What We’re Reading – Week of 10/31/2014

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

NB: ($) denotes subscription site.


Chinese economic numbers are often claimed to be “opaque.”  In the case of recent import/export data with Hong Kong, they simply don’t add up.

Article via Bloomberg


Well, the U.S. economy is officially off morphine, again!  The Fed ends QE.  Can the patient leave the hospital now?

Statement via Federal Reserve


The bond market is a lot less liquid than it used to be.  Dealers hold less corporate inventory and the Fed holds over 50% of some 10-year government issues.  More volatility ahead?

Article via The Economist ($)


Water scarcity is even important to the food business.  Nestle appears to be more innovative than most with a “zero water” plant.

Article via Financial Times ($)


Spatial mismatch: people who can’t get to jobs, don’t have jobs.  This is another common sense reason for fiscal spending on public transportation infrastructure.  Low interest rates also make this a good time to pursue such projects.

Article via The Economist ($)