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    Daily Digest 3/26 – Yellen Says Bond Market Could Need Rate Cut, Louisiana's Disappearing Coast

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    Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 8:06 AM


Former Fed Chair Yellen says bond market could be hinting need for rate cut — not a recession (Adam)

“In contrast to times past, there’s a tendency now for the yield curve to be very flat,” she said, adding that it’s now easier for it to invert — which traditionally meant investors had become concerned about a future downturn. In technical terms, it’s when the spread between the three-month Treasury bill yield and the 10-year note rate turns negative, which happened on Friday for the first time since 2007.

Why the inverted yield curve makes investors worry about a recession (Thomas R.)

Typically the government pays a higher annual interest rate for long-term bonds than short-term bonds because investors are letting the government borrow their money for a longer amount of time. But on Friday, the opposite was true — the yield on the 10-year bond dropped below the three-month bond for the first time since 2007.

Standard Chartered CEO says a recession next year ‘looks less likely today’ (Thomas R.)

“Part of it is we are in the cycle — we’ve probably gone through the deleveraging period in China … in some of the rest of emerging Asia. Not completely, but there’s the sense that we’re coming back up,” he continued, referring to China’s efforts to reduce debt levels.

Donald Trump Just Picked A Laughingstock For A Huge Federal Reserve Job (edelinski)

The Fed is an important institution, responsible for managing the American economy to ensure “maximum employment” and “reasonable price stability.” As the most powerful bank regulator in the country, it’s also responsible for preventing a financial crisis. There are a lot of problems with the way the Fed currently operates, but none of them will be solved by adding a clown to the board of governors.

Jair Bolsonaro’s Southern Strategy (jdargis)

Like many autocrats, Bolsonaro came to power with a suddenness that alarmed the élites. He had run a low-budget campaign, consisting mostly of a social-media effort overseen by his son Carlos. At events with supporters, he posed for selfies making a gesture as if he were shooting a machine gun. He promised to “reconstruct the country”—and to return power to a political right that had been in eclipse for decades. In the inaugural ceremony, he vowed to “rescue the family, respect religions and our Judeo-Christian tradition, combat gender ideology, conserving our values.”

Next Steps And Big Unanswered Questions As The Nation Moves Into Post-Mueller Era (tmn)

About the only issue on which Washington has lately been able to reach a bipartisan consensus is that Mueller’s full report and its underlying material must at least go to Congress, if not become public.

McDonald’s is buying a startup that uses AI to try to make you spend more (Thomas R.)

Dynamic Yield will expand McDonald’s “ability to increase the role technology and data will play in our future,” McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook said in a statement. It will also increase “the speed with which we’ll be able to implement our vision of creating more personalized experiences for our customers,” he added.

The outlook for Alzheimer’s research keeps getting bleaker (Thomas R.)

Alzheimer’s is devastating. Nearly 6 million Americans have it, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, making it a leading causes of death. Another 16 million people are unpaid caregivers for Alzheimer’s patients, which can take a severe financial and emotional toll. Yet despite an army of medical researchers, the disease remains a black box.

Android users’ security and privacy at risk from shadowy ecosystem of pre-installed software, study warns (Thomas R.)

“The study shows, on the one hand, that the permission model on the Android operating system and its apps allow a large number of actors to track and obtain personal user information,” it writes. “At the same time, it reveals that the end user is not aware of these actors in the Android terminals or of the implications that this practice could have on their privacy. Furthermore, the presence of this privileged software in the system makes it difficult to eliminate it if one is not an expert user.”

Medtronic cardiac implants can be hacked, FDA issues alert (Thomas R.)

The second flaw, CVE-2019-6540, is that the Conexus protocol doesn’t use any form of wireless encryption, so that attackers nearby can sniff out sensitive data going to and from the device.

The silver lining is that attackers would have to be close to the target device at precisely the right moment.

‘Simple Laws of Economics’ Doom Remaining US Coal Plants as Solar and Wind Are Now Cheaper for American Households (Thomas R.)

Energy Innovation based its study on companies’ financial filings data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). It found that coal has become more expensive as maintenance and anti-pollution compliance costs have risen, while technological advances have made solar and wind power cheaper.

Fed Researcher Warns Climate Change Could Spur Financial Crisis (Thomas R.)

While the Fed’s primary policy tools — short-term interest rates and large-scale asset purchases — aren’t designed to address phenomenon like global warming, policy makers may need to take climate-related damages into account when considering the long-term economic outlook, the researcher wrote. “Many central banks already include climate change in their assessments of future economic and financial risks when setting monetary and financial supervisory policy,” he wrote.

Louisiana’s Disappearing Coast (jdargis)

Plaquemines has the distinction—a dubious one, at best—of being among the fastest-disappearing places on Earth. Everyone who lives in the parish—and fewer and fewer people do—can point to some stretch of water that used to have a house or a hunting camp on it. This is true even of teen-agers. A few years ago, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officially retired thirty-one Plaquemines place-names, including Bay Jacquin and Dry Cypress Bayou, because there was no there there anymore.

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  • Tue, Mar 26, 2019 - 11:46pm



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    Alzheimer's..Good reasons get grains and sugar out of your diet

    Memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s reversed for first time
    Bredesen’s approach is personalized to the patient, based on extensive testing to determine what is affecting the brain’s plasticity signaling network. In the case of the patient with the demanding job who was forgetting her way home, her therapy consisted of some, but not all, of the components of Bredesen’s program, including:
    eliminating all simple carbohydrates, gluten and processed food from her diet, and eating more vegetables, fruits and non-farmed fish

    Reversal of Cognitive Decline: 100 Patients Dale E Bredesen1*,
    Ketogenic Diet Promising for Mild Alzheimer’s Disease
    This fact inspired researchers from the University of Kansas to explore whether ketone supplements and low-carbohydrate diets that switch on the body’s own ketone production could be the way forward for some people with Alzheimer’s disease. Their study, nicknamed KDRAFT (the Ketogenic Diet Retention and Feasibility Trial), is the first study in the world to test ketogenic diets in people with Alzheimer’s disease. ………………………
    Cognitive test results improved significantly in 9 out of 10 participants.* The ADAS-cog is a 70-point test of memory, language, attention, and task completion (drawing shapes, mailing letters, etc.) On average, ADAS-cog test scores improved by more than 5 points; better than with any available Alzheimer’s medication

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  • Wed, Mar 27, 2019 - 5:10am



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    This is an interview on Bredesen’s research and protocol with an equally brilliant scientist Rhonda Patrick Ph.D. 
    2 points on his recommendations:
    He sees meat as a condiment not a major player. Much different from Atkins. He also does extensive blood testing (he refers to it as a “cognoscopy” sort of similar to getting your first colonoscopy at 50). Things like APO E 4 testing, infection testing, lipid panels, and other toxin and genetic testing. I am not an expert but I think he is on to something. It is not entirely a one size fits all strategy.
    There seems to be NO reason to ever consume white flour or white sugar healthwise.

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  • Wed, Mar 27, 2019 - 10:02am



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    Confusion to the Enemy

    I don’t know much about Stephen Moore, President Trump’s pick for a seat on the board of the Federal Reserve. However, the fact that the bankers are resisting his appointment probably means his appointment would be a good thing. Anything which brings confusion to the Fed cannot be bad.

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  • Wed, Mar 27, 2019 - 11:17am

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    Maybe they’re not too enthralled with having a seemingly potential “mole” on the board.  As far as confusion, I think any more will be lost in the high baseline of befuddlement already pervading the clown car.  Not a disagreement here, just my own worthless opinion.

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