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  • The benefits of all-inclusive fund management fees
    Fund management fees should include everything, says Merryn Somerset Webb. All costs, commissions, research and trading costs. It would increase competition and give us more ...
  • Don’t let financial repression crush you and your investments
    Low interest rates, which aim to stimulate investment, are having the opposite effect and depressing returns for investors. But there are still opportunities out there, ...
  • Fear this new and more deadly QE
    Whether or not Britain needs more quantitative easing is questionable, says Matthew Lynn. But you can be sure we don't want it Japanese-style. The post
  • Globalisation in retreat
    World trade is stagnating and protectionist populism seems to be on the rise. Is this the end for globalisation? Alex Rankine reports. The post
  • Share tips of the week
    MoneyWeek’s comprehensive guide to this week’s share tips from the rest of the UK's financial pages. The post Share tips of the week was ...
  • Mistry’s elephant
    CHIEF executives in the West share some familiar gripes: quarterly-results-obsessed analysts who make it impossible to think about ...
  • The freaks are coming
    PowerPoint slide, Berlin style ROCKET INTERNET has just moved into a splendid, red building in central Berlin, around ...
  • Split ends
    LAST month Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), an American firm that owns financial exchanges, said it would do a stock ...
  • Look, no claims!
    ON THE list of industries set to be disrupted by autonomous cars, the motor-insurance business can claim a ...
  • Welding bells
    Plenty more where that came from FEW industries are in worse shape than China’s steel sector. Years of ...
  • Relative Strength Spread
    The chart below is the spread between the relative strength leaders and relative strength laggards (top quartile of stocks in our ranks divided by the ...
  • Momentum & Value vs. Growth & Value
    At Dorsey Wright, we believe momentum can be used as a stand-alone investment strategy, however, combining it with other smart beta factors to which momentum ...
  • Small Caps On the Move
    One of the simplest ways to determine the relative strength of small caps versus large caps is to use the SmartChart function to divide IWM ...
  • Hedgeweek: Using Momentum to Invest in ADRs
    Great new article by John Lewis in Hedgeweek: American Depositary Receipts are an effective way for US investors to gain exposure to international stocks. Dorsey, ...
  • Weekly RS Recap
    The table below shows the performance of a universe of mid and large cap U.S. equities, broken down by relative strength decile and quartile and ...
  • The BIS Warns on China
    I’ve been saying for the past couple years that the next recession here in the US will probably be triggered by an external macro event ...
  • Negative Rates Nail Savers
    “You shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold.” – William Jennings Bryan, July 9, 1896 “You shall not crucify the retiree and saver on a ...
  • Calling an Economic Audible
    Dear Friends, Now is the time I would normally be sending you Thoughts from the Frontline, but this week I’m calling an audible. Rather than leave ...
  • BioTime Makes History with Announcement of First Stem Cell Spinal Cord Therapy Results
    As my regular readers know, I am heavily focused on the massive monetary policy errors that are being foisted on the world by central bankers. ...
  • Monetary Mountain Madness
    “Practical men who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influence, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist. Madmen in authority, who ...
  • Mixed Pheelings
    Ahoy there from seven miles above California. I am winging my way back to my cherished Palo Alto, having enjoyed another weekend of fencing tournaments in ...
  • Hairspray
    My reflection stared back at me faintly this morning in the large plate glass at the front of the Vonn’s supermarket. My family-oriented lifestyle, shall ...
  • Cloud Not Quite Nine
    I’ve probably done six or seven posts in recent memory about the oh-so-expensive housing market around here, and honestly, even though I see crazy prices ...
  • Market Week with Slim
  • The Eyes Have It
  • Allocation Efficiency
    My latest post for Alpha Baskets looks at asset allocation through the lens of risk parity. From the post; Year to date through Friday the ...
  • The FOMC Meets To Determine The Fate Of The Galaxy
    The weekly Market Update is posted at Alpha Baskets and includes the following; The FOMC is scheduled to meet this week and while the fate ...
  • Eight Brutal Truths About Retirement
    Note: With the problems Word Press had this week I am publishing this post in its entirety here. Normal blog process will resume with the ...
  • Wait, So September Is Back On The Table?
