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U.K. Growth Slows in Third Quarter

U.K. economic growth slowed in the third quarter, official data showed, in the latest sign the global recovery may be losing...



''A Few Comments on QE''

After A Few Comments on QE, Bill McBride ends with: ...My view is QE was not a panacea, but overall QE was a success.  I was a frequent critic of the Fed prior to the financial crisis - I think the Fed was almost anti-regulation during the...



Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)’s Cloud Is Finally Shaking the Loch Ness Monster Awake

 Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)‘s CEO, Satya Nadella has finally helped the company grow back its long neck, resembling a Loch Ness monster. Using the long neck, the software company can now see far into the future, and help in...



Philly Fed: State Coincident Indexes increased in 43 states in September

From the Philly Fed: The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia has released the coincident indexes for the 50 states for September 2014. In the past month, the indexes increased in 43 states, decreased in four, and remained stable in three, for a...



Tell Me Something I Don’t Know: A New Freakonomics Radio Podcast

A few years ago, I developed a habit. If the person sitting next to me on an airplane seemed like they wanted to have a conversation, I’d ask them a bit about themselves — let’s say they worked in civil engineering...



Economic Disasters: The Butterfly Machine, Black Swans

Economic Disasters: The Butterfly Machine by David Merkel, CFA of The Aleph Blog There’s a phenomenon called the Butterfly Effect.  One common quotation is “It has been said that something as small as the flutter of a...



The War on ISIS: More Than One Battle

In the Vietnam War, saving Khe Sanh seemed essential. Turned out it...



Where’s my flying hoverboard? (Back to the Future)

From The Daily Beast: Greg and Jill Henderson, founders of Hendo, have developed a real hoverboard. Yes, the flying skateboard that millions of moviegoers have wished were real since Back to the Future Part II premiered back in 1989 may become the...



Credit Suisse net profit beats

Credit Suisse on Thursday reported third-quarter net profit above analyst forecasts as investment banking revenue...



SEC, Othey Key Agencies Approve Credit Risk Retention Rule

The ‘skin-in-the-game’ rule requires banks to maintain at least 5% of the risk on their books when they securitize loansSix federal agencies have adopted a final rule requiring banks to keep a stake in the mortgages they package and sell. The...



Why Rising Rents Haven’t Pumped Up Inflation

Policy makers and economy-watchers now seem more worried about disinflation rather than accelerating inflation. That wasn’t the expectation at the start of the year. In January, economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal expected...



'Helicopter Money'

Everything you ever wanted to know about helicopter money: Helicopter money, by Simon Wren-Lewis, Mainly Macro: Periodically articles appear advocating, or discussing, helicopter money. Here is a simple guide to this strange sounding concept. I go in...



JPMorgan Chase Execs Knew Of China Hiring Issues Before Probe [REPORT]

JPMorgan Chase execs knew of China hiring problems since 2011According to knowledgeable Wall Street Journal sources, a number of senior execs at JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM) in New York were advised of potential problems related to the...



Men experience slightly more online harassment — but young women are hit with the most severe forms

Online harassment is pervasive, a new Pew Research study shows. Forty percent of American adults say they have personally experienced such harassment, while 73 percent have seen it happen to others. And those figures become more extreme if you look...



Americans’ Social Security Benefits to Likely Increase 1.7% in 2015

Americans who receive Social Security benefits will see a modest increase in their checks next year to cover higher consumer prices. The annual cost-of-living adjustment will likely amount to 1.7% for 2015, according to inflation data released...



97% Mortgages are 100% Insane

I am not sure there was ever any excuse for considering a 97% loan-to-value mortgage as "sensible" or "responsible."  After all, even without a drop in the market, the buyer is likely underwater on day one (net of real estate...



GT Advanced, Apple in Deal for 'Amicable' Split-Up

GT Advanced Technologies has signed a pact with Apple Inc. for an “amicable parting of the ways,” Luc Despins, attorney for the bankrupt supplier to the technology giant, said...



Daimler sells its stake in Tesla as its EV partner grows up

They grow up so fast, don't they? It seems like just yesterday (well, 2009) that Daimler bought a stake in Tesla to give it a boost and secure a partner for electric car development, and the German automaker is now selling that stake a mere...



Has Apple stock peaked? Experts debate

Analysts disagree over the future of Apple's...



Dan Loeb talks up Amgen

Hedge fund manager Dan Loeb recommended Amgen's stock Tuesday, causing shares to rise about 4 percent on the...



Fly the Derpy Skies

Why was Ron Paul staring at...



Rally Monkey is back from his year-long vacation to celebrate biggest 1-day S&P gain since 2011

After a few weeks of plummeting bond yields, crashing stock markets, and panicked calls for additional asset purchases by the Federal Reserve, an old friend returned: The S&P 500 gained nearly 2 per cent in one day, the biggest single-session...



