Weekly Reads: 12/18/2017
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Weekly Reads: 12/18/2017

The Week’s Best Articles: Week of December 18th, 2017

Tax Bill: GOP Tax Bill Would Set Up Years of Challenges – click here
Investors’ focus this week is likely to be centered around the proposed (and perhaps new law) tax code changes.  While we are hesitant to use the word “overhaul” the bill will present some major changes to how Americans file their taxes each year.  Regardless of their immediate impact these changes are very likely to cause confusion and face legal challenges in the years to come.

Agriculture: Two Brothers and America’s Farm Bust – click here
The farming business has long been one of boom and bust cycles.  The story of Ron McMartin and his brother Larry is not unique but it does illustrate the potentially catastrophic results such a volatile business can produce.

Media: Rainmaker Seeks to Grow Firm During Big Media/Tech Deals – click here
For every major corporate M&A deal there are countless people behind the scenes doing due diligence and putting the sides together.  One of the legendary individuals in this world is Aryeh Bourkoff who media mogul John Malone views as one of the key people in the space.  This article by the NY Times outlines his quest to build a enduring business that will exist beyond his years.

Technology: Facebook Now Finds Photos You’re Untagged In – click here
A negative for some Facebook users is not knowing when people have uploaded photos of you if you remain tagged.  Recently Facebook rolled out a new feature that users that artificial intelligence capabilities to notify you of photos where you are untagged!  Yet another example of where technology is interacting more and more with our daily lives.

Technology: Facebook Now Finds Photos You’re Untagged In – click here
A negative for some facebook users is not knowing when people have uploaded photos of you if you remain tagged.  Recently Facebook rolled out a new feature that users that artificial intelligence capabilities to notify you of photos where you are untagged!  Yet another example of where technology is interacting more and more with our daily lives.

Technology: A Bitcoin Collapse Won’t Destroy Blockchain– click here
Yet another article examining the rapid rise of bitcoin.  However, MarketWatch makes an important distinction between two key hot button words right now, bitcoin and blockchain.  While they are interrelated the article points out how fundamentally different they are and the failure of one may not spell doom for the other.

Auto Lending: A Bitcoin Collapse Won’t Destroy Blockchain– click here
Securitized rightfully so got a bad name after the mortgage crisis.  The process of passing on the loan risk to investors was the primary reason the economy went into a tailspin.  Some investors are beginning to become concerned that a similar bubble is happening in the subprime auto market.  The Richmond FED outlines what is transpiring in the space and how it is both similar and different from the prior crisis.