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Frontrunning: December 27

Post-Holiday Rush: Homeowners Line Up to Prepay Tax Bills (WSJ) World stocks rise as metals surge mitigates iPhone X woes (Reuters) White House Considers Former Bush-Era Economists for Fed No. 2 Job (WSJ) More lawsuits over slowing down of older iPhones (Reuters) Barclays Takes $1.3 Billion Hit From U.S. Tax Bill (BBG) Shell, Barclays Detail […]


Visualizing The Future Of Shipping: Green & Autonomous

Space travel may be exciting, and self-driving cars certainly get a lot of hype. However, as Visual Capitalist's Jeff Desjardins points out, there remains a good argument that the world’s oceans – and the ships that roam them – often get overlooked when it comes to advances in transportation technology. How will shipping change in […]


The #BitcoinBreakdown: Before You Buy, More Caveats

First Appearing on HedgeAccordingly.com Fifth in a series.  Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5 By @sellputs Let us regard the wonders of technology & innovation: Suddenly, we now have multiple easy ways to lose money betting on bitcoin. Giddyup! With incredible speed, from your laptop or even your smartphone and without even thinking about it, you can […]


NSA Whistleblower Snowden Launches Mobile App For Paranoid People

Famed NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden has just launched Haven, an app for people to transform any Android smartphone into a high-tech security system for detecting intrusions. Snowden, while currently on the run from the CIA, hiding somewhere in Moscow until 2020, has found enough time to launch his new mobile security app last Friday for […]


Uninvestable Tesla

Tesla is an uninvestable stock for me, not just because of its high valuation but also because it fails our fairly basic quality test, which I shamelessly borrowed from Warren Buffett: Would I still buy this stock if right after the purchase the stock market were to close for ten years? If you are a big Tesla […]


Bitcoin Breakdown: How-to, Step by Step

Third part in a series. Part 1, Part 2  Article First Appeared on HedgeAccordingly.com By @sellputs Merrrrrrrrrry Bitmas! Bitcoin has been crashing like a Bad Santa all week long—it had surged up to $19,856 last Monday and had plunged as low as $11,590 by Friday, bouncing back up to $14k and change. So anyone who bought bitcoin […]


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 […]


Is Facebook Using Your Phone’s Camera And Microphone To Spy On You?

Do you ever feel like you’re being watched when there’s nobody else around? Decades ago, if the answer to that question was ‘yes’, doctors might’ve advised you to see what they called a headshrinker. But technological progress has a funny way of turning situations on their head. For example, at the turn of the 20th […]


The 10 “Grey Swans” Events For 2018

One of the traditional push backs against attempts to predict “black swan” events is that they are by default unpredictable, rendering the entire exercise moot. However, for the second year in a row, Nomura’s Bilal Hafeez has found a loophole, or rather loop-animal: the grey swan. As Hafeez writes, while he would like to be […]


Alibaba Launches Giant Car Vending Machines In China

Shares of Alibaba fell on Thursday morning, despite an exciting news story involving the Chinese e-commerce juggernaut, which is rushing to shake up the way people buy cars in China. Alibaba seems to be taking a page from Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods, with the continued push into physical retail. The plan outlined by Alibaba, […]


California Moves One Step Closer To “Mileage Tax”; Could Require Tracking Your Cell Phone Movements

Just a few months after implementing a massive 60% hike in gasoline taxes, raising them from $0.297 per gallon to $0.417, the state of California is now one step closer to implementing a brand new tax that would charge drivers for each mile driven.  As a quick example of how shockingly misguided such a piece […]


Auckland Man Sells House To Build Bitcoin Mining Rig

In the latest indication that the cryptocurrency market top has arrived, a 30-year-old IT professional in New Zealand – who didn’t want his identity revealed, presumably for fear he would be targeted by criminals (or worse: tax collectors) – sold his house to build a "virtual-currency mine" at a "secret west Auckland location." Readers who […]


Baltimore Students Create An App To Detect If Their Heroin Is Laced With Fentanyl

If you have a smartphone, you’ve probably heard the distinct sound of an AMBER alert and or perhaps weather notifications. These notifications are free and great, alerting us to potential danger, and what we need to do to prepare. With the help of student programmers, Baltimore health officials have launched a similar notification service, but […]


The ‘Pecking Order’ In A World Of Hollow Freedoms

Authored by Ben Hunt via Epsilon Theory blog, "If we can agree that trickle down is just a ruse invented to trick the gullible, we should also agree that any and all QE is robbery in plain daylight." Out of all the animals we keep on our “farm”, chickens are the only ones that bring […]


Air France-KLM Launches Ludicrous New Airline To Attract Hipster Millennials

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