    Bad week for WordPress or someone…..but we’re back, this is the weekly commentary that should have posted Monday. Thank you for you patience. The weekly ...
  • Is Now The Time To Be Bullish?
    My latest post for Alpha Baskets looks at a recent article from Martin Pring about why he’s bullish. From the post; For example, Pring discussed ...
  • Alpha From the Non-Bank Lending Space
    A new report, Financing the Economy 2016, looks at “the role of alternative asset managers in the non-bank lending environment,” addressing such questions as the ...
  • Kyle Bass, IPR and Shorting Big Pharma
    Kyle Bass, the investor who shorted the market in residential mortgage-based securities a decade ago, with speculator success, is interested now in shorting the major ...
  • Research, Unbundling and MiFID II
    The “soft dollars” question, that is, the issue of the arrangements by which the managers of other peoples’ and other institutions’ money might most appropriately ...
  • ATTACK MARKETING USING THE RULE OF 150
    By Diane Harrison The Rule of 150, first posited in the 1990s by British anthropologist Robin Dunbar, refers to the maximum number of people with ...
  • Aligning Interests: Changes in Alt Investment Business Models
    A new AIMA research paper discusses “the alignment of interests between hedge fund managers and investors” as it manifests itself in changes in the hedge ...
  • You Don’t Have to Play
    I was giving a speech this week to the Stansberry group in Las Vegas and was, as always, talking about valuations.  Specifically I was talking ...
  • Episode #21: “We Can’t Make a Prediction Worth a Damn”
    Episode #21: “We Can’t Make a Prediction Worth a Damn” Guest: Michael Covel. Characterized as “essential” and “required reading,” Michael teaches beginners to seasoned pros ...
  • The Advisor Guide to Adding a Robo Offering to Your Practice
    (Note: If you are an advisor that would like access to Cambria’s Trinity portfolios, shoot me an email to discuss.) Are you a RIA thinking ...
  • Longest Bull, Ever?
    Filed under I didn’t know that – we’re at the third longest bull ever in the Dow, and if we last till December will be 2nd ...
  • Episode #20: “Listener Q&A”
    Episode #20: “Listener Q&A” Guest: Episode #20 has no guest, but is co-hosted by Meb’s co-worker, Jeff Remsburg. Date: 9/12/16 Run-Time: 39:29 Topics:  Episode #20 ...
  • You don't know anything!
    The common wisdom is that to be a better investor one needs a edge.  This edge is usually regarded as an informational advantage obtained through ...
  • My advice for students
    It's an easy time of the year to become reflective, kids are going back to school and life begins the school rhythm.  My oldest starts ...
  • Oddball Stocks Podcast Episode 1
    This past Friday I was supposed to be a guest on the Benzinga PreMarket show.  It turned out the show is revising their format and ...
  • Is the *new* Solitron a worthy investment?
    It's fitting personally that investment changing news about Solitron Devices (SODI) hit the wire while I'm on vacation at the beach.  When I think of ...
  • Sitestar shows anything is possible
    How many investors have found themselves in an idle moment thinking "If I were the boss at the company I'd do things a lot differently." ...
  • The Return of Fiscal Policy
    Since the global financial crisis of 2008, monetary policy has borne much of the burden of sustaining aggregate demand, boosting growth, and preventing deflation in ...
  • Tapping Africa’s Full Potential
    The US African Growth and Opportunity Act has been a success insofar that it has helped African countries nearly triple their non-oil exports to the ...
  • The Promise of Bank Mergers
    In a difficult market, mergers – by enabling banks to cut costs, share information-technology platforms, and increase market power, thereby relieving pressure on margins and ...
  • Can South Korea Make More Babies?
    South Korea is facing major demographic challenges, rooted in an ultra-low fertility rate. With the population shrinking and aging, the government is trying to boost ...
  • Whither Turkey?
    The accession narrative no longer frames Turkey’s relationship with the European Union, and the government’s far-reaching crackdown on opponents since July’s coup attempt has probably ...
  • Why We Can’t Do Much About Growth
    Over the post-GFC period, I’ve made many references to a new, structurally lower rate of growth in the US and in the other highly developed countries. Prompted ...
