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Cocoa Is Surging Because Of Ebola

Cocoa futures were up over 2% on Friday, and they have have been flying higher this week. Ebola is being blamed for the spike. According to a report by The Wall Street Journal's Alexandra Wexler and Sara Jerving, concerns that Ebola will reach...



Volatility Can Be Risk, At Rare Times

Photo Credit: Matt CavanaghThere is a saying in the markets that volatility is not risk. In general this is true, and helps to explain why measures like beta and standard deviation of returns do not measure risk, and are not priced by the market. After...



Most lucrative debut in stock market history...

Most lucrative debut in stock market history...(Top headline, 3rd story, link)Related stories:COMMUNISTS DAZZLE WALL STREET...Overtakes AMAZON...Jack Ma Inspired By Hero 'FORREST GUMP'...'WE GOT THE TRUST'...Plans roadshow with...



Alibaba Group Holding Ltd Opens At $93

It's off to the races, as investors quickly snap up shares of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd on opening dayAlibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE:BABA)’s shares just began trading on the New York Stock Exchange after the company’s initial...



Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac: Growing Chorus Calls for 3rd Amendment Details

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac: Growing Chorus Calls for 3rd Amendment Details by Todd Sullivan, Value Plays A group of 17 Conservative/free-market organizations have sent a letter to Reps McHenry and Green demanding the government be more open regarding the...



What We're Reading ~ Hedge Fund Links 9/19/14

Brevan Howard's Charlotte Valeur talks strategy [FINalternatives]Seth Klarman cautions against complacency bubble [ValueWalk] Picking hedge funds is hard [Abnormal Returns]Highland Capital on whether the bull market in US airlines will continue...



Visa Sale of Monitise Stake Represents Buying Opportunity: BTIG

BTIG's Palmer says Monitise oversold on Visa newsA recent report from BTIG Research says: Don’t worry. Be happy…and buy more Monitise Plc (LON:MONI) (OTCMKTS:MONIF). In his September 18th blog post, analyst Mark Palmer of BTIG...



Yellen, The Importance of Asset Building for Low and Middle Income Households

Speech at the 2014 Assets Learning Conference of the Corporation for Enterprise Development (via prerecorded video), Washington,...



JetBlue CEO To Step Down In 2015 (JBLU)

CNBC reports that JetBlue CEO David Barger will step down in February 2015. Here's JetBlue's official statement: Robin Hayes to Succeed Dave Barger, Effective February 16, 2015 NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwired)...



NEW APPLE ENCRYPTION WILL LOCK OUT POLICE...

NEW APPLE ENCRYPTION WILL LOCK OUT POLICE...(Second column, 12th story, link)Related stories:Cook letter: 'We don't read your email'...GOOGLE ALSO BLOCKS COPS...FLASHBACK: Scans Gmail Messages IN TRANSIT... ...



AOL, Inc. Surges On Yahoo! Inc. Buyout Speculation

Shares of AOL, Inc. shot up by as much as 4% in afternoon trading after an analyst note suggested Yahoo! Inc. might buy itAOL, Inc. (NYSE:AOL) could become an acquisition target for Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO), according to BGC Partners analyst Richard...



Debt Growth Can’t Keep Pace with GDP, But Net Worth Can

Households in the U.S. borrowed more on credit cards, cars and their educations in the second quarter and their collective net worth climbed to a new record, according to a new Federal Reserve report. But the Fed report from which these numbers...



Argentina Warns U.S. Diplomat Of “Severe Measures” If Word “Default” Used Again

After threatening U.S. printing executives with "terrorist" charges for closing down an unprofitable division, Argentina now threatens based on word choicesAfter a U.S. diplomat said Argentina is in “default” on its debt, the Latin...



Cook letter: 'We don't read your email'...

Cook letter: 'We don't read your email'...(Second column, 13th story, link)Related stories:NEW APPLE ENCRYPTION WILL LOCK OUT POLICE...GOOGLE ALSO BLOCKS COPS...FLASHBACK: Scans Gmail Messages IN TRANSIT... ...



