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Noted for Your Lunchtime Procrastination for April 18, 2015

Must- and Should-Reads: Barry Eichengreen: [Europe’s Poisoned Chalice of Growth](http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/europe-growth-reform-by-barry-eichengreen-2015-04) Must-Read: Ricardo J. Caballero and Emmanuel Farhi: [The...Show More Summary

'Are We Kidding Ourselves on Competition?'

This seems implausible to me, yet there seems to be evidence for it: Are we kidding ourselves on competition?, by Joshua Gans:...Consider a situation where there are 10 firms in a market and they compete with one another. Now...

Robert A. Heinlein, Civil Rights, Market Pressure, and Right-Libertarian "Freedom"

On [Robert A. Heinlein](https://medium.com/@delong/weekend-reading-robert-a-heinlein-letter-for-f-m-busby-on-freedom-and-race-relations-127e20c16016) (1964): >So the banker is the son of a bitch in the deal--Or is he, now? Bankers never handle their own money to any important extent; they are custodians of other people’s money. Show More Summary

Pivotal Moment for Stocks

The decline this week did not quite break the long term trendline from the 2009 low, but it’s sitting right there. Click here to download complete report in pdf format (Professional Edition Subscribers). Try the Professional Edition risk free for thirty days. If, within that time, you don’t find the information useful, I will give…

Recession in Oil Patch Red States This Year?

[Over at Equitable Growth:][1] In the Oil Patch, probably yes--lost demand from the failure to expand Medicaid is likely to push them over the edge and into recession. Elsewhere it will be close, but probably not: Ezra Klein: [The Anti-Obamacare...Show More Summary

Schedule for Week of April 19, 2015

The key economic reports this week are March new home sales on Thursday and existing home sales on Wednesday. ----- Monday, April 20th ----- 8:30 AM ET: Chicago Fed National Activity Index for March. This is a composite index of other data. Show More Summary

Dwight David Eisenhower Liveblogs World War II: April 18, 1945: Letter to Marshall on Concentration Camps and Other Subjects

Dwight David Eisenhower: >DDE/nmr >18 April 1945 >Dear General [Marshall]: >Today I forwarded to the Combined Chiefs of Staff the essentials of my future plans. In a word, what I am going to do now that the western enemy is split into...Show More Summary

Weekend Reading: Robert A. Heinlein: Letter for F.M. Busby on Freedom and Race Relations

The Heinlein Foundation appears to have taken down its [Virginia Edition Sample](http://web.archive.org/web/20130701140830/http://www.virginiaedition.com/ve/TheVirginiaEdition-sample.pdf). Here's the letter to F.M. Busby from it: >EDITOR’S...Show More Summary

Weekend Reading: David Gerrold: Science-Fictional Sad Puppies

David Gerrold: [Science-Fictional Sad Puppies](https://www.facebook.com/david.gerrold/posts/10205360779551319?pnref=story): "I have been following the whole sad puppy/rabid puppy thing for a long time... >...long enough that I am seriously...Show More Summary

Fitch Postpones Russian Ratings Review on Improved Data

According to the Russian Finance Minister, Anton Siluanov, Fitch postponed formal ratings review and held Russian ratings at BBB-

Money Printing And The Bane Of Financial Engineering—–How The Biggest LBO In History Blew-Up

Financial engineering is one of the worst ills perpetuated by the Fed’s regime of cheap debt and money market subsidies for speculation. And these deformations are turbo-charged by the tax code which creates a powerful bias toward loading capital structures with tax deductible debt, and to delivering returns as lightly taxed capital gain rather than…

La Lista Loca – Part 1

The biggest centers of money laundering and terrorist funding in the world are UK banks and UK-related tax havens in the Caribbean and Channel Islands.

Freddie Mac May Move STACR Program Entirely to Actual Loss

I have been wondering when Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were going to expand their risk-sharing mortgage-backed securities offerings.

NBER Annual Conference on Macroeconomics: Abstracts for Day Two

First paper: Declining Desire to Work and Downward Trends in Unemployment and Participation, by Regis Barnichon and Andrew Figura: Abstract The US labor market has witnessed two apparently unrelated trends in the last 30 years: a decline in unemployment between...

Explaining the Dearth of Private Investment

From Vox EU: Explaining the dearth of private investment, by Aqib Aslam, Samya Beidas-Strom, Daniel Leigh, Seok Gil Park, Hui Tong: Business investment in advanced economies contracted sharply during the global crisis and has recovered little since. This column argues...

Moneywatch: Stock market dives; Star Wars video game unleashed

Stocks took a big step back Friday. Several large U.S. companies reported disappointed earnings. And there are concerns that Greece may default on its debt. Wendy Gillette tells us more.

How to avoid common home buying mistakes

The combination of underlying strength in the labor market and affordable mortgage rate is expected to bring more first time home buyers into the market this spring. Jill Schlesinger reports on common mistakes and how to avoid them.

Explaining the dearth of private investment

Business investment in advanced economies contracted sharply during the global crisis and has recovered little since. This column argues that the main factor holding back investment is overall economomic weakness. In some countries other contributing factors include financial constraints and policy uncertainty. Show More Summary

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