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  • Hutchison breathes in O2
    Hutchinson's planned takeover of O2 is good for investors, but bad for customers. The post Hutchison breathes in O2 was first published on
  • Greece is back at the cliff edge
    If Greece can’t secure aid by mid-April, economists reckon it may crash out of the eurozone. The post Greece is back at the cliff ...
  • Inflation drops to zero
    Britain is on the cusp of deflation after prices failed to rise over the last year. The post Inflation drops to zero was ...
  • Why no inflation?
    Britain's rate of inflation has hit zero. So, what's gone wrong, asks Merryn Somerset Webb. The post Why no inflation? was first published on ...
  • James Anderson’s reasons to be cheerful: genes, Berlin and AI
    Star fund manager James Anderson talks to Merryn Somerset Webb about why he’s relaxed about the future – and how he plans to make money ...
  • Firm beliefs
    WHEN Asia plunged into crisis in 1997-98, and the IMF was forcing Western economic medicine down the throats ...
  • Land of temples and tech
    Blessed with the fruits of modern technology REMARKABLE views greet visitors to Phandeeyar, an open-plan office and events ...
  • In the depths
    CHEAP energy matters most to poor people, and the coal industry’s hopes have rested on emerging economies burning ...
  • The message is the medium
    “I PROPOSE, if and when found, to take him by his beastly neck, shake him till he froths, ...
  • Serfs up
    THIS week the rank and file of the United Auto Workers union (UAW) met in Detroit under a logo of a clenched fist and the ...
  • RS Chart of The Day
    Point and Figure RS Charts are calculated by dividing one security by another and plotting the ratio on a PnF chart.  When the ratio is ...
  • RS Chart of The Day
    Point and Figure RS Charts are calculated by dividing one security by another and plotting the ratio on a PnF chart.  When the ratio is ...
  • RS Chart of The day
    Point and Figure RS Charts are calculated by dividing one security by another and plotting the ratio on a PnF chart.  When the ratio is ...
  • Daily DWA Indexes Wrap
    As of the close, 3/20/15: Source: Yahoo! Finance See www.powershares.com, www.ftportfolios.com, and www.arrowshares.com for more information. The performance above is based on pure price returns, ...
  • RS Chart of The Day
    Point and Figure RS Charts are calculated by dividing one security by another and plotting the ratio on a PnF chart.  When the ratio is ...
  • Thursday links: failing to deliver
    Book note: Apple ($AAPL) insiders are calling Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary by Rick Tetzeli...
  • Longform links: siren’s song
    Thursdays are all about longform links here at Abnormal Returns. You can check out last week’s links including the “confusing and pardoxical”...
  • Wednesday links: substituting risks
    Book note: Why it is absurd to obsess over the decisions of 17-year olds. Insights from Frank Bruni’s Where You Go is...
  • Personal finance links: your ideal life
    Wednesday is all about personal finance here at Abnormal Returns. You can check out last week’s links including the history of the...
  • Tuesday links: challenging your beliefs
    Book review: Marc Lichtenfeld’s Get Rich with Dividends: A Proven System for Earning Double-Digit Returns is “definitely worth a read.”  (Reading the...
  • Hunting for Growth
    In the past few months, we learned that 4th quarter S&P 500 earnings declined 14%, their worst year-over-year decline of the expansion. With growth harder ...
  • The Currency Hedging Boom
    The most dominant theme thus far in 2015 has been the global currency war, where central banks are fighting one another with new easing measures ...
  • The Great Appeasement and the Burden of Proof
    After six years and two months of 0% interest rates with three rounds of quantitative easing (QE) in between, the Federal Reserve chose to finally ...
  • The Black Swan in Plain Sight: King Dollar
    Nassim Taleb has written about three key attributes used to identify a Black Swan: “First, it is an outlier, as it lies outside the realm of ...
  • Like Clockwork, More Easing
    From South Korea to Sweden, Poland to Pakistan, Albania to Australia: everyone is easing. By my count, there have now been at least 25 Central ...
  • S&P 500 Higher or Lower from Here?
    The S&P 500 failed to reach new highs to end the week, but the Nasdaq and Russell 2,000 both hit new bull market highs today. ...
