Wednesday, January 19, 2011

A Sense of Humor on Wall Street!

In the week or two since “Say What?”—a three paragraph call-out of one of the most unintentionally amusing pieces of Wall Street triple-speak we’ve ever come across—generated the biggest response per paragraph this virtual column has ever seen, we have been considering the idea that perhaps there is a direct, inverse correlation between length and readership.

So here’s another brief call-out, but of a most intentionally amusing comment buried within an otherwise dry note discussing the implications of Apple’s iPhone launch at Verizon.

See if you can spot it:

The availability of the iPhone 4 at Verizon has been long considered a risk for Motorola Mobility and RIM. While it is widely expected to impact both vendors, we believe both Motorola and RIM have appropriately accounted for the risk. Motorola of course has given 1Q guidance already, which included a material downtick at Verizon. RIM has successfully mitigated the iPhone risk by cleverly ceding most of its Verizon market share to Android first.


Finally—a sense of humor on Wall Street!



Jeff Matthews
I Am Not Making This Up

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is the funny part of the paragraph:
RIM has successfully mitigated the iPhone risk by cleverly ceding most of its Verizon market share to Android first.

JEFF PARTLOW: THE COVERED CALLS ADVISOR said...

How about asking your readers to submit their own favorite humorous double-speak examples. Perhaps you could even establish a financial version of the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest:
http://bulwer-lytton.com/

Keep up the good work,
Jeff P