  • Updating Avalanche Patrol
    In April of last year, the market didn’t seem to be picking up on fairly heavy Fed hints about its thinking, so I wrote a ...
  • Brazil. What Does Impeachment Mean For Investors?
    It looks very much as though Brazil is about to impeach Dilma. In a country with a system of governance as deeply flawed as Brazil’s, it would ...
  • Hedge Fund Ramblings on Risk
    I often have exchanges with old friends who are institutional HF managers. I’m lucky to have such a sharp, experienced and dialed-in network. Sometimes I clean ...
  • Negative Rates in the US: The Behavioral Cheat Sheet
    The Bank of Japan’s recent decision to join the ranks of central banks adopting negative policy rates caused a huge stir in financial markets, for two reasons. ...
  • Weekly Market Recap Sep 25, 2016
    The week that was... It was all about the Federal Reserve as we noted it would be. In last week's recap we said: From this perch ...
  • Weekly Market Recap Sep 18, 2016
    The week that was... After the big selloff a week ago Friday, bulls rushed right back in Monday shooting the S&P 500 up 1.47% as Federal ...
  • Weekly Market Recap Sep 11, 2016
    The week that was... After a stifling tight range for many weeks - and more of that the first 4 days of the week, we finally ...
  • Weekly Market Recap Sep 4, 2016
    The week that was... Three mild down days were bookmarked by 2 mild positive days as we had another week where the indexes mostly stalled. ...
  • 7 Great Websites for Free Stock Market Recaps
    Since announcing our transition to a once per week market recap last week, readers have been writing in asking us for recommendations for alternative free ...
  • in the company of women
    What kinds of people will investment organizations need to succeed in the future? How will they need to work together?
  • the tests ahead
    In an unexpected development, the beliefs and techniques that were ridiculed after the financial crisis are more in vogue today. Some musings about that.
  • changing classifications
    Our investing decisions are made on top of a framework of asset definitions, which grow out of date over time. They should be kept ...
  • high conviction
    Another buzzword has entered the industry lexicon, but while it's thrown around to impress, what's really there?
  • programmed or nonprogrammed
    There are two main approaches to investing, one in which machines make the decisions (based upon a set of rules) and one which is driven ...
  • More 13F Fun
    So here's another name that we like to follow around here.  Loews Corp is a respected (not by all, I know... there are people who ...
  • 13F Fun
    So, for fun, I wrote a script that grabs manager holdings and compares the portfolio since the last time a 13F was filed. This is ...
  • Scary Chart Part III: Missing the Trees for the Forest
    OK, so this is a continuation of the scary chart series (not really intended to be a series, and not really intending to be so ...
  • Scary Chart Part II
    OK, so there was some feedback from my post about the scary chart.  A bunch of other scary charts were offered up along with a ...
  • Scary Chart!
    Another post!  Don't assume this is going to be the normal frequency going forward.  I think my previous pace of 1-4 posts a month is ...
  • Links for 09-26-16
    The global pivot towards fiscal policy - Gavyn Davies Reframing the world - Branko Milanovic Negative interest rate policies: Channels and consequences - VoxEU A ...
  • Links for 09-25-16
    Donald Trump Pledges to Boost Both Coal and Gas - NYTimes What is so bad about the RBC model? - mainly macro Brookings Productivity Puzzle ...
  • When Industrial Policy Harms Performance
    A colleague, Bruce Blonigen, has a new paper at the Economic Journal: When Industrial Policy Harms Performance: Evidence from the World Steel Industry, by Romesh ...
  • Links for 09-24-16
    Rethinking Macroeconomic Theory Before the Next Crisis - INET How Obama has narrowed the income inequality gap - The Washington Post Paul Romer, the “All ...
  • Paul Krugman: The Lying Game
    The press needs to tell the truth about lies: The Lying Game, by Paul Krugman, NY Times: Here’s what we can be fairly sure will ...
  • Consistency: What Rolling Returns Say About Dividend Aristocrats
    Historically, three-year rolling returns have revealed consistent outperformance from the S&P 500® Dividend Aristocrats® Index, which is composed of quality companies with at least 25 ...
  • When Smart Beta Fails
    How should an investor in a factor (or “smart beta”) index judge its performance?  In this respect at least, smart beta is like any other ...
