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    US Consumer is De-leveraging

    Story Source But as you can see, its all mortgage debt that is coming off; Consumer credit is growing: CLICK HERE to join ShakaBot and get exclusive offers! Source: Deutsche Bank Research

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    The U.S. Spends More Public Money on Healthcare Than Sweden or Canada

    Story Source Every time I see the chart below (or some variation of it) I find myself astonished: The American health care system is broken; we spend more than twice what other developed countries do but get worse results. We have allowed pharmaceutical companies to wildly overcharge for their services — not for developing drugs, […]

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    What Ten Million Simulations Tell Us about President Trump’s Chances of Achieving 3-Percent Economic Growth

    Story Source What Ten Million Simulations Tell Us about President Trump’s Chances of Achieving 3-Percent Economic GrowthJason FurmanPIIE, May 23, 2017 President Donald Trump’s budget is premised on the projection that the United States will be able to raise its long-run economic growth rate to 3 percent a year. This rate allows the budget to […]

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    Barrons: Who’s Afraid of Amazon? 9 Surprising Retail Winners

    Story Source Interesting, from Barron’s: Creative destruction has defined the retailing business since the moment after its birth. Today it bears the face of Jeffrey Bezos and the name Amazon.com, the internet-based retailer Bezos founded in 1994 that changed the way America shops, and even lives. As Amazon has grown into a behemoth, traditional retailers […]

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    The Evolution of OTC Derivatives Markets

    Story Source At the N.Y. Fed: The Evolution of OTC Derivatives MarketsNina Boyarchenko, Or Shachar, and Jacqueline YenLiberty Street Economics, May 12, 2017 The 2007-09 financial crisis highlighted weaknesses in the over‑the‑counter (OTC) derivatives markets and the increased risk of contagion due to the interconnectedness of market participants in these markets. As a response, the […]

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    MIB: Marc Andreessen, Venture Capitalist at A16Z

    Story Source This week on our Masters in Business radio podcast, we sit down with venture capitalist Marc Andreessen of Andreessen Horowitz. Andreessen has embraced blogs, Twitter and podcasts to educate entrepreneurs about their industry. This is de rigeur among venture investing, but no firms seems to have embraced it as aggressively as A16Z. About that: A16Z, as its […]

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    BMW R1200R

    Story Source Weather is nice out — this looks like it could be a fun ride on a day like today: CLICK HERE to join ShakaBot and get exclusive offers! Source: Classic Driver

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    50th Anniversary Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

    Story Source I am not sure if I need the “Super Deluxe Edition,” but this set of 4 Audio CDs, a Blu-Ray/DVD and a 144-page hardback book looks pretty cool. This set gets released on May 26, 2017; videos after the jump: Previously: Sgt Pepper at 40 Years Click for full Amazon info  Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts […]

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    If America Were a Company, Would You Keep Trump as CEO?

    Story Source Businessweek asks the ultimate business question about a businessman who became “CEO president” promising to run the country like a business, as he did with all of his personal businesses: Would You Let Trump Run Your Company? Of all the ways to measure Trump, judging him as a chief executive would seem to be fairest: […]