McDonald's Vows Fresh Thinking After Revenues Decline 30%; Mish Offers Some Advice

A 30% decline in revenues for McDonald's is quite startling to most. I wonder why such a decline took so long.In response to that pathetic performance, McDonald’s Vows Fresh Thinking. McDonald’s Corp. outlined plans for what it called...



Ocwen Financial Corp Shares Slammed By Backdating Allegations

Following a new letter in an ongoing investigation, Ocwen dropped nearly 23% at one point in today's trading.Benjamin Lawsky, The NY superintendent of the Department of Financial services stated in a letter today that he “intends to take...



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...



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Where’s my flying hoverboard? (Back to the Future)

From The Daily Beast: Greg and Jill Henderson, founders of Hendo, have developed a real hoverboard. Yes, the flying skateboard that millions of moviegoers have wished were real since Back to the Future Part II premiered back in 1989 may become the...



Daimler sells its stake in Tesla as its EV partner grows up

They grow up so fast, don't they? It seems like just yesterday (well, 2009) that Daimler bought a stake in Tesla to give it a boost and secure a partner for electric car development, and the German automaker is now selling that stake a mere...



Weekend Must Must Reading: Janet Yellen: Perspectives on Inequality and Opportunity from the Survey of Consumer Finances

Janet Yellen: Perspectives on Inequality and Opportunity from the Survey of Consumer Finances--October 17, 2014: "I think it is appropriate to ask whether this [rising inequality] trend... ...is compatible with values rooted in our nation's...



Men experience slightly more online harassment — but young women are hit with the most severe forms

Online harassment is pervasive, a new Pew Research study shows. Forty percent of American adults say they have personally experienced such harassment, while 73 percent have seen it happen to others. And those figures become more extreme if you look...



Canadian Pacific Turnaround Under Ackman a Sign of Next M&A Wave

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Corporate restructurings through asset sales,amanagement change and operational improvementamay be laying the foundation foraa new wave of large acquisitions, as C-suites look to M&A as the finalastep in a turnaround. Deal...



Credit Suisse net profit beats

Credit Suisse on Thursday reported third-quarter net profit above analyst forecasts as investment banking revenue...



SEC, Othey Key Agencies Approve Credit Risk Retention Rule

The ‘skin-in-the-game’ rule requires banks to maintain at least 5% of the risk on their books when they securitize loansSix federal agencies have adopted a final rule requiring banks to keep a stake in the mortgages they package and sell. The...



''A Few Comments on QE''

After A Few Comments on QE, Bill McBride ends with: ...My view is QE was not a panacea, but overall QE was a success.  I was a frequent critic of the Fed prior to the financial crisis - I think the Fed was almost anti-regulation during the...



Why Rising Rents Haven’t Pumped Up Inflation

Policy makers and economy-watchers now seem more worried about disinflation rather than accelerating inflation. That wasn’t the expectation at the start of the year. In January, economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal expected...



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...



Americans’ Social Security Benefits to Likely Increase 1.7% in 2015

Americans who receive Social Security benefits will see a modest increase in their checks next year to cover higher consumer prices. The annual cost-of-living adjustment will likely amount to 1.7% for 2015, according to inflation data released...



U.K. Growth Slows in Third Quarter

U.K. economic growth slowed in the third quarter, official data showed, in the latest sign the global recovery may be losing...



JPMorgan Chase Execs Knew Of China Hiring Issues Before Probe [REPORT]

JPMorgan Chase execs knew of China hiring problems since 2011According to knowledgeable Wall Street Journal sources, a number of senior execs at JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM) in New York were advised of potential problems related to the...



GT Advanced, Apple in Deal for 'Amicable' Split-Up

GT Advanced Technologies has signed a pact with Apple Inc. for an “amicable parting of the ways,” Luc Despins, attorney for the bankrupt supplier to the technology giant, said...



'Helicopter Money'

Everything you ever wanted to know about helicopter money: Helicopter money, by Simon Wren-Lewis, Mainly Macro: Periodically articles appear advocating, or discussing, helicopter money. Here is a simple guide to this strange sounding concept. I go in...



How will Saudi Arabia respond to lower oil prices?

Oil prices (along with prices of many other commodities) have fallen dramatically since last summer. Some observers are waiting to see if Saudi Arabia responds with significant cutbacks in production. I say, don’t hold your breath. Source:...



The War on ISIS: More Than One Battle

In the Vietnam War, saving Khe Sanh seemed essential. Turned out it...



Tell Me Something I Don’t Know: A New Freakonomics Radio Podcast

A few years ago, I developed a habit. If the person sitting next to me on an airplane seemed like they wanted to have a conversation, I’d ask them a bit about themselves — let’s say they worked in civil engineering...



Dan Loeb talks up Amgen

Hedge fund manager Dan Loeb recommended Amgen's stock Tuesday, causing shares to rise about 4 percent on the...



Fly the Derpy Skies

Why was Ron Paul staring at...