Rakuten has begun accepting applications for accounts for its anticipated cryptocurrency exchange called “Rakuten Wallet.” The company announced that pre-registration is available for customers with Rakuten Bank, but further details as to whether the service will be available for everyone has not yet been revealed. The company previously stated that the crypto exchange will commence
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The owner of the New York Stock Exchange, Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), is reportedly eyeing a New York license for its long-delayed crypto exchange Bakkt. With Bakkt’s launch having been held up for eight months, apparently over persuading the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to approve it to custody bitcoin for its planned physically-delivered futures contracts, ICE apparently sees
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Strong home price appreciation last year led many to wonder if housing was unsustainably strong. I thought not and in November 2018 wrote Housing Forecast: Not A Bubble In 2019. This update shows that housing will continue to soften, though not quite so much as previously expected. The most important factor determining housing construction and
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As some of my regular readers certainly know, one of my favorite asset classes to invest in is closed-end funds. This is due to the fact that these entities typically boast very high yields and provide access to a diversified portfolio of companies or other financial assets all in one simple trade. However, these entities
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The weekly average yield to maturity of The Bond Buyer Municipal Bond Index, which is based on 40 long-term bond prices, rose to 3.89% from 3.88% the week before. The Bond Buyer’s 20-Bond GO Index of 20-year general obligation yields inched up one basis point to 3.86% from 3.85% the week before. It is at
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Main Thesis The purpose of this article is to evaluate the iShares Cohen & Steers REIT ETF (ICF) as an investment option at its current market price. As a whole, I still find the Real Estate sector an attractive place to park capital. Interest rates remain low, and the Federal Reserve has convinced investors (for
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Some people are tired of waiting or contributing. But not us. Not us. Blockchain technology is arguably the most disruptive breakthrough since the Internet itself. Using blockchain with the right digital asset can provide extra benefits that you couldn’t have by using blockchain alone. XRP has been proven as the best digital asset for payments
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Check out the companies making headlines after the bell: Shares of Intuitive Surgical plummeted more than 6 percent in extended trading Thursday following the release of the company’s disappointing first-quarter earnings. Intuitive Surgical posted earnings per share of $2.61, missing Refinitiv estimates of $2.70. Revenue was in line with estimates at $974 million. Pinterest shares
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On April 17th, word went around that Coinbase crypto services will be expanding to 11 new countries. And the information is true. According to the crypto exchange, Coinbase will expand its crypto-to-crypto conversions and trading services to Colombia and Mexico, among other countries. Here’s what we know. Coinbase Expanding Crypto Services Based in San Francisco,
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Smart security products have become increasingly popular in recent years. Among them are smart locks, which allow you to secure your doors remotely and give you a way to get back into your home through your smartphone when you’ve forgotten your keys. To help you wade through the many options available now, we’ve rounded up some of
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iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSE:EWZ) has traded exceptionally volatile in recent weeks based on disappointing political developments out of Brazil. EWZ has now under-performed broad emerging market equities among the global rally this year. April 10th marked the 100th day of Jair Bolsonaro’s term in office as Brazil’s president. The new administration came in
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Hilltop hangs even Hilltop securities saw an increase in par amount to $5.02 billion from $3.81 billion, while its market share rose to 7.8%. Acacia moves up Acacia Financial Group Inc., gained one place to fourth with $2.22 billion in par amount, compared with $2.04 billion handled in the first three months of 2018. Piper
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Cryptocurrency exchange giant Binance will launch its new fiat-to-crypto platform in Singapore next week, its chief financial officer said. CEO Changpeng “CZ” Zhao announced in early April that the Singapore fiat “on-ramp” would be coming sometime this month. But speaking to CoinDesk Wednesday from Paris, Binance CFO Wei Zhou gave a more precise timeframe.   “Next week we
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Yardbird’s Waverly Collection. Yardbird When purchasing outdoor furniture, consumers usually have to choose between sustainability and affordability, but two-year-old startup Yardbird has found a way to offer both. Launched in 2016, the brand’s 2017 pop-up store sold $1 million in inventory within its first four weeks of opening. With over $4 million in sales, they’ve exceeded
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