Renaissance

The "Philippines' Donald Trump" Surprises Critics By Unleashing "Long-Term Economic Boom"

With statements like "I don't give a shit about... the son of a bitch United Nations", calling the US ambassador to his country an "Annoying, homosexual, son of a bitch" and even joking about gang rape, not to mention his radical policies including the killing of hundreds of drug dealers, the Philippines new president Rodrigo Duterte quickly got the nickname of the "Philippines' Donald Trump." More importantly, he is also seen as unleashing an unexpected "economic boom" success story.

US Manufacturing Flashes "Warning Light" As New Orders, Employment Tumble

Following the eurozone's disappointing drift lower in Manufacturing PMI (and weakness in German Services), August's US preliminary manufacturing PMI printed a disasppointing 52.1 (against expectations of 52.6). Weakness in Employment (lowest in 4 months) and New Orders underpin the drop from 52.9 to 52.1 as the 2 month hope-fueled bounce has faded...

The 10 Worst Places In America To Start A Business

Anywhere you start a business, it's going to be a gamble. More new businesses fail than succeed, according to the Kauffman Foundation. So it's important to set up in an area where the odds are in your favor. Some cities are more hospitable to business formation than others. Regulatory hurdles, tax rates, ease and cost of hiring, and cost of real estate are just some of the factors. Cities across the country are also dealing with demographic challenges, including population growth, an aging workforce and economic stagnation. Here are the worst 10 cities...

Could Trump Pull Off A Post-Party Coalition?

For the establishment, his billions mean nothing; Trump’s treated like a bum. Underneath all this sound and fury, something else is (quietly) going on. Powerful business interests discreetly supporting Trump – and away from the media circus — are convinced he’s got the road map to victory. The question is whether he may be able to tame his erratic behavior to seal the deal.

30 Years After The Disaster: Ukraine Plans Huge Solar Farm In Chernobyl

Energy independence, especially if you don’t particularly like the country you currently depend on, is a very strong motivator for the adoption of renewable energy. Ukraine has recently become a great case in point, after the announcement that it planned to turn part of the uninhabitable zone around the Chernobyl power plant into a large-scale solar farm.

The 50 Altered States Of American Housing

“I think we can let go of the idea that if builders build more homes, then somehow homes overall will be more affordable... We have a permanent housing inflation problem that started four decades ago and will not be easily cured by dithering with the inventory of larger homes.”

Democrats Accuse Russia Of Hacking DNC Server To Help Donald Trump

"What is disturbing to us is that experts are telling us that Russians broke into the DNC, stole these emails and other experts are now saying that the Russians are now releasing these emails for the purpose of actually helping Donald Trump. I don't think it's coincidental that these emails were released on the eve of our convention here and that's disturbing."

Turkish Central Bank Pledges "Unlimited Liquidity" On Bank Run Fears: Wall Street's Take

On Friday, the Turkish Lira suffered its biggest daily drop in 8 years, and added to its woes after having lost more than 40% of its value since the end of 2012. So in an attempt to stabilize the financial system, earlier today, in a terse, 7-bullet statement, Turkey’s central bank vowed to provide "unlimited liquidity" to banks, while Deputy Prime Minister Simsek said nation’s macroeconomic foundations remain “solid.” Meanwhile, Wall Street's analysts chimed in on what they expect to happen in the coming days.

The Counter-Coup Begins: Erdogan Purges 2,745 Judges, Prosecutors; Arrests Hundreds

Last night, a poorly organized, badly planned, quasi-coup took place in Turkey which led to Erdogan further retrenching his authoritarian position in the country. This morning, the president's own "counter-coup" began with the purdhing of 2,745 judges across the country, as well as the issuance of arrest warrants for 140 appeals court members. Erdogan's path to full, authoritarian power is now open.

Jim Simons' Atomic Effort To Thwart HFT

Rigged? The issue of being front run by nanosecond HFT has now become so prevalent that Jim Simons needs his own patented atomic clock system just to protect his trade execution timing!

Bill Gates And Other Billionaires Backing A Nuclear Renaissance

The nuclear reactors of tomorrow will not only be safer than the ones we already have – which are themselves safer than many believe – they will be much more efficient. Bill Gates’ TerraPower, for instance, has designed a traveling wave reactor, which utilizes nuclear waste. Another design, by two MIT researchers, again uses waste, mixed into molten salt. In short, the nuclear reactors of the future will utilize not just regular uranium but will take care of the waste as well – the same waste that raises so much concern among environmentalists and the general public.