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Scott Sumner is perhaps a Japan pessimist

If you want to know what Japan is up against consider that Japanese RGDP has grown by 0.00% per year over the past 6 1/2 years.  In contrast, Germany, the shining star of the European economy, has grown at 0.5% per year over the past 6 1/2 years....



Why Ordinary People Bear Economic Risks and Donald Trump Doesn't

Thirty years ago, on its opening day in 1984, Donald Trump stood in a dark topcoat on the...



Monday: Existing Home Sales

Another excellent article from Nick Timiraos at the WSJ: Should Mortgage Lending Standards Ease?Easy credit fueled the home-price bubble of the past decade, which spurred overbuilding of homes and boosted consumer spending on everything from cars to...



PIMCO And Derivatives: Not A New Topic

PIMCO: Two Questions on Fixed Income from the Mailbag by David Merkel CFA of The Aleph Blog From my readers: What are your thoughts on Pimco’s new strategy for its flagship fund? This concerns me because its one of the few “safe”...



Finance sector wages: high and rising rent extraction

Individuals who work in the finance sector enjoy a significant wage advantage. This column considers three explanations: rent sharing, skill intensity, and task-biased technological change. The UK evidence suggests that rent sharing is the key. The...



Should We Get Really Excited About a 0.04 Percentage Point Increase iIn GDP Growth?

People often confuse percent and percentage points. (I've even done it myself.) If makes a big difference. The Wall Street Journal told readers about G-20 plans to increase growth by 2 percent. If this is accurate, then the goal is to have growth...



John Boehner’s Theory of the Leisure Class



Over at Equitable Growth: The Contractionary[?] Federal Reserve Policies of 2013-2014: Friday Focus for September 19, 2014

Over at Equitable Growth: Let's look at the five-year and ten-year U.S. break-even inflation rates--the inflation rates at which an investment in U.S. Treasury bonds held to maturity produces exactly the same return as an investment in U.S. Treasury...



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...



Leftover Student Loan Debt Derails Saving for Kids' Edu

Many parents are not saving enough for their children thanks to their own unpaid student loan debts, according to new study from the CFP...



STOCK HIT RECORD HIGHS AS ALIBABA DEBUTS: Here's What You Need To Know (DIA, SPY, QQQ, TLT, BABA, ORCL, YHOO, SLV, GLD, TSLA, NIB)

Stocks finished Friday mixed as Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba made its debut in the largest IPO in US stock market history. After making new all-time highs on Thursday, the modest gains logged Friday by the S&P 500 and Dow marked new all-time...



Live blog: Alibaba, biggest IPO ever

Alibaba just turned 15 years old, and on Friday it will become one of the most valuable companies in the...



Growing Chorus Calls for 3rd Amendment Details

A group of 17 Conservative/free-market organizations have sent a letter t0 Reps McHenry and Green demanding the government be more open regarding the 3rd amendment […] The post Growing Chorus Calls for 3rd Amendment Details appeared first on...



Q&A: Brevan Howard’s Charlotte Valeur Talks Strategy

Charlotte ValeurCharlotte Valeur chairs the board of Brevan Howard Credit Catalysts, an LSE listed company investing in the $4.9 billion Brevan Howard Credit Catalysts Master Fund. Valeur has 30 years' experience in the financial services industry,...



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 Shares Just Went Vertical

Here's some stock trader buzz for you. AOL shares just went vertical. The buzz among traders is that there's a note from BGC partners predicting (or maybe advising? We're not sure) that Yahoo will buy the stock. There's nothing...



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 Raps U.S. Rep. For Saying ‘Default’

The top U.S diplomat in Argentina says the country is in default, sparking an international incident. read more ...



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... ...



Howard Hughes: Downtown Summerlin Opening [ANALYSIS]



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...



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STOCK HIT RECORD HIGHS AS ALIBABA DEBUTS: Here's What You Need To Know (DIA, SPY, QQQ, TLT, BABA, ORCL, YHOO, SLV, GLD, TSLA, NIB)

Stocks finished Friday mixed as Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba made its debut in the largest IPO in US stock market history. After making new all-time highs on Thursday, the modest gains logged Friday by the S&P 500 and Dow marked new all-time...



PIMCO And Derivatives: Not A New Topic

PIMCO: Two Questions on Fixed Income from the Mailbag by David Merkel CFA of The Aleph Blog From my readers: What are your thoughts on Pimco’s new strategy for its flagship fund? This concerns me because its one of the few “safe”...



Brokers Countersue to Thwart Suits by Unhappy Investors

The countersuits, which accuse investors who sue of violating indemnification agreements, can intimidate people already reeling from investment...



Monday: Existing Home Sales

Another excellent article from Nick Timiraos at the WSJ: Should Mortgage Lending Standards Ease?Easy credit fueled the home-price bubble of the past decade, which spurred overbuilding of homes and boosted consumer spending on everything from cars to...



Finance sector wages: high and rising rent extraction

Individuals who work in the finance sector enjoy a significant wage advantage. This column considers three explanations: rent sharing, skill intensity, and task-biased technological change. The UK evidence suggests that rent sharing is the key. The...



Growing Chorus Calls for 3rd Amendment Details

A group of 17 Conservative/free-market organizations have sent a letter t0 Reps McHenry and Green demanding the government be more open regarding the 3rd amendment […] The post Growing Chorus Calls for 3rd Amendment Details appeared first on...



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...



Why Ordinary People Bear Economic Risks and Donald Trump Doesn't

Thirty years ago, on its opening day in 1984, Donald Trump stood in a dark topcoat on the...



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...



Leftover Student Loan Debt Derails Saving for Kids' Edu

Many parents are not saving enough for their children thanks to their own unpaid student loan debts, according to new study from the CFP...



Live blog: Alibaba, biggest IPO ever

Alibaba just turned 15 years old, and on Friday it will become one of the most valuable companies in the...



John Boehner’s Theory of the Leisure Class



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...



Scott Sumner is perhaps a Japan pessimist

If you want to know what Japan is up against consider that Japanese RGDP has grown by 0.00% per year over the past 6 1/2 years.  In contrast, Germany, the shining star of the European economy, has grown at 0.5% per year over the past 6 1/2 years....



Over at Equitable Growth: The Contractionary[?] Federal Reserve Policies of 2013-2014: Friday Focus for September 19, 2014

Over at Equitable Growth: Let's look at the five-year and ten-year U.S. break-even inflation rates--the inflation rates at which an investment in U.S. Treasury bonds held to maturity produces exactly the same return as an investment in U.S. Treasury...



Should We Get Really Excited About a 0.04 Percentage Point Increase iIn GDP Growth?

People often confuse percent and percentage points. (I've even done it myself.) If makes a big difference. The Wall Street Journal told readers about G-20 plans to increase growth by 2 percent. If this is accurate, then the goal is to have growth...



Stop Twisting Republican Quotes. They're Not Threatening Another Government Shutdown.

As we approach the midterm elections, Democrats are naturally trying to frighten Americans into believing that the GOP could shut down the government again. What isn't natural is that the media is helping them do it.The October shutdown was a...



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...



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...



Activist Investor Barry Rosenstein to Join Walgreen Board

The appointment comes as Walgreen completes an acquisition of the British pharmacy chain Alliance Boots. Mr. Rosenstein will also recommend an additional director to the...