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Last Build Date: Thu, 25 May 2017 13:30:06 +0000

 



The U.S. Spends More Public Money on Healthcare Than Sweden or Canada

Thu, 25 May 2017 13:30:06 +0000

Every time I see the chart below (or some variation of it) I find myself astonished: The American health care system is broken; we spend more than twice what other developed countries do but get worse results. We have allowed pharmaceutical companies to wildly overcharge for their services — not for developing drugs, but for…

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10 Thursday AM Reads

Thu, 25 May 2017 11:52:46 +0000

My post Vatican, morning train reads: • iPhone Evolution (Above Avalon) • The World Is Running Out of Sand (New Yorker) • DJI’s tiny new Spark drone is $499 and kind of a big deal (Tech Crunch) • No One Loves Anything as Much as Al Franken Loves Dunking on Ted Cruz (Fusion) • Prof Galloway’s Commencement Speech: No Mercy…

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What Ten Million Simulations Tell Us about President Trump’s Chances of Achieving 3-Percent Economic Growth

Thu, 25 May 2017 09:00:23 +0000

What Ten Million Simulations Tell Us about President Trump’s Chances of Achieving 3-Percent Economic Growth Jason Furman PIIE, May 23, 2017       President Donald Trump’s budget is premised on the projection that the United States will be able to raise its long-run economic growth rate to 3 percent a year. This rate allows…

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Don’t Kill the Fiduciary Rule, Improve It

Wed, 24 May 2017 17:30:35 +0000

I have some good news and some bad news. The good news is that the Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule, which states that any broker or manager offering advice on retirement-savings  accounts must put the clients’ interests first, looks like it will survive. It goes into effect officially on June 9th. The bad news? There…

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Barrons: Who’s Afraid of Amazon? 9 Surprising Retail Winners

Wed, 24 May 2017 14:00:31 +0000

Interesting, from Barron’s: Creative destruction has defined the retailing business since the moment after its birth. Today it bears the face of Jeffrey Bezos and the name Amazon.com, the internet-based retailer Bezos founded in 1994 that changed the way America shops, and even lives. As Amazon has grown into a behemoth, traditional retailers have been…

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10 Wednesday AM Reads

Wed, 24 May 2017 11:45:30 +0000

My midweek morning train reads: • The Big Green Bang: how renewable energy became unstoppable (Financial Times) see also Why China Must Figure Out How to Feed the Whole World (Bloomberg) • A Few Big Stocks Don’t Tell the Whole Market Story (BloombergView) • 2,000 Wall Streeters just had a meeting in Las Vegas and they all…

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Bloomberg Gadfly Fly Charts

Wed, 24 May 2017 10:30:30 +0000

Today I am turning you onto to FlyCharts: Its a free daily email service courtesy of Bloomberg Gadfly — its simply 5 charts with a brief explanation as to their significance. Its bright and colorful and thought provoking — I really like it.   Sign up for free:     Here is a sample:    …

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“Half the people here shouldn’t be”

Wed, 24 May 2017 01:00:32 +0000

Sheriff Tom Dart makes an amazing assertion: He is the Sheriff for Cook County (Chicago & surrounding areas), and runs the Cook County Jail. According to him, half of the 70,000 inmates who cycle through Cook County Lockup — thats Jail not Prison — don’t belong there:   Half of the inmates shouldn’t be here,…

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