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Mike Bloomberg says China is a democracy and Xi Jinping answers to his ‘constituents’

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Michael ‘Mike’ Bloomberg didn’t get to be billionaire by being a dufus and doing no research. So why doe he tell Margret Hoover that China’s President Xi Jinping asnwer to his “constituents” and leader through the will of the people. Jinpins is, says Bloomberg, not a dictator.

in 2012, Xi walked at the front of the Politburo Standing Committee onto the stage at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. In 2017, “Xi Jinping thought” – an articulation of his political philosophy – was “enshrined in the constitution of the Chinese Communist Party”.

Bloomberg created the news organisation Bloomberg

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In October 2019, it reported:

But the unrest underscored growing uneasiness with Xi’s style of rule, with U.S. lawmakers threatening sanctions over the government’s handling of Hong Kong and China’s mass detention of ethnic Uighurs. Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council — controlled by the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party — issued a statement condemning China’s “one party dictatorship.”

China: the dictatorship without a dictator nearly all the Chinese never voted for.


          

Модный дом Roberto Cavalli продан Арабским Эмиратам

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О продаже бизнесмену из ОАЭ модного дома Roberto Cavalli сообщает 28 ноября Bloomberg. Уточняется, что итальянский модный дом куплен Хусейном Саджвани, возглавляющим компанию Damac Properties (ОАЭ). За какую сумму был приобретён Roberto Cavalli, не уточняется. Напомним, Роберто Кавалли, основатель...
          

Dems Rip Bloomberg’s GOP Donations; Do Voters Care?

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Howie Kurtz and Emily Jashinsky on Michael Bloomberg being criticized for politics in his past, Mayor Pete gaining ground among seniors and impeachment polling shows diminishing support. Follow Howie on Twitter: @HowardKurtz Follow Emily Jashinsky on Twitter: @emilyjashinsky For more #MediaBuzz click here
          

Media Buzz Host Howard Kurtz Blasts Bloomberg Editorial Policy On Covering Micheal Bloomberg

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The Host of FNC's "Media Buzz" Howard Kurtz Blasts Bloomberg's Editorial Policy On Covering Their Boss Micheal Bloomberg In The 2020 Presidential Campaign. Saying The Move "Doesn't Even Pass The Smell Test". Listen Below: http://dts.podtrac.com/redirect.mp3/ak.podcast.foxnewsradio.com/talk/BensonClip/kurtz.mp3
          

Bloomberg News Under Fire for Curtailing Coverage of Founder

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Howie Kurtz on Bloomberg News announcing they won't be investigating its owner during campaign, Rep. Nunes dodges questions about meeting with Ukraine prosecutor and Navy Sec. fired over handling of Seal case. Follow Howie on Twitter: @HowardKurtz For more #MediaBuzz click here
          

Professions: Contracts Analyst - Houston, Texas

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Responsibilities: In the Confirmations Analyst role, the incumbent will perform duties related to the Confirmation processing of both Physical and Financial Commodity Transactions, specializing in Power and Natural Gas. These duties include: the drafting of Confirmations, working both with internal clients and external counterparties to resolve trade discrepancies, interfacing with Legal, Credit, Tax, and Trade Finance during the drafting of Confirmations or in the resolution of issues or discrepancies in pursuit of the dual execution of these Confirmations, monitoring and ensuring the timely executed of electronic Confirmation matching on the ICE eConfirm platform, contacting external counterparties to confirm trade economics and chasing for the dual execution of Confirmations, and providing relevant risk reporting metrics to senior managers. Technical qualifications: - Bachelor's Degree - Good working knowledge of Openlink ENDUR. - Good working knowledge of Bloomberg and Reuters. - Strong interpersonal skills. Able to liaise with Front, Middle and Back Office teams; Legal; Credit; and Compliance. - Ability to work to under pressure and manage strict deadlines. - High regard for attention to detail, accuracy & quality. - Approaches all situations with positive outlook, energy and enthusiasm. - Understanding of Operational Control Framework - Familiarization with common trade capture and downstream trade processing systems. - Familiarization with the various Master Agreements and Confirmations commonly used in the Commodities industry, including, but not limited to ISDA, NAESB, EEI, and others, is a plus. - Experience with the ICE eConfirm platform is a plus Non-technical qualifications (e.g. managerial): - Excellent verbal and written communication skills. - Computer skills. Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel required. - Works well in a team environment. Attention to detail and the ability to work under pressure within set deadlines. - Able to understand basic Legal, Credit, Tax, Accounting, and Trade Finance concepts and provisions. ()
          

มหาเศรษฐี 'บลูมเบิร์ก' อดีตนายกเทศมนตรีนิวยอร์ก ประกาศลงเลือกตั้ง ปธน

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มหาเศรษฐีอเมริกัน ไมเคิล บลูมเบิร์ก อดีตนายกเทศมนตรีนครนิวยอร์ก ประกาศลงแข่งขันเลือกตั้งเป็นตัวแทนพรรคเดโมแครต เพื่อชิงตำแหน่งประธานาธิบดีสหรัฐฯ ในปลายปีหน้า สื่อ NBC รายงานโดยอ้างข้อมูลของ Advertising Analytics ว่า ไมเคิล บลูกเบิร์กเตรียมจ่ายค่าโฆษณาโทรทัศน์กว่า 30 ล้านดอลลาร์ ที่จะใช้เพียงในหนึ่งสัปดาห์ เพื่อประชาสัมพันธ์ขั้นต้น เรื่องการลงเลือกตั้งของตน ซึ่งถือเป็นงบโฆษณาสูงสุดสำหรับการประชาสัมพันธ์ทางการเมือง โฆษณาของนายบลูมเบิร์ก วัย 77 ปี เน้นยำ้ถึง ภารกิจ "สร้างประเทศให้เเข็งเเกร่งอีกครั้ง และฟื้นฟูความฝันที่ให้ความหมายต่อความเป็นคนอเมริกัน" และกล่าวถึงการขึ้นภาษีคนรวย การให้คนชั้นกลางมีส่วนได้ส่วนเสียที่ยุติธรรม และ การช่วยให้คนที่ไม่มีประกันสุขภาพ มีโอกาสได้รับการคุ้มครอง ส่วนคนที่มีของตนอยู่แล้วสามารถใช้บริการเดิมได้  ผู้ที่ทำงานให้กับเขากล่าวว่า นายบลูมเบิร์กซึ่งเป็นมหาเศรษฐีเจ้าของสำนักข่าวและบริษัทข้อมูลการเงิน Bloomberg มีความกังวลอย่างยิ่งต่อบรรดาผู้สมัครของพรรคเดโมแครตในขณะนี้ ซึ่งดูแล้วไม่มีใครที่พอจะสามารถเอาชนะประธานาธิบดีโดนัลด์ ทรัมป์ในการเลือกตั้งเดือนพฤศจิกายนปีหน้าได้ ไมเคิล บลูมเบิร์ก เคยเป็นนักการเมืองสังกัดพรรครีพับลิกันที่เปลี่ยนใจไปสนับสนุนนางฮิลลารี คลินตัน ในการเลือกตั้งประธานาธิบดีเมื่อปี ค.ศ. 2016 เขาเคยดำรงตำแหน่งนายกเทศมนตรีนครนิวยอร์กระหว่างปี ค.ศ. 2002 - 2013 และมีความสนิทสนมกับ โดนัลด์ ทรัมป์ ในการเเข่งขันกับนักการเมืองเดโมเเครตรายอื่นเพื่อให้เป็นตัวแทนพรรคลงเลือกตั้งประธานาธิบดีปีหน้า เขาถูกคาดหมายว่าจะวางตัวเป็นผู้สมัครแนวทางสายกลางเช่นเดียวกับ โจ ไบเด้น ในขณะที่ตัวเก็งอีกสักคนคือ เบอร์นีย์ แซนเดอร์ส และ เอลิซาเบ็ธ วอร์เรน จะมีแนวคิดเอียงไปทางเสรีนิยมมากกว่า นิตยสาร Forbes รายงานเมื่อวันที่ 22 พฤศจิกายน ว่า ไมเคิล บลูมเบิร์ก มีความมั่งคั่งระดับ 5 หมื่น 3 พันล้านดอลลาร์ มากกว่า โดนัลด์ ทรัมป์ วัย 73 ปี ที่รวยระดับ 3 พัน 1 ร้อยล้านดอลลาร์ ถึง 17 เท่า ในแถลงการณ์ ไมเคิล บลูมเบิร์ก กล่าวว่า "ผมลงเลือกตั้งเป็นประธานาธิบดีสหรัฐฯ เพื่อเอาชนะโดนัลด์ ทรัมป์ และสร้างอเมริกาให้กลับมาเเข็งแกร่งอีกครั้ง เราไม่สามารถยอมรับการอยู่ต่ออีก 4 ปี ของการกระทำที่มุทะลุและไร้ความถูกต้อง.... หาก (ทรัมป์) ชนะเลือกตั้งอีกสมัยหนึ่ง เราอาจไม่สามารถฟื้นกลับมาจากความเสียหายที่เกิดขึ้นได้" 
          

Rent freeze in Berlin ends calls for expropriation, but may spark disinvestment

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Berlin’s rent freeze may spark disinvestment, according to the city’s largest landlord. Deutsche Wohnen CFO Philip Grosse said in an interview with Bloomberg that the firm is holding off on construction in Berlin, and instead will look to other cities to make new investments. The company said earlier this month that limits on raising rents and potential mandated rent cuts put cash flow at risk. The damage done to its bottom line, the landlord calculated, ... [more]

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Monroe County seeks $150M to combat sea level rise, Bloomberg’s record may polarize voters

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Every day, The Real Deal rounds up South Florida’s biggest real estate news, from breaking news and scoops to announcements and deals. We update this page throughout the day. Please send any tips or deals to tips@therealdeal.com This page was last updated at 5:45 p.m. Fort Lauderdale urges redesign of Flagler Village project that features co-living. The city’s mayor thinks downtown area architecture is too boxy, and his desire for better design may lead to tweaks ... [more]

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Love, hate, and real estate: Bloomberg’s record may polarize voters

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Michael Bloomberg’s candidacy for president has an obvious appeal to the business community but not to the left-leaning voters expected to decide the Democratic primary for president. His record on real estate issues shows why. As mayor from 2002 through 2013, Bloomberg’s pro-development policies were credited by business interests for powering New York City’s comeback and denounced by critics for increasing homelessness and inequality. Even decisions that seemed moderate or progressive at the time no ... [more]

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Bloomberg v. Trump: Real estate edition

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Despite their many differences, Donald Trump and Michael Bloomberg do have a few things in common. Both are billionaires, both may be vying for the same office now that Bloomberg is considering a presidential run, and both men have a penchant for luxury residential properties. The former New York City mayor and registered Democrat has built a townhome empire on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, while President Trump prefers the vertical life at his Trump Tower ... [more]

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SoftBank wants to reduce WeWork rescue package

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SoftBank is looking to whittle down its WeWork rescue package. The $9.5 billion agreement has drawn ire from WeWork employees because of a generous payout to founder and former CEO Adam Neumann, according to Bloomberg. SoftBank has already provided a $1.5 billion investment to the struggling co-working giant, which abandoned IPO plans in September. But as The Real Deal reported last week, Masayoshi Son’s company has delayed a $3 billion tender offer to WeWork. The ... [more]

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Consumer data is clearly rolling over. Corporate earnings are already contracting with appalling CEO & CFO confidence. Labor market is probably next.

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A key piece of the puzzle. Bloomberg personal finance survey now plunging after retesting tech bubble peak levels. Consumer data is clearly rolling over. Corporate earnings are already contracting with ... Read more
          

There Is No Way Any Satirist Can Improve Upon Real Life For Its Pure Absurdity

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Shot: Bloomberg: Darned right we need to tax the poor. —Jazz Shaw, Hot Air, Friday. Chaser: “The press went with it without explaining that it was an April Fool’s joke. Patsy Schroeder referenced ... Read more
          

The Battle For The Moderate Center Among Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Michael Bloomberg

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It is becoming clear that the battle for the Moderate Center in the Democratic Party looks as if it is down to Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, and Michael Bloomberg. So two old guys who would hit 80 in their second year in office or a guy who would reach age 40 in his second year […]
          

tweets for 2019-11-25

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RT @CarolineMoss: If you go to therapy quote tweet this with the best thing you learned at therapy that way everyone else can get free ther… -> @em_llojo https://t.co/xYKujdbbPk in reply to em_llojo -> RT @andylassner: I wish Bloomberg would take all that money he’s going to spend to not get the nomination and use […]
          

Sunday Reads

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I can't get too upset birthrates are plummeting in the United States.  More and more women just aren't bothering with having children at all, let alone bothering to get married, because there is nothing in it that is beneficial to them.
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Another gun-fueled rampage happened in this country today.
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I would prefer Michael Bloomberg just forget about running for president.  Joe Biden, warts and all, will be the nominee.  This has never been in doubt.  The rest of the candidates are in free fall.

Bloomberg's position on public education and teachers makes him completely unacceptable.  This is the same problem that plagues Cory Booker.  Both candidates did things as mayors of New York and Newark, respectively, that really damaged teachers in those cities.

Forget about them.
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Журналисты Bloomberg обнаружили крупнейшую в России майнинговую ферму

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Агентство Bloomberg опубликовало фотографические снимки майнинговой фермы Bitriver, которая работает в Братске. Она является крупнейшей в стране.
 
          

‘Stop & Frisk Mike’ in the pages of The Financial Times and The Times: Old Socialist comments

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Headline: Michael Bloomberg: the magnate shaking up the 2020 election Sub-headline: Money on top of his success as New York’s mayor make a formidable candidate despite a late start https://www.ft.com/content/90cadb44-11eb-11ea-a7e6-62bf4f9e548a Should the reader look at the candidacy of Mr. Bloomberg as … Continue reading
          

Mohd Shafie leverages on Sabah’s geographic location to lure Japanese investors

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Mohd Shafie leverages on Sabah’s geographic location to lure Japanese investors

Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal began the first leg of his trade mission in Japan today addressing 200 investors and businessmen from 140 companies in Kobe, Japan by spelling out investment opportunities available in Sabah.

He delivered the keynote address at a business seminar at Kobe, Japan and spent three hours explaining at length the business potential in Sabah due to its strategic location as a gateway for Japan to expand their trade to the ASEAN countries

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Re: Best Index Funds (ETFs and mutual funds) through Fidelity

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Umarhussain wrote:
Sun Dec 01, 2019 12:29 pm

Hi there, I am relatively new to this world of investing so please excuse my ignorance.



I manage my IRA accounts through Fidelity. So which funds are the most ideal for someone like me is looking to invest my assets into funds that are diverse and have the lowest expense ratio (and of course the best returns)? So far I have discovered The VOO ETF and the mutual funds FXAIX and FNLIX. Any others out there for me to look into? Thanks I appreciate it!



UAH


I have 100% of my equities invested with FXAIX (Fidelity 500 index fund) with the Warren Buffett 2-fund portfolio. I have my fixed income portion invested with 1 month t-bills bought at auction on auto-roll at Fidelity which costs $0.



U.S. large cap as a core:

FXAIX(Fidelity 500 index) Er 0.015 SP 500 index

FNILX(Fidelity Large Cap Index Fund) Er 0.00 Fidelity index 500 stocks



U.S. total:

FSKAX (Fidelity total market index) Er 0.015 SP index 3500 stocks

FZROX (Fidelity zero total market index) Er 0.00 Fidelity index 2500 stocks



International:

FZILX (Fidelity zero international) Er 0.00. Fidelity index 2500 developed/emerging markets ex U.S.

FSPSX (Fidelity international index) Er 0.035 MSCI EAFE index 900 developed ex U.S. and Canada

FSGGX (Fidelity global ex U.S. index fund) Er 0.055 MSCI ACWI 2100 developed/emerging market ex U.S.

FTIHX (Fidelity Fidleity total international index fund) Er 0.06 MSCI ACWI IMI 4800 developed/emerging/small developed ex U.S.



Bonds:

FXNAX (Fidelity total bond index) Er 0.025 Bloomberg Barclays index 44% treasuries,23% corporate,25% MBS 5.6 year duration

FNBGX (Fidelity long term treasury) Er 0.03 100% treasuries 18 year duration

FUAMX Fidelity intermediate treasury) Er 0.03 100% treasuries 6 year duration

FUMBX (Fidelity short term treasuries) Er 0.03 100% treasuries 3 year duration





Money Market

FDLXX (Fidelity Treasury only money market fund) 100% t-bills and coupons





Classic 3 fund: FSKAX/FSGGX/FXNAX or FZROX/FZILX/FXNAX



Classic 2 fund FSKAX/FXNAX



Classic 2 fund Warren Buffett FXAIX/FUMBX or FDLXX or T-bills bought directly at auction



Or Target date fund - just make sure it says INDEX in the fund



Search menu for lowest Er, index, no minimum, Fidelity



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Jeffrey Brown: Saving for Retirement 'Only Half the Puzzle'

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Our guest on the podcast today is Dr. Jeffrey Brown, the Josef and Margot Lakonishok Professor and the Dean of the University of Illinois Gies College of Business. A key focus of Dean Brown's research is how to create sustainable retirement income, including the role of annuities, Social Security, 401(k)s, pensions and long-term care planning. He's a research affiliate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a faculty affiliate of the Institute on Government and Policy Affairs, and a fellow at the TIAA Institute. He also serves as a trustee for TIAA. In addition, he served on the Social Security Advisory Board under President George W. Bush and was also a senior economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisers. He has published extensively on the topic of retirement security and public and private insurance markets, and he has received numerous awards for his research as well. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from MIT, and a master's in public policy from Harvard.

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Jeffrey Brown bio

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Jeffrey Brown publications and working papers 

 

Defined Contribution (DC) Plans

Defined contribution plan definition 

Defined benefit plan definition 

A Brief History of the 401(k), Which Changed How Americans Retire,” by Kathleen Elkins, CNBC.com, Jan. 4, 2017.

The Disappearing Defined Benefit Pension and Its Potential Impact on the Retirement Incomes of Baby Boomers,” by Barbara A. Butrica, Howard M. Iams, Karen E. Smith, and Eric J. Toder, Social Security Bulletin, Vol. 69, No. 3, 2009.

What Killed Pensions,” by Mary Beth Franklin, Kiplinger, Oct. 6, 2011.

Public Pensions Are Still Marching to Their Death,” by Jeffrey Dorfman, Forbes.com, Sept. 11, 2014.

House Passes SECURE Act to Ease 401(k) Compliance, Promote Savings,” by Stephen Miller, SHRM.org, May 23, 2019.

How the SECURE Act Would Impact Your 401(k),” by Simon Moore, Forbes.com, June 25, 2019.

Annuities in 401(k)s Won’t Solve the Retirement Crisis. Here’s Why,” by Mary Romano, Barron’s, June 28, 2019.

What Does It Mean to Annuitize?” by Justin Pritchard, Thebalance.com, Jan. 21, 2019.

