“the final blow off lower in yields”

Eric Peters seems to be feeling that a major inflection point is at hand – triggered by the Swiss being the first major central bank to throw in the towel on a particular monetary policy by kicking the peg out from under the franc. He sees us on the threshold of a whole lot of unprecedented stuff…

A Change Is Gonna Come

The Last Internationale covers Sam Cooke in honor of Martin Luther King Day – this was one of the most important anthems of the civil rights era. Full story at Diffuser where the video debuted.

Martin

Martin Luther King Jr. conveyed some incredibly moving ideas and left us with a few extraordinary quotations during the course of his life and career. Below are my three favorites. -JB *** “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you…

QOTD: Podhoretz on Trollbama

At tomorrow night’s State Of The Union addresss, the President will unveil his new plan to raise taxes on high income earners, high net worth investors and financial institutions with over $50 billion in assets. The general idea will be to hike the taxes on capital gains up to 28% for households earning over $500,000 per…

Permit me a few victory laps…

I’ve made it a point not to use this blog to say “I told you so” over the years, which is probably why it remains among the most-read in finance while so many others have come and gone. The braggarts and table-pounders have been picked off one-by-one since I got started – either their blogs…

This Week on TRB

(This week I got to sit in for a Q&A session with Nobel Laureate Eugene Fama in Austin, Texas. He’s brilliant, self-deprecating and literally swims in market data. Also, I ate some mints.) These were the most read posts on the site this week, in case you missed it:

Austin Bound

Posting will be light for the remainder of this week as I make my way to Austin, Texas for an educational conference (and hopefully some barbecue). I may or may not be on 6th Street tonight, depending on when my plane lands. In ther meantime, I leave you in the capable hands of Mr. Tadas…

GLOBAL DEFLATION

Retail Sales for the month of December shocked The Street to the downside. via the Wall Street Journal: U.S. sales at retailers and restaurants decreased a seasonally adjusted 0.9% in December from a month earlier, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. That was the largest monthly decline since January 2014. Excluding gasoline sales, purchases fell 0.4%,…