  • Think B.I.G. From Bespoke Has Moved
    Thank you for visiting our free Think B.I.G. blog site!  If you've reached this site looking for fresh content from Bespoke Investment Group, please visit ...
  • S&P 500 Higher or Lower from Here?
    The market fell for a third straight week, but it's still down just a bit from all-time highs.  So which way will things head from ...
  • Bespoke's Model Stock Portfolio: 3/13/15
    The Bespoke Model Portfolio gained again this week and is now up 8.7% year-to-date.  To gain access to the portfolio, simply sign up for a 5-day free ...
  • Bespoke's Model Stock Portfolio
    At the end of each week's Bespoke Report newsletter, we publish an updated snapshot of our Bespoke Model Stock Portfolio.  Below is a snapshot of the portfolio with ...
  • Morning News: March 26, 2015
    Asian Stocks Are Getting Smoked Why Bombing This Tiny Oil Producer Is Roiling the Energy Market Oil, Gold and Yen Up on Yemen Tensions The ...
  • Morning News: March 25, 2015
    German Business Confidence Rises Again in March Capital Flees Europe And Fed Warns – Time To Trim Stocks Fed’s Evans Says Low Inflation Makes Rate ...
  • Ross Stores to Split 2-for-1
    Ross Stores (ROST) just announced that it will be splitting its stock 2-for-1. This means that shareholders will have twice as many shares, and the ...
  • Morning News: March 24, 2015
    Growth in Eurozone Business Activity Near Four-Year High Wave of Investor Cash Exits Eurozone U.K. Inflation Rate Drops to Zero in February Asian Stocks Mixed ...
  • On Vacation
    I’m relaxing in The Philippines for the next few days. Posting will be light but I’ll try to chime in on important events.
  • Links
    I'm probably going to wait for some extensive notes--like those from Shane Parrish last year--before reading much on yesterday's Daily Journal Meeting, ...
  • Howard Marks Memo: Liquidity
    Link to Memo: LiquidityMy wife Nancy's accusations of repetitiveness notwithstanding, once in a while I think of something about which I ...
  • Charlie Rose: Remembering Lee Kuan Yew
    Link to video: We remember Lee Kuan Yew, former prime minister of Singapore..................Related book: From Third World to First: ...
  • Links
    3G Capital, Berkshire to Buy Kraft, Merge It With Heinz (video) (LINK)Warren Buffett was also on CNBC discussing the deal, HERE, ...
  • Warren Buffett on Charlie Rose remembering Don Keough
    Link to video: An appreciation of Don KeoughAn appreciation of Don Keough, former president and chief operating officer of Coca-Cola with ...
  • US Dollar: American Phoenix
     “Just a little patience, yeah…” – Guns N’ Roses Lastweek the FOMC essentially removed forward guidance and placed all options back on the table, and at the ...
  • Never Smile at a Crocodile
    “High debt levels, whether in the public or private sector, have historically placed a drag on growth and raised the risk of financial crises that ...
  • The Kingdom Of Denmark
    In Thoughts from the Frontline, I am in the middle of writing a series on debt. I realized on Sunday that the second installment wasn’t ...
  • Shovelin’ Schmitt Against the Tide
    There is an obsession in the marketplace over the date when the Fed will once again begin to raise rates. As if another 25 basis ...
  • Debt Be Not Proud
    Some things never change. Here is Eugen von Böhm-Bawerk, one of the founding intellectuals of the Austrian school of economics, writing in January 1914, lambasting ...
  • Revenge of the Killer 5DMA Stat
    Well I said it would be a big break if my rising channel broke and well, here we are. SPX broke back below the daily ...
  • Three Eye-Openers
    What a night for news! The three big items that leap out at me as I blearily start the day……. That the 28-year old co-pilot ...
  • Risks and Opportunities
    Greetings from California Barber Shop, where for $17 you can get the best haircut in town if you are willing to wait literally two to ...
  • Off to Get Beautiful
    Well, it’s pretty obvious, I’m a Boy Scout at heart, and the moment my hair is 1/4″ over my ears, my haircut is way overdue. ...
  • My Voice Panics
    Well, my studio career is officially launched: Audible, Inc. has released the audio version of my Panic Prosperity and Progress book. Check it out by ...
