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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, Inc. Surges On Yahoo! Inc. Buyout Speculation

Shares of AOL, Inc. shot up by as much as 4% in afternoon trading after an analyst note suggested Yahoo! Inc. might buy itAOL, Inc. (NYSE:AOL) could become an acquisition target for Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO), according to BGC Partners analyst Richard...



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 Warns U.S. Diplomat Of “Severe Measures” If Word “Default” Used Again

After threatening U.S. printing executives with "terrorist" charges for closing down an unprofitable division, Argentina now threatens based on word choicesAfter a U.S. diplomat said Argentina is in “default” on its debt, the Latin...



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... ...



Downtown Summerlin Opening and More on Howard Hughes

Howard Hughes got a $210 price target today ($151 currently)……. I’ll say what I’ve said every day since the first $70 target a couple years […] The post Downtown Summerlin Opening and More on Howard...



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...



Retirement: A Human Right Or A Luxury Good?

Retirement – A Luxury Good by David Merkel, CFA of The Aleph Blog Recently I was approached by Moneytips to ask my opinions about retirement. They sent me a long survey of which I picked a number of questions to answer. You can get the benefits...



Outsiders by Design Full Transcript

This is a transcript of the Freakonomics Radio podcast “Outsiders by Design” [MUSIC: The Civil Tones, “One Day, Again and Again” (from City Stoopin’)] Stephen J. DUBNER: Hey podcast listeners. Our mission at...



Rent Boom: Apartment Construction Hits Highest Level Since 1989

Housing construction dipped in August, driven by a 32% drop from July in the notoriously volatile multifamily sector. But beyond the month-to-month noise, the trends haven’t changed. Apartment construction over the past year climbed to a new...



That time three years ago, when investors temporarily lost their minds

Joe Weisenthal has a post up this morning about the awful action in gold these past few years. He posted a chart of gold’s price action from FRED, which I’ve annotated to remind you of something that actually happened exactly three...



The latest outrage in a never-ending series: Brokers suing their own customers

Just when I think I can no longer be shocked by the brokerage industry, I come across some fresh depravity, some new and previously unimaginable perversion of the bullshit “suitability” standard that daily permits the misleading sale...



Japan Needs Higher Returns on Overseas Assets

Despite a more than a two-year stretch in merchandise trade deficits, Japan still brings in more capital from abroad than it sends out, thanks to hefty returns on its overseas investments. Yet economists warn that the country needs to increase its...



U.S. Home-Builder Optimism Surges

Home-builder optimism surged in September to the highest level since 2005, a sign home construction could pick up in coming...



We Just Saw The Biggest Weekly Jump In Mortgage Rates Of The Year

Average US fixed mortgage rates saw their biggest weekly jump of the year, hitting their highest level since the week ending May 1. This is according to new survey data from Freddie Mac. During the week ending September 18, the 30-year fixed-rate...



Twitter CEO Responds To Pot-Smoking Accusation In Best Way Possible

PayPal and Palatir cofounder Peter Thiel is a legendary entrepreneur with a nose for investment. But when it comes to Twitter, it seems like all he smells is weed. “Twitter is hard to evaluate,” Thiel said on CNBC's "Squawk...



The political appeal of currency union and disunion

I HAVE watched the debate over Scotland’s independence with a certain déjà-vu. In 1995, I along with everyone else in Canada watched nervously as Quebecers voted on whether to separate. Like Scotland’s separatists today,...



Icahn May Pick Bones From Trump Atlantic City Bankruptcy Again

Can the activist use his persuasive skills on Atlantic City casino workers to get them to do what they wouldn't do for Trump?Carl Icahn may hold the trump card in Atlantic City as Trump Entertainment’s bankruptcy could turn out to be an...



Redacted Version of the September 2014 FOMC Statement

Photo Credit: DonkeyHoteyJuly 2014September 2014CommentsInformation received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in June indicates that growth in economic activity rebounded in the second quarter.Information received since the Federal Open Market...



Federal Reserve Board and Federal Open Market Committee release economic projections from the September 16-17 FOMC meeting

Federal Reserve Board and Federal Open Market Committee release economic projections from the September 16-17 FOMC...



Federal Reserve issues FOMC statement on policy normalization principles and plans

Federal Reserve issues FOMC statement on policy normalization principles and...



10 Wednesday PM Reads

My afternoon train reads: • Eight Lessons From Our First Year (The Reformed Broker) see also 7 Ways to Avoid Picking a Bad Advisor (Think Advisor) • Never let a politician or pundit give you investment advice (MarketWatch) • The...



Ex-Billionaire Batista’s Bank Accounts Frozen

Brazilian ex-billionaire Eike Batista may have real estate assets frozen as well bank accountsA federal judge in Rio de Janeiro ordered the freezing of the personal bank accounts of Brazilian businessman Eike Batista to the extent of $640 million as a...



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Bill Ackman Just Made Another $144 Million On Burger King This Morning

Hedge fund manager Bill Ackman, who runs Pershing Square Capital, is having a big day.  He just made more than $144 million on his Burger King stake this morning before the opening bell. The news is that U.S. burger chain Burger King is...



Burger King Tax Inversion Talks Earn Ackman $161M

William Ackman’s taste for Burger King Worldwide continues to pay off, as the fast-food chain’s shares soared in the wake of its planned acquisition of Canada’s Tim Hortons. read more ...



Warren Buffett defends Burger King tax flip

The move is a ‘tax inversion’ because it shifts Burger King’s base out of the US to Canada, where taxes are...



10 Things You Need To Know Before The Opening Bell (DIA, SPY, SPX, QQQ)

Good morning! Here's what you need to know: Russia Is Advancing On Ukraine, Says Ukraine. "I have made a decision to cancel my working visit to the Republic of Turkey due to sharp aggravation of the situation in Donetsk region, particularly in...



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...



Tesla to Pick Nevada for Battery Plant

Tesla Motors Inc. will choose a site in Nevada for its proposed $5 billion battery factory and will announce the move Thursday at a news conference in the state, according to a person familiar with the auto maker's...



Dollar General Ups Bid For Family Dollar, Threatens To Take Quest For Merger Straight To Shareholders

(J.G. Park)Less than a week after Dollar General officials said they weren’t giving up on a possible relationship with Family Dollar, the No. 1 dollar store made another attempt to woo its target by flashing a huge wad of cash – this...



Starboard Tells Olive Garden to Salt the Pasta Water

Starboard Value said it would take a number of steps to boost the value of Darden Restaurants, owner of Olive Garden, if the activist hedge fund wins control of the entire...



Snapchat Fetches $10 Billion Valuation

Kleiner Perkins agreed to invest in Snapchat at a valuation of close to $10 billion, making it one of the world's most valuable private tech...