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Morning News: September 2, 2015

U.S. Auto Sales Pace Accelerates Australian Dollar Hits Six-Year Low on China Putin’s Got a New Problem With China Solar Win in Coal’s Back Yard Shows Cheap Way to Beat Blackouts Welcome to Quantitative Tightening as $12 Trillion Reserves...



Fed Apologist Ritholtz Interviews Fed Apologist McCulley

Bloomberg columnist Barry Ritholtz interviewed Paul McCulley, former chief economist at PIMCO, and often mentioned FOMC candidate on the Fed's performance. The Podcast is over two hours long, so let's just go with Ritholtz's brief summary:...



Sorry, I Don't Know Why Murder Rates Are Up In a Bunch of Big Cities

I've gotten enough requests to comment on this piece from the New York Times that I guess I'd better do so: Cities across the nation are seeing a startling rise in murders after years of declines, and few places have witnessed a shift as...



The ‘Gig’ Bear Market of 2015 …and the Bull Market in Volatility of Volatility

It was just a matter of time. With Uber at $50 billion and Airbnb at $30 billion the markets need a big breather. Hopefully, this boom is just on hold while we give the bears a ‘gig’. On Fred’s Blog today he talks about the...



Leveraged bubbles

The risk that asset price bubbles pose for financial stability is still not clear. Drawing on 140 years of data, this column argues that leverage is the critical determinant of crisis damage. When fuelled by credit booms, asset price bubbles are...



Jeff Gundlach is opening a new fund

FA Insights is a daily newsletter from Business Insider that delivers the top news and commentary for financial advisors. Jeff Gundlach's DoubleLine Capital has a new fund (Investment News) Bond guru Jeff Gundlach's DoubleLine Capital...



Greenlight Capital Down 14% for Year; David Einhorn Surveys Investors

The recent market turmoil has not spared one of Wall Street’s smartest stock...



'Dynasties versus Development'

From Vox EU: Dynasties and development, by Jan Frederick P. Cruz and Ronald U Mendoza: The possibility of a showdown between Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush in the US Presidential polls may have some political pundits salivating, but perhaps many more...



Cullen Roche: The Disciplined Investor Podcast Interview [Audio]

The Disciplined Investor Podcast Interview by Cullen Roche, Pragmatic Capitalism I was on the Disciplined Investor podcast over the weekend with Andrew Horowitz discussing China’s “black box” of finance and some of the ways in...



Twitter Improves Photo Tools To Take On Facebook

Twitter has reportedly introduced new image and video editing tools to take on rivals Facebook and Snapchat. The new tools were revealed in tweets made recently by various celebrities, says a report from Gigaom.   More options for users Whether...



Tuesday assorted links

1. Laura Miller on Elena Ferrante. 2. In praise of law reviews and jargon-filled academic writing.  And more on the marginal value of a good teacher. 3. Why do people do good spontaneously?  And Harvard responds to complaints about its faculty...



There Are No Hacks in the Market

When I was in college, my friends often came up with crazy “can’t miss” business ideas. One week, they were going to sell imported leather goods. Another week, they were going to scalp concert tickets. They always knew somebody who knew...



NFL: Ranking the Top 15 Fantasy Football Running Backs in 2015

Jeff Gross/Getty Images   We are rapidly closing in on the kickoff to the 2015 NFL regular season. Rosters are being trimmed, and teams have started to announce the winners of position battles that lasted all offseason. With rosters being...



STOCKS FALL, OIL EXPLODES HIGHER: Here's what you need to know (DIA, SPX, SPY, QQQ, IWM, TLT, USO, OIL, WLL, SM, CNX, NFX, COP, PSX, TWTR)

It was another choppy day of trade to finish August, one of the most volatile months for the stock market in years.  Oil took center stage again on Monday, rising 8% after a nearly 20% gain at the end of last week. Crude oil is now up nearly 30%...



The Fed and Inequality: It Can Make a Huge Difference

The NYT had an interesting piece noting criticisms from the left and right directed at the Federal Reserve Board over its monetary policy decisions. It concludes with a comment from Princeton University professor and former Fed vice-chair Alan Blinder,...



NFL: 5 Comebacks We’d Love to See in 2015

  Doug Pensinger/Getty Images Sports can be very fickle. On one hand, the pressure to maintain the highest level of performance can be so intense that some players will go so far as to cheat, such as with performance-enhancing drugs, in order to...



Links for 08-30-15

Artificial Unintelligence - Paul Krugman Not too simple: Just wrong - Roger Farmer Bad behaviour and early school leaving - Vox EU The macro/micro validity tradeoff - Noah Smith What did Lucas and Sargent mean? - Mean Squared Errors The Bumpy Story of...



Optimistic About Inflation, Stanley Fischer Suggests That Fed Will Stick to Plan on Rates

The remarks of the Federal Reserve’s vice chairman were highly anticipated after days of turmoil in financial markets that raised questions about whether the Fed’s plans had...



Fed's Vice Chair Fischer: “When the case is overwhelming, if you wait that long, then you’ve waited too long.”

Note: Tomorrow, Saturday, at 12:25 PM ET, Fed Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer will speak at the Jackson Hole Symposium on "U.S. Inflation Developments"A couple of quotes from earlier today ...From Binyamin Appelbaum at the NY Times: Fed Official...



Fed’s Fischer Givers More Clarity on Rate Hike Path

The markets are getting a new look at “just one more” view from the Federal Reserve on the timing of the interest rate hike cycle. Stanley Fischer, Vice Chairman of the Federal...



