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Last Build Date: Fri, 26 May 2017 16:25:42 +0000

 



Your Summer Reading List

Fri, 26 May 2017 16:00:10 +0000

Summer Reading Season Starts Now A selection of books that some smart and interesting people in finance say are worth a look.     The Memorial Day weekend is here! Summer is upon us, which means there is no better time of year to lay out a blanket outdoors or on the beach, and dive…

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Happy Birthday, Dow Industrials Average!

Fri, 26 May 2017 13:00:07 +0000

Dow Jones Industrial Average is 121 years old today. When it was launched — published is more accurate — its price was $40.94. The holdings in the index were American Cotton Oil, American Sugar, American Tobacco, Chicago Gas, Distilling & Cattle Feeding, General Electric, Laclede Gas, National Lead, North American, Tennessee Coal & Iron, U.S. Leather,…

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10 Friday AM Reads

Fri, 26 May 2017 11:43:10 +0000

3 day weekend! Kick it off right with our end of the week morning train reads: • Business lessons from the Knicks and Nets (Crain’s New York) • Time for Donald Trump to close, sell or restructure Kentucky (USA Today) • Walt Mossberg’s last column: The Disappearing Computer. Tech was once always in your way. Soon, it…

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Elextra Cars

Fri, 26 May 2017 10:00:52 +0000

This is an interesting design — kinda like what I suggested Tesla do with its ludicrous mode vehicles. Anyway, some details: • 680 horses and hits 60 mph in 2.3 seconds (faster than the Tesla P100 Model S in ludicrous mode) • Unique ultra-lightweight  electric supercar with 4 seats, 4 doors, 4-wheel drive • Front…

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Evolution, Not Revolution: Payments Are Undergoing Changes in the United States

Fri, 26 May 2017 09:00:20 +0000

Evolution, Not Revolution: Payments Are Undergoing Changes in the United States Dan Littman, Tasia Hane-Devore Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, 05.24.17       In payments, the term “revolutionary” has surfaced frequently in recent years, reflecting the penetration of personal computers, tablets, and mobile phones into banking. But are we calling this integration of personal…

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Melting Ice in Glacier National Park

Fri, 26 May 2017 00:00:48 +0000

Astonishing: Glacier National Park is losing its glaciers. The flowing sheets of ice scattered throughout the Montana park shrank by more than a third between 1966 and 2015, according to new data from the United States Geological Survey and Portland State University in Oregon. Using aerial and satellite imagery, researchers traced the footprints of 39…

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US Consumer is De-leveraging

Thu, 25 May 2017 18:30:39 +0000

But as you can see, its all mortgage debt that is coming off; Consumer credit is growing:   Source: Deutsche Bank Research

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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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