Politics Trump Economics Redux

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Every morning, we run the Narrative Machine on the past 24 hours worth of financial media to find the most on-narrative (i.e. interconnected and central) stories in financial media. It’s not a list of best articles or articles we think are most interesting … often far from it. But for whatever reason these are articles that are representative of some chord that has been struck in Narrative-world. And whenever we think there’s a story behind the narrative connectivity of an article … we write about it. That’s The Zeitgeist. Our narrative analysis of the day’s financial media in bite-size form.

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We took the title of this Zeitgeist from a tagline we used to lead with on Epsilon Theory. And instead of giving you a single article today, we are going to include each of the top six without exception. I think you will quickly see why – on both counts.

Danish pensions to put $50 billion into green investments [Reuters]

Gender diversity pays off: A new Stanford study finds equitable hiring boosts companies’ stock prices [Business Insider]

Aluminium industry must commit to carbon reductions [Business Insider]

Daughter of Ebony founder resigns from spot on magazine’s board [Chicago Tribune]

At Amazon, workers push climate policy; Bezos sets net-zero carbon emission goals, but employees want more urgent action. [Vox]

General Motors Shares Extend Declines As Nationwide UAW Strike Hits Day Five [The Street]

Recall that the query we use for the daily Zeitgeist is constructed only from news that specifically refers to equity markets and stocks.

We have commented before that ESG specifically tends to follow the fortunes of the market. It usually becomes a cohesive, high attention narrative when times are good and investors feel confident. When markets decline and perceived risk rises, ESG issues tend to fade from investors’ attention. Independent of ESG investing as a topic in itself, however, the politics of climate, inequality and identity that we have shown to be dominant in electoral coverage are becoming similarly prominent in financial markets coverage.

As long-time readers will know, any time coverage of politics and markets intersect so plainly, we strongly recommend taking a step back to ask, “Why am I reading this now?”

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Peter
Peter
10 months ago

ESG today = “Frontier” Markets of past tops/near tops. Love companies falling all over themselves in craven attempts to be labeled ESG for inclusion in such an index. If everything is ESG, nothing is ESG.

Mark Nockleby
10 months ago

There’s one headline that seems particularly ridiculous to me (although, gender diversity is fine and good). Oh gawd, am I really going to click on this headline… I click on the headline. I think, “In what kind of lab can you do experiments like that? Oh, the experiments are one dollar bets?”

really? really? one dollar bets like this one? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjkdynBFHuQ

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Get Me Tools and a Beer!

By Rusty Guinn | August 10, 2020 | 9 Comments

There is nothing wrong with wanting the US to bring back certain critical manufacturing industries to its shores.

But don’t buy the narrative that a crazy scheme like the Kodak grift is the only way to make it happen.

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Deep Sociopathy

By Ben Hunt | August 6, 2020 | 6 Comments

Is murder bad? Hmm, I dunno. What are the chances I will be caught and what price will I pay if that happens? If the odds are high enough and the price steep enough, then yeah, I guess THAT would be bad. But the act of murder itself? I mean, I’m sure whoever I murdered – if I were to murder someone, that is, because I really don’t think you can prove that I did – was getting in the way of something that was very important to me. When you really think about it, they were doing the bad thing! Why do you ask?

Welcome to the world of commodity trade finance.

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Taiwan is now Arrakis

By Ben Hunt | July 27, 2020 | 18 Comments

“He who controls the spice controls the universe.”

The world’s principal supplier of semiconductors – the spice of OUR global empire – is now Taiwan.

Thanks a lot, Intel. Thanks a lot, Bob Swan. Thanks a lot, Jack Welch. Thanks a lot, all you Wall Street wizards of financialization.

Taiwan is now Arrakis. And we WILL fight over it.

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Misfortune vs. Carelessness

By Ben Hunt | June 9, 2020 | 6 Comments

What’s happening with the Bureau of Labor Statistics with recent employment data reports is an intentional, political carelessness that supports status quo cartoons of control.

It’s not a Democrat thing and it’s not a Republican thing.

It’s a power thing.

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Never Forget

By Ben Hunt | June 4, 2020 | 8 Comments

Since June 4th 1989, the Chinese government has tried to erase any record of the Tiananmen Square massacre from history.

Can a Tiananmen Square massacre happen in the United States? I doubt it.

Can a Tiananmen Square rewriting of history happen in the United States? Absolutely. It already is.

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The Hertz Story Isn’t What You Think

By Ben Hunt | May 27, 2020 | 5 Comments

The Hertz bankruptcy is not a story of financialization by an entrenched, self-dealing management team.

It’s a story of financialization by an entrenched, self-dealing minority ownership.

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