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Daily Digest 2/22 - U.S. Small Businesses Bullish On Economy, Why Now Is The Time For Gold and Silver

Thursday, February 22, 2018, 11:16 AM

Economy

Silicon Valley is so expensive that people who make $400,000 think they're middle-class — here's what the middle class actually is in the 25 largest US cities (Adam)

"Middle class" is a term used broadly — and often incorrectly — even though it can be quantified with US government data. And while the US middle class has been shrinking for decades, most Americans still consider themselves part of it. Many of the high-earning Palo Alto residents noted the high cost of living was one of the reasons they identified as being in the middle class.

But whether you're in the "middle class" varies depending on where you live.

Tech companies should stop pretending AI won’t destroy jobs (blackeagle)

First, China has a huge army of young people coming into AI. Over the past decade, the number of AI publications by Chinese authors has doubled. Young AI engineers from Face++, a Chinese face-recognition startup, recently won first place in three computer-vision challenges—ahead of teams from Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and Carnegie Mellon University.

Here’s What It’s Like At The Headquarters Of The Teens Working To Stop Mass Shootings (blackeagle)

In just days, the group of teenage survivors have made themselves impossible to ignore, headlining rallies, penning op-eds, and blanketing cable news coverage over the Presidents Day weekend with their calls for action.

But behind the scenes, they’re also just kids — sitting in a circle on the floor in the home of one of their parents, eating a batch of baked pasta, tweeting at each other, and comparing which celebrity just shared their post. There’s laughter and tears, and “Mr. Brightside” by the Killers plays briefly, but it’s also remarkably businesslike. There’s work to do and a seemingly endless number of phone calls to answer.

American small businesses are super bullish on the U.S. economy, JP Morgan study says (Adam)

“You learn so much about where we are [in the economic cycle] by listening to what people are complaining about,” Glassman said. “Complaints about not being able to find people, having to pay more to retain people, and working hard to find staff with the right skills is all music to my ears. It means we’re in the good years of an economic cycle.”

New Fed Chairman Will Trigger A Historic Stock Market Crash In 2018 (thc0655)

Powell’s first day as Chairman was greeted with the sharpest drop in U.S. equities in years. Yellen’s parting gift to investors in January was an $18 billion reduction in the Fed balance sheet, $6 billion more than the Fed originally claimed would occur. It is clear to me that just as stocks climbed in direct correlation to the Fed balance sheet, so too will they fall in direct correlation to the Fed balance sheet. Only a week after the balance sheet was cut more than expected, stocks fell by nearly 10%.

Why Now Is the Perfect Time to Be in Gold and Silver (Diane C.)

We’re not the only ones saying this. A new report from Bank Credit Analyst said that during periods of negative equity returns, gold has historically outperformed stocks 79% of the time. And in periods of rising volatility gold outperformed equities 64% of the time. Both of those risks are on the increase right now.

What is more likely going forward is a falling stock market and higher volatility. One reason to own gold is to insure against those events.

Punjab National Bank $1.8B Fraud Raises Questions About SWIFT Security (Uncletommy)

SWIFT rejected taking any responsibility for such incidents. In a letter to bank customers in 2016, the group said banks are solely responsible for the security of their systems. “Customers are responsible for all messages signed with their certificates and, of course, for protecting their certificates and ensuring only duly authorized operators can use them to sign messages," a spokeswoman told Reuters at the time. "SWIFT is not, and cannot be, responsible for messages that are created fraudulently within customer firms.”

Buy Income and Growth With This “Dead” Industry (Tiffany D.)

Seritage was created by Sears’ owner Eddie Lampert as an entity to redevelop mall properties in which the struggling retailer was the main anchor tenant. Buffett bought his stake around $35 in 2015.

A Biohacker Regrets Publicly Injecting Himself With CRISPR (tmn)

Zayner holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry and biophysics, and he now runs a company called The ODIN that sells DIY CRISPR kits, including the CRISPR construct he injected in himself for the muscle growth. He’s long had critics, and he certainly does not speak for the entire biohacking community. But given that even the most visible stuntman in biohacking is worried about the effects of his stunts, I asked him to reflect on recent events.

Why The Next Oil Boom Will Be Fueled By Blockchain (Michael K.)

