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How are universities and colleges represented across the asset manager industry? eVestment takes a look at how where an asset manager went to school could impact their life – from what city they live in, to what firm they work for or even what product strategy they are likely to concentrate in. Check out our… The post Asset Manager Honor Roll [INFOGRAPHIC] appeared first on ValueWalk.

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Following on the "success" of the ECB's LTRO (Long Term Refinance Operation) which did nothing to spur lending and everything to create the biggest sovereign bond bubble the world has ever seen,  ECB president Mario Draghi announced a TLTRO or Targeted LTRO on September 4.The ECB's intent is to spur lending.Lending Spree Short of ExpectationsToday the Financial Times reports ECB’s Lending Spree Short of Expectations. The European Central Bank’s first offer of cheap four-year loans has

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``$30 million will be given to those who help identify the perpetrators of the downing of the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine that killed all 298 on board, said an independent German fraud investigation company.'' -- Interesting tactic. Someone out there doesn't think the official narrative of this story holds water...

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Today KWN is putting out a special piece which features three fantastic gold charts that show the war that is now raging in the gold market near key levels. These are the type of charts that the big banks follow closely, as well as big money and savvy professionals. David P. out of Europe sent us the key charts that all KWN readers around the world need to see.

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DETROIT (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp said on Thursday it will recall about 20,000 vehicles worldwide for possible fuel leaks.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - If history is any guide, investors who miss out on getting a slice of Alibaba's massive initial public offering may want to think twice about jumping into the stock once it hits the New York Stock Exchange.

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(Reuters) - Underwriters for Alibaba Group Holdings are planning to allocate the bulk of the heavily anticipated offering from the Chinese e-commerce company to a group of 25 to 50 large institutions when pricing is completed after the close of trading Thursday, people familiar with the situation said.

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The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) recently released a trove of data on the individual state economies. You can zoom in on quarterly state-level gross domestic product (GDP) series begins from 2005 through the 2013 at Macroblog of the FRBA. But I thought it might be instructive to see what the map looks like...Read More

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The polls are open now to Scotland's 4.7 million registered voters - about 97 percent of the population - and they are heading to the polls to make big decisions about the country's independence. Voting ends at 10 p.m. local time, and ballots will be hand-counted overnight, Bloomberg reported. Results are expected Friday morning. Here's what we're reading - and some other numbers we're watching - Thursday morning. 12 percent Only a fraction of women who experience sexual assault on college campuses go to police. That number is key to "It's On Us", a new awareness campaign the Obama administration is expected to announce Friday, according to the Associated Press. The effort will reportedly focus on young men, urging them to confront what is often a hidden problem by promoting bystander intervention and victim support. $13 trillion The estimated spending power of the 4 billion low-income customers around the world, especially places like India. Multinational corporations like Pepsi and GE are beginning to recognize these consumers - some of whom live on pennies a day - and develop new products marketed to them, the New York Times reported. After making headway with these less expensive products, some companies have been able to up-sell wealthier consumers in developing countries or co-opt the new products to a wider market. 0.00385 percent That's the portion of Apple customers who have had information disclosed due to government requests, according to a new section of the company's website that launched Wednesday. Apple has come under intense scrutiny after it announced a new mobile payment system about a week after nude photos of several celebrities were stolen, apparently from their iCloud accounts. The new site includes detailed instructions for securing devices and an open letter from Tim Cook, in which the Apple CEO emphatically denies that the company grants government agencies easy access to users' data.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Thursday was poised to approve President Barack Obama's plan for training and arming moderate Syrian rebels to battle Islamic State militants.

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BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State militants fighting in Iraq and Syria released a video on Thursday that they said shows British journalist John Cantlie in captivity saying he will soon reveal "facts" about the group to counter its portrayal in Western media.

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This year’s benchmark: Surprisingly small From labor wonks at the Liscio Report: This morning the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the preliminary benchmark revision to the non-farm payroll, through March 2014. The annual benchmark is based on the unemployment insurance system’s records, which cover close to 100% of establishment employment, and are the last word...Read More

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EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Scotland voted in a referendum on Thursday to choose whether to end the 307-year-old union with England and become an independent nation or stay within the United Kingdom - a decision which could have consequences across the globe.

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NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A standoff between Indian and Chinese soldiers overshadowed a visit to New Delhi by Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday, with a $20 billion investment pledge eclipsed by robust comments from India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the dispute.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week, suggesting that a sharp slowdown in job growth last month was probably an aberration.

