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The 10 Most Interesting Predictions From 2018 Forecasts

Via Nicholas Colas of DataTrekResearch, Tis the season for predictions… In fact, it seems to us that the requisite crystal ball gazing gets more popular every year. A nice compact list of bite-sized thoughts makes for easy social media sharing, after all. But the really interesting thing to us is not “What” a person or organization […]

“Wreaking Havoc” – HP Installs System-Slowing Spyware On Its PCs Without Consent

Authored by Mac Slavo via SHTFplan.com, On the heels of Lenovo’s massive $3.5 million fine for preinstalling adware on laptops without users‘ consent, Hewlett-Packard is jumping in with both feet when it comes to installing spyware on its PCs without the consumer’s permission. According to numerous reports gathered by Computer World, the brand is deploying a telemetry client (a system data that […]

“I Was Expecting Many More People”: Black Friday Tumbles To 3rd Spot In Busiest Shopping Days Of The Year

It has been an odd year for retail: with an estimated 6,000 store closures, and 65,000 fewer retail jobs than at the start of the year, many have said shorting retail, and especially malls, is the next “big short” trade. Indeed, one look at the performance of the mall heavy CMBX 6 BBB- tranche confirms […]

Caught On Tape: Chaos, Multiple Fights Break Out Among “Black Friday Zombies”

It’s Black Friday, and in keeping with the Holiday weekend tradition, media commentator Mark Dice traveled to Wal-Marts and other stores to document the “zombie apocalypse” of half-awake consumers hell-bent on elbowing past their peers so they can be sure to get the best deals on electronics, books, video games, clothes and any number of […]

How Economics Failed The Economy

Authored by Umair Haque via Eudaimonia blog, When, in the 1930s, the great economist Simon Kuznets created GDP, he deliberately left two industries out of this then novel, revolutionary idea of a “national income”: finance and advertising. Don’t worry, this essay isn’t going to be a jeremiad against them, that would be too easy, and […]

First Twitter, Now Facebook: Company Introduces New Political Ad Transparency Policy

Facebook must’ve seen this tweet, published three days ago by a ProPublica journalist after Twitter unveiled a sweeping new transparency policy that included new disclosure rules for “political” and “issues-based” ads… Twitter is promising more transparency in political ads than Facebook. I love seeing tech giants try to outdo each other on transparency pic.twitter.com/aXPOpLicoB — […]

Hackers ‘Screw’ Millions Of PornHub Users In Large-Scale Malvertising Scheme

Via StockBoardAsset.com, Proofpoint, a next-generation American cybersecurity firm, has uncovered a large-scale malvertising  campaign in adverts appearing alongside videos on PornHub (Alexa US Rank 20 and world rank 37 as of this writing). Researchers at Proofpoint have pinpointed KovCoreG group, the hacker organization behind the “sophisticated social engineering scheme that convinced users to infect themselves” […]

“Tremendous” Demand For 7Y Treasurys; Second Largest Buyside On Record

An ugly 2Y auction (with the highest yield since 2008) on Tuesday, a mediocre 5Y auction yesterday, and now a blistering 7Y auction, in which the Treasury sold $28 billion in “curve belly” notes at a high yield of 2.13%, stopping through the When Issued by a surprisingly strong 1.1bps, the highest since April. As […]

Dead Mall Stalking: One Hedge Fund Manager’s Tour Across Middle-America – Part 3

Via AdventuresInCapitalism.com, Part 1 here… Part 2 here… Ever since the first Sears catalog was published in 1888 (the Amazon.com of its day), pundits have called for the death of retail establishments. It’s easy to see why they would think that such a thing was happening—namely stores around them were closing in rapid succession. Of […]

Primary Dealer Bid Surges In Poor 2Y Auction

While the high yield of the just priced 2Y auction came “on the screws” at 1.345%, below last month’s 1.401%, but above the six previous auction average of 1.305%. and exactly where the When Issued suggested today’s auction of $26 billion in 2Y notes would price, the internals were decidedly weaker than the stop out […]