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Mar 31, 2016

The Guardian | World | Xi Jinping - April 1, 2016 (02:22 BST): "Not Fit to Lead": Letter Attacking Xi Jinping Sparks Panic in Beijing.

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Stuart Leavenworth
It wasn’t a very long letter - the equivalent of about 920 words in English and it appeared only briefly on a Chinese website.

DealBook P.M. Edition - March 31, 2016: G.E. Asks for Removal of 'Too Big to Fail' Label From GE Capital

 Thursday, March 31, 2016
 
TOP STORY
Jeffrey R. Immelt, the chairman and chief executive of General Electric.
G.E. Asks for Removal of 'Too Big to Fail' Label From GE Capital The company told regulators its finance unit no longer met the definition of "systemically important," a day after MetLife won removal of its designation.

WSJ | Forex Closing on March 31, 2016.

The Wall Street Journal Forex Closing
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Thursday, March 31, 2016

WSJ | Major Indexes Closing on march 31, 2015.

The Wall Street Journal Major Indexes Closing
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WSJ | Biggest Gainers Closing on march 31, 2016.

The Wall Street Journal Biggest Gainers Closing
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4:31 pm ET 03/31/2016
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WSJ | Biggest Decliners Closing on March 31, 2016.

The Wall Street Journal Biggest Decliners Closing
Biggest Decliners
4:31 pm ET 03/31/2016
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WSJ | Most Actives Closing on March 31, 2016.

The Wall Street Journal Most Actives Closing
Most Active Stocks by Volume
4:31 pm ET 03/31/2016
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Federal Reserve Bank of New York Org.: Agency MBS Transaction Data Update

Agency MBS Transaction Summary

The Guardian | Opinion | Housing Benefits - March 31, 2016: Without Supported Housing, a Lot of People Will be Left Outside to Die by Frances Ryan.

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Frances Ryan
 
The government’s bid to cap housing benefit for social rented properties is one of those policies that sounds, in its dry wording, almost painless. But listen to Becky Elton talk about the child abuse victims she sees, who are struggling with their mental health, or the veterans who have been sleeping rough, and you get an idea of some of those who will be affected by this nasty cut.

Wall Street at Close Report on March 31, 2016, by CNBC: Dow, S&P Post 2nd Straight Quarterly Win

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Evelyn Cheng
 
U.S. stocks closed narrowly mixed Thursday, the final trading day of the quarter, ahead of the monthly employment report due Friday.

CMI Spot Closing Prices in New York on March 31, 2016.

Spot Prices as of traditional New York closing times

Thursday, March 31, 2016


 

European Markets at Close Report on March 31, 2016: Europe Closes Lower; Down 7.6% for the Quarter; US Jobs Eyed.

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Holly Ellyatt, Matt Clinch
European shares closed lower Thursday as investors paused for breath and awaited key jobs data due out in the U.S. on Friday.

IRS Special Edition Tax Tip 2016-05 - March 31, 2016: Don’t be Fooled; IRS Scams Continue to Pose Serious Threat.

Issue Number:    IRS Special Edition Tax Tip 2016-05

Inside This Issue


Don’t be Fooled; IRS Scams Continue to Pose Serious Threat
The Internal Revenue Service has some advice for taxpayers this April Fool’s Day that  may prevent them from being the victim of a tax scam: Don’t be fooled by scammers. Stay safe and be informed. Here are some of the most recent IRS-related scams to be on the lookout for:
Telephone Scams. Aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents remain an ongoing threat. The IRS has seen a surge of these phone scams in recent years as scam artists threaten taxpayers with police arrest, deportation, license revocation and more. These con artists often demand payment of back taxes on a prepaid debit card or by immediate wire transfer. Be alert to con artists impersonating IRS agents and demanding payment.
Note that the IRS will never:
  • Call to demand immediate payment over the phone or call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.
  • Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
  • Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
  • Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
  • Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone or threaten to bring in local police or other law enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
Scammers Change Tactics. The IRS is receiving new reports of scammers calling under the guise of verifying tax return information over the phone. The latest variation on this scam uses the current tax filing season as a hook. Scam artists call saying they are from the IRS and have received your tax return, and they just need to verify a few details to process it. The scam tries to get you to give up personal information such as a Social Security number or personal financial information, such as bank numbers or credit cards.
Tax Refund Scam Artists Posing as TAP. In this new email scam targeting taxpayers, people are receiving emails that appear to come from the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel, a volunteer board that advises the IRS on issues affecting taxpayers. They try to trick you into providing personal and financial information. Do not respond or click the links in these emails. If you receive an email that appears to be from TAP regarding your personal tax information, forward it to phishing@irs.gov.
E-mail, Phishing and Malware Schemes. The IRS has seen an approximate 400 percent surge in phishing and malware incidents so far in the 2016 tax season.
The emails are designed to trick taxpayers into thinking these are official communications from the IRS or others in the tax industry, including tax software companies. The phishing schemes can ask taxpayers about a wide range of topics. Emails can seek information related to refunds, filing status, confirming personal information, ordering transcripts and verifying PIN information.
Variations of these scams can be seen via text messages, and the communications are being reported in every section of the country.
When people click on these email links, they are taken to sites designed to imitate an official-looking website, such as IRS.gov. The sites ask for Social Security numbers and other personal information, which could be used to help file false tax returns. The sites also may carry malware, which can infect your computer and allow criminals to access your files or track your keystrokes to gain information.
If you get a ‘phishing’ email, the IRS offers this advice:
  • Don’t reply to the message.
  • Don’t give out your personal or financial information.
  • Forward the email to phishing@irs.gov. Then delete it.
  • Don’t open any attachments or click on any links. They may have malicious code that will infect your computer.
More information on how to report phishing or phone scams is available on IRS.gov.
Additional IRS Resources:
IRS YouTube Video:
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Selected Times Video - March 31, 2016: AfterShock: How Terrorism Sways Politics

