wiar 12-20-17

Mary FanslauWhat I Am Reading

Dec 20 (Wednesday)

Markets
The last time stocks were this quiet was the year the Beatles went on Ed Sullivan (MW)
U.S. Treasury Sales Are About to Double 2018. Who’s Buying? (B)

US
U.S. Housing Starts Grew In November (W)
Drug and Alcohol Deaths at U.S. Workplaces Soar (W)
For roughly half of Americans, the stock market’s record highs don’t help at all (WP)

Japan
Kuroda Remains in Front in Guessing Game for Who Will Run BOJ (B)

China
China, Seeking Growth, Softens Focus on Cutting Debt (W)
Twelve Days in Xinjiang: How China’s Surveillance State Overwhelms Daily Life (W)

US politics
GOP Tax-Overhaul Bill Heads to Senate (W)
House to Vote Again on Tax Bill Tomorrow After Procedural Snag (B)
What the Tax Bill Means for Pass-Through Business Owners​ (W)
Tax Cuts to Test Republicans’ Economic Pledges (W)
Collins Slams News Coverage of Her Tax Vote as ‘Unbelievably Sexist’ (B)

Geopolitics & cybersecurity
Trump’s New National-Security Policy: Paper Tiger or Hidden Dragon? (W)
U.S. Blames North Korea for ‘WannaCry’ Cyberattack (W)

Industries & companies
FANGs: Germany Says Facebook Abuses Market Dominance to Collect Data (W)
Financials: A Massive Margin Loan That Went Really Wrong for Banks (W)
Shipping: FedEx Boosts Annual Forecast Amid Strong Start to Holiday Season (B)

Corporate finance
Blue chips drive borrowing binge to record $6.8tn (FT)

Cryptocurrency
Cryptocurrency Exchange Collapses, Files for Bankruptcy After Hack (W)
Good News! You Are a Bitcoin Millionaire. Bad News! You Forgot Your Password (W)
Bitcoin is big. But fedcoin is bigger. (WP)

Technology
Forget Phones. BlackBerry Is Pushing Software for Driverless Cars (W)
Amazon Echo Prices Turn Market on Its Ear (W)

Offbeat
Derailed Amtrak Train Was Traveling at 80 MPH in a 30 MPH Zone (W)
Atlanta Airport Blackout Exposes a Flaw in Backup Power Systems (W)
Retiring Early Just Might Kill You, Says New Research (B)