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Could Gulf States Be Forced To Devalue Their Currencies Against The Dollar?

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:05:00 -0400

With the latest drop in oil prices, speculation about a possible devaluation of Gulf currencies has picked up again. Saudi Arabia can probably withstand the pressure, but others look more vulnerable.


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Clean Up Toxic Waste Or Bet Against Google And Facebook

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:00:00 -0400

Social media revenue depends on user-generated content. But too much of that content is toxic waste for advertisers. Can Google and Facebook fix the problem? If not, their revenues and stock prices are heading down.


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5 High-Tech Cash Cows Yielding Up To 6%

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:45:00 -0400

The technology sector has long been the growth investor’s best friend, with tomorrow’s innovations fueling the breakneck gains necessary to generate big price returns. Traditionally there hasn’t been much to interest us dividend investors – until now.


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Two Key Initiatives That Can Drive Sales For Starbucks

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:42:00 -0400

Starbucks is facing the problem of plenty. Its mobile order and payment app has been immensely successful, leading to higher volumes through this convenient app. However, this success has been causing some congestion at its stores, and long lines of customers waiting to pick up their orders



Micron Soars Post Results, What Should You Do Now?

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:41:00 -0400

Long, short or agnostic on Micron? Here's what to do.


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One Click For The 50 Best Dividend Growers

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 06:43:00 -0400

Eric Ervin was making his rich client so much money that he suggested: “Hey, why don’t you just quit your job?” The investor saw the opportunity to scale Eric’s “secret strategy” – and he wanted to help invest!


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Are Peer To Peer Loans Right For Your Portfolio?

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:02:00 -0400

Peer to peer lending is becoming a more established asset class for investors, but the real test will be how it endures a future recession.


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How Pakistanis Became Happier Than Indians

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:43:00 -0400

Pakistan has been getting ahead of India in working towards the right cocktail between market and government institutions. And this strategy has begun to make a difference in the way Pakistanis create and spend wealth in the pursuit of happiness.


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33 Cartoons About Technology Changing EverythingThis way to the tech cartoons ...Happy Anniversary Apple! Here's To 10 More Years Of iPhone-Related Distraction#NetflixAndChill ... 5 Years LaterUber, But For CatsThe Government Can't Take What You Give Away For Free'Smart Clothes' Will Improve And/Or Ruin Your LifeThe No. 1 Quality Future Employers Want In A Job CandidateFinally! An 'American Ninja' Competition For The Netflix Warrior In Us AllHow To Reboot Your Child For The Digital AgeBig Brother Is Watching You ... From Your ToasterVictimized By An Airbnb Racist? Good Luck With That ...'Pokémon GO': Expand Your World, Meet New People, Get Robbed By ThemNever Too Young To Learn Password Protection!Samsung's New Galaxy Note 7 Is The BombAs Robots Are Able To Do More Jobs, What's Left For Humans?Driverless Cars Are Missing A Human TouchKeep Calm And Play 'Pokémon GO'Mating Rituals Of Silicon ValleyYes. But Would A Car Want To Drive Itself?The One Sure Way To Get Your Kickstarter CrowdfundedCatfishing: Another Concern Of Video Job InterviewsHarriet Tubman $20 Bill In The Era Of Apple Pay'Observing And Recording' The Cops Comes With LimitationsHow Slack (And Open-Office Design) Is Transforming Workplace CommunicationHow To Answer Dumb Interview Questions (In Silicon Valley)What Do Women Want From Video Games?How Office Robots May Put Your Job At Risk In Ways You Haven't ImaginedThe Ultimate First World ProblemPrince Fans Pay Tribute By Paying For His MusicHe's A Mac, He's A PC ... And That's The FBIStar Wars' BB-8 Takes The FieldRoger Goodell Isn't Dead, But The NFL Needs A New Twitter PasswordRallHillary Clinton's Private Email Server Is Still A Thing

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:43:00 -0400

Americans love privacy so much, weshare it with everyone. Cartoon byChris Britt.

Back in the day, co-workers used to email each other rather than leaning over the cubicle wall. Times certainly have changed ... or have they?


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5 High Yield ETFs Paying Up To 5.8%

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:41:00 -0400

I get it – you want a diversified portfolio that lets you live off dividends alone. And you probably don’t want to spend most of your waking hours worrying about a million tickers either.


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Micron's Revenue Jumps 58% Amid Clamor For Chips

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:33:00 -0400

The chipmaker's stock was rising after it beat estimates in its latest quarter.


