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Returning cash to shareholders through buybacks and dividends remains a popular corporate strategy with S&P 500 firms expected to return over $1 trillion to shareholders in 2016, estimates Goldman Sachs. David J. Kostin and team at Goldman Sachs noted in their Nov. […] The post S&P 500 Firms Will Return Over One Trillion To Shareholders In 2016: GS appeared first on ValueWalk.

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The Call of Duty series is finally giving players the option to play through the campaign mode as a female soldier. The nod towards the existence of female game fans is every bit as obligatory as the game's campaign mode, but now the game's developers are being accused of pushing girls towards a future as emotionless, jaded killbots. You know, the way it has millions of young men over the past decade. Someone calling herself a "child development expert" had this to say about Black Ops 3 (as

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The Match Group — which includes under its brand umbrella the online dating sites and apps, Tinder, and OkCupid — is going public. The subsidiary of IAC/InterActive Corp., controlled by Barry Diller, announced it plans to sell 33.3 million shares of Match Group to investors at $12 to $14 per share. The company could raise $500 million or more through the IPO, which would value Match’s equity at more than $3 billion. It will trade on Nasdaq with the ticker MTCH. Meanwhile, in its SEC filing in October about the planned IPO under the heading ‘Risk Factors,’ the company wrote this: “Communicating with our users via email is critical to our success, and any erosion in our ability to communicate in this fashion that is not sufficiently replaced by other means could adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations. As consumer habits evolve in the era of smart phones and messaging/social networking apps, usage of email, particularly among our younger users, has declined.” The online dating market is potentially lucrative. Aaron Smith, a researcher on internet behavior at the Pew Research Center, said participation in online dating sites doubled from 2009 to 2013, according to a recent Pew report.  “About one out of five people in their mid-20s to mid-40s say they use online dating,” Smith said, including nearly 40 percent of people who described themselves as currently single and looking. But Match Group’s SEC disclosure shows that the company’s dependence on email marketing to current and potential customers could pose a risk. The dating sites depend heavily on email to tell users about potential dates and mates, and also to market money-making features and upgrades. “The younger generation has moved off of email in the same way they’ve moved off of phone calls,” said media consultant Jack Myers, author of "Hooked Up: A New Generation's Surprising Take on Sex, Politics and Saving the World." “They text, use Instagram, Snapchat. Their social-media use has shifted completely, and it’s unlikely it’ll ever go back.” Bill Carter at youth-marketing firm Fuse said that to be successful with younger customers, online dating sites will have to reach out to customers where they conduct their social life online. And that’s most likely to be a messaging platform or app. For instance, Carter said, a site could use geolocation and send a direct message to a customer, saying: “Right now, you have three people who have looked at your profile within five miles of you. Click on one of their profiles and connect.” Carter said young people want marketing communication that’s specific and useful to them — whatever the social-media platform. He said brands will have to use many of them simultaneously — including Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, traditional email and others — to reach them.

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Everywhere you look there are signs that Europe is coming apart at the seams. Just a month after the crisis in Greece abated, the influx of refugees fleeing the war-torn Mid-East finally overwhelmed the Balkans leading directly to border closures and precipitating a spat in Brussels regarding how best to handle the people flows.  In short, not everyone agrees with Angela Merkel’s open door policy and indeed, Hungary’s Viktor Orban has led the push for the preservation of what he calls

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Authored by Paul Craig Roberts, The Bureau of Labor Statistics announced Friday that the US economy created 271,000 jobs in October, a number substantially in excess of the expected 175,000 to 190,000 jobs. The unexpected job gain has dropped the unemployment rate to 5 percent. These two numbers will be the focus of the financial media presstitutes. What is wrong with these numbers? Just about everything. First of all, 145,000 of the jobs, or 54%, are jobs arbitrarily added to the number by the

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Valeant It has now been three weeks since accused Valeant (VRX: NYSE) of being Pharmron (Pharma + Enron). Ever since then, I’ve read a bunch of articles and tried to find an actionable angle. When there are rumors, innuendo […] The post Valeant – Who Says You Can’t Buy Love…?? appeared first on ValueWalk.

