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GDP Miss Due To Decrease In Gov’t Spending

The important point of this is that a we’ve been saying for a while the private economy continue to hum along at a 3%+ growth […] The post GDP Miss Due To Decrease In Gov’t Spending appeared first on...



Is the Fed behind the curve?

Quick follow-up to my previous post.  The 30-year T-bond yield just fell to 2.22%, the lowest ever.  Meanwhile Fed officials are itching to raise rates because the economy is in danger of overheating. Is the Fed behind the curve? ...



Andrew Gelman’s mistrust of behavioral economics

Gelman, a Columbia statistician and political scientist, voices his discomfort with the behavioralist research and policy attitudes of recent years: I see a common thread in a lot of the counterintuitive, tabloid, Psychological-Science-type work out...



Russian bank boss: sanctions are economic war against Russia

The head of one of Russia's largest banks likened the EU's decision to extend the sanctions imposed on Russia to an act of economic war. "We have quite a strong opinion on sanctions. Sanctions, in other words, are economic war against...



Here’s That IKEA-Inspired Furniture Construction Game You Always Wanted

image via youtube screen capture What is it that makes us go nuts for ready-to-assemble Scandinavian construction sets? Is it because building...



Seven Things about Saudi Arabia You Need to Know

Seven Things about Saudi Arabia You Need to Know by Frank Holmes A week ago we learned that the king of Saudi Arabia, Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, passed away at the age of 90. Following the announcement, crude oil immediately spiked 2.5 percent over...



Federal Reserve Board invites public comment on proposed rule to expand the applicability of Board's Small Bank Holding Company Policy Statement

Federal Reserve Board invites public comment on proposed rule to expand the applicability of Board's Small Bank Holding Company Policy...



Views on Science & Science-Related Policy

Both the American public and scientists value the contributions of science, but there are large differences in how each perceives science-related...



Twitter Inc Video A ‘Power Keg’ Waiting To ‘Explode': Investor

While many believe Twitter’s video feature may not do much good, Jason Calacanis sees huge potential in it Twitter will soon unveil its new video feature to all verified accounts on its micro-blogging platform. While many believe the new...



The Increasing Income Inequality In America [INFOGRAPHIC]

This lopsided income growth means that income inequality has risen in recent decades. Figure A presents the share of all income (including capital gains income) held by the top 1 percent of taxpayers between 1917 and 2012 for the United States and by...



Links for 01-30-15

[Had this set to autopost, but accidentally hit p.m. instead of a.m., so it's very late...] I Do Not Think That Number Means What You Think It Means - Paul Krugman Audit the Fed? Not so fast. - The Washington Post Is the Economy Underperforming?...



The BS Storm is Coming on Trade Deals

Okay folks, get out those umbrellas, we are about to showered with all sorts of garbage as the corporate interests pushing for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Pact ((TTIP) go into overdrive to get Congress to...



Ford earnings beat; revenue is light

Ford Motor reported quarterly earnings that beat analysts' expectations on...



Guidance for Financial Institutions on Private Student Loans

Federal financial regulatory agencies, in partnership with the State Liaison Committee (SLC) of the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council, today issued guidance for financial institutions on private student loans with graduated repayment...



The New Republic's Legacy on Race

Legacies are never simple; they create victims as well as beneficiaries. The more substantial the legacy, the more heated the disputes are over who has title of ownership, who gets to enjoy an inheritance, and who is left out in the cold.One of the most...



Philly Fed: State Coincident Indexes increased in 46 states in December

From the Philly Fed: The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia has released the coincident indexes for the 50 states for December 2014. In the past month, the indexes increased in 46 states and remained stable in four, for a one-month diffusion index of...



ANDREW SULLIVAN: ENOUGH DIGITAL, I WANT MY LIFE BACK...

ANDREW SULLIVAN: ENOUGH DIGITAL, I WANT MY LIFE BACK...(Third column, 2nd story, link) ...



10 Thursday AM Reads

Good morning, Here are my post Fed day morning train reads: • We’re on the verge of a crisis, bears warn (Money) • The Superinvestors of Unconstrained Bondsville (SSRN) • Would Keynes Have Been Fired as a Money...



Apple Inc. Stock Still Cheap Despite Record Earnings: Analyst

Apple stock is enjoying huge investor confidence following record earnings, but experts view the stock cheap considering the prospects ahead Apple stock is still cheap despite a good run this year, Citi’s director of investment research told CNBC...



Thinking About the New Greek Crisis



The Fed Moves the Goalposts for Expectations

Going into Wednesday, 28 January 2015, investors had believed that the Fed was likely to indicate that the U.S. economy was performing solidly enough that it would begin to implement its plan to hike short term interest rates before the end of 2015-Q2 in...



Sweeney Delivers Another Victory for GSE Investors

Now, kudos for the WSJ for at least giving this decision some generic lip service coverage (as opposed to previously ignoring of them) but one […] The post Sweeney Delivers Another Victory for GSE Investors appeared first on...



