NewsWatch: ‘Black Swan’ author says if investors don’t use a ‘tail hedge,’ he recommends ‘not being in the market’—‘We’re facing a huge amount of uncertainty’

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Speaking during an interview on CNBC on Friday, the popular author Nassim Taleb, offers the notion that investors should be hedged against so-called tail risk, which refer to extreme events that also have a low probability of happening in a distribution of outcomes. See full story.

Peggy Noonan says Trump ‘cannot’ lead in a crisis — and calls on Biden to step up

The conservative columnist also writes that Trump ‘doesn’t understand his own base’ See full story.

These 5 giant stocks are driving the U.S. market now, but watch out down the road

Powerful stock-market leaders ultimately take a fall, writes Mark Hulbert. See full story.

Are the dividends from your bank stocks safe? Stress test results put pressure on future payouts

Among the ‘big six’ U.S. banks, it appears Wells Fargo is the most at risk for a third-quarter dividend cut. See full story.

Bill Gates: Poor U.S. response is making pandemic picture ‘more bleak than I would have expected’

Appearing CNN, Bill Gates said the U.S. is “not even close” to doing everything it can to battle the pandemic, and said the global response is worse off because of a lack of leadership from the U.S. See full story.

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The state legislature advanced a measure that will put the state’s ban on affirmative action on the ballot. See full story.

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