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Moore of the Same - Paul Krugman Financial stability and monetary policy - vox The continuum from monetary to fiscal - Nick Rowe On State Unemployment Rates, It’s Analyst Beware - NYTimes.com North Carolina’s Misunderstood Cut in Jobless...



The Real Raw Material of Wealth

Poor countries export raw materials such as cocoa, iron ore, and raw diamonds, while rich countries export – often to those same poor countries – more complex products such as chocolate, cars, and jewels. But this does not mean that poor...



Storm Clouds Over Amazon Business

New and deep-pocketed rivals threaten to squeeze profit margins in Amazon.com's cloud computing business, adding to investor concerns about the Seattle company's...



The End of the Cringe

The Democrats, they are...



There's A Big Warning About Acquisitions In David Einhorn's Latest Investor Letter

Greenlight Capital CEO David Einhorn sent out his Q2 investor letter this week, and the big takeaway is about how low interest rates are impacting corporate acquisitions. In a nutshell: Low interest rates are transforming acquirers into bad shoppers. In...



Chart o’ the Day: Diversification Works

Michael Batnick and I submitted the below to Business Insider’s Most Important Charts in the World roundup…   Check out the entire run of charts at the link below: Wall Street’s Brightest Minds Reveal The Most...



Mark Cuban Advocates Selling Shares of Tax-Dodging U.S. Companies

Mark Cuban, the billionaire investor and owner of the Dallas Mavericks basketball team, took to Twitter on Friday to rail against companies that adopt overseas addresses to avoid paying U.S. taxes. He urged investors to sell shares of those...



Mystery Stock CYNK Plunges as Expected After Trading Reopens

Filed under: Alternative Investment, Investment Fraud, Stocks, Investing Alamy By Everett Rosenfeld CYNK Technology (CYNK), the mysterious over-the-counter stock that at one point broke a $6 billion market cap, dropped roughly 80 percent in its...



Fed Accepts Zion Capital Plans, Details Not Disclosed

Zions will likely have to raise $300 million or more in common equity, in addition to selling CDOsZions Bancorporation (NASDAQ:ZION) is up 1.8% in trading today after the Federal Reserve announced that it had accepted the bank’s re-submitted...



Gruber: "It Was Just a Mistake"

Why did Jonathan Gruber tell an audience in 2012 that states which failed to set up Obamacare exchanges would be depriving their residents of federal subsidies? Jonathan Cohn caught up with Gruber this morning and got an answer: I honestly...



Book Review: Panic, Prosperity, and Progress

I love economic history books, and I believe that most investors should read economic history.  History offers a broader paradigm for analyzing investment situations than mathematical models do.Mark Twain is overquoted on this, but only because he...



Mark Zuckerberg Is Now Richer Than the Google Guys

How's your summer going? Probably not as good as Mark Zuckerberg's. The Facebook CEO and cofounder's wealth has spiked in recent months as the company's stock price continues to reach new highs. On Thursday, he reached another...



Some Home Builders Say First-Time Buyers Returning, Others Not Sure

The anticipated return of first-time buyers to the housing market remains, like many economic indicators, prone to fits and starts. This week, two more leading home builders differed on whether first-timers are on their way back. PulteGroup Inc. stirred...



Sheila Bair is worried about reverse repo

Like much of her commentary, I find this considerably overstated.  Still, it suggests a few points of interest and also concern: The mere existence of this facility could exacerbate liquidity runs during times of market stress. Borrowers in the...



Desperately Seeking A Cheaper Kilowatt Hour

Desperately Seeking a Cheaper Kilowatt Hour by Frank Holmes Let’s imagine that an aluminum manufacturer is eyeing two locations to build a new factory. In location A, an industrial kilowatt hour (kWh) is priced at 4.21 cents, whereas in location B,...



Hot Links: Alpha move, bro.

Stuff I’m Reading this Morning… Euphoria? I don’t think so – watch as the number of bulls drops as the market goes up!  (Bespoke) Main Street still doesn’t give a f*** about stocks....



The Closer

FURTHER FURTHER READING - Robin Hanson on the new Nicholas Bostrom book.Continue reading: The...



Hedge fund: 'Mania' stock will fall 90%

A rising hedge fund star thinks that MannKind is so over-hyped that the health-care company's stock will fall 90...



Banco Espirito Santo Patriarch & Former CEO Arrested in Portugal

Despite the mountain of negative news, do hedge funds think all the blood is in the street on this stock? The problems at Banco Espirito Santo SA (ELI:BES) may be deeper than originally thought with the detention of Ricardo Espirto Santo Salgado,...



Hot Links: Owning the Robots

Stuff I’m Reading this Morning… Facebook blew away Wall Street last night, everyone’s impressed with the company’s momentum.  (BusinessInsider) Ford beats.  (USAToday) Caterpillar beats too....



You Might Think A Fox-Time Warner Deal Just Isn't Going To Happen...

Fox is only prepared to raise its offer for Time Warner to $90-$95 per share, sources familiar with Fox's thinking told the Wall Street Journal this week. Fox is also not willing to significantly increase the cash percentage of its offer, the same...