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Up until now, LinkedIn was blocking posts from its members in China that were deemed sensitive by China’s government—For example, posts about the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, or about Tibetan independence. Censored content was not only blocked inside of China, but removed from LinkedIn's site worldwide. In an email to Marketplace, LinkedIn Director of Communications Hani Durzy wrote the company has officially changed its policy so that sensitive content will still be censored inside China, but not on its site outside China. China social media expert Jeremy Goldkorn says LinkedIn isn’t the first Western company that has bent over backwards to please China’s government in return for access to its market. “It’s a very difficult environment to navigate, because the lines shift. So today, you might be in a space where you feel comfortable and you feel like you’ve gone out of your way to please the government, but it still might not work," says Goldkorn. Bloomberg’s a good example. Late last year, the news site killed a story that exposed corruption among China’s leadership. Despite the kowtow to China’s government, Bloomberg’s site in China remains blocked.  

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The sunscreen you used over the summer is about 15 years out of date.   That's because the FDA hasn’t approved applications for new sunscreen ingredients since the late 1990s.   The applications are mired in complex regulations that ironically were supposed to simplify FDA approval of ingredients that have been used safely in other countries. “It’s just ridiculous,” says Scott Faber, vice president for government affairs for the Environmental Working Group. “Consumers in Canada, the EU, Australia, are able to use sunscreens that are much more effective at blocking out both UVA and UVB rays." Sunscreen makers have joined dermatologists in a coalition called PASS, or Public Access to Sunscreens. The coalition says manufacturers want access to the very latest ingredients. “It would allow product developers to innovate and use new technologies and new science," says Michael Werner, chief lobbyist for PASS.  While the FDA declined an interview, it did issue a statement saying that it "has prioritized reviewing the safety and effectiveness of additional sunscreen ingredients as quickly as possible given the agency’s resources."   Graphic by Shea Huffman/Marketplace

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One day, there may be universal pre-school everywhere in the U.S., but the scenario where every four-year-old is in school remains a long way off. In the meantime, some of the gap is filled by a fleet of women, working out of their own homes, providing childcare and preschool services. They tend to only make news when something awful happens to a child. Yet in many neighborhoods, these workers are the glue that holds a community together. Take Vernessa Easly. She has run a home-based childcare for 19 years out of her Long Beach, California home. Her day starts around 5:45 AM as she prepares breakfast for her early arrivals. The first child is dropped off at 6:00 AM. Vernessa’s husband, Earle, quit his job at the local school district some years ago and joined her in running the business, which they call "Little Tykes." They employ one full-time and one part-time teacher, and they serve up to 24 kids a day. Easly’s proud of her blended curriculum that incorporates all the things little ones need; from singing, literacy and pre-science lessons, to healthy meals and lots of outdoor play. Home childcare providers like Easly tend to do it all these days, as families rely on them for more than just childcare. Single mom, Kinta Cox, has sent her daughters to Easly since they were toddlers. Easly has attended parent-teacher meetings when Cox could not get off from work, and she has even driven the girls home when Cox had car issues—all at no-extra charge. “She’s taken my kids to the doctor during emergencies,” Cox says. “She is there for me.” Easly will often keep Cox’s daughters well into the evening if she is running late at work or stuck in traffic. Easly also feeds the girls a hot breakfast and dinner, lessening Cox’s food costs. Yet providers like Easly are not making much more than the low-income families they serve. Easly estimates she and her husband brought in a maximum of $40,000 combined last year. A 2012 Health and Human Services study found that the average home childcare provider nationwide worked 54 hours a week and earned just $22,000. William Yu of UCLA’s Anderson Forecast studies the economy of early childhood education. He says preschool teachers tend to only make a little more than daycare providers. Last year, according to Yu, the average early childhood teacher in California made $30,000. Yu compares this to a profession in California that demands similar entry qualifications yet pays much more money—prison guards. “If you look at prison guards, they are making $72,000,” he says. Yu says it’s all good and well to have bipartisan support for expanding preschool access. Yet, he asks, if you were thinking about your future career, doesn’t it make much more bottom-line sense to become a prison guard? Almost 14 hours after the day began, around 7:30 PM, there are still a couple of kids waiting to be picked up. Easly’s husband keeps them busy with a coloring project—she’s still bustling about in the kitchen prepping the food for the next day.

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What percentage of public school parents oppose using student test results to evaluate teachers?

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About 9,000 U.S. taxpayers have each accumulated at least $5 million in individual retirement accounts, said the Government Accountability Office, raising questions about some investors’ tax-advantaged returns. Zimmerman Edelson Partner Robert Zimmerman and Bloomberg’s Peter Cook also discuss tax inversions on “Street Smart.” Source: Bloomberg, Sept. 16 2014

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The Fed and the Media David R. Kotok September 18, 2014   We know the Fed meeting results; the coverage has been exhaustive. Note that the new “dots” analysis of the median dot now points to an expected 1.375% Fed Funds target rate by the end of 2015. (See Craig Torres’ report on the FOMC.)...Read More

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