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  • Jobs matter, not the dollar
    LAST week the markets were braced for the Federal Reserve to drop the word "patient" from its commentary, ...
  • Central banks in the firing line
    THE protests in Frankfurt yesterday outside the offices of the European Central Bank may have had a ...
  • Do you feel lucky, punk?
    SO YOU are 75 and you bought an annuity ten years ago that pays £5,000 a year. The British government is proposing that you ...
  • The central banker and the capitalist
    AS the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and Treasury secretary, Tim Geithner was deeply involved in the financial crisis of 2007 ...
  • The fall and the conundrum
    WHEN an elephant is on the charge, it is wise to get out of the way. The European ...
  • EEM and Commodities, updated view
    Back in early January I posted the charts of EEM and copper since 2003, with brief commentary. I think it is helpful to ...
  • Calling Out the Europe-Wags-US Bond Story
    Many, if not most point to the stunning decline in European bond yields as the primary factor driving US bonds over the past year. And ...
  • Simple is Good (EM and Commodities)
    There is a lot of talk about what the fundamental inferences from the decline in commodity prices should be. FWIW, I tend to think the ...
  • Podcast of 2015 Broad Outline. Warning: Contains Nuance
    Here’s a podcast with my fleshed-out views. Thanks to @finansakrobat and @SardonicaX for hosting me. Lively and fun! http://finansakrobat.com/a-finance-podcast/2014/12/31/a-finance-podcast-afp-episode-8-mark-dow
  • 2015 in bullets
      US – From anemic to sluggish to solid US cycle will be protracted and moderate. Disaster myopia from the Great Recession lingers and its shadow over ...
  • Twitter Digest: 2013-06-09
    Given that I block NSA & PRISM tweets, was entertaining tuning into twitter & trying to figure why everyone was on about Lord Snowdon -> ...
  • Twitter Digest: 2013-06-07
    Photo-set: Flooding Across Central Europe – http://t.co/8G6j8teCbd -> CDC Update: Severe Respiratory Illness Associated with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus – http://t.co/hWqN1338VN -> Col Flagg: ...
  • Twitter Digest: 2013-06-05
    FRED: Free Energy Data – http://t.co/90H7GVDazO -> Solipsisms ‘r’ us, courtesy of my friends at @thinkup: I apparently mention me a lot – http://t.co/9rTRXvBM9D -> ...
  • Twitter Digest: 2013-06-04
    The new Google Maps is truly Windows-ishly slow loading. I find myself non-clicking map links to avoid the dot-dot wait screen. -> Looking at 1980 ...
  • A Few Lessons
    Looking back on my first years out of school and the countless mistakes I made, I can’t help but feel that any success I’ve enjoyed ...
  • Mental Models: The Mind’s Search Algorithm
    Mental models are tools for the mind. In his talk: Academic Economics: Strengths and Weaknesses, after Considering Interdisciplinary Needs, at the University of California at ...
  • Bruce Lee: The Four Basic Philosophical Approaches
    As found in Bruce Lee: Artist of Life, which provides unique insight into the mind of Bruce Lee through his private letters and writing. 1. ...
  • 6 Books Bill Gates Recommended for TED 2015
    Bill Gates, long an avid reader, attended the TED conference again this year and continued his tradition of recommending books to fellow attendees. 1. Business ...
  • The Books That Influenced Thomas Schelling
    Found in The Harvard Guide to Influential Books: 113 Distinguished Harvard Professors Discuss the Books That Have Helped to Shape Their Thinking. Here is what ...
  • STTG Market Recap Mar 25, 2015
    A very interesting day in the markets as the S&P 500 fell 1.46% and the NASDAQ 2.37%. Biotechs were crushed today - we've been ...
  • STTG Market Recap Mar 24, 2015
    Inflation data caused a bit of a selloff Tuesday as the S&P 500 fell 0.61% and the NASDAQ 0.32%. Inflation has been very benign ...
  • STTG Market Recap Mar 23, 2015
    U.S. indexes were generally positive until the closing minutes when some sort of selling program pushed indexes into the red. The S&P 500 fell ...
