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Here’s the monthly update from Russell:


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Source: Russell Investments

Category: Consumer Spending, Data Analysis, Economy, Employment, Fixed Income/Interest Rates, Inflation, Markets

Don’t Shop on Thanksgiving and Other Good Advice

This is the time of year when Americans gather with family and friends to give thanks. A bounteous feast is the time to express gratitude for our good fortune. We count our blessings, humbled by the fortuity of our circumstances, grateful for whatever it is we have. Once you get that over with, it’s time…Read More

Category: Consumer Spending, Data Analysis, Really, really bad calls, Retail

10 Wednesday AM Reads

My pre-Thanksgiving Day reads for your traveling enjoyment: • Hedge Funds Lose Money for Everyone, Not Just the Rich (Bloomberg) • Black Friday Is No Sure Indicator of Holiday Retail Sales (WSJ) see also When It Comes to Holiday Shopping, Not All Plastic Is Equal (NYT) • New Mortgage Lending Drops to 13-Year Low (Real Time Economics)…Read More

Category: Financial Press

“The Karl Marx Credit Card – When You’re Short of Kapital”

Tis the season, presented without comment: Source: Climateer Investing   See also Suggested Taglines for the Karl Marx Credit Card : • There are Some Things Money Can’t Buy. Especially If You Abolish All Private Property. • From each according to their ability, to each according to his need. For everything else, there’s #Marxcard. •…Read More

Category: Markets

Gauging the Impact of the Small Business Lending Fund

Gauging the Impact of the Small Business Lending Fund Kristle Cortés and Sara Millington Economic Trends, 11.25.14     ~~~~ The Small Business Lending Fund (SBLF) was created in 2010 to encourage small business lending by providing capital to qualified community banks. The Treasury provides banks with capital by purchasing Tier 1-qualifying preferred stock or…Read More

Category: Credit, Think Tank

10 Tuesday PM Reads

My afternoon train reads: • Can Automakers Fix Themselves? (Bloomberg View) • Gross versus Gundlach: Who Has More Skill? (Advisor Perspectives) • How pensions make investing too complex (Fortune) • Millennial Investors Don’t Trust The Market – And They Shouldn’t (Meb Faber) but see The Market Is Your Friend. Really: One Millennial’s Advice to Peers (WSJ) • Hire An…Read More

Category: Financial Press

Closer View of the Housing Boom

Click to see the animated changes to the map. Source: Urban Institute

Category: Digital Media, Real Estate, Web/Tech

Stop Making Intellectually Disingenuous Market Arguments

The quality of our discourse is decaying. This was once a standard complaint about the tone and depth of our national political debate. Now it has spilled into the financial realm. Shall we blame Twitter, trolls or bloggers? I am unsure of the underlying reason. But as we have seen far too, financial discussions seem…Read More

Category: Apprenticed Investor, Cognitive Foibles, Financial Press, Really, really bad calls, Weblogs

10 Tuesday AM Reads

My morning afternoon train reads: • The $400 Billion Bond Mismatch Keeping Bears at Bay Endures (Bloomberg) • Boomers, Millennials and Interest Rates: A Muni Investor’s Perspective (Black Rock Blog) see also An Unbeatable Investment for Millennials (BV) • Hedge Funds Lose Money for Everyone, Not Just the Rich (Bloomberg) • How Macquarie Makes Money By…Read More

Category: Financial Press

Falling apart: America’s neglected infrastructure (60 Minutes)

Falling apart: America’s neglected infrastructure

Source: 60 Minutes

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Category: Really, really bad calls, Taxes and Policy, Video