January 11, 2018

Perspective

Reuters – Eastman Kodak unveils cryptocurrency, stock doubles – Noel Randewich 1/9

  • Really…

WSJ – Daily Shot: FactsMaps.com – US States Population Growth by Rate 1950-2016 1/9

Worthy Insights / Opinion Pieces / Advice

Economist – A small town in Japan doubles its fertility rate 1/9

  • “Subsidizing parenthood appears to work wonders.”

Economist – After a bumper 2017 will 2018 be kind to the financial markets? – Buttonwood 1/6

Markets / Economy

WSJ – Daily Shot: Advisor Perspectives – Buffett Indicators 1/9

Real Estate

Bloomberg Businessweek – Landlords Woo Startups With Built-In Clubs and Office Beers – Prashant Gopal and David M Levitt 1/5

  • “Stodgy office towers around the U.S. are getting millennial-friendly makeovers.”

Finance

MarketWatch – Ripple’s market cap cut in half as the cryptocurrency keeps falling – Victor Reklaitis 1/10

  • “Bitcoin falls below $14,000 while Ether coins rally.”

FT – China moves to shutter bitcoin mines – Gabriel Wildau 1/9

FT – US government bond sell-off gathers pace – Eric Platt and Robin Wigglesworth 1/10

  • “Ten-year yields near 2017 high as big bond investors declare the start of a new era.”

Environment / Science

UCSUSA.org: NOAA – U.S. 2017 Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disasters – Rachel Cleetus 1/8

China

Economist – China’s great firewall is rising 1/4

FT – Australia lashes out at China’s ‘useless’ Pacific projects – Mark Wembridge 1/10

  • “Canberra accuses Beijing of building roads to nowhere in developing nations.”

WSJ – Real News on Fake Data in China – Nathaniel Taplin 1/10

  • “There was some bad news from Inner Mongolia last week: Apparently its headline economic statistics are complete nonsense. The remote northern Chinese province, famous for its sweeping Midwest-like plains, said its 2016 industrial growth had been overstated by 40%, while government revenue was inflated a mere 26%.”
  • “The lesson is that Chinese GDP represents a reasonable long-term indicator of overall trends, but isn’t particularly helpful in capturing cyclical shifts, in part because figures from the more volatile, less diversified inland economies may be fudged during sharp slowdowns.”
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