Crash Course Needed: Four Out of Five Americans Fail When Quizzed on How to Make Their Nest Eggs Last,” by The American College for Financial Planning, Dec. 3, 2014.

401(k) Nudges and Course Corrections,” by Kimberly Blanton, Squared Away blog, Oct. 24, 2017.

Thank Richard Thaler for Your Retirement Savings,” by Ben Steverman, Bloomberg, Oct. 10, 2017.

Plan Quality Varies Significantly by Industry,” by John Manganaro, PlanAdviser, March 20, 2017.

Corporate Profits and 401(k) Plan Performance Go Hand in Hand: T. Rowe Price,” by Michael S. Fischer, ThinkAdvisor, Sept. 17, 2018.

“The Conundrum of State-Run Retirement Plans,” by Terry Dunne, InvestmentNews, May 8, 2017.

Reasons to Be Wary of State-Run Retirement Plans,” by Jeffrey Brown, Forbes.com, Feb. 10, 2014.

Multiple Employer Plan (MEP) definition

How Hard Should We Push the Poor to Save for Retirement?” by Andrew G. Biggs, The Journal of Retirement, Spring 2019.

Thrift Savings Plan 
 


Annuities

Use Annuities to Protect Yourself from Yourself,” by Jeffrey Brown, Forbes.com, May 22, 2014.

Income Annuities Provide Retirees Longevity Protection,” by Wade Pfau, Investment News, Sept. 28, 2019.

Why Don’t People Insure Late-Life Consumption? A Framing Explanation of the Under-Annuitization Puzzle,” by Jeffrey R. Brown, Jeffrey R. Kling, Sendhil Mullainathan, and Marian V. Wrobel, National Bureau of Economic Research, January 2008.

Variable annuity definition

Equity-indexed annuity definition

Deferred payment annuity definition

The Main Types of Annuities Made Easy,” by Clair Boyte-White, Investopedia, July 27, 2019.

Annuities and Inflation Risk,” by Robert Bloink and William H. Byrnes, ThinkAdvisor, Sept. 3, 2011.

Lifetime Income for Women: A Financial Economist’s Perspective,” by David F. Babbel, Wharton Financial Institutions Center Policy Brief, Aug. 12, 2008.

Jeff Brown Tackles Tough Annuity Questions,” by Michael Finke, ThinkAdvisor, Sept. 29, 2014.

Annuities and Individual Welfare,” by Thomas Davidoff, Jeffrey Brown, and Peter Diamond, The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, May 2003.

Behavioral Impediments to Valuing Annuities: Complexity and Choice Bracketing,” by Jeffrey R. Brown, Arie Kapteyn, Erzo F.P. Luttmer, Olivia S. Mitchell, and Anya Samek. National Bureau of Economic Research, Oct. 11, 2019.

Intertemporal choice definition 
 


Long-Term Care

Does Medicare Cover Long-Term Care?” Medicare.com

"Insuring Long-Term Care in the U.S.," by Jeffrey Brown and Amy Finkelstein, National Bureau of Economic Research, September 2011.

The Interaction of Public and Private Insurance: Medicaid and the Long-Term Care Insurance Market,” by Jeffrey R. Brown and Amy Finkelstein, National Bureau of Economic Research, October 2004.

Can Increasing The Long-Term Care Insurance Elimination Period Make Coverage Appealing Again?” by Michael Kitces, Nerd’s Eye View, Jan. 7, 2015.

Long-Term Care Financing Project

Hybrid Long-Term Care Policies,” by Wade Pfau, Forbes.com, Jan. 21, 2016.

“Is the LTC Cost Guarantee of Today's Hybrid Life/LTC or Annuity/LTC Insurance Policies Just a Mirage?” by Michael Kitces, Nerd’s Eye View, Oct. 16, 2013.

Life-LTC Hybrid Sales Level Off: LIMRA,” by Allison Bell, ThinkAdvisor, July 22, 2019. 
 


Social Security

Social Security Trustees’ Summary Report, 2019.

How Would You Fix Social Security?” The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College.

How the Latest Report on Social Security’s Solvency Changes Your Retirement Plan,” by Bob Carlson, Forbes.com, May 24, 2019.


          

“Unemployed” Redefined

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Although Bloomberg sees evidence that some parts of the U.S. are already in the grip of recession, by most accounts the U.S. economy is doing well in 2019. For most Americans, the most important aspect of “the economy” is whether they have a job. In August 2019, the unemployment rate was 3.7%, far below the ten-year high of 10% in […]

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Michael Bloomberg Should Sell His News Company

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No other option really makes sense.
          

Bloomberg union calls on company to rescind decision to not investigate 2020 presidential candidates

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The union representing journalists at the Bloomberg industry publication group on Monday condemned the company's decision to bar journalists across the broader Bloomberg organization from investigating Democratic candidates for president.In a...
          

米大統領選に出馬表明したマイケル・ブルームバーグ、“非公式”なロゴが一気に拡散した裏事情

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「米大統領選に出馬表明したマイケル・ブルームバーグ、“非公式”なロゴが一気に拡散した裏事情」の写真・リンク付きの記事はこちら

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前ニューヨーク市長で富豪でもあるマイケル・ブルームバーグが、2020年の米大統領選挙への出馬を正式に表明した。すでに3,000万ドル(約33億円)もの予算をテレビCMに投入したブルームバーグだが、その裏では広報担当者が苦労していた。今回もまたニセの選挙キャンペーンロゴが登場し、拡散したツイートへの対処に追われていたのだ。

ブルームバーグが大統領選挙に出馬する。これについては間違いない。しかし、SNS上でヴァイラル化しているロゴについては違う。あのロゴは、ブルームバーグ陣営の公式のものではない。また、この非公式ロゴの出所であるウェブサイト「Bloomberg2020.org」もブルームバーグのものではない。このサイトでは、問題のロゴを使ったTシャツが1枚20.20ドル(約2,200円)で販売されている。

このロゴもサイトもTシャツも、つくったのはニューヨーク市の広告代理店で役員を務めるグレン・ペールなる人物だ。ブルームバーグの支持者を自認しており、URLを“味方”の手元に置いておきたかったのだという。

「Tシャツを売るためにサイトを立ち上げたわけではありません。そこは信じてください」と、ペールは『WIRED』US版の取材に答えている。もっとも、すでに2,800枚を販売したとも付け加えた。「サイバースクワッティング[編註:あとで高く売りつけるためにインターネットのドメインを取得すること]をしているのではないと皆さんにご理解いただくために、あえて売っているのです」

立候補の表明前にドメインを購入

あらかじめドメイン名を押さえておくことの大切さを、ブルームバーグは身にしみて知ったことだろう。だが、こうした目に遭ったのは彼が初めてではない。2016年の大統領選挙のときは、「TedCruz.com」「CarlyFiorina.org」「JebBush.com」「ChrisChristie2016.org」といったサイトが乱立した。そのどれもが本人とは違う誰かによって運営されていた。多くの場合、その人物を標的にした反対キャンペーンを張るために使われたのである。

しかし今回は、そこにホワイトハウスの元広報部長が一枚噛んでいる。こうしたケースは初かもしれない。

ペールによると、10月の時点で「Bloomberg2020.org」のドメイン名が取得可能であることに気付いたのだという。このときブルームバーグは、まだ動きを見せていなかった。立候補を正式に表明するのはそこから数週間後となる。

「Bloomberg2020.orgを購入してウェブサイトを急遽立ち上げ、Tシャツの販売を開始し、選挙キャンペーンのためにロゴもつくりました」と、ペールは言う。そしてHBOと仕事をしたことがあるという自らの経歴を明かした。「セックス・アンド・ザ・シティ」「ラリーのミッドライフ★クライシス」などの作品にかかわったという。「ロゴづくりには自信があります」と、ペールは言う。

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— Scott Bixby (@scottbix) 2019年11月9日

対応を迫られたブルームバーグ陣営

だが、ネット民の受け止め方は必ずしもそうではなかった。非公式ロゴの公表から数週間後、11月8日にブルームバーグがアラバマ州民主党予備選挙に出馬するための書類を提出すると、ペールのデザインしたロゴは急速にネット上のミーム、すなわちネタ画像化していった。「Owning It Together」(共有しよう)というスローガンに加えて、「2020」がやたらと多く書かれているなど、いろいろと突っ込みどころがあったからだ。

その時点では選挙キャンペーンの正式なサイトや資料がまったく存在していなかったので、「Bloomberg2020.org」へのトラフィックが急増し、ロゴがあっという間に拡散していった。多くの人はサイトが本物だと思ったのだ。

騒ぎが拡大していくにつれ、ブルームバーグのアドヴァイザーであるハワード・ウルフソンは対策を講じる必要に迫られた。そこで、『National Review』誌のチャールズ・C・W・クック、『New York』誌のレベッカ・トレイスター、『ニューヨーク・タイムズ』のファルハド・マンジューなどの騒ぎに参加してしまった人物を選び、引用ツイートを送る手段に出た。「当陣営のサイトではありません。当陣営のロゴではありません。一切の関係がありません」というメッセージをひたすら送ったのである。

「Bloomberg2020.org」の主でるペールは、その後いくらも経たないうちにブルームバーグの法務担当から連絡を受けたという。相談したいことがあるという話だった。

「そこで、自分たちはブルームバーグの熱烈な支持者であり、ぜひとも選挙に勝ってほしいと伝えました」と、ペールは『WIRED』US版の取材に語る。ペールはサイトを更新し、運営主体がブルームバーグ陣営ではなく単なる「支持者」であることを明記した。また、ロゴも新しくした。法的な問題が起きたわけではなく、ネットで酷評されたからだという。

名前が挙がったトランプ政権の元広報部長

この件についてブルームバーグ陣営からはコメントを得られていない。SNS上の大騒ぎに参加する結果になった人たちは、訂正を投稿したりツイートを削除したりしたが、問題のウェブサイトをペールに結びつけることができたのは、ほんのひと握りの目ざといユーザーだけだった。手がかりといえば、利用規約とプライヴァシー・ポリシーのページに記載されていたメールアドレスと住所(ペールの自宅の住所であることが判明した)が唯一だったからだ。

「ブルームバーグ陣営よりも先に『Bloomberg2020.org』を取得した“荒らし”は誰なのか。誰にも分かりませんでした」と、ペールは言う。そして、知っていたのは自分と友人のアンソニー・スカラムーチだけでしたね、と付け加えた。

そう、あのアンソニー・スカラムーチだ。ニューヨークの実業家で、2017年7月にトランプ政権のホワイトハウス広報部長に指名されたが、10日間という短さで解任された人物である。あれは忘れ得ぬ大騒動だった。

スカラムーチもペールもロングアイランドの同じ地区の出身であり、多くの仕事を一緒にこなしてきた。スカラムーチはブルームバーグの出馬の可能性が高くなってきたとき、あるケーブルテレビ番組に出演し、問題のウェブサイトについて発言している。11月9日のことだが、「ある友人が約3週間前に『Bloomberg2020.org』を取得しまして」と、スカラムーチはMSNBCのデーヴィッド・グーラに語っている

その“友人”は実のところ、「Bloomberg2020.org」を使って一緒に仕事をしようとスカラムーチにもちかけていた。その数週間前にふたりはタッグを組んで、新たにミット・ロムニーを支援する非公式サイト「Mitt2020.org」を立ち上げていた。

「Mitt2020.orgをふたりで購入しました。アンソニーと一緒に取り組みましたよ」と、ペールは言う。ICANNに登録された情報によると、ドメインが登録されたのは10月9日だ。スカラムーチは10月12日、このサイトを自分の85万5,000人強のフォロワーと共有した。スカラムーチは『WIRED』US版の取材に対し、サイトには数十万の訪問者があったと明かしている。

ミット・ロムニーの非公式サイトにも関与

「Bloomberg2020.org」と同様に、「Mitt2020.org」にもネット通販の要素がしっかりと組み込まれている。政治スローガンの書かれたTシャツが大好きなユーザー向けに複数の種類を販売しているのだ。例えば「Mitt Happens 2020」(2020年はミット・ロムニー大統領の誕生間違いなし)といったものがある。

スカラムーチのツイートによると、サイトには最初の24時間で7,500件近くのメールアドレスの登録があった。サイトには「偉大なアメリカに節度と礼節と品格とを復活させられる唯一無二の人物、それがミット・ロムニーです」と記載されている。

唯一無二と言っているにもかかわらず、ペールは数日後に「Bloomberg2020.org」を取得した。スカラムーチは今度は参加を見送った。「ブルームバーグを市長として尊敬していました。素晴らしい仕事をしたと思います」と、スカラムーチは11月26日に『WIRED』の取材に答えている。「しかし、わたしはこれまで共和党員として生きてきたので、共和党の内部から米国をよくしていきたいと考えています」

なお、スカラムーチにとっては残念なことだが、ロムニーはいまだに出馬固辞の立場を変えていない。それに「Mitt2020.org」では「Commit to Mitt」(ミット・ロムニーに全力で)といったスローガンで人々をあおり立てているが、サイト自体がどうもそうした感じではなくなっている。つまり、サイトのあちこちが“壊れて”しまっているように見受けられるのだが、スカラムーチはサイトを閉鎖する予定はないという。

ホワイトハウスから去ったあとのスカラムーチは、共和党の批判者として、そしてトランプ大統領の批判者として、歯に衣着せぬ発言をする評論家として以前よりも盛んにメディアに登場するようになった。最近では、2020年の大統領選挙で共和党はトランプ大統領の代替候補を立てるべきだと発言している。

また、テレビの取材でブルームバーグについて肯定的に述べたこともある。CNNのクリス・クオモに対して11月初め、ブルームバーグを前にしたらトランプも「怖じ気づく」と語っている。

それでも非公式サイトの更新は続く

ブルームバーグが正式に出馬を表明したのは11月24日(米国時間)のことだ。「mikebloomberg.com」という公式ウェブサイトには、公式ロゴが載っている。どちらも正真正銘、ブルームバーグ陣営が所有するものだ。

ちなみに「Bloomberg2020.org」だが、ペールはブルームバーグ陣営が購入を申し入れたのだと言う。「保有資産の売却ということで、いま陣営側と話し合っているところです」

そうした協議が進む一方で、サイトでは新たな動きがあった。ブルームバーグの選挙綱領が最新のものに変えられ、クリーンエネルギーと銃規制についての主張も新しくなった。ペールの考えでは、非常に重要な政策だという。Tシャツの販売はまだ続いている。

「民主党からいま出馬している候補者では、誰ひとりとしてトランプに勝てません。アンソニーもわたしも、この点は確実だと思っています」とペールは言う。「トランプをホワイトハウスから追い出すには、ブルームバーグが立候補する必要があります。トランプに勝てる見込みがあるのはブルームバーグだけですから」

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Image result for usmca cartoon"We might have another trade deal!

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Image result for china protest"The Futures are up again – yawn! 

Progress was made on the Trade War – again – as China agreed to raise the penaties they never enforce on IP Theft over the weekend but keep in mind our expectations have been lowered so much that the market is now celbrating SOME progress on a PARTIAL trade deal – 2 years after the fact!  When did we all become such idiots?  Because of the trade progress, Trump has left the Hong Kong protesters out on a limb by refusing (so far) to sign Congresses bill sanctioning China for their brutal crackdown.

Fortunately, Hong Kong citizens weren't waiting for Trump and Putin's approval and they went to the polls this weekend and overhwelmingly voted for pro-Democracy (the thing Trump and Putin are against) candidates who won 90% of the seats up for grabs with a record 71.2% turnout at the polls despite China's voter intimidation tactics.  This is very worrying for Trump and the GOP, who are counting on their own voter intimidation tactics to keep potential Democratic supporters away next November.  

Hong Kong's embattled Government took a page out of Team Trump's playbook and attempted to spin reality with this statement:

"There are various analyses and interpretations in the community in relation to the results, and quite a few are of the view that the results reflect people's dissatisfaction with the current situation and the deep-seated problems in society, (The government) will listen to the opinions of members of the public humbly and seriously reflect."

Image result for china protest"Democratic candidates on Hong Kong ran on a central theme of "Five Key Demands" from the protests, which boil down to this:

  1. Withdraw the extradition bill that kicked off the entire crisis (since achieved)
  2. Launch an independent inquiry into allegations of police brutality
  3. Retract any categorization of a protest on June 12 as a "riot"
  4. Amnesty for arrested protesters
  5. Introducing universal suffrage for how the Chief Executive and Legislative Council are elected.

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Michael Bloomberg philanthrope: quand les bottines suivent les babines

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Weatherford cartoon: Presidential personality

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Bloomberg could be the Democrats' backstop

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Mike Bloomberg is everything Donald Trump is not and that would likely be apparent to voters searching for an alternative to a largely incompetent and unstable president, Drew Westen writes.

          

UN appoints Mark Carney to help finance climate action goals

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Mark Carney has been appointed as UN special envoy for climate action and finance as he prepares to step down as governor of the Bank of England in January.

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Bloomberg Is In

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Michael Bloomberg unleashed his 2020 Presidential campaign Sunday with a reported $30 million advertising buy.  As also reported earlier, Bloomberg’s strategy will be to aim at Super Tuesday (March 15) and not get forced into campaigning in the first four primaries/caucuses.  Now that Bloomberg’s candidacy is real, what does it mean? Money.  Some of the […]
          

Taken to Brink by Trump, Gulf States Are Backpedaling on Iran

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Taken to Brink by Trump, Gulf States Are Backpedaling on Iran(Bloomberg) -- An expanded soccer tournament, a direct flight, clandestine meetings and a pledge to release prisoners of war; diplomacy is breaking out as Gulf Arab nations back away from a Donald Trump-inspired confrontation with Iran. And the signs are everywhere.Last week, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain played their first games of the 2019 Arabian Gulf Cup in Qatar after a last-minute decision to take part -- an apparent breakthrough in a 30-month feud that saw them halt trade and flights over Qatar’s links with Iran and support for Islamist groups.Meanwhile, the Saudi-led coalition that’s fought Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen since 2015 began releasing jailed Houthis, as efforts to end the conflict gather momentum. Oman is quietly hosting high-level meetings, according to people familiar with the matter, and even Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has hinted at direct channels with the U.A.E.Spooked by the prospect of a catastrophic war with Iran and its proxy militias across the region, Gulf monarchies are in the midst of a strategic rethink. The U.A.E., whose economic model relies in large part on its international links, quickly realized it had most to lose from a military escalation. It had removed most of its troops from Yemen by the end of a turbulent summer that saw oil tankers targeted and a U.S. drone downed in the Gulf without significant American response.While the humanitarian catastrophe unleashed by the Yemen war trained an unwelcome spotlight on Saudi Arabia, it took a brazen strike on Saudi oil installations -- which knocked out half the country’s crude production -- to ram home the risks and prove that Trump was not about to ride to his allies’ rescue.“The attacks shattered any illusion of this magical U.S. security umbrella,” said David Roberts, an assistant professor at King’s College London who studies the Gulf. “It burst the bubble and showed that Iran had the willingness to both do something astonishing like the attack on Aramco facilities and the capability to carry it out.”Iran denies U.S. and Saudi assertions it carried out the Sept. 14 strikes, pointing to Houthi claims of responsibility. But people familiar with investigations into the attacks say they were almost certainly launched from southwestern Iran -- an explosive escalation in Tehran’s pushback against an economic offensive unleashed by Trump and enthusiastically backed by the Saudis.The Trump administration withdrew last year from the 2015 deal meant to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear bomb, and reimposed sanctions that have crippled its oil exports. But the “maximum pressure” policy is designed to coax Tehran into more concessions not to drag the U.S. into a new Middle East war just as it draws down troops in Syria.Rolling back Shiite Muslim Iran’s power remains a priority for the Sunni Gulf Arab leadership. There’s an increasing recognition, however, that no one stands to gain from a military escalation in the world’s top oil-exporting region.Saudi Arabia’s Center for International Communication didn’t respond to an email seeking comment. The U.A.E. declined to comment. But in a Nov. 10 speech, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said he saw “a path to a deal with Iran that all parties might soon” be ready to embark on if Tehran demonstrated commitment.War to ‘Cold Peace’In search of a breakthrough, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, a former cricketer elected with the backing of a powerful army that provides extensive support for the Saudi military, shuttled between Tehran and Riyadh in October. He met Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Rouhani, as well as Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, describing talks as “encouraging.”Khan said he traveled at the request of Trump and Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir said the diplomacy wasn’t prompted by the kingdom. But deepening unease in the Gulf catalyzed the effort.Turning these overtures into lasting peace between countries that have grown further apart since the 1979 Iranian revolution remains far off.The Gulf states resent Iran’s deep reach into Arab nations. While ongoing protests in Iraq and Lebanon suggest Iran has reached the limit of its regional influence, they are unlikely to reverse political and military advances decades in the making.“Cold peace is possible but we are certainly far from a grand bargain,” said Afshin Molavi, senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute at Johns Hopkins. “For that, both Riyadh and Abu Dhabi would have to accept a role for Iran in Arab countries such as Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen.”As they explore ways forward, Gulf states are moving at different speeds.The U.A.E. broke with the U.S. and Saudi Arabia by not naming Iran as the culprit behind attacks in May and June on oil tankers as they sailed toward the Strait of Hormuz, the world’s foremost oil shipping chokepoint.It sent coast guard officials to Iran for the first time in six years and Rouhani hinted at other meetings with senior U.A.E. officials. “We’re moving toward improved relations,” he said Oct. 14. Saudi Arabia is catching up.Washington built a multilateral naval operation to protect shipping in the Gulf after the attacks and sent more troops to Saudi Arabia. Both actions resulted in a “down tick” in Iranian actions,” U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Nov. 13. “The Iranians should not mistake our restraint for weakness.”Where the U.S. holds back, however, others are crowding in. Besides his role in saving Bashar al-Assad’s regime, Russian President Vladimir Putin has forged a partnership with Iran, created an oil alliance with Saudi Arabia and built ties with Egypt’s Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, who was warned by the U.S. last month against plans to purchase Russian jets.Putin traveled to Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E. in October after visits by the Saudi king and the U.A.E.’s de-facto leader Mohammad bin Zayed to Moscow. The two Gulf countries and Russia have signed deals valued at billions of dollars.For Iran’s Rouhani, the case for regional engagement is obvious.“Don’t you know that Iran is going to stay here and we will remain neighbors throughout history?” he has said, referring to Iran’s Arab neighbors. “Trump will only be around for a few years and will go back to whatever it was he was doing.”\--With assistance from Golnar Motevalli and Glen Carey.To contact the reporter on this story: Zainab Fattah in Dubai at zfattah@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Lin Noueihed at lnoueihed@bloomberg.net, Mark WilliamsFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



          

Hong Kong Unrest Rages on as Police Clash With Protesters

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Hong Kong Unrest Rages on as Police Clash With Protesters(Bloomberg) -- Clouds of tear gas returned to Hong Kong over the weekend as police and protesters clashed, signaling pro-democracy rallies are set to drag on after demonstrators got a boost from an election win and support from the U.S. Congress.Tensions rose in the former British colony -- a special administrative region of China since 1997 -- as thousands of black-clad protesters marched in the busy tourist district of Tsim Sha Tsui on Sunday afternoon. Unrest had been brewing since late Saturday, when a group blocked roads and set fire to a subway station entrance.The violence took a pause with the elections a week earlier, as Hong Kong residents handed an overwhelming victory to pro-democracy candidates in a vote for local district councils on Nov. 24. While the officials they elected represent what’s considered as the lowest rung of the government, the win was a stunning repudiation of the city’s Beijing-backed government. Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam didn’t make any new concessions to protesters after the poll, a move that could have fueled the anger seen over the weekend.At the Tsim Sha Tsui event, police said smoke grenades were hurled by what it labeled “rioters” to cause fear and panic among demonstrators, prompting law enforcement action that included tear gas to disperse the crowd. Bricks were thrown at police officers in the area, as well as in nearby Whampoa, where shops were also vandalized. One passerby was attacked, police said.Earlier in the day, people carrying U.S. flags and banners marched to the U.S. consulate in a peaceful rally to express gratitude after President Donald Trump signed legislation last week in support of the demonstrators. While the crowds have dispersed Sunday night, scores of police officers in riot gear were still seen lining the streets as of 2 a.m. on Monday.MTR Corp., the city’s subway operator, said it expects rail and bus services to resume normally on Monday, with the possibility that some stations and rail sections may close early, especially on weekends. The University station on the East Rail line will remain shut for repairs, and entrances and exits to some stops that had excessive damage from the protests will also not be accessible.Subway stations and even tracks were vandalized during the protests in the past few months, with MTR’s crews rushing through repairs. The stock -- once one of Hong Kong’s safest stock bets -- has lost more than a fifth of its value since its peak this year in July, making it the second-worst performer on Hong Kong’s benchmark Hang Seng Index. The stock is poised to recover quickly when the city’s situation eventually settles, according to Goldman Sachs Group Inc. analysts, who’ve upgraded MTR to buy from neutral.Police ConductMeanwhile, China said it “strongly” opposed an opinion piece by United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet in the South China Morning Post on Saturday, accusing her of meddling in the country’s affairs and emboldening Hong Kong protesters to commit violence.Bachelet urged the city’s government to conduct a “proper independent and impartial judge-led investigation” into reports of excessive use of force by police. She also called on Lam’s administration to “prioritize a long-overdue process” of meaningful and inclusive dialogue with the people of Hong Kong.Hong Kong’s newly appointed police chief, Chris Tang, said an independent probe into the use of force by police would be unjust, the South China Morning Post reported Sunday, citing comments he made in a radio program.China has also arrested two overseas nationals for their alleged involvement in Hong Kong’s protest movement, state newspaper Southern Daily reported, citing information from the national security agency. Taiwanese Lee Meng-chu and Lee Henley Hu Xiang of Belize were arrested by the national security authorities in the southern Guangdong province, the local paper said in two reports published Saturday.(Updates with clashes in fourth paragraph, subway plans for Monday in sixth.)To contact the reporter on this story: Manuel Baigorri in Hong Kong at mbaigorri@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Brendan Scott at bscott66@bloomberg.net, Linus Chua, Tony CzuczkaFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



          

Derrotar a Donald Trump, por eso me postulo para presidente de EU:  Michael Bloomberg

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El multimillonario exalcalde de la ciudad de Nueva York, Michael Bloomberg, entró hoy a la carrera del Partido Demócrata por la presidencia de Estados Unidos, agregando otra voz moderada a un nutrido grupo de aspirantes a la Casa Blanca. Se trata de un cambio de dirección por parte de Bloomberg, de 77 años, quien en …
          

Will the Passing of Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act Threaten Stock Market Rally?

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Some market participants worry that the passing of Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act can reverse the gain in stock market. Both the US Senate and House of Representative overwhelmingly voted 417 to 1 in favor of passing the bill. It is now waiting for President Donald Trump to sign. According to Bloomberg, Trump … Continue reading "Will the Passing of Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act Threaten Stock Market Rally?"
          

Apple dublează producţia de AirPods Pro din China pentru a ţine pasul cu cererea (Accesorii)

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Căştile din seria AirPods s-au dovedit a fi un succes răsunător pentru Apple, atât clienţii săi, cât şi cei care folosesc alte telefoane alegând aceste căşti true wireless faţă de alte modele, de multe ori chiar mai ieftine. Se pare însă că pentru sezonul de sărbători, Apple a subestimat cererea, iar acum compania cere partenerilor din Asia să crească semnificativ producţia atât pentru modelele standard, care sunt mai ieftine, cât şi pentru noile căşti premium AirPods Pro.

Conform Nikkei Asian Review, Apple a transmis partenerilor care furnizează componente şi celor care se ocupă de asamblare să crească imediat producţia. Pentru modelul AirPods Pro, care este produs de Luxshare-ICT în China, Apple a cerut ca producţia de 1 milion de unităţi pe lună să fie dublată la 2 milioane pentru perioada următoare. Modelul AirPods 2 cu carcasă wireless este în schimb asamblat în Vietnam în cadrul fabricilor GoerTek. În acest caz, creşterea comenzilor nu este atât de mare, însă este totuşi ridicată faţă de cât erau produse în mod obilnuit.

Cei care doresc să cumpere acum AirPods Pro în multe dintre ţările în care sunt disponibile, trebuie să aştepte chiar şi o lună pentru livrare, întrucât stocurile se epuizează imediat ce acestea devin disponibile. Nu te-ai aştepta ca o pereche de căşti de 270 de euro să fie atât de căutate, însă se pare că funcţionalitatea în plus precum anulare a zgomotului ambiental şi noul design au fost de ajuns pentru a atrage noi clienţi, cât şi clienţi mai vechi care sunt dispuşi să facă un upgrade.

Bloomberg spune că se aşteaptă ca până la finalul acestui an, Apple să vândă peste 60 de milioane de unităţi AirPods. Această categorie de produse este cea care creşte cel mai repede dintre produsele din portofoliul companiei, fiind aşteptate 80 de milioane de unităţi vândute anul viitor, cu un potenţial de a creşte în timp la 200 de milioane de unităţi anual.

 

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Cuvinte cheie: căşti wireless, airpods pro, apple,

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OPEC+ Gambles That U.S. Shale’s Golden Age Is Over

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(Bloomberg) — For years, OPEC ignored the rise of the U.S. shale industry and came to regret its mistake. Now, the group is making another bold gamble on America’s oil revolution: that’s its golden age is over. When the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries meets this week, ministers will discuss whether to extend their current […]
          

Globalist Climate Candidate Michael Bloomberg and the Humanitarian Hoax of Climate Change

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Michael Bloomberg became a multi-billionaire by understanding global markets. He analyzed the 2020 U.S. presidential political marketplace and concluded three things:

● None of the hysterical, radically leftist Democrat candidates can beat President Trump in 2020.

● Joe Biden’s political corruption exposed in the Ukraine is irreversible and focuses unwelcome attention on the [...]

          

Meet Mike Bloomberg’s Biggest Fans

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Sharing a media market with most of New Hampshire’s population means I’m already bombarded with Tom Steyer’s faux-cornpone ads during every Bruins game. Now with Bloomberg’s $37-million ad buy, there’ll be no space to advertise everything else I’m also not buying. I’m a sucker for pandering to the local audience, even though I haven’t been […]
          

What Made the iOS 13 Launch So Buggy and How to Fix the Development Process

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Apple's latest iOS release, iOS 13, was affected by a number of bugs that caused disappointed reactions by users. In a story ran by Bloomberg, sources familiar with Apple explained what went wrong in the iOS 13 release process and how Apple is aiming to fix this for the future.

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Weatherford cartoon: Presidential personality

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Joey Weatherford cartoon on Michael Bloomberg running for president in 2020.
          

Should I give all my money away?

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Q. Dear Umbra,

I have a well paid job. Should I donate my income post-living expenses to organizations working to fight climate change instead of saving?

— Rolling-In-Cash Humanitarian

A. Dear RICH,

It’s a rare treat, when you write a climate advice column, to get to explore a dilemma between two good options. What a lucky place you’re in, and what an admirable inclination! I love when the holidays provoke feelings of goodwill and generosity, as opposed to bitterness and seasonal depression. It’s such a nice change of pace!

While I love the idea of hurling a massive stack of hundos, Hustlers-style, at the abstract existential threat we all know and hate, that fantasy starts to collapse once you start poking at it. To answer your question, we have to answer two additional questions: What counts as “organizations working to fight climate change,” and how do you figure out how much money you should be donating to them? In other words: how many hundos are in that stack, and what exactly are you throwing them at?

There is zero question that a transition to a carbon-neutral or -negative society doesn’t happen without, in technical terms, a fuckton of cash. Estimates range from a modest $300 billion to $44 trillion. Political will to address climate change is really, really important, but frankly, so is money. A criticism regularly levied against climate-forward billionaires running for president, for example, is that they could do a lot more good spending their money directly on climate initiatives than spending it on a likely ill-fated presidential campaign.

I’ve argued before that almost any job, in the right hands, can be a job that fights climate change. A similar, if not identical, argument can be applied to donations — we need all kinds of initiatives beyond installing solar panels in developing countries (although we need that, too!) Organizations that develop green, affordable housing? Yes! Groups that strengthen abortion access in climate-vulnerable areas? Bingo! Refugee resettlement agencies? Hell yeah! Good old-fashioned poverty alleviation projects? Yes ma’am!!!

And like I said, political will is really important. So donating money for the climate could mean throwing some much-needed financial resources at pro-climate candidates, particularly in swing districts.

So how do you pick a place to put your money? If you ask a proponent of effective altruism, you should treat charity as you would an investment — you want the biggest return per dollar, in terms of generating well-being of some sort. The Centre for Effective Altruism actually designs donation portfolios, mutual-fund style, to promote this type of giving.

I think that’s a very sensible choice for those who have a limited amount to give and want to get the most charitable bang for their buck. But ultimately, I think you need to follow your heart. If you’re trying to sustain giving away a really substantial proportion of your income, which is what it sounds like, you probably want to feel some sort of personal connection to what you’re giving it away to.

This brings us to the “how many hundos” portion of our program, which I’ve been quite looking forward to. Should you give away, truly, everything you can?

I’m Jewish, so I’m going to start with what I know, which is the law of tzedakah. It’s a fundamental Jewish principle that essentially translates to “charity,” but that doesn’t quite capture the obligation implied; it’s more about a duty to facilitate a more just world. It’s a God-given requirement to give away at least 10 percent of your income to support those in need, and to generally use whatever wealth you have to support the dignity and wellbeing of others.

Because the foundation of Judaism is to analyze and argue over the precise meaning of its various rules, there’s a spectrum of rabbinical opinions on just how burdensome tzedakah is supposed to be. There’s a Talmudic dictum floating around somewhere that a Jew should actually donate no more than 20 percent of her income to charitable causes, because that would be too burdensome on her life.

The debate over how much to give is also very much alive in the field of applied ethics. An idea similar to tzedakah appears in philosopher Peter Singer’s Principle of Sacrifice: “If it is in our power to prevent something bad from happening, without thereby sacrificing anything of comparable moral importance, we ought, morally, to do it.”

Toby Ord, an Australian philosopher at the University of Oxford who studies morality and poverty, uses Singer’s Principle of Sacrifice to argue that anyone with some extra money has a moral imperative to help the poor. “In ages to come, when global poverty is no more, people will look back at our time and be dumbfounded by the moral paralysis of those who had the resources to help,” he writes. “For a moral theory to demand that we make large sacrifices in righting these wrongs is not too demanding, but just demanding enough.”

In 2009, Ord founded the organization Giving What We Can, which encourages people to make a habit of donating 10 percent of their incomes. I wrote to Julia Wise, the current president of Giving What We Can, which has since become a program of the Centre for Effective Altruism, to ask her opinion on your question.

“Your ability to do good is often best served by maintaining your own ability to contribute over the long term, rather than burning out quickly,” Wise responded in an email. “I do think people should consider their moral values in their budget, and that donating to effective charities can be a great way to live your values in the course of your daily life. But I think taken to an extreme (not having savings, not spending time with friends or family because that costs money), it can be counterproductive.”

You may hear “10 percent” and think, wow, that’s not very much! You’d be surprised. In the United States — which actually has a pretty thriving charitable culture relative to other rich countries, thanks to the influence of the church and other religious organizations — only about 53 percent of households donate to charity at all, and those that do give about $2,500 a year on average. That’s about 4 percent of the median American household income. Ten percent might be an impossible, life-hindering burden for a lot of families due to factors like the rising costs of housing and healthcare relative to wages. It might have no impact at all on the daily life of someone like Jeff Bezos.

Of course, we’re not just talking about daily life. You, RICH, are also talking about saving for the future. I’ll admit something a bit dark that has been plaguing my own personal budgeting process lately: Every time I contribute to my 401K, which is an embarrassingly recent practice, it’s hard to ignore a small internal voice that demands: “What is this FOR?” I have no freaking clue what the world will look like in 40 or 50 years, when I’m supposed to withdraw this money. I have no idea if money will even be useful at all! It could be a Waterworld barter economy situation!

But I think giving up on a future that I can look forward to, that I want to have some money for, dampens the will to fight for it. It might be a very simplistic way to look at saving, but I think that saving for the future and making even very abstract plans for it is an expression of optimism. It’s an action that says, “I think that the future will be OK, and I’m going to be around to enjoy it.”

And so is putting your money toward facilitating that future for everyone, in the form of whatever regular, consistent charitable giving or political donation you choose. So here’s my suggestion: Start at 10 percent of your income. Why not! Nice round number, and you were probably thinking of giving more anyway. See how that goes. See if you can live a little more simply, but not ascetically, and still put a little money away for yourself or your hypothetical children for the future. If you feel like you can give more, give more.

But as soon as you start to feel resentment toward your chosen causes, I think that that’s a sign that the amount you’re giving away is no longer sustainable. (Larissa MacFarquhar has a whole book about this, Strangers Drowning, that I recommend.) You want to balance your sense of duty with a sense of optimism for the world’s future. Without that, what is it all even for?

Thankfully,

Umbra

This story was originally published by Grist with the headline Should I give all my money away? on Nov 28, 2019.


          

What a Bloomberg candidacy could mean for climate

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This weekend, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg entered the presidential race in classic billionaire style: by buying up $30 million worth of TV ads. Bloomberg’s late-stage entry has sent a jolt through the Democratic primary. Will it do the same for the discussion around climate change — an issue that has been shunted to the tail end of a long progressive agenda?

Bloomberg, a former Republican worth a reported $58 billion, has long made bringing down emissions a centerpiece of his philanthropic work. With his help, the Sierra Club launched the Beyond Coal campaign — an initiative that supports grassroots efforts to shutter coal-powered plants across the United States. Sierra Club estimates the initiative is responsible for shuttering 40 percent of the nearly 300 coal plants that have closed so far. (However, some of those plants switched to natural gas, a less emissions-intensive fossil fuel, which Bloomberg endorsedas a “bridge fuel” as recently at 2016.) Bloomberg also pledged half a billion dollars to help launch Beyond Carbon, another Sierra Club effort that aims to shut down the nation’s remaining coal plants.

