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Obamacare Versus The Wusses - Paul Krugman Not a summary of economics - Noahpinion Misunderstanding macroeconomic models - mainly macro Is Subprime Mortgage Credit Back? - House of Debt My Head Talks Piketty With Bill Moyers - Paul Krugman Creeping...



Links for 4-19-14

On the Liberal Bias of Facts - Paul Krugman Capitalism and the Dalai Lama - NYTimes.com I Saw a Monetarist Drinking a Pina Colada... - Brad DeLong Punish wage theft as severely as robbery - Catherine Rampell Don't Know Much About History, Rand...



More Money, More Life: The Depressing Truth About Inequality in America

Brookings economist Barry Bosworth crunches the data on income and lifespans for the Wall Street Journal, and the numbers tell three clear stories.  1. Rich people live longer. 2. Richer people's lifespans are growing at a faster rate. 3. The...



Obama Is Wrong. Democrats Shouldn't Pivot From the Obamacare Fight.

The obvious inspiration for President Obama's Thursday press conference was to announce that the Affordable Care Act has eclipsed new milestones—8 million private exchange...



Why the Financial Services Industry Is Showing More Women in Its Ads

Financial services firms want to reach more women; so I conclude from data presented by Pamela Grossman of Getty Images at SXSW this year. According to data collected by Getty, financial firms are buying 20% more stock photos of women today than they...

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Joe Scarborough And Paul Krugman Are Fighting Over Census Bureau Changes

Joe Scarborough and Paul Krugman are fighting again. The two men have long been going after each other in blog posts arguing about the national debt crisis. Last March, they sat down together with Charlie Rose to face off in a one-on-one debate....



Putin Asserts Right to Use Force...

Putin Asserts Right to Use Force...(First column, 3rd story, link)Related stories:Three dead after Ukraine military base attacked...Russia announces deal to 'de-escalate tensions'...Jews ordered to register in east Ukraine... ...



Federal Reserve Board announces consent order of prohibition



Americans Wildly Overestimate the Impact of Routine Mammographies

Aaron Carroll passes along the following stunning chart about the actual efficacy of routine breast cancer screening on 50-year-old women: Obviously, there are circumstances where routine screening is a good idea—perhaps if you have a...



Why Has Hedge Fund AUM Hit New Record Highs?

I have been fairly fascinated by hedge funds for quite some time. I began studying them earlier last decade. It has been an intriguing field for investigation for a number of reasons: 1) Alpha Generators: In the early days of hedge funds, they created a...



Time Warner and Comcast push hassle-free, automatic Wi-Fi 2.0 hotspots

Time Warner Cable and Comcast want their Wi-Fi hotspots to be as easy to access as any mobile network.At the end of last month, Time Warner quietly switched on its Hotspot 2.0 service, GigaOm reports. The service lets subscribers automatically connect...



'Antitrust in the New Gilded Age'

Robert Reich: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age, by Robert Reich: We’re in a new gilded age of wealth and power similar to the first gilded age when the nation’s antitrust laws were enacted. Those laws should prevent or bust up concentrations...



Links for 4-17-14

Piketty Day Notes - Paul Krugman Capital in the Twenty-First Century - Martin Wolf Rogoff talks financial crisis - Yale Daily News VC for the people - interfluidity Demand for Sand - Tim Taylor The dark side of wage growth - Chris Dillow A comment on...



Netflix, Inc. (NLFX) Will Arrive In Germany In September

Netflix investors may begin to worry about the cost of establishing new operations throughout EuropeNetflix Inc (NASDAQ:NFLX) may be ready to open its service to 80 million extra customers. According to reports emerging on Wednesday afternoon, the media...



3D Systems Corporation (DDD) Gets $63 Price Target After Robtec Buy

3D Systems is buying in order to build an integrated distribution model as the 3D printing market heads toward heavier competition3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) saw its stock jump by more than 2% on today’s market after the company announced...



Yellen, Monetary Policy and the Economic Recovery



LBJ Was Great. LBJ Was Horrible. Deal With It.

David Greenberg and Michael Kazin are arguing about whether LBJ was a great president. Here is Greenberg's wrap-up: Maybe our differences really come down to this: For Michael, the enormity of the Vietnam debacle is so great that LBJ must...



Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA) Coming Down To Earth

Tesla shares have not been performing well over the past month or so, which has once again raised questions on the company’s futureTesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) stock is down around 17% in the past month indicating that the super car is no longer...



U.S. Policies Favor The Wealthy, Interest Groups, Study Shows

U.S. government policies reflect the desires of the wealthy and interest groups more than the average citizen, according to researchers at Princeton University and Northwestern University. "[W]e believe that if policymaking is dominated by powerful...



Wednesday: Housing Starts, Industrial Production, Yellen Speech, Beige Book

A reminder of a friendly bet I made with NDD on housing starts in 2014: If starts or sales are up at least 20% YoY in any month in 2014, [NDD] will make a $100 donation to the charity of Bill's choice, which he has designated as the Memorial Fund in...



PIMCO Joins Chorus Against Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Wind-Down Plan

Newly-appointed PIMCO CEO describes the legislation proposed by Johnson-Crapo as a ‘significant oversight’PIMCO’s new CEO Douglas Hodge points out that the Johnson-Crapo bill lacks protection for investors who play a critical role in...



NYPD disbanding Muslim spying unit...

NYPD disbanding Muslim spying unit...(Second column, 2nd story, link)Related stories:CNN: LARGE AL QAEDA GATHERING REVEALED IN VIDEO... ...



