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Coin Center to Congress: Give Blockchain Developers "Safe Harbor"

Coin Center was invited to present testimony on Thursday to both the House Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection and the House Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit Finance. They explained to both subcommittees the role that digital assets play in the world, what the future of the sector may look like, and how regulators could interact with the sector in a way that protects both the consumers and the innovators and encourages businesses...

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Schedule for Week of June 11, 2017

The key economic reports this week are May Housing Starts, Retail Sales and the Consumer Price Index (CPI).For manufacturing, May industrial production, and the June New York, and Philly Fed manufacturing surveys, will be released this week.The FOMC meets this week and is expected to announce a 25bps increase in the Fed Funds rate.----- Monday, June 12th -----No major economic releases scheduled.----- Tuesday, June 13th -----6:00 AM ET: NFIB Small Business Optimism Index for ...

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USD/CAD Fails to Hold Monthly Range Ahead of FOMC Meeting

Talking Points: – USD/CAD Fails to Hold Monthly Range Ahead of FOMC Meeting Amid Strong Canada Employment. – GBP/USD Tumbles Amid Hung U.K. Parliament; Former-Resistance Zone in Focus. The Canadian dollar outperforms its major counterpart as the region’s employment report showed a 54.5K jump in job growth, but the USD/CAD may continue to operate within a narrow range as market attention turns to the Federal Open...

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Sometimes the ‘Smart Money’ Is Dumb Too

Do all financial advisers turn their clients into better investors, or do some make their clients’ behavior even worse? My latest column looks at this question. There isn’t any doubt that many financial advisers keep their clients from getting too greedy as markets go up, while also inspiring them with hope during dark times — helping investors stay the course through good times and bad. But ...

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Mortgage Equity Withdrawal slightly negative in Q1

Note: This is not Mortgage Equity Withdrawal (MEW) data from the Fed. The last MEW data from Fed economist Dr. Kennedy was for Q4 2008.The following data is calculated from the Fed's Flow of Funds data (released today) and the BEA supplement data on single family structure investment. This is an aggregate number, and is a combination of homeowners extracting equity - hence the name "MEW" - and normal principal payments and debt cancellation (modifications, ...

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BTC.com Wallet Tries Discounting Some Priority Transaction Fees

Bitmain subsidiary BTC.com is now offering its wallet users discounted priority transactions. Though currently still a beta feature, this will let BTC.com users pay some 94 percent less in fees for three transactions each month to have them confirm faster. The funds allocated toward the discounted transaction fees will be “subsidized by the BTC.com Wallet.”  The new service comes at a time ...

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New Low-Cost Broad Commodity ETFs from GraniteShares

Commodities are an asset class that some investors include in their portfolio for diversification purposes. Depending on the specific index, you might track the futures market for aluminum, coffee, copper, corn, cotton, crude oil, gold, diesel, lean hogs, live cattle, natural gas, nickel, silver, soybean meal, soybean oil, soybeans, sugar, unleaded gas, wheat, and zinc (image source). In my experience, when commodities prices have been hot, you see them in a lot of...

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SEC to Hire Dalia Blass as Top Regulator of Mutual Funds and ETFs – Wall Street Journal (subscription)

Wall Street Journal (subscription)SEC to Hire Dalia Blass as Top Regulator of Mutual Funds and ETFsWall Street Journal (subscription)WASHINGTON—The Securities and Exchange Commission is poised to hire as its top mutual-fund regulator an attorney whose spouse is about to step down as chief lawyer for the industry's trade group, according to people familiar with the matter.SEC to hire Dalia Blass as top asset management regulator: sourceReutersall 2 news articles

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