Bloomberg has also donated $5 million to the League of Conservation Voters, a group that keeps tabs on how members of Congress vote on climate and environment bills and lobbies for climate action. He’s donated more than $150 million to green groups in total. And he was some of the brains and most of the muscle behind America’s Pledge, a group that aims to fill the void Trump left when he exited the Paris climate agreement by galvanizing regional and local support for green policies.

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There’s more on Bloomberg’s list of green accomplishments, but you get the picture. His money has done a lot of good for the environment. In fact, one could easily argue that Bloomberg has done more for climate action as a philanthropist than progressive elected officials have been able to manage in Congress. As fellow billionaire candidate Tom Steyer pointed out at the fifth Democratic presidential debate last week, Congress hasn’t yet passed a single climate bill.

If Bloomberg has had so much success tackling climate change outside the confines of the Capitol, and politicians have had so little success doing the same thing in Congress, why not just stay put?

New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who has endorsed Bernie Sanders for president, made exactly that point in a tweet earlier this month. “Call me radical, but maybe instead of setting ablaze hundreds of millions of dollars on multiple plutocratic, long-shot, very-late presidential bids, we instead invest hundreds of millions into winning majorities of state legislatures across the United States?”

To borrow a phrase from Sanders, it’s possible that Bloomberg will be able to walk and chew bubble gum at the same time. He said he plans to spend $100 million in swing states pushing anti-Trump ads. And he could spend up to $20 million more on voter registration in those states. In other words, it’s not like the Bloomberg money tap is going to run dry now that he’s running for president.

Not to mention that the primary contest has been missing a climate hawk since Washington Governor Jay Inslee dropped out. The field could benefit from a new, climate-oriented addition, and Bloomberg has signaled an interest in filling that role. On his campaign website, Bloomberg cites “Fighting climate change” as one of his chief priorities. In the section on addressing the crisis, Bloomberg touts his record on climate and promises to “ensure the federal government leads an ambitious agenda to accelerate the U.S. toward a clean energy economy.”

But because he said he will not accept campaign donations, it’s unclear how Bloomberg will ever meet the Democratic National Committee’s official requirements to make it onto a debate stage. And, no matter how many millions he pours into the race, the billionaire will have to play a lot of catch up to boost his poll numbers. Right now, he’s polling with the bottom tier of 2020 candidates. Turns out there are still a few things money can’t buy.

This story was originally published by Grist with the headline What a Bloomberg candidacy could mean for climate on Nov 25, 2019.


          

Infographic Of The Day: How Much It Costs To Run For President?

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Michael Bloomberg just announced he's running for President by spending over $31M in TV ads in a single week. That tops the previous record set by President Obama in 2012.

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Американские горки: гонка набирает обороты

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Завершилась еще одна положительная неделя для рынков — инвесторы ждали, что Китай и США достигнут соглашения. В середине недели поступали противоречивые новости о возможном переносе сделки на следующий год, хотя потом появились сообщения о том, что соглашение может быть достигнуто, поскольку обе стороны упорно работают над его текстом. Мы считаем, что гонки на американских горках продолжатся, документы в итоге будут подписаны в рамках первого этапа сделки, а намеченные на середину декабря пошлины будут отменены или отложены. Эта неделя будет короткой из-за Дня благодарения в четверг и «черной пятницы». Во вторник и среду ожидаются важные экономические данные в США, такие как потребительские расходы и пересмотренные данные по ВВП.

Лидерами роста за неделю стала Аргентина (+8,3%), производители каннабиса (+6,3%) и нефтегазовый сектор Бразилии. В разрезе сырьевых товаров лучше рынка торговались железная руда (+2,6%), пшеница (+2,5%) и коксующийся уголь (+2,4%). US VIX прибавил 2,5%.

В разрезе инструментов с фиксированной доходностью продолжилось ралли российских облигаций, которые прибавили 2,5%. В сфере акционерного капитала в лидеры вышли турецкие банки (+1,3%) и S&P 500 Biopharma наряду с акциями медицинских компаний (+1%). Китай и Бразилия поднялись на 1%. В число аутсайдеров вошли Южная Корея (-2,8%), наряду с российским потребительским сектором (-2,7%) и никелем (-2%).

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Мы подтверждаем наши тактические идеи по Газпрому и Сбербанку. У Газпрома хороший потенциал дальнейшего роста в преддверии заседания СД 5 декабря, на котором будет обсуждаться новая дивидендная политика и специальные дивиденды.

Предстоящая неделя — зарубежные рынки

Понедельник, 25 ноября

  • Председатель Федеральной резервной системы Джером Пауэлл выступит впервые после встречи с президентом
  • Индекс деловой активности в обрабатывающей промышленности от ФРБ Далласa (нояб), индекс национальной активности ФРБ Чикаго (окт)

Вторник, 26 ноября

  • Alibaba дебютирует на торгах в Гонконге
  • Объём товарных запасов на оптовых складах (м/м), индекс доверия потребителей CB (нояб.), продажи нового жилья (окт.)

Среда, 27 ноября

  • Данные по запасам нефти от Минэнерго США (EIA)
  • Реальные потребительские расходы (3 кв.). Отчет также будет включать октябрьский прирост доходов и предпочтительную инфляцию от ФРС.
  • «Бежевая книга» ФРС, число первичных заявок на получение пособий по безработице, объём заказов на товары длительного пользования (м/м) (окт), доходы/расходы физических лиц (м/м) (окт)

Четверг, 28 ноября

  • США — День благодарения. Фондовый и облигационный рынки закрыты

Пятница, 29 ноября

  • Черная пятница знаменует собой начало праздничного шоппинга в США

Российский рынок за неделю

На прошлой неделе на российском рынке произошло сразу несколько знаковых событий. Яндекс обнародовал изменения в корпоративном управлении, что завершило период длительной неопределенности относительного будущего компании в связи с законодательными рисками и успокоило инвесторов. Mail ru и Сбербанк обнародовали детали сделки по покупке последним доли акций группы. Другими событиями стали SPO Газпрома и Детского мира. Кроме того, Telenor продал 8,9% акций VEON.

Совет директоров Яндекса одобрил изменения в структуре корпоративного управления, призванные адаптировать компанию «к меняющейся нормативно-правовой среде в России». Кроме того, депутат Госдумы Антон Горелкин отозвал законопроект «О значимых интернет-ресурсах», в соответствии с которым долю иностранных акционеров на участие в значимых интернет-ресурсах предлагалось ограничить 20%.

На наш взгляд, данные изменения подтверждают наличие конструктивного диалога компании с государством. Более того, в ходе конференц-звонка менеджмент Яндекса подтвердил, что все изменения являются результатом длительных переговоров с различными госструктурами и получили поддержку последних.

Таким образом, данные новости нивелируют риски значительных изменений в структуре акционеров компании и разрушения целостности ее бизнеса, что позитивно для стоимости Яндекса и его акций. Наша целевая цена Яндекса составляет 2850 руб./акция с горизонтом инвестиций до конца 2020 г. (+11% потенциал роста).

Наконец, Яндекс объявил о программе buy-back в объеме до $300 млн и сроком на 12 месяцев, что также должно поддержать его акции.

В отношении акций класса В (имеющих 10:1 голосов против акций класса А) предлагается отменить их автоматическую конвертацию в акции класса А после смерти владельца. При этом генеральный директор Яндекса, Аркадий Волож, также согласился заключить двухлетнее соглашение о блокировке в отношении 95% его акций класса В, для гарантии отсутствия резких изменений в структуре голосования компании в ближайшие годы.

Предложенные изменения должна быть одобрены общим собранием акционеров компании 20 декабря, а также отдельно утверждены акционерами класса А. Дата отсечки для участия в собрании акционеров — 22 ноября 2019 г.

Сбербанк и Mail Ru Group подписали обязывающее соглашение о покупке Сбербанком 36% доли в АО «МФ Технологии» (МФТ), контролирующей 58,3% голосующих акций класса А в Mail ru Group (5% всего акционерного капитала). Таким образом, Сбербанк станет акционером 21% голосующих акций компании (1,8% экономического интереса в компании). Другие акционеры МФТ включают Мегафон (45%), Ростехнологии (10%) и USM Holdings (9%). 36% акций МФТ Сбербанк покупает у Газпромбанка (35%) и Ростехнологий (1%). Данное соглашение фиксирует озвученные ранее договоренности. Сбербанк планирует ввести одного представителя в СД Mail ru после окончательного оформления сделки.

Сумма сделки составляет 11,3 млрд руб., что соответствует 4682 руб. ($73) за акцию Mail ru класса А (имеющую 25 голосов против 1 голоса у обыкновенных). В настоящее время обыкновенные акции компании (с 1 голосом) торгуются на уровне $20,4/акция. Т.о. сумма сделки предполагает значительную премию к рынку, что, на наш взгляд,

1) с одной стороны, обусловлено голосующими правами акций класса А,

2) с другой стороны, отражает уверенность новых акционеров в потенциале увеличения стоимости Mail ru, т.к. данный пакет не является ни контрольным, ни блокирующим, и т.о. дает ограниченные права новым владельцам.

Мы считаем, что приход сильного акционера с большими финансовыми и рыночными ресурсами — хорошая новость для Mail ru. Подобное сотрудничество будет способствовать развитию экосистемы на базе группы. Компании также сотрудничают через созданное ранее СП в сегментах такси услуг и сервисов, связанных с доставкой еды. Наша целевая цена акций компании — $27/акция.

Акции Газпрома выросли на 2,95% в ходе SPO 3,59% казначейских акций в четверг, несмотря на 13%-ый дисконт цены размещения к цене закрытия предыдущих торгов. Накануне размещения акции компании подорожали на 4%. В июле Газпром также продал 2,93% акций Газпрома, которые, как и в этот раз, судя по всему, достались «узкому кругу покупателей». После июльского размещения стоимость акций Газпрома выросла.

22 ноября АФК Система и Российско-Китайский Инвестиционный Фонд завершили продажу на рынок 175 млн акций компании Детский мир, что соответствует 23,7% акционерного капитала Детского мира по цене 91 руб./акция. В результате размещения доля акций Детский мир в свободном обращении составит 57,6%. По итогам сделки доля АФК Система в уставном капитале Детского мира составит 33,4%, РКИФ — 9,0%. АФК Система планирует использовать поступления от продажи пакета акций Детского мира в объеме 12,5 млрд руб. для погашения долговых обязательств (долг корпоративного центра составлял 218 млрд руб. на конец 2К19).

Индекс Мосбиржи снизился на 1,29%, РТС — на 1,28%. Рубль укрепился к доллару до $63,77/барр. и ослаб к евро до $70,5/барр.

График недели

Лидеры роста и падения

Лидерами роста стали Яндекс (+13,2%), Эталон (+6,7%), АФК Система (+5,7%), Globaltrans (+5,5%), Московская биржа (+5,1%), Mail Ru Group (+5,1%), Мечел ап (+2,4%).

В число аутсайдеров вошли TCS Group (-4,8%), ТМК (-3,1%), Детский мир (-3,1%), Полюс (-2,2%), Новатэк (-1,9%), ВТБ (-1,6%), Магнит (-1,3%).

Источник: Bloomberg, ITI Capital

Предстоящая неделя — российский рынок

На предстоящей неделе отчетность по МСФО представят Банк Санкт-Петербург, Транснефть, Фосагро, Русгидро, Акрон, Аэрофлот.

Согласно консенсус-прогнозу Bloomberg, выручка Аэрофлота по МСФО за 3К19 составит 214 млрд руб. (+7% г/г; 23% кв./кв.), EBITDA увеличится до 79,8 млрд руб. (+97% г/г; 70% кв./кв.), чистая прибыль будет на уровне 30 млрд руб. (+8% г/г; в три раза выше, чем во 2К19).

Выручка Фосагро составит 62,6 млрд руб. (практически сохранится на уровне аналогичного периода прошлого года; +7,8% относительно 2К19), EBITDA будет на уровне 23,4 млрд руб. (-12,77% г/г; +11,54% кв./кв.), чистая прибыль составит 21,2 млрд руб. (+38,63% г/г; −8,4% кв./кв.).

Новости — отчетность

Qiwi опубликовал сильные финансовые результаты за 3К19, согласно которым выручка, EBITDA и чистая прибыль компании оказались на 3%, 10% и 17% выше консенсус-прогноза соответственно.

Выручка Qiwi увеличилась до 6 млрд руб. (+15% г/г; +8% кв./кв.) благодаря увеличению выручки платежных сервисов и сегментов потребительских финансовых услуг, что было частично компенсировано снижением выручки сегмента кредитования малого и среднего бизнеса, а также отрицательным вкладом Рокетбанка. EBITDA составила 2,5 млрд руб. (+54% г/г; −5% кв./кв.). Чистая прибыль составила 1,9 млрд руб. (+62% г/г; −4% кв./кв.). Qiwi повысил прогноз по росту чистой выручки в 2019 г. с 11-16% до 15-19%.

Qiwi выплатит промежуточные дивиденды в размере $0,28/акция, что предполагает дивидендную доходность на уровне 1,4%. Дата закрытия реестра — 2 декабря 2019 г.

TCS Group отчиталась о финансовых результатах за 3К19 немного выше консенсус-прогноза.

Чистая прибыль TCS Group за 3К19 составила 9,7 млрд руб. (+33% г/г; +19% кв./кв.), что на 2% выше консенсус-прогноза.

Рентабельность капитала (ROE) составила 56,5% (-23,9 п.п. г/г).

Чистая процентная маржа снизилась на 1 п.п. г/г, до 21,9%.

TCS Group сохранила прогнозы по чистой прибыли на 2019 г. на уровне выше 35 млрд руб. и росту кредитного портфеля после вычета резервов выше 60%. Группа пересмотрела прогноз по стоимости риска (COR) с 7-8% до 8%. Стоимость фондирования прогнозируется на уровне 6% (против раннего прогноза 6-7%).

ТМК отчитался о финансовых результатах за 3К19, согласно которым выручка и EBITDA компании оказались ниже консенсус-прогноза на 5% и 10% соответственно. Чистая прибыль в три раза превысила консенсус-прогноз.

Выручка ТМК составила $1,1 млрд (-9% г/г; −16% кв./кв.). EBITDA снизилась до $139 млн (-15% г/г; −29% кв./кв.). Чистая прибыль составила $102 млн против убытка в 3К18 в размере $7,9 млн и выросла на 83% кв./кв. (В 3К18 компания получила убыток от выбытия дочернего предприятия в размере $23,7 млн).

Компания ожидает увеличения EBITDA российского дивизиона по итогам 2019 г. на фоне роста объемов реализации трубной продукции. Рентабельность EBITDA также несколько повысится по сравнению с 2018 г.

ТМК ожидает, что в 2019 г. потребление труб компаниями топливно-энергетического комплекса в России сохранится на стабильном уровне, увеличение сложности проектов по добыче углеводородов в России приведет к росту спроса на высокотехнологичную продукцию.

Ситуация на североамериканском рынке труб, вероятно, останется напряженной на фоне волатильности цен на нефть, газ и сталь, замедления буровой активности и ввиду того факта, что нефтегазовые компании придерживаются более строгой дисциплины в части расходования бюджетов на бурение и добычу, что ведет к снижению спроса на трубную продукцию и давит на ее стоимость.

Компания МТС представила сильные финансовые результаты за 3К19, выручка оказалась выше консенсус-прогноза на 1%, EBITDA — на 3%, чистая прибыль — на 26%.

Выручка увеличилась до 133,9 млрд руб. (+5% г/г; +7% кв./кв.), OIBDA — до 62,8 млрд руб. (+6% г/г; +12% кв./кв.), чистая прибыль составила 18,4 млрд руб. (-5% г/г; +43% кв./кв.).

МТС улучшила прогноз по росту выручки на 2019 г. с 4–6% до 6–7% ввиду стабильной конкурентной ситуации в России, эффекта от консолидации МТС банка, увеличения объемов трафика передачи данных и роста проникновения сервисов на основе мобильного интернета. Прогноз по увеличению OIBDA составляет 4–5%.

Мечел опубликовал финансовые результаты за 3К19 по МСФО.

Выручка сократилась до 74,9 млрд руб. (-6% г/г; −5% кв./кв.), EBITDA составила 13,7 млрд руб. (-29% г/г; −9% кв./кв.) ввиду ослабления конъюнктуры рынка угля, а также сокращения объемов производства стали и продаж стальной продукции, капитального ремонта одной из доменных печей на ЧМК. Чистый убыток за квартал составил 571 млн руб. против прибыли в 6,3 млрд руб. за аналогичный период годом ранее и 1,4 руб. во 2К19.

Менеджмент компании отмечает, что крупные плановые ремонты на предприятиях металлургического дивизиона продолжат оказывать влияние на производственные показатели в среднесрочной перспективе.

Чистый долг группы без пеней, штрафов и опционов в сравнении с аналогичным показателем на 31 декабря 2018 г. снизился на 15 млрд руб., до 408 млрд руб. Чистый долг/EBITDA на конец 3К19 составил 6,9х против 6,4х на конец 2К19. Рост показателя обусловлен снижением показателя EBITDA. Структура кредитного портфеля практически не изменилась: 65% в рублях, оставшаяся часть — в иностранной валюте. Доля банков с государственным участием составляет 89%.

Газпром нефть отчиталась за 3К19. Результаты оказались выше консенсус-прогноза, что отражает общий тренд для нефтяных компаний в 3К19. Ранее хорошо отчиталась Роснефть.

Выручка компании составила 656,8 млрд руб. (-5% г/г; +5% кв./кв.), что выше консенсус-прогноза на 4%. EBITDA снизилась до 186,3 млрд руб. (-18% г/г; −2% кв./кв., лучше консенсус-прогноза на 13%.) из-за роста себестоимости приобретения нефти, газа и нефтепродуктов. Чистая прибыль практически совпала с консенсус-прогнозом, составив 104,9 млрд руб. (-21% г/г; −2% кв./кв.).

Газпром нефть может инвестировать 1,77 трлн руб. в свои шельфовые проекты в Арктике, если будут введены новые льготы, которые в настоящее время прорабатывает правительство, сообщает Интерфакс.

Русагро представил финансовые результаты за 3К19, согласно которым выручка компании оказалась хуже консенсус-прогноза на 3%. EBITDA и чистая прибыль — выше на 3% и 19% соответственно.

