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Turbo Encabulator

Gotta get me one of these (hat tip ES)…

For more, see the Wikipedia offerings on Turboencabulator and Technobabble.

Friday Morning Links

MUST READS
German MPs back Greek loan extension – BBC
Greek protesters clash with police in first backlash against Syriza – Reuters
Forget Greece, Japan is the world’s real economic time bomb – Fortune
Cyprus praises Russia, lets in warships – euobserver
Russia’s Insider Traders Know Putin’s Plans – Bloomberg
Cash-strapped Ukraine struggles to keep Russia gas supplies – AP
Why Millennials Aren’t Moving Out Of Their Parents’ Homes – Bloomberg
First German Edition of Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ Since 1945 Stirs Old Feelings – Vice News
The FCC Just Voted to Regulate the Internet Like a Utility – reason.com
That Awkward Moment When Stocks Rise While Profits Fall – Bloomberg
Saudis’ Oil Price War Is Paying Off – Bloomberg
America’s trading desks are imploding – Quartz

MARKETS/INVESTING
Global stocks lackluster ahead of revised US growth figures – AP
10 Things to Know About Negative Bond Yields – Bloomberg
Will there ever be another correction? – MarketWatch
As Hedge Fund Returns Falter, Money Continues to Flow In – NY Times
Buffett, a cheerleader for America, takes his checkbook abroad – Reuters
Oil rebounds, with Brent set for biggest monthly gain since 2009 – MarketWatch
U.K. Bonds World’s Worst in Biggest Monthly Decline Since 2009 – Bloomberg
Gold down on strong shares, set for biggest monthly loss since Sept – Reuters
UBS Chinese Gold Demand Nothing Exceptional After Lunar New Year – Kitco
Apple buying a third of world’s gold to meet demand for iWatch – Mining.com

ECONOMY/WORLD/HOUSING/BANKING
Technology is not a job killer – CNBC
CPI Really Didn’t Cooperate – Alhambra Partners
Why Is Korea Inc. Going Shopping? – Bloomberg
India sees growth over 8 percent, set for ‘big bang’ reforms – AP
Nigel Farage Roils U.K. Politics as Anti-Immigration Tide Surges – Bloomberg
China’s Neighbors Bolster Militaries Despite Charm Offensive – WSJ
Chinese House Prices Falling At A Faster Rate Than In The US Pre-recession – Reuters
Jim Cramer on the Housing Market: The Boom Under the Radar – The Street
Reforming the Fed: Who’s Right; Who’s Wrong? – Wall Street on Parade
100 Reasons Why the Fed hould Be Audited – Zero Hedge

 

Interest Rates are Kinda Low

From this item at Business Insider the other day via the Bank of England and Citigroup comes the graphic below depicting just how interesting these times are, interest rate-wise.

Sourced from the Babylonian empire to Greece, the Roman Empire, Byzantium, Netherlands, Italy, the U.K., the U.S. – it’s a veritable stroll through monetary history…

Thursday Morning Links

MUST READS
Yellen navigates tricky path on interest rates – AP
House Republicans Intensify Attacks on Federal Reserve – NY Times
Greece to stop privatisations as Syriza faces backlash on deal – Telegraph
When do we decide that Europe must restructure much of its debt? – CFM
Ukraine heaps on economic pressure as central bank confuses – Reuters
Russia could cut off gas to Ukraine by ‘end of week’ – AP
Morgan Stanley agrees $2.6 billion settlement – CNN/Money
Opinion: J.P. Morgan’s real size advantage – MarketWatch
‘Irresponsible’ Millennials Saving More Than Anyone Else – Fiscal Times
How Obamacare’s Tax Complications Are Playing Out – WSJ
Obamacare’s Vending Machine Power Grab – e21
Domestic Fear Is the Price of Empire – reason.com

MARKETS/INVESTING
Stocks hit new record as cheap money reigns – Reuters
Japan stocks touch 15-year high again – MarketWatch
Goldman Employees Reap $2B From 2008 Options – Bloomberg
Stock-market crash of 2016: The countdown begins – MarketWatch
Treasuries Climb for Fifth Day as Analysts Chop Yield Forecasts – Bloomberg
Gold rises 1 pct on U.S. rate hike view, Chinese buying – Reuters
Bank of England Admits 22% of Austria’s Gold is Gone – Daily Coin
Have the big banks been manipulating gold and silver prices? – Mineweb
Austria Expresses Concern Over Their Gold At BOE – BullionStar
The world’s top 10 gold producers – Mining.com

ECONOMY/WORLD/HOUSING/BANKING
The dog that did not bark – The Money Illusion
Deflation, Growth & The Next Recession – Capital Spectator
It’s official: NSA spying is hurting the US tech economy – ZDNet
Emerging Economies’ Demographic Challenge – Bloomberg
Euro-Area Consumers Help Recovery as Confidence Rises – Bloomberg
German consumer confidence at new high as energy costs drop – Washington Post
Spanish Consumers Drive Recovery as Exports Plateau – Bloomberg
New-Home Sales Are Surging. Why Aren’t Existing Homes As Hot? – WSJ
Lure of Wall Street Cash Said to Skew Credit Ratings – Bloomberg
The U.S. Federal Reserve and Shared Prosperity – The Globalist

 
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