The Trader usually doesn’t comment on specific companies, but as Nokia is continuing the implosion process, we simply must post an excerpt from Tavakoli’s rather amusing piece on Nokia. Connecting people…..
Yet on the most important presentation in the fight for Nokia’s survival, the sound cut out. Really? Technical glitches are forgivable by your audience if you’re selling, say, soap, but if you’re a tech company selling phones, you must demonstrate your technical ability to deliver sound. Listeners in remote locations couldn’t hear for a time, and many may have tuned out because of this SNAFU.
More than that, once people can hear you, you must deliver a good presentation. Can’t Nokia put someone onstage who looks cool and who seems to have passion for the products?
Nokia’s Stephen Elop looked as if he were casually dressed for a funeral. EVP of smartphones, Jo Harlow, looked like the anti-Harlow. She dressed as if she were a frumpy version of Ninotchka. This was their moment to shine and explain to consumers how excited and happy they are about their own products, not to suggest that they arrived to bury them. Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer later threw his arm over Elop’s shoulder doing his Uncle Fester impersonation. Between Ballmer and Elop, Elop looked like the cool guy in the photo. It’s as if Microsoft’s lack of marketing savvy is contagious.
ESM Action next? “…whatever it takes….”
From Spiegel. The court battle against the permanent euro bailout fund, the ESM, has become the largest in German legal history. Yet despite widespread concerns, fund head Klaus Regling is preparing for action. The most important question surrounding the fund, however, remains to be answered: Will it work?
Before that can happen, though, the ESM must still clear some legal hurdles. On Sept. 12, the German Constitutional Court will rule on lawsuits seeking to prevent the government of German Chancellor Angela Merkel from participating in the new bailout fund with its €700 billion ($880 billion) firewall.
Some 37,000 Germans have joined the complaint, making it the largest such case in the history of the court. Most prominently, however, the list of plaintiffs includes Peter Gauweiler, a politician with the Christian Social Union, the Bavarian sister party to Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU), former Justice Minister Herta Däubler-Gmelin of the center-left opposition Social Democrats (SPD), and a group of professors led by economist Wilhelm Hankel, a prominent critic of the euro. They all fear that joining the rescue fund necessarily means that Germany’s parliament would lose its constitutionally guaranteed right to oversee the budget.
A few ealry market thoughts by Marc Chandler of Marc to market.
Biderman on nobody telling the truth with regards to the US Economy. Forget the ISM and other bullshit figures….
While vacationing at the Mauna Kea on the big island of Hawaii, which by the way is my favorite resort hotel on the planet, I realized during a dinner time conversation that no one is talking the truth about the US economy. The truth is that the US is being bankrupted by the actions of the Obama Administration hand in hand with the Bernanke Fed. Bankruptcy sooner or later has to occur when an individual, company or government keeps borrowing more then they can pay anytime soon. The US has borrowed and continues to borrow more money then it will ever be able to repay, and that is true even if economic growth zooms.