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Chinese President Xi Jinping called recently for the creation of a “great wall of iron” in an effort to curb extremist violence in China’s troubled far-western province of Xinjiang. Shortly thereafter, the Xinjiang People’s Congress adopted legislation that targets Uighurs, […] The post China Mimics Central Asian States, Bans Long Beards In Restive Region appeared first on ValueWalk.

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ETFGI reports ETFs/ETPs listed globally gathered record inflows of 66 billion US dollars and assets reached a new high of 3.913 trillion US dollars at the end of Q1 2017 LONDON — April 25, 2017  — ETFGI, a leading independent research […] The post Global ETFs/ETPs Now Nearing $4 Trillion In AUM appeared first on ValueWalk.

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Percentage of active mutual funds and ETFs that outperformed their median passive peers (after fees) Source: PIMCO     PIMCO makes the case for why active management seems to works better for fixed income investments than it does for equity, using Morningstar data: We look at performance numbers and find that, unlike their stock counterparts, active… Read More The post PIMCO on Bonds: Passive versus Active appeared first on The Big Picture.

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How your business can benefit from a Referral network with some help from social media sites The presence of new digital platforms, especially social media sites, have allowed small and medium-scale businesses to react hundreds or even thousands of potential […] The post Building A Referral Network For Your Business appeared first on ValueWalk.

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Via Activist Insight Wells Fargo’s shareholders meet today to cast judgement on the bank’s directors, who stand accused of failing to take whistleblowers alleging account fraud seriously enough and not holding ex-CEO John Stumpf to account soon enough. Stumpf and […] The post Activism This Week: Wells Fargo Long; HCG Short appeared first on ValueWalk.

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Written by Mike Schellinger follow me at MicroCapClub Twitter   To get this kind of information and other exclusive articles before regular readers, get on the VIP Mailing List today. ******** One of the things I have learned through my […] The post Small Cap Investing – Trusting Management and the Limitations of Research appeared first on ValueWalk.

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In the Marketplace-Edison Research Poll, we asked this question: where is the U.S. economy today, compared to a year ago — better, worse or the same? The poll found that 40 percent of men thought it was doing better, compared to 24 percent of women. It’s tempting to attribute that gender gap to politics. There’s a Republican president, and women are more likely to be Democrats. But the gap is persistent. We saw it in our October 2016 poll, when President Obama was still in office, although the gap was slightly smaller. “Politics is definitely a part of economic evaluations, but politics may not be explaining the differences between men and women,” said Peter Enns, executive director of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research at Cornell. In fact, there’s been a gender gap in economic outlook for a long time, he said. In the University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index, “almost every month from the late 1970s to today, men are more optimistic about economic conditions than women,” Enns said. Related links Quiz: Find out your economic anxiety level You think Washington has 'forgotten' you — and it doesn't matter what party you're in We're almost at 100 days. What is Trump's approval rating? The reason for the gender gap comes down to economic reality, said Anna Chu, vice president for income security and education at the National Women’s Law Center. For one thing, women are more likely than men to be poor at all stages of their lives, “from the minute they get out of college or get out of high school all the way until before they retire and even afterwards,” Chu said. Women also make up nearly two-thirds of the low-wage workforce, Chu said. And then there’s the wage gap. “You look at all these factors combined, I think that helps explain and give a window into why the polling shows that women have a far less optimistic economic outlook,” Chu said. For some women, the reason for that difference in outlook is simple and personal: the bills are piling up. Anita Christmas is 64 years old and lives in Boonville, Indiana. Her husband is retired from a job at Alcoa, and he’s bringing in less money every month than he used to. “Gas prices have gone up, and our utilities have gone up. Insurance rates have gone up. Almost everybody has those in their budget,” Christmas said. “So it just makes a difference.” She said her husband would probably say the same thing. Take our economic anxiety quiz to see how you compare to the national average.

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As Sonny Perdue gets sworn in to be the new Secretary of Agriculture, President Trump is set to meet with farming representatives. Among the top items on their list: immigration and trade. Up to 70 percent of the farming labor force is undocumented immigrants. About 20 percent of the U.S. agriculture business are exports dependent on good trade relations. Click the audio player above to hear the full story.

