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OnDeck Appoints Former Morgan Stanley COO to Board of Directors - ABL Advisor

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OnDeck Appoints Former Morgan Stanley COO to Board of Directors
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OnDeck announced that it will be adding Jim Rosenthal, the former chief operating officer of Morgan Stanley, to its board of directors, effective April 3, 2017. During his tenure at Morgan Stanley, Rosenthal served in a variety of roles, including as ...



March 23, 2017 at 04:59PM

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Mount Juliet Appointments Nick Mullen as Non-executive Director - FFT.ie

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Mount Juliet Appointments Nick Mullen as Non-executive Director
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Mount Juliet Estate has announced the appointment of Nick Mullen, Director of Global Golf and Consulting at International Sports Management, to the board as a non-executive director. Nick Mullen joined ISM in 2013, having previously overseen the ...



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10 Funny Poems for Children

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There are many reasons why poems serve as good reading material for children, which is why we created a list of funny poems for children. Those reasons include the fact that poetry helps develop a rhythm with small children, even if they don’t understand everything the poem means. In the same vein,...

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March 23, 2017 at 04:55PM

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Indiabulls Ventures Limited - Preferential issue

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SFO's Survival is Key to Future UK Anti-Bribery Success, OECD Says - Wall Street Journal (subscription) (blog)

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SFO's Survival is Key to Future UK Anti-Bribery Success, OECD Says
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Uncertainty surrounding the Serious Fraud Office is “harmful” to the future of U.K. success against foreign bribery, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said in its latest evaluation on U.K. anti-bribery enforcement. The U.K. “has ...

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March 23, 2017 at 04:45PM

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Bitcoin spikes above $1,000

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Bitcoin is trading up 1.2% at $1,049 a coin as of 7:37 a.m. ET after aggressive selling on Wednesday slammed the cryptocurrency below the $1,000 level for just the second time since the beginning of Febraury.

Traders continue to grapple with the possibility that developers could set up a "hard fork," or alternative marketplace for bitcoin, as well a crackdown on trading in China and the US Securities and Exchange Commission's upcoming rulings on bitcoin ETFs

Thursday's buying appears to be technical-based as a good deal of support comes into play in the $1,000 area. The cryptocurrency has not put in a close below that level since Febraury 9. 

2017 has been a voltile year for bitcoin. It rallied 20% in the first week before crashing 35% amid fears China was going to crackdown on trading. Bitcoin then rallied another 75% from mid-January until mid-March, putting in a record high $1,327 on the morning of the SEC's rejection of the Winklevoss ETF.

The cryptcurrency has fallen about 20% since then as participants remain on edge over the possibility of an alternative marketplace and the two upcoming SEC rulings on bitcoin ETFs, the first which is due no later than March 30. Neither is expected to be approved. 

Bitcoin has been the top-performing currency in each of the last two years. 

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March 23, 2017 at 04:48PM

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Bitcoin spikes above $1,000

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Bitcoin is trading up 1.2% at $1,049 a coin as of 7:37 a.m. ET after aggressive selling on Wednesday slammed the cryptocurrency below the $1,000 level for just the second time since the beginning of Febraury.

Traders continue to grapple with the possibility that developers could set up a "hard fork," or alternative marketplace for bitcoin, as well a crackdown on trading in China and the US Securities and Exchange Commission's upcoming rulings on bitcoin ETFs

Thursday's buying appears to be technical-based as a good deal of support comes into play in the $1,000 area. The cryptocurrency has not put in a close below that level since Febraury 9. 

2017 has been a voltile year for bitcoin. It rallied 20% in the first week before crashing 35% amid fears China was going to crackdown on trading. Bitcoin then rallied another 75% from mid-January until mid-March, putting in a record high $1,327 on the morning of the SEC's rejection of the Winklevoss ETF.

The cryptcurrency has fallen about 20% since then as participants remain on edge over the possibility of an alternative marketplace and the two upcoming SEC rulings on bitcoin ETFs, the first which is due no later than March 30. Neither is expected to be approved. 

Bitcoin has been the top-performing currency in each of the last two years. 

Bitcoin

 

SEE ALSO: We bought and sold bitcoin — here's how it works

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NOW WATCH: 7 mega-billionaires who made a fortune last year

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March 23, 2017 at 04:43PM

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A Peek Into The Markets: U.S. Stock Futures Edge Higher; Yellen Speech In Focus

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March 23, 2017 at 04:43PM

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UK retail sales shook off Brexit fears to have a great month in February — but there are worrying signs for the future

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LONDON — UK retail sales had a huge month in February, confounding the forecasts of economists who had predicted stuttering growth in the month, according to the latest data from the Office for National Statistics.

On a month-to-month basis, sales grew by 1.4% in February, while on an annual basis, sales grew by 3.7%. Both numbers were significantly worse than had been expected by economists polled in the run up to the data.

Prior to the release, economists had forecast month-on-month sales growth of 0.4%, with the yearly figure expected at 2.6%.

