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Best Of the Web: Apple’s TV-Set Future, Coffee Heals DNA and Podcast Lists

January 19, 2019 Bilal 0

I’ve overweighted health and self-help articles this week to keep the momentum going on New Year’s resolutions. Apparently, the third Thursday of January is when things go downhill. For inspiration then, I have articles that suggest reducing red  meat to help the planet, focusing on your VO2 capacity to measure your health and techniques to slow down. On the tech front, another massive data breach, Apples future could be TV and as much as half the internet could be populated by bots rather than humans. Then I have some excellent lists of podcasts, some fun images and an excellent essay […]

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Finance and Econ From the Web: Super-rich Don’t Stay Rich, Robots Take Jobs, Tech Cold war

January 16, 2019 Bilal 0

Some insightful articles on the super-rich, notably  they get killed in China and  they have to work in the US. I’ve found some good articles on China, particularly on various inefficiencies in innovation subsidies and coal production. I also highlight the growing tech war between the US and China. Then there are some good articles on currency factors, market volatility and common-share holdings. On the economics front, there’s a study that shows that happiness is linked to the provision of public goods, how sovereign debt levels may not be as much of a constraint as many think and how changing […]

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Best Of the Web: New Tech Toys, How To Read More, What’s the Worst Pain…

January 10, 2019 Bilal 0

The best of new consumer products have been on display at the CES conference in Las Vegas, and there are some pretty cool ones. Elsewhere, a bunch of “how to” articles :  holding chopsticks, using your smartphone camera, learning a new skill. On the science front, several great articles including alien radio signals, the intelligence of crows and pictures of an atom.  There are scary big brother developments such tech attaching to bees! And a few articles on Big Tech and much much more. Enjoy!

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Finance and Econ From the Web: Taxing the rich, Euro’s 20th birthday and US military map

January 8, 2019 Bilal 0

Here’s my first curation for 2019 and there were some surprisingly good pieces produced over the past month. We have Paul Krugman, Ken Rogoff and Larry summers wade into policy waters – they disagree on the use of fiscal stimuli, taxing the rich and negative rates. There were a swathe of articles on the euro’s 20thbirthday – all agree the construct is imperfect but they vary in their pessimism on its future. There are some great data and charts; notably Chinese growth data back to the 10th century and which countries the US media has obsessed about over the past 100 […]

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Best Of the Web: Richest Celebrities of 2018, Elon Musk Space Movie, and Slow Chewing

December 20, 2018 Bilal 0

In my last “best of” list of 2018, I’ve picked a lighter selection of articles. All of them will give you  a smile. You’ll discover that the Scandis may be not so perfect after all as they are not that generous. We find out which books have featured most in end-year lists. There are some funny videos including one with Home Alone’s Macaulay Culkin. And Ever wondered what a terrible map  looks like? You’ll find out. Enjoy!

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Finance and Econ From the Web: End Of IRS, Best Finance Twitter Accounts, Weather Risks In 2019

December 19, 2018 Bilal 0

Some excellent articles on politics this week including one on how populism has actually been on the rise since the 1980s and another on how governments could suppress dissent on social media. There’s a bunch of good outlooks and risk scenarios for 2019.  A good article on the evolution of Warren Buffet investment style. Some useful pieces on yield curves and growth across G7. And some fascinating pieces on China. Enjoy.

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Best Of the Web: Trending Google Searches Of 2018, Things That Won’t Exist in 25 Years And Optimal Exercise Duration

December 13, 2018 Bilal 0

Facial recognition tech has entered music concerts, China has the largest telescope dish on earth (0.5km wide), a depositary of start-up pitch books and a breakthrough in cancer detection are some of the tech/science stories I feature. On the culture side, I have “Instagram sitters” (!) for when you go away, how K-pop is influencing global fashion and Puma’s dorkiest shoe ever. Then there are lists of best TV shows of the year, strangest facts and Hollywood winners and losers. And there’s much much more so make sure to scroll all the way down. Enjoy. 

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Finance and Econ From the Web: Gigantic US Housing Boom, Piketty On Yellow Vests and Is China Trade Unfair?

