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Dec 31, 2015

The Guardian | Opinion | Australian Politics - December 31, 2015.Forewarned is Forearmed: Three Factors That Will Drive Right-Wing Politics in 2016 by Jason Wilson

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Forewarned is forearmed: three factors that will drive right-wing politics in 2016 | Jason Wilson

Jason Wilson
The right had a very good run last year. It’s not just the election victory in the UK and the continued ascendancy of the Turnbull government in Australia. There has also been a discernible shift in our political discourse that has brought previously marginal views a greater audience and greater attention.

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FRB Press Release - December 31, 2015: Federal Reserve Board Announces Approval of Application by Taiwan Business Bank.

 

 

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Release Date: December 31, 2015

The Federal Reserve Board on Thursday announced its approval of the application by Taiwan Business Bank, Ltd., Taipei, Taiwan, to establish a branch in New York, New York.
Attached is the Board's order relating to this action.

For media inquiries, call 202-452-2955.

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Wall Street at Close Report by CNBC on December 31, 2015: Stocks Close Lower; Worst Year For S&P, Dow Since 2008.

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Stocks close lower; worst year for S&P, Dow since 2008

Evelyn Cheng
U.S.stocks closed lower Thursday, the last day of trade for 2015, despite some stabilization in oil prices.

The S&P 500 and Dow Jones industrial average both ended lower for the year, their worst since 2008. The Nasdaq composite closed up more than 5 percent for the year.
The Dow Jones industrial average traded more than 150 points lower.

Reuters | Deals - December 31, 2015: Lockheed Wins More Than $1 Billion Contract for C-130J Aircraft

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Lockheed wins more than $1 billion contract for C-130J aircraft

Lockheed Martin Corp has been awarded a contract worth more than $1 billion for 32 C-130J aircraft, the Pentagon said on Wednesday.

European Markets at Close Report by CNBC on December 31, 2015: Europe Stocks Close Lower on Last Trading Day of 2015

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Europe stocks close lower on last trading day of 2015

Kalyeena Makortoff
European shares closed lower on Thursday, with volumes thin in a shortened trading session on the last day of 2015.
The U.K.'s benchmark FTSE 100 finished the session down 0.5 percent when it closed early at 12:30 p.m. London time. At 1:00 p.m., the French CAC closed down by 0.86 percent while the Spain's IBEX posted steeper losses, finishing 1.01 percent lower for the day.
German, Italian, Irish, Swiss and Russian markets were closed for New Year's Eve.

Bloomberg Business - december 31, 2015: Key Events in 2016: The Year Ahead.

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Key Events in 2016: The Year Ahead

Phyllis Halliday Joseph Meroni
Bloomberg News reporters in 128 cities will cover the stories that matter most in 2016. Here's a selected calendar of key events for the year.

January 

U.S. Stock Market Future Indications - December 31, 2015: Wall Street Eyes S&P 500 and Oil Prices NYE

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Wall Street eyes S&P 500 and oil prices on NYE

Katy Barnato
 
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a flat to higher open on Wall Street on Thursday, the last day of 2015, which will determine whether the benchmark S&P 500 squeezes out any gains for the year.
As of the market close on Wednesday, the index was up 0.2 percent for 2015, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 1.2 percent for the year and the tech-focused Nasdaq Composite was nearly 7 percent higher.

Asian Markets at Close Report by CNBC on December 31, 2015: Asia Stocks Close Lower, Shanghai Still Up 9% In 2015.

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Asia stocks close lower, Shanghai still up 9% in 2015

Saheli Roy Choudhury

Asian markets had an uninspired finish on the final trading day of 2015, as investors kept an eye on oil prices for further clues going into 2016, after a turbulent year for stocks.
The Australian market, which closed early, shed over 2 percent for the year as lower commodity prices hit many stocks on the main index.

Dec 30, 2015

GATA | THE GATA DISPATCH on December 30, 2015: 3 Articles "The Silver Manifesto" Documents Manipulation of Gold and Silver Markets | Gold-Backed Digital Currency Ditches The Blockchain | World Gold Council Wants to Create Standard to Avoid Islamic Finance Disputes.

The Guardian | World | Australia | Royal Commission Into Trade Union Governance and Corruption - December 30, 2015: Malcolm Turnbull Willing to ‘Fight an Election’ on Industrial Relations.

