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  • Redstone Taps New Stewards
    Sumner Redstone has appointed three new stewards of his media holdings, after dismissing top associates from those duties last week.
  • Auto, Mortgage Delinquencies Climb in Energy Regions
    The New York Fed’s quarterly report on household debt and credit found rising auto and mortgage delinquencies in the U.S. counties that had the highest ...
  • Sony Expects Device-Unit Loss
    Sony warned that its business that makes components for smartphones is likely to post a wider operating loss, as sluggish sales of Apple’s iPhones hit ...
  • E-Sports Draw Mainstream Advertisers
    Videogaming’s rapid shift from a living-room hobby to a spectator sport is luring mainstream advertisers and intensifying competition between big game publishers and nimble upstarts.
  • Best Buy Issues Soft Profit Outlook
    Best Buy warned its financial performance would be weaker in the current quarter and announced the exit of Chief Financial Officer Sharon McCollam.
  • Startup Investors Invoke Obscure Law to Open Up Books
    A Delaware corporate law, which can compel locally incorporated firms to open their books to shareholders, is a potentially valuable tool for thousands of tech ...
  • Greens in pinstriped suits
    OIL firms find it hard to determine who their environmentalist adversaries are these days. They used to be ...
  • Risk premiums
    MERELY keeping up with fevered events in Brazil has proved a challenge of late. The president suspended from ...
  • $1 billion stakes on the menu
    USUALLY it is a good sign when Berkshire Hathaway, the investment vehicle of Warren Buffett, takes a stake ...
  • Seedy business
    WHEN DuPont and Dow Chemical agreed to merge in December, the $130 billion deal seemed to be a ...
  • Sitting pretty
    Times are tough for America’s department stores. This month Macy’s, Kohl’s, JC Penney and Nordstrom all reported ...
  • The Minority That Matter
    Eric Crittenden has recently updated his research on the distribution of stock returns over time—research that underscores the rationale for trend following strategies.  His study now ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • The Role of Cash in Systematic RS Growth
    A fully-invested equity strategy or an equity strategy that has the ability to raise cash—which is better?  Which is better will depend on the time ...
  • 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 ...
  • AFLAC’s CEO on Low Yields
  • Morning News: May 24, 2016
    German Economy Expands on Fastest Investment Growth in Two Years German Slip in Confidence Signals Slowdown After Bumper Quarter Swift Moves to Harden Customers’ Security ...
  • Invest in Companies that Don’t Invest
    This sounds counterintuitive, but research shows that stocks of companies that don’t invest perform better. Eugene Fama, winner of the economics Nobel, and his colleague ...
  • Morning News: May 23, 2016
    Eurozone Flash PMI Weakness Fuels Concerns Over Second Quarter Slowdown Slumping Japan Exports, Factory Orders Add to Headaches for PM Abe, BOJ Make No Mistake: ...
  • CWS Market Review – May 20, 2016
    “Time is your friend, impulse is your enemy.” – Jack Bogle Leave it to Janet Yellen and her friends at the Federal Reserve to freak ...
  • Was April Retail Sales Data Rigged?
    @TBPInvictus here. I was made aware last week that ZeroHedge had picked up on some comments made on Bloomberg by MacroMavens economist Stephanie Pomboy about ...
  • 10 Tuesday AM Reads
    We do live in interesting times; make them even more interesting with our morning train reads: • The Value of Active Management: A Journey Into Indexville ...
  • “Once again, food lobbyists are to blame”
    Food Labels Get Makeover to Catch Up With American Eating Habits Source: Bloomberg The post “Once again, food lobbyists are to blame” appeared first ...
  • The Zika Virus and the US Congress
    While the Zika virus spreads in the US and other nations, the US Congress has fiddled like Nero in Rome. The debate has been over ...
  • John Oliver: Primaries and Caucuses
    Primaries and caucuses are a surprisingly undemocratic part of the democratic process. John Oliver discusses our convoluted system for choosing presidential nominees.   Last Week ...
  • Report from Abu Dhabi ... and Dallas
    This week’s letter is going to be a little bit different in that, due to the pressures of time, the worst jet lag I’ve ever ...
