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How Merchants Try To Catch Credit Card Thieves

July 31, 2018

This article goes into the nuts and bolts of the new ways crooks try to profit from stolen credit card data and the steps retailers and credit card companies take to catch and stop them. There are many ways online fraudsters can profit from their exploits. An increasingly popular one: The scammer will use a […]

Positive Notes On Housing

July 30, 2018

The recent housing data’s been weaker than expected, and that’s inspired a number of articles about the weakness in housing. Here’s a different take. It’s best to look at trends rather than month-to-month changes, because home sales tend to be lumpy. McBride says new home sales should increase and existing home sales should level off […]

Leading Hedge Funds Stumble In India Real Estate

July 30, 2018

About 10 years ago a number of leading investors were persuaded to participate in a fund that would invest in real estate in India. They were tempted by the expected growth in one of the largest markets in the world and the participation of a well-connected native of the country. It didn’t turn out well, […]

More Signs Of A Slower Housing Market

July 30, 2018

The recent data on the housing market took many analysts by surprise. Sales and prices were down. This article summarizes some of the signs that housing is weakening, primarily because of higher interest rates and the steady rise in prices the last few years. The U.S. housing market — particularly in cutthroat areas like Seattle, […]

Signs Of Softer Housing Market

July 27, 2018

Here are a couple of articles that summarize some of the weakness in U.S. housing. This article says that sales of U.S. housing to international buyers dropped substantially over the last 12 months. This article, which is largely anecdotal, says most housing markets aren’t as hot as they were earlier in the year. Instead of […]

Facebook Sets A New Record

July 27, 2018

The company’s earnings report and the ensuing conference call Wednesday evening were a big disappointment to analysts. The result is the stock fell sharply on Thursday. The article says it is the company’s largest one-day stock decline in its history. But Bespoke Investment Group says the one-day loss of more than $100 billion is the […]

Demolishing The Happiness Research

July 27, 2018

This post summarizes new research that takes aim at all the happiness research you might have read about. Specifically, the researchers attempt to replicate research that purported to identify key factors in increasing or decreasing happiness. They found serious flaws in the results. We show that none of the findings can be obtained relying only […]

15 More Years of Stock Gains

July 26, 2018

This analyst says there’s a good likelihood that we have years of solid stock gains ahead, though there will be volatility and corrections. But he says an essentially sideways market from 1998 through 2017 is likely to be followed by 10 years or more of very solid gains before we have another extended down or […]

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