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Watch here for ECB hints to the unwinding of QE: Live blog

“The Governing Council expects the key ECB interest rates to remain at their present levels for an extended period of time, and well past the horizon of the net asset purchases” writes Anneken Tappe for marketwatch.com. The Eurosystem will reinvest the principal payments from maturing securities purchased under the APP for an extended period of time after the end of its net asset purchases, and in any case for as long as necessary.At today’s meeting the Governing Council of the ECB decided that the interest rate on the main refinancing…

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ECB leaves rates at record low, reiterates dovish guidance: live blog

“The Governing Council expects the key ECB interest rates to remain at their present levels for an extended period of time, and well past the horizon of the net asset purchases” writes Anneken Tappe for marketwatch.com. The Eurosystem will reinvest the principal payments from maturing securities purchased under the APP for an extended period of time after the end of its net asset purchases, and in any case for as long as necessary.At today’s meeting the Governing Council of the ECB decided that the interest rate on the main refinancing…

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The 8 biggest global threats to watch in 2018

“Now, with 2017 coming to a close, many people are wondering what 2018’s biggest global threats will be” writes Ben Brimelow for businessinsider.com. The Council on Foreign Relations recently released their list of the top global threats to watch in 2018 and it covers brewing crises around the world.2017 saw a number of predictions on global security become reality. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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The Fed and Interest Rates: What to Watch For Today

“By raising interest rates, the Fed is gradually reducing the magnitude of that stimulus” writes Binyamin Appelbaum for nytimes.com. If Wednesday’s decision to raise interest rates is not unanimous, the concern about inflation is the most likely reason.But some Fed officials are concerned the Fed itself is contributing to the weakness of inflation.Fed officials are wary of injecting the central bank’s views into the final stages of the political debate about tax cuts.Goldman also expects the Fed will raise rates three times in 2019, one more than the Fed’s September…

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How Apple finally made your wrist talk to your treadmill

“Apple announced GymKit earlier in the year, to allow an Apple Watch to exchange data with gym equipment like treadmills, bikes, stair steppers and elliptical trainers” writes David Phelan for independent.co.uk. In practice, using Apple Watch with Technogym, and the other equipment partners who will be coming onstream shortly, is seamless, utterly simple and works perfectly.The idea was that though the Apple Watch was good at evaluating much of your active exercise, extra data that a treadmill, say, could glean would add to the Watch’s accuracy. Source: independent.co.uk Share This:

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Apple’s GymKit for syncing your Watch to your fitness machines is now live

“The challenge, of course, is to get more fitness machines to play nice with the Apple Watch” writes Abhimanyu Ghoshal for thenextweb.com. Back in June, Apple talked up GymKit for Apple Watch, a feature that would let you sync performance data from exercise machines with your wearable.CNET noted that it worked fine in its testing, and even allowed for syncing ongoing workout data midway through exercise routines.Right now, there’s literally just a single gym – Life Time Athletic at Sky in New York City – that has machines with the…

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Crypto News 

7 cryptocurrencies to watch in 2018 if you’re on the hunt for the next bitcoin

“The skinny: Bitcoin Cash is among the newest of the cryptocurrencies, developed in August of 2017 as a hard fork of bitcoin” writes Shawn Langlois for marketwatch.com. The philosophical divide between bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash was aptly described by Forbes as “Cypherpunk Vs.Bitcoin Cash was created by a team of people who forked the bitcoin blockchain ledger.In mid-November, Bitcoin Cash briefly topped Ethereum’s market cap to become the second-most valuable crypto, but since then has fallen firmly back into third place. Source: marketwatch.com Share This:

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The war for wearables is over, and Apple won

“The biggest reason Apple won the wearable war this year was the realization of the Apple Watch’s potential as a standalone device” writes Brett Williams for mashable.com. Just because Apple won the war in 2017 doesn’t mean that other companies are totally eliminated from relevancy.These numbers comes from Canalys’ estimates, not an official tabulation from Apple itself, since the company doesn’t publicize total Apple Watch sales — but the estimates still point to dominance in the wearables space, where smartwatches currently reign supreme. For now, though, Apple is on top….

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