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How Conservatives Awoke to the Dangers of Sean Hannity

The Fox News host is under attack as never before because many Americans are now forced to take what he says seriously for the first time.<p>As Sean Hannity hyped a conspiracy theory about the murder of a Democratic National Committee staffer last week, touting it with the zeal of a true believer …

Tesla's soaring stock price is causing investors to overthink everything

<b>•That strategy is symptomatic of investor confusion around Tesla.</b><p><b>•Investors want Tesla to remake the car business — but it already has.</b><p>Tesla is a gravity-defying stock. After an epic run over the first quarter of 2017, it reported a predictable titanic loss — and yet shares remain above $300, …

How Trump Blew Up the Conservative Media

Inside the new power dynamics roiling Fox, Breitbart and the Wall Street Journal.<p><b>Months before Donald Trump blew up American</b> politics with his surprise win in November, he did the same thing to the conservative media. Through much of the campaign, two very different media moguls with colliding …

The Fed is starting to get worried about the $2 trillion commercial real estate market

Or is it the fear of "having already waited too long?"<p>Boom and bust: that's the material CRE is made of. We had seven years of boom, and now the Fed is worried about the bust. Yellen didn't mention CRE in her prepared testimony on Tuesday before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban …

Hedge funds are making 'extreme' bets on the impact of Trump

Hedge funds are piling into the same bets on the impact of President Donald Trump.<p>There are "extreme market positions in all asset classes," according to Societe Generale. It said the "extreme positioning inevitably raises the question of whether investors have run ahead of themselves."<p>The popular …

Mapped: the world's cheapest stock markets

The FTSE 100’s rise to record highs in recent weeks has caused many investors to ask whether British shares are now too expensive and whether they should look further afield for bargain stocks.<p>Such fears are likely to be heightened by the fact that the most popular measure of stock market valuation …

Trump Bond Sell-Off Should Scare Central Banks

With inflation risks rising, a test of credibility is at hand.<p>The bond riot triggered by the election of Donald Trump, amid rising investor concerns about his aggressive pro-growth policies, means that a credibility test beckons Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda. This is because of the latest …

The job market isn't getting any better

Today we got what was called a "stellar jobs report": Non-farm payrolls rose 255,000 in July. In the other component of the report, the household survey showed that 420,000 new jobs were created. There are now a record 123.9 million full-time jobs. Government hiring was strong. Numerous sectors …

There's a simple reason why the Fed is 'Dow dependent'

It's hard to take the Fed at their word and believe they are truly "data-dependent." The data has made the case for a normalization of interest rate policy for a very long time now.<p>If it's not the data that relates to their dual mandate, then what is the Fed really watching?<p>Over the past eight …

Exclusive: U.S. falters in campaign to revive Iraqi army, officials say

(Reuters) - A 17-month U.S. effort to retrain and reunify Iraq’s regular army has failed to create a large number of effective Iraqi combat units or limit the power of sectarian militias, according to current and former U.S. military and civilian officials.<p>A member of the Iraqi security forces …

Middle East

The horror story of the US housing market is far from over

Existing home sales rose for the second straight month in April and are tracking 6 percent above last year.<p>New home sales shot up at their fastest pace in eight years.<p>Housing starts, building permits and pending home sales— a signal of future growth — are also all increasing at healthy clips.<p>It's …

Goldman Sachs just downgraded stocks all over the world

In a note Tuesday, the firm downgraded equities to "Neutral" over the next year.<p>"Until we see sustained earnings growth, equities do not look attractive, especially on a risk-adjusted basis," wrote Christian Mueller-Glissmann, an equity strategist.<p>"We expect particularly poor returns in dollar …

Is Digital Technology Making Us Any Better Off? One Prominent Economist Says No And He May Be Right

When Steve Jobs was trying to lure John Sculley from his lofty position as CEO at Pepsi to Apple, he asked him, “Do you want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life, or do you want to come with me and change the world?” The ploy worked and Sculley became the first major CEO of a conventional …

Innovation

Fully understand the Fintech Ecosystem with this report

We've entered the most profound era of change for financial services companies since the 1970s brought us index mutual funds, discount brokers and ATMs.<p>No firm is immune from the coming disruption and every company must have a strategy to harness the powerful advantages of the new fintech …

