Good Sunday morning. These are the items that will be setting the tone for this week’s action.

• Hedge Funds Trail Stocks by the Widest Margin Since 2005 (Bloomberg) but see Smart beta-blocking (FT Alphaville)
• Google Puts Money on Robots, Using the Man Behind Android (NY Times)
• Stocks are Not Done Yet (Barron’s) see also Hope for the Future (Above the Market)
Wiesenthal: I’m Changing My Mind About Bitcoin (Business Insider)
• Time to dump bonds? Don’t be so sure. (WSJ) see also Individual bonds are an investment, not an Ark (Reuters)
• Favorite stocks to play big trends like our smartphone society and fracking. (WSJ)
• Does QE cause deflation? (Not Quite Noahpinion) see also Stressed out about deflation (FT Alphaville)
• The Man Who Took On Merrill (Businessweek)
• People At CNBC Are Relieved That Maria Bartiromo Left (Business Insider) see also The business of cable-TV business news isn’t what it used to be (WSJ)
• This is how your brain tells time (Salon)

Whats for brunch?

 

Euro Displays Uncommon Strength

Source: WSJ

 

Category: Financial Press

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8 Responses to “10 Sunday Reads”

  1. hue says:

    Do Cats Control My Mind? (The Atlantic)

    Inside the Box: People Don’t Actually Like Creativity (Slate)

    Could A Young Bob Dylan Make It Now? (The Awl)

  2. ottnott says:

    Holding bitcoin for the long term sees to me like a bet that the systems involved won’t ever get hacked by either criminal elements or by govt’s who want to destroy it or use it as a source of intel.

  3. stonedwino says:

    Is there anyone that can enlighten us regarding the Euro? How is it stronger than the dollar and rising lately? Why? It seems the economy, employment and deficit reduction are way better in the US than Europe lately. European economies, employment, debt is all in the crapper. Why is the Euro rising so fast vs. US $? I have a degree in International Business, but can’t seem to tie it all together lately. I honestly don’t get it…

    • 4whatitsworth says:

      QE increases the money supply (at least temporarily) so provided the demand is constant the price or the exchange rate of the USD is reduced. Although Europe has recently reduced its interest rate and it does some QE like stuff it is not yet engaging in an aggressive QE policy so their currency is perceived as stronger and so more valuable.

      Here is what I don’t understand the latest economic theory being floated is that QE is actually deflationary. When I look at the US stock market and the US currency market I don’t see how anyone can make that case.

  4. Jojo says:

    Remember those coming Amazon package delivery drones? :)
    ———-
    C21 delivery landing pad
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFkfRNaxVGU

  5. Jojo says:

    Who knew?
    ==========
    Today I found out
    Parrots Name Their Chicks
    November 21, 2013

    Scientists have known for a while that, in addition to saying things like “Polly want a cracker” (see Bonus Facts below) to entertain humans, parrots appear to vocalize their own names. What was a mystery until a few years ago was if those names were innate, meaning the chicks teach other parrots their own name, or if they were named by other parrots and then learned the sounds to identify themselves. A National Geographic research team headed by then doctoral student Karl Berg researched the green-rumped parrot and found that it is, in fact, the parents naming the chicks, rather than the chicks coming up with their own names.

    http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2013/11/parrots-name-chicks/

  6. Jojo says:

    Economic Indicators | Jobs and Unemployment
    Despite Today’s Relatively Positive Jobs Report, the Labor Market Remains Weak
    By Elise Gould | December 6, 2013

    The November employment report released this morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics contained some relatively positive news, with the establishment survey showing an increase of 203,000 jobs. Jobs growth occurred across most industries, including gains in manufacturing, retail trade, transportation, professional services, and health care. While this is promising, especially because it comes on the heels of 200,000 jobs added in October, we still need 7.9 million jobs to get back to the prerecession unemployment rate.

    Additionally, millions of potential workers remain sidelined. There are nearly 5.7 million workers who are neither employed nor actively seeking a job. These are people who would be working or looking for work if job opportunities were significantly stronger. If they were counted among the unemployed, the unemployment rate would have been 10.3 percent in November.

    http://www.epi.org/publication/todays-positive-jobs-report-labor-market/

  7. brianj997 says:

    Has the Secular Bear been slain?