Category: Mutual Funds, Think Tank

97% Consensus (File Under Stuff You Should Know By Now)

Source: Skeptical Science

Category: Science

10 Wednesday PM Reads

My afternoon train reads: • Condo builders fuel a land rush in Miami (WSJ) see also The Top Properties in Hong Kong Housing Resist Market Forces (NY Times) • Financial savvy starts in childhood: Early financial lessons can determine how adults handle money (WSJ) • Half of Workers Are on Track to Retire Well.  Here’s…Read More

Category: Financial Press

The Middle East Friendship Chart

Source: Slate

Category: Digital Media, Politics, War/Defense

Largest One Day Increases (30%+) for VIX: 1990-2014

Source: Bespoke Investment Group

Category: Data Analysis, Options, Trading

10 Wednesday AM Reads

My morning afternoon train reads (continues here): • Seven Truths Investors Simply Cannot Accept (The Kindergarten) • 5 reasons why the market won’t crash (The Buzz) but see Threading the Bullish Needle (Sigmund Holmes) • Homo narratus: Mistrust the Financial Storytellers (PsyFi) • Wages Rise and – Surprise! – Skilled Workers Are Now Easier to Find…Read More

Category: Financial Press

Free Lunch Over for Money-Market Funds

Of all the outrages endured during the financial crisis, perhaps the most perplexing involved money-market mutual funds. In an example of moral hazard writ large, this uninsured risk instrument — with $2.57 trillion in assets — somehow became too big to fail. Five years later, the Securities and Exchange Commission is finally taking steps to…Read More

Category: Mutual Funds, Really, really bad calls, Regulation

The Tab for the Financial Crisis

Click to see an interactive graphic. Source: WSJ

Category: Regulation

10 Tuesday PM Reads

My afternoon train reads: • Why Europe May Gain the Edge for Investors (NY Times) • Alpha Addict: The Amazing Career of Leon Cooperman (CNBC) • When Beliefs and Facts Collide (NY Times) • Do optimists or pessimists manage their money better? (Yahoo Finance) see also Economists have a lot to learn from ‘The Big…Read More

Category: Financial Press

Significant Climate Anomalies June 2014

Click for the ginormous version. Source: NOAA

Category: Science