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MiB: Paul Wilmott on Creating a Quadrillion Dollars Out of Thin Air

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:30:16 +0000

What happens when you create a quadrillion dollars out of thin air, and then blow it up? Paul Wilmott, a quantitative finance expert, says you have a structural problem. He should know; he is the author of various academic and practitioner texts on quantitative finance, risk management of derivatives, and most recently, wrote The Money Formula:…

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USA Is Smashing Its Clean Energy Targets

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:00:08 +0000

Renewable energy infrastructure is expanding at a much faster rate than was thought possible ten years ago. Predictions made in 2006 for installed solar was a massive 4,813% shy of reality in 2016. The U.S now installed wind capacity of 82 gigawatts — 361% greater than expected. WEF observes: Actual CO2 emissions in 2016 have undercut the 2006 predictions…

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10 Tuesday AM Reads

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:34:12 +0000

My two-for-Tuesday morning train reads: • Japan’s Back, Baby (Institutional Investor) • The Crash of ’87, From the Wall Street Players Who Lived It (Bloomberg) see also Echoes of the Black Monday (BloombergView) • Funds That Can Put Your Investments on a Low-Carbon Diet (New York Times) see also Americans are willing to pay $177 a year to avoid climate change (Vox)   • One…

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Economic Might by U.S. Metro Area

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:30:47 +0000

Very cool graphic showing the structural economic strength by region: The U.S. economy is massive on a global scale, and much of the country’s economic capabilities can be traced back to the innovation, knowledge, and productivity that tends to be clustered in urban areas. The fact is that 80% of Americans live in cities – and the…

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Opioid Crisis: Blame Congress & Drug Industry

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 00:00:35 +0000

Whistleblower Joe Rannazzisi says drug distributors pumped opioids into U.S. communities — knowing that people were dying — and says industry lobbyists and Congress derailed the DEA’s efforts to stop it Autorun video after the jump     Ex-DEA agent: Opioid crisis fueled by drug industry and Congress   Meet 60 Minutes’ DEA whistleblower  

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Why 1987 Crash Comparisons Fail

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:37:09 +0000

Echoes of the Black Monday Crash of ’87 There are things to learn from that debacle. Just don’t overdo it. Bloomberg, October 16, 2017, 10:15     Later this week, Oct. 19 will mark the 30th anniversary of the 1987 stock-market crash, which happened to fall on a Monday. That day — Black Monday —…

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DB: Foreigners buying more US equities and fewer US bonds

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:00:56 +0000

A look at who is buying and selling US assets, via Deutsche Bank, shows a striking recent trend is the decline in foreign appetite for US fixed income and increase in foreign appetite for US equities: Source: Deutsche Bank Securities, Torsten Sløk, Ph.D.   Note:  You can download Torsten Sløk’s complete slide deck here.  

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10 Monday AM Reads

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 11:36:34 +0000

My back-to-work-its-Monday-morning train reads: • Is BlackRock the Amazon.com of Investing? (Bloomberg Gadfly) • Blackstone is pushing aggressively into private-equity products for retail investors (Wall Street Journal) • Does Monet Beat the Dow? How Artworks Perform as an Investment (Bloomberg) see also When a $1 Million Painting Is a Bargain (Bloomberg) • Even Pokémon Go was used by Russian-hack of US…

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