Just for fun

List of interesting ETF tickers

Here are the tickers of some ETFs which I found particularly interesting or meaningful :

BIL — SPDR Lehman 1-3 Month T-Bill ETF.

BND — Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF.

CUT — Claymore / Clear Global Timber ETF. You wanna CUT down a tree?

GLD — Gold ETF streetTRACKS Gold Shares.

KOL — Coal ETF.

LQD — iShares iBoxx Invest Grade Corp Bond ETF. Need LQUIDITY?

SLV — Silver Trust ETF.

And the best one for the end :

MOO — Agribusiness ETF. Got Milk?

Merry Christmas!

I received some information about the history of the Christmas holiday with my recent phone bill. I thought it was very interesting and would like to share it with everyone. Enjoy!

In the 4th century church officials decided to institute the birth of Jesus as a holiday. Since the date of His birth is not pinpointed in the Bible, Pope Julius I chose December 25th.

When Oliver Cromwell and his Puritan forces took over England in 1645, they owed to rid England of decadence and as part of their effort cancelled Christmas.

King Charles II was restored to the throne and with him came the return of the popular holiday.

The pilgrims – English separatists that came to America in 1620 – were even more orthodox in their Puritan beliefs than Cromwell. As a result, Christmas was not a holiday in early America. From 1659 to 1681, the celebration of Christmas was actually outlawed in Boston. Anyone exhibiting the Christmas spirit was fined five shillings.

By contrast in the Jamestown settlement, Captain John Smith reported that Christmas was enjoyed by all and passed without incident.

After the American Revolution, English customs including Christmas – fell out of favor. In fact on Dec. 25, 1789 – the first Christmas under America’s new constitution – Congress was in session.

Christmas was not declared a Federal Holiday until June 26, 1870.

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to All.

State of California can’t find Steve Jobs?

Here’s one very interesting article I read today:

Can someone please help the state of California find Steve Jobs?

State Controller John Chiang is holding $443.81 in insurance payments and other funds that belong to the Apple chieftain – plus three shares of IBM and one share of Time Warner in his name.

The state has addresses for Jobs in Palo Alto and Woodside. Yet California still can’t manage to reunite him with his money.

It might help if the controller’s office could locate Apple, which is also owed money. It can’t. Maybe that Infinite Loop address in Cupertino throws the state computers into a tizzy.

Except California can’t find Yahoo, Hewlett-Packard, Oracle, Cisco Systems or Seagate Technology, either. Venture capitalist Vinod Khosla, Yahoo Chairman Terry Semel, former investment banker Frank Quattrone and Oracle Chief Executive Larry Ellison are also apparently untraceable. The state is holding money for all of them.

Apparently these entities / people are owed money by the state but the main reason ‘the owners stay “lost” is that until summer this year, a lot of California leaders didn’t really want to give the money back. As long as the rightful owners couldn’t be found, the state got to spend their money.’

However, in the state’s defense, the companies that were originally supposed to pay out this money did a pretty lousy job finding the owners, too.

Cisco couldn’t find its recently retired chairman, John Morgridge, to repay him $136.90. (Cisco said it will now help Morgridge file the paperwork with the state to get his money back.) FedEx, which owes Cisco money, couldn’t find the company’s North San Jose headquarters, which sort of makes you worry about any packages you send there. In all, Cisco headquarters is owed more than $160,000 by various vendors.

And remember that money the state owes Steve Jobs? $37.91 of it came from Apple, which somehow couldn’t deliver a simple check to its CEO. Maybe he was too busy inventing stuff to check his snail mail. (Apple had no comment.)

HERE’s the link to the article. And this LINK lets you check if the State of California owes you money.