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Yahoo!'s Alibaba Cash Could Trigger a Buying Binge in Tech

Updated from July 9th to include pricing information from Alibaba IPO scattered throughout. NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- After Alibaba's initial public offering, Yahoo! and CEO Marissa Mayer may be looking to put some of the $5 billion new windfall...



Retirement: A Human Right Or A Luxury Good?

Retirement – A Luxury Good by David Merkel, CFA of The Aleph Blog Recently I was approached by Moneytips to ask my opinions about retirement. They sent me a long survey of which I picked a number of questions to answer. You can get the benefits...



Outsiders by Design Full Transcript

This is a transcript of the Freakonomics Radio podcast “Outsiders by Design” [MUSIC: The Civil Tones, “One Day, Again and Again” (from City Stoopin’)] Stephen J. DUBNER: Hey podcast listeners. Our mission at...



U.S. Housing Starts Fall in August

U.S. home construction fell last month after surging to a postrecession high in July, a sign of choppy progress in the housing...



That time three years ago, when investors temporarily lost their minds

Joe Weisenthal has a post up this morning about the awful action in gold these past few years. He posted a chart of gold’s price action from FRED, which I’ve annotated to remind you of something that actually happened exactly three...



The latest outrage in a never-ending series: Brokers suing their own customers

Just when I think I can no longer be shocked by the brokerage industry, I come across some fresh depravity, some new and previously unimaginable perversion of the bullshit “suitability” standard that daily permits the misleading sale...



Japan Needs Higher Returns on Overseas Assets

Despite a more than a two-year stretch in merchandise trade deficits, Japan still brings in more capital from abroad than it sends out, thanks to hefty returns on its overseas investments. Yet economists warn that the country needs to increase its...



U.S. Home-Builder Optimism Surges

Home-builder optimism surged in September to the highest level since 2005, a sign home construction could pick up in coming...



We Just Saw The Biggest Weekly Jump In Mortgage Rates Of The Year

Average US fixed mortgage rates saw their biggest weekly jump of the year, hitting their highest level since the week ending May 1. This is according to new survey data from Freddie Mac. During the week ending September 18, the 30-year fixed-rate...



Twitter CEO Responds To Pot-Smoking Accusation In Best Way Possible

PayPal and Palatir cofounder Peter Thiel is a legendary entrepreneur with a nose for investment. But when it comes to Twitter, it seems like all he smells is weed. “Twitter is hard to evaluate,” Thiel said on CNBC's "Squawk...



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U.S. Consumer Prices Fall 0.2% in August

Consumer prices fell in August, a reading that could support Federal Reserve policymakers seeking to move slowly in raising ultra-low interest...



Fleckenstein missed rally: ‘So what?’

Bill Fleckenstein has missed out on massive gains, but that doesn't bother him...



Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac: Growing Chorus Calls for 3rd Amendment Details

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac: Growing Chorus Calls for 3rd Amendment Details by Todd Sullivan, Value Plays A group of 17 Conservative/free-market organizations have sent a letter to Reps McHenry and Green demanding the government be more open regarding the...



What We're Reading ~ Hedge Fund Links 9/19/14

Brevan Howard's Charlotte Valeur talks strategy [FINalternatives]Seth Klarman cautions against complacency bubble [ValueWalk] Picking hedge funds is hard [Abnormal Returns]Highland Capital on whether the bull market in US airlines will continue...



Volatility Can Be Risk, At Rare Times

Photo Credit: Matt CavanaghThere is a saying in the markets that volatility is not risk. In general this is true, and helps to explain why measures like beta and standard deviation of returns do not measure risk, and are not priced by the market. After...



Visa Sale of Monitise Stake Represents Buying Opportunity: BTIG

BTIG's Palmer says Monitise oversold on Visa newsA recent report from BTIG Research says: Don’t worry. Be happy…and buy more Monitise Plc (LON:MONI) (OTCMKTS:MONIF). In his September 18th blog post, analyst Mark Palmer of BTIG...



