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Electricity scarce...(Third column, 13th story, link)Related stories:Venezuela opposition calls talks on ousting president...Cuba returns lost missile to USA... ...



Madeleine Albright doesn't really want women who don't support Hillary to go to hell

Madeleine Albright wants to clear something up: She definitely didn’t mean to tell all of the women who aren't supporting Hillary Clinton to go to hell In an op-ed titled “Madeleine Albright: My Undiplomatic Moment”...



APPLE FILMING SECRET TV SHOW STARRING DR. DRE...

APPLE FILMING SECRET TV SHOW STARRING DR. DRE...(First column, 5th story, link) ...



The Political Economy of Interest Rates Revisited

Bankers influence, too much, but don't...



Mobile Ad Targeting: A Labor of Love

This Valentine’s Day seems like an appropriate time to discuss every modern day marketer’s labor of love (and often biggest challenge) — attracting and converting the right audiences via mobile devices. Armed with stunning creative...



Cruz App Mines Data from Your Phone

Associated Press: “His ‘Cruz Crew’ mobile app is designed to gather detailed information from its users’ phones — tracking their physical movements and mining the names and contact information for friends who...



Negative IOR is an OK idea, negative bond yields are a really bad idea

I find that when things go bad with the economy, the level of discourse seems to suffer.  Here are a few items I keep bumping up against: 1.  Why not do a helicopter drop?  Because there are no free lunches in economics, and any fiscal...



Will Sanders’ Financial Transaction Tax be a Free Lunch for Those Who Don’t Live on Wall Street?

Morning Edition had a good piece this morning on Senator Bernie Sanders’ proposal for a financial transactions tax (FTT). There are a couple of additional points worth making. First, while the piece noted a wide range of estimates of the amount...



Twitter prez: Confident we'll grow users

Twitter's Adam Bain outlined how the company plans to return to user growth after its base remained stagnant in...



Clinton to Sanders: You Are No Friend of Obama’s

Thursday night’s Democratic primary debate was among the most substantive and subdued of the cycle, and until the end, it was largely drawn from familiar material.But in the debate’s closing moments, Hillary Clinton sharpened one of her most...



Investors are flooding into gold like it’s the financial crisis all over again

Investors are flooding into precious metals as fears of a global slowdown grip markets and send people towards so-called "safe haven" assets. "The Flow Show" — a weekly note from Bank of America Merrill Lynch which tracks...



Forget Valentine’s Day, Dating Apps Peak in the Spring

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, you may think single mobile users would increasingly turn to dating apps to find a sweetheart of their own in time for the big day. However, new data from Liftoff showed dating apps become most popular in...



Managed Futures Dominant January Performance

Here we are one month into January, and all the sudden Managed Futures is getting name dropped in a “I know a guy” sort of way. Today, Business Insider called Managed Futures the dominating Hedge Fund strategy in 2016, all while the...



CHAOS ON WALL STREET: Here's what you need to know (DIA, SPX, SPY, QQQ, USO, OIL)

It was an all-around chaotic day in global markets as stocks tumbled, gold prices spiked, oil prices were all over the place, and Treasuries continued to grind lower.  First, the scoreboard: Dow: 15,656, -258, (-1.6%) S&P 500: 1,828,...



Online dating has nearly tripled among young adults in the past three years

Online dating went mainstream years ago, but new research suggests the amount of young adults looking for love on the Internet has grown threefold since 2013. The young adult demographic — ages 18 to 24 — has experienced the biggest...



Investors have only been this stressed out about stocks one other time since the financial crisis (SPX, SPY, QQQ, TLT, IWM)

The stock market is down over 10% this year and investors are freaked out. The team over at Bespoke Investment Group highlighted the percent of investors surveyed by the American Association of Individual Investors who described...



Sweden Cuts Rates Deeper Into Negative Territory...

Sweden Cuts Rates Deeper Into Negative Territory...(Top headline, 2nd story, link)Related stories:Panic pushes gold buying to highest level since financial crisis... ...



Love Sucks: 10 Songs For People Who Hate Valentine’s Day

I already wrote a list of the best love songs to listen to with your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day, but if you don’t have a sweetheart, if you hate the whole Valentine’s Day thing, or if some jerk had the nerve to dump you right before...



Links for 02-11-16

The Trade Numbers Game - Dani Rodrik The Pent-Up-Demand for Quits - Dean Baker Interest Rate Increases Are Hard to Undo? - Narayana Kocherlakota International business cycle transmission: Firm-level evidence - VoxEU The Cost of Fed Membership -...



7 Video Games That Expose a Person’s Inner Cruelty

Let’s face it: Lots of games these days are basically murder simulators. And that’s OK! There’s usually a good reason you’re racking up a kill-count even Rambo would find impressive. But still, you’re ending lives and...



Stocks Bounce Back After Market Selloff; Asia Stumbles

Global stocks staged a partial recovery as investors bought up recently hit banking shares in Europe, while Asian markets continued to...



Hilsenrath on Yellen

An excerpt from an article by Jon Hilsenrath at the WSJ: Fed Sees Risks to U.S. Economy Rising The Fed’s assessment of the balance of risks is meaningful because officials won’t be inclined to raise short-term interest rates again if it sees...



KYLE BASS: China is already out of money

Texan hedge fund manager J. Kyle Bass, the founder of Dallas-based Hayman Capital, sent out a big letter to investors explaining why he thinks China has a problem much larger than the 2008 subprime crisis. China has been burning through...