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Malcolm Turnbull willing to ‘fight an election’ on industrial relations

Shalailah Medhora
 
The prime minister has vowed to curb the influence of trade unions by introducing two previously rejected bills, paving the way for the government to call a double dissolution election.

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Dealbook - December 30, 2015: Puerto Rico Says It Will Default on Some Bonds

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Puerto Rico Says It Will Default on Some Bonds

Mary Williams Walsh
Alejandro Garcia Padilla, governor of Puerto Rico, in Washington this month. He said Wednesday that two groups of Puerto Rico's bondholders would be denied interest payments due to them Jan. 1. Sait Serkan Gurbuz/Associated Press
The governor of Puerto Rico said on Wednesday that two groups of its bondholders would be denied more than $35 million of interest due to them Jan. 1, but in fact the island was defaulting on a much larger sum.
In a briefing with journalists, Gov. Alejandro García Padilla said the government could not pay $35.9 million due to the holders of bonds issued by its Infrastructure Financing Authority, or $1.4 million due to holders of its Public Finance Corporation’s bonds. The money has been diverted to pay investors in Puerto Rico’s general obligation bonds, he said. General obligation bonds have a top priority under the Puerto Rican Constitution.
But in fact, Mr. Garcia Padilla said further, the island’s total bond default was much larger, roughly $163 million. That was because he had “clawed back” that much money from a variety of lower ranked bonds. The investors who hold those bonds will still receive the full amounts they expect on Jan. 1 because Puerto Rico had previously sent enough money to bond trustees to cover the imminent payments. Once money has been sent to a trustee it cannot be clawed back.
Even though the bondholders in this group will not feel any difference, their bonds will generally be considered in default because the flow of additional funds to the trustees has ceased. That means the number of bondholders who go unpaid is likely to grow in the coming months.
Mr. Garcia Padilla said that he had been forced to claw back money dedicated to pay debt service because Congress had failed to give the island access to an orderly restructuring process, such as Chapter 9 bankruptcy.

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FRB Press Release - December 30, 2015 - Federal Reserve Board Announces Approval of Application by Chemical Bank.

 

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Release Date: December 30, 2015

The Federal Reserve Board on Wednesday announced its approval of the application filed by Chemical Bank, Midland, Michigan, to establish a mobile branch in several counties in Michigan.

GATA I THE GATA DISPATCH on December 30, 2015 - The Final Days of The Bitcoin Foundation.

The final days of the Bitcoin Foundation?

Submitted by cpowell on December 30, 2015 By Olga Kharif
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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Bruce Fenton, executive director at the Bitcoin Foundation, opened its Dec. 15 board meeting with a sense of urgency: "We need additional funds if we wish to retain employees."
The numbers didn't look good. In two years the foundation had seen at least $7 million evaporate. As of Nov. 30 its total assets stood at $12,553.06.

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Dow Closes Down Triple Digits as Oil Slide Weighs

Evelyn Cheng
U.S. stocks closed lower Wednesday in low volume trade as a decline in oil prices weighed.
The Dow Jones industrial average ended down more than 110 points as selling accelerated into the close. The S&P 500 closed about 0.7 percent lower, clinging to a year-to-date gain of about 0.2 percent.
"The real story of the day is oil's down 3 percent and that's been weighing all day. Not much to be read into this light volume (trading session)," said Peter Coleman, head trader at Convergex.
Energy declined nearly 1.5 percent to lead most S&P 500 sectors lower in afternoon trade. Materials briefly fell 1 percent as the second-greatest laggard in afternoon trade.

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Europe ends lower; oil slips 3%; Fingerprint triumphs

Holly Ellyatt, Alexandra Gibbs
European equities finished trade lower on Wednesday as investors fretted over renewed weakness in global commodity markets.

The pan-European Stoxx 600 index slipped to close down 0.4 percent with almost all sectors closing in negative territory.

The Guardian | World | U:S | U.S. Income Inequality - December 30, 2015: The Year of Fear: Republicans and Media Stocked Bigotry and Anxiety in 2015.

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The year of fear: Republicans and media stoked bigotry and anxiety in 2015

Chris McGreal
 
This was the year the threads came together.
Spectres of mass shootings, jihadis and immigrant hordes have grown to haunt parts of 21st century America as communists and the atom bomb once did. But each fear, rational or not, generally held its own as a distinct threat.

NYT First Draft on Politics - December 30, 2015: Goodbye, 2015, the Year Before the Campaign Storm.