  • STTG Market Recap Mar 20, 2015
    The bulls are back in control. Since Wednesday afternoon when Yellen showed her muscle we've seen the now almost normal post Fed rally. The S&P ...
  • STTG Market Recap Mar 19, 2015
    Indexes were mixed Thursday as traders digested their moves from yesterday. The S&P 500 fell 0.49% and the NASDAQ gained 0.19%. Economic news ...
  • defining due diligence
    We hear the term all the time throughout the industry, especially in regard to the analysis of investment managers. What does it mean?
  • sins of memory
    A book from fourteen years ago serves as a guide to examine an under-appreciated element of investment decision making.
  • too beautiful
    Those research conclusions that are packaged so neatly and which support investment strategies and decisions may warrant some additional scrutiny.
  • confidence game
    Despite the popularity of behavioral finance, its tenets have not been used to improve organizational decision making. A case in point.
  • conceptual front ends
    The investigative and deliberative aspects of investment analysis are similar to those of spycraft, so reading some pages from the experts can provide insight.
  • Kraft-Heinz
    So 3G/BRK made their move and Kraft it is. ...
  • Markel Ventures
    So the question was raised about MKL management's use of EBITDA to evaluate Markel Ventures (MV).  I wondered about that too, but had totally forgotten ...
  • Markel 2014 Annual Report
    The Markel (MKL) annual report is up on the website and as usual it's a really good read.   Markel seems to be on fire, ...
  • Alleghany Annual Report 2014
    Alleghany (Y) also just published their annual report for 2014.  As usual, it's a really good read.A long time ago, Dorothy Boyd said ...
  • Berkshire Hathaway Annual Report 2014
    So the long awaited annual report came out last weekend.   As usual, I thought it was a great report.  For most Berk-heads, though, it's ...
  • Links for 03-26-15
    The Confidence Witch - Gloomy European Economist On the Stupidity of Anti-Monetarist Economics - Brad DeLong Choosing the Right Policy in Real Time - Liberty ...
  • 'Fed Should Push Unemployment Well Below 5%, Paper Says'
    Larry Ball tells the Fed to be very patient when it comes to satisfying its mandate to pursue full employment: Fed Should Push Unemployment Well ...
  • The 'Audit' the Fed Crowd
    Audit the Fed?: The "Audit" the Fed Crowd, by David Andolfatto: Alex Pollock says that It's High Time to "Audit" the Federal Reserve. ...just the ...
  • 'Anti-Keynesian Delusions'
    Paul Krugman continues the discussion on the use of the Keynesian model: Anti-Keynesian Delusions: I forgot to congratulate Mark Thoma on his tenth blogoversary, so ...
  • Links for 03-25-15
    Economics has an Africa problem? - Chris Blattman Liberals, Conservatives, and Jobs - Paul Krugman House Budget Committee Plan Cuts Pell Grants - CBPP Debunking ...
  • A Tale of Two Benchmarks: Reconstitution Effect
    This is the second in a series of blog posts relating to the in depth analysis of performance differential between the S&P SmallCap 600 and the Russell ...
  • Unconstrained Sector Weighting: A Feature, Not a Side Effect
    Although the low volatility anomaly was first documented more than 40 years ago, it was the trepidation and volatility in the years following the most recent ...
  • Is Diversification Insufficient?
    Oil price shocks and a revisit of deflationary concerns in Europe are just some of the “gifts” the New Year has brought in 2015 to ...
  • A VIX for the Energy Sector
    As oil prices have fallen, many investors with exposure to energy companies have wisely kept an eye on VIX. But there is another volatility benchmark ...
  • The Value of Skill
    2014 was an extraordinarily difficult year for active equity managers, especially in the U.S. market; our year-end SPIVA report, e.g., showed that 86% of large-cap equity ...
  • Too Many Variables and Too Much Randomness
    My NCAA basketball tournament bracket is a mess and your bracket is too. Despite nearly 12 million entrants, the first week-end of the tournament wasn’t even over ...
  • Michael Covel Podcast
    Michael W. Covel is the bestselling author and entrepreneur who founded TurtleTrader.com, which was later expanded into TrendFollowing.com. His Trend Following podcast is among the most popular ...
  • Follow the Money
    Hal Holbrook had a wonderful supporting role in the Watergate saga All the President’s Men, a 1976 Alan J. Pakula film based upon the book ...
