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Wirecard shares rise on German short-selling ban

“Shares in Wirecard AG (WDI.XE) trade higher Monday morning after German financial regulator BaFin issued a ban on establishing new short positions in the payment-services provider, or increasing existing ones” writes Nathan Allen for marketwatch.com. BaFin said the negative reports triggered a significant increase in net short positions against Wirecard, which have increased volatility in the shares.”In the current situation, there is a risk that this uncertainty will increase and escalate into general market uncertainty,” the regulator said.The regulator said there was a risk that high volatility in the stock–caused…

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JP Morgan creates first US-bank backed cryptocurrency

“JP Morgan is set to become the first US bank to launch its own cryptocurrency as it looks to find a new way of settling payments between its global clients” writes Hasan Chowdhury for telegraph.co.uk. The JPM Coin is a digital currency designed to represent the US dollar.It follows a recent trend of so-called stablecoins, which aim to minimise the volatility in price of cryptocurrencies by pegging the digital assets to a fiat currency. Source: telegraph.co.uk

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Why momentum traded Amazon and Apple for Coca-Cola and Berkshire

“Momentum investors might not entirely agree with this allocation, but this particular momentum index is simply following its own rules, which determine its stock selection” writes Crystal Kim for marketwatch.com. It does its usual rebalance in May and November when it measures stocks’ momentum over the preceding six- and 12-month periods.BlackRock’s iShares directed Barron’s queries about the special rebalance to the index provider MSCI. MSCI did not respond to requests for comment.The index tracked by the iShares ETF conducted an ad hoc rebalance in January after a bout of extreme…

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Bitcoin volatility tumbles to a 12-week low

“According to Buy Bitcoin Worldwide, the 30-day bitcoin volatility index stands at 2.41%, the lowest level since Nov. 19, 2018” writes Aaron Hankin for marketwatch.com. Bitcoin prices were mostly unchanged Thursday, extending a lull that has pushed volatility to its lowest level since mid-November.Read: A record number of people are gambling on blockchain — literally Providing critical information for the U.S. trading day.On Thursday, one bitcoin BTCUSD, -0.09%  was fetching $3,395.15, unchanged since Wednesday’s level at 5 p.m.Cryptocurrencies other than bitcoin, colloquially known as altcoins, traded marginally higher on Thursday. Source:…

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Lululemon’s up double digits in the last year and the chart points to another huge rally

“To manage risk, Gordon is also putting a stop loss on if the $2.74 trade sees a 50 percent drawback to around $1.37” writes unknown author for cnbc.com. “I like the way the stock has recovered after that poor earnings report [in December],” said Gordon.”We’re going to pay $2.74 for a $10 spread risk so that means we’re going to risk $224 to potentially make $726.Gordon has an options trade to take advantage of the move he expects before Lululemon next reports earnings on March 26. Source: cnbc.com

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The Case for a Cryptocurrency CFDs Ban

“However, this benign environment for Crypto CFDs is under threat, at least in the UK, as the FCA has announced on multiple occasions that they are considering a complete ban on Cryptocurrency CFDs for retail investors” writes Mark Kelly for financemagnates.com. Both of these regulatory mechanisms were introduced to dampen exaggerated market movements which would otherwise contribute to damaging volatility in the asset (and losses to regular investors due to possibly predatory shorting of the stocks).Add in leverage and you have a mechanism almost designed to produce exaggerated movements on…

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Investr Launches Cryptocurrency Index for Retail Investors

“The Invstr Crypto Index, which is now available to Invstr app users, aims to help investors track price fluctuations in the cryptocurrency market” writes David Kimberley for financemagnates.com. Retail trading application Investr announced the launch of a cryptocurrency index this Tuesday.Investors can also compare the price performance of specific cryptocurrencies against the overall index.The Invstr Crypto Index addresses this by using weightings that optimise risk-reward based on the volatility of the constituent assets”.This is not a relevant consideration for smaller investors who want to know what the impact will be…

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Google set to lose $25 billion in market cap after its ‘massive shopping spree’ spooks investors

“Shares of Facebook, Amazon and Netflix also fell at least 0.2% in premarket trading” writes Callum Burroughs for businessinsider.com. Elsewhere in markets, stock benchmarks are mixed Tuesday, amid thin Asian trading ahead of a busy week of US events.Google dropped more than 3% in premarket New York trading on Tuesday , signaling a loss in market capitalization of almost $25 billion, after parent company Alphabet reported a staggering 26% increase in costs. Source: businessinsider.com

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How ‘factor’ investing helps you play defense in sinking stock markets

“And, of course, the minimum volatility factor helps investors potentially reduce overall portfolio risk” writes Andrew Ang for marketwatch.com. Minimum volatility is one of several factor strategies supported by decades of academic research that have driven returns over long periods.We covered minimum volatility earlier, but there are hundreds of papers discussing the quality factor as well.Take a look at a commonly recognized factor —value VLUE, -0.60% — as an example of how factors can potentially help investors. Source: marketwatch.com

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