In The News Today 02/17/18

In these pages, we have time and again warned about how the lowest interest rates in 5,000 years had generated a toxic co-dependence between algorithmic strategies and low volatility (WILTW August 3, 2017). Last week, that threat manifested — the VIX spike triggered an algorithmic sell cascade. But as Chris Cole, Artemis Capital’s CIO and a thought leader on the volatility threat, told The New York Times: “This is just an appetizer.”

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Bill Holter’s Commentary

This is the letter David spoke of on our weekly call.

Taliban Try’s to Talk Peace to U.S. Audience in New Letter
February 15, 2018

“Information Clearing House” – The Taliban sent a detailed letter Wednesday addressed to U.S. officials making demands and urging them to stop fighting and settle the war peacefully. The letter was sent also sent electronically to media outlets in various languages.

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Bill Holter’s Commentary

This is a well-done interview.

What Is The Turbulence In The Bull Market & What Is To Be Done About Physical Gold?
February 16, 2018

 

Bill Holter’s Commentary

Facebook (FB) is being called “fake news” by Brazil’s largest newspaper?

Brazil’s Largest Newspaper Abandons Facebook; Says News Feed is “Banning Professional Journalism”
February 15, 2018

São Paulo, Brazil— The largest newspaper in Brazil, Folha de S Paulo, announced late last week that due to Facebook’s recent changes to their news feed algorithm resulting in what the paper claims is “effectively banning professional journalism,” it would cease publishing content on the social media platform.

The Guardian reported that the popular Brazilian newspaper has an online and print subscription base of nearly 285,000 subscribers and had roughly 204 million page impressions last December, according to the Communication Verification Institute, a non-profit media auditor. The company’s Facebook page has nearly 6 million Facebook followers.

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