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These Non-Tech Companies Are Investing in an AI Future
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Artificial intelligence is not just a casual interest of the tech industry. It’s a universal imperative. “In ten years, every company will have to be an artificial intelligence company or they won’t be competitive,” Loup Ventures Managing Partner Doug Clinton wrote in a Thursday note. "Every company," he emphasized, noting disruptions span energy and transportation, food and finance, retail and health.
China Surprises
The Chinese economy delivered many surprises in the first half of the year, disappointing (yet again) the pundits who predicted a hard landing. Macroeconomic data published over the weekend is consistent with a healthy economy, driven by impressive wage growth and consumer spending, and supported by strong earnings growth. This issue of Sinology reviews those surprises and looks ahead to
Mueller Includes Trump’s Business Dealing in Expanded Probe
The investigation that was initially set up to probe Russia’s involvement with the 2016 election has now expanded to include President Trump’s business transactions, as well as those of his associates, a person familiar with the probe told Bloomberg. Special Counsel Robert Mueller expanded the probe, enforcing a no stone unturned policy for potentially relevant records and filings. This is
Alphabet Asks Judge for Uber Investor Letter Prompting Kalanick Resignation
Google’s parent company Alphabet is requesting for a Judge to get Uber to hand over a letter from key investors that asked former CEO Travis Kalanick to resign, reports Recode. The motive for the request is Alphabet’s claim that Anthony Levandowski, a former executive that moved from Alphabet to Uber, stole 14,000 proprietary files from Alphabet. The tech giant believes
3 Most Popular ETFs to Short to Hedge Your Bullish Bets
  The more aggressive an investor’s bullish stock positions are, the more cognizant they must be of risk management. With the stock market within a stone’s throw of all-time highs, bullish investors are right to be a bit uncomfortable about going all-in on the stock market. One of the most popular ways to protect a stock portfolio from a broad-market
More to Inflation Data Than Meets the Eye
It’s easy to fixate on headline inflation numbers that appear disappointing, but Rick explains why there’s more to the data than meets the eye. Last week’s U.S. Consumer Price Index (CPI) data release came in below economists’ consensus expectations, and represented the fourth weak print in a row. Specifically, the headline CPI print came in roughly flat month-over-month, and at
11 Wall Street Analysts Weigh in on Netflix's Blowout Quarter
Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) shares surged 13.3 percent on Tuesday after the company reported blowout subscriber growth in Q2. A number of Wall Street analysts commented on the stock following the report. The stock closed Tuesday at a new all-time high of $183.60, up 13.5 percent on the day. Here’s a summary of what the analysts had to say. The duel threat of subscriber growth and
Apple Appoints China Director to Combat Sales Drop
Isabel Ge Mahe, a long-time manager at Apple, was appointed to the newly created position of managing director of greater China for Apple this week, reports The New York Times. This comes at a time when Apple’s sales in China have dropped amidst competition from local, much cheaper smartphones. Revenue dropped 14 percent for the period ending April 1, and
Looking for Emerging-Market Opportunities? Go Local.
For investors in search of a way to boost income and diversify their bond portfolios, now may be the time to consider what local-currency emerging-market (EM) bonds offer. Investors have been gravitating to emerging-market bonds over the last year or so—and with good reason. The growth outlook in developing countries is improving, and many governments are embracing economic reform, reducing
Goldman Just Suffered its Worst Quarter of Trading Ever
Blaming market conditions and "shortcomings" in its operations, Goldman Sachs suffered its worst quarter ever in commodities trading, as CNBC reports. In fact,  Martin Chavez, Goldman's chief financial officer, said on a conference call with analysts that it was the "worst quarter ever in commodities" in the 73 quarters that Goldman has been a public company, according to CNBC. Chavez did