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Last Build Date: Sat, 16 Dec 2017 15:14:01 +0000

 



MIB: Jeff Sherman of Doubleline Capital

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 15:00:11 +0000

This week I sat down with Jeffrey Sherman, Deputy Chief Investment Officer of Doubleline Capital. Sherman, a CFA charter holder, is also a member of DoubleLine’s executive management and fixed income asset allocation committees. He serves as a portfolio manager for derivative-based and multi-asset strategies. Previously, he was a statistics and mathematics instructor at University of the…

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10 Weekend Reads

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 12:00:40 +0000

The weekend is here! Pour yourself a mug of Peaberry Whole Bean Kauai Coffee coffee, grab a seat by the fire, and get ready for our longer form weekend reads: • Gay on Wall Street (Institutional Investor) • Jim Simons, the Numbers King: Algorithms made him a Wall Street billionaire. His new research center helps scientists mine data for…

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OK Go at TED2017: How to find a wonderful idea

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 02:00:54 +0000

Where does OK Go come up with ideas like dancing in zero gravity, performing in ultra slow motion or constructing a warehouse-sized Rube Goldberg machine for their music videos? In between live performances of “This Too Shall Pass” and “The One Moment,” lead singer and director Damian Kulash takes us inside the band’s creative process,…

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Succinct Summation of Week’s Events 12.15.17

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:00:56 +0000

Succinct Summations for the week ending December 15th Positives: 1. S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average made new all-time highs. 2. Retail sales rose 0.8% in November, well above the 0.3% expected increase. 3. Jobless claims fell to 225k, bringing the 4-week moving average down to 234.75k. 4. PMI manufacturing rose from 53.8 to 55, an…

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Forecasting? Wall Street is Wising Up

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:30:38 +0000

Wall Street Wises Up to the Folly of Forecasting One economist says what should be obvious: Making predictions only means you will be either wrong or lucky. Bloomberg, December 15, 2017       It is that time of year, when the financial industry engages in its annual ritual of making forecasts, which is usually…

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Galloway: Retail Like It’s 1999

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:00:40 +0000

Winner: Jeff Bezos. But as the Amazon founder becomes the world’s richest person, who’s losing?   Retail Like It’s 1999  

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10 Friday AM Reads

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:07:59 +0000

My end of week morning train reads: • 2018 Could Be the Last Time Stock Pickers Rule Investing (Bloomberg) see also Fueling the Bull Market (Dr. Ed’s Blog) • Detecting Lies on Earnings Calls (strategy+business) • In China, a Three-Digit Score Could Dictate Your Place in Society (Wired) • Why Brent Brodeski, a $6-billion GOP RIA, is in a furious full-time fight…

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2018 Aston Martin Vantage

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:00:20 +0000

I love a sexy coupe as much as anyone. And no one makes sexier 2-door car than Aston Martin. And yet, the new Vantage leaves me a bit . . . disappointed. First, the goods: the new Vantage has a 4.0 litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine cranking out 503 horsepower. Mated to a rear-mounted ZF eight-speed automatic (ugh!)…

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