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  • How Corporate America Is Filling The Gaps In Public Education

    07/18/2018 10:41:22 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 10 replies
    Safehaven.com ^ | 07-18-2018 | Fred
    America is trying to win a race of technological dominance over China, but the education system isn’t exactly playing along, and increasingly, it’s up to the corporate world to fill in the gaps. U.S. employers face serious skill shortages in several industries including health care and science and technology, with some reports claiming that as many as 500,000 tech jobs go unfilled each year, and the U.S. Labor Department saying for a decade starting in 2015 there will be an estimated 1 million computing jobs without applicants to fill them. The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) estimates that 1.8 million...
  • The $1 Trillion Wealth Fund Defying Markets

    02/28/2018 11:02:33 AM PST · by bananaman22 · 2 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 02-28-2017 | gerald
    Norway’s $1 trillion-dollar sovereign wealth fund doubled its return on investment last year, and this year, it’s not shying away from the markets--even when many are giving up on the bull run. In fact, the fund is wholeheartedly embracing the spike in volatility, with plans to add some $40 billion in stocks to its portfolio. After all, the fund beat its own benchmark and it’s riding high on massive $130 billion in winnings. First, let’s look at last year’s success story:
  • The big mistake investors make once they hit that first $1 million

    02/01/2018 7:31:07 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 02/01/2018 | Mitch Tuchman
    Rich people — really rich people — have an inside joke about spending in retirement: They call it “skiing.” Not skiing as in snow skiing, but “spending our kids’ inheritance.” They use it in reference to splurges, such as pricey wines, cruises through Europe, second homes, or whatever strikes their fancy. They don’t feel bad about spending, because there’s little chance that they’ll spend so much that their own retirement is put at risk. It is truly their kids’ money, so why not? Here’s the crazy thing. A recent Washington Post story details how ordinary savers, folks who are comfortable,...
  • The Best Places In The World To Mine Bitcoin

    01/18/2018 9:01:52 AM PST · by bananaman22 · 14 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 18-01-2017 | Charles
    Deep in China’s Sichuan mountains, miners are chipping away at complex mathematical puzzles in hopes of unlocking one of today’s most prized assets, bitcoin. Currently, more than 60 percent of all bitcoin is mined in China, and these miners have picked their location wisely. The remote Sichuan mountains enjoy a cool year-round temperature and cheap electricity provided by small-scale hydro-electric facilities, averaging from $0.05 to $0.08-cents per kWh. Recent rumors, however, suggest that this could all come crashing down. First reported on Reuters, the People’s Bank of China outlined a plan behind closed doors aiming to curb the high energy...
  • Peter Schiff: In The Impending Collapse "Everything That Can Go Wrong, Will"

    01/17/2018 4:05:22 PM PST · by blam · 121 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 1-17-2017 | NMac Slavo
    The impending economic collapse is hidden from most. People only see a rising stock market, not the negative underlying factors that will cause the whole system to crash. The weakening of the U.S. dollar is just getting started, warned veteran market forecaster Peter Schiff, CEO of Euro Pacific Capital. “We have just begun a major, long-term bear market in the dollar,” he said, which should cause a spike in oil prices. He thinks oil will reach $80-$100 a barrel in 2018. The commodity currently trades at roughly $63 a barrel. Shiff focuses on oil as just one example of the...
  • China Downgrades US Credit Rating From A- To BBB+, Warns US Insolvency Would “Detonate Next Crisis”

    01/16/2018 3:32:14 PM PST · by blam · 38 replies
    In its latest reminder that China is a (for now) happy holder of some $1.2 trillion in US Treasurys, Chinese credit rating agency Dagong downgraded US sovereign ratings from A- to BBB+ overnight, citing “deficiencies in US political ecology” and tax cuts that “directly reduce the federal government’s sources of debt repayment” weakening the base of the government’s debt repayment. Oh, and just to make sure the message is heard loud and clear, the ratings, which are now level with those of Peru, Colombia and Turkmenistan on the Beijing-based agency’s scale of creditworthiness, have also been put on a negative...
  • Don’t Look Now, but Gold Just Finished Its Best Year Since 2011

    01/05/2018 6:55:48 AM PST · by blam · 13 replies
    Market Oracle ^ | 1-5-2017 | Money Metals
    Metals investors may have missed it given the gloomy sentiment that plagued markets for much of 2017, but gold just finished its best year since 2011. Perhaps in a year like the one just passed, 13% gains are simply not inspiring. U.S. stocks finished about 25% higher for the year, and crypto-currencies including Bitcoin left all other asset classes in the dust. Bitcoin gained roughly 1,400%. Die hard gold bugs enter 2018 waiting for crypto-bugs and stock bulls to see the value of precious metals. Fortunately, precious metals have served reliably both as an inflation hedge and as a safe...
  • Theranos avoids bankruptcy thanks to a last-minute loan

