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Desert Party for Tech Elite...

Desert Party for Tech Elite...(Second column, 8th story, link) ...



Cochrane on Growth

John has a nice piece in today's Wall Street...



Macassar

Some of the discussion of yesterday’s post reminded me of a wonderful bit from Life on the Mississippi: When I was a boy, there was but one permanent ambition among my comrades in our village on the west bank of the Mississippi River. That was,...



Stocks mixed, oil falls as rally seen capped (1632348)

Markets were mixed on Monday. The S&P 500 rose 0.8 percent but the STOXX Europe 600 slipped 0.1 percent and the Nikkei 225 plunged 3.1 percent. US crude oil fell 2.5 percent as a Bloomberg report suggested that the oil price rally is not as...



Cruz Delegates Waver as Trump Gains Momentum

National Review: “Down in the polls and with zero margin for error heading into Tuesday’s crucial Indiana primary, Ted Cruz could be forgiven for seeing a silver lining in his apparent strength with unbound Republican delegates. Until...



It's Actually Not Hard to Distinguish Between Quantitative Easing and Currency Management

A NYT article on Donald Trump's threats to impose high tariffs on Chinese imports discussed the possibility that Trump might seek rules that addressed policies aimed at currency management. The piece included the strange assertion that: "A...



Man tracks down lost iPad with technology and balloons

Shelby Bonnie had just made a connection at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport when he realized he had misplaced his iPad.  He was flying from San Francisco to the Bahamas on April 22, and told the New York Times he believes he set the device...



The Poisoned Chalice of Macroeconomic Policy

The Eurozone experienced a second recession in 2011-2012, just a few years after the first one in 2008-2009. This second downturn was the fatal blow that turned Europe's Great Recession into an outright depression. The standard explanation for the...



Storm Parliament...

Storm Parliament...(Third column, 7th story, link)Related stories:Baghdad unrest throws Obama's Iraq plan into doubt...Anti-Govt Protesters Breach Green Zone...Block airport... ...



Three Cheers for Monotasking!

Is multitasking finally getting the reputation it deserves? Multitasking, that bulwark of anemic résumés everywhere, has come under fire in recent years. A 2014 study in the Journal of Experimental Psychology found that...



Links for 04-30-16

Rescue Helicopters for Stranded Economies - J. Bradford DeLong Everyone Wants to Get Tough on Antitrust Policy, but Not Really - NYTimes Yuliy Sannikov and Continuous Time Dynamic Contracting - A Fine Theorem Campaign Financing Capture: Record...



Stocks fall, gold gains (1631513)

Stocks fell on Friday. The S&P 500 fell 0.5 percent but still finished the month up 0.3 percent. The Stoxx Europe 600 fell 2.1 percent but was up 1.2 percent for the month. Safe havens did better on Friday. Gold rose 1.9 percent while the yield on...



Join Us At Noon Today For An #AirbnbWhileBlack Twitter Chat

Today, Code Switch's Gene Demby and Hidden Brain's Shankar Vedantam will be leading a Twitter chat to discuss what it's like to be a person of color participating in the sharing...



Warren Buffett is not at all excited about the US economy right now (BRK.B, BRK.A)

Warren Buffett isn't that excited about the US economy right now.  Speaking with CNBC's Becky Quick on Thursday from the parking lot outside his bridge game in Omaha, Nebraska, Buffett said simply, "This economy is not...



The EU Grew at a 2.4 Percent Annual Rate in the First Quarter

My guess is that many people reading this NYT article on Europe's GDP growth will think that its 0.6 percent rate was only slighly better than the anemic 0.5 percent rate the U.S. had just reported for the first quarter. Actually, it is a lot...



The case for a Clinton-Warren ticket

Warren could bolster Clinton’s progressive bona fides and draw Sanders supporters to...



10 things you need to know before the opening bell (spy, spx, qqq, dia, fb, db, vrx)

Here is what you need to know. The Bank of Japan shocked the market. In a surprise 8-to-1 vote, the BOJ held its asset purchase program at an annual rate of around 80 trillion yen. Most economists had expected the central bank to increase the size of its...



Links for 04-29-16

Anti-Globalization or Xenophobia? - Caroline Freund Impurity in the Pursuit of Salvation Is No Vice - Paul Krugman Obama's Economic Disappointment - Bloomberg View Kocherlakota on the want of U.S. government debt - MacroMania Why Digital...



