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Real Prices and Price-to-Rent Ratio in May

A great discussion from Nick Timiraos at the WSJ: Are Home Prices Again Breaking Records? Not Really The National Association of Realtors‘ monthly home sales report made a big splash last week with news that median home prices in June had broken...



Jon Stewart secret White House visits...

Jon Stewart secret White House visits...(Third column, 4th story, link) ...



Facebook ‘Slowly Grabbing Attention’ Away From Google: Munster

Facebook is one of the “most unique stories” as it has some “open-ended opportunities,” notes Piper Jaffray Internet analyst Gene Munster. On Monday, in an interview with CNBC's "Squawk Alley," Munster also pointed...



Links for 07-28-15

The Donald and the Delusional - Paul Krugman Innovation, income inequality, and social mobility - Vox EU Global Anti-Tobacco Policy - Tim Taylor Gilead's Greed That Kills - Jeffrey Sachs Contingency Plans - Paul Krugman Yanis Varoufakis plot...



Now Is The Time – Fear Rises As Financial Markets All Over The Planet Start To Crash

Can you feel the panic in the air?  CNN Money’s Fear & Greed Index measures the amount of fear in the financial world on a scale from 0 to 100.  The closer it is to zero, the higher the level of fear.  Last Monday, the...



KRUGMAN: Of course Greece had a plan for a new currency (GREK, EUR, EURUSD)

Well, duh. Greece had a plan to introduce a new currency if it got forced from the euro, and Nobel Laureate and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman can't believe people are shocked (shocked!) to find this out.  "I...



A hedge fund billionaire says there are only two things you need to remember about investing

There’s more than one way to skin a cat. The stuff that Paul Tudor Jones has made his billions based on does not appear in any traditional investing text book. Ben Graham would read his stuff and roll over in his grave. For example, the idea of...



The Investor Trait and How Buffett Would Find, Analyze and Value Stocks

Written by Jae Jun follow me on Facebook Twitter I definitely have lazy areas. When it’s cold and raining, I don’t want to take my dogs out to the park where they’ll get wet and muddy and I end up having to bathe...



Debt Miracle: Why the Country that Borrowed the Most Industrialised first

Is debt really that bad? This column looks at the towering debts, rapid tax hikes, and constant state of war that led to Britain’s Industrial Revolution, showing that the devil is in the detail when assessing sovereign debt. When we consider the...



Links for 07-27-15

“Lowflation” forever in the US? - Gavyn Davies “An Altogether Different Angle” - Economic Principals Policy consequences of public income volatility - Vox EU Building a more inclusive society - Miles Corak Africa is more ready to...



The new era of the $400 college textbook, which is part of the unsustainable higher education bubble

A new milestone must have been established recently – we’re now officially in a new era of the $400 new college textbook and the $300 used college textbook, see graphic above showing the top 15 most expensive textbooks at the...



'The Old Man and the CPI'

Paul Krugman: The Old Man and the CPI: I don’t watch financial news, but CNBC was on in the gym, so I was treated to a long ad from Ron Paul, who wants you to buy his video explaining the coming crisis brought on by loose money. And I found myself...



'The Rise in Obesity'

From Vox EU (and in today's links), can economic factors explain the rise in obesity?: Changing economic factors and the rise in obesity: The dramatic increase in obesity has raised the question of whether economic incentives can explain this...



Links for 07-25-15

Fire Phasers - Paul Krugman Depression's Advocates - Brad DeLong Time to Re-estimate the U.S. Output Gap - Econbrowser Professor Keynes is Optimistic - Twenty-Cent Paradigms The tilt, or lack thereof, in the tax code - Jared Bernstein Why Greece...



Staff economic projections for the June 16-17, 2015, FOMC meeting inadvertently included in file posted to the Board's website

Staff economic projections for the June 16-17, 2015, FOMC meeting inadvertently included in file posted to the Board's...



Rainbow Chip, the magical frosting of your youth, is back on shelves

Rainbows haven't been this inspiring since Dorothy first saw color in the land of Oz Consumerist reveals that the magical frosting of our youths is back on shelves after a two-year hiatus. During those dark days, when we feared that Betty Crocker...



John Paulson Doubles Down On Puerto Rico Bet

Despite the island commonwealth's financial woes, or perhaps even because of them, tropical Puerto Rico has been garnering a good bit of attention from global hedge funds the last few years. In the most recent news on Thursday of this week, John...



Links for 07-24-15

The Village, the Base, and Saint John - Paul Krugman Raising the minimum wage - mainly macro Attracting students to economics - Vox EU How to fix the Euro - interfluidity Proxies for monetary disequilibrium - Nick Rowe After the crash, can biologists...



The Rise of the Tech Industry

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Copper, China And World Trade Are All Screaming That The Next Economic Crisis Is Here

If you are looking for a “canary in a coal mine” type of warning for the entire global economy, you have a whole bunch to pick from right now.  “Dr. Copper” just hit a six year low, Morgan Stanley is warning...



If you cap bankers' bonuses they take fewer risks and less leverage

It's true. Capping bankers' pay really does reduce the risks they take. Even if regulators don't believe it. Stopping bankers from paying themselves huge bonuses on top of their salary reduces the level of reckless risk-taking by up to a...



Meerkat is about to let you live stream video from your GoPro

Live streams on Meerkat are about to get a lot more exciting. GoPro owners will soon be able to live stream video from their action cameras directly to the live streaming app, Meerkat announced Thursday. See also: Meerkat's new Cameo feature lets...



The July Jobs Report Is Going To Crush It

Brace for impact because the July jobs report is shaping up to be a monster. The Department of Labor has reported that initial claims for unemployment insurance fell by 26,000 to 255,000, the lowest level since November 24, 1973. As Business Insider...



