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What We’re Reading – Week of 08/01/2014

Below you will find the articles on economics, investing, and finance that we found most interesting for the week.

NB: ($) denotes subscription site.

 

NASA says there is a 12% chance that a disaster potentially 20x more damaging than Hurricane Katrina will hit in the next 10 years.  Add the “solar storm” to your list of force majeure risks. 

Article via NASA

 

I guess we weren’t the only ones to read the story above:  Elliott Management’s biggest fear is an EMP.

Article via Financial Times ($)

 

Do you consider copper phone lines to be real estate?  Apparently, the IRS does as Windstream is converting to a REIT.

Article via Wall Street Journal ($)

 

Financial innovation knows no bounds!  For instance, these guys are building an empire doing gift card arbitrage.

Article via Forbes

 

Media mogul John Malone gave a rare interview in the Wall Street Journal this week.

Article via Wall Street Journal ($)