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North Korea Just Fired Its Second Missile Over Japan, and Investors Don’t Seem to Care

Posted on September 15th, 2017.

Investors are getting less excited by North Korea’s antics. The Communist state just launched its second missile over Japan in as many months, and Asian markets are shrugging it off. North Korea Taunts Japan with Second Missile Strike It didn’t take long for North Korea to vent its frustration after the U.N. approved fresh...

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Commodities

How have various asset classes performed during previous wars

Posted on September 9th, 2017.

North Korea, the dictator ruled nation has been threatening the US and its allies with a possible missile attack, which may also have a nuclear warhead on it. The experts are divided on the actual capability of North Korea to undertake the attacks, however, its leader, Kim Jong-un leaves no opportunity to provoke the US and its allies....

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U.S. Stocks Recover as Trump Backs Democrat Deal on Debt Ceiling

Posted on September 7th, 2017.

U.S. stocks rebounded Wednesday after President Trump backed a Democratic plan to combine raising the debt ceiling with support for Hurricane Harvey. In reaching the deal, the president overrode pleas from Republican leaders who had urged him to abandon the proposal. Trump Backs Plan to Raise the Debt Ceiling for Three Months President...

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Economy

Will a Government Shutdown and Debt Ceiling Crisis Rock the Equity Markets?

Posted on September 2nd, 2017.

President Trump has made it clear that if the Congress doesn’t give him the money to build his pet project – a wall along the border – he will not sign any bills. If this impasse is not sorted out by September 30, it will end up in double chaos. Key points We have a stalemate between the Congress and the US President Stock...

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Treasury Market Regulator Prepares for U.S. Debt-Limit Showdown

Posted on August 30th, 2017.

As Congress prepares for war over raising the debt limit, the Treasury market’s self-regulatory body is working to lessen the potential market impact. The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, which oversees the $14.1 trillion Treasury Market, is already preparing for the worst. Debt-Ceiling Deadline Draws Near...

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Cryptocurrencies

Estonia Proposes to Launch its Own Cryptocurrency

Posted on August 25th, 2017.

The Estonian government is well known as a world leader when it comes to public use of digital services. They launched the world’s first e-residency program all the way back in 2014, and are now following up on that with proposing the world’s first government sponsored ICO. What this means is that the government of Estonia could actually...

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Politics

Janet Yellen’s Final Jackson Hole Speech as Head of the Fed?

Posted on August 25th, 2017.

This year’s Jackson Hole summit has an ‘end of an era feel’ to it, as Janet Yellen sets to deliver possibly her final speech as central bank chief. Yellen Takes the Stage Janet Yellen is set to speak on financial stability at 10:00 a.m. ET. Although the speech isn’t expected to generate much news, it will spark...

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Politics

Trump Talks Up Border Wall as Congress Eyes Sept. 30 Budget Deadline

Posted on August 24th, 2017.

U.S. President Donald Trump is pushing Congress to make appropriations for his proposed border wall with Mexico, placing more pressure on lawmakers ahead of the Sept. 30 budget deadline. Trump Takes Aim at Congress Debt Ceiling Plans President Trump has threatened to shut down the U.S. government in October unless Congress approves the...

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Economy

Trump Administration Takes Hard Line as NAFTA Talks Underway

Posted on August 17th, 2017.

The Trump administration took a hard line in renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on Wednesday, demanding major concessions aimed at restoring the U.S. trade balance with Canada and Mexico. First Round of NAFTA Talks Begin On Wednesday, representatives from the U.S., Canada and Mexico descended on Washington,...

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Divided Bank of England (BOE) Set to Vote on Interest Rates This Week

Posted on August 2nd, 2017.

The Bank of England (BOE) will release its August interest rate decision on Thursday amid growing dissent within its own ranks. Although economists expect the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) to bypass a rate hike, the real story is likely to be how many members vote for one anyway. MPC Revolt The BOE appears to be at odds...