  • Gold & Silver: Fed Rate Hike Vs Mine Supply
    Two factors tend to consistently influence gold and silver — interest rate expectations and mining supply.  Changes in interest rate expectations typically exert a short-term, ...
  • Rising Rates Revisited…
    The prospect for and ramifications of rising interest rates have surfaced time and again in recent years. Whether and when the Fed will raise rates ...
  • Gaining Insight Into New Zealand’s Dividends
    Why a New Zealand Dividend Strategy Now? New Zealand companies pay out more profits as dividends than many other countries in the world, with an ...
  • Just Win, Baby
    Al Davis, the late owner and general manager of the Oakland Raiders, had a famous motto for his team, “Just win, baby.” Nothing else mattered, ...
  • Horrid Facts, Stubborn Facts
    September 11. Two words. Powerful emotions. Searing memories. Evocative stories. Fifteen years. Fifteen years ago, on Tuesday, September 11, 2001, I was sitting in front ...
  • Confirmation Bias Illustrated
    Please watch the video here (it can’t be embedded) and thank me later. “Like, I’m listening to what you’re saying but I only hear what ...
  • Evidence is Not Enough
    Note: I will be attending the terrific Evidence-Based Investing Conference on November 15, 2016 in New York. You should too.There is a new and growing ...
  • Happy 5th Blogiversary to Me
    I have been now been writing Above the Market for five years. Wow. That’s hard to write and harder to believe. I began on August 1, ...
  • Inflation: Healthy & Unhealthy
    Bob Wiley, the anxiety-prone obsessive-compulsive character played by Bill Murray in “What About Bob?,” tells his psychiatrist, played by Richard ...
  • Slip Sliding in the Oil Patch
    China’s latest economic indicators showed some strength. However, that strength hasn’t shown up in commodity prices. China’s industrial production and ...
  • US Economy’s Big Soft Spot
    Why has nonfarm business productivity growth been so weak during the current economic expansion? That’s been an ongoing puzzle. I ...
  • Abnormal Normalization
    When in doubt, simulate. That was my second takeaway from Fed Chair Janet Yellen’s highly anticipated Jackson Hole speech on ...
  • Q2 Earnings Review
    We at YRI have updated all of our chart publications that track S&P 500 revenues, earnings, and margins with Q2 ...
  • Bull Markets are the Hardest Part
    There are two difficult times to be an investor – when the market goes up and when it goes down.¹ We all know the difficulty of ...
  • The Problem with Modern Banking
    When it comes to free markets and competition I am always more inclined to side with the idea that competition is a good thing that ...
  • 21 Questions….
    The good people over at Guru Focus did a nice Q&A covering 21 questions that you may or may not find interesting. It’s pretty short ...
  • The Fight to Keep It Simple
    “When experts are wrong, it’s often because they’re experts on an earlier version of the world.” – Paul Graham One of the most dangerous places ...
  • The Benefits of Writing
    A few weeks ago I talked with Robin Powell about our upcoming Evidence-Based Investing Conference and a host of other topics. He asked me what my ...
  • Do Institutional Consultants Add Value Picking Money Managers?
    I grew up in the finance industry working in the institutional consulting world. Most consultants provide a wide range of services but what they’re all really ...
  • Is the Value Premium Disappearing?
    The value premium has been talked about in investment circles going all the way back to the 1934 release of Benjamin Graham’s Security Analysis. At its core ...
  • The Greatest Bubble of All-Time?
    Thinking and acting long-term for the long-term is one of the few edges remaining in the markets. Bring up this idea and there will almost ...
  • Jim Chanos Versus Natural Gas
    The short seller Jim Chanos is short one of Carl Icahn's activist targets, Cheniere Energy (NYSE: LNG).To start, Icahn owns 8.2% of the company and ...
  • Opposing the Willis Group and Towers Watson Merger
    Driehaus Capital issued an open letter to Towers Watson & Company shareholders, speaking out against the deal to buy Willis Holdings.
  • Activism In Europe
    Don't forget - sign up for our free daily newsletter to stay in the activist investing know. Activist Investing has historically been veryAmerican. But we seem to ...
