2015 Design of the Year: Mercedes-Benz S Coupe

Many years ago, I had a 1983 MB 380 SEC. It was the coupé version of the W126 S-Class — it was a giant rear drive 2 door version of the S class, chock full of technological advance of the day, including a seat belt presenter (really). At highway speed, it would lower itself. It wasn’t fast off the line, but it was an autobahn cruiser. I drove it to Virginia and back several times and it would lope — at 90mph, it was practically idling, running at 2200 rpm. (I never pressed it to see what the top end was). I was rear ended in it by a Volvo, whose front end was destroyed; The big Benz never got so much as a scratch on it. It was solid as a bank vault.

The new most up to date version of the S coupe is out, and the it is Twin-Turbo 4.7L V8, 449 HP / 516 LB-FT, 7-Speed Auto, All-Wheel Drive S550 4MATIC Coupe  was just named Automobile Magazine‘s Design of the Year. My current lease (Infiniti M) is up in March 2016, and this would make a lovely replacement (if I could get Mrs. Big Picture to say yes to it!):

 

 

Source: Mercedes Benz, Automobile Magazine

 

 

 

 

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Category: Weekend

The Effect of Oil Price Declines on Consumer Prices

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Category: Consumer Spending, Energy, Think Tank

2014 On Pace for Hottest Year

This is very impressive:

Category: Science, Video

10 Thursday PM Reads

My afternoon train reads: • If Pimco Were A Country, It Would Be The Most Unequal Place On The Planet (HuffPo) • Your investment advisor is probably a “maniac” (Phil Pearlman’s Tumblr) • Should you buy what Tony Robbins is selling? (Abnormal Returns) • Noah Smith: Why Some Money Managers Succeed by Losing (Bloomberg View) •…Read More

Category: Financial Press

Winner Take All in Asset Management

As a follow up to this morning’s article on global AUM, have a gander at this interesting league table from BGC:   Source: Boston Consulting Group    

Category: Markets

World’s Total AuM = Record $68.7 Trillion

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Category: Asset Allocation, Investing

10 Thursday AM Reads

Looks like a bumpy ride today, as futures soften, the Yen falls, and gold catches a bid. Enjoy them all with morning train reads: • S&P 500 Companies Spend 95% of Profits on Buybacks, Payouts (Bloomberg) see also “Each of the last six great merger waves on record ended with a precipitous decline in equity prices…Read More

Category: Financial Press

U.S. Debt Held by Foreigners Hits Record $6.07 Trillion

Posted without comment: Source: Real Time Economics

Category: Credit, Data Analysis, Economy, Fixed Income/Interest Rates, Taxes and Policy

Reassessing the Effects of Extending Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Reassessing the Effects of Extending Unemployment Insurance Benefits Pedro S. Amaral and Jessica Ice To deal with the high level of unemployment during the Great Recession, lawmakers extended the availability of unemployment benefits—all the way to 99 weeks in the states where unemployment was highest. A recent study has found that the extensions served to…Read More

Category: Data Analysis, Economy, Politics, Taxes and Policy

10 Wednesday PM Reads

My afternoon train reads: • Stock Investors in Japan Still Back Abe (WSJ) see also Abe $1 Trillion Gift to Stock Market Shields Recession Gloom (Bloomberg) • Deep Recessions Leave Permanent Scars, Fed Research Finds (Real Time Economics) • The S&P 500 and Its Earnings (Crossing Wall Street) see also Gold vs. Stocks: The 10-Year Winner Is… (Total Return)…Read More

Category: Financial Press