Thursday, March 31, 2016

International

In Germany, it's Pegida. In Greece, Golden Dawn. And in France, it's the National Front. Fueled by fear, Europe's far-right political movements are gaining momentum. A New York Times documentary.
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EBRD News - March 31, 2016: 250 Millions Euros Loan to Support Restructuring of Croatian Motorways by Alexander Axel Reiserer.

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By Axel  Reiserer
31 Mar 2016

Funds will finance restructuring of a state-owned road company HAC
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and Hrvatske autoceste d.o.o. (HAC) – a state-owned limited liability company in charge of the construction, maintenance and tolling of Croatia’s motorways – have signed a loan of up to €250 million.

FTC Press Release - March 31, 2016:

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Suit Alleges Endo Entered into Pay-for-Delay Patent Settlements with Impax and Watson to Delay Generic Entry; Endo Partner Settles

EBRD Procurement Notices - March 31, 2016: Enhancing the System of Protection of Rights in Public Procurement Procedures in Serbia.

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Executing Agency (Client):
Republic Commission for Protection of Rights in Public Procurement Procedures of Serbia
Nemanjina 22 – 26
11000 Beograd, Serbia
The Client Contact Person:
Mr Branislav Cvetkovic
Member of the Republic Commission for Protection of Rights in Public Procurement Procedures of Serbia

Bloomberg Politics - March 31, 2016: Trump and Clinton See Signs of Trouble in Wisconsin

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Michael C. Bender and Jennifer Epstein

Audrey Khairghadam’s zeal for the Republican presidential front-runner faded away sometime between the moment Donald Trump strolled on stage to the ‘90s techno anthem “Are You Ready for This?” and, an hour later, when he left.

NYT First Draft on Politics - March 31, 2016: Trump Gives His Rivals on Both Sides Fresh Fodder for Attack by Maggie Haberman.-

Thursday, March 31, 2016

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Donald J. Trump at a campaign event in Appleton, Wis., on Wednesday.
Donald J. Trump at a campaign event in Appleton, Wis., on Wednesday. Eric Thayer for The New York Times
Trump Gives His Rivals on Both Sides Fresh Fodder for Attack
By MAGGIE HABERMAN

BEA News - March 31, 2016: U.S. International Investment Position, 4th Quarter and Year 2015.


The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) has issued the following news release today:  

The U.S. net international investment position at the end of the fourth quarter of 2015 was -$7,356.8 billion (preliminary) as the value of U.S. liabilities exceeded the value of U.S. assets (chart 1, table 1). At the end of the third quarter, the net investment position was -$7,311.6 billion (revised).

 The full text of the release on BEA's Web site can be found at www.bea.gov/newsreleases/international/intinv/intinvnewsrelease.htm

U.S. Stock Market Future Indications - March 31, 2016, by CNBC: Wall Street Eyes Data, Fed Speakers.

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U.S. stock index futures indicated a flat open on Thursday, the last trading day of the quarter, as investors looked ahead to data and several U.S. Federal Reserve speakers.

Jobless Claims Rise to 276,000, Highest in Two Month - Marketwatch - March 31, 2016

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Jeffry Bartash
 
The number of Americans who applied for unemployment benefits in late March rose by 11,000 to 276,000 and hit the highest level in two months, but the pace of layoffs in the U.S. remains exceedingly low as companies steadily add new jobs.

DealBook Today's Top Headlines - March 31, 2016: MetLife Wins Battle to Remove 'Too Big to Fail' Label | Can Starwood Make a Deal with Anbang? | 'Fintech' Boom Said to Threaten Bank Jobs.