How do we identify sticky wages?

Tyler Cowen has a new post on the subject: When you disaggregate the data at the state level, wages don’t look so sticky any more: …states that experienced larger employment declines between 2007 and 2010 had significantly lower nominal wage...



George Soros: EU Is Set To Disintegrate, And The Only Way Russia Can Survive Is Ensuring That Happens Quickly

Well one thing you can give George Soros credit for – when it comes to politics you want to be on his side and not against him. Soros has a knack for really angering countries which goes back many decades. He recently angered China, which was...



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Madeleine Albright doesn't really want women who don't support Hillary to go to hell

Madeleine Albright wants to clear something up: She definitely didn’t mean to tell all of the women who aren't supporting Hillary Clinton to go to hell In an op-ed titled “Madeleine Albright: My Undiplomatic Moment”...



APPLE FILMING SECRET TV SHOW STARRING DR. DRE...

APPLE FILMING SECRET TV SHOW STARRING DR. DRE...(First column, 5th story, link) ...



Online dating has nearly tripled among young adults in the past three years

Online dating went mainstream years ago, but new research suggests the amount of young adults looking for love on the Internet has grown threefold since 2013. The young adult demographic — ages 18 to 24 — has experienced the biggest...



Forget Valentine’s Day, Dating Apps Peak in the Spring

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, you may think single mobile users would increasingly turn to dating apps to find a sweetheart of their own in time for the big day. However, new data from Liftoff showed dating apps become most popular in...



Clinton to Sanders: You Are No Friend of Obama’s

Thursday night’s Democratic primary debate was among the most substantive and subdued of the cycle, and until the end, it was largely drawn from familiar material.But in the debate’s closing moments, Hillary Clinton sharpened one of her most...



Investors have only been this stressed out about stocks one other time since the financial crisis (SPX, SPY, QQQ, TLT, IWM)

The stock market is down over 10% this year and investors are freaked out. The team over at Bespoke Investment Group highlighted the percent of investors surveyed by the American Association of Individual Investors who described...



Love Sucks: 10 Songs For People Who Hate Valentine’s Day

I already wrote a list of the best love songs to listen to with your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day, but if you don’t have a sweetheart, if you hate the whole Valentine’s Day thing, or if some jerk had the nerve to dump you right before...



Sweden Cuts Rates Deeper Into Negative Territory...

Sweden Cuts Rates Deeper Into Negative Territory...(Top headline, 2nd story, link)Related stories:Panic pushes gold buying to highest level since financial crisis... ...



Mobile Ad Targeting: A Labor of Love

This Valentine’s Day seems like an appropriate time to discuss every modern day marketer’s labor of love (and often biggest challenge) — attracting and converting the right audiences via mobile devices. Armed with stunning creative...



CHAOS ON WALL STREET: Here's what you need to know (DIA, SPX, SPY, QQQ, USO, OIL)

It was an all-around chaotic day in global markets as stocks tumbled, gold prices spiked, oil prices were all over the place, and Treasuries continued to grind lower.  First, the scoreboard: Dow: 15,656, -258, (-1.6%) S&P 500: 1,828,...



Managed Futures Dominant January Performance

Here we are one month into January, and all the sudden Managed Futures is getting name dropped in a “I know a guy” sort of way. Today, Business Insider called Managed Futures the dominating Hedge Fund strategy in 2016, all while the...



The Political Economy of Interest Rates Revisited

Bankers influence, too much, but don't...



5 Old Strategy and Simulation Games Worth Revisiting

Source: Activision Whether it’s leading legions to battle in Rome: Total War or servicing your patrons in RollerCoaster Tycoon, there’s an inherent pleasure in overseeing the operation of societies, masterminding projects from...

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China’s Government Could Cover the Cost of Bad Loans

The NYT had a front page article on how bad debt is threatening world growth. The article focused on China, which it indicated could have as much as $6 trillion in bad debt. It would have been worth mentioning that China’s government could easily...



7 Video Games That Expose a Person’s Inner Cruelty

Let’s face it: Lots of games these days are basically murder simulators. And that’s OK! There’s usually a good reason you’re racking up a kill-count even Rambo would find impressive. But still, you’re ending lives and...



Will Sanders’ Financial Transaction Tax be a Free Lunch for Those Who Don’t Live on Wall Street?

Morning Edition had a good piece this morning on Senator Bernie Sanders’ proposal for a financial transactions tax (FTT). There are a couple of additional points worth making. First, while the piece noted a wide range of estimates of the amount...



Cruz App Mines Data from Your Phone

Associated Press: “His ‘Cruz Crew’ mobile app is designed to gather detailed information from its users’ phones — tracking their physical movements and mining the names and contact information for friends who...



Investors are flooding into gold like it’s the financial crisis all over again

Investors are flooding into precious metals as fears of a global slowdown grip markets and send people towards so-called "safe haven" assets. "The Flow Show" — a weekly note from Bank of America Merrill Lynch which tracks...



Twitter prez: Confident we'll grow users

Twitter's Adam Bain outlined how the company plans to return to user growth after its base remained stagnant in...



Negative IOR is an OK idea, negative bond yields are a really bad idea

I find that when things go bad with the economy, the level of discourse seems to suffer.  Here are a few items I keep bumping up against: 1.  Why not do a helicopter drop?  Because there are no free lunches in economics, and any fiscal...