Regulators Seek Info On Wall Street Messenger Platform

Financial regulators in New York are concerned that a new messaging platform could encourage traders to commit misdeeds. The large Wall Street banks have been working on a messaging platform developed by Symphony Communications. Now Anthony J. Albanese,...



Aziz Ansari Needs Another Toothbrush: A New Freakonomics Radio Episode

Our latest Freakonomics Radio episode is  “Aziz Ansari Needs Another Toothbrush,” in which the comedian, actor — and now, author — answers our FREAK-quently Asked Questions. (You can subscribe to the podcast...



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CITY INTERVIEW: Bureaucracy-bashing Barclays chairman John McFarlane on ousting former boss Antony Jenkins

John McFarlane, the new chairman of Barclays bank, spent a large chunk of his career Down Under, and the Aussie traits of blunt speaking, combined with lack of false modesty, have rubbed...



Toshiba accounting probe set to prompt board reshuffle, possible fines

By Ritsuko AndoTOKYO (Reuters) - A probe into an accounting scandal at Toshiba Corp is expected to find that top management were responsible for failures on a company-wide scale, setting the stage for a board overhaul, results restatements and...



Jon Stewart secret White House visits...

Jon Stewart secret White House visits...(Third column, 4th story, link) ...



Real Prices and Price-to-Rent Ratio in May

A great discussion from Nick Timiraos at the WSJ: Are Home Prices Again Breaking Records? Not Really The National Association of Realtors‘ monthly home sales report made a big splash last week with news that median home prices in June had broken...



Staff economic projections for the June 16-17, 2015, FOMC meeting inadvertently included in file posted to the Board's website

Staff economic projections for the June 16-17, 2015, FOMC meeting inadvertently included in file posted to the Board's...



Facebook ‘Slowly Grabbing Attention’ Away From Google: Munster

Facebook is one of the “most unique stories” as it has some “open-ended opportunities,” notes Piper Jaffray Internet analyst Gene Munster. On Monday, in an interview with CNBC's "Squawk Alley," Munster also pointed...



Now Is The Time – Fear Rises As Financial Markets All Over The Planet Start To Crash

Can you feel the panic in the air?  CNN Money’s Fear & Greed Index measures the amount of fear in the financial world on a scale from 0 to 100.  The closer it is to zero, the higher the level of fear.  Last Monday, the...



Apple Inc., Microsoft Corporation, GoPro Inc Earnings Analysis

Apple, Microsoft and GoPro reported their respective June quarter results on Wednesday. Surprisingly, shares of all three technology heavyweights are down on Wednesday even though they handily exceeded Wall Street expectations. Apple shares fell 6.58% to...



Regulators Seek Info On Wall Street Messenger Platform

Financial regulators in New York are concerned that a new messaging platform could encourage traders to commit misdeeds. The large Wall Street banks have been working on a messaging platform developed by Symphony Communications. Now Anthony J. Albanese,...



If you cap bankers' bonuses they take fewer risks and less leverage

It's true. Capping bankers' pay really does reduce the risks they take. Even if regulators don't believe it. Stopping bankers from paying themselves huge bonuses on top of their salary reduces the level of reckless risk-taking by up to a...



John Paulson Doubles Down On Puerto Rico Bet

Despite the island commonwealth's financial woes, or perhaps even because of them, tropical Puerto Rico has been garnering a good bit of attention from global hedge funds the last few years. In the most recent news on Thursday of this week, John...



Links for 07-24-15

The Village, the Base, and Saint John - Paul Krugman Raising the minimum wage - mainly macro Attracting students to economics - Vox EU How to fix the Euro - interfluidity Proxies for monetary disequilibrium - Nick Rowe After the crash, can biologists...



'Unemployment Benefits and Job Match Quality'

From Vox EU: Unemployment benefits and job match quality, by Arash Nekoei and Andrea Weber: The generosity of unemployment insurance is often cited as a reason for long spells of joblessness. But this view neglects other important, and potentially...



Meerkat is about to let you live stream video from your GoPro

Live streams on Meerkat are about to get a lot more exciting. GoPro owners will soon be able to live stream video from their action cameras directly to the live streaming app, Meerkat announced Thursday. See also: Meerkat's new Cameo feature lets...



Links for 07-23-15

The Half-Lives of Others (Wonkish) - Paul Krugman How to easily devalue the Greek Euro - Mean Squared Errors My longstanding hatred and loathing of logit - Chris Blattman How sacrosanct should inflation targeting be? - croaking cassandra Examining...



'The Rise in Obesity'

From Vox EU (and in today's links), can economic factors explain the rise in obesity?: Changing economic factors and the rise in obesity: The dramatic increase in obesity has raised the question of whether economic incentives can explain this...



Fed Watch: The Case For September

Tim Duy: The Case For September, by Tim Duy: The Wall Street Journal reports that most economists still expect the Fed to raise rates in September: Financial market participants tend to be less confident, with odds of a September hike running around...



The Rise of the Tech Industry

click for ginormous graphic click for ginormous graphic Source: The...



The July Jobs Report Is Going To Crush It

Brace for impact because the July jobs report is shaping up to be a monster. The Department of Labor has reported that initial claims for unemployment insurance fell by 26,000 to 255,000, the lowest level since November 24, 1973. As Business Insider...



The Investor Trait and How Buffett Would Find, Analyze and Value Stocks

Written by Jae Jun follow me on Facebook Twitter I definitely have lazy areas. When it’s cold and raining, I don’t want to take my dogs out to the park where they’ll get wet and muddy and I end up having to bathe...