New York Stock Exchange

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All is not perfect in this surreal stock market as nerves begin to jitter and bulls begin to sound like bears. Yet, euphoria continues to push prices to new heights past omens and disasters and in spite of failed legislation.

Frontrunning: November 6

  • Gunman kills 26 in Texas (Reuters)
  • Trump Urges Japan to Buy More U.S. Military Equipment (WSJ)
  • Ex-Catalan leader granted freedom to campaign for independence (Reuters)
  • House begins revising Republican tax bill to quell dissent (Reuters)
  • Why the Next Four Days Will Be Crucial for the GOP Tax Bill (BBG)
  • Broadcom offers to buy mobile chipmaker Qualcomm for $103 billion (Reuters)

Frontrunning: October 23

  • Trump Backs GOP Incumbents, Hinting at Bannon Conflict (WSJ)
  • Japan's Abe to push pacifist constitution reform after strong election win (Reuters)
  • Yellen Says Fed May Need to Use Unconventional Policy Again Some Day (WSJ)
  • Big money shies from booming bitcoin (Reuters)
  • This Big Tax Cut for ‘High Fliers’ Shows Why an Overhaul Is So Hard (BBG)

Robert Shiller: 1987 Could Happen Again

"Oct. 19, 1987, was one of the worst days in stock market history. Thirty years later, it would be comforting to believe it couldn’t happen again. We are still at risk, however: That kind of panic can certainly happen again."

The Cost Of Delusion - Asset Prices & Monetary Policy In An Irrational World

"The lesson for investors is that much of the picture presented today in prices for various assets classes is an illusion foisted upon us all by reckless central bankers. Yellen and her colleagues seem to think that they can spin straw into gold by manipulating markets and asset prices..."

Government By Goldman

"...now Cohn’s in charge of the economy and talking about eliminating financial reform and basically putting the country back to where it was in 2005, as if 2008 didn’t happen. I’ve started the countdown clock to the next financial crash, which will make the last one look mild."

Frontrunning: September 12

  • Trump Plans Aggressive Road Show to Sell Tax Overhaul (BBG)
  • Trump to weigh more aggressive U.S. strategy on Iran (Reuters)
  • Florida Turns to Recovery as Irma Moves North (WSJ)
  • What to Expect at Apple’s Biggest Event in Years (BBG)
  • A $150 Billion Misfire: How Forecasters Got Irma Damage So Wrong (BBG)

Economists Are The New Astrologers

"...because economics models are mostly useless and cannot predict the future with any sort of certainty, then centrally directing an economy would be effectively like flying blind... If economics is unable to provide bureaucrats with the ability to effectively guide and control an economy, the best alternative would be to turn it back over the market."

Volatility Makes A Comeback

"The strategy of selling volatility has been so profitable that promoters tout it to investors as a source of 'steady, low-risk income'... Nothing could be further from the truth..."