December 11, 2018 Bilal 0

The Fed has released interactive charts on where long-term Fed policy rates should be (or r*). There are also a range of papers that look at how the Fed could have conducted policy differently through the crisis (target money not interest rates), some techniques on discerning the impact of Fed policy on the economy and the conditions needs for hyperinflation. Meanwhile, Robert Shiller is worried about a huge US housing boom, Thomas Piketty is worried that Macron has catered too much to the rich and Jeremy Grantham is worried about climate change. There are a bunch of papers on equity […]

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Finance and Econ From the Web: Seth Klarman on Capitalism, Female Employment Explains Slow Recovery and AI Investing

December 4, 2018 Bilal 0

Every week I get surprised by how much good quality work is available for free. This week, aside from the articles mentioned in the subject line, we have some articles on the poor performance of US university endowment funds, how climate change responsible companies see their stock prices go up, and some new data sources on uncertainty and partisan conflict. There are some insightful papers on house prices at the country and city level. A slew of articles on US monetary policy –  why hasn’t QT seen higher rates, is unmeasured productivity holding inflation down and should the Fed revise […]

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Finance and Econ From the Web: Non-Cyclical US Inflation, Drivers Of Financial Cycles and Curse Of Sludge

November 27, 2018 Bilal 0

I’ve got some excellent articles this week. Two papers on trading markets around events: one on equities and FOMC and one on bonds and auctions. Some good papers on how business cycles and monetary policy spills over from big countries to smaller ones. Another on the difference between the financial cycle and the business cycle. I have a bunch of articles on the growing “Cold War” rivalry between the US and China. And there a few on inequality. Finally, the FT has its recommendations for best econ books of 2018.     INVESTING and TRADING The Periodic Table of Investments […]

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Finance and Econ From the Web: Peak Oil Demand, Selfishness and Partisanship, Overstated Private Equity Returns

November 12, 2018 Bilal 0

Back to regular service for my weekly reviews of online articles. This week, I lean a bit more to politics with pieces on the flaws in the US primary system of nominating candidates, modernity and political identity and Euro-area reform. On the econ side, there are pieces on why investment in cloud services is under-reported, the lower bound on EM monetary policy and some geeky pieces on rates/FX risk premium. Oh and some fun pieces that include which law schools are “under-ranked”. Enjoy. Structural Economics (5) The Scandinavian Style of Capitalism Provides a more balanced perspective of the Scandi model […]

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Best Of the Web: Never-Ending Chewing Gun, Drone Taxis and China To Launch A “Moon”…

October 18, 2018 Bilal 0

There were some really good free articles available across the internet over the past week. One site started to feature books of the decades starting with the 1900s, another gives an excellent analysis on the coming tech war between the FANGS to win our houses, then there’s an essay on how the Silicon Valley super-rich are using a loophole from Trump’s bill to lower their tax bills and even one on how to live off-grid. As usual I have a broad range of articles, so make sure you scroll to the bottom. Food and Drink Section (3) Unlimited Electric Gum: […]

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Finance and Econ From the Web: True Net Worth Of Countries, US’s Digital Trade Zone, Cities As the Future

October 16, 2018 Bilal 0

This week, I have a varied selection of articles including a bunch on cities. Additionally, there a few on how US monetary policy may not work as fast you think, some new sovereign risk measures from the ECB, the UK’s Brexit experience from Roman times, China’s rich list and much much more. Enjoy.   Tech and Intangible Economy (8) America Is Losing Its Edge for Startups It used to be that 95 percent of global startup and venture-capital activity happened in the U.S. Today, it’s just over one-half.This mainly because of China over the past few years.

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Best Of the Web: Better Sleep, An App To Sue, Most Trusted News Source..

October 11, 2018 Bilal 0

There were lots and lots of great articles this week, so I’ve featured a bit more than usual. There are some good analyses on Facebook, tech evolution and some crazy apps. I’ve got some great guides to various cities, including the world’s best bars. Then there are some fun features on Japan’s new bullet train, an amazing academic hoax and new plans for a JFK airport upgrade. Enjoy Department Of Health (8) Experts Answered Every Question We’ve Ever Had About Sleep Covers all bases. Discovered that sleeping pills sedate you rather than make you sleep. Best tip for sleeping well […]

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Finance and Econ From the Web: Climate Shock, Which Countries Will Gain From AI, Amazon Effect On US Prices…

October 9, 2018 Bilal 0

Some big reports came out this week from the IMF, IPCC (climate change), McKinsey and the US military – all have a bearing on global macro. And as usual I find a bunch of other relevant articles ranging from monetary policy to inequality.   Climate Change and the Environment Global Warming of 1.5 °C The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) just released its latest report. We have 12 years to go before we hit the critical 1.5 degree increase in global warming (see chart at top of email), which could see some extreme weather effects. The report is very […]

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Best Of the Web: Disrupting the Internet, Saving Your Teenagers, Best Skill For Next 50 years..

