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Moving ice

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Ice in Antartica is in constant (very slow) motion, and as ocean waters warm, the flow of ice accelerates. The New York Times mapped the flows, showing where the ice is headed.

And, if you’re interested in how they did this, NYT graphics editor Derek Watkins provides the rundown.

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What They’re Saying About Smart Beta, Tactics, and Strategy

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For four years now, FTSE Russell has surveyed global institutions, asking about their interest in smart beta indexes and about their allocations to investable products based on same. The 2017 survey results are in. The new survey finds (as did the earlier ones) that risk reduction, return enhancement, and improvedRead More
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Danger Zone: What an Algorithm Reveals About Life on Chicago’s High-Risk List

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Police officers talked to two women as they investigated a fatal shooting that killed a 15-year-old boy in Chicago last month. The city has experienced a devastating increase in gun violence in recent years.

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MIB: Daron Acemoglu on the Importance of Institutions

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Daron Acemoglu, is the Killian Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2005 John Bates Clark Medal, and is co-author of Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty. He explains why institutions are the key to understanding a society’s economic success or…

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Bloomberg Facebook Live Event: The Weed Index

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click for Facebook Live   Funny story: I wrote a column about the parallels between the repeal of prohibition (alcohol) and the ongoing decriminalization of marijuana. There is an obvious investment opportunity here, but there are also challenges given the Federal laws versus the slow decriminalization by the states. Note: I am not a zealous advocate here, but…

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The Hidden Cost of Privatization

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Privatization conflates public and private interests. In conflicts between them, the private interests win out.
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