Author Archives: Rafi Farber

Stanford’s New Cancer Immunotherapy Starting Clinical Trials Could Spur a Big Pharma Bid

The concept behind cancer immunotherapy vaccines has been around since, believe it or not, 1891. This is when one Dr. William Coley began directly injecting tumors with bacteria, with 10% ...
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Why Stocks May Still Have a Long Way to Fall

The scary market action over the past week may not be over yet, nor for a while. In fact, the Dow’s 567-point bounce on the traditional “Turnaround Tuesday,” may turn ...
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Puerto Rico Moves to Privatize Its Electricity, but Competition Is Also Badly Needed

After nearly 40 years, Puerto Rico is finally privatizing its power utility company, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA). But it may not be enough. With 36% of residents ...
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For the Overall Economy, Tax Reform Is Much Ado About Nothing

For the number of headlines it generates and market jitters it causes, you’d think that the GOP tax reform plan would actually cut taxes on net. When chances of a ...
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Why a Flattening Yield Curve Means Recession Ahead

The yield curve is flattening fast. The spread between 10-year and two-year Treasury yields has shrunk to just over half a point, a level not seen in over a decade. ...
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3 Canadian Cannabis ADRs to Consider as the Sector Takes Off

Cannabis stocks are making a comeback, no thanks to US-based medical marijuana companies. The United States Marijuana Index, a collection of 17 firms, is still languishing at 55% below its ...
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3 Companies Spearheading the Antibiotics Space in 2018

This may turn out to be a pivotal year in antibiotic development, after decades of dramatic decline in the space. While 1980 to 1984 saw 18 new antibiotic approvals, the ...
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McAfee One Year Later, Now a Bitcoin Pioneer

Last year, cybersecurity legend John McAfee came out of hiding and made a play to reinvigorate his name and brand by heading MGT Capital Investments and rebranding it as a ...
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Why a California Ban on Internal Combustion Is Irrelevant

Following China’s proposed ban of the internal combustion engine by 2030, Governor Jerry Brown of California appears to have gotten a little jealous. He is now reportedly interested in eventually ...
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Winners and Losers If Trump Carries Out Threat to Cut Off Trade With China

President Donald Trump apparently did not get Teddy Roosevelt’s memo about speaking softly and carrying a big stick. Of all the threats that he has made since his tenure as ...
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Trump’s Trade War With China Disregards Companies Involved

A trade war is brewing between the United States and China, but the offended parties — U.S. companies operating in China supposed forced to hand over technology for access to ...
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Why Time Warner May Jettison CNN Before Any AT&T Merger

CNN’s thinly veiled threat against an as-of-yet private citizen for criticizing the network in an internet meme is one of the more bizarre and arguably puerile moves a large media ...
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Why the Fed May Not Be Able to Shrink Its Balance Sheet

Along with the Federal Reserve’s expected hike of the federal funds rate to a range of 1.00% to 1.25%, what really captured investor attention was the addendum the Federal Open ...
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Why Big Pharma Is Not at Fault for Record Drug Spending

With prescription drug spending breaking new records almost every year now, people like to blame Big Pharma and use it as the industry punching bag. But the truth is, Big ...
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Why the Summer Looks Safe for Stocks This Year

Popular Wall Street sayings aren’t initiated in a vacuum. “Sell in May and go away” echoes are bouncing off the walls this time of year, and it is worth a ...
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