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Think Like A Corleone

"If you think the government, its friends, and those who pull its strings have your best interests at heart, that they tell the truth, that they can be trusted, you are living in a fool’s paradise and deserve whatever you get from your “benevolent” masters. For the rest of us, it’s time to go Sicilian, to start thinking like a Corleone. The dangers will intensify as things get much worse, before collapse offers the prospect of rebuilding something better."

Frontrunning: August 21

  • Trump to present vision for U.S. strategy in Afghanistan war (Reuters)
  • Trump Struggles to Move Past Bannon, Starting With Afghanistan (BBG)
  • Final Plans Under Way as Solar Eclipse Nears (WSJ)
  • Yellen, Draghi Head to Jackson Hole Amid Inflation Unease (BBG)
  • Cohn Solidifies Lead in Race to Replace Yellen, Economists Say (BBG)

Frontrunning: August 17

  • Trump policy doubts, weak inflation to weigh on Wall Street (Reuters)
  • Trump Remarks on Violent Rally Rattle Aides, Risk Agenda (WSJ)
  • Trump blasts Republican senators over Charlottesville criticism (Reuters)
  • Trump's crisis spurs talk of White House departures (Reuters)
  • Apple denounces neo-Nazis as Spotify bans ‘white power’ tracks (Guardian)

Korean War Part II: Why It's Probably Going To Happen

"...if we are to believe the latest polls, unfortunately, one thing is clear: The American people, on both sides of the political spectrum, are becoming more galvanized around supporting a potential conflict with North Korea... For the establishment, war is a winning sell, at least for now."

Frontrunning: August 16

  • White House braces for fallout from Trump remarks (Reuters)
  • Trump Drags GOP Onto Dangerous Ground, This Time Over Race (BBG)
  • Trump Gives White Supremacists an Unequivocal Boost (NYT)
  • Trump orders faster permitting on infrastructure projects (Reuters)
  • Trump’s U.S. Senate Pick Advances in Alabama Republican Race (BBG)

Euro Turmoils After ECB Walks Back Draghi Jackson Hole Appearance

The Euro whipsawed after Reuters "Trial ballooned" that contrary to a previous report by theWSJ, the ECB's Mario Draghi will not deliver a new policy message at the upcoming Jackson Hole conference, tempering expectations for the bank to start charting the course out of stimulus, and rallying European bonds as fears of an imminent taper have been pushed back once again.

Visualizing The Diversity Of The Tech Industry

With the recent leak of the “Google Manifesto” and the maelstrom of media backlash that followed, it seems that concerns around diversity in the technology industry have finally reached a boiling point. The following infographic breaks down the demographics of 23 major tech companies, based on statistics from 2016...

What David Tepper Bought And Sold In Q2: The Full Breakdown

What was most notable about Tapper's Q2 holdings is that in addition to boosting several key tech names, as well as opening a new $500+ million position in Alibaba, he took his total long equity holdings to just over $6.7 billion as of June 30, up from $6.1 billion at the end of March, the highest net long exposure since September 2014.