    12/23/2017 9:53:56 PM PST · by Enchante · 11 replies
    Engadget ^ | December 23, 2017 | Jon Fingas
    Theranos has come a long way from the days when it was a darling in the biotech industry. The Wall Street Journal's sources have claimed that the blood-testing firm has avoided bankruptcy by securing a $100 million loan from Fortress Investment Group. The move should keep Theranos afloat "through 2018," founder Elizabeth Holmes reportedly said in an email. Naturally, though, there are strings attached -- Fortress wants to see a return on its investment. Holmes reportedly said that Theranos has up its patent library as collateral, and that Fortress gets 4 percent equity. The loan is also subject to "certain...
  • Law Enforcement Officials Searching Caterpillar Offices

    03/02/2017 9:51:15 AM PST · by blam · 36 replies
    Journal Star ^ | 3-2-2017 | Chris Kaergard
    PEORIA — Federal officials executed a search warrant at three Caterpillar, Inc. facilities in the Tri-County Area — including the corporate headquarters — Thursday morning. Company officials confirmed the presence in a statement without specifying which agency was performing the search or what the search was in regard to. A spokeswoman declined by email to provide further details. "Caterpillar is cooperating," the brief statement said. The spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney for the Central District of Illinois confirmed that facilities in three communities were the subject of the activity — Peoria, East Peoria and Morton. At the Downtown Caterpillar global...
  • Dr. Doom's Back: Marc Faber Warns Markets Will Fall "Like An Avalanche... Trump Can't Stop It"

    02/27/2017 9:13:25 PM PST · by blam · 30 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 2-27-2017 | Tyler Durden
    'One man alone cannot make 'America great again'. That you have to realize," warns Marc Faber, the editor of "The Gloom, Boom, & Doom Report," reminding the world that the US stock market is vulnerable to a seismic sell-off that won't be caused by any single catalyst. His argument: Stocks are very overbought and sentiment is way too bullish for the so-called Trump rally to continue. "Very simply, the market starts to go down. As it goes down, it will start triggering selling, and then it will be like an avalanche," said Faber recently on CNBC's Futures Now. "I would...
  • David Rosenberg Crushes The Trump-flationary Dream: "That's Just Not Gonna Happen"

    01/29/2017 3:55:00 PM PST · by blam · 4 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 1-29-2017 | Tyler Durden
    "It seems to me like a lot of people think we're in a new inflationary boom," but, warns Gluskin-Sheffs David Rosenberg, "the answer is no... that's just not gonna happen. It's not like Ronald Reagan at all in that regard." Submitted by Patrick Ceresna via Macrovoices.com*This time around, not only are valuations at 15-year highs but we're entering it into the eighth year of the expansion of the bull market. You have to respect where were you are in the market cycle in the business expansion and we're much more mature now than we were in that early stage of...
  • Larry Elder: Trump 'Disrespects' The Intel Community? What About Obama's Iraq Bug-Out?

    01/20/2017 5:05:31 AM PST · by expat_panama · 14 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | Jan. 19, 2017 5:00 AM ET | LARRY ELDER
    President Obama and his team still engage in a hissy fit over Donald Trump's questioning Obama's place of birth... ...in 2000, a number of disgruntled Democrats referred to him as "President Select." Now President-elect Trump is being hammered over his refusal to except the intelligence community's consensus about Russia's alleged role in the election. All of the intel agencies maintain that the Russian government attempted to influence our election, and that Russia preferred Trump over Hillary Clinton. From the outset, Trump doubted both the argument that Russia hacked the Democratic National Committee and that the release of damaging emails was...
  • Donald Trump’s inauguration set to unleash a cascade of stock-market anxiety

    01/20/2017 5:05:27 AM PST · by expat_panama · 31 replies
    Market Watch ^ | Jan 20, 2017 7:27 a.m. ET | Mark DeCambre
    The day of reckoning for the Wall Street is nearly here. Donald Trump is set to be sworn in as leader of the free world and the level of consternation in the market is palpable. That is not to say that equities won’t continue to carve out fresh records, spurred by animal spirits; or that Trump’s promise to “make America great again” won’t come to fruition, leading to halcyon days for investors from the lowest sociopolitical rung to the deepest-pocketed 1%... ...“I’m dying to look back at this and like the outcome,” Blankfein said on Wednesday during an interview on...
  • The Myth of the Stagnating Middle Class