Stocks fall as US growth slows, BoJ holds monetary policy (1631116)

Stocks slumped on Thursday. The S&P 500 fell 0.9 percent after the US Commerce Department reported that the economy grew at an annualised 0.5 percent rate in the first quarter, the slowest rate in two years, while the Nikkei 225 plunged 3.6 percent...



5 Video Games That Are Too Hard for Casual Gamers

Source: Tecmo A lot of games have gotten easier over the years in the spirit of player accessibility, allowing more casual and less skilled players to enjoy popular games released today, though we argue some games should be played on a high difficulty....



Synaptics Drops 12% Amidst Apple Woes, China Rumors; Where is the Samsung Upside?

Shares of touch-screen controller vendor Synaptics (SYNA) today closed down $9.55, or 12%, at $71.55, after the company yesterday afternoon reported fiscal Q3 revenue and earnings that missed by a country mile, and forecast this quarter well below...



Reason #4 For Weak Productivity Growth: Labor Is Cheap

Neil Irwin noted the incredibly weak productivity growth of the last six years and then considered three possible explanations. Unfortunately he left out what may be the plausible one: labor is cheap. The high unemployment of the last seven years has...



Another Weak Quarter For US GDP



Top Performing Russell 3000 Stocks Since 2/11

In an earlier post, we highlighted the fact that small-cap stocks have been leading the market higher in the rally off the 2/11 lows.  Looking at the stocks that have done the best since 2/11, it would also appear as though not only have stocks with...



BOEHNER: BIDEN COULD STILL ENTER PRESIDENTIAL RACE...

BOEHNER: BIDEN COULD STILL ENTER PRESIDENTIAL RACE...(Third column, 1st story, link)Related stories:Cruz is 'Lucifer in the flesh'... ...



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2016 TV: What Shows Have Been Canceled or Renewed?

It’s just about that time when all of the major networks and streaming platforms will have to decide which entries from their lineups — from sitcoms to fantasy dramas — will come back for another season and which will be pulled for...



Facebook Launches Search Function For Facebook Live

With all of the new features Facebook has introduced to enable users to create and enhance Facebook Live videos, the social network turned its attention to helping users find those videos. Product managers Dirk Stoop and Eugene Min detailed the addition...



International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) Earnings Preview

IBM is scheduled to release its next earnings report tonight after closing bell, and consensus suggests earnings of $2.09 per share and revenue of $18.3 billion. In last year’s March quarter, the tech giant posted earnings of $2.91 per share...



Five Big Truths About Trade

In 2000, the U.S. jobless rate was 4%, despite a trade imbalance larger than today’s. How could that...



Airlines Quietly Changed Pricing For Certain Plane Tickets. Here's What You Need To Know.

Heads up, travelers.  Major airlines including Delta, American Airlines and United quietly changed how they price certain airline tickets, which means you may have to search a couple different ways to find the actual lowest fares available. The...



Japan to print additional big bills as more stash cash at home...

Japan to print additional big bills as more stash cash at home...(First column, 4th story, link)Related stories:Great Distortion of Free Money From the Fed... ...



Links for 04-09-16

Why Cruz Is Worse Than Trump - Paul Krugman The Fed Should Ease - Narayana Kocherlakota Why Talented Black and Hispanic Students Can Go Undiscovered - NYTimes Growing a Nation Won't Always Grow Its Economy - Noah Smith Global Capital Flows:...



‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ Trailer: Everything We Learned

We’re still a ways off from some much-needed answers from the Star Wars universe in Episode VIII, but 2016 has its own treat in store for fans. Come December, we’ll be getting Rogue One: A Star Wars...



Supernova Likely Sprinkled Earth With Space Dust

You’re not likely to witness a supernova in your lifetime unless you have access to the Kepler Space Telescope as scientists have essentially ruled out any star close enough to Earth in danger of exploding. Supernovas get a bit of a bad rap,...



Tracking the Payday-Loan Industry’s Ties to Academic Research

Our recent Freakonomics Radio episode “Are Payday Loans Really as Evil as People Say?” explores the arguments for and against payday lending, which offers short-term, high-interest loans, typically marketed to and used by people with low...