EU opens door for Balkan states, but hurdles remain

The European Union has offered some of the six Balkan states who hope to join the bloc the prospect of becoming new members by 2025, but warned them they still have many obstacles to overcome. The European Commission’s roadmap for the region unveiled earlier this month said the countries must root out problems with corruption and…

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Donor Data Shows Silicon Valley Posts ‘Republicans Need Not Apply’ Signs

Either there is something in the water in Silicon Valley or more than a dozen of the best-known firms in the information technology industry somehow manage to hire almost nobody who contributes to the Republican Party and its candidates. Ninety-one percent of the employees at Facebook, Netflix and Hulu who made political contributions during the past…

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This Statistic Shows Why Bitcoin Is Yesterday’s News

This article originally appeared in The Motley Fool. Read the original article. Cryptocurrencies absolutely put on a show for Wall Street and investors in 2017. From when the year began to when it came to a close, the aggregate market cap of digital currencies had risen by nearly $600 billion, or more than 3,300%. It very…

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Advisor Share-Class Infractions a ‘Widespread Problem,’ SEC Says

Investment advisors putting their clients into higher fee share classes when lower cost ones are available “is a widespread problem,” Steven Peikin, co-director of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Enforcement Division, said Friday. Speaking on a panel at the SEC Speaks conference in Washington, Peikin, in referencing the division’s newly launched Share Class Selection Disclosure Initiative,…

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Argentina Business Platform Set To Open In Dubai, Will Promote Bilateral Commercial Relations

UAE-Argentina Business Platform Launches Operations In JAFZA As part of efforts to strengthen trade ties between the UAE and Argentina, the Emirates Argentina Business Platform is to open its office in Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza).The agreement follows a meeting between Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World and Chairman of Ports,…

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Home equity deductions change under new tax law

Q. Will I lose the home equity interest deduction in 2018? What if I refinance my current mortgage of $200,000, and take $250,000 and use the extra money to consolidate a loan, pay for college, buy a boat, etc. Will the entire interest be deductible? — Homeowner A. You’re correct that the rules for home loan…

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Would You Pay $50,000 for the Scribbles of Steve Jobs?

A job application which shows an 18-year-old Steve Jobs seeking employment as an “electronics tech or design engineer” is expected to sell for more than $50,000. The one-page document dates back to 1973, three years before the launch of Apple, and shows Jobs’ to-the-point yet error-laden responses to a series of employment questions, Boston’s RR Auction…

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Work on Afghan Section of TAPI Gas Pipeline to Begin Friday

Afghanistan will host leaders from Turkmenistan, Pakistan and India on Friday for the ground-breaking ceremony of the Afghan section of a much-delayed multi-billion dollar gas pipeline connecting the four nations. The $10 billion mega project, known as Turkmenistan-Pakistan-Afghanistan-India, or TAPI, will connect Central Asia with South Asia and is expected to become operational this year. The…

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EU leaders to discuss post-Brexit budget hole

BRUSSELS – EU leaders minus Britain were scheduled to debate for the first time on Friday how to fill a Brexit-sized hole in the bloc’s budget and how to choose a successor to European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker. Grand plans pushed by French President Emmanuel Macron to reboot the European Union after Britain leaves in 2019…

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Facebook Marketplace: How it stacks up against other commerce sites

The yard sale has been around in America for quite a while. History records from the 1800s note rummage sales taking place on the docks by the sea. Even these days, it’s common to see property owners having garage sales to get rid of their old stuff. But now, things have gone overwhelmingly digital. Evolving from…

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US Fed report tamps down concerns over wage gains

A jump in US wage gains in January spooked financial markets, but the Federal Reserve in a report Friday seemed to tamp down concerns that the increases were poised to fuel inflation. In its semi-annual report to Congress, the Fed said inflation remains subdued in the US and other advanced economies, and while the US economy…

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A few bumps for the economy

Stocks on a roller coaster and surging inflation have just given policymakers and ordinary folks a jolt. Caution is always prudent but this is hardly time to panic. Over the last three quarters, economic growth averaged nearly 3 percent, corporate profits surged and similar performance is expected for 2018. That hardly would have been remarkable during…

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US, Microsoft Lock Horns in International Legal Battle Over Privacy Rights

Microsoft is preparing to defend itself against the federal government at the Supreme Court in a case that could have a dramatic effect on Fourth Amendment privacy protections and international relations. The Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments Feb. 27 in United States v. Microsoft Corp. The case challenges a decades-old communication law, the…

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How to Trade in Currency

How to Trade in Currency By Rizvana Manzoor Trading in currency in other words also known as foreign exchange is the world’s largest financial market and was the area in which world’s largest financial institutions were involved. Earlier the Forex transactions were of biggest concern of the big corporate houses, however as the time changes the…

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Trump Announces ‘Heaviest Ever’ Sanctions on North Korea

U.S. President Donald Trump has announced what he says is the “heaviest ever” set of sanctions against North Korea, as part of what the White House bills as its “maximum pressure” campaign against Pyongyang. “We have imposed the heaviest sanctions ever imposed,” Trump said during a Friday speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington.…

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