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The women to follow all year-round on financial Twitter
We've compiled a list of women to follow on financial Twitter all year round. From economists to traders, here are the women NexChange has selected. Who would you add to the list? Download the app here to comment. Big thinkers/economists: Stephanie Kelton @StephanieKelton Professor, political/economic commentary – advisor to Senator Bernie Sanders Christine LaGarde @Lagarde Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund
Just how reliable are Alibaba's e-commerce statistics? Doubts are mounting
There is no doubt that China’s internet usage is high, but analysts are increasingly skeptical that it is as stratospheric as top e-commerce companies claim. For example, many merchants on Alibaba’s virtual market place fake sales in order to boost their rankings, according to Shaun Rein, founder of the Shanghai-based China Market Research Group. “The merchants all want five stars,
Bank of England enters the crypto-currency war
It’s not only commercial banks that are fighting back against the activities of fintech disrupters. Central banks too are doing their best to counter the threat of interloper crypto-currencies. “Computer scientists have devised a digital crypto-currency in league with the Bank of England that could pose a devastating threat to large tranches of the financial industry, and profoundly change the
Video: Former CFTC official says US ahead on regulatory reform vs overseas peers
Former CFTC Commission Bart Chilton tells NexChange that the Dodd-Frank reform is about 70% complete -- putting it ahead of European and Asian regulators implementing new rules to make the financial community safer. Chilton shared his insights during a recent LaunchTalks panel on regulation and fintechs. Disclosure: Bart Chilton is a senior advisor to NexChange.
Democratization of markets
  Average investors are big beneficiaries of morphing markets, financial technology (fintech) and more market information than at any point in history.  For ordinary investors, trading is more analytically sophisticated, faster and cost-effective ever. Markets are democratizing. Back in the day, average investors pretty much stuck to the stock market, or maybe a bond here or there. Their key strategy:…