November 10, 2017

Perspective

Pew – How U.S. refugee resettlement in each state has shifted since 2002 – Jynnah Radford 11/2

  • Animation

WSJ – Daily Shot: Convoy Investments – Rise and Fall of Some Famous Asset Bubbles 11/9

Worthy Insights / Opinion Pieces / Advice

NYT – How to Reduce Shootings – Nicholas Kristof and Bill Marsh 11/6

NYT – Want Kids, a Degree or a Home? The Tax Bill Would Cost You – The Editorial Board

  • “An immense tax giveaway to the rich will hurt everyone else. Here’s how.”

Markets / Economy

WSJ – Daily Shot: Yardeni Research – Investor Bulls vs Bears 11/7

Real Estate

Business Insider – Zillow: America’s red-hot housing market is a bit of a problem – Akin Oyedele 11/8

  • “The recovery in US house prices since the recession has created a so-called seller’s market.” 
  • “In this part of the cycle, housing inventory is tight, especially in big cities where there’s plenty of demand. But buyers in these markets are getting stretched as prices climb above their prerecession highs and choices remain limited.”  

Energy

WSJ – Daily Shot: OPEC – Growth in energy demand by fuel type and region 11/9

WSJ – Daily Shot: OPEC – Energy demand next five years 11/9

Finance

WSJ – Daily Shot: LCD – Cov-Lite European Leveraged Loans 11/9

China

WSJ – Daily Shot: BMI Research – China Wealth Management Products 11/9

  • “Beijing’s deleveraging drive is having an impact on wealth management products (WMPs).”

Europe

FT – Germany creates third gender in ruling hailed as ‘revolution’ – Tobias Buck 11/8

  • “Germans will in future be able to register officially as neither male or female, after the country’s constitutional court issued a ruling establishing a third gender option that was hailed by intersex campaigners as a ‘revolution’.”

South America

FT – Venezuela inches closer to a formal default – Robin Wigglesworth 11/9

  • “Venezuela is closer to a formal default on its debts, with a global derivatives body set to rule on whether credit insurance should be paid out after a crucial payment deadline missed by state-backed oil company PDVSA.”
  • “Venezuela and PDVSA are legally separate entities, so PDVSA’s default would not trigger Venezuelan CDS or a Venezuelan sovereign default. But there are myriad other overdue interest payments by both borrowers, and unless the money appears soon then Venezuela will be in formal default on all its international bonds.”
  • “Venezuela has summoned bondholders for negotiations in Caracas on November 13, but the talks are expected to yield little. Indeed, US investors will be wary of even attending, given that the person leading the Venezuelan side of the talks, vice-president Tareck El Aissami, has been sanctioned by the US Treasury as an alleged drug smuggler.”
  • “None of the big rating agencies have formally declared a default yet, but S&P Global Ratings on Monday lowered the country’s rating to CC, the second-lowest rung possible, and said there was a 50% chance of a default within three months.”

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