Economist Perspective: Negative Rates—An Option in the Fed’s Playbook?

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Description: Could the Federal Reserve ever adopt a negative rate policy? Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Nov 12, 2019 Link: https://sponsor.marketwatch.com/cme-group/economist-perspective-negative-rates-an-option-in-the-feds-playbook/ Questions for discussion: Summarize Blu Putnam’s opinions on future Fed actions. Do you agree? What should investors take away from these thoughts?

America’s yield curve is no longer inverted

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Description: So, no need to worry about recession? Hmm, maybe Source: TheEconomist.com Date: Nov 13, 2019 Link: https://www.economist.com/united-states/2019/11/13/americas-yield-curve-is-no-longer-inverted Questions for discussion: What is the inverted yield curve predicting, according to the analysis in this article? What do you think is likely? How should investors adjust to this assessment?

How Marketers Are Responding to Recent TikTok Headlines

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Description: Though TikTok has become a craze among some younger Americans over the past year, recent headlines about a US government investigation into the platform’s Chinese parent company ByteDance regarding national security concerns have some marketers worrying. Source: eMarketer.com Date: Nov 12, 2019 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/how-marketers-are-responding-to-recent-tiktok-headlines?ecid=NL1001 Questions for discussion: What are the concerns for users, marketers… Read more »

David M. Rubenstein on Profit, Purpose and Climate

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Description: F&D’s Rahim Kanani interviews David M. Rubenstein, cofounder and co–executive chairman of The Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest private investment firms, on a new corporate reality that looks beyond profit, the role of business in tackling climate change, and what animates his philanthropy. Source: IMF.org Date: Nov 04, 2019 Link: https://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/fandd/2019/11/david-rubenstein-on-profit-purpose-and-climate-change.htm Questions for discussion:… Read more »

These ‘Secret’ Recession Signs May Provide Clues to When the Next Downturn Is Coming

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Description: With stocks near all time highs, and the Fed signaling that after three rate cuts they’re ready to hit pause (indicating they don’t believe the economy is about to slide into recession) it may be tempting for investors to breathe easy, too. Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: Oct 31, 2019 Link: https://fortune.com/2019/10/31/secret-recession-signs-next-downturn-2019-2020/ Questions… Read more »

Facebook sued for age, gender bias in financial services ads

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Description: (Reuters) – Facebook Inc <FB.O> was sued on Thursday in a proposed class action accusing it of discriminating against older and female users by withholding advertising for financial services such as bank accounts, insurance, investments and loans. Source: Yahoo.Finance.com Date: Oct 31, 2019 Link: https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/facebook-sued-age-gender-bias-183907492.html?guccounter=1 Questions for discussion: What is the basis for the… Read more »

Lawmakers pummel Zuckerberg but don’t have a clue how to regulate cryptocurrency

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Description: The rapid pace of technological change provides a breathtaking opportunity to challenge and change the world. We are moving toward a technology space that is swift, connected and digitized. This will not only reshape industries but also the regulatory frameworks around them. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Oct 25, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/10/24/digital-currency-helps-the-1point7b-underbanked-and-money-launderers-too.html Questions… Read more »

The economy could shock all the bears in 2020

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Description: Sometimes being contrarian in markets pays off handsomely. And that appears to be the line of thinking at the world’s largest asset manager BlackRock as the calendar gets ready to turn to 2020. Source: Yahoo.Finance.com – video report Date: Oct 17, 2019 Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/the-economy-could-shock-all-the-bears-in-2020-194835472.html Questions for discussion: What does Mike Pyle say is happening… Read more »

The world economy’s strange new rules

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Description: How economies work has changed radically. So must economic policy Source: Economist.com Date: Oct 10, 2019 Link: https://www.economist.com/leaders/2019/10/10/the-world-economys-strange-new-rules Questions for discussion: Summarize the highlights discussed in this article. How do you think the restructuring process will play out?

President Trump and Federal Reserve chief Powell may join forces to send stocks skyrocketing

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Description: President Trump has consistently, vocally trashed the monetary policy work done by his handpicked Federal Reserve chief Jerome Powell. Powell has taken it in stride, at least out in public settings. Source: Yahoo.Finance.com – video report Date: Oct 11, 2019 Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/trump-and-federal-reserve-chair-jerome-powell-may-join-forces-to-send-stocks-skyrocketing-164032925.html Questions for discussion: What does the report say about the reasons for… Read more »