"February’s retail sales figures show fairly strong growth, though the underlying three-month picture shows falling sales as February's figures follow two consecutive months of decline in December and January. The monthly growth in February is seen across all store types. The underlying trend suggests that rising petrol prices in particular have had a negative effect on the overall quantity of goods bought over the last three months," Kate Davies, a senior statistician at the ONS said.

Here is the ONS' chart showing February's figures as part of the longer term trend:

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February's figures break a two-month trend of falling sales after retail sales suffered their biggest drop since April 2012 in December, then saw their worst growth in more than three years in January.

Online sales were a big driver of the increase, climbing "year-on-year by 20.7% and by 3.3% on the month, accounting for approximately 15.3% of all retail spending."

However, while on a monthly basis the numbers were good, the three-month picture is less promising, with the ONS suggested that this figure saw its biggest fall in almost seven years.

"The underlying pattern as suggested by the 3 month on 3 month movement decreased by 1.4% for the second month in a row; the largest decrease since March 2010 and only the second fall since December 2013," the ONS said.

In an email sent shortly after the release, Samuel Tombs of Pantheon Macroeconomics paints a bleak picture of the data, saying:

"Retail sales remain on track to fall by around 1% quarter-on-quarter in Q1, barring an erratic movement in March. Retail sales account for around one-third of total consumer spending, so the latter will provide little—if any—support to GDP growth in Q1. Looking ahead, consumer spending likely will only edge up, given that consumers’ real wages now are falling, employment is growing only modestly and another wave of welfare spending cuts will hit households next month."

Regardless, the pound has surged on the figures, climbing above $1.25, as the chart below illustrates:

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March 23, 2017 at 04:43PM

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A critical immigration trend undermines Trump's entire case for a border wall

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us mexico borderThere's a really good reason for Donald Trump to rethink his hardline anti-immigration promise of building a costly “Great Wall” along the US-Mexico border: Many fewer people are actually trying to cross into the United States illegally.

Those are the findings of a new study released as part of the Brookings Institution’s Papers on Economic Activity conference, and authored by University of California, San Diego economists Gordon Hanson, Chen Liu and Craig McIntosh.

"From the rhetoric during and since the 2016 presidential election, one would think that the United States continues to experience a surge of low-skilled immigration," the authors write. "Although in previous decades such labor inflows certainly occurred, since the Great Recession U.S. borders have become a far less active place when it comes to the net arrival of foreign labor."

Economists widely agree that immigration is beneficial to growth and that Trump’s anti-foreigner, anti-trade stances will likely be detrimental to the very workers he promised to help during the campaign. 

But beyond this, the Brookings paper suggests the border wall idea is counterproductive on its face.

The statistics are striking. Between 1990 and 2007, "the number of working-age immigrants with 12 or fewer years of schooling more than doubled, rising from 8.5 million to 17.8 million individuals."

The Great Recession, which made US economic prospects look a lot dimmer as 9 million jobs quickly evaporated, helped dent the attractiveness of the United States as a destination for workers.

Moreover, Trump’s focus on Mexico is misguided, the authors suggest, and speaks more to xenophobic populism than any fundamental economic concern.

"The undocumented population declined in absolute terms between 2007 and 2014, falling on net by an annual average of 160,000 individuals, while the overall population of low-skilled immigrants of working age remained stable," the authors write.

"Because U.S. neighbors to the south are today experiencing much slower labor-supply growth, the future immigration of young low-skilled labor looks set to decline rapidly, whether or not more-draconian policies to control U.S. immigration are implemented."

Put another way, if they’re not coming, why build it?  

SEE ALSO: Trump's immigration plans could cripple the US economy and hurt the workers he's pledging to protect

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March 23, 2017 at 04:43PM

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Andreea Cristea: Woman who plunged into the Thames during the Westminster attack named as Romanian architect 

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March 23, 2017 at 04:43PM

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from Helena Horton

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After Odebrecht: Coordinated international enforcement is the new reality

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As frequent readers of the FCPA Blog are well aware, nowadays companies must consider not only the anti-corruption regulatory regimes in their home jurisdictions, but also the criminalization and prosecution of bribery in other locales -- sometimes very distant ones -- where they do business. 

March 23, 2017 at 04:35PM

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from Jason Jones, Amelia Medina and Kyle Sheahen

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Shareholders urge AkzoNobel to reconsider PPG deal

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CNBC's Gemma Acton updates on discontent among shareholders in AkzoNobel over a potential takeover from PPG.

March 23, 2017 at 04:38PM

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Industrial Multi Tst : Statement re Offer by Hansteen and ART EGM request

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March 23, 2017 at 04:36PM

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Zazoom Media Group and Ruckus Factory Digital Studios Announce New Branding and Leadership

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NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Zazoom Media Group (ZMG) and Ruckus Factory Digital Studios announced today that the two companies will merge to form ZMG | Ruckus Factory. ZMG, a leading premium video creator and multi-platform content distributor, acquired Ruckus Factory, a Chicago-based content incubator, in August 2016. Together, ZMG | Ruckus Factory will create high quality, digital stories at the scale audiences on multiple platforms demand. In its first act as one company, ZMG | Ruckus Factory

March 23, 2017 at 04:35PM

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MEDNAX Announces Acquisition of Ophthalmology Practice in Nevada

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--$MD #MEDNAX--MEDNAX, Inc. (NYSE: MD), today announced the acquisition of Bruce E. Snyder, M.D., PLLC., a private pediatric ophthalmology practice based in Henderson, Nevada.