Most lucrative debut in stock market history...

Most lucrative debut in stock market history...(Top headline, 3rd story, link)Related stories:COMMUNISTS DAZZLE WALL STREET...Overtakes AMAZON...Jack Ma Inspired By Hero 'FORREST GUMP'...'WE GOT THE TRUST'...Plans roadshow with...



Dollar General Ups Bid For Family Dollar, Threatens To Take Quest For Merger Straight To Shareholders

(J.G. Park)Less than a week after Dollar General officials said they weren’t giving up on a possible relationship with Family Dollar, the No. 1 dollar store made another attempt to woo its target by flashing a huge wad of cash – this...



Yellen, The Importance of Asset Building for Low and Middle Income Households

Speech at the 2014 Assets Learning Conference of the Corporation for Enterprise Development (via prerecorded video), Washington,...



Alibaba Group Holding Ltd Opens At $93

It's off to the races, as investors quickly snap up shares of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd on opening dayAlibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE:BABA)’s shares just began trading on the New York Stock Exchange after the company’s initial...



Cocoa Is Surging Because Of Ebola

Cocoa futures were up over 2% on Friday, and they have have been flying higher this week. Ebola is being blamed for the spike. According to a report by The Wall Street Journal's Alexandra Wexler and Sara Jerving, concerns that Ebola will reach...



It’s official: Tesla will build its battery factory in Nevada

Tesla is officially landing just outside of Reno with its battery factory and it'll change the area forever. It’s official: Tesla will build its battery factory in Nevada originally published by Gigaom, © copyright...



Outsiders by Design Full Transcript

This is a transcript of the Freakonomics Radio podcast “Outsiders by Design” [MUSIC: The Civil Tones, “One Day, Again and Again” (from City Stoopin’)] Stephen J. DUBNER: Hey podcast listeners. Our mission at...



Wednesday: FOMC Statement and Press Conference, CPI, Home Builder Confidence

More previews on the FOMC statement and press conference:From Jon Hilsenrath at the WSJ: How the Federal Reserve Could Tweak ‘Considerable Time’ "Given the economic backdrop, they don’t want to send a signal right now that rate...



Yahoo!'s Alibaba Cash Could Trigger a Buying Binge in Tech

Updated from July 9th to include pricing information from Alibaba IPO scattered throughout. NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- After Alibaba's initial public offering, Yahoo! and CEO Marissa Mayer may be looking to put some of the $5 billion new windfall...



That time three years ago, when investors temporarily lost their minds

Joe Weisenthal has a post up this morning about the awful action in gold these past few years. He posted a chart of gold’s price action from FRED, which I’ve annotated to remind you of something that actually happened exactly three...



NEW APPLE ENCRYPTION WILL LOCK OUT POLICE...

NEW APPLE ENCRYPTION WILL LOCK OUT POLICE...(Second column, 12th story, link)Related stories:Cook letter: 'We don't read your email'...GOOGLE ALSO BLOCKS COPS...FLASHBACK: Scans Gmail Messages IN TRANSIT... ...



General Mills Acquires Annie’s Homegrown Foods, Bunny Mascots

Annie’s is a 25-year-old company based in Berkeley, California that has its organic products everywhere from the shelves of health food stores to the checkout of Target. General Mills is 158-year-old company based in the Minneapolis area that...



Federal Reserve Board and Federal Open Market Committee release economic projections from the September 16-17 FOMC meeting

Federal Reserve Board and Federal Open Market Committee release economic projections from the September 16-17 FOMC...



How Minecraft Can Help Microsoft Beat Sony and Win the Console Wars

Updated from 11:58 a.m. to include thoughts from Nomura in the sixth paragraph. NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Microsoft's $2.5 billion acquisition for the Swedish company Mojang makers of the wildly popular video game Minecraftais a slight departure...