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02.11.2017

Gender inequality rises after decade of progress

A decade of slow progress towards better parity between the sexes has screeched to a halt, the World Economic Forum (WEF) said Thursday, warning the global gender gap was now widening. In recent years, women have made significant progress towards equality in a number of areas such as education and health, with the Nordic countries leading the fray. But the global trend now seems to have made a U-turn, especially in workplaces, where full gender equality is not expected to materialise until 2234, WEF said in a report. "A decade of slow but steady progress on improving parity between the sexes came to a halt in 2017, with the global gender gap widening for the first time since the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Report was first published in 2006," it said.

 
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02.11.2017

Above the clouds

The Ichimoku Kinko Hyo is for many traders the Holy Grail, which they have been looking for all the time. Translated, he means "everything at a glance". Let's take a closer look at the so-called cloud indicator and show how you can make a meaningful contribution to your trading decisions.

 
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02.11.2017

Credit Suisse: strong results in Q3 amid restructuring plan

Swiss bank Credit Suisse posted a near six-fold year-on-year rise in third-quarter net profit on Thursday, beating analyst expectations amid an ongoing restructuring plan. Switzerland's second-largest bank reported 244 million Swiss francs ($244 million) in third-quarter net profit. The results mark the first time the lender has posted three consecutive profitable quarters under the guidance of CEO Tidjane Thiam. It was also significantly above the 41 million Swiss francs reported for the same period last year.

 
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02.11.2017

Should equity markets fear ‘QE exit’?

Central banks are moving towards the ‘QE exit’. The US Federal Reserve (the Fed) this month began reducing the total size of its asset holdings bought under successive rounds of quantitative easing (QE). The European Central Bank (ECB) has just announced a planned reduction in the value of its monthly asset purchases. And the Bank of Japan (BoJ) has been quietly reducing the pace of asset purchases since it began targeting bond yields.

 
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02.11.2017

Bitcoin Price breaks beyond $7000 for the first time ever

Bitcoin prices have continued to climb overnight, building on consecutive highs in recent days and ultimately reaching a new all-time high close to $7,000. At 07:00 UTC, bullish bitcoin trading saw the cryptocurrency soar to a peak of $6,994.01, having opened the session at $6,750. At press time, the price of a bitcoin is $6,939, according to CoinDesk's Bitcoin Price Index – a 2.8 percent gain for the day so far.

 
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02.11.2017

Japan: Nikkei at 21-year higher for strong corporate earnings

Japan's Nikkei share average extended its strong rally to top a new 21-year peak on Thursday, ahead of a long weekend, with investors piling into miners and companies such as Honda Motor and Sony on robust earnings prospects.  The Nikkei ended up 0.5 per cent at 22,539.12 after reaching a high of 22,540.25, its best close since late June 1996. 

 
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01.11.2017

Has Europe Delivered a Setting for the Next Alpha Industry?

Every company and organization has a never ending task – to reduce costs, to concur price volatility for the commodities and inputs.  What do we do when presented with the free commodity?  Are we ready to maximize the potential of the 21st Century commodity – data?  Picking Alpha has started a search for answers from the European Commission, who generated the idea of free data to be available for the whole world, through it’s massive Space program – Copernicus. 

 
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31.10.2017

Red Alarm: Carbon dioxide levels hit record in 2016

Concentrations of carbon dioxide surged at a record breaking speed in 2016, according to the annual Greenhouse Gas bulletin compiled by the World Meteorological Organization. The Geneva-based organization said that levels of the heat-trapping gas CO2 in the atmosphere are the highest in in 800,000 years. "The abrupt changes in the atmosphere witnessed in the past 70 years are without precedent," WMO said in a statement.

 
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31.10.2017

Don't waste time with Bitcoin, but it's not a bubble

Financial theorist and neurologist William Bernstein doesn’t believe that bitcoin fits the classic idea of a bubble; however, he claims he won’t be ‘wasting his time’ on it. The former American neurologist turned to writing about investing during the 1990s. A few of his popular bestsellers include The Intelligent Asset Allocator, The Four Pillars of Investing: Lessons for Building a Winning Portfolio, and Rational Expectations: Asset Allocation for Investing Adults.

 
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31.10.2017

Elon Musk shows the way to avoid LA traffic

 
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