  • At Last, Someone Apologizes for Deflation
    Much of the world is in the grip of deflation and negative interest rates, with all kinds of negative consequences. Yet no one takes responsibility. ...
  • Life on the Edge
    “Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized ...
  • Central Banks and the Rise of Extremism
    Do you feel as if you’re the rope in a tug of war? That’s the closest analogy I can come up with to describe what’s ...
  • Sell in May and Go Away?
    The prevailing market lore is that one should sell in May and go away, returning in October. And over the last 65 years, that axiom ...
  • Testing The Monthly Pivot
    The bears had a chance to fail and continue down yesterday but couldn’t manage it, so we are running the bullish scenario that I was ...
  • Sound as a Dollar
    Back on May 3rd, I did a Slope Plus post suggesting going long the US dollar. As I phrased it at the time: “The Yen ...
  • Resumption of Strength
    The up/down/up/down market remains fully in place, it seems. After a brief bout of weakness yesterday, sure enough, the market recovered last night, and we’re ...
  • Everything
  • The Heart of our Patron Saint
    Our patron saint George Carlin’s wife, Brenda Carlin, died in 1997. They had been married 36 years, and they had a daughter, Kelly. After the ...
  • Tweets of the Week
    [View the story “Tweets of the Week” on Storify] The post Tweets of the Week appeared first on Meb Faber Research - ...
  • Which Institution Has The Best Asset Allocation Model?
    If you’re like most investors, you’re asking the wrong questions. I was chatting with a group of advisors this week down in La Jolla and ...
  • Do As I Say, Or Do As I Do?
    I include this chart in most of my speeches on asset allocation as it shows just how wrong the crowd can be at EXTREMES.  People ...
  • Tweets of the Week
    [View the story “Tweets of the Week” on Storify] The post Tweets of the Week appeared first on Meb Faber Research - ...
  • Which ETF Would You Like To See Next?
    I often ask my audience questions since their beliefs and preferences differ vastly from my own.  All of our book covers have been crowdsourced since ...
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  • 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. ...
  • Today, it begins
    Around the same time every winter I have the great fortune of getting together with a small group of ex-colleagues/friends from Hedgistan in an undisclosed mountain location ...
  • Brazil is Not Driven by Commodity Exports
    Apologies to those who have heard me make this argument and to those who have figured this out already. You all can stop here. Others may ...
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  • Is The Case For A June Rate Hike Premature?
    The Federal Reserve continued to press ahead yesterday with its public relations effort of talking up the possibility of a rate hike, perhaps as early ...
  • Initial Guidance | 24 May 2016
    ● Markit PMI shows US manufacturing stagnant in May | MarketWatch ● Philly Fed’s Harker: June Hike Appropriate With Stronger Economy | MNI ● Progress ...
  • Foreign Developed-Market Stocks In The Lead Last Week
    Stock markets in the developed world outside the US led the major asset classes higher last week, based on a set of proxy ETFs. Vanguard ...
  • Initial Guidance | 23 May 2016
    ● US existing home sales rise 1.7% in April | MarketWatch ● Fed’s Rosengren tells FT: US ‘on the verge’ of meriting June rate hike ...
  • Book Bits | 21 May 2016
    ● The Sharing Economy: The End of Employment and the Rise of Crowd-Based Capitalism By Arun Sundararajan Summary via publisher (MIT Press) Sharing isn’t new. ...
  • Market Recap May 23, 2016
    Monday was a choppy but quiet session with a bout of selling into the close pushing the S&P 500 down 0.21% and the NASDAQ 0.08%. ...
  • Market Recap May 20, 2016
    Indexes gapped up at the open and added modestly to that opening print as oversold conditions prevailed. The S&P 500 gained 0.60% while the ...
  • Market Recap May 19, 2016
    Indexes opened slightly down, sold off in the opening 30 minutes, than flat lined most of the rest of the day until a late day ...
  • Market Recap May 18, 2016
    Both indexes finished off highs of the session as the minutes of the Federal Reserve meeting left a sour taste in some traders' mouths. ...
  • Market Recap May 17, 2016
    Easy come, easy go. Yesterday's oversold rally was eradicated within 24 hours as the S&P 500 fell 0.94% and the NASDAQ 1.25%. Indexes ...