MARK CUBAN: If You're Company Is Moving For Tax Reasons, I'm Selling Your Stock (ABBV, SHPG, COV, MDT, MYL, PFE, AZN, DIA, SPX, SPY, QQQ)



White House to Begin $10 Billion Farm Investment Fund

The fund will be managed by Capitol Peak Asset Management and the Agriculture Department will help find projects for...



The Gold Model Revisited

Four years ago, I wrote a post discussing my thoughts on how to build a model for the price of gold. That post received by far the most attention of anything I’ve written. I still get emails about it today. Over time, I’ve thought more about...



Calpers Pulls Back From Hedge Funds

The largest public pension fund in the U.S. is expected to cut its hedge-fund investments this year by 40%. Other public pensions also are cutting or reconsidering investments in hedge...



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Billionaire Google CEO: You Should Be Grateful For That Part-Time Job

The man who made billions at his full-time job running Google thinks you should stop worrying so much about losing your own full-time job to the robots that his company is building. Google CEO Larry Page said last week that one possible answer to the...

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JP Morgan boss Jamie Dimon has throat cancer

Chief executive of JP Morgan says cancer has been caught at an early...



Food chains dragged into food scandal

A food scandal in China is spreading, dragging in Starbucks, Burger King and others, as well as McDonald's products from...



Links for 7-27-14

Moore of the Same - Paul Krugman Financial stability and monetary policy - vox The continuum from monetary to fiscal - Nick Rowe On State Unemployment Rates, It’s Analyst Beware - NYTimes.com North Carolina’s Misunderstood Cut in Jobless...



Storm Clouds Over Amazon Business

New and deep-pocketed rivals threaten to squeeze profit margins in Amazon.com's cloud computing business, adding to investor concerns about the Seattle company's...



The Real Raw Material of Wealth

Poor countries export raw materials such as cocoa, iron ore, and raw diamonds, while rich countries export – often to those same poor countries – more complex products such as chocolate, cars, and jewels. But this does not mean that poor...



Sheila Bair is worried about reverse repo

Like much of her commentary, I find this considerably overstated.  Still, it suggests a few points of interest and also concern: The mere existence of this facility could exacerbate liquidity runs during times of market stress. Borrowers in the...



Book Review: Panic, Prosperity, and Progress

I love economic history books, and I believe that most investors should read economic history.  History offers a broader paradigm for analyzing investment situations than mathematical models do.Mark Twain is overquoted on this, but only because he...



MARK CUBAN: If You're Company Is Moving For Tax Reasons, I'm Selling Your Stock (ABBV, SHPG, COV, MDT, MYL, PFE, AZN, DIA, SPX, SPY, QQQ)

Mark Cuban isn't a fan of tax inversions, either. Last night, President Obama spoke with CNBC's Steve Liesman, and their first topic of conversation was the issue of tax inversions, or mergers where U.S.-based companies acquire foreign...



Mark Zuckerberg Is Now Richer Than the Google Guys

How's your summer going? Probably not as good as Mark Zuckerberg's. The Facebook CEO and cofounder's wealth has spiked in recent months as the company's stock price continues to reach new highs. On Thursday, he reached another...



Some Home Builders Say First-Time Buyers Returning, Others Not Sure

The anticipated return of first-time buyers to the housing market remains, like many economic indicators, prone to fits and starts. This week, two more leading home builders differed on whether first-timers are on their way back. PulteGroup Inc. stirred...



Desperately Seeking A Cheaper Kilowatt Hour

Desperately Seeking a Cheaper Kilowatt Hour by Frank Holmes Let’s imagine that an aluminum manufacturer is eyeing two locations to build a new factory. In location A, an industrial kilowatt hour (kWh) is priced at 4.21 cents, whereas in location B,...



Chart o’ the Day: Diversification Works

Michael Batnick and I submitted the below to Business Insider’s Most Important Charts in the World roundup…   Check out the entire run of charts at the link below: Wall Street’s Brightest Minds Reveal The Most...



McDonald's Expects More Challenges

McDonald's is trying to fix the fundamentals of its business as the fast-food company plans for more weakness this...



Ideas for Renewing American Prosperity

If you could propose one change in American policy, society or culture to revive prosperity and self-confidence, what would it be and...



Bill Ackman Is About To Deliver Another 'Nail To Herbalife's Coffin' (HLF)

Famed investor Bill Ackman has been in a long-running battle against Herbalife, a maker of health shakes. Ackman is loudly short the company, and believes the business is scam. Anyway, Value investor Whitney Tilson, who runs Kase Capital, writes that...



White House to Begin $10 Billion Farm Investment Fund

The fund will be managed by Capitol Peak Asset Management and the Agriculture Department will help find projects for...



Netflix Is Going To Start Selling Gift Cards In Stores

You may soon be able to get a Netflix subscription at your neighborhood grocery store. The streaming video service announced in a letter to investors Monday that it's going to start selling physical gift cards in "select stores" in the...



EU Regulators To Go After Google Inc On A Number Of Fronts?

European Union officials seem poised to take a harder look at a proposed settlement with Google over search-engine practices that have Europeans fuming.Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) (NASDAQ:GOOG) looks like it may become a whipping boy for Europe over the...



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