Smaller players with big ambitions like Canada’s Petroteq are preparing to revolutionize the day to day operations of potentially every oil operation on the planet. Petroteq could utilize new technologies to tap massive new reserves of energy, such as the Utah oil sands, while radically reducing environmental risk.

With U.S. President Donald Trump planning a trillion dollar infrastructure program, the possibilities for upgrading American oil and gas systems throughout the country are immense.

Animals Are Losing Their Vagility, or Ability to Roam Freely (tmn)

A global study of 57 species of mammals, published in the journal Science, has found that wildlife move far less in landscapes that have been altered by humans, a finding that could have implications for a range of issues, from how well natural systems function to finding ways to protect migratory species.

Gold & Silver

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Rising tide of debt to hit rich countries' budgets, warns OECD

Rising tide of debt to hit rich countries' budgets, warns OECD

Financial Times-5 hours ago
Low interest rates have helped sustain high levels of government debt and persistent budget deficits since the financial crisis, according to the OECD, but the “relatively favourable” sovereign funding environment “may not be a permanent feature of financial markets”. Fatos Koc, senior policy analyst at the OECD, cautioned ...

US Federal Reserve rings alarm about America's soaring debt

RT-6 hours ago

Kaplan's words come after this week's report by Goldman Sachs indicated that US debt will turn unsustainable under the Republican leadership. ... one of the largest ratings firms in China, Dagong Global Credit Rating, cut the US sovereign rating from A- to BBB+ on concerns that the country can fail servicing the debt. Peru ..

S. Korea's Household Debt Hits Record $1.3 Trillion in 2017

Bloomberg-11 hours ago
South Korea's household debt rose to a new record in 2017, even as the government tightened lending terms to cool the property market. Household debt including credit purchases rose to 1,450.9 trillion won ($1.3 trillion) at the end of December, up 8.1 percent from the previous year, according to a statement from the Bank ...

Lawmakers unveil new plan to overhaul Kentucky's pension systems

WLKY Louisville-21 hours ago
Kentucky's underfunded pension systems are facing up to $80 billion in unfunded liabilities and rank among the worst funded pensions in the country. The shortfall is ruining the state's credit rating and forcing deep budget cuts to other areas of state government, from education to public safety. SB 1 seeks to correct the ...
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Venezuelans Can't Buy Maduro's Cryptocurrency With Bolivars

 

Venezuelans Can't Buy Maduro's Cryptocurrency With Bolivars

Bloomberg-20 hours ago
Venezuela forbids its citizens from buying foreign currency. The restrictions mean that not accepting bolivars in the Petro pre-sale effectively shuts out residents in the country. The sale is a last-ditch attempt to raise funds since sanctions stemming from Venezuela's debt default hamper the nation's ability to issue traditional ...

Venezuelans Are Losing a Lot of Weight Amid Money Crisis

Newsweek-17 hours ago
Venezuelans, who once enjoyed South America's most prosperous economy, are feeling the effects of food shortages and a crippled economy. A study released Wednesday found that Venezuelans had lost an average of 11 kilograms, or 24 pounds, in body weight last year, and 90 percent of them live under poverty—up ...

Venezuela zoo may be sacrificing emaciated animals and feeding ...

Globalnews.ca-13 hours ago

A Venezuelan zoo in the western state of Zulia may have sacrificed emaciated animals and fed them to healthier ones as the country struggles with chronic food shortages, zoo workers report. The chaotic collapse of the country has created chronic food shortages that have fuelled malnutrition and left millions seeking food ..

Treasury Seven-Year Sale Caps $258 Billion Week of Higher Yields

BloombergQuint-11 hours ago
Hedge funds focused on emerging markets, particularly China and India, were the top-performing strategies last year, surging 20 percent and reaching a record of about $230 billion in assets under management in the fourth quarter, according to Hedge Fund Research. Quantitative funds, which have struggled in calmer ...

WA's state debt set to reach $56 billion, the equivalent of a small car ...

The West Australian-10 hours ago
Ratings agency S&P Global said yesterday that WA was on track to be the most indebted State or Territory in the country, taking on more debt just as global interest rates start to rise. In the coming financial year, the agency believes WA will have to take on an extra $11.8 billion in debt, or about 21 per cent of the total debt ...

 

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