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Why the Financial Services Industry Is Showing More Women in Its Ads

Financial services firms want to reach more women; so I conclude from data presented by Pamela Grossman of Getty Images at SXSW this year. According to data collected by Getty, financial firms are buying 20% more stock photos of women today than they...

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Joe Scarborough And Paul Krugman Are Fighting Over Census Bureau Changes

Joe Scarborough and Paul Krugman are fighting again. The two men have long been going after each other in blog posts arguing about the national debt crisis. Last March, they sat down together with Charlie Rose to face off in a one-on-one debate....



Putin Asserts Right to Use Force...

Putin Asserts Right to Use Force...(First column, 3rd story, link)Related stories:Three dead after Ukraine military base attacked...Russia announces deal to 'de-escalate tensions'...Jews ordered to register in east Ukraine... ...



Federal Reserve Board announces consent order of prohibition



Americans Wildly Overestimate the Impact of Routine Mammographies

Aaron Carroll passes along the following stunning chart about the actual efficacy of routine breast cancer screening on 50-year-old women: Obviously, there are circumstances where routine screening is a good idea—perhaps if you have a...



Why Has Hedge Fund AUM Hit New Record Highs?

I have been fairly fascinated by hedge funds for quite some time. I began studying them earlier last decade. It has been an intriguing field for investigation for a number of reasons: 1) Alpha Generators: In the early days of hedge funds, they created a...



Time Warner and Comcast push hassle-free, automatic Wi-Fi 2.0 hotspots

Time Warner Cable and Comcast want their Wi-Fi hotspots to be as easy to access as any mobile network.At the end of last month, Time Warner quietly switched on its Hotspot 2.0 service, GigaOm reports. The service lets subscribers automatically connect...



'Antitrust in the New Gilded Age'

Robert Reich: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age, by Robert Reich: We’re in a new gilded age of wealth and power similar to the first gilded age when the nation’s antitrust laws were enacted. Those laws should prevent or bust up concentrations...



Links for 4-17-14

Piketty Day Notes - Paul Krugman Capital in the Twenty-First Century - Martin Wolf Rogoff talks financial crisis - Yale Daily News VC for the people - interfluidity Demand for Sand - Tim Taylor The dark side of wage growth - Chris Dillow A comment on...



Netflix, Inc. (NLFX) Will Arrive In Germany In September

Netflix investors may begin to worry about the cost of establishing new operations throughout EuropeNetflix Inc (NASDAQ:NFLX) may be ready to open its service to 80 million extra customers. According to reports emerging on Wednesday afternoon, the media...



3D Systems Corporation (DDD) Gets $63 Price Target After Robtec Buy

3D Systems is buying in order to build an integrated distribution model as the 3D printing market heads toward heavier competition3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) saw its stock jump by more than 2% on today’s market after the company announced...



Yellen, Monetary Policy and the Economic Recovery



LBJ Was Great. LBJ Was Horrible. Deal With It.

David Greenberg and Michael Kazin are arguing about whether LBJ was a great president. Here is Greenberg's wrap-up: Maybe our differences really come down to this: For Michael, the enormity of the Vietnam debacle is so great that LBJ must...



Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA) Coming Down To Earth

Tesla shares have not been performing well over the past month or so, which has once again raised questions on the company’s futureTesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) stock is down around 17% in the past month indicating that the super car is no longer...



U.S. Policies Favor The Wealthy, Interest Groups, Study Shows

U.S. government policies reflect the desires of the wealthy and interest groups more than the average citizen, according to researchers at Princeton University and Northwestern University. "[W]e believe that if policymaking is dominated by powerful...



Wednesday: Housing Starts, Industrial Production, Yellen Speech, Beige Book

A reminder of a friendly bet I made with NDD on housing starts in 2014: If starts or sales are up at least 20% YoY in any month in 2014, [NDD] will make a $100 donation to the charity of Bill's choice, which he has designated as the Memorial Fund in...



PIMCO Joins Chorus Against Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Wind-Down Plan

Newly-appointed PIMCO CEO describes the legislation proposed by Johnson-Crapo as a ‘significant oversight’PIMCO’s new CEO Douglas Hodge points out that the Johnson-Crapo bill lacks protection for investors who play a critical role in...



NYPD disbanding Muslim spying unit...

NYPD disbanding Muslim spying unit...(Second column, 2nd story, link)Related stories:CNN: LARGE AL QAEDA GATHERING REVEALED IN VIDEO... ...



'Supply, Demand, and Unemployment Benefits'

When in need of a quick post, Paul Krugman is always a good source: Supply, Demand, and Unemployment Benefits: Ben Casselman points out that we’ve had a sort of natural experiment in the alleged effects of unemployment benefits in reducing...