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Supporters of Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Hillary Clinton before the Democratic debate this month in New Hampshire.
Supporters of Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Hillary Clinton before the Democratic debate this month in New Hampshire. Gretche Ertl/Reuters
Goodbye, 2015, the Year Before the Campaign Storm
By MAGGIE HABERMAN
Good Wednesday morning. As we will not be publishing on New Years Eve or New Years Day, we have come to the last newsletter of 2015. After several debates and months on the trail, the candidates have only a few weeks before the actual voting begins, time enough for a fond look back and a renewed focus on the frenzied weeks ahead.

U.S. Stock Market Future Indications by MarketWatch on December 30, 2015: U.S. Stocks Eye Lower Open as Oil Drops.

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U.S. stocks eye lower open as oil drops

Victor Reklaitis
 
U.S. stock futures on Wednesday signaled a lower open, as sentiment was hit by a drop in oil prices.
The market is slated to take in a fresh reading on home sales, along with government data on U.S. supplies of crude, which rallied on Tuesday and helped stocks close higher.

Bloomberg Business - December 30, 2015: World in Turmoil Parks Its Cash in Canada Bonds for Safe Keeping.

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World in Turmoil Parks Its Cash in Canada Bonds for Safe Keeping

Allison McNeely allisonmcneely
 
Even with the nation’s economy struggling to rebound from recession, the Canadian government is still the safest bet in the developed world.
Canada’s government bonds have posted the biggest return among nine developed countries this year, according to the Bank of America Merrill Lynch World Government Bond Index, as its central bank twice cut rates to help an economy succumbing to slowing global growth.

Asian Markets at Close Report by MarketWatch on December 30, 2015: Asian Stocks, Led by Australia, Mostly Gain as Oil Prices Rebound.

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Asian stocks, led by Australia, mostly gain as oil prices rebound

Cheo Deng
 
Markets in Asia rose Wednesday as a recovery in oil prices lifted energy shares.
Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 XJO, +1.00%   was up 0.6%, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index HSI, -0.53%   and the Shanghai Composite Index SHCOMP, +0.26%   were flat.
Japan’s Nikkei Stock Average NIK, +0.27%   gained 0.5%. South Korea’s Kospi SEU, -0.25%   was down 0.2%.

The Guardian | Business | Economics - December 30, 2015: Stalling UK Wage Growth Set to Revive Debate Over Migrant Workers.

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Stalling UK wage growth set to revive debate over migrant workers

Heather Stewart
 
Average pay growth for Britain’s workers is likely to stall at about 2% in 2016, as the ready availability of migrants makes it easy for employers to fill vacancies, according to a forecast of the labour market.
In its annual assessment, the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD), which represents the human resources profession, says job creation will remain strong over the next 12 months, but wage growth has reached a plateau.

Dec 29, 2015

The Guardian | Tech | Twitter - December 29, 2015: Can Twitter Turn Stagnation Into Progress, or Has It Hit The Wall?

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Can Twitter turn stagnation into progress, or has it hit the wall?

Alex Hern
 
In 2015 Twitter lost one chief executive, gained another, and nearly tossed them too, before eventually settling down with him – incidentally, one of the men who had founded the company way back in 2006.

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The Guardian | World | Australia | Australian Politics - December 29, 2015: Malcolm Turnbull Loses Two Ministers But The Stench of One Could linger.

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Malcolm Turnbull loses two ministers but the stench of one could linger

Gabrielle Chan
The Turnbull ministry is three and a half months old and already there are two casualties. One looks fairly straightforward. The other, not so. In both cases, Malcolm Turnbull is well rid of them under the circumstances.

The Guardian | World | Europe | Paris Attacks - December 29, 2015: Isis Jihadi Linked to Paris Terror Attacks Killed in US-Led Airstrikes, Says Pentagon by David Smith.

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Isis jihadi linked to Paris terror attacks killed in US-led airstrikes, says Pentagon

David Smith
 
US-led airstrikes have killed a French jihadi based in Syria who was linked to the chief planner of November’s Islamic State atrocities in Paris and was “actively planning” new attacks, the Pentagon has said.

IRS Tax Tips - December 29, 2015: Eight Facts for ALEs about New Information Statements to be Filed in 2016.

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Eight Facts for ALEs about New Information Statements to be Filed in 2016

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Reuters | Business News - December 29, 2015: DuPont Cuts Jobs in Delaware Ahead of Dow Merger

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DuPont cuts jobs in Delaware ahead of Dow merger

Chemical maker DuPont Co (DD.N) said it would cut 1,700 jobs in Delaware, as part of a previously announced plan to reduce its workforce before combining with Dow Chemical Co (DOW.N) in a $130 billion megamerger.