Links for 4-16-14

Supply, Demand, and Unemployment Benefits - Paul Krugman Rebuttal for Rajan: Bernanke Defends U.S. Policy - WSJ How Working Women Help the Economy - NYTimes.com Tech Leaps, Job Losses and Rising Inequality - NYTimes.com Defending Kickbacks - Baseline...



Japan population drops third year straight; 25% elderly...

Japan population drops third year straight; 25% elderly...(Second column, 16th story, link)Related stories:Iran considers ban on vasectomies to boost birthrate... ...



Fox News Is About to Get a New Pet Rock

Oh man, a whole new set of conspiracy theories is about to take flight: The Census Bureau, the authoritative source of health insurance data for more than three decades, is changing its annual survey so thoroughly that it will be difficult to...



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Fox News Is About to Get a New Pet Rock

Oh man, a whole new set of conspiracy theories is about to take flight: The Census Bureau, the authoritative source of health insurance data for more than three decades, is changing its annual survey so thoroughly that it will be difficult to...



CRAMER: The Market Has Been Hit With A Plague That's Worse Than Locusts And Frogs

It will not have been a Happy Passover in markets according to CNBC's Jim Cramer. "This market, it's got a disease," he warned on Monday's episode of Mad Money. "We've been hit with a plague of initial public offerings....



Bank of America to pay nearly $800 million for deceptive credit card practices

Bank of America agreed Wednesday to pay nearly $800 million in penalties for deceiving millions of customers into buying costly and unneeded services when they signed up for credit cards. Americans gravitated to credit protection products that...



On a Concentrated Bond Market

There have been a few articles recently on the underperformance of Pimco, and on the increasing concentration on the buy side of the bond market.  There is danger here for large active managers and their clients.Two years ago, I wrote a piece...



Four Big Economic Events Are Coming Up Today

Heads up. There are four kind of big economic events coming up today in the US, which we will be all over. Via Calculated Risk, here they are: • At 8:30 AM ET, the Consumer Price Index for March. The consensus is for a 0.1% increase in...



Japan population drops third year straight; 25% elderly...

Japan population drops third year straight; 25% elderly...(Second column, 16th story, link)Related stories:Iran considers ban on vasectomies to boost birthrate... ...



Why A Big Stock Market Sell-Off Is No Reason To Panic

Is this the end of the bull market? Is this the beginning of the crash? We can't help but ask these questions when we see stocks take a tumble from their highs. Currently, the S&P 500 is down 2.8% from highs set last week. The Nasdaq is down...



Is the Crisis in Ukraine About to Wind Down?

I've been watching the unfolding events in Ukraine with the usual rising mix of apprehension and horror, but I haven't blogged about it much since I don't have anything to add in the way of insight or analysis. So instead I'll turn...



The Pulitizers Didn’t "Vindicate" Anything Except Good Journalism

On Monday, The Washington Post and Guardian U.S. won Pulitzer Prizes in the Public Service category for their coverage of the...



Wednesday: Housing Starts, Industrial Production, Yellen Speech, Beige Book

A reminder of a friendly bet I made with NDD on housing starts in 2014: If starts or sales are up at least 20% YoY in any month in 2014, [NDD] will make a $100 donation to the charity of Bill's choice, which he has designated as the Memorial Fund in...



3D Systems, Stratasys Coverage Initiated By Goldman Sachs

Stratasys has a solid presence in the industrial end markets with its PolyJet and Fused Deposition Modeling platforms3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) shares have gained more than 40% over the last 12 months, while Stratasys, Ltd....



Facebook targets financial services

Facebook is readying itself to provide financial services in the form of remittances and electronic...



Private Payrolls Now Above Pre-Recession Peak

Total nonfarm private payroll employment climbed to 116,067, the BLS said this morning. The means private employment is now above the pre-recession peak, Calculated Risk's Bill McBride notes. Overall employment is now just 0.3% below the...



Yahoo Japan slumps to near four-month low after eAccess buy

TOKYO (Reuters) - Shares in Yahoo Japan Corp slumped 10.2 percent to a near four-month low on Friday after it said it will buy mobile network operator eAccess from Japanese wireless carrier Softbank... ...



Links for 4-20-14

Obamacare Versus The Wusses - Paul Krugman Not a summary of economics - Noahpinion Misunderstanding macroeconomic models - mainly macro Is Subprime Mortgage Credit Back? - House of Debt My Head Talks Piketty With Bill Moyers - Paul Krugman Creeping...



Report: NSA Knew About Heartbleed Bug for 2 Years and Said Nothing

The NSA knew about the Internet security bug Heartbleed and regularly used it to gather intelligence for at least two years, anonymous sources told Bloomberg. If true, the NSA could have collected information like passwords and private communications...



Blog Post: TheAlephBlog: To Live off of, and Die from, the Equity Premium and Alpha

I’m working on my taxes.  I’m not in a good mood.  Okay, writing that made me chuckle, because I am usually in a good mood.read...



Henry Aaron and the Lucas Critique

No, not the Henry Aaron at the Brookings Institution.  I mean what the ten year old Tyler Cowen would have called “the real Henry Aaron.”  Nate Silver writes: What if Aaron had never hit a home run? What if those 755...



Links for 4-16-14

Supply, Demand, and Unemployment Benefits - Paul Krugman Rebuttal for Rajan: Bernanke Defends U.S. Policy - WSJ How Working Women Help the Economy - NYTimes.com Tech Leaps, Job Losses and Rising Inequality - NYTimes.com Defending Kickbacks - Baseline...