wiar 12-28-17

Mary FanslauWhat I Am Reading

Dec 28 (Thursday)

Markets
Flattening U.S. Yield Curve Nears Decade Lows in Final 2017 Push (B)
Paulsen, A One Time Super Bull Is Getting Worried About the Stock Market (W)
The Pessimist’s Guide to 2018 (B)

Central banks
Former Bush-Era Economists Considered for Fed’s No. 2 Job (W)

US
Consumer Confidence Dips in December (W)
When Will the Next Recession Begin? Maybe Soon, Or Maybe Not (W)
IRS Says 2018 Property Taxes Are Deductible if Assessed (W)

Japan
Dark Pools Are on the Rise in Japan (B)

Emerging economies
China’s New Tax May Hit Hedge Funds More Than Investment Rivals (B)
Mexico Chalks Up $399 Million November Trade Surplus (W)

US tax reform
Tax Bill Will Deliver a Corporate Earnings Gusher (B)
Shell, Barclays Detail Billions in Tax-Linked Charges (W)
Barclays and Shell warn of hits from Trump tax bill (FT)

US politics
Republicans under pressure to act on healthcare (FT)
House Committee Unites to Clamp Down on Indian Firms’ Use of H-1B Visas (W)
Democrats Struggle to Convert Voter Enthusiasm Into Cash Contributions (W)

Geopolitics
Nafta ‘Unpredictability’ Is Keeping Trudeau Awake at Night (B)
Chinese ships accused of breaking N Korea sanctions (FT)

Industries & companies
Autos: Nissan Makes Unconventional Bet on Rental-Car Market to Boost U.S. Sales (W)
FANGs: Apple Boosts Pay of CEO Cook, Other Executives (W)
Financials: JPMorgan to Pay $2.8 Million for Failing to Segregate Customer Funds (W)
Pharma: Drug Maker Teva Faces a Crisis (N)
Retail: Restoration Hardware Boss Bets $1 Billion to Fight Skeptical Investors (W)
Tech: Startups Seek Tech Solution to Net Neutrality Repeal (W)

Corporate finance
Global number of IPOs highest since financial crisis (FT)

Technology
Tech That Will Change Your Life in 2018 (W)
A Tech-Driven Boom Is Coming; Please Be Patient (W)
The Robots Are Coming, and Sweden Is Fine (N)
How Big Tech Is Going After Your Health Care (N)

Offbeat
Pot Stocks Soar as California Gets Ready to Get High (B)
California Marijuana Start-Ups, Shut Out From Banks, Turn to Private Backing (N)