Выручка Русагро за отчетный период составила 33,8 млрд руб. (+74% г/г; −18% кв./кв.). Позитивная динамика показателя в годовом выражении в основном обусловлена увеличением продаж сахара на 17% г/г, до 274 тыс. т, спрос был простимулирован снижением цен на сахар из-за перепроизводства. Значительно выросли продажи масла (+237% г/г), агрикультур (+54% г/г), мяса (+19% г/г). EBITDA составила 4,4 млрд руб. (-1% г/г; −6% кв./кв.) ввиду роста себестоимости продукции. Чистая прибыль оказалась на уровне 3,8 млрд руб. (-50% г/г; +123% кв./кв.) из-за переоценки биологических активов и сельскохозяйственного производства, а также в результате начисления процентов по правам на СольПро.

Новости

Совет директоров Магнита рекомендовал акционерам утвердить дивиденды по итогам 9М19 в размере 147,19 руб./акция, что соответствует дивидендной доходности на уровне 4,4%. Общая сумма дивидендов может составить 15 млрд руб. Дата закрытия реестра — 10 января 2020 г.


          

Michael Bloomberg: The Next Roosevelt?

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Written by Frank Li

America is deeply in trouble. 'We the People' simply do not know what to do, other than periodically casting our vote of 'no confidence' to elect someone very different to be the President - first Barack Obama, then Donald Trump. Unfortunately, neither has worked out. So, let's keep looking - Who should be the next President and what should we look for?

How about Michael Bloomberg as the next Roosevelt?

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Bloomberg Bombs on Key Social Issues

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NEWS PROVIDED BYCatholic League Nov. 27, 2019NEW YORK, Nov. 27, 2019 /Christian Newswire/ -- Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on Michael Bloomberg's record on key social issues: It was New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani who turned New York around after the disastrous administration of his predecessor, David Dinkins, and it is a credit to Michael Bloomberg that he continued the quality of life improvements instituted by Giuliani. But on two key social issues Source: Catholic League
          

Lake Resources N.L. (LLKKF: Pink Current) | Company Presentation

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Sat, Nov 30, 2019 - Lake Resources N.L. (LLKKF: Pink Current) released a Company Presentation called Bloomberg Presentation. To watch the presentation, please visit: http://www.otcmarkets.com/companyPresentationViewer?cmdId=3571.
          

#Dutch Company to Light a Million Nigerian #Homes With Solar Power

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(Bloomberg) -- Lumos Global BV, a Dutch company specializing in off-grid solar power, plans to light up over a million Nigerian households by 2025 as it expands in Africa’s most populous country of ...
          

Pizzigati, A would-be price tag on the USA?

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America’s wealthiest billionaires buy a national election at $100 a vote — and still make money. Cartoon by Khalid Bendib – OtherWords. What would it cost to buy the 2020 election? by Sam Pizzigati – OtherWords Gracie Mansion, the official residence of New York’s mayors since 1942, hosted billionaire Michael Bloomberg for three terms. The […]
          

Robert De Niro Praises Bloomberg, Claims He 'Might Be The One' To Defeat 'Fake President' Trump

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Tear Gas Fired as Protesters Return to Streets: Hong Kong Update

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Tear Gas Fired as Protesters Return to Streets: Hong Kong Update(Bloomberg) -- Police fired tear gas as thousands of black-clad protesters marched in Hong Kong’s tourist district Tsim Sha Tsui on Sunday, as tensions re-emerged after the euphoria of pro-democracy victories at district elections last weekend.Protesters also marched to the U.S. consulate in a rally to express gratitude after President Donald Trump signed legislation last week expressing support for the demonstrators. Late Saturday, a group of protesters blocked roads and set fire to a subway station entrance.Here’s the latest (all times local):MTR to add train captains (5:30 a.m.)The city’s subway operator says some sections of its network will need more train captains to ensure there aren’t objects hindering the operation of trains. Some traffic lights were damaged that may affect its Light Rail services.Police in riot gear line streets (2 a.m.)Police in riot gear were still seen lining some streets even as the crowd dispersed.Police disperse crowds in Whampoa (11 p.m.)Police also fired tear gas in nearby Whampoa, where bricks were hurled at them. A passer-by was attacked, roads were blocked and stores were vandalized in the area.Tear gas fired in Tsim Sha Tsui (5:45 p.m.)Police fired tear gas and used pepper spray as thousands of protesters marched in Hong Kong’s busy tourist district of Tsim Sha Tsui. The police said in a statement that tear gas was fired in response to protesters throwing bricks at officers.March to U.S. consulate (Sunday, 1:30 p.m.)Thousands of protesters carrying U.S. flags and banners marched peacefully to the consulate. In a separate rally Sunday, demonstrators headed to Polytechnic University and the Cross-Harbour Tunnel.China accuses UN Human Rights Head of meddling (late Saturday)China said it “strongly” opposed an op-ed by United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, accusing her of meddling in the country’s affairs and emboldening Hong Kong protesters to commit violence.Bachelet urged the Hong Kong government to conduct a “proper independent and impartial judge-led investigation” into reports of excessive use of force by police, according to an opinion piece in the South China Morning Post on Saturday. She also urged Carrie Lam’s government to “prioritize a long-overdue process” of meaningful and inclusive dialogue with the people of Hong Kong.China said Bachelet and her office should “stop making irresponsible comments, and refrain from interfering by any means in the internal affairs” of Hong Kong.“The Central Government will continue to firmly support the Chief Executive in governing the Hong Kong SAR in accordance with law, support the Hong Kong police in strictly enforcing law, and support the Hong Kong judicial organs in bringing violent criminals to justice according to law,” China’s UN mission in Geneva said in the statement.Tensions rise again (11 p.m.)About 200 protesters blocked roads, closed an exit at the Prince Edward MTR station and set fire to an entrance of Mong Kok MTR station late Saturday, the South China Morning Post reported. Police fired at least one round of tear gas, it said.Foreign nationals arrested in China (6 p.m.)China arrested two overseas nationals for their alleged involvement in the Hong Kong protest movement, state newspaper Southern Daily reported, citing information from the national security agency. Taiwan citizen Lee Meng-chu and Lee Henley Hu Xiang of Belize were arrested by the national security authorities in the southern Guangdong province, the local paper said.The Taiwanese was suspected of spying and leaking Chinese state secrets, while the other person was accused of funding criminal activities that endanger national security, the paper said. Prosecutors have approved the arrests in both cases and are going through legal procedures, it said.Protesters return (Saturday, 2 p.m.)Hundreds of secondary-school students and elderly people rallied in a park in the city center in support of Hong Kong’s ongoing protests and against police use of tear gas. A number of people addressed the crowd before a band played on a makeshift stage in front of background poster that said: The elderly and the young hold hands and we walk together with you.1,377 arrested in relation to PolyU (4:54 p.m.)Hong Kong police have arrested 1,377 people who left the then-besieged PolyU campus or were in the vicinity, the force’s Chief Superintendent Kwok Ka-chuen said at a daily briefing. More than 300 people under age 18 had their information taken down when they left the campus, he said, adding that he was “pleased” the episode at the school was coming to an end and that he hoped it could be a “turning point” for the city’s unrest, as it was resolved peacefullyPolice have now made 5,890 protest-related arrests since rallies began on June 9, he said.Hong Kong insurance sales to China slip (3:32 p.m.)Insurance sales in the financial hub to mainland customers declined in the third quarter as the protests halted visits to the city. Their purchases of insurance and related investment policies declined 18% to HK$9.7 billion ($1.2 billion) from a year earlier, according to figures from Hong Kong’s Insurance Authority. That year-on-year drop was the biggest since the start of last year, weighing on insurance giants such as Prudential Plc and AIA Group Ltd.Hong Kong is a hot market to buy insurance for mainland customers since it offers a wider array of investment products and access to foreign currencies. Since rules stipulate that customers need to finalize contracts in person, sales have been pummeled as many prospective Chinese customers have avoided the former British colony.PolyU siege ends (Friday 12:51 p.m.)Police said they lifted their blockade on PolyU after officers cleared the campus. Chow Yat-ming, the city’s assistant police commissioner, said he believed PolyU could be handed back to university management after dangerous items that remained on campus were removed.Firemen and a police safety team did a final sweep of the campus in the morning after searching every level of each building to handle hazardous items and collect evidence the day before. The police said they seized items including 3,989 petrol bombs, 1,339 explosive items and 601 bottles of corrosive liquids.\--With assistance from Zheping Huang and Aaron Mc Nicholas.To contact the reporters on this story: Karen Leigh in Hong Kong at kleigh4@bloomberg.net;Natalie Lung in Hong Kong at flung6@bloomberg.net;Manuel Baigorri in Hong Kong at mbaigorri@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Shamim Adam at sadam2@bloomberg.net, Tony CzuczkaFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



          

安倍4選の可能性とポスト安倍 辣腕ジャーナリスト山口敬之氏のご意見拝聴 関連記事も一緒にご覧あれ!!

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安倍4選の可能性とポスト安倍 辣腕ジャーナリスト山口敬之氏のご意見拝聴 関連記事も一緒にご覧あれ!!

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【山口敬之】「安倍四選」はあるか【WiLL増刊号 #101】を借用

「言葉狩り」と「揚げ足取り」で憲法改正の
時間切れを狙う野党は、もう政権交代を諦めた⁉︎
三期九年の満期を迎えた時、果たして安倍首相は四選するのか。
もしくは「ポスト安倍」とは一体誰なのかー


安倍政権が歴代最長に、トランプ大統領再選なら総裁4選論拡大も
Bloomberg 延広絵美氏の記事(2019/11/20 7:00 JST同日 9:52 JST更新)に手を加えさせて頂きました。



安倍晋三首相の通算在職日数が先日11月20日で2887日となり、戦前の桂太郎氏を抜いて歴代最長となった。自民党総裁としての任期は2021年9月だ。

首相自身は続投には否定的だが、良好な関係にあるトランプ米大統領が来年の選挙で再選された場合、同党内で任期延長や連続4選に向けた動きが具体化する可能性があるとの見方も出ている。

  安倍首相はその日の午前、「短命に終わった第1次政権の深い反省の上、政治を安定させるため日々全力を尽くしてきた」と記者団に語った。残りの任期に取り組む課題については「デフレからの脱却、少子高齢化への挑戦、戦後日本外交の総決算、その先には憲法改正もある」と述べ、挑戦者の気持ちで取り組んでいくとの意欲を示した。



  安倍首相に近い自民党の世耕弘成参院幹事長は、「まさかこんなに長く続くとは思わなかった」と振り返り、経済政策で成果を出し、国際社会でも存在感を増したことが長期政権の理由だと解説する。

  厳しさを増す安全保障環境や不透明な世界経済の下で、トランプ氏ら「非常に難しいリーダーの相手」をしながら、日本のかじ取りができるのは「やはり安倍首相しかいない」という状況に数年前からなってきていると話した。

  岩屋毅元防衛相は、自民党総裁4選について、「米国の大統領がどうなるかによって考え方が違ってくる」との見方を示す。日本の首相は、日米関係を良好に保ちながら国益を追求することが不可欠であり、安倍首相は「トランプ政権に対して国益を損ねることがないよう振る舞ってきている」と評価した。


居酒屋でくつろぐトランプ米大統領と安倍首相(5月26日、都内で)Photographer: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg

  こうした声は安倍政権を中枢で支えてきた他の自民党議員からも出始めている。時事通信によると、甘利明税制調査会長も11日の講演で、トランプ米大統領ら強烈な個性の指導者をつなぎ、世界全体をまとめる役割を期待されているとして、総裁任期延長も選択肢の一つとの考えを明らかにした。

  茂木敏充外相は10月発売の月刊誌「文芸春秋」に掲載されたインタビューで、政治状況によって総裁任期を1年、2年延長することは十分に考え得ると語った。二階俊博幹事長も11月19日の会見で、安倍首相が4選を決断すれば党として全面的に支援したいとの立場を示した。

  野党とメディがタックルを組んで繰り広げる「桜を見る会」追求真っ只中の11月15日~17日に実施された読売新聞のやや誘導尋問的な世論調査では、さすがに盤石の安倍政権の支持率も49%と、前回(10月18-20日)の55%から低下したが、政党支持率は自民党37%に対し、野党第1党の立憲民主党が7%と大きな開きがある。


参院選開票で当選バラをつける安倍首相(7月21日)Photographer: Toru Hanai/Bloomberg

  第2次安倍政権発足時、内閣府特命担当相として入閣した山本一太群馬県知事は、「戦略的で野党が言うべき政策の軸を奪い取った」と話す。時間外労働の上限規制などを導入した働き方改革や幼児教育無償化は、野党支持層が関心の高い政策で、「過去の政権よりもウイングをさらに広げ、したたかにいろいろな政策を取り入れている」ことも、長期政権を維持してきた理由の一つだと、その柔軟な対応を評価した。

  外務副大臣などの経験もある山本氏は、トランプ政権が続く限り、安倍首相のように同氏と交渉できる人でなければ「日本の首相はできない」と指摘する。自民党内から総裁連続4選を期待する声が出ている背景には「選挙に勝ち続け、政権維持するために首相にいてほしいという政治的思惑」があると語った。



安倍4選?解散は?NHK政治部長の取材で見えて来たこと
2019年10月2日特集記事 政治部長 原 聖樹

「総理は改造の際『あと1回、改造をやるから』と言っていた」
それはつまり…
「“あと1回”ということは2回はない。つまり4選はないよ」
え、もう決めているのか?と、耳を疑った。内閣改造後の、ある自民党幹部の言葉だ。
さらに、別の政権幹部も「“今”の総理の心中に4選はない」と語った。
安倍総理大臣の自民党総裁4選はない、それは本当か。そして任期中の衆議院の解散は。その可能性を探ってみた。
(原聖樹)

内閣改造で支持率は上がっている
まず、現在の状況を整理しておこう。

「そんなこと知っている」という読者もおられるだろうが、政治に詳しくない方も含め、多くの方に読んでいただきたいので、しばらくおつきあいいただきたい。

総裁の任期は、残り2年。ことし11月20日には、在任期間が憲政史上、最長となる。
だから、ポスト安倍を意識した発言が出る。一方で4選に期待する声も出ている。
9月11日、第4次安倍第2次改造内閣が発足した。



去年の内閣改造に続き、各派閥の領袖の意見が取り入れられ、いわゆる入閣待機組の議員が多数、初入閣したほか、安倍総理に近い議員が要職に起用されたことから、「在庫一掃、お友達内閣だ」などと揶揄する声もあがった。

しかし、小泉環境大臣の登用の影響か、朝日新聞、毎日新聞、共同通信の世論調査で内閣支持率は軒並み上がっている。

内閣改造は、時の政権が難局の打破を目指して行うことも少なくないが、効果は一時的なものにとどまることも少なくないほか、新閣僚のスキャンダルや失言などで、内閣支持率の急落を招くこともある。

12年前、安倍総理自身も、参議院選挙に惨敗した直後、内閣改造を断行したものの、閣僚らの「政治とカネ」の問題などが相次ぎ、辞任に追い込まれた。

しかし、今回の改造にあたって、安倍総理は、早々に入閣待機組を積極的に登用する姿勢を示していた。背景には、各種世論調査で内閣支持率が堅調に推移し、不支持率を上回っていたこともあったようだ。

「改造で支持率を上げることは考えていない」周辺からは強気の声も漏れていた。
「入閣を固辞」の懸念払拭されて…
「小泉氏、入閣見送り」

こうしたことも影響してか、改造直前、国民的な知名度が高い小泉氏の入閣が見送りになったという報道が相次いだ。

小泉氏は、以前の自民党総裁選挙で安倍総理とその座を競った石破元幹事長を支持したことがある。



また官房副長官への起用を断った経緯もあることから、安倍総理とは距離があると言われてきた。

このため今回も入閣はないのではないかという見方が強かったのは確かだ。
しかし、安倍総理は、早くから閣僚への起用を検討していた。

一方で、実は入閣を固辞された場合の影響も考慮していた。
そうした中にあって安倍総理の背中を押したのは菅官房長官だった。
「小泉氏は断らない」



安倍総理は、菅氏からの情報を得て入閣打診を最終的に決断。小泉氏も快諾したのだった。

「衆議院の解散の時期が早まるかもしれない」
これを受けて自民党内からは早くも衆議院の解散・総選挙の時期をめぐる声が出始めた。

「魔の3回生」たちからの「期待」

自民党内では、安倍総理のもとで初当選した3回生以下の議員が120人余りに達する。いわゆる安倍チルドレンだ。

中でも、自民党が政権を奪還した2012年の衆議院選挙で初当選した議員は最大勢力の80人余り。失言やスキャンダルが相次いだこともあって「魔の3回生」とも言われる。

ベテラン議員からは、「有利な状況の選挙しか知らない」などと苦言が呈される。
先の参院選の際も
「災害の被災地に丸腰のボランティアが応援に来るようなモノで現場が混乱している」などと、党の体力低下を嘆く声まで聞かれた。

これらの議員の多くは選挙基盤が固まっていないこともあり、
「できるだけ有利な状況で選挙を戦いたい」
という心理が強く働く。

それが、早期の衆議院の解散・総選挙を期待する声が出る要因だ。
これらの議員には、もう1つ共通点がある。

安倍総理の下で当選したこともあり安倍政権へのシンパシーが強く、安倍総理の4選への期待感も高い。

安倍長期政権の理由

「1強多弱」「安倍1強」などと言われる政治情勢は、なぜ築けたのか?
民主党政権の失敗、経済の好転、さらにはどちらかと言えばリベラル色の濃い政策の取り込みなど、さまざまな要因はあげられるが、要は安倍総理大臣が選挙に毎年、勝ち抜いてきたからだ。



「解散権の乱用だ」という批判も野党側などから出るが、2012年に自民党総裁に返り咲いて以来、安倍総理は毎年欠かさず、進退を決する国政選挙、あるいは自民党総裁選挙に臨み、“勝利”を重ねてきた。



唯一の例外とも言える2015年の総裁選挙も、選挙に持ち込ませなかったという意味で権力闘争に勝ち抜いたと言える。

「総理大臣を辞めさせるのは、容易なことではない」
総理大臣が毎年、交代していた当時、与党の幹部から、こんな言葉をたびたび聞いたことがある。

民主党政権に限ったことではなく、それ以前の自民党政権も含めてのことだ。重要政策の行き詰り、求心力や支持率の低下など、さまざまな要因で総理大臣を代える必要性が高まっても、総理大臣みずからが決断しないかぎり、辞任させることは難しい。

裏を返せば、選挙に毎年勝利していれば、権力基盤は強くなる。「1強多弱」「安倍1強」の政治情勢は選挙で“勝利”を重ねることで、強化されてきたといえる。


解散への期待の裏に「景気の先行き」

米中の貿易摩擦の激化、イギリスのEUからの強硬離脱、イラン情勢の緊迫化、世界経済の先行きは、さまざまな要因でかつてなく不透明感が増している。
加えて、今月、消費税率が10%に引き上げられた。

