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Most millennials don't identify as millennials

Pew Research Center recently posted a study on how strongly different generations identify with their generational labels. While Baby Boomers and Gen X-ers tend to place themselves in their respective groups, most millennials and members of the silent...



The President of Harvard Will See You Now: A New Freakonomics Radio Episode

Drew Gilpin Faust, the (self-described) “pain-in-the-neck” little girl from rural Virginia who became the president of Harvard University. (photo: Harvard University) Our latest Freakonomics Radio episode is called “The...



Why Trump Is Dangerous

The Economist: “First, as a billionaire, he will not run out of money to finance his campaign. Second, he faces so many Republican opponents that he could grab the nomination with only a modest plurality of the vote. The smart money still says...



Franklin Delano Roosevelt: The Moonshine Stimulus

Franklin Delano Roosevelt: The Moonshine Stimulus by NPR President Franklin Delano Roosevelt came to Warm Springs, Georgia in the 1920s. He suffered from polio and used the warm waters for physical therapy. Around town however, another story circulates....



The Many Uses Of Gold

The Many Uses Of Gold by Frank Holmes Gold’s many qualities make it one of the most coveted metals in the world. Not only can it be beautifully shaped and sculpted, the yellow metal also conducts electricity, doesn’t tarnish and is...



Mysterious 'alien' corpse baffles scientists...

Mysterious 'alien' corpse baffles scientists...(Third column, 18th story, link) ...



Investors pull another $1.8 billion from Pimco Total Return



'The Triumph of Backward-Looking Economics'

In response to Paul Krugman's recent post, "The Triumph of Backward-Looking Economics" -- no surprise here -- there is  disagreement from Steve Williamson. So let me offer this from Blanchard and Johnson's...



Day care workers busted for running 'Fight Club' for 4-year-olds

Maybe you shouldn't always do it for the Snap. Two former New Jersey day care employees were charged earlier this week for staging fights between toddlers and publishing the results on Snapchat, prosecutors say. See also: Snapchat shows life in the...



GOOGLE Driverless Cars Run Into Problem: Humans...

GOOGLE Driverless Cars Run Into Problem: Humans...(First column, 1st story, link) ...



More On Golf, Settlement And The WSJ On Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac

More On Golf, Settlement And The WSJ On Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac by Todd Sullivan, ValuePlays I’ve refrained from commenting on the WSJ’s coverage of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac saga for quite some time (since last December I believe)...



U.S. Auto Sales Pace Accelerates

Auto makers overcame a holiday shift to post a strong, 17.8 million annualized pace in August, underscoring the continuing strength of the U.S. new car...



In search of China’s local gov debt gap… oh, sorry, we meant cap

Yes, this is the news that China has recently put in place a RMB 16tn cap on its, dangerously expanded, local government debt. Per Xinhua, and via the WSJ: The Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress imposed a 600 billion...



Fed Apologist Ritholtz Interviews Fed Apologist McCulley

Bloomberg columnist Barry Ritholtz interviewed Paul McCulley, former chief economist at PIMCO, and often mentioned FOMC candidate on the Fed's performance. The Podcast is over two hours long, so let's just go with Ritholtz's brief summary:...



Sorry, I Don't Know Why Murder Rates Are Up In a Bunch of Big Cities

I've gotten enough requests to comment on this piece from the New York Times that I guess I'd better do so: Cities across the nation are seeing a startling rise in murders after years of declines, and few places have witnessed a shift as...



The ‘Gig’ Bear Market of 2015 …and the Bull Market in Volatility of Volatility

It was just a matter of time. With Uber at $50 billion and Airbnb at $30 billion the markets need a big breather. Hopefully, this boom is just on hold while we give the bears a ‘gig’. On Fred’s Blog today he talks about the...



'Leveraged Bubbles'

The conclusion to "Leveraged bubbles," by Òscar Jordà, Moritz Schularick, and Alan Taylor: ... In this column, we turned to economic history for the first comprehensive assessment of the economic risks of asset price...



Jeffrey Gundlach's DoubleLine opens its first alternatives fund

In a year when its peers lost 15% investing in commodities, DoubleLine wades in with a long-short...



Greenlight Capital Down 14% for Year; David Einhorn Surveys Investors

The recent market turmoil has not spared one of Wall Street’s smartest stock...



'Dynasties versus Development'

From Vox EU: Dynasties and development, by Jan Frederick P. Cruz and Ronald U Mendoza: The possibility of a showdown between Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush in the US Presidential polls may have some political pundits salivating, but perhaps many more...



Cullen Roche: The Disciplined Investor Podcast Interview [Audio]

The Disciplined Investor Podcast Interview by Cullen Roche, Pragmatic Capitalism I was on the Disciplined Investor podcast over the weekend with Andrew Horowitz discussing China’s “black box” of finance and some of the ways in...



Twitter Improves Photo Tools To Take On Facebook

Twitter has reportedly introduced new image and video editing tools to take on rivals Facebook and Snapchat. The new tools were revealed in tweets made recently by various celebrities, says a report from Gigaom.   More options for users Whether...



Escaping the Poisonous Womb of Home

Very few people know the true identity of the Italian novelist who writes under the pen name Elena Ferrante, but I’d be willing to bet serious money that if we ever learn the truth, her personal history won’t contain a childhood friend very...