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5 'Hidden' High Yielders That Should Be On Your Radar

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:39:00 -0400

Today we’re going to head out to one of my favorite hunting grounds for cheap high-yield stocks: the midcap space. “Wait,” you may be thinking. “Haven’t midcap stocks been on a tear? How can there be any bargains left?” You’d be right about the first part … but not the second.


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4 Dividend-Growth Stocks To Own For The Next 10 Years

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:34:00 -0400

In my last article, I talked about Apple’s (AAPL) destiny as a Dividend Aristocrat. The company doesn’t have even five years’ worth of payouts under its belt, but there are clear indicators that it will never struggle to pay dividends.


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Imagining a World After Fossil Fuels

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:50:00 -0400

Experts have argued for years over what the geopolitical consequences of climate change will be. Now we may have some answers.


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GM's 2017 Sales In China Are A Concern

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:51:00 -0400

General Motors saw its new vehicle sales drop by 15% in the first two months of 2017 in China. 2016 was a strong year for the company, with annual sales growth of 7.1% as full year sales reached 3.87 million units.


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Apple's Lower-Priced iPad Makes Strategic Sense

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:46:00 -0400

Apple has introduced a new low-cost iPad to replace the aging iPad Air 2 tablet, which was launched in 2014. The new device will have a starting price of $329, down from $399 for the Air 2, marking Apple’s lowest price point for an iPad with a 9.7-inch display.


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5 Unloved Investments To Triple Your Income In 2017

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:15:00 -0400

Let’s say you want to lock in a passive retirement income of $80,000 per year. If you go with what most investors mistakenly see as the safest route, long-term US Treasuries, you’re going to need $3.3 million. That’s because 10-year Treasuries are paying a wimpy 2.4% interest rate today.


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Trump's Pick For SEC Chair Stresses The Need For More IPOs

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:39:00 -0400

Wall Street lawyer Jay Clayton said the slowdown in public offerings is bad for investors.


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Brazil GDP Could Fall Lower On Meat Scandal

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:07:00 -0400

This latest scandal should force a re-think on Brazil GDP this year.


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Birds of Brazil's PantanalBrazil's finest feathered friends.JabiruWood StorkPantanal's "Flamingo"Pantanal's Beach BumRinged KingfisherAmazon KingfisherNot Tern babies...The 'Punk Rock' BirdLook out below...Black-Collared HawkThe glamour birds...Monk ParokeetToco ToucanNanday ParakeetHyacinth Macaw

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:07:00 -0400

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, there are 18 million Americans who traveled the world on birding expeditions in 2013. Although Colombia takes in the bulk of these birders, the bulk of the birds are actually in Brazil. In the Pantanal region, the largest wetland in the world, there are roughly 480 species of birds, more than half of which live there year round, like the hyacinth macaw. We asked Brazil bird expert Douglas Trent, research director of the Pantanal Wildlife Program, to give us a look at some of his favorite birds in the region.

Jabiru (Jabiru mycteria). The jabiru is considered the symbol of the Pantanal because it is so big and easy to see. It stands about 4 feet tall and is often found along the shore of the rivers, looking for fish. "They like to hang out by the fishermen, who almost always toss them a fish. They have around two to three chicks a year and the local parakeets like to steel part of their real estate to make their little nests," says Douglas Trent, a well-known ecologist and American ex-pat who has been living in Brazil since 1981.

The Wood Stork (Mycteria americana).


The population in Florida is endangered, but here they are doing very well, Trent tells FORBES. They breed in the Pantanal and migrate, but no one knows for sure where they go. "We think they go to the Amazon somewhere, but no one is doing population counts there so it is a guess," Trent says.

The Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja) is the flamingo of the Pantanal, though it is not in the same family.


"It's a type of ibis, actually. It's an incredibly colorful bird and look gorgeous when you see a few of them flying overhead against a blue sky," says Trent. Spoonbills are found around the world. But they come to the Pantanal in June and leave in November to spread across Latin America. No one knows for sure where they head off to.

The Pied Lapwing (Vanellus cayanus) is a wave specialist, always found where the water meets the sand. In August, the rivers of the Pantanal recede in the heat and beaches become more prevalent. "With its red legs and red eyes, she's a nice bird to see," says Douglas Trent, one of Brazil's more well-known birders. "The Lapwing is not a shy bird so birders can get close to them on the beach, though I wouldn't recommend going on the sand near them because shore birds lay eggs and foxes will sense and track human footprints to the eggs and eat them," he warns bird lovers.

Ringed Kingfisher (Megaceryle torquata).


This male belongs to the largest kingfishers of the Americas. "These guys are expert fishermen and fairly easy to see here," says Trent. "There's five species of them in the Pantanal and this species gets it name from the white ring around neck."

