship of a stock's P-E to it's projected earnings growth rate) as a valuation indicator. Byrne Hobart of Byrne's MarketView breaks the PEG ratio down and finds it lacking in Peg Ratios: Nonsense is still in style.
Dan Melson at Searchlight Crusade tells us why it's a really, really bad idea to pay your mortgage late in Legal Late Payments on Your Mortgage.
Finally, here are two pieces on the Estate Tax (often called the "Death Tax"). Joe Kristan at Roth & Company, P.C. - Tax Updates discusses how an estate tax could make sense in Wither The Estate Tax, while HMIL at Teapot Tantrums gives us the opposite view in Death Tax Debate.
This Week's Carnival Of The Capitalists
This week's COTC is up at Blog Business World. They've done a great job of presenting this week's entries. Since (as usual) there are far too many posts, here are the ones that caught my eye from this week's selections: