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Black Or White? Better Financial Analysis Needed To Identify The Swans.

Could the type of risk that triggered the sub-prime mortgage crash and the global financial crisis be missed again? A new report suggests it could, not because of unpredictable 'black swan' scenarios but because of short, even blinkered, time horizons among those asking limited questions.

- Forbes.com - US

Government stake in Lloyds drops below four per cent.

The government revealed this morning that it had shed more of its stake in Lloyds Banking Group, with its remaining shareholding now standing at less than four per cent. The government said to date it had recovered over £19bn of the £20.3bn of taxpayer cash that was used to bolster the bank in the aftermath of the ...

- City AM - UK

Here's How To Stay Ahead Of Machines And AI.

The Great American Jobs Apocalypse continues to tear our social fabric, and no one really knows what to do about it. If you’re not unemployed or underemployed now, then you know someone who is… and you could always be next.

- Forbes.com - US

Glen Eagle Resources: Toll Milling in Honduras.

Glen Eagle has built its processing facility carefully. Right now we are small. We can process 30-35 tons a day. But there are parts on the boat which will let us expand our operation to 100-125 tons a day by next summer.' said Labrecque. We're essentially doing in Honduras what Dynacor Gold Mines has been doing in Peru for ...

- Financial Post - CA

The stock market rally: Too far, too fast.

Some experts are growing concerned about how giddy investors are. The market may be ignoring the risk that Trump won't be able to live up to his promises. And investors are also overlooking the rise of populism in Europe.

- CNNMoney - US

Futures Movers: Oil prices regain momentum; U.S. supply data ahead.

After a 1.4% retreat Wednesday, crude prices regain momentum as investors wait for data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration will be released later today

- Marketwatch - US

Storm Doris hits London: Heathrow warns of flight delays and cancellations.

Storm Doris has arrived and Londoners are waking up to strong winds in the capital this morning.  Earlier this week the Met Office issued a severe weather warning for London ahead of Storm Doris' arrival, and forecast winds of up to 50-60mph, along with ice, snow, rain and fog. The weather conditions have prompted ...

- City AM - UK

Spiking business rates will lead to an East London tech exodus.

Much has been written about the upcoming business rates revaluation and the significant additional burden that this will place on businesses, large and small. Comparatively little, however, has been said about the impact that this in turn will have on our town centres and business districts. Ultimately, business rates are a ...

- City AM - UK

MarketWatch First Take: AMD's Ryzen chips could spark price war with Intel.

Chip maker Advanced Micro Devices Inc. released details on Wednesday on its forthcoming Ryzen included pricing that may potentially set off a price war with its big rival Intel Corp.

- Marketwatch - US

OSC signs deal with U.K. counterpart to support fintech expansion across the pond.

The deal comes after the OSC unveiled its LaunchPad project, a fintech hub within the regulator aimed at supporting new and early stage fintech businesses, in October

- Financial Post - CA

TransCanada offers to slash tolls by nearly half on natural gas pipeline to thwart competition from U.S.

RBC Capital analyst expects TransCanada's open season to be successful, and could give the stock price a nice boost

- Financial Post - CA

4 Warning Signs Of Instability In Russia

Geopolitical Futures forecasted that 2017 will be “an inflection point in the long-term destabilization of Russia.” After just six weeks, there are clear signs that this forecast is right on track.

- Forbes.com - US

The Biggest Loser: First Solar Drops 8.4%

First Solar  was at the bottom of the S&P 500 Wednesday,  on the heels of its fourth quarter was better than expected, but not good enough for many investors. First Solar dropped $3.06, or 8.4%, to $33.56. The S&P 500 closed down just 2.56 points, or 0.11%, to 2362.82.

- Barrons - US

Jones axes Joseph from England squad to face Italy

England head coach Eddie Jones will field a new-look midfield against Italy at Twickenham on Sunday after  axing Bath centre Jonathan Joseph from his training squad. The favourite to fill the void left by Joseph, who has played in all 15 Tests under Jones, is Wasps utility back Elliot Daly, having featured on the wing for ...

- City AM - UK

Government to 'water down' action on environmental hit of third runway

The government looks set to flout recommendations made by its own climate change advisers regarding the environmental impact of Heathrow expansion, MPs warned today. The Environmental Audit Committee has found the government is not doing enough to show it can mitigate the environmental hit the new runway is expected to ...

- City AM - UK

Buick is a lot more than a dad wagon in China

Buick's success in China is tied to its long history in the country, but how long will the automaker escape Trump's protectionist backlash?

- CNNMoney - US

Trump supporters on Obamacare: It costs too much

Trump supporters say they found deductibles and out-of-pocket costs under Obamacare to be unaffordable, according to a new Kaiser survey.

- CNNMoney - US

Personal Finance Daily: Homes offering the largest returns and when you don't have to pay federal income tax

Wednesday's top personal finance stories

- Marketwatch - US

RSA smashes expectations as chief exec Hester says turnaround is complete

RSA has reported profit and earnings growth in 2016, surpassing analyst expectations with a set of results that chief exec Stephen Hester said demonstrated a "seamless" transition from transition to outperformance. The figures Group operating profit went up 25 per cent to £655m, from £523m last year, while underlying ...

- City AM - UK

Experts are vital, but so is scepticism and debate

Experts have come in for plenty of stick over the past 12 months. Michael Gove’s infamous assertion during the referendum campaign that “people have had enough” of them has entered political legend. His actual quote is overlooked: he was specifically criticising experts who worked at “organisations ...

- City AM - UK

More stories of Uber's out-of-control workplace culture emerge

More stories of sexism, harassment and debauchery at Uber Technologies Inc. emerged Wednesday, in a New York Times report detailing the company's aggressive corporate atmosphere.

- Marketwatch - US

Verizon to test 5G in 11 cities

The promises of 5G have been swirling for the last few years -- but now Verizon is bringing the mobile broadband service a little closer to reality.

- CNNMoney - US

Fitbit Rising: Q4 Misses, Year Revenue, Profit View In-Line

Fitness wearables pioneer Fitbit this afternoon reported Q4 revenue and profit that slightly missed analysts' expectations, forecast this quarter's revenue and profit below consensus, and projected results for the year in line with consensus, driving its shares up in late trading, though they quickly gave up most of those ...

- Barrons - US

After Dismal Holiday Season, Fitbit Doesn't See Things Getting Better In 2017

The wearable fitness tracker company expects declining sales and additional losses in the year ahead.

- Forbes.com - US

Dow 20K... Now What?

Eric Irvin, CEO of Reality Shares, offers guidance on how investors can potentially optimize and protect their portfolios now that the Dow has surpassed 20000. After an eight-year bull market, investors must avoid complacency, and stick to an accurate time-tested approach like dividend growth.

- Forbes.com - US

Company says employee is missing with $100M

Read full story for latest details.

- CNNMoney - US

Scrap the utopian net migration target for the realistic system we all want

Across the West, we are experiencing a growing cultural clash between liberals and traditionalists. It was encapsulated by Clinton versus Trump, and now by Macron against Le Pen in France. Former Prime Minister Tony Blair recognised this 10 years ago, saying: “The real dividing line to think of in modern politics has ...

- City AM - UK

The Wall Street Journal: Fashion site Poshmark says hackers stole money from some user accounts

Online fashion marketplace Poshmark Inc. said hackers targeted its systems and used stolen usernames and passwords to drain funds from some of its user accounts in recent days.

- Marketwatch - US

Why We Revised Our Price Estimate For Netflix To $137

Netflix’s stock has performed well in the markets in recent months, particularly following its earnings announcement in January. One of the primary reasons for this was growth in international markets.

- Forbes.com - US

British exporters are confident ahead of Brexit

Confidence among British exporters has jumped ahead of the official start of the Brexit process, a new poll shows, as revised figures reveal a 4.1 per cent increase in exports boosting UK growth at the end of 2016. A balance of 43 per cent of manufacturing firms expect turnover to increase over the next year, as Britain ...

- City AM - UK

Asia bourses slip as Fed minutes show hawkish leanings

Europe eyes mixed open after signal US rates could rise again 'fairly soon'

- Financial Times - US

Digital challenger bank Monzo's just raised millions more and plans fresh crowdfunding

Digital challenger bank Monzo has landed a new multimillion pound round of funding from fresh investors valuing it at £65m. The startup, which is seeking to disrupt traditional banking with online-only services, will combine the investment with a fresh round of crowdfunding following huge demand from private investors last ...

- City AM - UK

Injured Mkhitaryan and Carrick set to miss EFL Cup final

Saint-Etienne 0, Manchester United 1 Unrepentant Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho insisted he had no selection regrets after his side lost Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Michael Carrick to injury as they reached the Europa League last 16. Mkhitaryan limped off with a hamstring problem mid-way through the first half, having ...

