Wealth concentration near ‘levels last seen during the Roaring Twenties,’ study finds | The Seattle Times

The shift is eroding security from families in the lower and middle classes, who rely on their small stores to finance retirement and to smooth over shocks like the loss… — Read on www.seattletimes.com/business/wealth-concentration-near-levels-last-seen-during-the-roaring-twenties-study-finds/

The Investor Seth Klarman, in a Rare Interview, Offers a Warning. Davos Should Listen | The New Yorker

Seth Klarman, often called the “Oracle of Boston” because of his value-based investing style similar to that of Warren Buffett, criticizes current shortsighted business practices because they not only erode public confidence in capitalism, but also exploit our global human and environmental resources for the benefit of the elite “owner” class. Source: The Investor Seth Klarman, […]

Wall Street whiplash: Stocks’ volatility looks here to stay

Recent volatility in equity markets has sparked concern among investors as they have watched all of 2018’s returns vanish without a trace. This has been particularly nerve-racking for new investors who entered the market after the Great Recession and have never experienced a bear market or even a major correction for that matter. They have […]

Climate change will shrink US economy and kill thousands, government report warns – CNN

At a time when many Americans are distracted on a long holiday weekend, the Trump administration released a federally mandated report on climate change that delivers a dire warning about climate change and its devastating impacts on the country’s health and economy. — Read on edition-m.cnn.com/2018/11/23/health/climate-change-report-bn/index.html

Ray Dalio Sees Parallels to 1930s in Today’s Markets

Ray Dalio, founder of Bridgewater, the world’s largest hedge fund, believes current economic conditions are similar enough to those in the 1930’s to warrant significant portfolio reallocations, including holding at least five to ten percent in gold. — Read on finance.yahoo.com/news/ray-dalio-sees-parallels-1930s-170410932.html

What Everyone Gets Wrong About the Homeless

Mark Anthony DiBello, a homeless man, tells about his experiences on the street and about the misconceptions people have about him and others like him. He said that most homeless are not there by choice, but by unfortunate circumstances. Some, like him, were once regular citizens and even have university degrees. Source: I Used to […]

Wall Street Fears 50% Stock Drop Could Reach Scary “Fair Value” Level

This October is bringing with it a lot of scary stuff, and Halloween isn’t even here yet. Wall Street is starting to issue dire warnings that a significant stock market correction of 50% could reduce equity values back down to…get this… historic “fair value” averages. Because of this, we may have a real “Trick-or-Treat” market […]

Emerging Markets’ Oil Shock is Here

Brent crude recently hit $85 a barrel on its way higher, possibly towards $100, a level some analysts expect by the end of the year. Although it is still a long way from the 2008 record of $147.50, prices in emerging market currencies, which have strongly devalued against the US dollar, are already exceeding the […]