  • “The Americans” teaches confirmation bias
    The Americans, the 1980s Cold War spy drama from FX about two Soviet spys living as Americans in suburban Washington, DC, is the best show ...
  • Should We Pay the Shakedown Artists or Not?
    Before being closed down by the Federal Trade Commission, a revenge porn site called “Is Anyone Up” came up with a creative but disgusting twist ...
  • Pits to close after funding refused
    The government refuses to extend the lives of two deep coal mines, saying more state aid would not represent value for money.
  • Oil price jump hits shares in London
    The London stock market falls as investors react to a jump in oil prices following airstrikes by Saudi Arabia on rebel targets in Yemen.
  • Banks must review impact of closures
    Banks must investigate alternative arrangements for customers before closing the last bank in town, under a new agreement.
  • Toyota resumes efficiency drive
    Japanese carmaker Toyota has resumed an efficiency drive that aims to overhaul its manufacturing and production processes in the wake of several vehicle recalls.
  • UK retail sales up 0.7% in February
    UK retail sales grow more strongly than expected, up 0.7% in February from the previous month, helped by the recovery in the housing market.
  • Bonds Are Supposed to be Boring
    Earlier this week I posted a handful of graphs that showed rolling returns for the stock market over various time frames. The point was to ...
  • Investor Transcripts Released
    Earlier this month the Federal Reserve released the complete transcripts of all 11 policy-making meetings that took place in 2009. The financial media dissected every ...
  • What Constitutes Long-Term in the Stock Market?
    In a research note late last year, AQR’s Cliff Asness described what long-term means when it comes to the markets (emphasis mine): Basically, we know ...
  • Priorities
    Paul Sullivan of the New York Times had an excellent article this week that concerns how people really think about finances and the impact they ...
  • What’s Right With Finance
    Morgan Housel wrote a great piece this week called What’s Wrong With Finance where he laid out four problems that stem from the fact that ...
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  • Too Many Variables and Too Much Randomness
    My NCAA basketball tournament bracket is a mess and your bracket is too. Despite nearly 12 million entrants, the first week-end of the tournament wasn’t even over ...
  • Michael Covel Podcast
    Michael W. Covel is the bestselling author and entrepreneur who founded TurtleTrader.com, which was later expanded into TrendFollowing.com. His Trend Following podcast is among the most popular ...
  • Follow the Money
    Hal Holbrook had a wonderful supporting role in the Watergate saga All the President’s Men, a 1976 Alan J. Pakula film based upon the book ...
  • “The Americans” teaches confirmation bias
    The Americans, the 1980s Cold War spy drama from FX about two Soviet spys living as Americans in suburban Washington, DC, is the best show ...
  • Should We Pay the Shakedown Artists or Not?
    Before being closed down by the Federal Trade Commission, a revenge porn site called “Is Anyone Up” came up with a creative but disgusting twist ...
  • March 25, 2015
    Friday’s options expiration day gap-up move to new highs by the NASDAQ Composite Index looked a little suspicious over the weekend, as I wrote in ...
  • March 22, 2015
    The NASDAQ Composite Index is now in a de facto uptrend after making a higher high on Friday on heavy options expiration volume, as we ...
  • March 18, 2015
    The Fed again demonstrated its ability to talk out of both sides of its mouth with today’s policy announcement. As I thought, it did not move ...
  • March 15, 2015
    Pundits looking for a reason to explain the market’s sell-off from the peak of a couple of weeks ago cite the U.S. Dollar as the ...
  • March 11, 2015
    The S&P 500 Index sliced through its 50-day moving average yesterday on heavy volume as the selling pressure became irresistible, as we can see on ...
  • Running in place
    A 1.5% downday, and the SPX is basically unchanged on the year.   There's a reason that Macro Man hasn't written too much about equities recently, ...
  • Not much to say
    Apologies for the radio silence over the last few days, but Macro Man hasn't really got a lot to say.  Illiquid market churn is not ...
  • Dot-dot-dot, dash-dash-dash, dot-dot-dot
    Well, that was....intense.The Fed dropped the word "patient" and explicitly left the door ajar for a move in June should circumstances warrant.   However, ...
