U.S. Markets closed

'OoooooooO!': Jack Lew's Insane Signature Is Going to Be All Over Your Dollar Bills, Soon

Derek Thompson

The signature of our (probably) next Treasury Secretary Jack Lew.(New York magazine)

President Obama is expected to pick Jack Lew to be the next Treasury Secretary. If confirmed by Congress, that makes him the guy autographing your dollar bills.

And his autograph is insane.

It is also not, strictly speaking, an autograph. It is a doddle. Or series of cursive O's (or, equally, of upside-down cursive E's) or "a Slinky that has lost its spring," or a visual expression of the weary hollowness of identity, or just a really awful signature.

[via Kevin Roose]





More From The Atlantic

  • The ‘smart money’ says it’s time to buy the Chinese internet giants and the U.S. FAANGs
    News
    MarketWatch

    The ‘smart money’ says it’s time to buy the Chinese internet giants and the U.S. FAANGs

    When the media and investors turn negative on stocks but the “smart money” is bullish, it’s a good time to think about buying. After all, exactly what is the smart money, and how do you know? Lately, several fund managers who pass this test have been pounding the table on Chinese internet names.

  • What happens if you win Mega Millions' $970M jackpot?
    News
    Associated Press

    What happens if you win Mega Millions' $970M jackpot?

    Despite the terrible odds — one in 302.5 million for those keeping score at home — someone will eventually match all six numbers and win the Mega Millions jackpot, which now stands at $970 million. Here are some answers for someone holding that prized lottery ticket for what would be the second-largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history. Lottery officials recommend winners take a deep breath, put their winning ticket in a safe spot and consult with a reputable financial planner before popping over to the lottery headquarters.

  • American Express profits jump 22 percent, beating forecasts
    Finance
    Associated Press

    American Express profits jump 22 percent, beating forecasts

    American Express said its third quarter profits jumped by 22 percent from a year earlier, as the credit card giant benefited from a lower tax rate and increased spending on the company's credit cards. The results beat analysts' expectations, who were looking for AmEx to earn $1.77 a share, according to FactSet. "We delivered strong results this quarter driven by higher card member spending, fee income and loans," said Stephen Squeri, the company's chairman and chief executive officer.

  • Here's everyone who has dropped out of Saudi Arabia's 'Davos of the Middle East'
    Finance
    Yahoo Finance

    Here's everyone who has dropped out of Saudi Arabia's 'Davos of the Middle East'

    U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin tweeted Thursday that he will not be attending the Future Investment Initiative in Saudi Arabia next week. The news comes after prominent members of the world’s business community have been dropping out of Saudi

  • Provocateur Stormy Daniels Takes an Unexpected Turn in the National Spotlight
    News
    Time

    Provocateur Stormy Daniels Takes an Unexpected Turn in the National Spotlight

    To understand what it means to be famous like Stormy Daniels, for the reasons she is famous, spend time with her in a public space. On Oct. 15, a California judge threw out the defamation case she filed against Donald Trump. Over the past year, Daniels, 39, has become the Zelig of White House scandals.

  • 7 Stocks Warren Buffett Can’t Stop Buying
    Finance
    InvestorPlace

    7 Stocks Warren Buffett Can’t Stop Buying

    Sometimes identifying the best stocks to buy can be difficult, but you could do a lot worse than checking out the stocks selected by one of the world’s savviest hedge fund managers — Warren Buffett. Buffett’s stock picks are a popular source for investors, and for good reason. The billionaire Buffett is many things: He’s among the world’s most successful fund managers, a legendary philanthropist and owns more than 60 companies.

  • Kinder Morgan Beats Q3 Earnings Estimates, Improves Leverage
    Finance
    Market Realist

    Kinder Morgan Beats Q3 Earnings Estimates, Improves Leverage

    Kinder Morgan Beats Q3 Earnings Estimates, Improves Leverage Kinder Morgan’s third-quarter results Kinder Morgan (KMI) announced its third-quarter results on October 17 after the markets closed. The company announced an adjusted EPS of $0.21—up ~40%

  • Activision's Call of Duty has had a very successful launc...
    TTWO
    CNBC Videos

    Activision's Call of Duty has had a very successful launc...

    Timothy O’Shea, Jefferies vice president, discusses the moves in video game stocks.