First day of class update

I got to class on time. The class went ok but I spent too much time talking, which is what happens when I don’t put a lot of effort ahead of time into making sure I don’t spend too much time talking. My first-day-of-class activity...



ANALYST: China's 'Long-Awaited Day Of Reckoning' Is Almost Here

All the devils have come together for the Chinese economy and the country's "long-awaited day of reckoning" is upon us, writes Societe Generale analyst Wei Yao in a recent note. To China bears who've said that the country is...



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Federal Reserve Board invites public comment on proposed rule to expand the applicability of Board's Small Bank Holding Company Policy Statement

Federal Reserve Board invites public comment on proposed rule to expand the applicability of Board's Small Bank Holding Company Policy...



Steven Cohen’s New Firm Posts Big Gain in 2014 Despite Investigations

Point72 Asset Management, Steven A. Cohen’s investment firm, generated a gross profit of $2.5 billion to $3 billion, said several people briefed on the firm’s performance. That would have made it one of the hedge fund industry’s most...



Bad Tayloring

If the rule doesn't fit, you must admit ... that you were...



The BS Storm is Coming on Trade Deals

Okay folks, get out those umbrellas, we are about to showered with all sorts of garbage as the corporate interests pushing for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Pact ((TTIP) go into overdrive to get Congress to...



Andrew Gelman’s mistrust of behavioral economics

Gelman, a Columbia statistician and political scientist, voices his discomfort with the behavioralist research and policy attitudes of recent years: I see a common thread in a lot of the counterintuitive, tabloid, Psychological-Science-type work out...



Is the Fed behind the curve?

Quick follow-up to my previous post.  The 30-year T-bond yield just fell to 2.22%, the lowest ever.  Meanwhile Fed officials are itching to raise rates because the economy is in danger of overheating. Is the Fed behind the curve? ...



With ZipDial deal, Twitter wins when people call and then hang up

Twitter's acquisition of Bangalore-based ZipDial gives it access to a fairly massive market for "missed call" services, which many phone users in developing countries use as a low-cost method of...



Views on Science & Science-Related Policy

Both the American public and scientists value the contributions of science, but there are large differences in how each perceives science-related...



MAG: IBM PLANS BIGGEST CORPORATE LAY-OFF IN HISTORY?

MAG: IBM PLANS BIGGEST CORPORATE LAY-OFF IN HISTORY?(Third column, 7th story, link) ...



The New Republic's Legacy on Race

Legacies are never simple; they create victims as well as beneficiaries. The more substantial the legacy, the more heated the disputes are over who has title of ownership, who gets to enjoy an inheritance, and who is left out in the cold.One of the most...



Twitter Inc Video A ‘Power Keg’ Waiting To ‘Explode': Investor

While many believe Twitter’s video feature may not do much good, Jason Calacanis sees huge potential in it Twitter will soon unveil its new video feature to all verified accounts on its micro-blogging platform. While many believe the new...



Herbalife Ltd. (HLF) Gets Killed Again, Thanks To Bill Ackman

Herbalife stock plunged another 6% during early trading hours, although shares began to recover by late morning. The stock has been struggling all week long, with Herbalife shares falling further and further. Today’s share price dipped after...



Links for 01-30-15

[Had this set to autopost, but accidentally hit p.m. instead of a.m., so it's very late...] I Do Not Think That Number Means What You Think It Means - Paul Krugman Audit the Fed? Not so fast. - The Washington Post Is the Economy Underperforming?...



Seven Things about Saudi Arabia You Need to Know

Seven Things about Saudi Arabia You Need to Know by Frank Holmes A week ago we learned that the king of Saudi Arabia, Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, passed away at the age of 90. Following the announcement, crude oil immediately spiked 2.5 percent over...



Russian bank boss: sanctions are economic war against Russia

The head of one of Russia's largest banks likened the EU's decision to extend the sanctions imposed on Russia to an act of economic war. "We have quite a strong opinion on sanctions. Sanctions, in other words, are economic war against...



Oil Man Harold Hamm's Ex-wife Seeking To Cash Divorce Check: Source

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sue Ann Arnall, the ex-wife of Oklahoma oil magnate Harold Hamm, is seeking to cash a $975 million handwritten divorce check just days after earlier rejecting the payment which was ordered by a court in November, a source familiar...



Guidance for Financial Institutions on Private Student Loans

Federal financial regulatory agencies, in partnership with the State Liaison Committee (SLC) of the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council, today issued guidance for financial institutions on private student loans with graduated repayment...



Winklevoss twins plan to launch new US-based bitcoin exchange

The Winklevoss twins aren't done with bitcoin yet. Since 2012, the pair so far has invested millions in the cryptocurrency, launched the WinkDex bitcoin price monitor and are still trying...



Ford earnings beat; revenue is light

Ford Motor reported quarterly earnings that beat analysts' expectations on...



Here’s That IKEA-Inspired Furniture Construction Game You Always Wanted

image via youtube screen capture What is it that makes us go nuts for ready-to-assemble Scandinavian construction sets? Is it because building...