a postcard from hell

No Hot Links this morning as my entire house has pneumonia (except for me) which sets up a really interesting Long Island version of The Walking Dead. I’m trying not to let the wife and kids bite or scratch me. In the meantime, the schools were closed on account of the overnight ice storm, so we’re all trapped here in this prison together. I’m working in my office and they’re calling my mobile phone every 15 minutes for water like you’d ring the bell for a butler. Place your bets as to whether I manage to break the washer / dryer or the dishwasher first today.

It’s not going well…

A few stories I thought were of interest, however:

“Emerging markets may be even more vulnerable to an interest rate shock today than they were during the East Asia crisis in 1998, the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) has warned.”  (Telegraph)

Russia sucks, but hilariously.  (WaPo)

CVS banning the sale of tobacco products throughout their stores on October 1st.  (TIME)

ICYMI: Put together this chart to show the deterioration in market leadership during this recent sell-off. Could reverse itself, of course, but it’s worse than last summer’s taper tantrum.  (TRB)

That’s it for now. Going out back to empty the phlegm buckets. Be safe out there.

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