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Whitney Tilson Tilson 2016 Letter below Also see 2016 Hedge Fund Letters Q1 2017 Letters Tilson Q1 Letter: Fannie And Freddie “could appreciate 4-10 times” But Risks Remain High Short Positions Here are brief updates on four of our 10 […] The post Tilson 2016 Letter – Biggest Shorts – Wingstop, Exact Sciences, HErbalife, World Acceptance appeared first on ValueWalk.

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North Korea conducted what various media outlets have dubbed as its largest ever live-fire exercise on Tuesday to mark the 85th anniversary of the foundation of its military, as a U.S. submarine docked in South Korea in "a show of force" amid growing concern a showdown between the US and North Korea may be imminent. The port call by the USS Michigan, first reported by Reuters, came as the USS Carl Vinson carrier group steamed toward Korean waters and is expected to arrive over the next 24

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Valuation-Informed Indexing #340 by Rob Bennett I was recently at a dinner party at which the subject of the high valuations in the stock market came up. A fellow explained why he is not too worried. “Stocks go up and […] The post The Stock Market Is Cyclical But Not in the Way That You Think appeared first on ValueWalk.

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Straight Path Communications Inc. (“Straight Path”) (NYSE MKT: STRP) announced today that the Straight Path Board of Directors (the “Straight Path Board”) determined that an unsolicited offer from a multi-national telecommunications company (the “Bidder”) to acquire 100% of the issued […] The post Straight Path Board Gets An Unsolicited Offer from a Different Company appeared first on ValueWalk.

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Straight Path Communications Inc. (“Straight Path”) (NYSE MKT: STRP) announced today that the Straight Path Board of Directors (the “Straight Path Board”) determined that an unsolicited offer from a multi-national telecommunications company (the “Bidder”) to acquire 100% of the issued […] The post Straight Path Board Determines that an Unsolicited Offer from a Multi-National Telecommunications Company to Acquire Straight Path for $104.64 Per Share Constitutes a “Superior Proposal” appeared first on ValueWalk.

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Fascinating look via the 2017 Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals at some interesting data sets:   Source: World Bank   The post Health financing is dominated by out-of-pocket payments in poorer countries appeared first on The Big Picture.

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Yesterday, Bloomberg's Richard Breslow expressed surprise at the exuberant market euphoria that resulted from a French election outcome that was "everybody's base case." 24 hours later, his surprise remains and as he says in his latest daily note, "what I do question is why everyone keeps telling me this was their forecasted and most likely outcome, yet the world has changed." Maybe nothing Breslow answers, and muses that it is all just the market gaps without any actual price discovery:

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With the first round of the French election in the rearview mirror, there are clear winners and losers. With Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen facing the chosen two to face off in a May 7 election, Morgan Stanley says […] The post Europe Is a Buy, Says Morgan Stanly Analyst Who Made the Prediction In March appeared first on ValueWalk.

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Samsung’s latest flagship Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are flying off the shelves. The new Galaxy phones have garnered positive reviews all over, though the Bixby assistant is not as great as it was rumored to be. The Korean electronics […] The post Galaxy S8 Is Samsung’s ‘Best Ever’ Smartphone Launch appeared first on ValueWalk.

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April 26th is shaping up to be a busy day. As we reported on Friday, that's when Operation Gotham Shield, an exercise involving FEMA, Homeland Security and a myriad of law enforcement and military agencies and which simulates a nuclear bomb blast over Manhattan, is set to conclude. Then, as we learned earlier, April 26 is also when the entire Senate will be briefed by Donald Trump and his four top defense and military officials on the situation in North Korea at the White House, an event

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Authored by Raul Ilargi Meijer via The Automatic Earth blog, Austerity is over, proclaimed the IMF this week. And no doubt attributed that to the ‘successful’ period of ‘five years of belt tightening’ a.k.a. ‘gradual fiscal consolidation’ it has, along with its econo-religious ilk, imposed on many of the world’s people. Only, it’s not true of course. Austerity is not over. You can ask many of those same people about that. It’s certainly not

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Not long into Trump’s presidency, he announced his plans to increase the country's defense budget in 2018 by 54 billion dollars. The extra money is seen as necessary in order to "rebuild the depleted military of the United States of America at a time we most need it". Whether justified or not, this extra outlay will take the U.S. even further ahead of the rest of the world in terms of outright military spending. The infographic below shows how the current budget

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