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‘Very, very severe headwinds’: The threat to bust up Big Tech is giving some experts painful flashbacks to the financial crisis — and one has stopped buying those stocks entirely

“This pessimism carries potentially grave implications for the stocks market” writes Marley Jay for businessinsider.com. With Big Tech squarely in the government’s crosshairs, some on Wall Street think that years of pain are coming for social media companies like Facebook and other longtime market favorites like Google.Amid the worrying comparisons, Morganlander and Antonelli say investors should consider rotating out of the industry into less scrutinized areas.He said he’s avoiding those stocks because investors are projecting years of strong profit margins that may not come to fruition. Source: businessinsider.com

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Facebook just lost two key execs: Why the impact could be huge

“Facebook just lost two key execs: Why the impact could be huge Facebook just announced the loss of two of its most major executives” reports slashgear.com. The leaders of each of the four main Facebook apps will report directly to Zuckerberg, while the CMO will report to Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg.And CPO Chris Cox, in charge of the Facebook family of apps. Source: slashgear.com

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Global market strategists gave us 5 reasons tech giants will keep winning — even if they’re broken up

“Samana says that if new regulations are implemented, smaller tech companies might briefly rally on the expectation they will benefit” writes Marley Jay for businessinsider.com. She added that the tech sector would eventually overcome those breakups much like the steel and telecom industries survived the splitting of US Steel and AT&T, respectively. Source: businessinsider.com

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Commentary: If we don’t close the economic gender gap, we’re leaving money on the table

“As the name implies, gender lens investing (GLI) is about layering another way of looking at investment over our traditional criteria” writes Amit Bouri for marketwatch.com. By investing intentionally in women and girls to close the persistent economic gender gap.The opportunity in closing the gender gap is enormous: we are leaving so much talent, resources and — let’s be honest — money on the table. Source: marketwatch.com

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Fed survey finds adverse impact from government shutdown

“The partial government shutdown, the longest in history, had an impact around the country, the beige book found” reports thebusinessjournal.com. In its latest report on economic conditions around the country, the Fed said that 10 of its 12 regions reported “slight-to-moderate growth” over the past two months.Some manufacturers expressed worries about weakening global demand for their products and adverse effects from President Donald Trump’s trade policies.At its January meeting, the Fed signaled that it was hitting pause on its rate hikes in light of a slowdown in global growth and…

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Analysis: How ESMA Revolutionized Brokers’ Affiliate Efforts

“While ESMA has certainly had a significant impact on brokers, online affiliates have been majorly affected too” writes Konstantin Rabin for financemagnates.com. Hence,  I decided to examine what online performance marketers have to say about the impact of ESMA on their business.However, Affiliate #2 hasn’t felt the impact of ESMA in this sense.Only one affiliate decided to stop investing in websites that target EU traders, and two affiliates are planning to invest at least as much as they used to.I do not understand why other financial companies (e.g. banks) can…

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China just slashed its target for economic growth, and it’s a sign of how much pain Trump’s trade war is causing

“Downward pressure on the Chinese economy continues to increase, growth in consumption is slowing, and growth in effective investment lacks momentum.”” writes Will Martin for businessinsider.com. Those external factors, Li said, have led the central government to decide on a somewhat softer and lower growth target for the country.China’s central government said Tuesday that it will lower the growth target for the country’s GDP, the latest sign that the world’s second biggest economy is in the grips of a major slowdown.”The China-US economic and trade frictions … had an adverse…

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US Duty Benefit Only $190 Million Annually, Won’t Impact Exports Much: India

“India exports goods worth $ 5.6 billion under the GSP, and the duty benefit is only $190 million annually, Commerce Secretary Anup Wadhawan said” writes Press Trust Of for huffingtonpost.com. The US demand for relaxation in norms for exports of medical devices and dairy products are non-negotiable to India.NEW DELHI — The US decision to withdraw duty benefits on Indian products under the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) programme will not have a significant impact on exports to America, a top government official said Tuesday.India mainly exports raw materials and intermediate…

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Trump to drop preferential trade treatment for India; Delhi plays down impact

“The preferential trade treatment brings India an annual “actual benefit” of just $190 million, Commerce Secretary Anup Wadhawan said” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. “India has implemented a wide array of trade barriers that create serious negative effects on United States commerce,” said the USTR, which estimates the United States ran a goods and services trade deficit of $27.3 billion with India in 2017. Source: 95kqds.com

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A Juul-sponsored study suggests its e-cigarettes could help adult smokers cut back, but some researchers aren’t convinced

“That’s why the new study, which looked at whether adult smokers who tried Juul e-cigs ended up smoking less, was so important” writes Erin Brodwin for businessinsider.com. “Our goal is to help all adult smokers completely switch off combustible cigarettes and eliminate their consumption entirely,” Juul CEO Kevin Burns said in a statement.The paper found that adult smokers who tried the Juul went on to smoke fewer burned cigarettes, which is an important finding for the e-cig company.One outside expert was cheered by the findings, noting that it appears to…

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