  • News
    MarketWatch

    Caterpillar's stock tumbles to pace Dow losers after disappointing results from industrial sector peers

    Shares of Caterpillar Inc. (cat) tumbled 3.9% in afternoon trade, enough to pace the 28 of 30 Dow Jones Industrial Average (djia) components that were declining, after a number of disappointing earnings reports from industrial-sector peers. The SPDR Industrial Select Sector ETF (xli) of which Caterpillar is a component, slumped 1.9% to a 3 1/2-month low, with 68 of 70 equity components losing ground. The biggest loser in the ETF were shares of United Rentals Inc. (uri) which fell 11.7% to a 13-month low after the company beat earnings and revenue expectations, but UBS cut its price target to $180 from $196 citing disappointing rates.

  • The 1 Thing Investors Should Do Now That Canadian Marijuana Stocks Have Fallen
    Business
    Motley Fool

    The 1 Thing Investors Should Do Now That Canadian Marijuana Stocks Have Fallen

    Canada's highly anticipated recreational marijuana market opened on Wednesday. The three biggest Canadian marijuana producers by market cap -- Tilray (NASDAQ: TLRY), Canopy Growth (NYSE: CGC), and Aurora Cannabis (NASDAQOTH: ACBFF) -- saw their share prices fall by several percentage points. What should investors' response be after the blah performance for marijuana stocks on Wednesday?

  • Amazon Has A Deal For SiriusXM Satellite Radio Subscribers
    Business
    Fortune

    Amazon Has A Deal For SiriusXM Satellite Radio Subscribers

    “Alexa, play the Howard Stern Show.” That’s what more customers of SiriusXM’s satellite and online radio service, which includes the popular shockjock’s show, may be saying soon. SiriusXM and Amazon on Thursday announced a new marketing partnership for subscribers accessing the 200-channel service via Amazon Echo devices. New SiriusXM subscribers who own or purchase one of Amazon’s smart, voice-controlled devices can get three months free on the company’s $16 per month, online-only “Premier” service or $21 per month “All Access” plan, which also includes in-car listening.

  • Why Is AutoZone (AZO) Down 5.3% Since Last Earnings Report?
    Business
    Zacks

    Why Is AutoZone (AZO) Down 5.3% Since Last Earnings Report?

    It has been about a month since the last earnings report for AutoZone (AZO). Will the recent negative trend continue leading up to its next earnings release, or is AutoZone due for a breakout? Before we dive into how investors and analysts have reacted as of late, let's take a quick look at its most recent earnings report in order to get a better handle on the important catalysts.

  • Business
    CNBC

    Goldman Sachs sees a correction coming for chipmakers but still likes Nvidia

    "We foresee a cyclical correction approaching and recommend investors to stay selective in Semis," Goldman Sachs said in a note Thursday. Nvidia is Goldman's top choice in the industry. Goldman Sachs warned clients about a downturn coming for the semiconductor sector, but still recommends some chip stocks.

  • Musk’s Big China Play Comes as World’s Top Car Market Slows
    Business
    Bloomberg

    Musk’s Big China Play Comes as World’s Top Car Market Slows

    Acquiring the parcel keeps Tesla on track to spend several billion dollars on its first overseas plant in the world’s largest electric-vehicle market. President Donald Trump’s trade war with China has led to higher Chinese tariffs on American imports, stoking concern about an economic slowdown. Tesla fell 1.7 percent to $271.78 in New York trading Wednesday.

  • Employee Accused of Urinating on Production Line at Food Processing Facility
    Business
    WTKR - Norfolk

    Employee Accused of Urinating on Production Line at Food Processing Facility

    Smithfield Foods, Inc. said in a statement Tuesday that it disposed of more than 50,000 pounds of product after reports of an employee urinating at his station at the company’s processing facility in Virginia.

  • There’s a Huge Flaw in Valuing AMD Stock Like Amazon or Netflix
    Finance
    InvestorPlace

    There’s a Huge Flaw in Valuing AMD Stock Like Amazon or Netflix

    This year has been an undeniably good one for Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD) shareholders. The AMD stock price is up 165% year-to-date, and seems to be dealing with recent headwinds relatively well. Although the turnaround is real, the market’s valuation of AMD stock has been exceedingly generous.

  • Pfizer Offers Early Retirement to U.S. Employees Ahead of Layoffs
    Business
    Fortune

    Pfizer Offers Early Retirement to U.S. Employees Ahead of Layoffs

    Pfizer is offering U.S. employees early retirement ahead of company cuts that will hit around 2% of its 90,000 workers worldwide, CNBC reports. In an internal message to employees Tuesday, the company said the layoffs are a part of restructuring that aims to “simplify the organization to avoid duplication, create single points of accountability and reduce the number of layers within teams,” the New York Business Journal reports. “As we prepare for growth we are creating a simpler more efficient structure which will affect some managerial roles and responsibilities,” a Pfizer spokeswoman told CBNC.