  • starting somewhere
    Performance chasing is endemic in the investment business, especially regarding the selection of managers. Can we design it out of our processes just as ...
  • work issues
    What are the attributes of a successful team? Are they any different in an investment organization than any other one?
  • shared delusions
    Asset owners and asset managers should have a clear-eyed view of the prospects ahead. In the scrum of manager selection, it's easy for that ...
  • ripped from normalcy
    This is the first of these notifications that you've received in a while. There's a story there.
  • open networks
    Very little effort goes into the structuring of investment organizations and the nurturing of information channels that can feed them. That's a shame.
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  • Rieger Report: Puerto Rico munis see a bounce (last gasp?)
    The rocky road that is the Puerto Rico municipal bond market continues.  Last week’s bi-partisan Puerto Rico Restructuring Bill also referred to as the ‘rescue bill’ has ...
  • Don’t Blame Tight Supplies for Rising Home Prices
    The S&P/Case-Shiller National Home Price Index shows prices of existing single family homes rising 5.3% annually in the last few months, well above the rate ...
  • The Fed’s New Normal
    Since the demise of Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers in 2008, Federal Reserve policy has focused on containing market turmoil and disruption.  Current Fed policy ...
  • Growth, Value and Apple
    The news that Berkshire Hathaway purchased a billion dollars of Apple stock sparked questions – Will S&P DJI re-classify Apple as a value stock? How ...
  • How Active Should Active Management Be?
    Most active managers fail most of the time, at least if we take their underperformance of passive benchmarks as evidence of failure.  The evidence of this failure ...
  • Mastering the Game of Imperfect Forecasting
    The online version of my monthly Research magazine column — from the June issue — is now available. It discusses “a grand conundrum for the ...
  • Complexity, Chaos and Chance
    Regular readers of this site have seen this from me before and can read it on the masthead above: Information is cheap but meaning is ...
  • Financial Gaslighting
    Note: This is my 1,000th post at Above the Market, which began publication nearly five years ago, in August of 2011.  I remain as astonished ...
  • The Top 100 People To Follow To Discover Financial News On Twitter
    Thank you, StreetEye. The Top 100 People To Follow To Discover Financial News On Twitter
  • Quote, Unquote
     “[This is] the most important message taught by the history of science: the subtle and inevitable hold that theory exerts upon data and observation. Reality does ...
  • US Entitlements: In Government We Trust
    In addition to earned income, another important source of purchasing power for consumers is government benefits. We can see this ...
  • Zhengnengliang
    In the eternal battle between the forces of light and the forces of darkness, I prefer the light side. I ...
  • Central Banks: Buying Into Risk-On
    The major central banks are no longer just the Banks of Last Resort. They are turning into Investors of First ...
  • Crude Oil: No April Freeze
    One of our savvy accounts sent me an email early Monday morning with a terse message: “Doha: Ha, Ha!” He ...
  • The Shanghai Conspiracy
    I love conspiracy theories. They help to explain puzzling developments that don't make much sense unless there is a conspiracy ...
  • Carney defends 'Brexit risk' stance
    The Bank of England governor robustly defends his stance on the UK's EU referendum debate and accuses one of his critics of trying to "undermine" ...
  • Fracking approval reignites row
    Approval for fracking in North Yorkshire raises the prospect of the controversial technique being allowed at other sites and restarts an intense debate.
  • UK borrowing higher than expected
    Government borrowing was higher than analysts' expectations in April after company tax payments were lower than forecast.
  • Strike hits all French oil refineries
    A strike over new labour laws spreads to all of France's eight oil refineries, the CGT union says, in an escalating dispute with the government.
  • Home sales dive on stamp duty changes
    The number of UK properties sold nearly halved between March and April, HMRC figures show, as changes to stamp duty were introduced.
  • How to Create Suspense
    This week on Freakonomics Radio, we were inspired by a fascinating research paper called “Suspense and Surprise” by the economists Jeffrey Ely, ...
  • How to Be Tim Ferriss
    Our Self-Improvement Month concludes with a man whose entire life and career are one big pile of self-improvement. Nutrition? Check. Bizarre physical activities? Check. Working ...
