Memes are simple ideas that sometimes take hold and change the world. Finance has undergone two major cycles of transformation under this principle over the last 100 years and a third cycle more recently. Christopher K. Merker, PhD, CFA, explains.
Jason Voss, CFA, provides his picks for Weekend Reads for Investors. This edition features stories about volatility's return to financial markets, cracks in debt markets, and the "shocking" truth about the famous Stanley Milgram obedience experiments.
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The Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday determined that Yahoo failed to properly disclose and investigate a 2014 data breach. The company, now known as Altaba, has been ordered to pay a $35 million fine, marking the first time a public company has been penalized for mishandling a data breach. The Verge (24 Apr.)
UK Brexit Secretary David Davis says Britain's negotiating position will weaken if lawmakers reject a plan for EU withdrawal. Davis has declined to say what the government will do if the plan is rejected. Politico (25 Apr.)
J. Christopher Giancarlo, chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, is calling for more flexible rules governing swaps trading and for tightening reporting of swaps transactions. He proposed the changes in a document recommending revisions to rules prompted by the Dodd-Frank Act. Reuters (26 Apr.)
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