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Succinct Summation of Week’s Events 8.18.17

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 21:00:11 +0000

Succinct Summations for the week ending August 18th, 2017 Positives: 1.White House Strategist Steve Bannon is fired, giving hope for some policy stability in the future. 2. Initial jobless claims remain low, at 232k. The 4-week average is now down to 240.5k. 3. Retail sales rose 0.6% m/o/m. June was revised higher from -0.2% to…

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“Markets Will Fluctuate”

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:00:36 +0000

The Real Reason Markets Swooned Yesterday It’s the same one that explains why they are rising today and might fall the day after. Bloomberg, August 18, 2017       In the 1927 book “Security Speculation – The Dazzling Adventure,” Laurence H. Sloan repeated the now famous anecdote 1  about J.P.Morgan’s view of the stock markets: History…

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Bird Retirement

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:00:56 +0000

25 Years ago today, Larry Bird retired from basketball. Bird was a 12-time NBA All-Star and was named the league’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) three consecutive times (1984–1986). He played his entire professional career for Boston, winning three NBA championships and two NBA Finals MVP awards. Bird Retirement Hat tip Josh

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EBI: Jim Ross of State Street Global Advisors

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:00:54 +0000

      We are thrilled to announce a great addition to this November’s 2nd annual Evidence-Based Investing Conference in New York City. There are few people more plugged into the world of ETFs’ than Jim Ross, He is one of the godfathers of the ETF business, has been with State Street Global Advisors since the dawn of the SPDRs…

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10 Friday AM Reads

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:17:59 +0000

Finish the week strong with our pre-weekend morning train reads: • The perils of calling the peak of the equities bull run (Financial Times) see also Seven Strategies for Investing at Market Peaks (Bloomberg View) • The behavioural economics paradox (Stumbling and Mumbling) • The battle over Confederate statues, explained (Vox) see also Removing Confederate Statues Isn’t Sanitizing History—It’s Fumigating History (Esquire)…

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2017 Aston Martin DB11

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 10:00:19 +0000

I’ve only seen a few of these rare DB11s around, mostly valet’d at restaurants or out on the East End of Long Island. The photos fail to capture just how gorgeous the sheetmetal — or should I say Aluminum? — is.  Just a spectacular design and set of proportions. Bloomberg calls it “the Most Beautiful V12 on the Planet,”…

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Winners from globalisation (Ben Broadbent)

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:00:54 +0000

Two hundred and fifty years ago, a few miles south of here, Adam Smith began working on the Wealth of Nations. It was published a decade later, in 1776. So there were (at least) two revolutions that year, one marking the birth of a country, the other the birth of modern economics. One of Smith’s…

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The Milky Way

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 02:00:29 +0000

Your late night palette cleanser to wipe away all of the days news:   click for ginormous graphic Source: New Scientist  

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The Fintech 250

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:30:17 +0000

Who are the emerging fintech companies that will change the face of financial services? The Fintech 250 identifies and recognizes the 250 most promising, private fintech companies from around the world.   The Fintech 250: Source: CB Insights hat tip HuffPo  

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Reminder: Competency, Character Matter

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:30:59 +0000

The human capacity to rationalize things is astounding. I was never a fan of Hillary Clinton — wife of a President in a odd marriage, not sure she earned it on her own, too much nonsense over the years. Not that I bought into all of the scandals — many were obviously Fox News manufactured. However, she…

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