The Zeitgeist | 2.12.2019

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This is our feature of the 10 most on-narrative (i.e. interconnected, highly similar) stories in financial media. It’s not a list of best articles, or articles we think are most interesting, or articles we agree with. But if you’re going to read 5-10 stories when you start your day, these are the ones that are most connected to the financial news that got published today.

Fitch May Cut GE’s Credit Rating Again — Should Investors Worry?

Cashing In on a Warming Arctic

Spain’s strawberry fields lie under a Brexit shadow

Delayed USDA reports and Snake River jump: Hyped, but duds

Tuesday briefing: ‘Pantomime’ of Brexit baffles Europeans

Global markets bounce as US agrees deal to stop a fresh government shutdown

Investors Pull $30 Billion, Just From One Company: Taking Stock

Europe Shares Gain For Second Day on Trade and U.S. Shutdown Hopes

U.S.-China Trade Hopes Give Stocks a Lift

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The Rake

By Ben Hunt | November 12, 2019 | 6 Comments

Jamie Dimon is the rake.

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Bye, Alexa…

By Rusty Guinn | November 11, 2019 | 3 Comments

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The Age of the High-Functioning Sociopath

By Ben Hunt | November 8, 2019 | 4 Comments

I’m old enough to remember when Donald Trump, the President-elect of the United States, and Masayoshi Son, CEO of Softbank, had an impromptu press conference in the Trump Tower lobby to trumpet the FIFTY THOUSAND JOBS and FIFTY BILLION DOLLAR INVESTMENT that Softbank would be bringing to the US.

All based on a powerpoint deck.

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When Was I Radicalized? (Boeing edition)

By Ben Hunt | November 5, 2019 | 16 Comments

I believe it is impossible to separate the modern management practice of self-enrichment through massive levels of stock-based comp from the modern management practice of investor placation through massive levels of stock buybacks … without regulating one or the other practice.

But I’m all ears for any ideas.

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The Return of the Rotation Missionaries

By Rusty Guinn | November 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

The missionaries are out, and guess what? They want you to do a lot of trading and portfolio repositioning. How thoughtful!

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The Road to Reykjavík

By Rusty Guinn | October 29, 2019 | 8 Comments

Today’s Zeitgeist brought back a blast from the past, an early encounter with the distinction between narrative and other, more common, measures of what the crowd thinks.

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