Month: December 2019

2019 was a dynamic and unpredictable year across the investing and financial services landscapes. With a boatload of uncertainties still adrift in this new year and decade, expect 2020 to be just as tumultuous. Still, it’s a great time to be an investor and a market participant.  Here’s how major asset classes performed in 2019:
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US stocks are wrapping up one of their best years on record in 2019, rounding out a decade-long rally that began in the embers of the financial crisis, writes Richard Henderson. With markets close to flat in New Year’s Eve trading, the S&P 500 index of US blue-chips has gained 28 per cent, its best
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Libra, the much-scrutinized proposed cryptocurrency from Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), has “failed in its current form,” according to Swiss President and Finance Minister Ueli Maurer. Swiss President Critical of Libra Basket Maurer, who is in the final days of his year-long term as President of the Swiss Confederation, was speaking to the country’s national TV network SRF
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For decades, income-minded investors have searched for the best dividend stocks out there. In my experience, the main criteria to look for when betting on great dividend stocks are a history of strong fundamentals, increasing dividend distributions over time, great entry points (technicals), and a history of bullish trading activity in the shares. The hallmark
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Carlos Ghosn has left Japan where he was on bail and has arrived in his parents’ native Lebanon, according to a source close to the Nissan-Renault chairman’s family and a professional associate. Mr Ghosn, once celebrated for his turnround of the ailing car companies, has suffered one of the decade’s most dramatic corporate falls from
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Aerial view of Cowboy Recreation and Nature Trail in northern Nebraska, on a trestle over Long Pine … [+] Creek, along the preferred route of the Great American Rail-Trail Getty Twelve months after announcing the Great American Rail-Trail initiative, the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) shared news this month that nearly $13 million has been secured for
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A US bond market indicator which signalled earlier this year that a recession could be imminent is closing 2019 at its most optimistic in more than a year, suggesting that the Federal Reserve has successfully steered the economy through a global growth scare. The US yield curve, which shows the difference between short-term and long-term
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Logo and mascot ‘Ali cattle’ at the headquarters of Alibaba Group in Hangzhou. Zhang Peng | LightRocket | Getty Images Technology and bank stocks in Asia dominated the top picks for analysts in 2019, as shares in the region made strong gains this year. Mainland Chinese stocks also rallied this year, with the Shanghai composite
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China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC), the country’s financial watchdog, has recently received an application for listing an exchange-traded fund (ETF) that will track blockchain-related stocks as underlying assets. Dubbed Penghua Shenzhen Stocks Blockchain ETF, the application was filed by Shenzhen-based asset management firm Penghua Fund and was accepted by the CSRC on Dec. 24, according
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Huobi Indonesia will institute a fiat gateway for trading 250 cryptocurrencies in the country. Announced Dec. 27 in a press release, the Indonesian wing of Huobi Group looks to facilitate cryptocurrency trading in Southeast Asia’s largest economy.  According to the firm, Huobi Indonesia boasts 50,000 registered users, of which approximately 10 percent are active in
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Market Moves at the End of the Year Data on the phenomenon dubbed the Santa Claus rally suggests that an annual market anomaly might be profitably exploited. However, doing so may require a set of rules for effective execution. To establish useful rules for how to trade the six-day stretch (four days before the end
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The US has bombed a Shia paramilitary group, backed by Iran, that Washington blames for a rocket attack in Iraq on Friday during which an American civilian contractor was killed. Jonathan Hoffman, assistant to the US defence secretary, said on Sunday night that US forces had conducted five “precision, defensive strikes” against Kata’ib Hizbollah, an
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Moonshot or moonshine? Attitudes are shifting to blue sky corporate science. In the US, business funded 28 per cent of basic research in 2017, double the share in 2006. In absolute terms, business spending on basic research tripled.  A quest for knowledge with no specific application jars with the fashion for business focus and discipline.
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This post is part of CoinDesk’s 2019 Year in Review, a collection of 100 op-eds, interviews and takes on the state of blockchain and the world. Alex McDougall in the co-founder Bicameral Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on blockchain, interoperability, data and identity self-sovereignty, personalized AI, and Web 3.0. Striking it rich. The phrase
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This 20,000-square-foot stand-alone lifestyle center on the Warren Hills office campus in Warren, … [+] N.J. allows colleagues to meet and recharge away from the conventional office environment. Peter Dant Photography, Courtesy of Vision Real Estate Partners While many young professionals continue to seek dense live-work-play urban areas, growing throngs of their contemporaries are descending
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