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The new blog: Trader Rock

Yes, I've found a new outlet for my rock n' roll madness.

Trader Rock, is my new music focused blog. It's live as of tonight, and I'll be updating it with new links and videos as the week progresses.

Those of you who have come to know and love/fear/despise our occassional jukebox post series will appreciate/run screaming from this latest venture.

There will be no "reality TV" programming, award shows, or clips from an Eagles reunion, so we probably won't attract much venture capital or advertising. That's cool by us; we are just looking for a place to rock out. We'll see you there, if you are too.

Oh, and those gentlemen in the banner above? Until last fall they worked for JP Morgan and Barclays. They have since grown their hair and taken their act to the streets. Ladies, watch out for these guys.

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Here's what a bubble *really* looks like. InfoSpace in 1999-2001. $QQQ$BCORpic.twitter.com/xjsMk433H7
— David Shvartsman (@FinanceTrends) February 24, 2015
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Moneyball: How the Red Sox Win Championships

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The Boston Red Sox won their fourth World Series titleof the 21st century this week.

Having won their first Series in 86 years back in 2004, the last decade-plus has marked a very strong return to form for one of baseball's oldest big league clubs. So how did they do it?

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