At the halfway point of 2019 markets are jittery about trade wars and global growth, but embracing the likelihood of support from the Federal Reserve if conditions turn south. Here are a few things that have caught our eye.
- Everyone is looking ahead to the 2020 Election, and a chart from Goldman Sachs says President Trump is the favorite to win re-election, writes Jack Hough at Barron’s.
- The unicorn parade continues, including Slack making its public market debut via direct listing (with a tidy $20 billion valuation).
- Can technology keep investors from making their typical mistakes? Barry Ritholtz asked Betterment’s Jonathan Stein on his Masters in Business podcast.
- Everybody’s looking for an edge. Frank Partnoy in The Atlantic asks whether stockpickers using satellite imagery to predict retail sales is cheating?
- Lastly, some good lessons in brand management (and reversing mis-management) from Sports Illustrated’s Where Are They Now? issue on the re-made, re-modeled A-Rod.