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MiB: Derek Thompson on What Makes a Hit

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:00:00 +0000

This week on our Masters in Business radio podcast, we speak with Derek Thompson of The Atlantic, author of Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction.  Thompson explains why certain songs, movies, books, paintings, etc. seem to become hits when other similar products of equal quality fail to catch on. What we think…

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Perspective & Subjective Reality 

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:00:27 +0000

The simple lesson here is that who we are — philosophically, life experiences, career, self-definition — determines how we see the world.   “You see the world not as it is, but as you are.”

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10 Tuesday AM Reads

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:30:06 +0000

My Texas-based taco Tuesday morning reads: • Jonathan Portes recommends the best things to read on Brexit (Fivebooks) • Bull Or Bear: Should Investors Still Care? (Barron’s) but see What are the 7 signs of a bear market? (USA Today) • Will The Rise of Factors Kill Factor Investors? (Irrelevant Investor) • Silicon Valley’s Quest to Live Forever (New Yorker) see also Want…

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How Tight Is the U.S. Labor Market?

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:00:07 +0000

How Tight Is the U.S. Labor Market? Regis Barnichon and Geert Mesters FRBSF Economic Letter, March 20, 2017           The U.S. unemployment rate fell to a very low level at the end of 2016, raising the question of whether the labor market has become too tight. After applying a new method…

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Eclipse 2017

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Source: NASA

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Global House Price Index

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 17:00:53 +0000

What is going on New Zealand? I guess the Lord of the Rings movies changed them . . .     Source: The Economist  

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Dow Industrials Average, 1896-2016

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:30:51 +0000

This graph of the Dow’s performance since 1896 that charts the index’s peaks and troughs, reflecting a variety of economic triumphs and tribulations. It intriguing to consider the short term reaction to various news events within the broader context: fear, market wobbles and occasional over-reaction. “There is no get-rich-quick scheme. There is no such thing…

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10 Monday AM Reads

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 12:30:41 +0000

Deep from the Heart of Texas: Our Austin sourced morning reads: • How Sears CEO Lampert cashes in as stores cash out (USA Today) • The reason Hollywood’s studio leadership is in flux: The business model is changing (LA Times) • The Dow’s tumultuous 120-year history, in one chart (MarketWatch) • There are 2.4 billion robo-calls every month. The FCC…

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National Foreclosure: 10-Years Later

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:30:28 +0000

Comprehensive data and analysis on completed U.S. foreclosures and foreclosure inventory: Fascinating report from Core Logic on the past decade, looking at from a national and state by state perspective. Definitely worth checking out the complete report (click on graphic below).   United States Residential Foreclosure Crisis: Ten Years Later click for full report SOURCE:…

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