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Pimco Kills It, Higham Hacks Emacs, and Just Saying No to World Peace

Mollenkamp and Podjul, Reuters, Pimco shook hands with the Fed – and made a killing, here.

Through the second half of 2011, debate raged in financial markets over whether the U.S. Federal Reserve would embark on a third round of massive bond purchases, known as “quantitative easing,” to shore up an anemic economy. Pacific Investment Management Co wasn’t waiting to find out.

The giant fund-management firm, led by co-founder Bill Gross, started buying tens of billions of dollars in mortgage-backed securities guaranteed by federally sponsored agencies like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. In the third quarter of 2011 alone, Pimco’s flagship Total Return Fund, the world’s largest mutual fund, doubled its holdings of these securities to $80 billion, according to a Reuters review of trading and other data.

While Pimco was building its hoard, the Fed, in a surprise move long before any word on quantitative easing, said it would start buying more of the same kind of debt, known in the trade as “agency MBS.” The U.S. central bank would acquire as much as $30 billion of the securities a month by reinvesting proceeds from its earlier purchases. Prices rose.

As 2011 slid into 2012, Pimco started enjoying big gains on its agency holdings. Even better, the Fed in September 2012 finally announced a third round of quantitative easing, nicknamed QE3. To keep supporting the U.S. housing market, it would buy even more agency MBS. Pimco’s Total Return Fund posted billions more dollars in gains.

Nick Higham, Blog,  Solutions to some  Emacs Problems, here.

On Windows I had trouble getting Emacs to find the git executable, despite the relevant directory being on the exec-path. In the end I had to set, in my .emacs,

(custom-set-variables
...
 '(magit-git-executable "c:\\program files (x86)\\git\\bin\\git.exe")
 '(vc-git-program "c:\\program files (x86)\\git\\bin\\git.exe")
...)

I run git from magit; the second of those lines is needed for vc-annotate.

Dan Amira, nymag, Raymond Felton Refuses to Refer to Metta World Peace as Metta World Peace, here.
“Ron. Ron Artest. That’s what I’m gonna call him,” says Knicks starting point guard Raymond Felton. “I already told him that. I’m not gonna call him Metta, I’m not gonna call him Peace, I’m gonna call him Ron.”
As in “Ron, I don’t think we need to teach these fans a lesson.”
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