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Cigarette Use Has Dropped Sharply Among Teenagers

“Students in all grade levels reported that they viewed cigarettes and alcohol as distasteful and a serious health risk” writes Jan Hoffman for nytimes.com. In the report, only 14.1 percent of 12th graders said they saw a “great risk” from smoking marijuana occasionally.They’re medicating themselves.” Yet while marijuana use among high school seniors has not declined, it has also not increased in recent years.But approving of marijuana may not necessarily translate in such a manner, he said. “I’ve had friends who like to go sky diving.Kilcoyne said. “I talk about…

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Credit ratings giant: Coal still in jeopardy even after Trump’s exit from Paris deal

“The subsidies could allow certain power plants to remain competitive economically with renewables and other more advanced or low-emission fossil fuel power plants” writes John Siciliano for washingtonexaminer.com. Overall, the transition toward less greenhouse gas-emitting power plants “will have significant credit implications for power generation projects,” said Jennifer Chang, assistant vice president at the credit rating agency.Credit-rating giant Moody’s is not convinced that President Trump’s exit from the Paris climate change agreement and his rollback of Obama-era climate regulations will completely insulate coal power plants and coal mines from efforts…

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Want to Short Bitcoin Without the Risk? Here’s What to Know

“Short sellers have begun to use these stocks as a bitcoin short proxy instead of outright or futures bitcoin trading,” said S3″ writes Kinsey Grant for thestreet.com. According to S3 Analytics, short sellers looking for bitcoin exposure have turned to shorting bitcoin-related stocks instead of going all in on the cryptocurrency.When bitcoin futures opened on Sunday, Dec. 10, “long sellers dipped their toes into the water while short sellers primarily look at the trading activity from the comfort of their cabanas,” S3 noted. Source: thestreet.com Share This:

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One in four people are at risk of hunger

“One in four people in Silicon Valley are at risk of hunger, researchers at the Second Harvest food bank have found” writes Charlotte Simmonds for theguardian.com. The bank is at the center of the Silicon Valley boom – both literally and figuratively.I make it work.” That evening she worked with ingredients from the food bank: potatoes and chicken, cans of beans, corn and tomatoes.She runs a program that sends current and former food bank users out into the community, which has been disproportionately affected by the cost-of-living crisis. “Here in…

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How natural contraception went digital

“The rhythm method, more commonly known now as the fertility awareness method, appears to be making a small comeback, at least if you go by the number of users of the Natural Cycles app” writes Emine Saner for theguardian.com. Fertility awareness has been around for a long time, and we know it can be highly effective, but with typical use it has a high failure rate.It’s a contraceptive your great-grandmother would probably recognise, only these days it has to, of course, involve an app. Source: theguardian.com Share This:

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Big-money investors single out the biggest risk to markets over the next year

“Roughly 40% of respondents named geopolitical uncertainty as the biggest risk to markets, the survey showed” writes Joe Ciolli for businessinsider.com. “Historically, clients have cited this as the biggest risk when volatility has been low,” said Sunderji.The firm notes that, over the life of its survey, geopolitical risk has been a popular response during periods of low overall market uncertainty.That seems to be the case in global markets right now, at least according to a survey of 700 institutional clients conducted by Barclays. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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Pound rallies to 6-month high against euro after Brexit breakthrough

“Those ended early Friday, with Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, saying there had been a breakthrough in Brexit talks” writes Markets Reporter for marketwatch.com. Against the dollar GBPUSD, +0.0000%  , the pound initially spiked to an intraday high of $1.3521, but has since slipped back to $1.3499.The pound rallied against all other major currencies on Friday morning, scoring a six-month against the euro, after the U.K. and the European Union came to terms on issues that were holding up the next stage of Brexit talks.The breakthrough reduces the…

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2017 has been a stellar year for Asian stocks, and HSBC says there are more gains to come

“So expected earnings growth looks set to be a little lower next year, but what about potential growth in PE multiples?” writes David Scutt for businessinsider.com. The highest 2018 growth is, for now, expected in India, Indonesia and China.” This table from HSBC shows current market expectations for earnings growth by individual market. However, even with the risks, HSBC still thinks there’s plenty of fuel in the tank to propel stocks even higher.2017 has been a very good year for Asian stocks. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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