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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
Major Currencies
Thursday, March 31, 2016

WSJ | Major Indexes Closing on march 31, 2015.

The Wall Street Journal Major Indexes Closing
Major Indexes 5:45 p.m. EDT 03/31/16

WSJ | Biggest Gainers Closing on march 31, 2016.

The Wall Street Journal Biggest Gainers Closing
Biggest Gainers
4:31 pm ET 03/31/2016
NYSE

WSJ | Biggest Decliners Closing on March 31, 2016.

The Wall Street Journal Biggest Decliners Closing
Biggest Decliners
4:31 pm ET 03/31/2016
NYSE

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:
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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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The New York Times

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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CNBC.com staff
Spencer Platt | Getty Images
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.