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A“Imagine Congress appropriates $1bln to refurbish Air Force One,” said Warren Mosler, pioneer of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT). We were discussing the financial architecture that allows the Fed to create money. “The Department of Defense (DoD) hires General Dynamics to upgrade the airplane. The US Treasury instructs the Fed to credit General Dynamic’s account at JP Morgan with +$1bln. The Fed simu
Hope all goes well… “She got it right,” said White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow, marking the first time a senior member of Trump’s team has had anything nice to say about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC). “She said the Phillips curve is no longer describing what is happening in today’s economy,” continued Kudlow, “And Powell largely agreed. He confirmed that the Phillips Curve is dead, the Fe
Hope all goes well… Dusted off an anecdote on systematic investing from 2017 (see below). Back next Sunday with full weekend notes. Week-in-Review (expressed in YoY terms): Mon: Xi/Trump restart trade talks, China Markit-Caixin manufacturing PMI -0.8 to 49.4 (5mth low), Asean manu PMI 49.7, HK protesters storm government legislation buildings, Trump visits NK, Iran exceeds 2015 nuclear agreement f
AOnce upon a time they built a system. They promised state workers a pension. At the system’s birth, the nation was in a Great Depression, stocks were in free fall. So naturally, the system’s creators invested in safe bonds. For decades, system membership expanded, assets soared. World War II came and went. The cost to win was enormous, the federal government incurred a staggering debt. To grow it
Hope all goes well… “I had a great meeting with President Xi of China yesterday, far better than expected,” tweeted Trump. “I agreed not to increase the already existing Tariffs that we charge China while we continue to negotiate. China has agreed that, during the negotiation, they will begin purchasing large amounts of agricultural product from our great Farmers. At the request of our High-Tech c
AHe considered the wall, each stone a worry, within its pattern a story. For three decades he’d been climbing. Every wall was different, a reflection of its unique history. Only at the top were they alike. From that perch, the wall-of-worry overcome, did the greatest risk appear. When he first started studying markets in the trading pits, survivors simply said that prices top when there are no mor
Hope all goes well… “We the North,” flags waved above the crowds. “We the North,” banners hung throughout the city. “We the North,” chants rose and fell in the crowd of 2mm (one-third of the city’s 6mm population). The Toronto Raptors won America’s National Basketball Association Championship, the first foreign team ever. Their players are imported, immigrants, but so what, they’re Toronto’s now.
A“So Jackson was named All-American, First Team All-State, First Team All-FCIAC, and won the State Championship — any reason I had to hear this 2nd hand?” asked Coleman. He was Jackson’s 8th grade lacrosse coach and has turned out more All-Americans than just about any American. Not a single player will forget their season with him. The smartest ones stay connected forever. When I grew up, I
Hope all goes well… “What are you going to do out there today Charlie?” asked Jackson (17). Charlie took a knee, sporting brand-new lacrosse gear, tying his bright white cleats for the first time, another season, another size. Summer tournaments have officially begun. “I’m going to run really fast today,” answered Charlie (9), kind of annoyed. Having coached my kids for years, it’s fun to watch th