Landmark Links October 27th – Thanks Captain Obvious

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Lead Story… Why are entry level home prices rising so quickly? Simple. Because not enough are being built to keep up with household formation. 


Disconnect: with the economy slowing, the best argument for higher rates might now be the misallocation of capital caused by a 0% Fed funds rate.

Puzzling: if so many people are part of the so-called Gig Economy then why are so few self employed?  See Also: We are doing a terrible job of measuring the modern workforce and the government knows it.

Belly Up: Lots of hedge funds bet big on the price of oil recovering and now they are paying the price.

Boom, Bust and Recovery: Fascinating maps from the Philly Fed show America’s boom, economic collapse and comeback.


Jet Fuel: A restrictive development climate and an influx of well paid tech workers create the perfect storm for soaring home prices.

Gold Mine: investors to are seeing higher rents on older homes outside of primary markets.

Laboring: The labor shortage is hitting big home builders where it hurts the most – the bottom line.

Blah: The September New Home Sales report basically stunk up the joint.


Office Space: here are the hottest office markets in the US.

On the Rise: Multi-family lending rose 13% in 2014.

Battle of the Billionaires: Sam Zell believes that the apartment market is nearing its top.  Barry Sternlicht believes that it still has a long way to go.  Both billionaires are putting their money where their mouths are and they both can’t be right.

The Box that Built the Modern World: How the shipping container revolutionized the logistics business and made distance irrelevant.


Fake it Till You Make it: Websites that sell fake reviews for products and businesses on sites like Amazon and Yelp are increasingly becoming a big business. Amazon and Yelp are fighting back.

Rise of the Machines: Here’s why Uber will eventually need to use self driving cars in order to achieve its lofty growth projections. See Also: Ride sharing apps are putting the screws to the taxi medallion lending industry.

Vegan Conspiracy: I’ve never wanted a study to be discredited as much as I want this one to be.

Long National Nightmare is Over: Apple has added a taco emoji (and a middle finger emoji) in it’s latest iOS update.


Inelastic: California growers are struggling to raise prices to compensate for increased costs related to the drought.

Chart of the Day


Dahmer Dogs? A new study finds that 2% of hot dogs contain human DNA. Yes,human DNA.

May the Force Be with You: an artist in the Ukranian city of Odessa turned a Vladamir Lenin into a statue of Darth Vader as part of an effort to “decommunize” the country.

Young Entrepreneurs: meet the teen brothers from Washington arrested for pimping.

Makes Sense: New study finds that the louder the monkey, the smaller it’s…..  A more accurate summary of American politicians has never been written. 

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Landmark Links October 27th – Thanks Captain Obvious

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