Month: January 2018

Netflix is out with the next installment of its unintended financial education series. Last year it was “Ozark,” where Jason Bateman played a crooked financial advisor who shreds the fiduciary rule that says you must protect your clients’ interests faster than the New England Patriots’ secondary. Available now on the video streaming service is “The
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Citigroup reported quarterly earnings on Tuesday that beat expectations on solid results from consumer banking. The big bank also reported a charge of roughly $19 billion following a revamp to the U.S. tax code. Citigroup reported adjusted earnings per share of $1.28 for the fourth quarter of 2017. Analysts polled by Reuters expected earnings to
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U.S. industrial conglomerate General Electric will take a $6.2 billion charge in its fourth-quarter results for a more than decade-old insurance portfolio covering long-term healthcare costs, the company said on Tuesday. GE, whose shares sank 3.7 percent in premarket on the news, said the charge would rise to $7.5 billion when adjusted for Congress’ newly-passed
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Bitcoin plunged to a six-week low Tuesday after comments from South Korea’s finance minister renewed worries about a crackdown in one of the largest markets for digital currency trading. South Korea Finance Minister Kim Dong-yeon said in a radio program interview that “the shutdown of virtual currency exchanges is still one of the options” the
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Barriers to Chinese overseas investment have risen over the past year, owing in part to the Trump administration’s “America First” agenda. The U.S. initiated an anti-dumping investigation against aluminium producers in China just last year. And even though China’s leaders have proclaimed support for economic “openness” on the global stage, the country has rules in
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CVS Health Monday said it will ban photo manipulation in its store-brand makeup marketing and promotional displays, a move that acknowledges growing awareness of the harmful nature of touched-up images. The nation’s largest drugstore chain will also require other makeup and beauty brands that sell products in its aisles to commit to a photo-manipulation ban
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Swiss bank UBS said Monday that President Donald Trump deserves praise for his pro-growth policies. Those efforts in making the U.S. a more business-friendly economy, which include the recently passed tax reform, are often under-appreciated, said Mike Ryan, UBS Wealth Management’s chief investment officer for Americas. But the president has “changed the perception of what’s
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Hong Kong and Macau are former European territories that are now managed as special administration regions of China. Beijing regards Taiwan as a renegade province. China annexed Tibet in 1950, although Beijing has claimed the Himalayan region has been an indivisible part of China throughout history. The current furor reflects Beijing’s increasing assertiveness internationally and
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China will step up oversight in the banking sector this year to reduce financial risks, the country’s banking regulator said, stressing that long-term efforts would be needed to control banking sector chaos. The China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC) said late on Saturday in a statement that its priorities included increasing supervision over shadow banking and
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Indonesia’s central bank has issued a fresh warning about trading in cryptocurrencies like bitcoin because of the risk of losses to the public and even a potential threat to the stability of the financial system. Bank Indonesia (BI) has previously said that cryptocurrencies were not recognized as a legal medium of exchange, so that they
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After hours of marveling at the tape’s incessant march higher, CNBC’s Jim Cramer took a step back to check the market layout. “What’s driving it? … Same as always: [a] stock shortage — it’s really been acute in the industrials — 401(k) money being thrown at the market, animal spirits, a stronger consumer, tax reform,
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After hours of marveling at the tape’s incessant march higher, CNBC’s Jim Cramer took a step back to check the market layout. “What’s driving it? … Same as always: [a] stock shortage — it’s really been acute in the industrials — 401(k) money being thrown at the market, animal spirits, a stronger consumer, tax reform,
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The market rally has left RiverFront Investment Group Chief market strategist Kevin Nicholson bullish on earnings, but not complacent. Anticipating higher rate hikes from the Federal Reserve, Nicholson said RiverFront is moving investments into Europe and Asia. “We expect more volatility because last year, you had the fed raising rates from 0 to 1 percent
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