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Last Build Date: Fri, 24 Mar 2017 21:30:14 +0000

 



Succinct Summation of Week’s Events 3.24.17

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 21:30:14 +0000

Succinct Summations for the week ending March 24th, 2017. Positives: 1. New home sales rose 6.1% to a 592 annualized rate. 2. Durable goods rose 1.7%, slightly above expectations. 3. The Chicago Fed national activity index rose from -0.05, which was revised up to -0.02, to 0.34. 4. FHFA house price index rose 5.7% y/o/y.…

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Downsizing America’s Retail Footprint

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:00:46 +0000

America is having a “retail moment” — and it’s not a good one. It’s easy to blame all of the industry’s woes on Amazon, the online giant. There’s little doubt that the fifth-largest U.S. company by market cap has been disrupting traditional retailers (I promised myself I would not use the dreaded “B&M” cliche). But online…

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Projected Retail Store Closings (2017)

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:30:08 +0000

Amazing graphic:   Source: Business Insider    

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Retailing USA

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:00:54 +0000

I don’t agree with the conclusions, but the data is quite interesting:   MAPIC 2015 Retailing USA. Opportunity awaits. Trust our retailntelligence. Source: MAPIC 2015

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10 Friday AM Reads

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:30:43 +0000

Unofficially, today is (my) last day of Winter; officially, its the last day of the workweek. Finish both strong with our filibuster-proof morning train reads: • Inside Costco: The Magic in the Warehouse (Fortune) see also Amazon, the world’s most remarkable firm, is just getting started (The Economist) • Why I Invest (RRE Ventures Perspectives) • A Lithuanian…

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1957 BMW 507

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:00:14 +0000

I don’t love the color, but I do appreciate the lines of the 1957 BMW 507 Roadster Series I:   Source: Sothebys via Classic Driver

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5 Filters of the Mass Media Machine

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 23:00:04 +0000

According to linguist and political activist, Noam Chomsky, media operate through 5 filters: ownership, advertising, the media elite, flak and the common enemy.    

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How Much Does the President Matter to the Stock Market?

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:30:30 +0000

Short answer: Not very much! This table, from Ben Carlson, is quite revealing:   Source: Bloomberg View

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Drucker: Six Rules for Presidents

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:00:05 +0000

Peter Drucker is considered the founder of modern management; he is one of the best-known and most widely influential thinkers and writers on the subject of its theory and practice. I recently (re)discovered his works courtesy of the book recommendations made by Prof Scott Galloway of NYU in our latest MIB interview. Drucker is held…

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