There Are No Hacks in the Market

When I was in college, my friends often came up with crazy “can’t miss” business ideas. One week, they were going to sell imported leather goods. Another week, they were going to scalp concert tickets. They always knew somebody who knew...



NFL: Ranking the Top 15 Fantasy Football Running Backs in 2015

Jeff Gross/Getty Images   We are rapidly closing in on the kickoff to the 2015 NFL regular season. Rosters are being trimmed, and teams have started to announce the winners of position battles that lasted all offseason. With rosters being...



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Fed’s Fischer Givers More Clarity on Rate Hike Path

The markets are getting a new look at “just one more” view from the Federal Reserve on the timing of the interest rate hike cycle. Stanley Fischer, Vice Chairman of the Federal...



Investors pull another $1.8 billion from Pimco Total Return

Assets drop below $100 billion in assets for the first time in more than eight years, leaving it with about a third of the money it managed at its 2013...



The President of Harvard Will See You Now: A New Freakonomics Radio Episode

Drew Gilpin Faust, the (self-described) “pain-in-the-neck” little girl from rural Virginia who became the president of Harvard University. (photo: Harvard University) Our latest Freakonomics Radio episode is called “The...



Optimistic About Inflation, Stanley Fischer Suggests That Fed Will Stick to Plan on Rates

The remarks of the Federal Reserve’s vice chairman were highly anticipated after days of turmoil in financial markets that raised questions about whether the Fed’s plans had...



UK second quarter GDP growth steady at 0.7% as exports and business investment pick up

The second reading from the Office for National Statistics reaffirmed that GDP growth improved from 0.4 per cent in the previous quarter - the weakest pace of growth since...



Greenlight Capital Down 14% for Year; David Einhorn Surveys Investors

The recent market turmoil has not spared one of Wall Street’s smartest stock...



What the Ashley Madison hack says about how many women cheat

Philippe Lopez / AFP / Getty Images Last week's massive, marriage-straining data dump shows remarkably few women browsed Ashley Madison, the recently hacked dating site that promises to facilitate steamy affairs. About two-thirds of...



GOOGLE Driverless Cars Run Into Problem: Humans...

GOOGLE Driverless Cars Run Into Problem: Humans...(First column, 1st story, link) ...



Franklin Delano Roosevelt: The Moonshine Stimulus

Franklin Delano Roosevelt: The Moonshine Stimulus by NPR President Franklin Delano Roosevelt came to Warm Springs, Georgia in the 1920s. He suffered from polio and used the warm waters for physical therapy. Around town however, another story circulates....



Why Trump Is Dangerous

The Economist: “First, as a billionaire, he will not run out of money to finance his campaign. Second, he faces so many Republican opponents that he could grab the nomination with only a modest plurality of the vote. The smart money still says...



U.S. Auto Sales Pace Accelerates

Auto makers overcame a holiday shift to post a strong, 17.8 million annualized pace in August, underscoring the continuing strength of the U.S. new car...



'Leveraged Bubbles'

The conclusion to "Leveraged bubbles," by Òscar Jordà, Moritz Schularick, and Alan Taylor: ... In this column, we turned to economic history for the first comprehensive assessment of the economic risks of asset price...



The Many Uses Of Gold

The Many Uses Of Gold by Frank Holmes Gold’s many qualities make it one of the most coveted metals in the world. Not only can it be beautifully shaped and sculpted, the yellow metal also conducts electricity, doesn’t tarnish and is...



Day care workers busted for running 'Fight Club' for 4-year-olds

Maybe you shouldn't always do it for the Snap. Two former New Jersey day care employees were charged earlier this week for staging fights between toddlers and publishing the results on Snapchat, prosecutors say. See also: Snapchat shows life in the...



Fed Apologist Ritholtz Interviews Fed Apologist McCulley

Bloomberg columnist Barry Ritholtz interviewed Paul McCulley, former chief economist at PIMCO, and often mentioned FOMC candidate on the Fed's performance. The Podcast is over two hours long, so let's just go with Ritholtz's brief summary:...



Mysterious 'alien' corpse baffles scientists...

Mysterious 'alien' corpse baffles scientists...(Third column, 18th story, link) ...



'The Triumph of Backward-Looking Economics'

In response to Paul Krugman's recent post, "The Triumph of Backward-Looking Economics" -- no surprise here -- there is  disagreement from Steve Williamson. So let me offer this from Blanchard and Johnson's...



More On Golf, Settlement And The WSJ On Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac

More On Golf, Settlement And The WSJ On Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac by Todd Sullivan, ValuePlays I’ve refrained from commenting on the WSJ’s coverage of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac saga for quite some time (since last December I believe)...



Does Low-Cost Vanguard Have Low-Cost (& Quality) Cyber Security?

Providing investors with a myriad of low-cost investment options has been the primary mission at the Vanguard Group for many years. The investment management titan is obviously doing something right as they are the largest mutual fund provider and the...



Most millennials don't identify as millennials

Pew Research Center recently posted a study on how strongly different generations identify with their generational labels. While Baby Boomers and Gen X-ers tend to place themselves in their respective groups, most millennials and members of the silent...