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Americans keep waiting for bigger paychecks

The increase in wages remains frustratingly low given the health of the overall job market

Average hourly earnings rose 2.5% over the past 12 months. That’s a slight improvement from the 2.4% increase the government reported for October. Still, it remains below the 3% increase that most economists (not to mention workers) would like to see. People are finding jobs. That’s not the problem. The economy added 228,000 jobs last month and the unemployment rate remained at 4.1% — its lowest level since December 2000.

http://www.cnn.com… Wed., 13  December 2017

Bitcoin Futures Launch Sees Price Spike

CBOE Website Crashes

The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE)’s website became unavailable just as it launched its first bitcoin futures contracts at 6 p.m. EST on Sunday.

The website downtime – which CBOE attributed to significant traffic around the futures launch in a post on Twitter – coincided with a sudden surge in the price of bitcoin, which jumped from $14,509 at 22:59 UTC to $15,732 at 23:06 UTC according to CoinDesk’s Bitcoin Price Index (BPI). Yet as of press time, CBOE’s website is becoming more available – delayed information about the contracts being offered can be found here – and the price of bitcoin has maintained a somewhat steady pace since that initial jump, trading at $15,226.29 per the BPI.

The data coming in thus far suggest that buyers are indeed moving to purchase contracts. Activity has been largely centered around the first contract to expire, dated January 17, 2018, with social media posts pointing to purchases of contracts scheduled to expire on March 14. According to CNBC, 672 January contracts have been sold as of 7:10 pm EST, with the news service reporting a price of $15,800.

http://www.coindesk.com… Mon., 11  December 2017

Brexit: Divorce deal agreed

May: there will be no hard border in Ireland

Britain and the European Union struck a deal on Friday to move on to talk about trade and a transition period after they agreed the outline of their divorce, easing the pressure on Prime Minister Theresa May. The European Commission said enough progress had been made after the two sides worked through the night to end an impasse over the status of the Irish border that had scuppered an earlier attempt to clinch a deal on Monday.

The Commission gave its verdict in a statement after intense talks, which resulted in British Prime Minister Theresa May taking an early-morning flight to Brussels to announce the deal alongside Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. Donald Tusk, the chairman of European Union leaders, welcomed the deal but said London still needed to provide more clarity on the new relationship after Brexit, and bemoaned the fact the first round of talks had taken so long.

“We all know that breaking up is hard, but breaking up and building a new relation is much harder,” he said. “So much time has been devoted to the easier task and now … we have de facto less than a year” left for talks before Britain is due to leave in March, 2019.

http://www.reuters.com… Fri., 08  December 2017

EU blacklist names 17 tax havens

Caymans and Jersey on notice

The EU has named and shamed 17 countries in its first ever tax haven blacklist and put a further 47 on notice, including British overseas territories and the crown dependencies of Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man, in an attempt to clamp down on the estimated £506bn lost to aggressive avoidance every year. The move was hailed as a vital “first step” but the failure of the member states to agree on any sanctions for those on the blacklist provoked the European commissioner for economic and financial affairs, Pierre Moscovici, to concede it was as yet “an insufficient response”.

The blacklist includes South Korea, Mongolia, Namibia, Panama, Trinidad & Tobago, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. Guam, the US territory in the Pacific, also features on the blacklist, in a move that is unlikely to endear Brussels to Donald Trump’s White House.
http://www.theguardian.com… Thu., 07  December 2017

Bitcoin Rockets Above $12,000

Billion-Dollar Crypto Unicorns Swell to Nineteen

The cryptocurrency markets made another advance on Tuesday, fueled by continued bullishness over the impending launch of regulated bitcoin futures contracts on Sunday. Buoyed by this factor, the bitcoin price rose within striking distance of the $12,000 milestone, and the flagship cryptocurrency’s market cap came within a hair’s breadth of the $200 billion marker. Meanwhile, altcoins reaped the gains of a bullish market, and the number of cryptocurrencies with billion-dollar valuations swelled to a new all-time high of nineteen.
http://www.cryptocoinsnews.com… Wed., 06  December 2017

What is the future of Money?

Bitcoin, Dollars or Gold?

Type “Bitcoin is a Bubble” into Google and you’ll get 31,800,000 results, a clear indication of how many times people have, incorrectly so far, called a top in the price of the worlds most famous cryptocurrency. We’ve been studying it for years and have summarised our thoughts in a detailed report; “Bitcoin, Dollars, Gold: What is the Future of Money”

We see numerous potential tailwinds for Bitcoin, and for blockchain especially. Capital is flowing into the sector, millennials love it, and we also think governments and commercial banks are supportive of digital currency, as they have a general disdain for physical cash. Blockchain’s potential to disrupt multiple industries is also another tailwind. For those who want further evidence of its potential, we suggest reading “Banking is only the Beginning: 30 Big Industries Blockchain Could Transform”.

Finally, for as long as central banks the world over engage in the monetary largesse we’ve become accustomed to in the “post” GFC environment, more and more people will look for alternative monetary solutions.

http://www.livewiredmarkets.com… Mon., 04  December 2017

The Fed has no plans for its own cryptocurrency — at least for now

Fed is paying attention to research on blockchain

The Federal Reserve isn’t planning on launching its own digital currency — at least for now. While speaking at an event at Arizona State University on Wednesday, the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, John Williams, said the Fed is not working on its own digital currency, according to Reuters reporting.

But the Fed is paying attention to research on blockchain, the technology underpinning bitcoin, the news wire said.

http://www.businessinsider.com

UK could pay £50bn Brexit divorce bill

Bowing to EU pressure

The UK has bowed to EU demands on the Brexit divorce bill in a move that could result in the UK paying £50bn to Brussels, in an attempt to get France and Germany to agree to move negotiations to trade.

Non-stop behind-the-scenes negotiations have led to a broad agreement by the UK to a gross financial settlement of £89bn on leaving the bloc, although the British expect the final net bill to be half as much.

http://www.theguardian.com…  Wed., 29  November 2017

Sharp comeback in confidence for Argentima

Wall Street’s bulls are rushing to the land of gauchos

Larry Fink says he “came away more confident than ever” on Argentina after spending two days in New York this month with the nation’s leaders. Fink is the CEO of BlackRock, which manages $5.7 trillion, the most of any firm in the world.

He’s far from alone. American investors poured a net $1.2 billion into Argentine stocks and funds between January and October, 12 times more than they did during the same period just two years ago, according to EPFR, a Boston-based firm that tracks fund flows. It’s also four times more than last year.

http://www.cnn.com…  Tue., 28  November 2017

Dark clouds gathering on the horizon’ for Britain’s economy

UBS upgrades pessimistic forecast for UK growth

he Swiss bank UBS has admitted that the outlook for the UK is not as bad as it thought in the immediate aftermath of the European Union referendum and that the economy is well-positioned to benefit from strong global growth. While uncertainty about the final outcome of Brexit might weigh on economic progress, the bank did not believe it would derail future economic expansion.

UBS forecast that the UK will grow 0.7pc in 2018 has been upgraded to 1.1pc and the bank believes this rate of acceleration will be sustained into 2019. This is still a fairly negative view compared to other economists. The consensus view is that the economy will grow by 1.4pc next year. The Bank of England thinks it will be 1.6pc.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk…  Fri., 24  November 2017