Facebook – Did you buy “The Face-plant” IPO?

Hopefully you didn’t buy the Facebook IPO. Something seems very suspicious with the entire listing, from the sudden issuing of 25% more shares – diluting the value – to the negative outlook strangely offered by the lead underwriter, Morgan Stanley – that was issued very close to the issue date for the IPO.

We know of someone who has not ever invested in stocks – saying that he wanted to get an IngDirect stock builder account in order to buy Facebook. Luckily he followed our advice and didn’t buy it. Do not “like” Facebook. It is badly over-hyped and overpriced. What do you think?

When Will Greece Leave the Eurozone?

The rumblings have long since begun. Greece is in no mood for austerity. It does not seem likely that they will stay in the Euro. They don’t want to stop spending, they don’t want to pay the debt and the want more loans. Perhaps they will try the Gyro. Some actually expect them to exit the Euro over the weekend.

Didn’t the Greek government initially misrepresent the economic information in order to admitted to the Euro zone? Why should the Germans (and the other Northern countries) now pay for that? Some have even said their economy is based on sloth and ouzo. That does not sound like a recipe for success.

While initially the Greek exit (Grexit) will cause some instability in the markets, in will likely strengthen the Euro in the long run. Many predict the Mediterranean countries exiting the Euro, leaving a smaller and stronger Euro zone.

Let us know your thoughts.