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Frontrunning: December 20

  • Trump wins Electoral College vote; a few electors break ranks (Reuters)
  • European Stocks Head for a One-Year High (BBG)
  • Japan's Central Bank Keeps Policy Unchanged, Upgrades Economic Outlook (BBG)
  • Russia and Turkey vow to keep detente on track after murder (FT)
  • The Political Implications of Events in Ankara and Berlin (BBG)

Frontrunning: December 19

  • Electoral college expected to officially select Trump (Reuters)
  • China says discussing return of undersea drone with U.S. military (Reuters)
  • Neutral PBOC Sets Up First U.S.-China Tightening Since 2006 (BBG)
  • Wall St sleepwalking into Trump volatility surge (FT)
  • Ukraine's largest bank rescued by state, prompts call for calm (Reuters)

2016 Facts And Figures Quiz

From Donald Trump’s unorthodox but successful campaign for President to the Brexit vote, popular votes shifted the course of global politics in ways very few could have imagined a year ago. Here is a brief quiz that highlights the year’s politics, developments in technology, and changes in the U.S. labor market/economic policy. 

Frontrunning: December 15

  • Yellen, Trump on the Same Page, for Now (WSJ)
  • Bond Rout Deepens After Fed Move (WSJ)
  • Dollar Climbs to Strongest Since 2003 on Fed Path; Bonds Drop (BBG)
  • Trump’s $6 Billion Cabinet: Mostly Men, Mostly White and Not Much Government Experience (BBG)
  • Trump’s Foreign Partners Expect to Benefit (WSJ)

Jeff Bezos Arrives At Trump Tower

While it will hardly generate as much excitement as Kanye West's unexpected arrival at the Trump Tower, moments ago Jeff Bezos, owner of Amazon and the Washington Post, a man many consider Trump's nemesis based on their "colored" past and Bezos' recent statement that Trump is 'eroding our democracy aroun the edges', arrived at Trump's 5th Avenue headquarters.

Amazon's Bezos Will Attend Trump's Tech Roundtable; Elon Musk No Longer "Too Busy", Will Also Attend

Update: *TESLA'S ELON MUSK SAID TO PLAN TO ATTEND TRUMP'S TECH MEETING

Despite the public spat between Amazon boss (and Washington Post owner) Jeff Bezos and the president-elect, the tech heavyweight has agreed to attend Trump's meeting of tech-industry executives this week. The roundtable is a who's who of anti-Trumpers including Apple's Tim Cook and Google's Eric Schmidt but there is one notable absence: Tesla's Elon Musk is unable to attend because he is too busy with work.

Satellite Imagery Reveals Sharp Retail Spending Slowdown After The Election

Defying consensus, JPM found retail spending activity trends "worsened post the election contrary to stock market moves and color from some management teams" when analyzing satellite image car counts at parking lots. It finds that this is "interesting as it is counter to prevailing thought."