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22 октября, 19:00

These Companies Want You To Live In Space

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  Over the past few decades, the International Space Station has allowed astronauts to live, work and conduct research in microgravity. But with the station’s planned retirement by 2030, private companies are being asked to create the next generation of space habitat. (Source: Bloomberg)   Source: Bloomberg   The post These Companies Want You To Live In Space appeared first on The Big Picture.

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22 октября, 13:30

10 Tuesday AM Reads

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My Two-for-Tuesday morning train reads: • China doubles value of infrastructure project approvals to stave off economic slowdown amid trade war (South China Morning Post) see also What Chipmakers Tell Us About the Great Global Unwinding (Businessweek) • China’s Sneakerheads Chase 6,600% Returns Flipping Air Jordans (Bloomberg) • Motives Creating Negative Yields (Integrating Investor) see also… Read More The post 10 Tuesday AM Reads appeared first on The Big Picture.

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21 октября, 20:00

MIB: Vanguard’s Fran Kinniry on Investor’s Alpha

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Can you generate “Alpha” outside of your stock selection or market timing? Yes, and lots of it. That is according to Fran Kinniry, Global Head of Portfolio Construction at the Vanguard Group. In 2001, Kinniry’s team created the concept of “Investor’s Alpha” based on the idea that professional advice can add substantially to the individual… Read More The post MIB: Vanguard’s Fran Kinniry on Investor’s Alpha appeared first on The Big Picture.

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21 октября, 16:21

Money Buys Some Happiness; Health Buys You More

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Can money buy happiness? Two centuries’ worth of books suggest it can Source: The Economist     This is a fascinating look at a topic we have discussed many times before: What exactly is happiness, and how does money relate to that? The issue with many attempts to measure happiness or well-being is that too… Read More The post Money Buys Some Happiness; Health Buys You More appeared first on The Big Picture.

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21 октября, 13:30

10 Monday AM Reads

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My back to work morning train reads: • If you’re so smart, why aren’t you rich? Turns out it’s just chance. (MIT Technology Review) • The shoe industry is at war with itself over stolen design (Fast Company) • Meet the Buffett bot: quant fund tries to crack the ‘value’ code (Financial Times) • Netflix… Read More The post 10 Monday AM Reads appeared first on The Big Picture.

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20 октября, 19:00

Transcript: Fran Kinniry

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     The transcript from this week’s MIB: Vanguard’s Fran Kinniry, Global Head of Portfolio Construction at the Vanguard Group, is below. You can stream/download the full conversation, including the podcast extras on Apple iTunes, Overcast, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Bloomberg, and Stitcher. All of our earlier podcasts on your favorite pod hosts can be found here. ~~~   VOICE-OVER: This is… Read More The post Transcript: Fran Kinniry appeared first on The Big Picture.

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20 октября, 14:00

10 Sunday Reads

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My easy like Sunday morning policy reads: • Reconsidering the Advice in 3 Popular Personal Finance Books (New York Times) • When Medical Debt Collectors Decide Who Gets Arrested: Welcome to Coffeyville, Kansas, where the judge has no law degree, debt collectors get a cut of the bail, and Americans are watching their lives —… Read More The post 10 Sunday Reads appeared first on The Big Picture.

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20 октября, 13:00

The Debate

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What kind of crazy, fucked-up world do we live in where Bernie Sanders has a heart attack and comes back stronger than ever? One in which Elizabeth Warren is busy snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. The best line of the night? When Bernie said what the people want, that 71% want Medicare For… Read More The post The Debate appeared first on The Big Picture.

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19 октября, 16:30

MIB: Vanguard’s Fran Kinniry

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Our guest this week is Fran Kinniry, principal in Investment Strategy Group, and Global Head of Portfolio Construction at the Vanguard Group, where he is responsible for capital market research, portfolio design, development of customized investment solutions, investment market commentary and research. He is a chartered financial analyst and earned his master’s in business administration… Read More The post MIB: Vanguard’s Fran Kinniry appeared first on The Big Picture.

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19 октября, 13:30

10 Weekend Reads

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The weekend is here! Pour yourself a mug of Dark Matter coffee, grab a seat on the aisle, and get ready for our longer form weekend reads: • The life and death of an internet monetary meme: Average life expectancy for a fiat currency? Not 27 years (JP Koning) • Economist Mariana Mazzucato has demonstrated… Read More The post 10 Weekend Reads appeared first on The Big Picture.

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19 октября, 03:00

Talking Heads Songs As Midcentury Pulp Novels

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    I really like this discussion of the Talking Heads. All of the imagery is delightfully retro + post-modern. It is an offbeat romp by “graphic-arts prankster” Todd Alcott who turns popular songs into midcentury book covers, posters, magazine covers, and other pieces of non-musical graphic design. I especially enjoyed the Douglas Coupland “Turing… Read More The post Talking Heads Songs As Midcentury Pulp Novels appeared first on The Big Picture.

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18 октября, 23:00

Succinct Summation of Week’s Events 10.18.19

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Succinct Summations for the week ending October 18th, 2019 Positives: 1. Housing market index rose 3 points in October from 68 to 71. 2. Jobless claims rose from 210k to 214k w/o/w, remaining at very low levels. 3. Home refinance apps rose for a second straight week at 4.0% w/o/w. 4. Philly Fed Business Outlook… Read More The post Succinct Summation of Week’s Events 10.18.19 appeared first on The Big Picture.