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What We Read Today 13 September 2014

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. Today we have replaced our special news section on Ferguson with a new topic: Scotland Independence Vote.

  • Apple's Moat Just Got a Lot Wider (Vitaliy Katsenelson, Institutional Investor) A very thorough review of what the latest product announcements mean for Apple. At the end he says: "As an investor, I feel better about Apple than I did last week." See also GEI News and GEI Investing.
  • The Way We Were (Stephen M. Walt, Foreign Policy) Just 20 years ago the United States was a beloved superpower with a solid economy and faced virtually no hostile threats. But that's all gone to hell. Walt reviews and gives details of 20 years of blunders.
  • Recent articles about Scotland Independence Vote:

Immigrant vote could sway tight Scottish independence referendum (Al Jazeera)

On the Disintegration of Britain (John Aziz, Pieria)

Scots Independence Race Tightens Six Days Before Ballot (Robert Hutton, Bloomberg Businessweek)

Scotland's 'Borderers' steadfast for 'No' (Al Jazeera)

  • Articles about wars elsewhere in the world:

Law professors justify Obama’s illegal wars; more fuel for the Constitution’s pyre (Fabius Maximus)

Palestine: Political Realities in an Explosive Region (

Syria warns against foreign military action (Al Jazeera)

Arabs Give Tepid Support to U.S. Fight Against ISIS (The New York Times)

Islamic State fighters number far more than first thought, says CIA (Al Jazeera)

Viewpoints: Iraq Battles Multiple Crises (

Ukraine President Says Truce Is Growing Stronger (The New York Times)

Escape From Gorlivka (Foreign Policy)

U.S. and European Sanctions Take Aim at Putin’s Economic Efforts (The New York Times)

Russia Weighs Response as U.S., EU Expand Sanctions (Bloomberg Businessweek)

Viewpoints: Ukraine's East-West Tug-of-War (

Meet the Badass Women Fighting the Islamic State (Foreign Policy)

Leaders talk peace, some Ukrainians contemplate guerrilla war (Anthony Faiola, The Washington Post)

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  • Japan Hedged ETFs Ready To Shine Again (Matthew Sauer,Esq., Seeking Alpha) What is happening in the Japanese economy has a strong demographic component. Sauer's net of what to do now? Short the Yen and go long stocks. He has specific ETF suggestions.


  • How the Rich Rule (Dani Rodrik, Project Syndicate) Dani Rodrik has contributed to GEI. Good summary article. Read the comments. Many argue that money should rule.
  • Apple’s New IPhones Face Up to 4 Week Shipping Delays (Tim Higgins and Doni Bloomfield, Bloomberg) Demand is high with significant backlogs for most models. Even those who preordered the large screen iPhone 6 Plus, will have to wait up to3-4 weeks for delivery. Apple says response to the new product releases has been "incredible".
  • 3 Reasons Why Growth Will Stagnate and Stocks Will Follow (Mandeep Rai, Money and Markets) The reasons are (1) demographics (baby boomers will be retiring); (2) productivity is going nowhere as companies spend money on financial engineering rather than improving production; and (3) Real wage growth is not even keeping up with CPI.


  • Health-Care Revenue Rebound Could Boost U.S. Economic Growth (Ben Leubsdorf, Real Time Economics, The Wall Street Journal) Even though per capita health care costs are showing moderating growth, the increase in the number of people covered by health insurance is producing real growth for the sector.
  • WSJ Survey: U.S. Looking Up, But Worries Loom Abroad (Nick Timiraos, Real Time Economics, The Wall Street Journal) U.S. economists think the U.S. will do just fine over the next four quarters but the rest of the world will have problems. Considering the forecasting record of economists should we be worried for the U.S.? Or will the rest of the world see a turnaround? Or both?



  • Other Economics and Business Items of Note

The Orwellian language of neoclassical economics needs to be replaced by economic truth (Tax Research UK)

South Korean Views on Race Linked to Economics (The Wall Street Journal)

Judge strikes down Ohio ban on political lies (Al Jazeera)

Retiring Overseas (Wealth Management)

Are US bonds and gold anticipating higher rates? (Futures)

France’s Moscovici wins coveted EU economics job but looks isolated (Financial Times)

Economics Daily Digest: Could a left-wing Tea Party unite progressives? (Daily Kos)

Using Economics to Justify Being a Jerk (Dorf on Law)

Mob Rule Economics (Right Wing News)

Community Supported Agriculture and the Future of Farm Livelihoods (Center for Popular Economics)

The economics of digital currencies (Bank of England)

Money and Banking (The Economic Roundtable)

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