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Opening Bell: 9.20.17

Guggenheim is in hot water; bitcoin's split could split again; quit your hedge fund and run for governor; a "Mad Pooper" is terrorizing Colorado; and more.

“This Is Where The Next Financial Crisis Will Come From”

“This Is Where The Next Financial Crisis Will Come From” By Zero Hedge In an extensive, must-read report published on Monday by Deutsche Bank's Jim Reid, the credit strategist unveiled an extensive analysis of the "Next Financial Crisis",...Show More Summary

Go to Austin for outsized adventures

Finding awe in Austin Austin, Texas, is the “place where people, music and food collide with great passion,” says Manfred Lassahn, executive chef at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa. Lassahn – who loves to travel to see friends, explore new places, “and, of course, eat” – is an Austin booster. He enjoys […]

Frontrunning: September 20

Fed Poised to Set Portfolio Reduction Plan in Motion (WSJ) Dollar close to 2015 lows as conflicted Fed prepares policy update (WSJ) The Risk of a New Economic Non-Order (El-Erian) A last, last chance: Republicans strain for Obamacare...Show More Summary

Ethics panel still not inspiring confidence

More than 15 months on, and we finally have a county Ethics Commission — sort of. Last week, the Board of Supervisors approved the third member, Todd Spitzer’s nominee, retired Superior Court Judge Barbara Tam Nomoto-Schumann. The five-person commission now has the quorum required to hold its first meeting, as reported by Voice of OC. […]

Redondo Beach halts mixed-use developments for 10 months amid residents' backlash

The Redondo Beach City Council has placed a nearly one-year moratorium on mixed-use development, a move that comes amid a statewide housing shortage driving up rents and home prices. The 10-month ban, which passed unanimously Tuesday evening, puts a brake on projects that combine retail and office...

If Your Password Hygiene Sucks, This Password Manager Will Tell On You

Nearly half of surveyed employees use personal passwords for company accounts–a big no-no, says password manager maker Dashlane. It’s some of the most common security advice on the internet: Never use the same password between different accounts. Read Full Story

Massages, Pet Cloning, And Other Amazing Perks You’ll Want To Quit Your Job For

In the war for talent, some companies are going above and beyond to entice employees to join and stay on staff. Dream jobs aren’t just about inspirational day-to-day responsibilities. Among the best companies to work for in 2017,  job...Show More Summary

Need to send something from Amazon back? Some Kohl's to offer free returns

Kohl's will start accepting returns for Amazon at some of its stores in Los Angeles and Chicago starting next month.        

Uncertainty Wednesday: Weather - Climate

Last Uncertainty Wednesday I introduced how think about weather using the concepts we have developed in this series. We saw that our improved data collection and ability to process more complicated weather models has given us significantly improved predictions. Show More Summary

The Morning After: Mexican Earthquake Leaves Over 248 Dead, Millions Without Electricity

Across central Mexico, rescue workers including soldiers and volunteers worked late into the night Tuesday to free the living who were still trapped in the rubble of collapsed buildings following Mexico's deadliest earthquake in more...Show More Summary

Bill Blain: "We’ve Heard JPM Traders Bragging In The Pub How Much They’ve Made From Bitcoin"

Submitted by Bill Blain of Mint Partners Blain’s Morning Porridge – September 20th 2017 “New Car, caviar, four star daydream, think I’ll buy me a football team….” Will they? Won’t they? I’m not talking about Donald’s playground bluster about nuking North Korea back to the 1950s. Show More Summary


I was talking with a lawyer a few weeks ago about a story that had made national news. He had no difficulty with the conduct because he'd analyzed the matter and had found no legal problem. When I cited a multitude of management blunders, his response was along the lines of, "Oh, those. Show More Summary

The Trump administration is making it difficult for skilled workers to come to the U.S.

The administration has challenged more H-1B skilled visa applicants at a higher rate than any in the past 8 years, Reuters reports. H-1B visas allow skilled foreign workers to come to the U.S. for a job. They’re typically granted to workers in the tech, healthcare, and education sectors. Show More Summary

Strange Vending Machines That Japanese People Find Surprising

Deserved or not, Japan has long had a reputation for its weird vending machines. What do Japanese people think about vending machines in other countries? Deserved or not, Japan has long had a reputation for being the home of weird and wacky vending machines. Show More Summary

Getting out of San Francisco:  83 percent of Bay Area renters plan to leave the area before settling down.

San Francisco real estate continues to operate in a land of full on self-indulged delusion and pseudo-tech worship.  I travel to the Bay Area and San Francisco often and the amount of self-delusion when it comes to real estate is amazing.  You will find all of these convoluted justifications as to why a crap shack […]

11 Percent of Americans Think Bitcoin is Illegal, But Business Use Growing

Blame the cryptocurrency label, perhaps, but a surprising number of people in the US believe owning Bitcoin is illegal. Are bitcoins legal? Find out.

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