Promises, Promises, Pension Promises


by John Mauldin, Thoughts from the Frontline

You made me promises, promises
You knew you'd never keep
Promises, promises
Why do I believe? - Naked Eyes (1983)


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What We Read Today 30 July 2016

Econintersect: Every day our editors collect the most interesting things they find from around the internet and present a summary 'reading list' which will include very brief summaries (and sometimes longer ones) of why each item has gotten our attention. Suggestions from readers for 'reading list' items are gratefully reviewed, although sometimes space limits the number included.

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Where Have U.S. Women Served As Ambassadors?

by Felix Richter,

-- this post authored by Niall McCarthy

Throughout history, most U.S. ambassadors have been men.

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Infographic Of The Day: Effects Of Quitting Smoking

Cigarette smoking is to blame 443,000 deaths each year in the United States.

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Video of the Day:

Each second, millions upon millions of your body’s cells split in two just to keep your DNA alive. But like the hungover plumber, your body is bound to make a mistake or two. The worst-case scenario for these mistakes is the big C, cancer. What starts as a simple miscalculation, dividing your DNA unevenly and incorrectly between two cells, eventually turns into a mass reproduction of that error where faulty cells hijack the body’s resources and eventually take over.

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Insider Trading 29 July 2016: Half The Selling Related To ValueAct Liquidating Microsoft Positions

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Are Changes Coming To Capitalism?

by Branko Milanovic

Appeared originally at 29 July 2016

Sometimes it's useful to put symbolic dates on when a different era begins. The end of Thatcherism, it could be argued, came on July 10 in the then PM-candidate speech by Theresa May. It was perhaps appropriate that another woman, a Tory Prime Minister, would be credited with the ending of Thatcherism.


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 USA economy at a glance (boxed items are updates in last 7 days)

August 2016 Economic Forecast: Outlook Improves But Remains Very Soft

Written by Steven Hansen

Econintersect's Economic Index is no longer in contraction but its level is correlating to a snail's pace economic growth. The index remains near the lowest value since the end of the Great Recession. This month a graphic has been added to highlight the differences with GDP.

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