10 Monday PM Reads

My afternoon train reads:

• How Cheap Oil Complicates Investing (WSJ)
Shiller: Home Buyers Are Optimistic but Not Wild-Eyed (The Upshot)
• Commodities Go From Hoard to Floored (WSJ) see also Saudis risk playing with fire in shale-price showdown as crude crashes (Telegraph)
• BuzzFeed is killing it and its older rivals are rattled (Quartz)
• How to Save Money & Increase Your Happiness (A Wealth of Common Sense)
• Chart: What the documentary ‘Blackfish’ has done to SeaWorld (WonkBlog)
• The ‘Graywashing’ of CIA Torture: The brutal interrogation program was far less defensible than its moderate critics seem to realize. (The Atlantic)
• China offers to help Iraq defeat Sunni extremists (FT)
• Cheney Calls for International Ban on Torture Reports (New Yorker)
• Humpback whales increasing in waters near NYC (AP News)

What are you reading?


Wage Winners and Losers Since 2004

Source: WSJ



Category: Financial Press

Livability Index: Best Cities For Young People

click for giant interactive Source: Vocativ

Category: Digital Media, Economy, Food and Drink, Music, Real Estate

Hedge Fund Feast or Famine?

This has turned out to be a year of milestones for the hedge-fund industry. It is a tale we have chronicled all year. As markets barrel into the end of the fourth quarter, it’s worth reviewing the highlights from this year to see if we can deduce what might be in store for the 2&20…Read More

Category: Hedge Funds

10 Monday AM Reads

This is the last full work week of the year before the holidays erupt. We got your over fresh reads, butter melting and ready to go: • Outlook 2015: Stick With the Bull (Barron’s) • How Crude Oil’s Global Collapse Unfolded (WSJ) see also This Hedge Fund’s Machines Are Making the Right Calls on Oil (Bloomberg)…Read More

Category: Financial Press

Hedge Fund Keeps Attracting Assets Despite Underperformance

Source: Yahoo Finance

Category: Hedge Funds, Media, Video

IMF: An Overview of Macroprudential Policy Tools

From IMF: “An Overview of Macroprudential Policy Tools”: Macroprudential policies – caps on loan to value ratios, limits on credit growth and other balance sheets restrictions, (countercyclical) capital and reserve requirements and surcharges, and Pigouvian levies – have become part of the policy paradigm in emerging markets and advanced countries alike. A long-standing puzzle in…Read More

Category: Economy, Think Tank

New Evidence: US Government Intentionally Lied Us Into Iraq War

Alleged Meeting Between 9/11 Hijacker and Iraqi Official Was Debunked by U.S. Intelligence Agencies Before It Was Trumpeted As War Justification … U.S. Pressured Czech Government to Lie There is extensive evidence that the U.S. government intentionally lied us into the Iraq war. Here’s a quick refresher: Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind reported that the…Read More

Category: Think Tank, War/Defense

Oil As A Weapon

Art Cashin of UBS shares the following observations from Don Coxe this past week. I thought it was interesting, and wanted to pass it along: “The incomparable Don Coxe, one of the very best observers and analysts of global commodities recently wrote this: Most observers thought the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) would cut…Read More

Category: Energy, War/Defense

Barron’s: “My Favorite Bloggers”

  Some kind words about your humble scribe in this week’s Barron’s: “But investors also need a top-down perspective on global economics and market mechanics from those with access to the powerful and/or influential. Two of my favorites are Nouriel Roubini and Barry Ritholtz, both seasoned market observers, well schooled in accounting, statistics, and other…Read More

Category: Media, Weblogs

10 Sunday Reads

My morning afternoon train reads: • This Week Was A Stark Reminder Of How Fast Good Stock Markets Can Turn Bad (Business Insider) but see It’s the waiting part that’s hard (Above the Market) • ‘My seven biggest investment regrets’ (Telegraph) • 122 Things Everyone Should Know About Investing and the Economy (Fool) • Some Cheerful Signs…Read More

Category: Financial Press