  • Broadfin Capital's New Target
    Don't forget - sign up for our free daily newsletter to stay in the activist investing know. Broadfin Capital is tired of Cardica (NASDAQ: CRDC) wasting cash. ...
  • JCP Still Trying To Take Out The Trash
    JCP Investment is taking Casella Waste (NASDAQ: CWST) to task again, putting out a letter and presentation. A name we covered in April as part ...
  • Just Win, Baby
    Al Davis, the late owner and general manager of the Oakland Raiders, had a famous motto for his team, “Just win, baby.” Nothing else mattered, ...
  • Horrid Facts, Stubborn Facts
    September 11. Two words. Powerful emotions. Searing memories. Evocative stories. Fifteen years. Fifteen years ago, on Tuesday, September 11, 2001, I was sitting in front ...
  • Confirmation Bias Illustrated
    Please watch the video here (it can’t be embedded) and thank me later. “Like, I’m listening to what you’re saying but I only hear what ...
  • Evidence is Not Enough
    Note: I will be attending the terrific Evidence-Based Investing Conference on November 15, 2016 in New York. You should too.There is a new and growing ...
  • Happy 5th Blogiversary to Me
    I have been now been writing Above the Market for five years. Wow. That’s hard to write and harder to believe. I began on August 1, ...
  • September 25, 2016
    The post-Fed policy announcement rally came to an end today as the NASDAQ Composite Index pulled in a little over one half of one percent ...
  • September 21, 2016
    After all the tough talk, the Fed blinked and kept rates unchanged in today’s policy statement. This sent the indexes pushing higher, with the NASDAQ ...
  • September 18, 2016
    The NASDAQ Composite Index lifted itself out of its compromised position on Thursday by moving back above near-term resistance along the lows of the August ...
  • September 14, 2016
    The market strikes me as being in a somewhat compromised position here as the major market indexes essentially hold within short, three-day bear flags. Among ...
  • September 11, 2016
    Hawkish comments from several Fed board members, including one member who is considered to be the biggest dove, sent the market into a deep-sea diving ...
  • Holding pattern
    Are markets going to enter a holding pattern this week?  Obviously, that doesn't mean that nothing can or will happen, but it's a bit more ...
  • The student loan debacle
    Well, yesterday panned out largely as expected, with bond markets buoyant and equities following suit.  If the dollar fared a bit better than expected given ...
  • Fed post-mortem
    Well, in the end the Fed did largely what Macro Man expected.  The hint of a December move was, if anything, more overt than anticipated, ...
  • It's raining dots
    Hi, we're your central bankAnd have we got news for youYou better listenGet ready, all you Fed funds shortsAnd leave those ...
  • The BOJ in a nutshell
    * The deposit rate was left unchanged.* The much vaunted yield curve targeting, the "Qualitative and quantitative easing with yield curve control", really ...
  • Do the work
    I was chatting with a client recently and we got a little sidetracked (as I have a tendency to do) talking about hobbies and fitness. ...
  • Spice Things Up
    Next week I’ll make my monthly individual 401(k) contribution, just like last month and the month before that. And (because it’s a brokerage account and ...
  • Sirens blazing
    Bloomberg has an incredible story up today about a small hedge fund putting up some crazy figures and a slew of that-doesn’t-smell-right observations about the ...
  • What you’re supposed to do
    (This is going to be a little off topic. Sorry.) Yesterday I had the pleasure of catching up with the always thoughtful Carl Richards of Behavior ...
  • 2Q 2016 Markets in Review
    Market Overview Brexit Brexit Brexit Brexit Brexit. Heard enough yet? Yes, on Thursday June 23rd the voters in the UK elected to advise their government to ...
  • The Fight to Keep It Simple
    “When experts are wrong, it’s often because they’re experts on an earlier version of the world.” – Paul Graham One of the most dangerous places ...
  • The Benefits of Writing
    A few weeks ago I talked with Robin Powell about our upcoming Evidence-Based Investing Conference and a host of other topics. He asked me what my ...
  • Do Institutional Consultants Add Value Picking Money Managers?
    I grew up in the finance industry working in the institutional consulting world. Most consultants provide a wide range of services but what they’re all really ...
  • Is the Value Premium Disappearing?
