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Listening to California Parks People Discuss Climate Change

Some random highlights: I watched a 20 minute presentation in which a woman from LA parks talked repeatedly about the urban heat island being a result of global warming I just saw that California State Parks, which is constantly short of money and...



Wal-Mart Weighs Matching Web Prices

Wal-Mart is testing a program to match online prices from rivals like Amazon this holiday season, a move that could make the discounter more competitive but cut into...



Tim Cook, Apple’s Chief Executive, Says He Is ‘Proud to Be Gay’



What Can Vampires Teach Us About Economics? A New Freakonomics Radio Podcast

(Photo: gaelx) Do vampires employ an optimal strategy in choosing their mates? Would a zombie invasion help create jobs? And what would happen if vampires didn’t have to attack humans to get blood? These are some of the pressing questions we...



'BEA: Real GDP increased at 3.5% Annualized Rate in Q3'

 Calculated Risk: BEA: Real GDP increased at 3.5% Annualized Rate in Q3: From the BEA: Gross Domestic Product, Third Quarter 2014 (Advance Estimate) Real gross domestic product -- the value of the production of goods and services in the...



Yellen, Welcoming Remarks

Speech at the National Summit on Diversity in the Economics Profession, Washington,...



Study: Genes, Not Just Medical Care, Affect Ebola Outcomes

As Jon Cohn reminds us this morning, the prognosis for Ebola patients is very different in the U.S. and West Africa: If an American patient is diagnosed early and treated with...



Morning News: October 30, 2014

European Investors Get Jittery Over Banking Stocks German Jobless Total Falls in October Fed Ends QE, Perks Up Labor Market Outlook Fed’s Lonesome Dove Dissents as Brighter Outlook Appeases Hawks Time Warner Cable Profit Drops as Subscriptions...



America's Path To Energy Independence In One Chart

The US is well on its way to energy independence. The share of oil consumed by Americans that was produced in the US has sharply increased over the last 10 years, according to the Department of Energy. Back in 2005, less than 70% of oil consumed by...



$1.5 Million Sent in Error to Money Manager (Both Are Missing)

Credit Suisse is trying to find Joseph Galbraith, manager of Galbraith Capital Investment Management, to which the bank says it sent the money in...



Einhorn Transforms BioFuel Energy Into A Real Estate Business

BioFuel changed its name to Green Brick Partners Inc. and now trades under the ticker symbol GRBK on the NasdaqBioFuel Energy Corp., the former ethanol producer, has transformed into Green Brick Partners Inc (NASDAQ:GRBK) , a successful homebuilder, with...



The Fed's First Rate Hike Is In Sight

FA Insights is a daily newsletter from Business Insider that delivers the top news and commentary for financial advisers.  The End Of QE Suggests That The First Rate Hike Is Close (Charles Schwab) The Fed officially ended quantitative...



Summers: Reflections on the new 'Secular Stagnation hypothesis'

In case you just can't get enough of Larry Summers talking about secular stagnation: Reflections on the new 'Secular Stagnation hypothesis', by Larry Summers, Vox EU: The notion that Europe and other advanced economies are...



Little 'like' for Facebook apps

For all of Facebook's success in turning mobile into a booming business, one problem remains: bad user...



If You Had A Verizon Family Plan In The 2000s, There's Some Cash Coming Your Way

Verizon agreed to a proposed settlement last week under which it would pay $64.2 million to settle claims that it overcharged customers who signed up for family plans. Family SharePlan customers were allegedly billed for in-network calls that were...



Fed’s Axis of Opposition Shifts from Hawks to Doves

The Federal Reserve’s decision Wednesday to end its bond-buying program helped moved  the needle of formal opposition at the central bank from the camp of officials opposed to its ultra-easy credit policies to the group wanting them to...



Democratic Advantage Among Latinos Falls

Democrats maintain a wide, but diminished, advantage among Hispanic registered voters, 54% of whom say a candidate’s position on immigration is not a deal-breaker in determining their...



Twitter Inc – Two Key Engineers To Resign [REPORT]

Some of the engineers at Twitter Inc (TWTR) were concerned that the product vision of the company is not clear enough for themTwitter Inc (NASDAQ:TWTR) is expected to reorganize its engineering division after two its primary engineers are planning...



Federal Reserve issues FOMC statement



Over at Project Syndicate: Material Well-Being in America since 1979

Material Well-Being in America since 1979 J. Bradford DeLong Over at Project Syndicate: Over at Project Syndicate:The story goes: since 1979, the peak of the last business cycle before the inauguration of Ronald Reagan, economic growth in America...



Did You Hear The One About Early Release of SEC Filings?

The Wall Street Journal’s Scott Patterson and Ryan Tracy wrote an article yesterday that has sparked a whole new wave of OH MY GOD THIS IS SO UNFAIR rage and ranting in my RSS feeds and Twitter feeds.    The WSJ has a gate on...



From This Day Forward, We Will Watch How The Stock Market Performs Without The Fed’s Monetary Heroin

Mark this day on your calendars.  The Dow is at 16974, the S&P 500 is at 1982 and the NASDAQ is at 4549.  From this day forward, we will be looking to see how the stock market performs without the monetary heroin that the Federal...



Morning News: October 29, 2014

Deutsche Bank Posts Loss of $117 Million in Third Quarter World Bank Urges China to Cut Economic Growth target to 7% in 2015, Focus on Reforms Safe-Deposit Box Craze Lays Bare Ukraine Woes After Vote What Could the Fed Do to Address Inequality? QE3 And...