  • Banishing the ghost of 1937
    So the big day is finally here.   Will patience be a virtue, or won't it?   Macro Man's hunch is that the Fed will keep the ...
  • What's in the price?
    The FOMC announcement is rapidly approaching, an event at which push will presumably come to shove.  Macro Man retains his (reduced) short euro position and ...
  • US Dollar Correction: Part I
    In quite a few previous articles, I have been writing about the US Dollar strength and how it has affected so many of the global asset classes. Starting today ...
  • FOMC Decision
    Chart 1: US Dollar is extremely overbought and sentiment overly bullish  Source: Short Side of Long Before last nights Federal Market Open Committee decision, I was ...
  • Commodity Crash Points To A Bottom
    Chart 1: Commodities have crashed back to levels seen in 2001 & 2009  Source: Stock Charts We have been following the strength of the US Dollar for awhile ...
  • Precious Metals Update
    Chart 1: Strength of the USD rally has pretty much surprise everyone  Source: Short Side of Long Before I get into the markets, I have ...
  • March Economic Update
    Dear readers, This year is flying very fast, isn't it? We are already in March. After a break in January and February, regular newsletter posting ...
  • Fireside Markets 04: The Future of Financial Services with Josh Brown
    In this episode of Fireside Markets, host James Osborne discusses the current landscape and what the future of asset management what look like with Josh Brown, ...
  • Yes, you have a long-term time horizon
    I made my first real investment in the markets around age 22. I was fresh out of college, newly married and had gotten my first ...
  • Do Dimensional Advisors Add Value?
    (Full disclosure:  I am a DFA-Funds approved advisor and recommend Dimensional funds for some client portfolios.) An oft-repeated statement of advisors approved by Dimensional is ...
  • *Quick business note
    I don’t talk a lot about the business of this firm on the blog, as most information pertains to existing clients and I communicate with ...
  • Managing Expectations
    At the beginning of my client relationships, we talk a lot about expectations. What I expect of the clients (to keep me informed, to help ...
  • Single-Dose Cures for Malaria, Other Diseases
    A leading researcher issues a call for pills that deliver a full course of treatment in one swallow.One of the world’s preëminent biomedical researchers is ...
  • Amazon Robot Contest May Accelerate Warehouse Automation
    Robots will use the latest computer-vision and machine-learning algorithms to try to perform the work done by humans in vast fulfillment centers.Packets of Oreos, boxes ...
  • Survival in the Age of Spotify
    Two rock musicians find flaws—and hope—in a book that suggests how artists can earn a decent living even after free online access to music has ...
  • Technology and Persuasion
    Persuasive technologies surround us, and they’re growing smarter. How do these technologies work? And why?GSN Games, which designs mobile games like poker and bingo, ...
  • Reality Check: Comparing HoloLens and Magic Leap
    After trying demos of Magic Leap and HoloLens, it’s clear that commercializing augmented reality technology will be difficult.I’ve seen two competing visions for a future ...
  • Bonds Are Supposed to be Boring
    Earlier this week I posted a handful of graphs that showed rolling returns for the stock market over various time frames. The point was to ...
  • Investor Transcripts Released
    Earlier this month the Federal Reserve released the complete transcripts of all 11 policy-making meetings that took place in 2009. The financial media dissected every ...
  • What Constitutes Long-Term in the Stock Market?
    In a research note late last year, AQR’s Cliff Asness described what long-term means when it comes to the markets (emphasis mine): Basically, we know ...
  • Priorities
    Paul Sullivan of the New York Times had an excellent article this week that concerns how people really think about finances and the impact they ...
  • What’s Right With Finance
    Morgan Housel wrote a great piece this week called What’s Wrong With Finance where he laid out four problems that stem from the fact that ...
  • Can S&P Earnings Rise if Sales Fall?
    According to Factset, analysts now expect S&P 500 sales per share to fall by 1% for the full year 2015.  However, the same estimates have ...
  • Company Notes Digest 3.20.15
    Each week I read dozens of transcripts from earnings calls and presentations as part of my investment process. Below is a weekly post which contains ...
  • How much spending would it take to generate inflation?