    01/19/2017 6:00:52 AM PST · by expat_panama · 48 replies
    National Review ^ | January 18, 2017 4:00 AM | Ben Shapiro
    The American middle class is disappearing. We hear it from everybody. Senator Bernie Sanders (D., Vt.) focused throughout his campaign on what he termed the “disappearing middle class” — disappearing, Sanders said, thanks to income inequality. Sanders explained, “If you have seen a massive transfer of wealth from the middle class to the top one-tenth of 1 percent, you know what, we’ve got to transfer that back if we’re going to have a vibrant middle class.” From the other side, Donald Trump has echoed the same message: “The American worker is being crushed. . . . The great American middle...
  • Let's Correct A Very Big Wrong In 2010 Financial Reform

    01/19/2017 2:44:21 AM PST · by expat_panama · 1 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | JAN 18, 2017 5:44 PM ET | ROBERT J. SAMUELSON
    <p>Tax "reform," starting with taxes on business, seems to be on everyone's agenda, and it may be a place where the incoming Trump administration and its Democratic critics find common ground. But it's still going to be a slog, and one reason is so-called "pass-through" businesses whose taxes are levied at personal income tax rates.</p>
  • The Illusions Driving Up US Asset Prices

    01/19/2017 2:40:49 AM PST · by expat_panama · 5 replies
    project-syndicate ^ | JAN 18, 2017 | Robert J. Shiller
    NEW HAVEN – Speculative markets have always been vulnerable to illusion. But seeing the folly in markets provides no clear advantage in forecasting outcomes, because changes in the force of the illusion are difficult to predict. In the United States, two illusions have been important recently in financial markets. One is the carefully nurtured perception that President-elect Donald Trump is a business genius who can apply his deal-making skills to make America great again. The other is a naturally occurring illusion: the proximity of Dow 20,000. The Dow Jones Industrial Average has been above 19,000 since November, and countless news...
  • America's growth outlook depends on which President Trump we get

    01/19/2017 2:39:41 AM PST · by expat_panama · 7 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | January 18, 2017 | Alexis Christoforous
    Donald Trump hasn’t moved into the White House yet, but the president-elect is already influencing the outlook for global economic growth. This week, the International Monetary Fund raised its US economic growth forecast by half a percent for 2017 and 2018, as a result of Trump’s planned tax cuts, infrastructure spending and regulatory reform. The IMF now expects the US economy to grow 2.3% this year and 2.5% next year. But Paul Sheard, chief economist at S&P Global, says the outlook for economic growth is largely dependent on which Donald Trump we get in the White House. Sheard believes there...
  • Janet L. Yellen The Goals of Monetary Policy [Economy Near Goals, Warranting Gradual Rate Hikes]

    01/19/2017 2:38:14 AM PST · by expat_panama · 17 replies
    Federal Reserve ^ | January 18, 2017 | Janet L. Yellen
    Good afternoon. It is a pleasure to join all of you at the Commonwealth Club today, not the least because the club and the Federal Reserve have a few things in common. Both organizations, as it happens, have a board of governors and a chair. And both the club's and the Fed's histories extend back more than a century. The club, as many here know, was founded in 1903, and the Federal Reserve a decade later. Perhaps because of our shared origins in the Progressive Era, a period of reform in American life, we hold certain values in common. According...
  • Salzberg Advises: Research PCGS Populations and Prices (coin population/price fixing?)

    01/18/2017 8:02:52 AM PST · by DCBryan1 · 2 replies
    NGC ^ | 17 JAN 16 | Mark Salzberg
    Dear Fellow Numismatists: In November I announced that PCGS-certified coins would no longer be eligible for inclusion in the popular NGC Registry. I received many positive comments from those who have closely followed graded coin populations and prices. Others asked me, “Why? What is the difference between NGC and PCGS?” Let me show you. Over the last five years or so, I have noticed a perplexing trend at PCGS. There has been a dramatic increase in the grades assigned by PCGS for a wide range of coin types and, consequently, I believe that this has caused an extraordinary reduction in...
  • Roundheads Against King Corn: Why the Renewable Fuel Standard Deserves To Die

    01/18/2017 5:20:24 AM PST · by expat_panama · 37 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | Jan. 17, 2017 4:35 PM ET | TIMOTHY BENSON
    On the day before Thanksgiving, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the final levels of renewable fuel required to be blended into gasoline next year, officially known as the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). In 2017, the RFS will rise to 19.28 billion gallons, up from 18.11 billion gallons in 2016. A part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which was expanded in 2007 by the Energy Independence and Security Act and is administered by EPA, RFS requires 36 billion gallons of renewable fuel sources, such as ethanol, be blended into gasoline and diesel fuel by 2022. Two reports released...