U.K. Says Irish Brexit Border Answer May Not Come Until 2021

Brexit Secretary David Davis suggested the thorny question of how to avoid a hard border with Ireland might still not be resolved when the U.K. leaves the European Union next March.

He said a solution for the border won’t really be needed until the end of the Brexit transition period on Jan. 1, 2021 because the U.K. will effectively remain inside the customs union and single market....More>>>

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Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) talks about the possibility of the Senate taking up healthcare again during a news conference on Capitol Hill September 18, 2017 in Washington, DC. Schumer said the proposed Graham-Cassidy bill would cause many millions of people to lose coverage. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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Freeport-McMoRan Inc. Falls Hard on Poor Earnings for Q1

Freeport-McMoRan Inc (NYSE:FCX) stock was hit hard on Tuesday following the release of its earnings report for the first quarter of 2018.

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Freeport-McMoRan Inc reported earnings per share of 46 cents in the first quarter of the year. This is better than its earnings per share of 15 cents from the same time last year. However, it still....More>>>

‘Smart beta’ investing no longer has any meaning, says financial pundit Rob Arnott

What’s in a name? If it’s smart beta, just about everything in the new investment product landscape.

Smart beta is the new face of active investment management, with new funds coming to market on a regular basis. Much of the billions of dollars flowing out of actively managed mutual funds is flowing into so-called smart beta funds.

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Tech Stocks Have You Baffled? Educate Yourself in Some Portfolio Diversification

After a 2017 marked by relatively smooth sailing in the stock market, this year has so far rendered investors far more befuddled than last. Volatility has returned to Wall Street and with it come a litany of smart, money-making investing strategies – plus plenty to avoid.

Among the most closely-watched stocks so far this year have been richly valued tech stocks. Are they still safe....More>>>

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&l;p&g;Wealth is measured not just in dollars but in time. I believe total financial independence is acquired by securing lifelong wealth that supports your desired standard of living. If you stopped working today, how many months or years would you have until you run out of money?

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Global investors reeled in their risk taking on Wednesday, with many stock markets across Asia drifting lower under the pressure of falling oil prices.

Equities in the region kicked off the week positively, but that momentum has flatlined as political uncertainty in Europe and the U.S. lingers.

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A top Chinese wind turbine maker has been found guilty in the U.S. of stealing trade secrets — an act that “nearly destroyed” an American tech firm, according to prosecutors.

Beijing-based Sinovel broke the law in its efforts to obtain software developed by the U.S. company, AMSC, to manage the flow of electricity from wind turbines into electrical grids, they said.


The EU has one week to avoid a trade fight with the US

Fears of a US-China trade war have overshadowed another major dispute that could escalate within days.

Unless French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are able to persuade President Donald Trump to change course during their visits with him this week, US tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from the EU will take effect on May 1.

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Alphabet Is Sitting on About $11 Billion in Startup Investments

Google shared a result from its years of prodigious startup investing for the first time on Monday: The holdings are worth about $11 billion, based on company estimates.

A new accounting rule prompted Google parent Alphabet Inc. to disclose the fair value for its private stock holdings in earnings reports starting this year. The figure includes the company’s stake in some of Silicon....More>>>