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Regulating Cryptocurrencies - And Why It Matters
Article By: Charles Hugh Smith
Monday, December 18, 2017 5:30 AM EST
Nations that attempt to limit cryptocurrencies' ability to solve these problems will find that protecting high costs and systemic friction will grind their economies into dust.
In this article: BITCOMP
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Tax Cut Speculations Boost S&P 500 In Week 2 Of December 2017
Article By: Ironman
Monday, December 18, 2017 5:22 AM EST
The biggest news of the week, as far as the U.S. stock market was concerned, came on Friday as the congressional majority Republicans announced they had reached a compromise between the House and Senate versions of the corporate income tax cut bill.
In this article: SPX
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EU Threatens Poland With Article 7, Loss Of Voting Rights
Article By: Mish Shedlock
Monday, December 18, 2017 4:22 AM EST
The EU is upset with Poland because it doesn't uphold "European Values". In response, the EU threatens Article 7.
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Chart Of The Year: Bitcoin, The Logical End For Stimulus Policies
Article By: Paul Hodges
Monday, December 18, 2017 4:05 AM EST
Bitcoin's price keeps heading higher, powered by free cash from the central banks' stimulus programmes.
In this article: BITCOMP, GBTC
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E Market Briefing For Monday, Dec. 18
Article By: Gene Inger
Sunday, December 17, 2017 2:35 PM EST
'On the cusp of great growth' is basically the term you'll hear, now that a solid tax bill has been detailed, and which presumably will pass muster with a vote next week.
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Will 2018 See A Rally Based On Tax Cuts?
Article By: TheoTrade
Sunday, December 17, 2017 10:59 AM EST
With the tax plan providing a Santa Claus rally, how much more can the stock market can rally? If you believe in the efficient market hypothesis, then the stock market should have already priced in the tax cut.
In this article: SPX, VIX
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Zombie Corporations: 10% Of Companies Depend On Cheap Fed Money
Article By: Mish Shedlock
Saturday, December 16, 2017 5:29 PM EST
The BIS defines Zombie firms as those with a ratio of earnings before interest and taxes to interest expenses below one, with the firm aged 10 years or more. Zombies are those firms that could not survive without a flow of cheap financing.
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Yield Curve Jitters And Forecasts For The Weeks Of December 18 And 25
Article By: Peter Morici
Saturday, December 16, 2017 4:56 PM EST
According to the Atlanta Fed model, leading indicators predict a 3.5% fourth-quarter growth. That’s remarkable following second- and third-quarter growth at or above 3% but for some analysts a flattening yield curve could harken another recession.
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Firms Spent 94% Of 2004 Tax Holiday Benefit On Buybacks And Dividends
Article By: Mish Shedlock
Saturday, December 16, 2017 4:07 PM EST
A study of the 2004 repatriation holiday shows 94% of the money did nothing to create jobs.
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With FCC's Net Neutrality Ruling, The US Could Lose Its Lead In Online Consumer Protection
Article By: Global Economic Intersection
Saturday, December 16, 2017 12:30 PM EST
The U.S. government has traditionally been a leader in developing policies that balance free speech, consumer protection and other civil rights with strong opportunities for research and business innovation - but this too is now in decline.
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A Tale Of Two Markets: Interest Rates Rise In U.S., Hold Steady In Eurozone
Video By: Russell Investments
Friday, December 15, 2017 7:45 PM EST
In this video Erik Ristuben discusses the U.S. Federal Reserve (the Fed)’s recent hike in interest rates, the European Central Bank (ECB)’s decision to keep its rates unchanged and the progression of tax reform efforts in the U.S.
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What Real Tax Reform Looks Like
Article By: Mark Thornton
Friday, December 15, 2017 4:43 PM EST
It is obvious to most people that real tax reform means reducing taxes and government spending. However, in the current tax reform “package” there are all sorts of changes in the tax rates, tax brackets, deductions, exemptions etc.
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Will The Repeal Of Net Neutrality Destroy The Internet?
Article By: Cullen Roche
Friday, December 15, 2017 3:31 PM EST
The FCC voted to repeal net neutrality rules yesterday. That basically means that internet service providers have more control over the flow of internet traffic into your home.
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Little Marco's Last Stand - The GOP's Fiscal Debauch Intensifies
Article By: David Stockman
Friday, December 15, 2017 3:25 PM EST
Little Marco (Rubio) is right for once: The GOP tax bill does virtually nothing for the bottom 50% of American households, but his amendment to "fix" the problem reveals why the whole effort is so misguided and heading for fiscal calamity.
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De-Homogenizing Cryptocurrencies
Article By: Mises Institute
Friday, December 15, 2017 2:14 PM EST
For the past month, Bitcoin has reached a new all time high every week. On December 11, Bitcoin reached its all time high of over $17,000 per coin.
In this article: BITCOMP Also: GLD
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Gold Bullish On Fed Hike 2
Article By: Adam Hamilton
Friday, December 15, 2017 1:55 PM EST
Gold has been battered lower in recent months as gold-futures speculators fled in dread of the Fed-rate-hike boogeyman. As universally expected, the Fed’s 5th rate hike of this cycle indeed came to pass this week.
In this article: GLD
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