Weekly Roundup: From Sneaker Markets to Housing Markets

Our weekly roundup includes the ups and downs of sneaker and housing markets, how women’s human capital has been wasted and healthcare cost contradictions.

The Top of the Housing Market

During the past decade the housing market has undergone a popped bubble and a recovery that could be heading toward a Minsky Moment once again.

Weekly Roundup: From Buying Mail Trucks to Selling Beanie Babies

Our Posts Roundup Sunday 3.08.15 What we don’t know about Daylight Saving…more Monday 3.09.15 Why Apple is like the old AT&T…more Tuesday 3.10.15 What we can learn from a mail truck…more Wednesday 3.11.15 How to find out the real jobs numbers…more Thursday 3.12.15…

Weekly Roundup: From Fed Humor to the Wisdom of Warren Buffett

Our Posts Roundup Sunday 3.01.15 Handy notes from Warren Buffett…more Monday 3.02.15 The basics of Greek tax evasion…more Tuesday 3.03.15 Insight about airline queues…more Wednesday 3.04.15 Why we subsidize Brazilian farmers…more Thursday 3.05.15 What an ATM can teach us…more  …

The Mystery of the $300 Textbook

Because the college textbook market is a monopoly for each book in which the instructor selects the books and students buy it, prices have skyrocketed.

The Cupcake Bubble

Just like technology stocks in 2000 and housing in 2005, the cupcake bubble has burst. In 2004 or so, many of us started buying the most amazing cupcakes. 4 inches tall, topped with sprinkles or a cookie, the cupcake might have been pistachio or strawberry…

Blowing Bubbles

In The Big Short, Michael Lewis explains the subprime bubble mentality through a quote about CNBC media coverage. “…they weren’t in touch with reality anymore. If something negative happened, they’d spin it positive. If something positive happened, they’d blow it out…

The FCIC Sounds Good

Reading Dr. Ed’s Morning Briefing (a great newsletter from Ed Yardeni–the 1/13 briefing), I was encouraged to hear about a member of the new Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (The new FCIC website is at www.fcic.gov). One of eight commissioners on…