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Robert O’Brien is an unlikely pick for Trump’s national security advisor

“While Trump consistently bashes California, his new national security advisor is very much a product of the state” writes Staff Writer for latimes.com. Yet O’Brien didn’t join the “Never Trump” movement founded by some Republican former national security officials and analysts, keeping his options open. “It played into [Trump’s] message that he’s an outside-the-establishment candidate, and that outsider message resonated with GOP voters,” O’Brien said then. Source: latimes.com

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Trump fires national security advisor John Bolton

“The White House said Charles M. Kupperman, who joined the administration in January as deputy national security advisor, will serve in an acting role” writes Tracy Wilkinson Covers for latimes.com. Kupperman, 68, a veteran of the country’s national security establishment, served in President Reagan’s administration and worked for defense contractors Boeing and Lockheed Martin.President Trump said Tuesday that he had fired national security advisor John Bolton, announcing in a tweet that he’d told him Monday night that “his services are no longer needed” after the two had repeatedly clashed over…

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Trump says he fired national security advisor John Bolton — but Bolton says he ‘offered to resign’

“NBC News, citing a White House spokesman, reported that deputy national security advisor Charles Kupperman has been appointed acting national security advisor” writes Dan Mangan for cnbc.com. President Donald Trump said Tuesday he fired national security advisor John Bolton, stating on Twitter that Bolton had “disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions.”. Either way, the departure of the national security hawk Bolton shocked Washington, D.C., and oil crude futures fell.Bolton, who was named national security advisor to succeed H.R. McMaster in March 2018, is a harsh critic of Iran, and…

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SEC’s Senior Advisor for Digital Assets Valerie Szczepanik: Stablecoins May Be Securities

“Senior advisor for digital assets at the United States Securities and Exchanges Commission (SEC) Valerie Szczepanik reportedly noted that stablecoins could experience issues under current securities laws” writes Adrian Zmudzinski for cointelegraph.com. When Szczepanik reportedly made the statement concerning securities at Austin’s SXSW conference on March 15, she also broke stablecoins into three categories.Szczepanik, also known as the Crypto Czar, was appointed to the new position of associate director of the Division of Corporation Finance and senior advisor for Digital Assets and Innovation for Division Director Bill Hinman in June…

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Forget Bitcoin, cannabis is the place to go, says US wealth advisor

“Cannabis stocks are the “next huge growth area” and the plant has “staggering” possibilities for medical use, according to one advisor to wealthy families” writes unknown author for cnbc.com. Canopy Growth stock has risen more than 65 percent year-to-date, while over the same period Cronos has risen more than 115 percent. Source: cnbc.com

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Has your broker or advisor landed on FINRA’s ‘bad guy’ list?

“In other words, how well do you know your advisor or broker?” writes -andy Penry for cnbc.com. In December alone, brokerage firms agreed (without admitting or denying guilt) to an aggregate $2.4 million in fines — and more than half of that amount arose from inadequate supervision of brokers who caused investor harm, according to the latest rundown of enforcement actions by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. Commonly called FINRA, it’s the self-regulatory organization for roughly 630,000 brokers — some of whom also are registered with the Securities and Exchange…

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Here’s why the US is lagging behind China in the marketing of next generation wireless

“The United States is lagging behind China in promoting its 5G technologies across the world, with officials only just “waking up” to its potential, a former U.S. national security advisor told CNBC Sunday” writes Matt Clinch for cnbc.com. However, other countries, including Australia, New Zealand and Japan, have in recent months also excluded the company from supplying components for 5G networks. Source: cnbc.com

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Former Obama economic advisor: Here’s why Howard Schultz is wrong on debt

“One of them is Jason Furman, the former head of Obama’s economic council, who rebuked what he called Schultz’s “obsession” with America’s $21 trillion-plus debt” writes Johannes Eisele for cnbc.com. Both Furman and former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers insist that it’s time for Washington to end its “delusion” with debt reduction.In a Foreign Affairs essay, the economists argued that large deficits are a function of falling revenues, rather than surging entitlement spending. Source: cnbc.com

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Davinci Technology Launches Wave Robo Advisor WFX

“Davinci Technology has launched Wave Robo Advisor, otherwise known as WFX. According to a statement released this Monday, WFX allows for easier management of massive data from foreign exchange (forex) investments” writes Celeste Skinner for financemagnates.com. Furthermore, Davinci Technology has connected with the LMAX Exchange, Saxo Bank and other forex clearing institutions for trade clearing.In a recently-held forum by Davinci Technology Leo Chan, the creator of Bridgewater, believes that the bull market for forex will arrive in 2019.The technology automatically tracks the trade history of investors and the one-click operation…

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Trump’s outside China advisor says there will not be a breakthrough in trade talks soon

“President Donald Trump’s outside advisor on China said on Wednesday that he didn’t expect a breakthrough in trade talks in the “near term.”” writes Tucker Higgins for cnbc.com. One of them is that the Chinese prefer to make a last-minute deal, to get the best deal they can.So I am not among those who think there is going to be a breakthrough in the next few days.”. Pillsbury remained optimistic about the U.S. and China reaching a deal in the longer term. Source: cnbc.com

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