How Saudi Arabia Turned Its Greatest Weapon on Itself

FOR the past half-century, the world economy has been held hostage by just one country: the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Vast petroleum reserves and untapped production allowed the kingdom to play an outsize role as swing producer, filling or draining the global system at will.<p>The 1973-74 oil embargo …

Oil

The First Time Party Bigwigs Tried to Stop a Front-Runner From Becoming President It Backfired—Big-time

What the GOP can learn from the story of Andrew Jackson in 1824.<p>America has never seen a presidential candidate like this before. Detractors point to his lack of political experience, his poor grasp of policy, his alleged autocratic leanings and his shady past. They believe this man without much of …

Government

Germany could be Europe's next big problem

Previously, it was the debt of the eurozone's peripheral countries that was of concern to the markets.<p>But in an interview with Business Insider, Geopolitical Futures founder George Friedman said Europe had a much bigger problem: Germany.<p>And at the heart of the looming issue for Germany and Europe …

Corporate America's profit nightmare isn't going anywhere

And another quarter of information from America's public companies makes one thing clear: We're still in a profit recession.<p>US businesses have actually been in this recession for some time, but the final quarter of 2015 made clear that this "recession" may be sticking around for a while.<p>The three …

The long-awaited tech correction is here

But in 2015 the talk peaked, as private company valuations grew to the point where Facebook's $1 billion acquisition of 13-person company Instagram in 2012 now looks cheap, and privately held Uber with no published financial returns and massive losses is supposedly worth more than Ford and GM.<p>On …

Meet the Man Who Predicted the Chinese Economic Collapse

Back in 2012, when oil prices were above $100 per barrel and the Chinese economy was growing at over 10% per year you’d be hard pressed to convince …

There's really only one question on Wall Street right now

That is the question dominating the attention of executives on Wall Street and in corporate America right now.<p>Financial markets seem to be bracing for a global recession. One example of this in action is the bond market, which has "recessionary" fund flows, as investors shift their money out of …

Markets

3 Dividend Stocks To Buy Now And Hold Forever

With the S&P 500 down nearly 7% in the last three weeks alone, you can’t be blamed for wanting to throw up your hands and sell all your stocks.<p>But that’s the worst thing you could do, especially if you have a long time horizon and you mainly hold dividend-paying US companies. In fact, if you’re in …

Is bacon dangerous? The science behind food trends

Nutrition,Nutrition,Food science,Diets and dieting,Health & wellbeing,Food & drink,Life and style,Science<p>Is fat really bad for you? Should we consume less salt? And what’s wrong with gluten, anyway? A science writer and a consultant cardiologist separate fact from fiction<p>Have you ever wondered why …

Nutrition

It hasn't been this bad for the car-insurance industry in 15 years, and it's all the strong economy's fault

One could assume that as the auto industry boomed in 2015, breaking decades-old sales records, it would portend a positive trend for the auto-insurance industry.<p>Nope.<p>"Our proprietary 'Pure Premium Spread', which measures underlying profitability for the personal auto insurance industry, weakened to …

China Is Headed for a Debt Meltdown Like the U.S. in 2008 -- But Worse

World attention has focused in recent months on an acute refugee crisis occasioned by the mass migration to Europe of hundreds of thousands now fleeing the Syrian civil war. Less noticed has been another refugee crisis at least as ominous as that underway in the Middle East and Europe -- the …

MORGAN STANLEY: Iran is the biggest thing for the global economy since the Berlin Wall fell

Most outsiders see Iran as an anti-Semitic Islamic state run by extremists who tolerate terrorism (as long as it's not in Iran).<p>But Iran is also the last large, modern, educated economy that is locked out of the global system, and the biggest one to reenter it since the end of the Cold War.<p>Here's a …

Google Outsmarts Competition With Custom Machine Types In The Cloud

Customers migrating to the public cloud get overwhelmed with the number of instance types and the categories offered by the providers. As of November 1st, 2015, Amazon EC2 has 39 instance types to choose from 6 different instance families. Though AWS takes pride in rapidly adding features and …

Cloud Computing

How We Underestimated ISIL

It’s not just a lone wolf breeder or a local threat. It’s been building itself up for an attack like Paris.<p>Over the course of the past year, many analysts and policymakers have struggled to pin down the terrorist capabilities of the Islamic State. As an insurgency, it had proved resilient. As a …