The System Worked (?!)

Dan Drezner, author of The System Worked, discusses how we avoided another Great Depression.

Category: Bailouts, Video

Ponzi Scheme Tracker

Cool data collection

Category: Investing, Legal, Psychology, Really, really bad calls

Time — Not Timing — is Key to Investing Success

> My Sunday Washington Post Business Section column is out. As a follow up to our previous discussion of the World’s Greatest Trader®, this  morning, we look at the Worlds Greatest (and Worst) Market Timer®. As we did last time out, we assumed magical powers for our theoretical trader, giving him the ability to bottom…Read More

Category: Apprenticed Investor, Asset Allocation, Investing

10 Sunday Reads

We wrestle the non stop parade of content into submission: • No bubble to burst: U.S. student debt is not housing (Vanguard) • Why Are You Outperforming? Why Are You Underperforming? (Meb Faber) • Norway’s gargantuan sovereign wealth fund, by the numbers (Quartz) • An Unfinished Chapter at Countrywide (NYT) • The Housing Being Built…Read More

Category: Financial Press

Forecasting National Inflation Rates

Forecasting National Inflation Rates ©Thinkstock/Drazen_ By Silvio Contessi, Economist A recent line of research has established that global factors significantly correlate with national inflation rate movements, so much in fact that they can help forecast national inflation rates.1 A forthcoming Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Review article2 follows this literature and estimates a one-factor…Read More

Category: Inflation, Think Tank

Top 10 Improvised Scenes in Movie History

THE LIST Bridesmaids (2011) A lot of this movie was the talented comedic actresses in the cast going off book, but Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone’s “Air Marshall” exchange takes the cake. Apocalypse Now (1979) Marlon Brando’s performance as Col Kurtz was largely made up on the spot. And while we don’t endorse actors not…Read More

Category: Film, Weekend

Why Things Don’t Last

1. Channel Overload Used to be there were 5,000 albums a year and only a few got on the radio and if you didn’t get airplay or press, you were doomed. Now there are a zillion products, all easily promoted online, and unless your friend verifies quality and interest or a track becomes a phenomenon,…Read More

Category: Music, Think Tank, Weekend

From Woodstock to Wall Street

From Woodstock to Wall Street Doug Kass Real Money, Aug 18, 2014 | 9:00 AM EDT       What a long, strange trip it has been. Well I came across a child of God, he was walking along the road And I asked him tell where are you going, this he told me: Well,…Read More

Category: Investing, Music, Think Tank

MiB: FDIC Chairman Sheila Bair

This week’s Masters in Business Radio show is on at 10:00 am and 6:00 pm on Bloomberg Radio 1130AM and Siriux XM 119. Our guest is former FDIC chairman Sheila Bair. You can also find at Bairblog. Her book on her time at the FDIC and the financial crisis is Bull by the Horns: Fighting…Read More

Category: Podcast, Politics, Regulation

10 Weekend Reads

Good Saturday morning. Pour yourself a tall cup of hot black, settle into your favorite chair, and enjoy an especially robust set of hand curated longer form weekend reads: • The Making of Vladimir Putin (Politico) • Profits Without Prosperity: Post Great Recession, corporate profits and market have recovered booming. The resy of America has not…Read More

Category: Financial Press