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The Value of the U.S. Dollar: Where to Next?
Capital Markets
While in office, President Truman famously displayed the statement, “The Buck stops here” on his desk. At that time, he wasn’t talking about the U.S. dollar, but rather conveying that he accepted responsibility for how the nation was governed. Some 60 years later, the newest U.S. president might have a slightly different version on his desk: “Has the Buck stopped?”
Warburg Pincus, Francisco Partners Linked to $1B Software Deals
Asset Management
Private equity interest in the software sector has boomed in recent years. Two firms that were ahead of the curve? Warburg Pincus and Francisco Partners. Now, the two longtime tech investors appear to have found their next deals. Warburg Pincus has acquired a roughly 35% stake in Avaloq, a Swiss provider of fintech and banking services, in an investment that
Scaling It Back
SUMMARY We are now more confident in our baseline view that the global economic expansion will be strengthening and broadening over our cyclical horizon. We expect global real GDP growth of 2.75%–3.25% for calendar year 2017. In our near-term outlook, we have scaled back the left-tail risk of a full-blown trade war, the risk of a major China “accident” this
US Blockchain Tech Company Unveils Next Generation Digital Currency Tax Software
FinTech
“Node40 Balance” Set to Launch on March 22nd, In Time for the IRS Reporting Deadline With bitcoin price and trading volumes at record highs, there has never been a more important time for Americans to know how to report their digital currency earnings to the taxman. Bitcoin users need to feel confident that they haven’t left money on the table
Trumpcare Failed (For Now). Do Investors Even Care?
House Republicans pulled its bill to replace Obamacare when it became clear they did not have the votes to pass their proposed replacement, delivering a crushing legislative defeat to President Trump who had demanded the GOP bring the bill to a vote on Thursday and Friday. While the setback is roiling the Beltway, will the defeat - at least for
A New Point-and-Click Revolution Brings AI to the Masses
Lifestyle
These days, you can learn web design or Python programming from books or online tutorials. But the next major wave of computing, artificial intelligence, belongs to a select few, highly trained experts who earn six-figure salaries. “If you look at how many people are graduating with a data science degree, and what the percentage is of those who have expertise
The Customer is Always Right: This ETF is Tailored to Customer Satisfaction
"A consumer can have an opinion, but a customer is actually spending their dollars," Bak said. Bak was a guest on Benzinga's PreMarket Prep morning show, where he discussed how tracking customer satisfaction plays a key role in anticipating the positive performance of bullish retail stocks — and how the American Customer Satisfaction Core Alpha ETF (BATS: ACSI) is able
Report: Theranos Offering Shares to Investors Who Agree Not to Sue
Theranos Inc. is offering investors additional shares in the company - that will come out of embattled founder Elizabeth Holmes' personal stake - if they pledge not to sue the flailing blood-testing company, the Wall Street Journal reports. According to the Journal's Christopher Weaver and John Carreyrou (who was responsible for the damning articles that jump-started Theranos' unraveling), the offer is
Road to Korea for Fintech Hopefuls!
FinTech
This is part III of a three part series. Click here for: Part I: Korean fintech: The secret is out Part II: The Good, The Bad and the Big Money Andrew Lee, CEO and Co-Founder of fintech forex firm Ybex, sees forex regulations loosening, providing more opportunities for operators like Ybex. “Besides it being one of the leading economies in
Fund Managers Become Bullish
Summary: A tailwind for the rally over the past year has been the bearish positioning of investors, with fund managers persistently shunning equities in exchange for holding cash. Sentiment has turned bullish. Optimism towards the economy has surged to a 2-year high and profit expectations are near a 7-year high. As a result, global allocations to equities rose to a