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Commodities

The Aftermath of the Qatar Ultimatum

Posted on July 6th, 2017.

The ultimatum that Saudi Arabia and its allies gave to Qatar expired on Monday, and the leaders of the nations participating in the “diplomatic blockade” gathered in Cairo yesterday to discuss the answer by the Gulf state. Investors all over the world were watching carefully, as the event had the outside chance of a...

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The History of the Current Oil Crisis and What to Expect Now?

Posted on June 25th, 2017.

Crude oil is in bear market territory, down more than 21% from the yearly highs reached on January 1 of this year. So, is this a good buying opportunity or is this the start of a bigger decline? To analyze this in detail, we have to first study the reasons for crude oil’s fall from above $100 per barrel levels in 2014, the subsequent...

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Daily Analysis: Qatar Receives Ultimatum as Middle East Tensions Escalate Again

Posted on June 23rd, 2017.

Friday Market Recap Asset Current Value Daily Change S&P 500 2431 -0.171% DAX 12694 -0.77% WTI Crude Oil 42.94 -2.42% GOLD 1258.00 0.64% Bitcoin 2742 1.23% EUR/USD 1.1195 0.39% Global stock markets are mixed once again today with European markets being notably weaker than their peers after the release of some really weak services...

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Analysis: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Litecoin, Dash, and Ethereum Classic Following the Trump-dip

Posted on June 20th, 2017.

Cryptocurrencies had another calm day, until the end of the US session, at least, when a tweet from Donald Trump regarding North Korea caused turmoil in financial markets. Altcoins were sold and Bitcoin got bought after the announcement that reignited speculation about a possible “intervention” by the US. Most coins recovered quickly off...

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Breaking News: British Pound Dumped, Gold, Bitcoin Rise as Torys Fall Short of Majority

Posted on June 8th, 2017.

According to the first exit polls, we are in for another shocking election result in the UK, as the ruling conservative party is on track to lose it’s majority; as a consequence of an election that was called by none other than PM Theresa May to strengthen the power of the government. While the polls have been tightening...

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Energy

Saudi Arabia Increases Pressure on Qatar: What You Need to Know

Posted on June 7th, 2017.

In a potentially important move on Monday, the biggest oil producer in the world – fellow US ally Saudi Arabia- and several other countries including the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Bahrain cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, while halting all transportation with the country. They declared that the reason for the steps were Doha’s...

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Politics

UK Elections: Polls are Tightening with Only Two Days Left

Posted on June 6th, 2017.

The announcement of the British Snap election by Prime Minister Theresa May looked like a smart move in April, as it was a good way to stabilize the Conservative Party’s power following a stormy Brexit campaign, and the aftermath of the shocking referendum itself. Financial markets welcomed the announcement, as British stocks rallied...

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Economy

Fearing Recession, Billionaire Investor Paul Singer Creates $5 Billion Rainy Day Fund

Posted on May 30th, 2017.

Paul Singer, a billionaire investor, has created a $5 billion rainy day fund to protect himself from a disaster awaiting Wall Street, according to Marketwatch. Singer runs Elliot Management, a $33 billion hedge fund. He recently advised investors in a letter that low volatility is ahead for stocks, which will see values move higher for a...

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Politics

DARPA is Placing “Big Bets” on Space-Based Weapons Systems

Posted on November 23rd, 2016.

DARPA sees a real possibility for spaced based conflict. So, it’s hoping to create breakthrough technology to dissuade U.S. adversaries who might consider attacking from space.  Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency assists national security with efforts in space. It focuses on making space a “real-time operational domain,” as...

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Companies

Facebook Looking into “Disrupting Economics” of Fake News Sites

Posted on November 22nd, 2016.

In a Facebook post Friday night, founder of the popular social network Mark Zuckerberg took time to outline the steps the company will take to tackle its “fake news” problem, which has been a hot topic in the wake of the election. One way the social media behemoth plans on doing that is by making sure fake news sites...

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