POLITICS

The Wall Street Code

The Wall Street Code

“A thriller about a genius algorithm builder who dared to stand up against Wall Street. Haim Bodek, aka The Algo Arms Dealer. From the makers […]

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Stanley Druckenmiller on Entitlements, Strategy and the Fed

Stanley Druckenmiller on Entitlements, Strategy and the Fed

Hedge fund legend Stanley Druckenmiller was on Bloomberg yesterday discussing entitlements, strategy and the Fed. Druckenmiller’s presentation at Bowdoin College last May on “Generational Theft: […]

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Mixed Financial Outlook of Higher Education

Mixed Financial Outlook of Higher Education

The financial outlook for institutes of higher education remains mixed as revenue remains stagnant but costs continue to rise. There are certainly short-term obstacles, but […]

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Be Careful Where You Donate…

Be Careful Where You Donate…

Most people donate to charities with the expectation that a majority portion of the funds are directed towards supporting issues. Well, some charities are poorly managed […]

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HFT, Dark Pools and Market Complexity

HFT, Dark Pools and Market Complexity

I recently watched Ghost Exchange, a primer on the evolution of HFT and its impacts on various markets. Ghost Exchange covers the multitude of flash crashes and trading abnormalities […]

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GS on China’s Environmental Concerns

GS on China’s Environmental Concerns

Mark Schwartz, the vice chairman of Goldman Sachs and chairman of the firms Asia Pacific group, reviews China’s prospects for grappling with the country’s environmental issues strained […]

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A Labor Force Waiting For Its Ship to Come In

A Labor Force Waiting For Its Ship to Come In

Education is intended to be a direct channel to meaningful employment and prosperity at the individual, state, and federal levels, but the U.S. continues to […]

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Research & Development in the Mining Space

Research & Development in the Mining Space

Metalysis is a firm that is creating an innovative way to produce a variety of metals at significantly lower cost. Somewhat similar to the Hall […]

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Milken Institute Conference – Global Overview

Milken Institute Conference – Global Overview

The Milken Institute Global 2013 Conference is currently underway (Apr 28 – May 1) and features a powerhouse list of industry leaders as speakers. Yesterdays lunch panel […]

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Conflicting Views: Gateway Pacific Terminal

Photo: Paul Anderson

We have some critical decisions to make as elections quickly approach. This is an issue that WILL affect our local economy and daily lives, regardless of the path chosen. My hope in presenting this information is to spur a discussion to better understand what route we should take.

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Bitcoin Plummets

Bitcoin Plummets

Did the bubble just pop? Chart via Markets.Blockchain.info UPDATE: Market has slightly recovered, last trade at $168.253   [Photo: poopoorama/Flickr]

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Chinese & Korean Turmoil: Impact on Tech Production

Chinese & Korean Turmoil: Impact on Tech Production

Jason Perlow, Senior Tech Editor at ZDNet, raises a pressing concern that many have yet to consider: How will Chinese and Korean instability affect technology production? Perlow outlines country specific […]

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The Not So Safe “Savings” Account

The Not So Safe “Savings” Account

It seems the model for recapitalize failing financial institutions has changed from spreading the liability across taxpayers to raiding depositors. In a recent note from […]

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Climate Change Paradox

Climate Change Paradox

Allan Savory challenges traditional understandings of climate change and desertification in a recent TED presentation. As demand for necessities (food, water, shelter) exponentially grow, holistic grazing tactics are […]

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Greed is Good?

Greed is Good?

Milton Friedman challenges the belief that capitalism and greed are bad characteristics of the American economy in an 1979 interview with Phil Donahue. Given events over […]

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An Open Letter to Mary Jo White

An Open Letter to Mary Jo White

Reposted from the Themis Trading Blog: Dear Mary Jo, Congratulations on your nomination for SEC Chairman.  As you may know, we at Themis Trading are, and […]

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Fiscal Cliff Solution: Sell Alaska

Photo: NatGeo

Yes, you read that correctly. Steven Mufson of the Washington Post recently discussed such a possibility in his article To solve our debt problems, let’s sell Alaska. Mufson runs through a list of buyers that include Alaskans, Russians, Chinese, Donald Trump, and Middle East Sovereign Wealth Funds.

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House Speaker Boehner on Fiscal Cliff

House Speaker Boehner on Fiscal Cliff

John Boehner and Eric Cantor speak at a news conference on the fiscal cliff issue

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Cost of Public Servants

Cost of Public Servants

The first article in Bloomberg’s America’s Great State Payroll Giveaway series gives depressing insight on inadequate government controls and over the top compensation of public employees across the nation. California leads the way with the average public salary of $60,317 and total overtime pay of $963,900,000!

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REAL U.S. Debt is $86.8 Trillion

REAL U.S. Debt is $86.8 Trillion

Chris Cox and Bill Archer wrote an awesome article on the true US debt, which most calculate around $16T. They make the argument that the majority of government liabilities are excluded from this number and, under common business regulation, should be disclosed. The problem stems from entitlements and if these outstanding liabilities were fully disclosed the federal deficit would more accurately reflect $86.8 trillion or about 550% of GDP.

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