FIG Topics of Interest

 

12/18/17

“They are determined to make economies less free and less fair, to grow their militaries, and to control information and data to repress their societies and expand their influence,” according to excerpts of Trump’s strategy released by the White House.
President Donald Trump will declare that China and Russia are competitors seeking to challenge U.S. power and erode its security and prosperity, in a national security strategy he will lay out in a speech on Monday.
 

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12/15/17

“Incidents where the company’s hardware was used to manufacture crypto-currency have been found. It could have a negative impact on the productivity of our processing capacity,” Transneft Vice-president Vladimir Rushailo told a company meeting. He did not elaborate.

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12/14/17

Natural gas flows were set to recover in Europe after an explosion at an Austrian hub threatened supplies already pinched by a closed pipeline in the North Sea and a cold snap across the continent.

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12/13/17

"The way you create deflation is you create an asset bubble. If I was 'Darth Vader' of the financial world and decided I'm going to do this nasty thing and create deflation, I would do exactly what the central banks are doing now," he told CNBC's Kelly Evans in an exclusive interview airing Tuesday on "Closing Bell." "Misallocate resources [with low interest rates], create an asset bubble and then deal with the consequences down the road," he said.

 

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12/12/17

"Huge regime change in tax, monetary, trade is underway; that makes forecasting very prone to large error terms,'' wrote David Kotok, chairman and chief investment officer at Cumberland Advisors, in response to the survey.

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12/11/17

“2018 is the year when we have true tightening,” said Ebrahim Rahbari, director of global economics at Citigroup in New York. “We will continue on the current path where financial markets can deal quite well with monetary policy but perhaps later in the year, or in 2019, monetary policy will become one of the complicating factors.”

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12/08/17

Ford Motor Company is changing gears again in Mexico, shifting planned production of a small electric-powered sport utility vehicle to a plant south of the border instead of a Michigan factory.

Sending the electric vehicle to Mexico, where labor costs are lower, will help the business case for the costly model.

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12/06/17

A U.S. B-1B bomber on Wednesday joined large-scale U.S.-South Korean military exercises that North Korea has denounced as pushing the peninsula to the brink of nuclear war, as tension mounts between the North and the United States.
The U.S.-South Korea drills coincide with a rare visit to the isolated North by U.N. political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman.

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12/05/17

House Republicans on Monday introduced a temporary stop-gap spending bill to fund the government until Dec. 22. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the measure would be passed by the end of the week.

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12/04/17

A cool $1 million has long been considered the gold standard of retirement savings. These days, it's only a fraction of what you will really need.

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