March 23, 2017 at 04:35PM

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RSA Begins Trading on London Market Placing Platform, PPL - Insurance Journal

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RSA Begins Trading on London Market Placing Platform, PPL
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International insurer RSA has begun trading on the London insurance market's electronic placing platform, PPL (Placing Platform Ltd.), which enables brokers and underwriters to quote, negotiate, bind and endorse business using one market-wide system.



March 23, 2017 at 04:28PM

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Building Trust in an Organization as a Step to Operationalizing Compliance

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Earlier this week I explored LRN Corporation’s (LRN) 2016 Ethics and Compliance Program Effectiveness Report (Report). One of the key findings of the Report was that if there was greater employee trust, the values of ethics and compliance could be more effectively embedded within an organization or operationalized as mandated by the Department of Justice’s [...]

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March 23, 2017 at 04:24PM

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Day 16 of One Month to Operationalizing Your Compliance Program-Compliance Authority and Resources

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From the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs: Autonomy and Resources Stature – How has the compliance function compared with other strategic functions in the company in terms of stature, compensation levels, rank/title, reporting line, resources, and access to key decision-makers? What has been the turnover rate for compliance and relevant control [...]

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March 23, 2017 at 04:24PM

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LRN Compliance Program Effectiveness Report: Part III

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This week I have been considering the LRN Corporation’s 2016 Ethics and Compliance Program Effectiveness Report (LRN Report) by outlining some of its general findings. Today, I want to conclude by using the Report as a road map which allows a Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) or compliance practitioner to make more effective and better operationalize [...]

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March 23, 2017 at 04:24PM

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FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 317, Susan Divers on LRM 2016 Ethics and Compliance Program Effectiveness Report

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In this episode I visit with Susan Divers from LRN on the firm’s 2016 Ethics and Compliance Program Effectiveness Report. Highlights include:Why did LRN do the report? What did it hope to determine? A summarization of its key findings. Why a focus on structural elements of a compliance program is no longer sufficient. Why a check [...]

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March 23, 2017 at 04:24PM

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DeWitt Adds Seven Attorneys - Increases Attorney Ranks To Nearly 140

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MADISON, Wis. and MILWAUKEE and MINNEAPOLIS, March 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Wisconsin based law firm of DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C., and its Minneapolis affiliate DeWitt Mackall Crounse & Moore S.C., today announced that the Waukesha based law firm of The Schroeder Group, S.C.,...




March 23, 2017 at 04:23PM

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BioLineRx Announces Acquisition of Agalimmune Ltd. to Accelerate Expansion of Immuno-Oncology Pipeline

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TEL AVIV, Israel, March 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- BioLineRx Ltd. (NASDAQ/TASE: BLRX), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on oncology and immunology, announced today that it has acquired Agalimmune Ltd., a private UK-based company with an innovative, anti-cancer...

March 23, 2017 at 04:23PM

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China Southern/AA: stakes on a plane

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A tie-up would displease some domestic rivals more than others

March 23, 2017 at 04:18PM

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LoopUp Group PLC : Sale of Shares

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March 23, 2017 at 04:17PM

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The FTSE 100 is calm in the aftermath of the London terror attack

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LONDON — European markets are placid on Thursday morning as investors digest the terror attack perpetrated in London on Wednesday, and wait for a vote in the United States House of Representatives later in the day on the proposed overhaul of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

Four people, including a police officer, have died and at least 40 were injured in Wednesday's attack, but markets are seemingly looking beyond the events. In previous attacks in recent years, such as Brussels and Paris, European stocks saw a significant drop before rallying, but the pattern following the London attacks is so far different.

In the equity markets, Britain's benchmark share index, the FTSE 100 has barely moved on the day, down 0.01% to 7,323 points as of 11.00 a.m. GMT (7.00 a.m. ET), as the chart below illustrates:

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Share moves from the vast majority of companies are relatively small, with the FTSE's biggest winner, Next, up 7% after a strong set of annual results on the day. The biggest fall on the day comes from Hikma Pharmaceuticals, down 2.5%.

The FTSE would likely be higher, but for a rise in the value of the pound after a strong set of retail sales data earlier in the day. When the pound climbs, the FTSE tends to fall.

Across Europe, the picture is fairly similar, with equities lower, but not by any significant margin. Here is the scoreboard:

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Earlier in the week, global equities slipped after US stocks tumbled as trepidation about the difficulties President Trump may face in pushing through his pro-business agenda. Notably, Tuesday marked the first time since October 11, 2016, that both the Dow and the S&P 500 closed down by at least 1%. This spooked investors worldwide and led to a significant sell-off.

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March 23, 2017 at 04:18PM

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