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  • Week InReview: August 23, 2019

    • Friday, August 23, 2019

    Who’s afraid of the Big Bad Tech? Fictionalized versions of big tech companies are being cast as the bad guys in a new crop of books, playing on fears about the pervasive reach of technology. Many of the tomes ask how much people are willing to give up in exchange for high-tech gadgets and algorithms that anticipate their every need. In the books, fictionalized doppelgängers with names such as Cloud, TheShop or Beetle have grown so big that no government can regulate them. Several are in development for film and TV. — The Wall Street Journal

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  • Week InAdvance: August 19, 2019

    • Monday, August 19, 2019

    Mon Aug 19 FINRA annual meeting. | Tue Aug 20 FDIC considers changes to Volcker Rule. | Wed Aug 21 FOMC minutes. | Thu Aug 22 Central bankers gather at Jackson Hole. | Sat Aug 24 G7 meets in Biarritz.

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  • Week InReview: August 16, 2019

    • Friday, August 16, 2019

    Will an obscure event trigger next crisis? “The possibility of something triggering an event that moves us toward a crisis is way higher now than it’s been in a very long time,” said Glen Capelo, head of rates for Academy Securities in New York. “The rates market is telling you it’s going to happen, it just doesn’t know what it is yet: whether it’s Hong Kong, Brexit, European banks getting hammered, or the global economy. The system is in a more fragile state than I’ve seen in a long time and it will likely be an obscure, second-derivative event that creates the next crisis.” Capelo said the unwinding of large positions or accounts being forced to take risk down could spark the next major volatility event. “ My guess is that the trigger will be something that’s not on the radar,” he said. “The next problem will be centered around liquidity.” — Fragile US rates market braces for volatility from everywhere

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