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April 21, 2017, Vol.35, No.08


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Sacred cows in the road

In trying to perfect the driverless car, Silicon Valley has invented an exciting new children’s game: “Throw the ball and watch the car stop.” No easy workaround for the problem of “deferential paralysis.” Hey, Uber: You’ll be paying the drivers for years to come.

Anyway, it’s bullish

America’s largest bank needs a copy editor.

Bots buy beans

Once upon a time, investors used machines. Nowadays, machines use investors. Herewith a speculation on the consequences of auto-investing, along with a revisit to a known Grant’s pick-not-to-click.

Happy Tax Day

Again, how many rate rises are on tap this year?

Long Shots, Inc.

Framed by a presidential musing, some deep out-of-the-money options on a change in the monetary climate. “I do like a low interest-rate policy, I must be honest with you.”

What could go wrong?

The Fed will start shrinking its balance sheet in 2017. Risk of collateral damage to toppy bond and stock markets? Put it out of your mind, counsel the mandarins.

Books by the editor

James Grant is the author of these books on finance and American history.

Center Section Explained

What the figures say is obvious enough. But what do they mean? Click for a guided tour of the statistics.

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Episode 9: Capital controls in your future?
Apr 24, 2017
Special guest Russell Napier talks with Jim Grant about the coming tumult in currencies and interest rates.
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