  • Ford Motor Company Earnings: What to Watch For
    Business
    Motley Fool

    Ford Motor Company Earnings: What to Watch For

    Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) will report its third-quarter earnings results after the markets close on Oct. 24. Wall Street analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expect Ford to report earnings of $0.30 per share, on average, down from $0.43 in the third quarter of 2017. Ford's F-Series pickups continue to sell well and generate good profits, thanks to high-margin versions like this F-150 Limited.

  • Don’t sweat a stock-market selloff with midterms around the corner, says strategist
    News
    MarketWatch

    Don’t sweat a stock-market selloff with midterms around the corner, says strategist

    “On average, the S&P 500 actually has been negative year to date in early October during a midterm year,” said Detrick, in a note. Read: Will midterm elections sink the stock market? As for the market’s dismal performance the past couple of weeks, Detrick expects stocks to remain under pressure in the near term as they had done in 2016 when the S&P 500 slid for nine straight sessions before the election in November.

  • Philip Morris International Inc (PM) Q3 2018 Earnings Conference Call Transcript
    Business
    Motley Fool

    Philip Morris International Inc (PM) Q3 2018 Earnings Conference Call Transcript

    Image source: The Motley Fool. Philip Morris International Inc  (NYSE: PM)Q3 2018 Earnings Conference CallOct. 18, 2018, 9:00 a.m. ET Contents: Prepared Remarks Questions and Answers Call Participants Prepared Remarks: Operator Good day, and welcome

  • The same question that can chart a path to early retirement is the one Warren Buffett used to build Berkshire Hathaway into a powerhouse
    Business
    Business Insider

    The same question that can chart a path to early retirement is the one Warren Buffett used to build Berkshire Hathaway into a powerhouse

    Inversion is a mental model that involves flipping your outlook to prevent the opposite of what you want to happen from happening. Warren Buffett and his business partner Charlie Munger employed inversion as a business strategy to build Berkshire Hathaway into a powerhouse. In a recent podcast with Brandon of the Mad Fientist, who retired early at 34, productivity expert James Clear said the same strategy Buffett used can help set someone on the path for early retirement.

  • Aurora Cannabis stock leads sector higher after news it will start trading on NYSE next week
    News
    MarketWatch

    Aurora Cannabis stock leads sector higher after news it will start trading on NYSE next week

    Canadian marijuana company Aurora Cannabis Inc.’s shares rose about 4% Thursday after it said shares have been approved for trading on the New York Stock Exchange starting October 23. The stock (CA:ACB)(CA:ACB) which is currently trading on the over-the-counter market, will trade under the ticker symbol “ACB”. The shares are also traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

  • Markets think the midterms could be as big as the presidential election
    Finance
    Yahoo Finance

    Markets think the midterms could be as big as the presidential election

    The midterm elections are less than three weeks away. According to strategists at Barclays, the options market is pricing in a 1.6% swing on election night, a modest swing given the recent volatility we’ve seen in the stock market.

  • Finding a Cure for Kinder Morgan’s Frustration
    Business
    Bloomberg

    Finding a Cure for Kinder Morgan’s Frustration

    Rising profits – Ebitda was up 6 percent, year over year – and that Canadian pipeline sale have helped address Kinder Morgan’s biggest problem, its crushing debt. Thankfully, it provided a strong signal on Wednesday evening that it would.

  • Finance
    Investopedia

    Berkshire Is Undervalued, Says JPMorgan

    Berkshire Hathaway Inc.'s ( BRK.B) Class B shares are cheap if you apply the same metrics that its CEO Warren Buffett does to value companies, according to JPMorgan. In a research note, reported on by CNBC, analyst Sarah DeWitt said Berkshire, a company that investors have historically struggled to value properly because of its many moving parts, suddenly appears to be attractively priced when factoring in all the profits made by the stocks held in its $200 billion equity portfolio into its earnings. “Look-through earnings” take into account current period earnings that show up in financial statements, together with other sources of earnings expected in the long run. This method is used by Buffett as a way to appreciate that companies sometimes retain earnings after paying dividends and later invest them at a higher rate of return.