Computers are the new Dumb Money

You want the box score on this latest weekly battle in the stock market? No problem: Humans 1, Machines o Because if you think it was human beings executing sales of Starbucks (SBUX) down 22% on Monday’s open, you’re dreaming. And if...



How My Presidency Would Deal With China

Approaching Beijing on the basis of strength and example, not weakness and...



The U.S. Economy Actually Grew 3.7% In The Second Quarter

The United States actually experienced a strong 3.7% growth rate in the second quarter this year, according to a Commerce Department revision announced Thursday. Growth had previously been estimated at 2.3%, positive but not as robust as many would...



What the Ashley Madison hack says about how many women cheat

Philippe Lopez / AFP / Getty Images Last week's massive, marriage-straining data dump shows remarkably few women browsed Ashley Madison, the recently hacked dating site that promises to facilitate steamy affairs. About two-thirds of...



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Fed Apologist Ritholtz Interviews Fed Apologist McCulley

Bloomberg columnist Barry Ritholtz interviewed Paul McCulley, former chief economist at PIMCO, and often mentioned FOMC candidate on the Fed's performance. The Podcast is over two hours long, so let's just go with Ritholtz's brief summary:...



Does Low-Cost Vanguard Have Low-Cost (& Quality) Cyber Security?

Providing investors with a myriad of low-cost investment options has been the primary mission at the Vanguard Group for many years. The investment management titan is obviously doing something right as they are the largest mutual fund provider and the...



'Black Monday': Global stock markets plunge into the red following fierce sell-off in China

The slump sparked panic selling on global markets with the FTSE 100 index at one point down more than 400 points while the Dow Jones Industrial Average opened more than 1,000 points...



Morning News: September 2, 2015

U.S. Auto Sales Pace Accelerates Australian Dollar Hits Six-Year Low on China Putin’s Got a New Problem With China Solar Win in Coal’s Back Yard Shows Cheap Way to Beat Blackouts Welcome to Quantitative Tightening as $12 Trillion Reserves...



GOOGLE Driverless Cars Run Into Problem: Humans...

GOOGLE Driverless Cars Run Into Problem: Humans...(First column, 1st story, link) ...



Greenlight Capital Down 14% for Year; David Einhorn Surveys Investors

The recent market turmoil has not spared one of Wall Street’s smartest stock...



Twitter Improves Photo Tools To Take On Facebook

Twitter has reportedly introduced new image and video editing tools to take on rivals Facebook and Snapchat. The new tools were revealed in tweets made recently by various celebrities, says a report from Gigaom.   More options for users Whether...



How My Presidency Would Deal With China

Approaching Beijing on the basis of strength and example, not weakness and...



The U.S. Economy Actually Grew 3.7% In The Second Quarter

The United States actually experienced a strong 3.7% growth rate in the second quarter this year, according to a Commerce Department revision announced Thursday. Growth had previously been estimated at 2.3%, positive but not as robust as many would...



‘Captain America: Civil War’: Everything We Know (And Don’t Know)

Ant-Man has officially hit theaters, which mean it’s  time to start looking ahead to the next film on Marvel’s lineup: Captain America: Civil War. With a jam-packed roster of both new and returning characters, the upcoming movie is...



Stocks in China Continue to Dive; Global Markets Elsewhere Stabilize

Across Asia, the free fall of the past few days appeared to have ended — except in China, where Shanghai stocks opened 6.4 percent...



You call *that* a devaluation? *This* is a devaluation

Buyers and sellers of currency — people who transact in goods, services, and assets across borders — pushed down the yuan by a little less than 2 per cent on August 10. Rather than fight the move, the Chinese government...



Musings on the Wealth Effect

Photo Credit: Wally GobetzI try not to be an ideologue, and I often fail. One bias of mine is that most macroeconomic policy actions of the government or central bank either don’t help, or merely shift the problem to another...



Cullen Roche: The Disciplined Investor Podcast Interview [Audio]

The Disciplined Investor Podcast Interview by Cullen Roche, Pragmatic Capitalism I was on the Disciplined Investor podcast over the weekend with Andrew Horowitz discussing China’s “black box” of finance and some of the ways in...



The ‘Gig’ Bear Market of 2015 …and the Bull Market in Volatility of Volatility

It was just a matter of time. With Uber at $50 billion and Airbnb at $30 billion the markets need a big breather. Hopefully, this boom is just on hold while we give the bears a ‘gig’. On Fred’s Blog today he talks about the...



Top Dem fundraisers to meet...

Top Dem fundraisers to meet...(Second column, 5th story, link)Related stories:SHOCK POLL: 46% Think Hillary Should Suspend Her Campaign...GEFFEN FLASHBACK: NO MORE CLINTONS...Obama gives Biden 'blessing' to run...Group circulates...



Jeff Gundlach is opening a new fund

FA Insights is a daily newsletter from Business Insider that delivers the top news and commentary for financial advisors. Jeff Gundlach's DoubleLine Capital has a new fund (Investment News) Bond guru Jeff Gundlach's DoubleLine Capital...



First Draft: As Rivals Snipe, Donald Trump Dodges Questions on Details of Immigration Plan

Scott Walker, Chris Christie and Carly Fiorina each took shots at Mr. Trump on the Sunday morning news shows over his immigration...



Sorry, I Don't Know Why Murder Rates Are Up In a Bunch of Big Cities

I've gotten enough requests to comment on this piece from the New York Times that I guess I'd better do so: Cities across the nation are seeing a startling rise in murders after years of declines, and few places have witnessed a shift as...



US authorities break up 'insider trading ring' that used Ukrainian hackers

Almost two dozen people face criminal and civil charges over trades based on hacked results...