 
Thursday, March 31, 2016
TODAY'S TOP HEADLINES
By AMIE TSANG
METLIFE WINS BATTLE TO REMOVE 'TOO BIG TO FAIL' LABEL Opponents of the Dodd-Frank Act can rejoice. A judge in Washington overturned MetLife's designation as "too big to fail" on Wednesday, Victoria Finkle reports in DealBook.

Asian Markets at Close Report on March 31, 2016: Chinese Stocks Edge hgher After Fresh Liquidity.

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Dominique Fong 
 
China stocks ended slightly up Thursday as investors weighed new liquidity, a strengthening yuan and fresh concerns over how the country’s markets are operated.

Mar 30, 2016

SEC Litigation Release on March 30, 2016: Daniel Rivera, et al.

SEC Seal

U.S. SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Litigation Release No. 23506 / March 30, 2016

The Guardian | World | Australia | Australian Politics - March 30, 2016: Malcolm Turnbull's Tax Plan a "Distraction" From Tony Abbott's $80bn Tax Cut.

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Lenore Taylor
State premiers are concerned Malcolm Turnbull’s radical new state income tax plan will be used as a distraction from the immediate funding crisis caused by the $80bn in cuts to long-term hospital and school funding in Tony Abbott’s first budget.

DealBook P.M. Edition - March 30, 2016: Top Story: MetLife Wins Battle to Remove 'Too Big to Fail' Label.

 
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
TOP STORY
Even before the ruling, however, MetLife was working to streamline its operations.
MetLife Wins Battle to Remove 'Too Big to Fail' Label MetLife has been fighting since 2014 to remove the designation because of the extra regulatory scrutiny it brings.

WSJ | Forex Closing on March 30, 2016.( Corrected From Previous Post,Corresponding to March 29, 2016).



The Wall Street Journal Forex Closing
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WSJ | Major Indexes Closing on March 30, 2016.

The Wall Street Journal Major Indexes Closing
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WSJ | Biggest Decliners Closing on March 30, 2016.

The Wall Street Journal Biggest Decliners Closing
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4:31 pm ET 03/30/2016
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WSJ | Biggest Gainers Closing on March 30, 2016.

The Wall Street Journal Biggest Gainers Closing
Biggest Gainers
4:46 pm ET 03/30/2016
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WSJ | Most Actives Closing on March 30, 2016.

The Wall Street Journal Most Actives Closing
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4:46 pm ET 03/30/2016
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FTC Press Release - March 30, 2016: FTC and Illinois Attorney General Halt Chicago-Area Operation Charged with Collecting and Selling Phantom Payday Loan Debts Inbox x

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At the request of the Federal Trade Commission and the Illinois Attorney General, a federal court has temporarily halted a Chicago-area operation that allegedly threatened and intimidated consumers to collect phantom payday loan “debts” they did not owe, or did not owe to the defendants. The defendants also allegedly illegally provided portfolios of fake debt to other debt collectors – this is the FTC’s first case alleging that practice.

FTC Consumer Updates - March 30, 2016: FTC and states wrap up largest charity enforcement action ever

Federal Trade Commission Consumer Information

by Colleen Tressler
Consumer Education Specialist, FTC 

Wall Street at Close Report on March 30, 2016,by CNBC: Stocks Close Off Session Highs in Extended Post-Yellen Rally.

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Evelyn Cheng
 
U.S. stocks closed higher Wednesday, with tech stocks leading, as equities extended Tuesday afternoon's gains following Fed Chair Janet Yellen's cautious stance on the path of tightening.
"It's a continuation to what we saw yesterday," said JJ Kinahan, chief strategist at TD Ameritrade. He noted that as Friday's jobs report neared, traders would likely begin setting up positions.

Bits | The Business of Technology - march 30, 2016: UberPool and the Marvels of Measurement.

 
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Wednesday, March 30, 2016
 
UberPool and the Marvels of Measurement | William Hewlett, the Silicon Valley pioneer who was a co-founder of Hewlett-Packard, once said, “You cannot manage what you cannot measure.” Today’s technology entrepreneurs seem out to prove that the better you measure something, the more you can manage is an equally powerful truth.

Bloomberg View - March 30, 2016: Curing Cancer Is Within Reach.

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Michael R. Bloomberg and Joe Biden
 
One of the most frightening words a patient can hear from a doctor is “cancer.” We know it from the experience of our families and friends, and the millions of Americans who hear it directly from their doctors each year.

European Markets at Close Report on March 30, 2016:, by CNBC: European markets End Sharply Higher on Wednesday.