    The value premium has been talked about in investment circles going all the way back to the 1934 release of Benjamin Graham’s Security Analysis. At its core ...
  • The Greatest Bubble of All-Time?
    Thinking and acting long-term for the long-term is one of the few edges remaining in the markets. Bring up this idea and there will almost ...
  • Company Notes Digest 9.23.16
    Each week we read dozens of transcripts from earnings calls and presentations as part of our investment process. Below is a weekly post which contains some ...
  • Takeaways from Last Week’s Earnings Calls 9.19.16
    This week we’re starting a new experiment. We’re going to try to run a weekly post each Monday to expand upon the quotes that we ...
  • Company Notes Digest 9.16.16
    Each week we read dozens of transcripts from earnings calls and presentations as part of our investment process. Below is a weekly post which contains some ...
  • Company Notes Digest 9.8.16
    Each week we read dozens of transcripts from earnings calls and presentations as part of our investment process. Below is a weekly post which contains some ...
  • Company Notes Digest 8.26.16
    Each week we read dozens of transcripts from earnings calls and presentations as part of our investment process. Below is a weekly post which contains some ...
  • The view from Argentina
    We're in Argentina this week and next, visiting friends and relatives and looking forward to a big wedding this weekend that will be attended by ...
  • We're richer than ever
    Today the Fed released its Q2/16 estimate of the balance sheets of U.S. households. Collectively, our net worth reached a new high in nominal, real, ...
  • Perspective on the recent market turmoil
    It's interesting that in the past week both stocks and bonds have sold off, since previous selloffs have typically seen stock prices drop while bond ...
  • Federal budget outlook deteriorates
    The deterioration of the federal budget began in slow fashion over a year ago, and it's now become obvious. It's not terrible, but it's no ...
  • Recommended reading: the case for Trump
    Last week an anonymous author penned a provocative but well-written essay, "The Flight 93 Election," that makes the case for Trump. Today he ...
  • A brief update
    Over the last couple years, I’ve seen more and more people in technology trying to make government work better. They’re idealists who are also making ...
  • Thanks, Amit
    Amit Singhal just announced that he’s retiring toward the end of the month. Amit has been a formative part of Google’s search team, but he’s ...
  • Solving a Verizon issue (Nexus 5X)
    I solved a problem today and figured that I’d document it for the rest of the world. Every time someone left me a voicemail on ...
  • Halloween 2015: USB Drive
    I went a little overboard for Halloween last year. And as you can tell from my the Halloween category on my blog, sometimes I get ...
  • Give Google Contributor a try
    Recently I’ve seen several interesting conversations about ad blocking, and I wanted to remind people about a great offering called Google Contributor. With Google Contributor, ...
  • Getting out the vote
    Yesterday, a fabulous new tool launched — HelloVote: HelloVote makes it easy easy easy to register to vote.  Sign up w your phone number and ...
  • Alternative Compliance
    Summary To better support small businesses operating in regulated sectors, we should develop “alternative compliance” mechanisms — parallel regulatory regimes that achieve the goals of ...
  • Regulating with Data
    At this year’s Personal Democracy Forum, the theme was “the tech we need“. One of the areas I’ve been focused on here is the need ...
  • Cable boxes, ridesharing and the right to be represented by a bot
    Here are two tech policy issues that don’t seem related but are: the FCC’s current push to open up the set-top-box, and the lawsuits challenging ...
  • Crypto debate: separating Security from Control
    For the past few weeks, I’ve been following the FBI / Apple phone unlocking case, and digging deep into the debate around encryption, security and ...
  • Redacted Version of the September 2016 FOMC Statement
    July 2016 September 2016 Comments Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in June indicates that the labor market strengthened and that economic ...
  • Estimating Future Stock Returns, June 2016 Update
    This is my quarterly update on how much the market is likely to return over the next 10 years.  At the end of the last ...
  • Dead as a Severed Horse’s Head
    =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= Six years ago, I reviewed a book The Club No One Wanted To Join.  It was a poorly done book written by a bunch of ...
  • How High Are We?
    I’ve said this before, but I like it when research destroys a preconceived notion of mine.  Today’s post stems from an exchange that I had ...
  • The Cash Will Prove Itself
    =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= It’s only when the tide goes out that you learn who has been swimming naked. — Warren Buffett, credit Old School Value When I ...
