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The Death of High Flying VC Funds

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Posted by Danny Crichton, Arman Tabatabai

on Wednesday, 26 September 2018 09:11

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Young founding partners debuting change-the-world funds were irresistible for chroniclers of the venture world, who too often had been forced to chat with balding and aging managing directors while hitting the links at resplendent country clubs. Everything was going to change in the venture world, and here was a new guard of progressive-thinking talent that would transform Silicon Valley forever.

Then it all came crashing down. CLICK for complete article



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Study: Nike Is The Top Apparel Brand Among Gen Z, Millennials

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Posted by Brett Hershman

on Monday, 24 September 2018 08:47

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Nike Inc is the preferred apparel brand for Gen Z members and millennials, according to a new study.

The sportswear giant, now the best performing stock in the Dow in 2018, trumps its competitors in the 13-19, 20-29 and 30-39 age range, particularly due to the authenticity of the brand's image, according to a study conducted by youth research firm Ypulse.... CLICK for complete article



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Disorderly Brexit Would Trigger Mayhem in Derivatives Market

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Posted by Wolf Richter

on Friday, 21 September 2018 09:43

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With less than six-and-a-half months to go before the UK’s deadline to leave the EU expires, progress is still lacking in the Brexit negotiations, in particular on crunch issues such as the Irish border and the equivalency of financial services. As the doomsday clock ticks down,  jitters are rising on both sides of the English Channel, particularly the English-speaking one... CLICK for complete article



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Debunking The A.I. Productivity Myth

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Posted by ZeroHedge

on Thursday, 20 September 2018 08:15

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Automation seems to be a never-ending source of fear-mongering. Judging from the commentary, robots will “replace us” and cause large-scale unemployment. With the entry of artificial intelligence (AI), and robots that make robots, the value of human beings as productive forces in the economy is simply zero. People then become value-less consumers, only “mouths to feed” while production is carried out by machines. CLICK for complete article



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It's The Most Important Subject But No One Wants To Talk About It

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Posted by MoneyTalks Editor

on Tuesday, 18 September 2018 10:00

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Politicians hate talking about the implications of the aging population. You won't find one of them talking about the fact that there are 20% more seniors than just 5 years ago. The implications for healthcare spending, Old Age Security payments and pensions are profound.



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Is A Market Meltdown Looming?

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Posted by Frank Holmes

on Tuesday, 18 September 2018 09:26

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Florence, now a tropical depression, made landfall in North Carolina on Friday, bringing with it destruction and calamity, the cost of which could top $170 billion, according to analytics firm CoreLogic. If so, that would make it the costliest storm ever to hit the U.S. To date, 2005’s Hurricane Katrina holds the top spot, costing an estimated $160 billion, followed by last year’s Harvey ($125 billion) and Maria ($90 billion).

Not to minimize the impact Florence will have on millions of Americans’ lives, but storms, even of this size, have rarely triggered major equity selloffs. According to research firm CFRA, in the last 15 years, the S&P 500 Index declined an average 0.2 percent in the month after a hurricane but was up an average 3.9 percent in the subsequent three months. Home improvement companies such as Home Depot and Lowe’s could be beneficiaries, while insurance companies might take a hit.

Markets are subdued right now, with the S&P 500 having gone more than 55 days without a 1 percent move in either direction. Trading volumes are also lower-than-average, suggesting Wall Street is in wait-and-see mode before making major adjustments.

Could this just be the calm before the storm? CLICK for complete article



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The New Ultra-Wealthy Benchmark Is $50 Million

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Posted by Fred Dunkley

on Monday, 17 September 2018 08:32

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Millionaires are pretty much just regular upper middle class folk these days. After all, when there are 16 million of them, they get lost in a sea of ordinariness. They aren’t ultra-wealthy at all. If you want ultra-wealthy, you have to have at least $50 million to make the grade. Better yet, bump it up to billionaire.... CLICK for complete article



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