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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 https://ift.tt/2QO6HHT 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 https://ift.tt/2B1QPtz 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, […]

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The most quirky restaurants in London

December 11, 2018 Bilal 0

The most quirky restaurants in London https://ift.tt/2B1QPtz 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, […]

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Best places to go ice-skating in Tokyo and Yokohama

December 9, 2018 Bilal 0

Best places to go ice-skating in Tokyo and Yokohama https://ift.tt/2RM67HQ Winter’s no excuse to stay inside. In fact, when the cold starts to creep through the wafer-thin walls and shoddy window frames of Tokyo houses and apartments, rather than trying to hide under a mountain of blankets, one might actually be better off engaging in some healthy outdoor activities. Ice skating’s obviously something best experienced out in the open, and quality rinks have been popping up all around the city in recent years. Here’s our quick guide to the best skating spots out there, including both winter-only rinks and year-round, […]

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The most expensive New York City neighborhoods in 2018, ranked

December 9, 2018 Bilal 0

The most expensive New York City neighborhoods in 2018, ranked https://ift.tt/2BRgvIM PropertyShark just released its rankings of the 50 most expensive neighborhoods in New York City, and, unsurprisingly, Manhattan dominates the list. All but two of the 10 most expensive New York City neighborhoods are in Manhattan; the two outliers are in Brooklyn. According to PropertyShark’s analysis, the only two new entries to break into the top 10 are West Village and Greenwich Village. Read more: A $20 million penthouse may be about to shatter the record for the most expensive home sold in Brooklyn — here’s a look inside […]

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Matt Zoller Seitz’s 10 Best TV Shows of 2018

December 9, 2018 Bilal 0

Matt Zoller Seitz’s 10 Best TV Shows of 2018 https://ift.tt/2RxsDUZ Best of 2018 The best entertainment of 2018, as chosen by Vulture’s critics. Click here to see selections for every subject and more. Photo-Illustration: Maya Robinson/Vulture and Photos by Amazon, HBO, FX and Netflix This was another extraordinary year of growth and evolution for television, and it was harder than ever before to pare this list down to 10 picks. The array of styles, formats, and narrative experiments on TV in 2018 was staggering, and unfortunately the 24-hour-in-a-day rule prevented me from watching everything. For 2019, I’m considering investing in […]

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Apple presents the best of 2018

December 9, 2018 Bilal 0

Apple presents the best of 2018 https://ift.tt/2Qv8wcN In 2018, Apple Books launched as a brand new app, making it effortless for iPhone and iPad users to discover and enjoy books and audiobooks. This year Apple Books celebrates works from a diverse group of authors, including Tommy Orange’s debut There There ; Tayari Jones’s American Marriage that is both the Book and Audiobook of the Year; and Rachel Hollis’s Girl, Wash Your Face . Politics dominated the U.S. charts this year with Fire and Fury , Fear and A Higher Loyalty all appearing in the top 10 best-selling nonfiction books. On […]

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The 25 Best Movie Moments of 2018, According to IndieWire Critic David Ehrlich

December 9, 2018 Bilal 0

The 25 Best Movie Moments of 2018, According to IndieWire Critic David Ehrlich https://ift.tt/2BO1WWt The movies of 2018 were almost as wild and volatile as everything else in 2018, and so it’s unsurprising that my list of the year’s best films should careen from futility (“Hereditary”) to empowerment (“Widows”), from untamed rage (“Burning”) to desperate love (“Shoplifters”), and from optimism (“Let the Sunshine In”) to despair (“First Reformed”). These are eclectic and unstable times — times when everything seems to exist on a harsh binary between one way of life or another, and your mood is only as positive as […]