  • “If Mayors Ruled the World”
    Season 5, Episode 30 This week, Freakonomics Radio expands on an idea from political theorist Benjamin Barber, who wrote If Mayors Ruled the World: Dysfunctional Nations, Rising Cities. ...
  • How to Win Games and Beat People
    Games are as old as civilization itself, and some people think they have huge social value regardless of whether you win or lose. Tom Whipple ...
  • The Three Hardest Words in the English Language
    Season 5, Episode 29 This week on Freakonomics Radio we ask: what are the three hardest words to say? Conventional wisdom suggests “I love you.” But c'mon, ...
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  • Returns on Your Social Security
    There will be roughly 10,000 baby boomers retiring every single day for the next 20 years or so. Entire industries and jobs are going to ...
  • Lessons From Losing Big
    What I Learned Losing a Million Dollars is easily one of the most underrated investment books I’ve come across. The book was actually first published ...
  • Hardcore FinTech
    I have to admit that even though I’m a bit of a World War II buff, I honestly don’t really know a whole lot about World War I. WWI ...
  • The S&P 500 is the World’s Largest Momentum Strategy
    In many ways the stock market makes no sense. You would assume that half of all stocks would outperform a market index while the other ...
  • How Should Alternative Investments Be Benchmarked?
    Following my recent piece on the future of the hedge fund industry, a reader asked: Interest rates are too low and stock market volatility is ...
  • Disentangling the nature of Italy’s capital flights
    The ECB T-LTROs and the QE efforts are fueling significant outflows toward the core countries, driven by the non-banking sector. Guest post ...
  • Fiscal Policy to the Rescue?
    Guest post by Norman MogilWhen appearing before their political masters, central bankers, invariably, urge them to adopt an expansionary fiscal policy. Ben Bernanke, ...
  • Understanding Negative Interest Rates
    Guest post by Norman MogilWhen the central banks of three European countries and the European Central Bank (ECB) itself introduced negative interest rates (NIR)  in mid -2014, ...
  • Canada`s Fiscal Policy Shift
    Guest post by Norman MogilAfter nearly a decade of fiscal policy taking a back seat to monetary policy, the newly elected Liberal Government moved public spending into the driver`s seat ...
  • Canada`s Changing Financial Landscape, Part 3: Lifecos and Real Estate
    Guest post by Norman Mogil LifecosAlthough innocent bystanders in the 2008 financial crisis, the life insurance companies were most impacted by the knock-on ...
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  • OEMs Leverage Online Resources for Better Buying
    UBM's 2016 Global Distributor Customer Evaluation Study gathered the thoughts of industry leaders about how they are using online resources to collect design information, identify ...
  • Tower Debuts RF Process For IoT Front Ends
    Specialty foundry says it has begun mass production of a silicon-germanium process tailored to meet the demands of wireless front-ends on an integrated circuit for ...
  • Foundries' Sales Show Hard Times Continuing
    Taiwanese foundries TSMC and UMC, two partial bellwethers of the semiconductor sector, have both indicate with recent sales figures that a chip market slow down ...
  • Going the Distance with PCIe
    Redrivers can strengthen signals and maintain their integrity when they have to travel further within a system, including SATA and M.2 SSDs
  • The Pros and Cons of Crowdfunding
    Crowdfunding brings some tangible benefits in addition to funding novel projects, but it must be managed carefully to achieve its goals.
  • 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 ...
  • Mastering the Game of Imperfect Forecasting
    The online version of my monthly Research magazine column — from the June issue — is now available. It discusses “a grand conundrum for the ...
  • Complexity, Chaos and Chance
    Regular readers of this site have seen this from me before and can read it on the masthead above: Information is cheap but meaning is ...
  • Financial Gaslighting
    Note: This is my 1,000th post at Above the Market, which began publication nearly five years ago, in August of 2011.  I remain as astonished ...
  • The Top 100 People To Follow To Discover Financial News On Twitter
    Thank you, StreetEye. The Top 100 People To Follow To Discover Financial News On Twitter
  • Quote, Unquote
     “[This is] the most important message taught by the history of science: the subtle and inevitable hold that theory exerts upon data and observation. Reality does ...
