Best in Economics this week: January 8

Ah yes, the traditional top ten isn asset class returns

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http://uk.businessinsider.com/quilt-total-returns-by-asset-class-rankings-2016-1

Adjusted for risks, Portugal, Swedish and Norwegian government debt have beaten the rest over the past 2 years

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http://ftalphaville.ft.com/2016/01/05/2149095/2015-charted/

Glad we have passed the peak….

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2015/12/30/the-deadliest-day-of-the-year-is-almost-upon-us/

Not sure if this is the most accurate 2015 look-back, but it is a quick read for sure

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http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2016/01/how-the-global-economy-played-out-in-2015/

We get the message: don’t go for routine jobs, either cognitive or manual

Jobs Routine vs. Nonroutine

https://www.stlouisfed.org/on-the-economy/2016/january/jobs-involving-routine-tasks-arent-growing

And this one is for the economist ate the IMF: they beat a random sampler with their forecast

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http://www.economist.com/node/21685480?fsrc=rss%7Cfec

Ah yes, the do-as-January-first-does-trade!

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http://www.marketwatch.com/story/a-bear-market-in-stocks-became-more-likely-today-2016-01-04

Got the point: that did not work the last ten years

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http://www.businessinsider.com/you-have-to-go-back-to-the-1930s-to-find-a-worse-commodities-rout-2016-1

Martin Wolf on the world economy: “Why global economic disaster is an unlikely event”

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http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/db57a57e-b38b-11e5-b147-e5e5bba42e51.html#axzz3wTy0Q2zx

Average is pretty rare in financial markets

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http://uk.businessinsider.com/average-returns-almost-never-happen-in-markets-2015-12

Have buybacks reached their limit and do they fail to lead to excess returns?

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http://ftalphaville.ft.com/2016/01/07/2149517/a-limit-to-share-buybacks/

The changing nature of the economics profession

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http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2016-01-06/how-economics-went-from-theory-to-data

What happens after stocks decline by more than 1% on the first day of trading in the new year?
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http://uk.businessinsider.com/closing-bell-january-4-2016-1

The Economist’s speed read on Sunnis and Shias

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http://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2016/01/islam-middle-east

Refugees and populist’s votes: not a very strong link, apparently

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http://uk.businessinsider.com/europe-has-an-identity-crisis-eurasia-group-2016-1

For what it is worth: books are better than movies (based on books)

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/01/05/the-book-really-is-better-than-the-movie/

Talk about not all that useful factoids: the white pawn on H2 is the safest piece on the chessboard

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2015/12/30/the-winning-strategy-for-14-of-the-most-popular-games/

 

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