With the holiday season in full swing, the Breakout crew got into the spirit at Minyanville's annual charity event "Festivus." It's the Super Bowl of the financial blogosphere, bringing together the best minds in the business of following, making sense of, and writing about the ins and outs of today's financial markets.
"This is the other side of the trade," says Todd Harrison, founder & CEO of Minyanville.com. "We are raising money to help promote financial literacy for children."
An impressive silent auction set up at the event benefits The Ruby Peck Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to children's educational programs and grants. The center piece was a rare bottle of Le Jeroboam de Louis XIII, featuring a 3 liter crystal decanter donated by Remy Martin. Only three have been made available worldwide, and only one in the U.S., putting the value at $26,000.
"More than anything this is about getting together our community so they can connect with each other," says Minyanville's president Kevin Wasson.
"Good things tend to happen when you bring good solid human capital together in a room for a good cause," says Harrison.
Lots of good for charity and lots of great conversations did come about at Festivus 2011. Stay tuned to Breakout for a series of clips from the event providing top analysis of the situation in Europe, the key themes to watch in Tech and in Media in 2012, Peter Schiff and Peter Atwater debating the Federal Reserve and the value of gold, plus Larry Leibowitz, chief operating officer of NYSE Euronext.