Japan population drops third year straight; 25% elderly...

Japan population drops third year straight; 25% elderly...(Second column, 16th story, link)Related stories:Iran considers ban on vasectomies to boost birthrate... ...



Fox News Is About to Get a New Pet Rock

Oh man, a whole new set of conspiracy theories is about to take flight: The Census Bureau, the authoritative source of health insurance data for more than three decades, is changing its annual survey so thoroughly that it will be difficult to...



Why BlackBerry chose NantHealth: CEO

CEO John Chen talks about BlackBerry's new health-care tech deal and how it plays into one of the company's core...



'Rising Sun'

Paul Krugman: Rising Sun: Joe Romm draws our attention to the third slice of the latest IPCC report on climate change, on the costs of mitigation; the panel finds that these costs aren’t that big — a few percent of GDP even by the end of the...



Why America's Slice Of The Global Stock Market Pie Is Shrinking

Bespoke Investment Group presents a variant of the above chart in a blog post on its website: America's share of world market capitalization has dropped sharply since around March 20, mirroring the rise that occurred over the preceding month. To...



On a Concentrated Bond Market

There have been a few articles recently on the underperformance of Pimco, and on the increasing concentration on the buy side of the bond market.  There is danger here for large active managers and their clients.Two years ago, I wrote a piece...



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Thomas Piketty Proposals to Advance Income Equality

Daniel Shuchman in WSJ informs on some of the proposals and ideas bandied about by Thomas Piketty in Capital in the Twenty-First Century: Mr. Piketty urges an 80% tax rate on incomes starting at "$500,000 or $1 million." This is not...



Links for 4-23-14

Class-Ridden America - Paul Krugman Bernanke Says Fed Could Have Communicated Better - WSJ Acceleration Is Forecast for Spending on Health - NYTimes.com A post-crash manifesto to rebuild economics - Money Supply Too Big to Fail. Not Too Strong - David...



Jeremy C. Stein submits resignation as a member of the Board of Governors, effective May 28, 2014

Jeremy C. Stein submits resignation as a member of the Board of Governors, effective May 28,...



'Economy Adds 192,000 Jobs in March, Unemployment Rate Unchanged'

Dean Baker (see also "Comments on Employment Report" by Calculated Risk): Economy Adds 192,000 Jobs in March, Unemployment Rate Unchanged: The ACA appears to be allowing workers to opt for part-time jobs and older workers to retire...



Shocking Facts About The Deindustrialization Of America That Everyone Should Know

How long can America continue to burn up wealth?  How long can this nation continue to consume far more wealth than it produces?  The trade deficit is one of the biggest reasons for the steady decline of the U.S. economy, but many Americans...



'Same As He Ever Was'

More on the Ryan budget. This is Paul Krugman: Same As He Ever Was: ... The latest Paul Ryan budget is getting a lot of well-deserved flak, and so is Ryan himself. The combination of cruelty and raw dishonesty is so obvious, it’s hard to see how...



Here's 20-Year-Old Warren Buffett's Investing Advice From 1951

Warren Buffett's been investing for a long time. ValueWalk's Jacob Wolinsky just posted this piece by the then 20-year-old investment salesman Warren E. Buffett. It's dated Thursday, December 6, 1951 and it comes from a publication called...



Tower Group: A Look Back At Errors Made

Tower Group: A Look Back At Errors Made by David Merkel, CFA of Aleph Blog I try to run an ethical blog here, so when I make mistakes, I admit them.  In this case, I don’t think the errors make a lot of difference to the investment...



This Morning: Debating Apple’s Cycle, Audience Rising, Microsoft’s New Approach

Here are some things going on this morning in your world of tech: Shares of Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) are down 11 cents, or 0.4%, at at $33.50, after hedge fund manager Jim Chanos was on CNBC this morning and again invoked his short-sale position on HP...



Tuesday: Auto Sales, ISM Mfg Index, Construction Spending, Q1 Office Vacancy Survey

Oh no, not April 1st! From the NY Times: Beware the April Fools’ Jokes Coming From Madison AvenueIn the last three or four years, the ranks of pranksters seem to have grown, partly because of the ability of social media to rapidly communicate and...



Permahawkery

Maybe the weakest policy argument...



Yahoo Japan slumps to near four-month low after eAccess buy

TOKYO (Reuters) - Shares in Yahoo Japan Corp slumped 10.2 percent to a near four-month low on Friday after it said it will buy mobile network operator eAccess from Japanese wireless carrier Softbank... ...



The Downward Drift in Real Interest Rates

David Wessel reports on the IMF's World Economic Outlook: The Downward Drift in Inflation-Adjusted Interest Rates: Why? And So What?, by David Wessel, WSJ: ...Two economists writing in the International Monetary Fund’s new World Economic...