- City AM - UK

Tesla Inc posts narrower quarterly loss but says Model 3 sedan still on track, shares stay flat

The electric-car maker expects to deliver as many as 50,000 vehicles in the first half of the year and still sees Model 3 production starting in July

- Financial Post - CA

Western media accused of spreading 'fake news'

Russia has accused major Western media, including The New York Times, Bloomberg and NBC of spreading fake news.

- CNNMoney - US

Why the biggest battle in Major League Baseball is happening off the field

Baseball has the oldest viewers of major sports, with half of its audience 55 or older.

- Marketwatch - US

Asia Markets: Asian stocks slide lower after Fed minutes released

Stock markets across Asia were broadly lower early Thursday, following lackluster performance on Wall Street overnight, as investors digested the latest Federal Reserve meeting minutes.

- Marketwatch - US

Intel, Nvidia, AMD: Rosenblatt and MKM Offer Dueling Viewpoints

Today sees dueling chip-stock reports, with bullishs view from both Rosenblatt Securities's Hans Mosesmann, and MKM Partners's Ruben Roy, although the two differ sharply in how they view Intel , Nvidia and Advanced Micro Devices . Mosesmann is negative on Intel's prospects and positive on Nvidia and AMD; Roy takes the ...

- Barrons - US

Weak Q4 Earnings Sink Texas Roadhouse Despite Dividend Boost

Texas Roadhouse  tumbled more than 12% on Wednesday as its fourth-quarter earnings and revenue fell short of expectations. Pixabay The restaurant chain said it earned 29 cents a share on revenue of $484.7 million. Analysts were expecting earnings per share of 38 cents on revenue of $497.3 million.

- Barrons - US

Kellyanne Conway sidelined from TV after Flynn debacle

Kellyanne Conway, once the most visible surrogate for the Trump White House, has been sidelined from television appearances for making statements that were at odds with the administration's official stance.

- CNNMoney - US

Fin24.com | Gordhan's budget should appease ratings agencies - for now

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan's 2017 Budget will be viewed in a neutral light, say analysts.

- Fin24 - SA

Fin24.com | WATCH: Gordhan is trapped, says analyst

President Jacob Zuma would have most likely booted Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan out of office had he raised value-added tax, Keith Engel tells Fin24.

- Fin24 - SA

Media more trustworthy than Trump, poll finds

Republicans trust Donald Trump. Everyone else trusts the media. That is the finding of a Quinnipiac University poll which shows a dramatic split between Republicans and other Americans when it comes to matters of trust.

- CNNMoney - US

Tesla Rising: Q4 Revenues Strong, Loss Bigger Than Expected

Tesla  shares are higher after it reported a mixed fourth quarter. The car maker said it lost 69 cents a share on revenue of $2.29 billion. Analysts were looking for a loss of 53 cents a share on revenue of $2.19 billion.

- Barrons - US

Fin24.com | #Budget2017: Tax on sugary drinks - health aid or budget band aid?

Whether a tax on sugary beverages is the way to go is at this stage is, at best, an uneasy argument, says a tax expert.

- Fin24 - SA

MarketWatch First Take: The Dorsey divergence: As Twitter stalls, Square still in high growth mode

The tale of Jack Dorsey's two companies could not be more different. Square, Dorsey's mobile payments company, is still in high growth mode, and plans to keep investing in the business, meaning that profitability is not in sight for the next 12 months.

- Marketwatch - US

Norwegian Cruise Lines Jumps On Q4 Earnings, Guidance

Norwegian Cruise Lines  was up nearly 7% on Wednesday afternoon, following its fourth-quarter earnings report. Norwegian said that it earned 56 cents a share, a penny ahead of analysts' expectations. Revenue rose 8.5% to $1.13 billion, also squeaking past the $1.11 billion consensus estimate.

- Barrons - US

Jack In The Box Walloped After Q1 Earnings Disappoint

Jack in the Box reported lower-than-expected first quarter sales, profit and forward guidance Wednesday afternoon; as a result, its shares are getting slammed in after-hours trading.

- Forbes.com - US

Google owner upgraded to AA+, S&P's second highest rating

Google parent Alphabet has been upgraded by Standard and Poor's, with analysts citing strong operating performance and conservative financial policy. Alphabet now holds a rating of “AA+”, one notch below the rating agency's top level of AAA, which is held only by Microsoft and Johnson & Johnson. S&P said the ...

- City AM - UK

Sick, dying and raped in America's nursing homes

The unthinkable is happening at facilities across the country: Vulnerable senior citizens are being raped and sexually abused by the very people paid to care for them. CNN quantifies the problem using data analysis and documents the systemic failure of nursing homes and state regulators to stop it

- CNNMoney - US