  • May 22, 2016
    The market has spent the past 2.3 trading days arguing with itself over what the Fed minutes meant, or did not mean. In the process ...
  • May 18, 2016
    Monday’s rally was quite logical from the standpoint of the low-volume retest of the prior week’s lows that we saw on Friday. But it turned ...
  • May 15, 2016
    Major market indexes that had found support at their 50-day moving averages early in the week finally busted through that key line on Friday. The ...
  • May 11, 2016
    The S&P 500 Index made a weak showing of itself on Monday following Friday’s successful test of the 50-day moving average. Volume was light as ...
  • May 8, 2016
    The S&P 500 Index pulled the obvious on Friday by dipping just below its 50-day moving average early in the day and then turning to ...
  • A brief thought on the G7
    Macro Man has had a death in the family, so posting will be sporadic over the next few days as he will be away for ...
  • Indecision
    Indecision remains the order of the day.  Depending on your perspective, the SPX is either perched on a knife-edge (or at least, the neckline of ...
  • The Fed's gambit
    Raise your hand if you saw that one coming.  After five months of prevarication, the Fed was as clear as it's been in a long ...
  • Dell bonds: too good to be true?
    Spooz go up, Spooz go down.  Sometimes good news is good news (yay! no recession!) and sometimes it's bad news (boo! the Fed might hike!)  ...
  • Sector stuff
    Macro Man has managed to get his hands on a pretty good dataset of global equity market sector returns.  The amount of information ...
  • S&P’s Seasonal Change, Value in China & Vietnam
    Dear readers, I hope this newsletters finds you well. I am currently writing from a very warm and extremely humid Saigon (or Ho Chi Minh ...
  • Fund Managers Are A Frightened Lot!
    Dear readers, Today we will focus on Merrill Lynch’s monthly survey of global fund managers, who overlook around $600 billion in AUM. Majority of the ...
  • Short Side of Long Now On Twitter!
    Just a reminder to follow Short Side of Long on Twitter for constant chart updates. I hope your enjoying your weekend! Best wishes to you and ...
  • Commodities & Inflation Expectations
    Dear readers, I hope all of you are enjoying your Spring break and for those who celebrated it, I am wishing you a very happy ...
  • Stocks, Bonds, Singapore & El Nino
    Dear readers, Recapping key takeaways from our last post during middle of February, we described oversold conditions in global stocks with extreme readings in sentiment and ...
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  • All your margin are belong to us
    (If you don’t get the reference.) I suppose many will read this and say “Enough already, James” but here I go again. A big study ...
  • Too much feedback
    Early this year I did something I have practically never done: went on a diet. I have always been very active and generally put in ...
  • An email precursor
    I found an old email recently that I found very interesting and somewhat telling. This is from me to my dad in early 2011, about ...
  • 1Q 2016 Markets In Review
    Market Overview Markets had a rough ride to small gains in the first quarter. After a quick drop during January and the first half of February, ...
  • Some folks wiser than me
    Tadas over at Abnormal Returns is doing his annual “Finance Blogger Wisdom” roundup and I was happy to participate. We are spending the week covering ...
  • Returns on Your Social Security
    There will be roughly 10,000 baby boomers retiring every single day for the next 20 years or so. Entire industries and jobs are going to ...
  • Lessons From Losing Big
    What I Learned Losing a Million Dollars is easily one of the most underrated investment books I’ve come across. The book was actually first published ...
  • Hardcore FinTech
    I have to admit that even though I’m a bit of a World War II buff, I honestly don’t really know a whole lot about World War I. WWI ...
  • The S&P 500 is the World’s Largest Momentum Strategy
    In many ways the stock market makes no sense. You would assume that half of all stocks would outperform a market index while the other ...
  • How Should Alternative Investments Be Benchmarked?
    Following my recent piece on the future of the hedge fund industry, a reader asked: Interest rates are too low and stock market volatility is ...
  • Company Notes Digest 5.20.16
    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 5.13.2016
    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 5.6.15
    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 4.28.16
    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 4.22.16
    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 ...