  • Brexit; Unintended Consequences
    Summary: Expect further volatility from UK leadership changes, although we may be oversold. The worse markets get, the less likely Brexit becomes. The end result ...
  • Why Brexit (Probably) Won’t Happen
    Summary: the nature of western representative democracy and vested interests makes Brexit highly unlikely. The only way it is likely is if markets stage a ...
  • Will Brexit Break EM’s Back?
    Financial markets are in turmoil today as the market failed to price in an exit of Britain from the EU, with sterling falling almost 10% ...
  • Politics, Governance & China
    Politics, Governance & China The below is an excerpt from our June Government’s and Markets Report for subscribers. Global equity markets have entered a stand-off ...
  • Erdoğan gets his wish
    “Erdogan once said that democracy, for him, is a bus ride … ‘once I get to my stop, I’m getting off’ ” Jordan’s King Abdullah recalling ...
  • The Failure of Wisconsin's Voter ID Law
    On April 5, when voters cast ballots in Wisconsin's Republican and Democratic primaries, the state's controversial voter ID bill will face its biggest ...
  • Public Information Is Key to Countering the New Chemical Weapons Threat
    On March 16, in the northern Kurdish city of Halabja, Iraq, Iraqi men and women gathered around a monument erected to remind the world ...
  • Stacked Deck
    Proving that prejudice drove a decision to deny a job or loan to a minority is difficult. There are always other factors involved, like employment and ...
  • Snapshots From Our Instagram
    Photographer @cmleaman on assignment with roboticists at New York's Gowanus Canal.Senior Editor @tscheinman captured a peaceful protest while covering COP21 in Paris.@ilikevans1 traveled to the ...
  • How to Radicalize a Young American Muslim
    When terrorists indiscriminately kill scores of people, as in the recent attacks in Brussels and Lahore, Pakistan, we tend to assume they are monsters. Anyone ...
  • The Cultural Complex
    I have a Jungian based book in my library called The Cultural Complex compiled by Thomas Singer and Sam Kimbles. I was delighted to hear that Tom ...
  • Preparing for launch
    First to get the trades out of the way selling 100 SPY at the open to lighten up my broad market exposure. I still hate ...
  • Feeling Disloyal
    I am feeling terrible that I am not posting on this site, like I would like. I am however tweeting a lot these days and ...
  • New Year New Trade
    It has been some time since we have done anything to the portfolio. We will buy 75 SPY @ the market open on 21 Jan. ...
  • Summary of 2015 Capital Markets
    This table has all you need to know to have a handle on what happened last year.
  • Daily Note – A Hopeful Diagnosis?
    Summary Systemic Financial Risk Brewing? Don’t expect banks to run out of money! Market’s overly pessimistic on growth? United States: Housing Data holding up Good ...
  • Daily Note – The man without a plan?
    Summary ECB has no plan and looking to surprise! Winging it with monetary policy! Municipal bond buying is still on the table Complexity in a ...
  • Daily Note – Mario’s Christmas gift?
    Summary Global market round-up ECB opens the door to easing in December What exactly will the ECB do? Good morning, Global equities rallied and EURUSD ...
  • Daily Note – Forget 1987, think 2011!
    Summary Beware historical analogies! A mood of sobriety & the covet of safety A Corporate profit recession Good morning, The market crash worth thinking about ...
  • Daily Note – Fed fears
    Summary Corporate finance views US rate rises – someone has to be wrong! United States: Retail Sales hit by weather China: Economy being pumped with ...
  • August 1, 2016
    Dear friends, August, famously “summer’s last messenger of misery,” is upon us. It’s a month mostly celebrated by NFL fans (for the start of training ...
  • Ariel Global (AGLOX), August 2016
    Objective and strategy Ariel Global Fund’s fundamental objective is long-term capital appreciation. The manager pursues an all-cap global portfolio. The fund is, in general, currency ...
  • Catalyst/MAP Global Total Return Income (TRXAX, TRXIX), August 2016
    Objective and strategy The manager attempts to preserve capital while generating a combination of current income and moderate long-term capital gains. The portfolio has four ...
  • Manager changes, July 2016
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