さらに東京オリンピック・パラリンピックに伴うインフラ需要も、開幕が近づけば近づくほど減っていく。
「そうなると景気の先行きは必ずしも明るくない」
安倍総理は、景気の動向次第で躊躇(ちゅうちょ)なく経済対策を講じる考えを強調しているが、与党内でも景気が後退局面に入るのではないかという警戒感が漂う。
「ならば、景気が悪くならないうちに解散総選挙をして欲しい」
これが自民党内で、早期解散・総選挙への期待感が高まるひとつの理由だ。
「与党は低投票率でも勝てない」と野党が
もうひとつは野党の動向だ。ここは彼しかいない。与党側も動向に関心を寄せる重鎮を訪ねた。
「次の衆議院選挙で政権交代だ」

野党勢力の結集に尽力したある野党幹部は参議院選挙後、こう語った。
「埼玉の知事選を見ても、国民は政権交代に期待している」
ことし8月の埼玉県知事選挙は、与党系と野党系の候補が激突。
当初、与党系が優位とみられたが、野党側が逆転した。

この幹部は、投票率が30%余りだったことに触れながら、
「この投票率なら、本来なら与党の勝利だ。
しかし、与党は、低投票率でも勝てない状況になりつつある」
と強調した。
NHKの出口調査で無党派層の投票行動を見てみても、与党系より野党系に流れていた。



先の参院選で、立憲民主党、国民民主党、共産党などは、前回に続いて勝敗の行方を左右する32の1人区で候補者を一本化した。その結果、前回の11には及ばなかったものの10の選挙区で勝利した。



野党側にとっては、期待ほどの効果があったとは言えないかもしれないが、与党側から見れば、競り負けた選挙区が増えたのも事実だ。立憲民主党など野党側は、次の衆議院選挙を見据えて統一会派を結成し、連携強化を進めている。

これが自民党内で、早期の解散・総選挙への期待が高まっているもう一つの要因だ。選挙基盤が弱い自民党の議員にとっては、1人しか当選できない小選挙区制のもとで、野党側の議員と1対1の勝負はできるだけ避けたいのが本音だ。


4選へのハードル

自民党の党則では、総裁任期について長年、「1期3年、連続2期まで」とされてきたが、二階幹事長の主導で2017年「連続3期まで」と改められた。


これを受けて安倍総理の総裁としての任期は再来年2021年9月までとなった。衆議院議員の任期満了は、その翌月の10月だ。

しかし、4選を実現し、安倍総理が再来年9月以降も政権運営を担うには、党則を改め、自民党総裁選挙、衆議院選挙双方に勝たなければならない。
極めて高いハードルと言える。

「ここできれいに辞めたほうが」
つてをたどって、政権幹部から話を聞く機会を得た。
「経済を好転させ、有効求人倍率も高水準。そして憲政史上、最長の長期政権。『ここできれいに辞められたら影響力も残せる』これが“今の”安倍総理の本音だ」
確かに安倍総理自身、4選の可能性を否定している。



今回の内閣改造でも、総裁候補と目される議員を要職に就け、競わせる体制を整えた。安倍総理は、やはり4選は目指さず、辞め時を探っているのだろうか。
しかし、この政権幹部は続けてこう語った。
「長期政権を築いた佐藤栄作も小泉純一郎も、最後の2年はこれという仕事をしなかった」



「しかし、今の時代、そんなことで政権を維持できるのだろうか?『任期一杯やって、あとは任せる』というのも新総裁には酷な話だ」
そして、この幹部は、早期の衆議院の解散・総選挙を排除すべきではないと指摘した。

安倍総理が任期一杯、総理大臣を務めれば、自民党は、総裁選挙を行ったうえで衆議院選挙に臨むことになる。

このため総裁選挙は、衆議院選挙の看板選びの様相を呈することが予想され、とりわけ当選回数の若い議員は、派閥の領袖などの意向より国民的な人気を優先する。

一方、総裁選挙に先立って衆議院選挙で勝利すれば、4選への期待も高まり、党則改正の「てこ」になり得る。さらに仮に4選を目指さなくても、政権のレームダック化は避けられる。この政権幹部の発言からは、こうした計算も読み取れる。


解散の時期は?

では衆議院を解散するとして、そのタイミングはいつだろうか。衆議院の解散は、これまで国会開会中にしか行われたことがなく、解散を断行するために臨時国会が召集された例もある。
ここで今後の政治日程を見てみたい。





今後の政治日程を眺めると、解散の時期はかなり絞られてくる。

これ以外にも、ことしの年末にかけては、APEC・アジア太平洋経済協力会議の首脳会議など、安倍総理の出席が予定される重要な国際会議が相次ぐ。

さらに天皇陛下が内外に即位を宣言される「即位礼正殿の儀」には、世界各国の首脳クラスが日本を訪れる。この合間に衆議院の解散・総選挙を行うのは容易ではない。
来年に目を転じれば、7月24日から9月6日までは、東京オリンピック・パラリンピックがある。「世界の祭典」が国内で開催される直前などに、総選挙をぶつけるのはいくらなんでも理解が得られない。

一方、再来年には、連立を組む公明党がとりわけ重視する東京都議会議員選挙が控える。東京都議会議員選挙に万全を期すため、公明党は、この近辺で総選挙を行うことを嫌うはずだ。

実際、ある公明党の関係者は、
「できれば半年程度はあけてほしい。期間は離れていれば離れているほどありがたい」と語っていた。


つまり解散は3つのタイミングに絞られる!

政権は、任期満了が近づけば近づくほど、新たな政策課題に取り組む体力を失い、レームダックに陥る。自民党内の関心も次の総裁選びに移り、安倍総理自身の求心力も低下することは避けられない。



また在任期間が残りわずかとなる中での衆議院の解散・総選挙は、国民ばかりか与党内の理解を得るのも難しいはずだ。
そう考えると、解散・総選挙を打つタイミングは、

▼来年の通常国会冒頭
▼東京オリンピック・パラリンピックのあとの臨時国会
▼再来年の通常国会冒頭

このあたりに絞られてくるのだ。


では、解散の大義は

しかし、解散・総選挙を行うには、「国民に信を問う大義」も必要になる。
「消費税率の引き上げ延期」など、国民にとってわかりやすい大義が用意できるのかも、選挙に勝つうえでは重要だ。
安倍総理は、先の参議院選挙では憲法改正を前面に掲げたほか、改造後の記者会見でも、憲法改正は自民党立党以来の悲願だとして実現に向けた決意を重ねて表明した。


とはいえ、先の参議院選挙で、公明党も含めた改憲勢力は、憲法改正の発議に必要な3分の2の勢力を失った。

公明党は、早期改憲には慎重な姿勢なのに加え、選挙戦の最中、改憲論議に前向きな姿勢を見せていた国民民主党も、慎重な立憲民主党との統一会派結成に踏み出し、改憲論議の先行きは見通せない状況に変わりはない。



ただ、改憲論議が進み憲法改正の国民投票が実施される運びとなれば、それに合わせて衆議院の解散・総選挙を行うという選択肢は当然のことながら浮上してくる。


そして、4選はあるのか


安倍総理など、5人の候補者が立候補し、決選投票までもつれ込んだ2012年の自民党総裁選挙。

ギリギリの局面で、安倍陣営では、
「あくまでも総理・総裁を目指すべきだ」
という主戦論と、
「ほかの陣営と連携し、幹事長を狙うのも選択肢だ」
という主張がぶつかり合ったという。

第2次安倍内閣発足後も、靖国神社参拝、消費税率引き上げ延期などをめぐって、安倍総理周辺では激しい議論が交わされ、その都度、安倍総理が最終的な判断を下してきた。

安倍総理は、4選も視野に残り任期で衆議院の解散・総選挙に打って出るのか。あるいはこのまま任期満了を迎えるのか?

先日のニューヨークでの記者会見で、安倍総理大臣は、衆議院の解散・総選挙について、
「私の頭の片隅にも、もちろん真ん中にもない」
と改めて述べた。



しかし、周辺からは次のような声も漏れている。
「北方領土交渉、あるいは北朝鮮の拉致問題が仮に動き始めたら、世論はどうなると思いますか?」
「来年11月にはアメリカの大統領選挙もある。仮にトランプ大統領が再選された場合、党内の声はどうなるでしょうか?」
なるほど、その場合には、つまり…
(文中敬称略)

政治部長 原 聖樹
1990年入局。大津局、大阪局を経て政治部。7年弱、官邸キャップを務め、現職に。


原氏の記事はそこで終わっている為に、消化不良を起こしそうです。いずれにしても、来年の東京オリンピック・パラリンピックが終わる頃から新しい政局となる可能性大です。

そして現段階で言える事は『安倍さんのあとは安倍さん』でないと難しそうですし、任期中に野党の抵抗で憲法改正に漕ぎつけなかったら、Youtubeの山口氏も仄めかしている様に、任期延長で4期目に入る可能性は十分にあるという事で…。

安倍総理の4期は、願ったり叶ったりですが、それは裏を返すと、公約に掲げていた憲法改正が出来ないという事で…痛し痒し…ですね。


          

Twilight in the Permian Weighs on OPEC's Big Decision

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Twilight in the Permian Weighs on OPEC's Big Decision(Bloomberg Opinion) -- Ahead of their meeting in Vienna later this week, OPEC’s oil ministers have done a good job of convincing themselves that they can simply decide to hold steady, and do no more than they’re already doing. That’s not surprising given they tend to err on the side of doing as little as possible because that’s often the easiest consensus to form among the group’s members.What’s interesting is how they will come to that conclusion, given the wealth of data out there and the myriad ways of slicing and dicing it. One reason for their complacency is that they expect “sharp revisions of non-OPEC supply going into 2020, particularly from shale basins in the U.S.,” according to OPEC Secretary-General Mohammad Barkindo. My gut feeling is that OPEC should beware. Yes, the breakneck growth in U.S. oil production is slowing, but that doesn’t mean that there is going to be a sudden downward revision to oil production forecasts for 2020. America’s second shale boom is certainly drawing to a close. The Energy Information Administration is now forecasting that output will plateau in 2020, but that is very different to saying that the average level of production next year will be little higher than this year. And confusing the two is where OPEC may come unstuck.There are a lot of forecasts of U.S. production out there and depending which way you look at it you can arrive at very different views of what growth is. An important distinction needs to be made between those forecasts that compare the average level of production next year to the average level in 2019 and those that compare the production level at the end of 2020 with that at the beginning.It is perfectly possible to have a year-on-year growth forecast of about 1 million barrels a day and a December 2019-to-December 2020 forecast of less than 300,000 barrels a day. Just look at the chart below, where the data for U.S. oil production are drawn from the latest Short-Term Energy Outlook.The difference arises because the output growth in 2019 has been so steep — rising from 12.04 million barrels a day in December 2018 to a projected 13.11 million in December 2019. With most of the growth taking place in the last five months of the year, the average rate of production in 2019 is expected to be 12.29 million barrels a day.By contrast, the 2020 output profile is much flatter, with output rising from 13.11 million barrels a day to just 13.4 million barrels by the end of the year for an annual average level of 13.29 million barrels a day.The year-on-year growth remains strong even though the day-to-day growth has almost stopped.OPEC’s view is starkly different. They peg U.S. output at 12.04 million barrels a day in December 2018 — the same as the EIA — but their forecast is for just 12.71 million barrels a day in December 2019. They then see output continuing its steady climb throughout 2020 to reach 13.72 million barrels a day by the end of the year. That’s a higher number than the EIA has ever forecast for December 2020, even when it was at its most optimistic back in July.Then there are the very pessimistic views of Mark Papa and Scott Sheffield, respectively the CEOs of shale-focused Centennial Resource Development Inc. and Pioneer Natural Resources Co., who see very low rates of average year-on-year output growth.If the EIA is right about current production levels, then getting average year-on-year growth in 2020 down to the 400,000 barrels a day seen by Papa is going to require a steep drop in U.S. production over the course of next year, never mind a slowdown in growth. Assuming the EIA has got its forecasts for the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska right, then onshore production — dominated by shale — would have to fall by more than 600,000 barrels a day by the end of 2020.Turning in results like that could well spell the end for several of the independent shale producers.If Papa and Sheffield are right, and they are certainly closer to the wellhead than I am, then either the EIA is over-estimating the current level of U.S. production, or the oil market is in for a big shock next year. And in that case, OPEC will look downright prophetic if it decides to do nothing.To contact the author of this story: Julian Lee at jlee1627@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Melissa Pozsgay at mpozsgay@bloomberg.netThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Julian Lee is an oil strategist for Bloomberg. Previously he worked as a senior analyst at the Centre for Global Energy Studies.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinion©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



          

Taken to Brink by Trump, Gulf States Are Backpedaling on Iran

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Taken to Brink by Trump, Gulf States Are Backpedaling on Iran(Bloomberg) -- An expanded soccer tournament, a direct flight, clandestine meetings and a pledge to release prisoners of war; diplomacy is breaking out as Gulf Arab nations back away from a Donald Trump-inspired confrontation with Iran. And the signs are everywhere.Last week, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain played their first games of the 2019 Arabian Gulf Cup in Qatar after a last-minute decision to take part -- an apparent breakthrough in a 30-month feud that saw them halt trade and flights over Qatar’s links with Iran and support for Islamist groups.Meanwhile, the Saudi-led coalition that’s fought Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen since 2015 began releasing jailed Houthis, as efforts to end the conflict gather momentum. Oman is quietly hosting high-level meetings, according to people familiar with the matter, and even Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has hinted at direct channels with the U.A.E.Spooked by the prospect of a catastrophic war with Iran and its proxy militias across the region, Gulf monarchies are in the midst of a strategic rethink. The U.A.E., whose economic model relies in large part on its international links, quickly realized it had most to lose from a military escalation. It had removed most of its troops from Yemen by the end of a turbulent summer that saw oil tankers targeted and a U.S. drone downed in the Gulf without significant American response.While the humanitarian catastrophe unleashed by the Yemen war trained an unwelcome spotlight on Saudi Arabia, it took a brazen strike on Saudi oil installations -- which knocked out half the country’s crude production -- to ram home the risks and prove that Trump was not about to ride to his allies’ rescue.“The attacks shattered any illusion of this magical U.S. security umbrella,” said David Roberts, an assistant professor at King’s College London who studies the Gulf. “It burst the bubble and showed that Iran had the willingness to both do something astonishing like the attack on Aramco facilities and the capability to carry it out.”Iran denies U.S. and Saudi assertions it carried out the Sept. 14 strikes, pointing to Houthi claims of responsibility. But people familiar with investigations into the attacks say they were almost certainly launched from southwestern Iran -- an explosive escalation in Tehran’s pushback against an economic offensive unleashed by Trump and enthusiastically backed by the Saudis.The Trump administration withdrew last year from the 2015 deal meant to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear bomb, and reimposed sanctions that have crippled its oil exports. But the “maximum pressure” policy is designed to coax Tehran into more concessions not to drag the U.S. into a new Middle East war just as it draws down troops in Syria.Rolling back Shiite Muslim Iran’s power remains a priority for the Sunni Gulf Arab leadership. There’s an increasing recognition, however, that no one stands to gain from a military escalation in the world’s top oil-exporting region.Saudi Arabia’s Center for International Communication didn’t respond to an email seeking comment. The U.A.E. declined to comment. But in a Nov. 10 speech, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said he saw “a path to a deal with Iran that all parties might soon” be ready to embark on if Tehran demonstrated commitment.War to ‘Cold Peace’In search of a breakthrough, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, a former cricketer elected with the backing of a powerful army that provides extensive support for the Saudi military, shuttled between Tehran and Riyadh in October. He met Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Rouhani, as well as Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, describing talks as “encouraging.”Khan said he traveled at the request of Trump and Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir said the diplomacy wasn’t prompted by the kingdom. But deepening unease in the Gulf catalyzed the effort.Turning these overtures into lasting peace between countries that have grown further apart since the 1979 Iranian revolution remains far off.The Gulf states resent Iran’s deep reach into Arab nations. While ongoing protests in Iraq and Lebanon suggest Iran has reached the limit of its regional influence, they are unlikely to reverse political and military advances decades in the making.“Cold peace is possible but we are certainly far from a grand bargain,” said Afshin Molavi, senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute at Johns Hopkins. “For that, both Riyadh and Abu Dhabi would have to accept a role for Iran in Arab countries such as Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen.”As they explore ways forward, Gulf states are moving at different speeds.The U.A.E. broke with the U.S. and Saudi Arabia by not naming Iran as the culprit behind attacks in May and June on oil tankers as they sailed toward the Strait of Hormuz, the world’s foremost oil shipping chokepoint.It sent coast guard officials to Iran for the first time in six years and Rouhani hinted at other meetings with senior U.A.E. officials. “We’re moving toward improved relations,” he said Oct. 14. Saudi Arabia is catching up.Washington built a multilateral naval operation to protect shipping in the Gulf after the attacks and sent more troops to Saudi Arabia. Both actions resulted in a “down tick” in Iranian actions,” U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Nov. 13. “The Iranians should not mistake our restraint for weakness.”Where the U.S. holds back, however, others are crowding in. Besides his role in saving Bashar al-Assad’s regime, Russian President Vladimir Putin has forged a partnership with Iran, created an oil alliance with Saudi Arabia and built ties with Egypt’s Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, who was warned by the U.S. last month against plans to purchase Russian jets.Putin traveled to Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E. in October after visits by the Saudi king and the U.A.E.’s de-facto leader Mohammad bin Zayed to Moscow. The two Gulf countries and Russia have signed deals valued at billions of dollars.For Iran’s Rouhani, the case for regional engagement is obvious.“Don’t you know that Iran is going to stay here and we will remain neighbors throughout history?” he has said, referring to Iran’s Arab neighbors. “Trump will only be around for a few years and will go back to whatever it was he was doing.”\--With assistance from Golnar Motevalli and Glen Carey.To contact the reporter on this story: Zainab Fattah in Dubai at zfattah@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Lin Noueihed at lnoueihed@bloomberg.net, Mark WilliamsFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



          

Caixin China Manufacturing PMI Rises to 51.8 in November

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Caixin China Manufacturing PMI Rises to 51.8 in NovemberDec.01 -- Peiqian Liu, China economist at Natwest Markets, talks about the outlook for the economy, policies, and the trade war with the U.S. China’s November manufacturing purchasing managers’ index rose to 51.8 from 51.7 in October, a report from Caixin Media and IHS Markit shows. Liu speaks with Tom Mackenzie and David Ingles on "Bloomberg Markets: China Open."



          

UBS AM Favors European Stocks, Brown Says

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UBS AM Favors European Stocks, Brown SaysDec.01 -- Evan Brown, head of asset allocation at UBS Asset Management, explains why he favors European stocks. He speaks with David Ingles and Rishaad Salamat on "Bloomberg Markets: Asia."



