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Bitcoin crosses $10,000 milestone

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The virtual currency reached the benchmark for the first time, just days after it passed $9,000. It caps a remarkable rise in value for the crypto-currency, which was trading below $1,000 at the start of the year. Some experts believe the asset still has far to soar, but others say it represents a speculative bubble with nothing tangible at its core that could burst any time. The total value of all the bitcoins in existence has now surpassed $167bn. Bitcoin first reached $1,000 in late-2013 and then dipped significantly before starting a vol... Read More »

Burton Mills: Germany to Post Budget Surplus

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Burton Mills: Projected budget surplus would be a win for Angela Merkel’s administration and the parties it hopes to form a coalition with. According to recent reports, Germany could announce a budget surplus of 14 billion euros this year. A budget surplus of this size would give Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative party significantly more room to negotiate as it attempts to form a new coalition with the Greens and Free Democrats. Taipei, Taiwan- based investment house Burton Mills’ economists stated that the new budget projections we... Read More »

Burton Mills: China Economy Continues to Slow

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Burton Mills: China’s economy slows as authorities crack down on pollution and speculative financing. With fixed asset investment, industrial activity and retail sales falling short of expectations last month, China’s economy slowed further as the government implemented a hard approach to factory pollution and debt risks. Beijing is now in its second year of a program to decrease elevated levels of debt as the government is concerned that unsafe lending practices could endanger the economy. Data recently released by Burton Mills indica... Read More »

Clifford Beaumont: Japanese Economic Growth Rises For 7th Consecutive Quarter

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Japan's economy has posted seven consecutive quarters of growth in what has been the longest run of growth in over a decade. Latest statistics showed gross domestic product (GDP) increased at an annualized rate of 1.4% in the 3rd quarter of 2017. The latest quarterly numbers come after nearly 5 years of controversial economic stimulus by the Bank of Japan at the behest of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The expansion has been driven largely by a robust export sector buoyed by stronger global demand for Japanese products and has helped offset weak... Read More »

Burton Mills: Britain’s Economic Growth to Remain Weak

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Burton Mills: Economists expect the UK’s economy to grow at a rate well behind its peers in the coming years. Burton Mills: British economic expansion will continue to be slow over the next several years, falling far behind the country’s peers, and could end up being even further behind than economists currently predict with most reporting that risks to their forecasts are to the downside. These recent findings by Taiwan-based Burton Mills are in stark contrast to a survey published earlier this year which indicated that economists were a... Read More »

P&G Perspective on U.S. Corporate Tax Reform

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Tax Reform Supports American Jobs and Economic Growth  P&G has long supported U.S. corporate tax reform to help stimulate economic growth. While the details of the proposed tax reform framework being worked out by Congress over the coming weeks will matter very much, I applaud their efforts toward modernizing the United States’ outdated tax code. The proposed competitive corporate rate and shift toward a territorial system will help put American firms on a more level playing field with global competitors — creating value for P&G shar... Read More »

Exxon Mobil Corporation Declares Fourth Quarter Dividend

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This fourth quarter dividend is at the same level as the dividend paid in the third quarter of 2017. Through its dividends, the corporation has shared its success with its shareholders for more than 100 years and has increased its annual dividend payment to shareholders for 35 consecutive years. ... Read More »

Swiss Payment Forum: The Platform for Swiss Opinion Leaders and Specialists Concerning Payment

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Mobile payment in Switzerland and in other European countries equals a patchwork rug. Already distributed systems like Yapital or mpass in Germany vanish, however new providers move up. Despite various setbacks, the digitization trend within the payment sector does not run out of steam and new technologies, for example blockchain, give a fresh impetus. In Switzerland PSD2 is an omnipresent and a much-discussed topic. In the EU-countries everyone works at the implementation of the regulations of PSD2, whereas Switzerland takes a different approa... Read More »

International law / International Relations, the Hideous Imposture of the West

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International law, on a theoretical basis, makes it possible to reach a consensus in the face of a dispute and to settle it amicably. Per Dr. Mehenou Amouzou According to its definition, international law is the set of legal rules that govern relations between states or between individuals in an international framework. A State may indicate its agreement in this relationship in several ways, in accordance with the final provisions of the treaty in question. The most common ways include definitive signature, ratification, acceptance or app... Read More »

SONGWON Industrial Group ends a good year with steady growth

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Sales in 2016 totaled 694,326 Mil. KRW Gross profit was 178,049 Mil. KRW Gross profit margin widened to 25.6% EBITDA increased to 16.4% The company achieved sales revenues of 694,326 Mil. KRW and a net profit of 42,244 Mil. KRW. Within polymer stabilizers, the One Pack Systems (OPS) business was the SONGWON’s growth leader in 2016, with its world-class OPS facility in Abu Dhabi coming onstream in January and the new JV OPS plant in Qingdao, China successfully commissioned in November. Sales in plasticizers and tin intermediates also so... Read More »

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