Amazon Kingfisher (Chloroceryle amazona).


The male Amazon Kingfisher has a red chest. Of all the kingfisher's in the world (India has them, too), this one has the largest bill to head-sized ratio and lives in the Pantanal all year.

These are the Large billed Tern (Phaetusa simplex)and the smaller Yellow-billed Tern (Sternula superciliaris) seen [...]


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12 Great Jobs In The U.S. In 201712 Great Jobs In The U.S. In 201712. Penetration Tester11. Project Architect10. Mgmt Consulting Analytics Manager9. Cloud Engineer8. Digital Project Manager7. Quality Engineer6. Salesforce Developer5. IT Engineer4. Salesforce Administrator3. Development Operations Engineer2. Data Scientist1. Full Stack Developer

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:01:00 -0400

According to a recent report by Indeed.com -- a massive online job search platform -- these are some of the top jobs for professionals in the U.S. in 2017.

Average Base Salary: $115,557

Year Over Year Increase In Postings ('13-'16): 52%

Tasks: Testing computer systems by attempting to breach them.

Average Base Salary: $75,666

Year Over Year Increase In Postings ('13-'16): 53%

Tasks: Oversee the architectural aspects of a design project.

Average Base Salary: $90,994

Year Over Year Increase In Postings ('13-'16): 66%

Tasks: Acts as a project-based analytics consultant.

Average Base Salary: $118,878

Year Over Year Increase In Postings ('13-'16): 67%

Tasks: Handles various types of cloud computing and cloud infrastructure management.

Average Base Salary: $73,169

Year Over Year Increase In Postings ('13-'16): 75%

Tasks: Oversee a tech team charged with accomplishing any number of development projects.

Average Base Salary: $71,111

Year Over Year Increase In Postings ('13-'16): 83%

Tasks: Testing and quality maintenance.

Average Base Salary: $108,089

Year Over Year Increase In Postings ('13-'16): 83%

Tasks: Development projects associated with the Salesforce platform.

Average Base Salary: $85,563

Year Over Year Increase In Postings ('13-'16): 89%

Tasks: Oversees, maintains and or builds out computer software or hardware for an employer.

Average Base Salary: $89,702

Year Over Year Increase In Postings ('13-'16): 103%

Tasks: Oversee an organization's Salesforce platform.

Average Base Salary: $123, 165

Year Over Year Increase In Postings ('13-'16): 106%

Tasks: collaborateand communicate with both software developers and IT professionals while automating the process of software delivery and infrastructure changes.[...]


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4 Maps That Explain Why North America Will Flourish

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:30:00 -0400

The world has seen great change since the end of the Cold War. For much of the past two millennia, political, military, and economic strength has been based in Eurasia. And, since the 1500s, mostly in Europe.


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5 Tax-Equivalent Yields Up To 10.4%

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:15:00 -0400

Tax season can be a cringe-inducing affair with 1040s, 1099s and K-1s and Uncle Sam hovering above, looking for his cut. For investors who have bought into one of the 5 high-yielding funds I want to share with you today, this time of year is a friendly reminder of the greatness of municipal bonds.


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The Powerful Secret The ETF Companies Don't Want You to Know

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:15:00 -0400

I love passive investing—but not for the reason you might think. I love it because, as I’ll demonstrate in a moment, it’s caused plenty of stocks to become mispriced, creating opportunities for active stock pickers who do their homework.


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3M's Acquisition Of Scott Safety Fits Its Portfolio Well

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:36:00 -0400

Last week 3M announced that it has inked a deal with Johnson Controls to acquire its Scott Safety business for $2 billion.


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Trump Administration Says More Fees For Student Loan Borrowers In Default

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:00:00 -0400

The Trump administration issued its first directive on student loans. Find out if the new fees apply to your student loans.


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3 Retirement Stocks To Buy Right Now - And 6 To Avoid

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 06:31:00 -0400

With the Trump bump squeezing stocks higher, retirees (and near-retirees) are asking me two questions a lot these days: Is it still a good time to buy? And if so, what the heck should I buy? The answer to the first is, undoubtedly, yes.


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These 8.7% Dividends Have Beaten the S&P 500 for Years

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 06:15:00 -0400

Looking for a reliable benchmark for stock returns in the next decade? I’ve got one for you: 7.1%. I say “reliable” because that’s what the S&P 500 has returned, in price growth and dividends, over the last 10 years.


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Next Surges Despite Posting Rare Profits Dip, Warning Of Tough Conditions

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 05:51:00 -0400

Next’s share price has leapt following latest full-year financials. But are investors becoming too giddy?


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