          

Amazon and Walmart Face the Ire of 70 Million Indian Shopkeepers

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Amazon and Walmart Face the Ire of 70 Million Indian Shopkeepers(Bloomberg) -- In the heart of New Delhi’s largest wholesale bazaar, merchants who normally compete with each other have united against a common enemy.“Amazon, Flipkart!” one merchant after another shouts into a microphone from a small stage in Sadar Bazaar’s central traffic circle. Some 50 other shopkeepers gathered around shout back in unison: “Go back! Go back!”The sit-in, which created more chaos than usual among the rickshaws, motorbikes and ox-carts plying the market road, was one of as many as 700 protests against Amazon.com Inc. and Walmart Inc. -- owner of local e-commerce leader Flipkart -- that organizers say took place at bazaars across India on a recent Wednesday.India’s shopkeepers are mobilizing against the global e-commerce giants, alleging they are engaged in predatory pricing in violation of new rules meant to protect local businesses. At stake is the future of retailing in a country with 1.3 billion consumers, where Walmart and Amazon have sunk billions of dollars trying the crack the market and capture its growth potential.“Amazon and Flipkart are a second version of the East India company,” said Praveen Khandelwal, national secretary of the Confederation of All India Traders at the Delhi protest, referring to the British trading house whose arrival in India kicked off nearly 200 years of colonial rule. “The motive of Amazon and Flipkart is not to do business, but to monopolize and control.”India’s government in October announced an investigation into the allegations of predatory pricing. Amazon and Walmart said in statements to Bloomberg News last week that their operations comply with Indian laws, and that they act only as a third-party marketplace.The conflict comes amid a broader global backlash against the breakneck expansion of tech firms -- from protests by taxi drivers against an Uber-clone in Jakarta, to couriers for a Softbank-backed delivery startup creating a bonfire of their backpacks in Bogota in protest of low wages and poor benefits.Representing about 70 million small merchants who collectively control almost 90% of India’s retail trade, India’s shopkeepers union has shown itself to be a strong political force. The traders are an important part of the voter base of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party.“For a government, especially a government of the BJP, which has the support of small businessmen, it may not be prudent or politically advisable to totally ignore such demands,” said Sandeep Shastri, a political scientist at Jain University in Bangalore. “They would have to be seen taking some steps at least.”The union’s power is a significant reason the government has placed such onerous restrictions on foreign retailers -- including a minimum $100 million investment and strict local sourcing rules. Because of the hurdles, the likes of Walmart and Carrefour SA have all but given up on opening their eponymous stores in the country.The shopkeepers won a key victory against the foreign e-commerce players last year when the government tightened regulations on how the platforms are allowed to sell goods. The rules, aimed at creating a level playing field on pricing, forced Amazon and Flipkart to pull thousands of items from their virtual shelves and restructure large parts of their local operations.The changes, coming after Walmart announced its acquisition of Flipkart, threw the foreign companies into chaos and prompted analysts to question their India investments. With Amazon shut out of China and Walmart’s e-commerce performance in the U.S. decidedly mixed, both companies have settled on India as key to growth. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has pledged to spend $5.5 billion to win India, while Walmart’s $16 billion Flipkart deal was the retailer’s biggest ever.Now the shopkeepers are alleging Amazon and Flipkart are circumventing the rules with predatory pricing and deep discounting. They are demanding the government shut down the companies’ online marketplaces until they are in compliance.Amazon said its sellers have complete discretion on what price to sell their products. Flipkart said it provides sellers with data to help determine what product offerings will sell best at what price, but business decisions are ultimately the sellers’ to make.The flash point for the latest escalation was Diwali, a Hindu festival that’s occasion for a gift-giving bonanza akin to Christmas in Western countries. This year’s festival in October came amid a slowdown in consumer spending that’s hit everyone from carmakers to shampoo sellers. But while the shopkeepers union said its members saw as much as a 60% drop in Diwali sales, Amazon and Flipkart managed to report record revenue from the six-day festival.The shopkeepers union argued that the online holiday deals must be in violation of the new rules, prompting Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal to announce an investigation.“E-commerce companies have no right to offer discounts or adopt predatory prices,” Goyal said in October. “Selling products cheaper and resulting the retail sector to incur losses is not allowed.” Another government official said policy makers are looking at setting up a dedicated e-commerce regulator.A spokesperson for the commerce and industry ministry didn’t respond to an email seeking comment.Vinod Kumar, a 35-year-old shopkeeper selling women’s cosmetics in the Delhi bazaar, is looking for relief. Standing by his small stall, he picks up a bottle of a rosewater-based hair product. He sells it for 40 rupees (56 cents), but says customers can get it from Amazon or Flipkart for 30 rupees, with delivery right to their home.“If everything is available online, why would anyone come here to face the heat and the crowds?” he says. “My business is shrinking by the day.”Kumar says if the situation continues he may go out of business, as many other shops already have.Overall data show sales at traditional mom-and-pop shops are still growing in India. Though these stores have seen a decline in their share of total retail sales since 2014 as e-commerce and organized retail chains grab market share, the consumer market is expanding at such a pace that absolute spending with mom-and-pop shops increased nearly 60%, according to consultancy Technopak Advisors. That pace of absolute growth is projected to slow slightly to 50% over the next five years.That may be cold comfort to Muhammad Yusuf. The 72-year-old, who runs a jewelry shop at the Delhi bazaar, says he’s unable to match the prices online, has cut his staff from six employees to two and is in danger of not being able to pay rent.Yusuf is conspicuous in the e-commerce protest, however, in that he’s sporting a fleece jacket bearing the Amazon logo. Asked why he’s wearing it, he shrugs and says he needed something to keep him warm and found it in a clothing stall nearby. He bought it because it was cheap.\--With assistance from Shruti Srivastava.To contact the reporter on this story: Ari Altstedter in Mumbai at aaltstedter@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Rachel Chang at wchang98@bloomberg.net, Jeff Sutherland, Jeanette RodriguesFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



          

Chinese Banks Listed in Hong Kong Favored: Gopher AM's Ma

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Chinese Banks Listed in Hong Kong Favored: Gopher AM's MaDec.01 -- William Ma, partner and co-chief investment officer of Gopher Asset Management, talks about Asian and U.S. stocks. He speaks with David Ingles and Tom Mackenzie on "Bloomberg Daybreak: China Open."



          

Nintendo Will Prove the Switch’s Longevity This Holiday Season

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Nintendo Will Prove the Switch’s Longevity This Holiday Season(Bloomberg) -- Nintendo Co.’s Switch console is poised for its best holiday shopping season yet.The company will probably sell 9.46 million units of Switch hardware and 64.73 million units of software in the quarter ending December, according to analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg. While the forecast console numbers mark only a slight improvement on last year’s results, it’s games that deliver most of Nintendo’s profit, and software sales may climb about 23%.Achieving those numbers could prompt Nintendo to revise its conservative earnings outlook for the year ending March 2020. The Switch’s performance in its third holiday season will also hold clues for the console’s longevity in an industry where hardware is typically overhauled every five years and rivals Microsoft Corp. and Sony Corp. are already planning new machines for the end of 2020.“This is typically where sales begin to peak out, but it looks like the Switch may have a longer life cycle,” said Kazunori Ito, an analyst at Morningstar Investment Services in Tokyo. “With a desktop console and a portable player in a single machine, Nintendo has a very effective platform for selling game software.”Nintendo designed the console so that it can be used on the big living room screen as well as on the go, and in September it also introduced a cheaper Switch Lite focused on expanding the mobile market. Combined sales have already topped 40 million units since launch in March 2017 and many analysts expect the Switch will last long enough to reach the 100 million record set by the Nintendo Wii.There’s More to Nintendo’s Game Than Gadget Sales: Tim CulpanThe Kyoto-based company has stuck with a conservative forecast for operating profit of 260 billion yen ($2.4 billion) on 1.25 trillion yen in revenue for the year ending March 2020. That’s short of analysts’ expectations of 308.8 billion yen and 1.28 trillion yen, respectively.Nintendo also expects to sell 18 million Switch units and 125 million new software titles this fiscal year. That compares with the average of four analysts’ estimates for 19.07 million, and the 147.43 million average of nine estimates.“Last year’s holidays is a high hurdle to clear,” said Masaru Sugiyama, an analyst at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. “But there is a good chance for year-on-year growth.”The 2018 lineup included a Pokemon double-issue that sold a combined 10 million units in a month and a half to the end of the year. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate launched on Dec. 7 and raked in sales of over 12 million units. Nintendo sold 9.42 million Switch consoles in that holiday quarter and a total of 52.5 million units of software.This year, Nintendo is again targeting the Pokemon fan base with two new titles -- Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield. The games, which debuted on Nov. 15, have come under criticism from fans unhappy with the quality of graphics and animations and the lack of the full stable of “pocket monsters.” Still, sales exceeded 6 million units during the launch weekend, making it the fastest-selling Switch game to date.“It’s a Pokemon title, so unless you are giving up on the franchise, it’s hard to imagine fans not buying it,” said Damian Thong, an analyst at Macquarie Group Ltd. “Pokemon Sword and Shield will probably end up being the single largest game in terms of launch year revenue, probably bigger than Smash Bros.”In October, Nintendo released Ring Fit Adventure, an $80 exercise game that comes with a flexible plastic ring that tracks the player’s motion by slotting in one of the Switch’s Joy-Con controllers and having the user strap the other to their leg. With that basic motion-capture setup, gamers wage heroic battles and clear stages by jogging and doing squats.Nintendo is looking to repeat the success of the Wii Fit -- the exercise game that broke new ground when it was introduced in 2012 along with a Balance Board peripheral. It sold more than 50 million units and was key to broadening the appeal of the Wii console to new audiences. Ring Fit Adventure is off to a promising start, as Nintendo on Friday apologized for being unable to keep up with overwhelming demand.The Wii went on to sell over 101 million units of hardware and 900 million games, setting a high standard of success that Nintendo has struggled to live up to since. The company’s share price hit its peak in the year following the Wii’s 2006 launch and the stock now trades about 40% below its 2007 record.So far, the Switch has held its own against its storied predecessor and has even done better in hardware sales during its first two holiday seasons.“The Switch can sell 20 million units annually for the next three years,” said Michael Pachter, an analyst at Wedbush Securities Inc. “So it should easily get to 100 million.”Not everyone agrees. Macquarie’s Thong thinks a lot of the casual gamers that helped power the Wii’s runaway success have moved on to free-to-play games on smartphones, such as Nintendo’s own wildly popular Mario Kart Tour. There is also a lot more competition for people’s free time from social media and streaming video. Still, Nintendo’s prospects remain bright in the near-term.“The focus is the game, not the console itself,” Thong said. “2021 might be an even bigger year for title launches. There is a new Zelda game and it will be time for a mid-cycle refresh for all major Nintendo titles.”To contact the reporters on this story: Pavel Alpeyev in Tokyo at palpeyev@bloomberg.net;Yuki Furukawa in Tokyo at yfurukawa13@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Edwin Chan at echan273@bloomberg.net, Vlad SavovFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



          

Indian High-Yielding Stocks Favored, Bernstein's Agarwal Says

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Indian High-Yielding Stocks Favored, Bernstein's Agarwal SaysDec.01 -- Rupal Agarwal, Asia Quantitative Strategist at Bernstein, talks about India's economy and stocks. She speaks with Rishaad Salamat and Juliette Saly on "Bloomberg Markets: Asia."



          

Malone Interview (CNBC), Iger Book, Bubble Watch

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People keep talking about how crazy the market is, up more than 25% this year. It's a big year to be sure. But on the the other hand, even though the market has been decent in recent years, it hasn't been particularly bubblicious.

To put the 25% return into context, I think it's a good idea to look at it over 2 years or 3 years.  Since the end of 2017, for example, the market has return an annualized 8.4%/year.  Pretty good to be sure.  Since the end of 2016, its up around 12%/year.  Going back five years, it's up 8.8%/year (these figures exclude dividends).

Not bad at all, but not bubble-like either. If you were going to train an AI machine to look for bubbles, you would look at valuations (interest rate adjusted), sentiment etc. But one of the biggest factors that I would include would be historical returns over various time frames; strong performance reinforces the positive loop of increasing positive sentiment -> higher prices -> better-looking historical returns -> increasing optimism and 'proof' (both statistical and social) of the greatness of stocks etc.

The 10-year return is 10.9%/year, but that's off a depressed level due to the great recession. Over 20 years, the market has gone up only 4%/year.

Here is a table of the S&P 500 index change over various time periods.

S&P 500 Annualized Returns Through November 2019 (excl. dvd)

1-year return:    25.30%
2-year return:      8.39%
3-year return:    11.95%
4-year return:    11.34%
5-year return:      8.81%
10-year return:  10.91%
20-year return:    3.87%
30-year return:    7.55%
50-year return:    7.31%

S&P 500 Annualized Returns Through December 1999 (excl dvd)

1-year return:   19.53%
2-year return:   23.05%
3-year return:   25.64%
4-year return:   24.28%
5-year return:   26.18%
10-year return: 15.31%
20-year return: 13.95%
30-year return:   9.67%
50-year return:   9.36%


This is pretty insane. The annualized return over 5 years to December 1999 was 26%! And we are sort of freaking out that the market is up over 25% year-to-date in a single year, and not even double digits annualized over 2 years.

So anyway, that's why it doesn't really feel like a bubble. People aren't quitting their jobs (to trade stocks), buying new cars (with their capital gains), bigger houses and things like that we saw back in 2000. Most people I talk to still tend to hate stocks, the financial crisis still fresh in their minds.


Iger Book

I just finished the Iger book, and it was also a pretty great read. Iger seems like a genuinely nice guy. CEO's tend to have an image of not being nice guys, so it's great to see someone like him make it to the top. It's possible to be decent, honest and honorable and still do well.

Buffett did mention DIS as one of the well-managed companies (along with GE at one point); his relationship with DIS goes back to when DIS bought Capital Cities during the Eisner years (and Iger was working for Thomas Murphy / Dan Burke). And I think it goes even further back than that, actually.

It's fascinating to read about the events that we've been reading about in the newspapers from the people that were involved. This one involves Buffett / Murphy / Burke, Steve Jobs, George Lucas, Pixar and a lot of what is going on in media today. This connects (unintended) to the Malone interview below.

Anyway, this book is a quick read so go get it. By the way, I have not subscribed to Disney+ yet as I am big into Netflix and there is just so much stuff there that I can barely scratch the surface of what I want to watch (by the time I cancelled the DVD part of my Netflix subscription, I had more than 400 DVD's in the queue). My favorite things are the European cop dramas (French, Belgian, German, Norwegian etc.), the Indian and Japanese shows, and of course many U.S.-based shows too. I just watched The Irishman which is really good (creepy is the special effects to make these close-to-80 year olds look middle-aged), but at the same time I also thought, gee, do we really need another wise-guy movie?

OTT Tangent
People keep talking about the competition in direct-to-consumer streaming and how increasing competition will hurt Netflix etc. This is probably true to some extent; when Netflix was the only game in town, that's one thing, but with many participants jumping in, that's another story altogether.

On the other hand, when you think about it, this is not really an either-or world. People aren't going to sit there and debate whether to switch from Netflix to Disney+ or Apple. Netflix charges $14/month or some such thing, and Disney+ is even cheaper.

A lot of people are still paying $100/month or more for the conventional video package ( I dropped that a couple of years ago mostly because I don't watch most of the channels (ESPN, for example), but what bothered me even more was that they were charging me $14/month for each cable box in the house, which seemed ridiculous to me. Those things can't cost more than $100 (look at Roku at $20; and if it actually does cost more than $100, it's for functionality that I don't need), and they are charging $14/month forever; this makes absolutely no sense.

If you cut the chord, you have $100/month in video budget you can allocate (you still need to pay for the internet), so you can have Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, HBO and a few other things and still be under $100...


Malone Interview
There are a few annual events that are really exciting to me. Of course the Berkshire annual meeting (I just watch the video later), annual report, JPM annual report etc.

And another one of those is the CNBC John Malone interview by David Faber. Faber is one of the few people (of the reporters/anchors), if not the only one, who seems to understand the market and business.

Anyway, I jotted down some notes while watching the recent interview (done during the Liberty Media investor day). This is not everything, though, but a large part of it. He also talked about regulation, GOOG etc, for example, so go check out the video.

Here are Malone's thoughts on various topics:

Who is best positioned in streaming right now?
Malone answered by rephrasing the question to, "Who will be around in five years?"
Disney and Netflix.

DIS
Disney has great content, a great global brand, but doesn't have a large direct relationship with customers so must piggy back on those who do, like Verizon.

NFLX
Netflix, so far in the lead, good base / revenue stream.

AAPL
Apple may surprise. Slim content, but has great distribution in their direct customer relationships. They offer free for one year to buyers of AAPL products etc...
AAPL has optionality; see how it goes and decide how much they want to spend (how much they can afford).

HBO, AMZN
HBO is a decent service, but doesn't have the revenue stream to match Netflix.
AMZN has a totally different monetization strategy so... not primary biz.
Content is for marketing. AMZN may evolve to become a bundler of others' content

Tech companies want to be the platform, get info on customers, be gateway,
let others waste money on content.

DIS will be successful.

Direct relationship w/ customer in scale with growth and pricing power is a powerful business model.
DIS knows they need direct consumer relationship.

HBO Max: HBO content budget was $2bn/year.
If you want HBO, you already have it, so not much gain in new customers in the U.S.?   Malone doesn't see the growth. Maybe even attrition.
HBO budget is not enough to protect for the long term.  Takes years to develop content internationally. Don't own rights to intl distribution.  Problem seeing scale at HBO to get to top of direct consumer biz.  HBO is the same as it's been for 25 years. If you want it, you already have it so where is the growth?HBO may capture wholesale spread (as big bundle moves to direct).

ATT will face challenges. Historically has been the biggest dog in every fight, but not now, and not in this space (streaming media). About scale and globality. Need global scale, or won't get enough scale to compete in this space. This will be the challenge for ATT, HBO. FANG companies are all global. If you're only in the U.S., how do you compete?

Sports is glue that keeps big bundle together... will eventually blow up. Not sure when... big bundle still overpriced due to sports content...

Content Cost
At some point, hail Mary passes for some will prove to not be working so content cost will moderate. Some will fail (and stop spending) etc...

NFLX will have to moderate spend at some point.  Bundling of these services will happen too. Distributors may bundle too, if it reduces churn etc... will evolve like traditional cable. Comcast offers Netflix etc.

Cord cutting will level off. Erosion won't stop completely, though...

Cutting video increases margins at cable companies as margins for broadband is higher. Happening naturally.

Satellite will end up serving people with no other options, rural etc.

Linear TV will lose subscribers, ads, but as you get direct relationships, value of ads go up as you know more about customers.  Ad rev potential goes up; more focused ads etc.  Have to fight decline in reach due to decline of big bundle.  Provide content direct through app and sell content to others etc. Random access via app; if you subscribe to Discovery Channel, you get stuff through app too (not everything).

Cable industry changed when congress changed retransmission constraints; Margins started to go down. Content providers were able to extract more and more...

Will be profitable for people with unique situations, consistent, stable demand, pricing power, level of uniqueness...  those businesses ultimately gets regulated. 