Wall Street at Close Report by CNBC on December 29, 2015: Dow Closes Up Triple Digits; S&P 500 Green For Year as Tech Leads.

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Dow closes up triple digits; S&P 500 green for year as tech leads

Evelyn Cheng
 
U.S. stocks closed more than 1 percent higher in light volume trade Tuesday, as the tech sector led broad gains amid some stabilization in oil and commodity prices.
The major U.S. averages gained more than 1 percent in afternoon trade to climb above their 50-day moving averages.

GATA | THE GATA DISPATCH - December 29, 2015: Mike Kosares: Gold a Safe Harbor on An Ocean of Excess Reserves.

Mike Kosares: Gold a safe harbor on an ocean of excess reserves

Submitted by cpowell on  December 29, 2015 December 29, 2015

USAGold's Mike Kosares today muses about what may become of the $2.4 trillion in "excess reserves" -- bailout money -- parked by commercial banks at the Federal Reserve and concludes that when it moves and creates inflation, investors may want to be cushioned by gold. But even if the money doesn't move, Kosares adds, big players are acquiring gold as insurance against the next big financial disaster whatever it turns out to be. His commentary is headlined "Gold a Safe Harbor on an Ocean of Excess Reserves" and it's posted at USAGold's Internet site here:

http://www.usagold.com/publications/NewsViewsJan2016.html

CHRIS POWELL, Secretary/Treasurer
Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee Inc.
CPowell@GATA.org

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Bloomberg Politics - December 29, 2015: Six Factors That Could Make a Difference for Republicans in 2016

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Six Factors That Could Make a Difference for Republicans in 2016

Sahil Kapur @sahilkapur
 
Just four weeks before the first votes of the 2016 presidential contest are cast in Iowa's caucuses, a bizarre, unpredictable year in American politics comes to an end on Thursday night. With billionaire reality TV star Donald Trump and Tea Party U.S. Senator Ted Cruz leading the Republican field, the big question is whether the 2016 election will change American politics as we know it or whether there will be a return to the familiar in the final stretch.
Here are six factors that could make a difference.

Bits | The Business of Technology - December 29, 2015: When Academia Nurtures Entrepreneurs

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 Tuesday, December 29, 2015
 
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When Academia Nurtures Entrepreneurs | The foundational stories of successful tech companies - at least the ones people like to tell over and over again - always include an unlikely and humble place: The family garage, a rented garage, even a playground.

European Markets at Close Report by CNBC on December 29, 2015: Europe Ends Higher as Oil Rises; Anglo Slips 6%

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Europe ends higher as oil rises; Anglo slips 6%

Alexandra Gibbs, Holly Ellyatt
European equities finished higher on Tuesday, boosted by positive trade overseas and a bounce back in oil prices.

FTC Consumer Updates - December 29, 2015: Having charitable thoughts? Give thoughtfully!.

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by Andrew Johnson
Division of Consumer and Business Education, FTC


As the year comes to a close, you might be getting lots of requests for charitable donations. If a cause tugs at your heartstrings, but the charity is unfamiliar to you, take a few minutes – and a few steps – before giving.

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Reuters | Finance - December 29, 2015: Deutche Bank to Sell Stake in China Lender For Up to 4 Billion.

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Deutsche Bank to sell stake in China lender for up to $4 billion

By Maria Sheahan and Daria Hsu
FRANKFURT/HONG KONG Deutsche Bank (DBKGn.DE) has agreed to sell its entire 20 percent stake in Beijing-based Hua Xia Bank (600015.SS) to Chinese insurer PICC Property and Casualty Co (2328.HK) - a deal worth up to $4 billion that will help lift its capital ratios.

The Guardian | World | Middle East | Iraq - December 29, 2015: Iraqui PM Visits Ramadi After Declaring Isis Will be "Terminated in 2016.

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Iraqi PM visits Ramadi after declaring Isis will be 'terminated' in 2016

Kareem Shaheen
The Iraqi prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, has arrived in Ramadi a day after his government declared the city liberated from Islamic State.
Abadi kicked off his tour with meetings with security and provincial officials, reports said. The recapture of the city, where the Iraqi flag was raised on Monday over government buildings that had served as Isis’s base in Ramadi, marks a key victory against the jihadis.