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Alexandra Gibbs, Arjun Kharpal, Holly Ellyatt
 
European markets finished sharply higher on Wednesday following dovish comments by U.S. Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen and a solid recovery in commodity stocks.

The Guardian | World | Europe | Germany - March 30, 2016: Revealed: How Assiated Press Cooperated With the Nazis by Peter Oltermann.

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Philip Oltermann
 
The Associated Press news agency entered a formal cooperation with the Hitler regime in the 1930s, supplying American newspapers with material directly produced and selected by the Nazi propaganda ministry, archive material unearthed by a German historian has revealed.

Bloomberg Politics - March 30, 2016: Republican Fissures Deepen as Feuding Candidates Rip Up Loyalty Pledge.


NYT First Draft on Politics - March 30, 2016:: Republican Loyalty Oaths Face Disavowals and Threats., by Maggie Haberman

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016


Secret Service agents meeting before Donald J. Trump’s campaign event at the Holiday Inn in Janesville, Wis., on Tuesday.
Secret Service agents meeting before Donald J. Trump’s campaign event at the Holiday Inn in Janesville, Wis., on Tuesday. Joshua Lott for The New York Times
Republican Loyalty Oaths Face Disavowals and Threats
By MAGGIE HABERMAN

DealBook Today's Top Headlines - March 30, 2016: Foxconn Strikes Deal for Sharp | Explaining Valeant | Louis Bacon's Charity Says It Was Victim of Fraud | Spotify Expected to Sign $1 Billion Financing Deal.

 
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
TODAY'S TOP HEADLINES
By AMIE TSANG
FOXCONN STRIKES DEAL FOR SHARP Foxconn is grappling with rising labor costs in China and a slowdown in the global smartphone market, but it managed to forestall its weakening relationship with Apple by striking a deal to acquire the screen maker Sharp of Japan for $3.5 billion, Paul Mozur reports in DealBook.

GATA | THE GATA DISPATCH - March 30, 2016: 50,000-Watt Toronto Radio Airs Interview With GATA Secretary


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GATA | THE GATA DISPATCH - MARCH 30, 2016: As interest Rates Turns Negative, Gold Becomes the High-Yield Asset, Richard Says.


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U.S. Stock Market Future Indications - March 30, 2016: Wall Street Set to Build on Gains After Yellen Releases More Doves.

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Barbara Kollmeyer
 
Stock futures pointed to a stronger open for Wall Street on Wednesday, with equities set to benefit for a second day from a cautious stance on interest rate increases from Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen.

Asian Markets at Close Report on March 30, 2016, MarketWatch: Asia Markets Close Higher After Yellen Signals Caution.

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Chao Deng
 
Shares in the Asia Pacific region finished mostly higher Wednesday, after the U.S. Federal Reserve signaled a slow pace on raising interest rates.

The Guardian | UK | Media Briefing - March 30, 2016: Today's Media Stories From the Papers

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Top story on MediaGuardian

BBC’s Wolf Hall leads Bafta TV award nominations
Period drama’s lead is up against Luther’s Idris Elba for best actor, while fellow star Claire Foy is nominated for best actress alongside Sheridan Smith

Mar 29, 2016

RT Max Keiser Report on March 29, 2016: Helicopter Money (E894)..

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Published on Mar 29, 2016
In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max and Stacy discuss billions from heaven as more economists, bankers and pundits plead for helicopter money. They also look at three charts which show the 'fundamentals' are not, in fact, improving; only the illusion is getting bigger. In the second half, Max talks to Michael Betancourt about his new book, The Critique of Digital Capitalism in which all is about flow, not real trade and where

The Guardian | World | Australia | Australian Politics - March 29, 2016: Turnbull Looks ti Income Tax-Raising for Powers States to Fix School and Hospital Funding.


DealBook P.M. Edition - March 29, 2016: Top Story: Louis Bacon's Charitable Trust Says It Was a Victim of Wall St. Scion's Fraud.

 
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
TOP STORY
Andrew Caspersen is a son of Finn M.W. Caspersen, a Wall Street financier and philanthropist who committed suicide in 2009.
Louis Bacon's Charitable Trust Says It Was a Victim of Wall St. Scion's Fraud The Moore Charitable Foundation of Louis M. Bacon says it put $25 million into what federal authorities call a fraudulent scheme by Andrew Caspersen.

NYT Afternoon Update on March 29, 2016: Victory for Unions as Supreme Court, Scalia Gone, Ties 4-4 .

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Demonstrators supporting Rebecca Friedrichs, a plaintiff in the case, outside the Supreme Court in January.
Victory for Unions as Supreme Court, Scalia Gone, Ties 4-4

By ADAM LIPTAK

When the California teachers case was argued, Justice Antonin Scalia was still alive, and the court appeared ready to hand public unions a setback.