    There are those who argue that deflation is dangerous because we don’t know how to fight it.  That’s not entirely true–the US economy has exited ...
  • Company Notes Digest 3.13.15
    Each week I read dozens of transcripts from earnings calls and presentations as part of my investment process. Below is a weekly post which contains ...
  • March 2015 Investor Letter
    Below is a letter that is written monthly for the benefit of Avondale Asset Management’s clients. It is reproduced here for informational purposes for the ...
  • This Is What a Night at One of London's Adult Baby Parties Is Actually Like
    [body_image width='1050' height='692' path='images/content-images/2015/03/25/' crop='images/content-images-crops/2015/03/25/' filename='london-adult-baby-party-305-body-image-1427319433.png' id='39826'] This is a screen shot from this video. This guy wasn't at the party, but ...
  • A Japanese Engineer Allegedly Committed Suicide Over a Bridge Collapse
    [body_image width='1200' height='800' path='images/content-images/2015/03/26/' crop='images/content-images-crops/2015/03/26/' filename='a-brief-history-of-hara-kiri-in-japan-991-body-image-1427331793.jpg' id='39851'] The scene of Kishi Ryoichi's death on Monday. Photo by Erhan Erdogan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images This Monday a group ...
  • 'Jauja' Is a Mystical South American Western
    [youtube src='//www.youtube.com/embed/QpsyW1Dq37Q' width='640' height='360'] In South American folklore, Jauja is a paradisiacal land of milk and honey. Travelers are drawn to it like moths ...
  • Sorry, Kurds, Canada Has No Guns to Give
    [body_image width='1024' height='682' path='images/content-images/2015/03/25/' crop='images/content-images-crops/2015/03/25/' filename='sorry-kurds-canada-has-no-guns-to-give-296-body-image-1427311027.jpg' id='39789']Photo via Flickr user DVIDSHUBThis article originally appeared on VICE Canada.After months of questions over ...
  • How to Make a World-Class Cocktail Out of Berlin’s Convenience Store Booze
    How to Make a World-Class Cocktail Out of Berlin’s Convenience Store Booze
  • Opinions on the Market
    I was on RT Boom/Bust yesterday with Erin Ade, and got to talk about: Apple The “Tech Bubble” The “Bond Bubble” Different sectors of the ...
  • Two Warning Signs
    Before I write this evening, I have updated the blog’s theme so that it is more readable on mobile devices.  I’ve tried to preserve most ...
  • Deeds, not Words? Or, Say Less and Mean More
    There was a lot of hoopla yesterday over the FOMC removing the word “patient” from its statement.  But when you read the sentence that replaced ...
  • Redacted Version of the March 2015 FOMC Statement
    January 2015 March 2015 Comments Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in December suggests that economic activity has been expanding at a ...
  • One Potential Weakness of Berkshire Hathaway
    As I mentioned yesterday, there wasn’t anything that amazing and new in the annual letter of Berkshire Hathaway.  Lots of people found things to comment ...
  • Mortgaging the Future?
    In the six decades following World War II, bank lending measured as a ratio to GDP has quadrupled in advanced economies. To a great extent, ...
  • The View from Here: Outlook and Monetary Policy
    The U.S. economy is likely to reach the Federal Reserve’s maximum employment goal later this year. Although inflation has remained persistently low, it is expected ...
  • Do Place-Based Policies Matter?
    Place-based policies such as enterprise zones offer economic incentives to firms to create jobs in economically challenged areas. Evidence on the effectiveness of enterprise zones ...
  • Competing for Jobs: Local Taxes and Incentives
    State and local governments frequently offer tax incentives to attract businesses to locate in their area. Proponents view these incentives as a valuable tool to ...
  • Animal Spirits and Business Cycles
    Animal spirits are often suggested as a cause of business cycles, but they are very difficult to define. Recent research proposes a novel explanation based ...
  • Interest Rates – Dollars – October
    Some have asked will the dollar has previously fallen with higher interest rates so why will the opposite unfold now? The answer to that question ...
  • TIME v PRICE
    QUESTION:  Dear Mr. Armstrong:   I hope you are doing well and congratulations for your successful work, research and forecasts!. I don´t understand, Why TIME ...
  • Trading – Who is Your Real Adversary
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