Facebook Inc (FB) To Continue Aggressive Spending

Facebook is asking analysts and investors to take a long-term perspectiveFacebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) CEO Mark Zuckerberg stated that he will continue to spend profusely on new technologies in the future, and also explained how this quarter’s...



10 Wednesday PM Reads

My afternoon train reads: • How Effective Were Fed Bond Buys? A QE Research Bibliography (Real Time Economics) see also Quantitative Easing Is Ending. Here’s What It Did, in Charts. (Upshot) • Earnings Results Defy Conventional...



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Listening to California Parks People Discuss Climate Change

Some random highlights: I watched a 20 minute presentation in which a woman from LA parks talked repeatedly about the urban heat island being a result of global warming I just saw that California State Parks, which is constantly short of money and...



Summers: Reflections on the new 'Secular Stagnation hypothesis'

In case you just can't get enough of Larry Summers talking about secular stagnation: Reflections on the new 'Secular Stagnation hypothesis', by Larry Summers, Vox EU: The notion that Europe and other advanced economies are...



What Can Vampires Teach Us About Economics? A New Freakonomics Radio Podcast

(Photo: gaelx) Do vampires employ an optimal strategy in choosing their mates? Would a zombie invasion help create jobs? And what would happen if vampires didn’t have to attack humans to get blood? These are some of the pressing questions we...



Links for 10-29-14

Lars Svensson 1, Sadomonetarists 0 - Paul Krugman Digital divide exacerbates US inequality - FT.com It's Essential the Federal Reserve Discusses Inequality - Rortybomb The narrowing of global imbalances - Vox EU That Infamous Open Letter to...



September's Coincident Indexes Show Increased Economic Activity in 43 States

October 23, 2014 — The Bank has released the coincident indexes, which measure current economic activity in each of the 50 states. In September, the indexes increased in 43 states, decreased in four, and remained stable in...



'Dornbusch’s Law'

Paul Krugman is getting worried about Europe again: Europanic 2.0: Anyone who works in international monetary economics is familiar with Dornbusch’s Law: The crisis takes a much longer time coming than you think, and then it happens much faster...



UK recovery slows down as economic growth dips to 0.7% in third quarter

The Office for National Statistics data confirms that growth in July-September slowed from 0.9% in the second...



Republicans Have Big Plans for a GOP Senate. Here’s What Will Come of Them: Nothing.

If Republicans capture the Senate, they can accomplish big things, Senator Rob Portman told The Atlantic in an article published Monday. “We need the majority...



Facebook Inc (FB) To Continue Aggressive Spending

Facebook is asking analysts and investors to take a long-term perspectiveFacebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) CEO Mark Zuckerberg stated that he will continue to spend profusely on new technologies in the future, and also explained how this quarter’s...



Liberals are more likely to unfriend you over politics — online and off

Data from the Pew Research Journalism Project shows that conservatives are less likely to have their views challenged on social media — but liberals are more likely to block or unfriend someone online because they disagree...



How Can Tiny Norway Afford to Buy So Many Teslas? A New Freakonomics Radio Podcast

(Photo: Tesla Motors) Until recently, tiny Norway (population 5 million) has been the second largest market for Teslas (after the U.S.). Earlier this year, Tesla’s Model S became the best-selling car in the country ever for a one-month...



Charlie Munger Donates $65M to Study Of Theoretical Physics

Munger’s $65 million gift is the largest in the history of the university. It will be used for the construction of a dormitory for visiting physicistsCharlie Munger, vice chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Inc (NYSE:BRK.A) (NYSE:BRK.B) donated $65...



Wonkblog: A tour of the world’s slowing economy, in five charts

The International Monetary Fund has once again downgraded its assessment of the world economy through 2015. This year, the IMF expects global growth to clock in at 3.3 percent -- 0.4 percentage points lower than the organization predicted just...



Study: Genes, Not Just Medical Care, Affect Ebola Outcomes

As Jon Cohn reminds us this morning, the prognosis for Ebola patients is very different in the U.S. and West Africa: If an American patient is diagnosed early and treated with...



Six reasons why Microsoft's 'karma' is bad for women

Satya Nadella urged women to trust the system, but his own company has a chequered reputation when it comes to female...



The great mortgaging

The Global Crisis prompted Lord Adair Turner to ask if the growth of the financial sector has been socially useful, catalysing an ongoing debate. This column turns to economic history to investigate whether the financial sector is too big. New long-run,...



Exclusive: Allergan Shareholder Paulson & Co Urges Deal With Shire - Sources

(Reuters) - Allergan Inc shareholder Paulson & Co is urging the Botox maker to merge with specialty pharmaceutical company Shire Plc as a potential alternative to a deal with hostile bidder Valeant Pharmaceuticals , according to two people familiar...



Links for 10-10-14

Bernanke defends AIG bailout in court - FT.com Deficit anxiety is not the answer - The Washington Post The Establishment: a review - Stumbling and Mumbling The Freelance Economy Still Runs on Word of Mouth - Justin Fox Cultural Capture and the Financial...



Inflation derps are people from the concrete steppes

Suppose I lend you $1,000, at 0% interest. But I warn you that as soon as you spend that $1,000, or lend it to someone else to spend, I will immediately make you repay the loan, or else raise the interest rate high enough to make you regret spending it...



Dudley: Enhancing Financial Stability by Improving Culture in the Financial Services Industry

Remarks by President Dudley at the Workshop on Reforming Culture and Behavior in the Financial Services Industry, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, New York...