  • [Sponsor] Try a Modern Intranet for Free
    Legacy intranet solutions are difficult to update and manage, leaving them stale and unused. A modern intranet evolves over time and puts more control into ...
  • Kirk McElhearn on iTunes 12.4
    Kirk McElhearn, writing at Macworld: Apple has thankfully merged the two different types of contextual menus, in most locations. Instead of one menu displaying when ...
  • Marco Arment on Apple and AI
    A thoughtful piece by Marco Arment over the weekend, which spawned much discussion: Today, Amazon, Facebook, and Google are placing large bets on advanced ...
  • Google’s Encryption Choices With Allo
    Hamza Shaban, writing for BuzzFeed: Google’s “smart” replies and virtual assistant improve with use, “learning” by analyzing conversations and context. But this kind of fine-tuned processing ...
  • Project Ara, Now Less Ambitious, Still a Dumb Idea
    Remember Project Ara, Google’s modular phone project? Headline of David Pierce’s piece for Wired: “Project Ara Lives: Google’s Modular Phone Is Ready for You Now”. ...
  • Core inflation is a solid 2%
    According to the Ex-Energy version of the Consumer Price Index, inflation has been averaging about 2% per ...
  • The end of declining deficits
    On a rolling 12-month basis, the federal budget deficit hit a peak of almost $1.5 trillion in February 2010. From that ...
  • April jobs report: more of the same
    The April jobs report was weaker than expected (160K vs. 200K), but from a big-picture perspective it was no different than what we've been seeing ...
  • Productivity is still the missing ingredient
    This is a re-posting, with updated data and commentary, of a similar post three months ago.
  • Healthy service sector
    The April ISM service sector report was uniformly healthy. The composite reading was a bit above expectations (55.7 vs. 54.8), and solidly in expansion territory. ...
  • 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, ...
  • Berkshire Hathaway
    My taste in financial advice runs toward the simple and the lessons I’ve learned the hard way. But I still like reading about investing/finance, and ...
  • The Dead Model
    -=-=-=-=-=-=- Nine years ago, I wrote about the so-called “Fed Model.” The insights there are still true, though the model has yielded no useful signals ...
  • The Fed Minutes are Noise
    */*/ I wasn’t surprised to hear in the FOMC minutes that members of the committee thought: For these reasons, participants generally saw maintaining the target ...
  • Simple Stuff: What is Risk?
    Photo Credit: GotCredit This is another piece in the irregular Simple Stuff series, which is an attempt to make complex topics simple.  Today’s topic is: ...
  • Risk vs Return — The Dirty Secret
    I’m thinking of starting a limited series called “dirty secrets” of finance and investing.  If anyone wants to toss me some ideas you can contact ...
  • You Can Get Too Pessimistic
    Entire societies and nations have been wiped out in the past.  Sometimes this has been in spite of the best efforts of leading citizens to ...
  • China; Stimulus papering over the cracks
    In the report ‘China; stimulus papering over the cracks’ which was published on Friday, we once again focus on developments in China, where we believe ...
  • Governance, Valuations and the Crisis of State Capitalism
    In January’s ‘Government and Markets’ report, we used the themes in the 2016 GEM overview and China outlooks to introduce our intra-GEM country weightings. We ...
  • China and the EM Ugly Contest
    This an overview of our latest Governments & Markets EM update. Subscribers should have received the full report via e-mail, please contact us if you haven’t. China ...
  • Aramco and Gulf Wealth De-distribution
    In a recent interview with the Economist, Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and head of the Supreme Council of Aramco Mohammad bin Salman noted that the government ...
  • A “Sudden Stop” For China in 2016?
    As we head into 2016 we are publishing our thoughts on one of the most important topics for the coming year: rising indications that next ...
  • 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
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  • May 1, 2016
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  • Funds in Registration, May 2016
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  • Lundgren Center Conference Focuses on Consumer, Technology and Doing Things Differently
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  • It’s Time for a Department Store Renaissance!
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  • TOBE Says: The Millennial Mindset Is Contagious
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  • Is Kohl’s Flatlining?
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  • VIDEO: Bear Market Rally?
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  • Leveraging Our Play on TIPS
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