October 4, 2018 Bilal 0

I’ve gone through piles and piles of articles and found the best from this week. I have some guides to TV and restaurants, some fascinating angles on  the web, and some good stuff on personal development and parenting tips. Enjoy! Surgery Of Self-help The Most Important Survival Skill for the Next 50 Years Isn’t What You Think Yuval Noah Harari (“Sapiens”, “Homo Deus”) explains why the best preparation is not learning code, but rather developing mental flexibility

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Best Of the Web: Top Restaurants In NY/Lon/Asia, Your Second Brain and That Street Fighter Game…

September 28, 2018 Bilal 0

I’ve scoured the web and gleaned over 50 great articles. More of a health and social scene vibe in this edition and some really funny articles. Enjoy. Ministry Of the Rich (4) Rich people are to blame for the rise of Lyme disease  The disease causes symptoms like swollen lymph nodes, fatigue and attacks on joints, muscles and even the brain. It causes by bacteria carried by ticks that thrive on forest left behind between developed lots. The edge between city and land provides the perfect shading and plant growth for these ticks. And it’s rich people who ask for […]

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Finance and Econ From the Web: Cyber Attack As Next Crisis, Bernanke vs Krugman and Chinese Inequality…

September 24, 2018 Bilal 0

Here’s my latest selection of articles from the around web (with no paywalls). Some are columns, others are papers, but I provide a brief summary for each. If I missed anything good, please let me know.   TECH AND THE ECONOMY (5) How a Cyber Attack Could Cause the Next Financial Crisis Harvard Business Reviews provides some scenarios and should be read with this Big Data and Machine Learning Won’t Save Us from Another Financial Crisis Fintech credit markets around the world: size, drivers and policy issues Useful summary from the BIS on the  state-of-play of fintech credit. China is […]

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Best Of the Web: Natural Hair Re-Growth, New Apple iOS and “The Rock” As President…

September 20, 2018 Bilal 0

I’ve gone through hundreds and hundreds of articles and picked out the best. There’s 40 in all with links and brief summaries. Enjoy! The new iPhone iOS upgrade is great… 19 Things You Can Do in iOS 12 That You Couldn’t Do Before The update has a bunch of new features from the “Memojis” (you create your own emojis) to better battery life and notification management to the ability to track how much time to spend on your phone (ScreenTime).I particularly like (9), which  is the new app called “Measure” that allows you to use the in-built AR to point […]

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Finance and Econ From the Web: Night lights measure growth, why are rates so low, are bankers liberals or conservatives….

September 19, 2018 Bilal 0

I thought I’d have a separate “Best Of the Web” devoted to economics and finance. Below I’ve found 30 articles and academic papers on macro and finance. Some are easy reads and others are denser, but I’ve summarised each one. Oh, if you come across anything interesting that I’ve  missed, then flag it to me and I’ll include it in my next list.  Enjoy! North and South Korea at night , 1992 vs 2008

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The best romantic restaurants in London

December 11, 2018 Bilal 0

The best romantic restaurants in London Gaucho Piccadilly Argentina: home of the foxiest tango, sexiest malbecs and inspiration behind W1’s best-looking steak-and-date house, Guacho Piccadilly. The flagship property of a group that’s made giant strides in recent years, it takes its name from the famous cowboys of the pampas plains, and if you’ve finally outgrown your own lonesome lifestyle it’s a fine place to make an impression. Beyond the extensive list of starters, the rump (sorry – we don’t recommend stealing our jokes) of the à la carte menu is deceptively straightforward: simply four cuts of grass-fed Argentine Angus […]

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The most quirky restaurants in London

December 11, 2018 Bilal 0

The most quirky restaurants in London What’s quirky about it? Colourful but socially divisive (remember those protests?), this East End café serves hundreds of breakfast cereals from all over the world at snap, crackle and pop prices. Milk upgrades include flavours such as bubblegum and salted caramel (as well as nut-based options), and you can pay extra to top the lot with chocolates and sweets. Don’t miss: Crazy cereal mocktails such as ‘unicorn poop’ (Ricicles, party rings, marshmallows, hundreds and thousands, semi-skimmed milk). How much? Medium bowls of cereal from £3.60, breakfast tea £1.90. Publish via Time Out London December 11, […]