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Tesla Motors’ popular EVs,  the Model S and Model X, pack some of the most advanced automotive technologies at present, despite the fact that owners are in a vulnerable position if they lose their key fob. Tesla intends to solve this problem […] The post Tesla To Ensure You Never Lose Your Car Keys appeared first on ValueWalk.

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Bill Ackman’s Pershing Square holding will be having its quarterly conference call on Monday at 11 AM EST – November 9th 2015 – We are not sure what Ackman will speak about but we are guessing the chart below will […] The post Bill Ackman Pershing Square Conference Call [LIVE] appeared first on ValueWalk.

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A new report poses an interesting question: “Would public pension funds have fared better if they had never invested in hedge funds at all?” This is a subject we have investigated numerous times. The conclusion of the report confirms our earlier commentary: a small number of elite funds generate alpha (market-beating returns) after fees for their clients...Read More

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Two weeks ago, when looking at the latest Caterpillar retail sales data...   ... we said that "If Caterpillar's Data Is Right, This Is A Global Industrial Depression." Today we get visual evidence of this, courtesy of an Australian heavy industrial equipment auction where machines such as a Caterpillar 992C wheel loader, which normally costs $2.9 million, can now be bought for just $15,000, a 95% discount! As Australia's ABC reports, now that the commodity bubble has burst for good,

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Reeling In Small-Cap Alpha by Vitali Kalesnik and Noah Beck, Research Affiliates Key Points Stocks of small companies have higher incidences of price volatility and mispricing, increasing opportunities for investors to earn excess returns. Implementing outperforming strategies, such as value […] The post Reeling In Small-Cap Alpha appeared first on ValueWalk.

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Having very recently pointed out the growing epidemic of "online begging," seeing a mother use an online donation platform to raise funds to "lay her son to rest" seems like a laudible and donation-worthy cause. However, as ABC7 reports, the 'grieving' mother of murdered Chicago 9-year-old Tysham Lee used the funds to purchase a 2015 Chrysler 200 and after facing a torrent of abuse attempted to defend her seemingly callous act - "Y'all don't know nothing

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Google Life Sciences has teamed up with the American Heart Association (AHA) to fight heart disease. Both organizations will contribute $25 million over the next five years as part of the commitment to search for a cure. Heart disease a […] The post Google Teams Up With AHA To Research Heart Disease appeared first on ValueWalk.

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The Russian news agency TASS recently revealed Canada and the United States’ plan to conduct an aerial surveillance mission over the Russian Federation, in keeping with the Open Skies Treaty. A Look At The Open Skies Treaty The Treaty on […] The post Canada, U.S. Conduct Aerial Mission Over Russia appeared first on ValueWalk.

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If you follow healthcare economics, one of the major discussion points right now is Medicaid expansion, specifically whether a state should expand Medicaid. Leading up to the decision on whether or not to expand Medicaid, all states’ leaders requested economic […] The post Where Are All The Jobs Medicaid Expansion Was Supposed To Bring? appeared first on ValueWalk.

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Google’s latest mobile operating system, Android 6.0 Marshmallow, comes with many changes, but one notable feature that it offers is called Doze. Basically this feature prevents apps from sucking your battery life when your device is not in use. For […] The post How To Stop Apps From Using Doze On Android 6.0 Marshmallow appeared first on ValueWalk.

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The BlackBerry Priv might soon be available through Verizon. Though the carrier is not offering the device presently, it did say in a tweet that the Canadian firm’s first Android phone is “coming soon.” Priv on Verizon sooner This tweet […] The post BlackBerry Priv ‘Coming Soon’ On Verizon appeared first on ValueWalk.

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``The U.S. is ranked No. 11 in the latest annual Prosperity Index, which was released this week by the Legatum Institute, an international think tank based in London.''

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Extrapolation: Dangers Of The Reckless Ruler by Wade W. Slome, CFA, CFP®, Investing Caffeine The game of investing would be rather simple if everything moved in a straight line and economic data points could be could be connected with a […] The post Extrapolation: Dangers Of The Reckless Ruler appeared first on ValueWalk.

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