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How publishers and advertisers can balance privacy and monetization

“We talked about GDPR and how publishers and advertisers can balance privacy and monetization” writes Dean Takahashi for venturebeat.com. I recently visited Barcelona and moderated a panel at Marfeel, a mobile web optimization, engagement, and monetization company based in Spain.And the aim is a laudable one, that people should have control over the data that is stored by publishers, probably more, really, advertisers than publishers, I would say, but we didn’t think it through. Source: venturebeat.com Share This:

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No, you don’t need a perfect 850 FICO score to be an exceptional borrower

“Congratulations on having a perfect credit score — if you want to keep it, don’t pay off your mortgage,” wrote Lacy Lusk from Virginia” writes Michelle Singletary Writes for washingtonpost.com. This is why I understand people with super-high FICO credit scores who seethe that they have yet to get a perfect 850.But if you’re seeking a perfect FICO score, you’ll need to be perfect on all dimensions considered by the score, including credit mix. [How much money do you really need to feel rich?] Q: Would failing to pay the…

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Could Trump’s tariff race shift the global economic balance?

“All of this could leave the US more able and willing to halt the multi-year erosion of its global economic influence and standing” writes Mohamed El-erian for theguardian.com. Today, Trump has launched a tariff race with China, an economic superpower, perhaps with similarly far-reaching potential consequences.Game theory suggests that rational actors, recognising how damaging a trade war would be for them, would see the merit of abandoning a retaliatory strategy, and instead accede to many US demands. Source: theguardian.com Share This:

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GOLDMAN SACHS: Big-money investors are dominating the market with the help of 10 stocks — here’s the list and how they can continue crushing it

“For now, investors aren’t full-on defensive, and that’s helping growth stocks with strong balance sheets” writes Akin Oyedele for businessinsider.com. Investors have favored growth stocks over value this year as it has become clear that the synchronous global-growth climate that characterized 2017 is no more.Thomson Reuters At the halfway point of 2018, Goldman Sachs’ equity analysts took stock of how mutual funds performed and what worked for them.Though companies loaded with cash would normally be best positioned to weather a market downturn, an investor rotation away from growth stocks would…

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LeBron’s Lakers to competitive balance

“What follows is a (tentative) list of some of the winners and losers from one of the most surreal free agency periods in recent memory” writes Hunter Felt for theguardian.com. Heading up to free agency there were rumors that Gilbert wanted the chance to win on his own terms.After the Golden State Warriors swept to this year’s title, the joke was that the real NBA finals would occur when free agency kicked off.As fun as the free agency period was for fans, it came with a hangover. Source: theguardian.com Share This:

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Goldman: The second half is going to be difficult, but these stocks with strong balance sheets should thrive

“The second half of 2018 will be tough for investors as they grapple with rising trade tensions and higher interest rates, according to Goldman Sachs” writes unknown author for cnbc.com. Equities felt the bite of rising trade tensions again on Monday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average falling more than 100 points to start off the second half. Stocks also fell into correction territory earlier in the year, pushing the major indexes off record highs, on concerns of rising interest rates.Companies with strong balance sheets, however, should do well in…

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What’s the best credit card for students?

“In my opinion, the best credit card is no credit card” writes Michelle Singletary Writes for washingtonpost.com. From NerdWallet read: Best College Student Credit Cards of 2018 U.S. News and World Report also put together a list of the best credit cards for students.On the issue of having someone as an authorized user on your credit card, read this: Piggybackers Take You for a Ride When the time comes to look for a credit card, start close to home.In a few months, your baby will be a freshman in college…

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Market rate rise may thwart Fed’s balance sheet plan

“The spread between the daily average, or “effective” fed funds rate and IOER, contracted to a mere 0.03 percentage point last week” reports businessinsider.com. Moreover, a larger balance sheet is simply required for the growth in money demand since the last recession, they note.William Dudley, the recently departed head of the New York Fed, downplayed the tight gap between IOER and the effective fed funds rate.”Our view is that a much larger balance sheet is appropriate,” said Lou Crandall, chief economist at Wrightson ICAP in New York.A large Fed balance…

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This sign of strain indicates U.S. bond auctions could get ‘sloppier’: Jefferies

“The ratio of bids accepted to bids received in bond auctions over the last three months have improved since the fourth quarter of 2017” writes Sunny Oh for marketwatch.com. On the other hand, recent bond auctions indicate investors are largely unperturbed by the uptick in debt issuance.Primary dealers, who are obligated to participate in Treasury auctions, bought up a larger share of recent debt sales.In line with the growing deficit, the Treasury Department has raised the size of its debt auctions, with much of the increases falling upon shorter maturity…

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Venmo payments app just launched a physical debit card

“Venmo’s card is a vertical debit card, and you can use it to spend your Venmo balance in more places” writes Maggie Tillman for pocket-lint.com. Either way, a physical card will make it easier to spend your Venmo balance in the real world.Venmo said its card is handy for when you don’t want to transfer funds from your Venmo balance to your bank account and simply want to spend your balance at a store or restaurant. Source: pocket-lint.com Share This:

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