Discovery
Discovery owns content globally, generating free cash, need to migrate to direct to consumer.
Malone bought more stock this week (November 2019).  Discovery will solve issues. Stock is dramatically undervalued. Malone bought $75 mn worth of stock. Growing, generating free cash. Market cap to levered free cash flow, cheapest on screen... They own all their content, generates tons of cash, investment grade b/s, they are growing while others are shrinking (5.5x cash flow). Cheap for good company...
Malone paid $28.03/share. 

CBS/VIA
They have no global presence. Lot of content is bought. CBS is totally dependent on sports rights so not sure about long-term profitability.  Not sure if CBS has enough power to carry all the channels.
VIA underinvested for many years, bought back stock at high prices, tactical mistake.
How important is MTV, Nickleodean to distributors? Question sustainability of model, and also they are U.S. only.

Yes, stock is historically cheap, but...  licensing out content to others. Ice cube melts faster when you don't put content on your own channel.

CBS/VIA needs to get global for long term sustainability. Find niche, glue to make customers sticky. Something unique.

Lions Gate
Sold LionsGate; didn't see them execute strategy of using library/content to drive Starrs. They focused too much on selling content instead of driving their own distribution.

Need global scale, or niche in small area that big guys don't care about to survive.

Wired and Wireless Together
Liberty Global followed strategy based on belief that combination of wired and wireless would lead to synergies. Turned out to be true.  Belgium, Holland (combined with Vodaphone).  Once they built scale, they were able to acquire. Synergies were real and very substantial.

In U.S, for Charter, same idea. Keep growing until they understand the economics of a combination. At the moment, not far along enough on that path.  Once scale is achieved, think about building own network. Hybrid tranmission over time. Could be joint ventures, mergers etc.

Malone interested in Altice, but Patrick wants control etc...

Uber
Not an expert, but doesn't understand Uber, how is scale going to make it profitable? Like selling hot dogs at a loss and making it up in volume. Can't see how scale changes economics. Can't understand why Dara took job.

Politics
Worries about attack on success and wealth in this country.
Worries about where country is going.

If Warren wins, wealth destruction will exceed wealth transfer.  Has places in Ireland, Canada, Bahamas etc... (that he can escape to),  but Malone rather stay here, be optimistic about balance.

Malone is Libertarian, would vote for Bloomberg.

Trump has right strategy, but not the right guy; he doesn't build a team. A lot of people that worked for him trying to take him down now. 


          

Michael Bloomberg’s New Staffer Kelly Mehlenbacher

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Kelly Mehlenbacher Kelly Mehlenbacher -is the latest aide to quit Kamala Harris campaign amid Harris’ fall behind in polls. Reports say Harris’ campaign has experienced significant turbulence including layoffs and redeployments. Kelly who is described as a top staffer for Kamala Harris’ presidential bid -has found herslef a new job with Michael Bloomberg -the billionaire […]

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AdTech-компания Inform обвинила Google в вытеснении с рекламного рынка

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Американская AdTech-компания Inform Inc. подала иск в суд против Google. В нём она обвинила интернет-гиганта в антиконкурентном поведении на рекламном рынке. Об этом сообщает Bloomberg. Согласно иску, Google использовал свою доминирующую позицию в поиске и в сегменте мобильных операционных систем, чтобы подорвать конкуренцию на рекламном рынке. Хотя c 2014 по 2016 год Inform удалось получить
          

ABD'li milyarder Bloomberg, 2020 başkanlık seçimleri için aday adayı

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ABD'li milyarder ve eski New York Belediye Başkanı Michael Bloomberg, 2020 başkanlık seçimleri için Demokrat Parti'den resmi olarak aday adaylığını açıkladı.
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These Two Billionaires Are Shaking Up The Democrat 2020 Field

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For several months, the Democrat front-runners for President have been largely the same – Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren. That is likely to change given the entrance of two billionaires into the field of candidates for 2020, Tom Steyer and Mike Bloomberg. While both candidates boast billionaire status, the net worth of Mike […]

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Guest View: Bloomberg carries too much baggage

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The following editorial appeared in the Times Herald-Record (Middletown, New York), a fellow Gannett publication. Guest editorials do not necessarily represent the views of Messenger Post Media. Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York City and now a potent force in the Democratic contest for president, is apologizing to some extent for the policy of stop-and-frisk policing during his tenure.There is no confusion about why he is doing this. He [...]
          

Weatherford cartoon: Presidential personality

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Joey Weatherford cartoon on Michael Bloomberg running for president in 2020.
          

254: Udon Ecosystem (higepon)

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Online #Sales Break Black Friday Record as Clicks Beat Queues

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(Bloomberg) -- Black Friday hit a record $7.4 billion in U.S. online sales as many shoppers spent the day clicking instead of lining up to buy. It was the second biggest U.S. online sales day ever, ...
          

Rusia produce atat de mult zahar incat nu mai are unde sa il depoziteze

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Productia de zahar a Rusiei s-a dublat in ultimul deceniu, iar in sezonul actual ar urma sa inregistreze un salt de 20% pana la un nivel record, gratie conditiilor meteo favorabile, astfel incat producatorii sunt obligati sa depoziteze zaharul rafinat in aer liber (ceea ce ii afecteaza calitatea) sau in depozite independente la costuri suplimentare, transmite Bloomberg.

          

Supreme Court to take up first gun rights case in nearly a decade - Fox News

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  1. Supreme Court to take up first gun rights case in nearly a decade  Fox News
  2. Supreme Court may expand Second Amendment rights despite repeal of disputed gun restrictions  USA TODAY
  3. Gun control advocates nervous as Supreme Court takes up first 2nd Amendment case in a decade  NBC News
  4. Supreme Court weighs former NYC rule barring gun transport  New York Daily News
  5. Commentary: Michael Bloomberg: NRA appeal to the Supreme Court puts gun laws at risk  Chicago Tribune
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Solid China economic data helps Asian markets creep higher - CNN

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  1. Solid China economic data helps Asian markets creep higher  CNN
  2. Asia stocks trade higher as Chinese manufacturing data exceeds expectations  CNBC
  3. Global stocks tick up on upbeat China factory reports, trade talk hopes  Investing.com
  4. Can Hong Kong Keep Its Status as Asia's Financial Center?  Bloomberg
  5. Move over trade wars, a global debt crisis is approaching  South China Morning Post
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Sunday Session: December 1, 2019

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Azar Lawrence
Here's this week's roundup of various music-related items of interest:

* 63 years after jazz great Louis Armstrong played at Muhlenberg, long lost concert set for release (The Morning Call)
* Sun Ra and Me | “It’s After the End of the World, Don’t You Know That Yet?” (The Metropolitan)
* Meet the man who restores old music to its original glory (Popular Science)
* Samara McLendon Wins the 2019 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition (WBGO)
* Paper Trail: Where You Can Find the Historical Documents of Jazz (Jazz Times)
* Cyrille Aimée Is Moving On (Jazz Times)
* Spotify Faces $1 Billion Lawsuit Over Intentional Copyright Infringement, Deceptive Trade Practices (DigitalMusicNews.com)
* Are your favorite Instagram guitarists faking their incredible technique? (Guitar World)
* Dave Holland: “You can improvise in open-form style for as long as you like, but you’ll never improvise ‘Giant Steps’” (Jazzwise)
* The Pristine Empire of ECM Records (The New Yorker)
* The Loneliness of a Highbrow Teenage Songwriting Robot (Bloomberg.com)
* Sun Ra Arkestra’s June Tyson Was the Queen of Afrofuturism (Bandcamp.com)
* The Who by Fire (Rolling Stone)
* A Half-Century Not Out: Art Ensemble Of Chicago Live (TheQuietus.com)
* Jazz Legend Charlie Parker Honored With Global Bird 100 Centennial Celebration (BroadwayWorld.com)
* 12 Erroll Garner Albums Reissued in Octave Remastered Series (DownBeat)
* Hank Mobley, The Master of Contrasts (DownBeat)
* Sheila Jordan, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Veronica Swift: Three Generations of Vocal Jazz (Jazz Times)
* Why New Orleans jazz legend Buddy Bolden's house should be saved (New Orleans Advocate)
* The unlikely tale of 'Do They Know It's Christmas?': An 'OK song that became something much better than it actually was' (Yahoo News)
* “Music Affects Us In A Healing Way”: Azar Lawrence Is On A Mission (UDiscoverMusic.com)
* Anne Midgette - Classical Chronicler Supreme (Perfect Sound Forever)
          

What impact does Michael Bloomberg have on the election campaign?

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“I recognize a scammer when I see one,” said Michael Bloomberg, who has set himself up as a presidential candidate for the Democrats. His goal is to defeat Trump and ‘rebuild America’. Again. This will only become apparent in the coming spring, but not yet for the time being. Bloomberg must challenge Trump against nearly …
          

Abu Dhabi could plan up to $1.5 bln Aramco IPO investment: Report

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Abu Dhabi is planning to invest as much as $1.5 billion in Saudi Aramco’s initial public offering, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday, citing people familiar with the matter. The emirate is seeking
          

Lese-Tipp: Michael Bloomberg muss sich anders als Trump der Realität stellen.

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Lese-Tipp: US-Medienunternehmer Michael Bloomberg wird es als Präsident­schafts­kandidat gegen Donald Trump nicht leicht haben, schreiben Hubert Wetzel und Christian Zaschke. Während Trump inzwischen tun und lassen könne, was er will, werde jeder andere Kandidat, somit auch Bloomberg, an der Realität gemessen. Seine Bewerbung erwecke den "Eindruck von Panik", unklar sei, wer außer Bloomberg eigentlich noch glaube, dass Bloomberg kandidieren müsse. "Süddeutsche Zeitung", S. 3 (Paid)

Lese-Tipp: US-Medienunternehmer Michael Bloomberg wird es als Präsident­schafts­kandidat gegen Donald Trump nicht leicht haben, schreiben Hubert Wetzel und Christian Zaschke. Während Trump inzwischen tun und lassen könne, was er will, werde jeder andere Kandidat, somit auch Bloomberg, an der Realität gemessen. Seine Bewerbung erwecke den “Eindruck von Panik”, unklar sei, wer außer Bloomberg eigentlich noch glaube, dass Bloomberg kandidieren müsse.
“Süddeutsche Zeitung”, S. 3 (Paid)


          

Mỹ sẽ cứu Hong Kong theo cách của Donald Trump

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Dự luật nhân quyền và dân chủ Hong Kong được đưa ra vào tháng 6/2019 bởi Thượng nghị sĩ đảng Cộng hòa Marco Rubio, dân biểu đảng Dân chủ Jim Mc Govern và dân biểu đảng Cộng hòa Chris Smith cùng các nhà đồng tài trợ khác của Lưỡng đảng.

Dự luật trên đã được Hạ viện biểu quyết thông qua vào hôm thứ Ba, ngày 15/10/2019, hiện tại, dự luật này đang nằm ở Thượng viện. 

Một dự án luật ở Mỹ để trở thành Đạo luật sẽ mất nhiều thời gian và có thể sẽ không được Thượng viện thông qua khi quá trình tranh cãi cho kết quả bên phủ quyết chiếm đa số và không bị Tổng thông phủ quyết - VETO.

Ở Mỹ, trung bình mỗi năm có gần chục ngàn dự án luật được các nghị sĩ đệ trình trước Lưỡng viện Quốc hội. Tuy nhiên, số dự án luật được chính thức thông qua chỉ vào khoảng 125-400. Một dự án luật để được trở thành Đạo luật thường phải trải qua 7 bước căn bản sau:

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1. Bước 1: Khởi thảo ý tưởng xây dựng luật;
2. Bước 2: Chính thức giới thiệu 1 dự luật;
3. Bước 3. Giai đoạn Ủy ban và tiểu Ủy ban;
4. Bước 4. Cân nhắc bởi toàn thể Hạ viện;
5. Bước 5. Bỏ phiếu ở Hạ viện;
6. Bước 6: Giai đoạn ở Thượng viện và việc lập Ủy ban liên hợp;
7. Bước 7: Bỏ phiếu ở Thượng viện;
8. Bước 8: Quyết định của tổng thống.

Một dự luật được chuyển tới tay tổng thống khi dự luật nhận được sự đồng thuận của cả Hạ viện và Thượng viện dưới hình thức tuyệt đối giống nhau thì dự luật mới được chuyển cho Tổng thống xem xét, quyết định phủ quyết hay ký ban hành.

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Tại Dự luật nhân quyền và dân chủ Hong Kong, qua theo dõi và phân tách, cá nhân nhận thấy có những điểm bất thường như sau:

1. Về thời gian hoàn tất các khâu để Dự luật được Hạ viện thông qua: Dự luật nhân quyền và dân chủ Hong Kong được đưa ra vào tháng 6/2019 và đến ngày 15/10/2019 thì nó đã được Hạ viện của bà Nancy Pelosy biểu quyết thông qua. Trong khi đó các dự án luật do cơ quan hành pháp đệ trình như Hiệp định thương mại USMCA chẳng hạn thì bị Hạ viện của bà Nancy Pelosy tìm cách câu giờ, trì hoãn dù rằng USMCA là quyền lợi sát sườn, trực tiếp cho người dân Mỹ.

2. Những điểm bất lợi cho công cuộc đánh sập nền kinh tế của Tàu cộng mà Dự luật nhân quyền và dân chủ Hong Kong gây ra: Dự luật nhân quyền và dân chủ Hong Kong được chia thành 10 mục, trong đó có 2 mục mang nội dung "làm khó" công cuộc đánh sập nền kinh tế của Tàu cộng trong ngắn hạn đó là mục số 5 về việc "Báo cáo thường niên về thực thi luật kiểm soát xuất cảng và trừng phạt của Mỹ bởi Hong Kong" và mục số 9 về việc áp dụng "Biện pháp tài chính bởi Hong Kong".

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Hong Kong là trung tâm giữ vai trò trung gian trong việc thu hút đầu tư nước ngoài vào Tàu cộng và cũng là trung tâm trung chuyển tài sản từ Tàu cộng ra nước ngoài của giới tư sản đỏ Tàu cộng. Khi Dự luật nhân quyền và dân chủ Hong Kong được thông qua thành Đạo luật thì Hong Kong sẽ bị Mỹ trừng phạt, lúc này dòng vốn đầu tư từ nước ngoài vào Tàu cộng sẽ bị chặn lại đồng thời dòng tài sản của giới tư sản đỏ từ Tàu cộng tháo chạy ra nước ngoài theo cửa ngõ tài chính Hong Kong cũng bị chặn lại, điều này dẫn tới một kết quả "lợi bất cập hại" trong quyết tâm của tổng thống Donald Trump là "đánh sập nền kinh tế của Tàu cộng - xóa sổ CNXH quái thai".

Bởi vì hiện nay, trước các đòn thuế quan khốc liệt của Mỹ áp đặt lên hàng hóa của Tàu cộng cũng như lời kêu gọi các nhà đầu tư Mỹ ở Tàu cộng rút khỏi Tàu cộng trở về Mỹ đang phát huy tác dụng, góp phần hủy hoại nền kinh tế của Tàu cộng thì việc ngăn chặn đầu tư từ nước ngoài vào Tàu cộng mà Dự luật nhân quyền và dân chủ Hong Kong được Hạ viện khởi xướng sẽ chỉ là "thực phẩm chức năng" chớ không phải là "thuốc trị bịnh" bởi vì không có Dự luật nhân quyền và dân chủ Hong Kong thì các nhà đầu tư Mỹ ở Tàu cộng cũng đã và đang tháo chạy khỏi Tàu cộng bởi thương chiến Mỹ - Tàu cộng do tổng thống Donald Trump phát động, đeo đuổi tới cùng.

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Mục đích phát động và đeo đuổi cuộc thương chiến Mỹ - Tàu cộng của tổng thống Donald Trump là:

·        Ngưng cấp máu cho Tàu cộng bằng cách ngăn chặn đầu tư từ Mỹ vào Tàu cộng;

·        Rút cạn máu Tàu cộng bằng cách buộc các nhà đầu tư nước ngoài ở Tàu cộng phải tháo chạy khỏi Tàu cộng;

·        Dùng đòn thuế quan và đe dọa trừng phạt Tàu cộng để vẽ lên một viễn cảnh "Tàu cộng sẽ tồi tệ hơn Bắc Hàn" nhằm làm cho giới giàu có ở Tàu cộng tìm cách tẩu tán tài sản ra nước ngoài để lánh nạn mà Hong Kong là con đường tẩu tán tài sản ra nước ngoài lý tưởng nhứt trong sự lựa chọn của giới giàu có Tàu cộng.

Nếu để ý một chút sẽ thấy tại sao Tàu cộng đang suy trầm bởi tác động của trade war nhưng sàn giao dịch chứng khoán của Hong Kong lại vượt mặt Nhật Bản để vươn lên vị trí thứ 3, chỉ xếp sau sàn chứng khoán New York, London với vốn hóa gần 1,8 ngàn tỷ Mỹ Kim trong những tháng đầu năm 2019.

Và nếu để ý tương tự thì sẽ nhận ra một sự bất thường là trong lúc Hong Kong bất ổn trầm trọng thì Alibaba, một tập đoàn thương mại điện tử hàng đầu của Tàu cộng do tài phiệt đỏ Jack Ma làm chủ mà Jack Ma là một đảng viên cộng sản ưu tú của Tàu cộng lại quyết định niêm yết cổ phiếu tại Hong Kong từ ngày 26/11/2019 với hy vọng sẽ huy động được tới 13,4 tỷ Mỹ kim.

Và nếu để ý một chút nữa thì sẽ không khó ngạc nhiên khi Tàu cộng vừa quyết định cắt giảm lãi suất cho vay lần đầu tiên kể từ năm 2015.

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Với những ai am tường về kinh tế - chính trị chắc chắn sẽ không khó nhận ra những bất thường trên. Riêng với cá nhân thì tất cả những bất thường trên đều có chung một mục đích là "phản kháng lại quyết sách đánh sập nền kinh tế Tàu cộng - xóa sổ cnxh quái thai" của tổng thống Donald Trump mà kẻ thực thi là Tàu cộng kết hợp với đảng Dân chủ Mỹ. Chỉ cần quý vị đọc những thông tin dưới đây:

1. Theo thông tin từ Union Bank of Switzerland - nhà băng đầu tư đa quốc gia và công ty dịch vụ tài chính của Thụy Sĩ, viết tắt là UBS thì: Trong năm 2018 uớc tính có 324 tỷ Mỹ kim đã được chuyển khỏi Tàu cộng để tránh "mất vốn" do kinh tế Tàu cộng suy trầm bởi tác động của chiến tranh thương mại Mỹ - Tàu cộng;

2. Theo Goldman Sachs thì chỉ trong 3 tuần sau khi nước này phá giá nội tệ hồi tháng 8/2019 đã có 200 tỷ Mỹ kim rời biên giới Tàu cộng.

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Điều mà ông Trump muốn nhìn thấy là tài sản của giới tài phiệt đỏ Tàu cộng phải rời khỏi Tàu cộng chạy ra nước ngoài và điều này cũng là nổi kinh hoàng của Tàu cộng bởi vì đây là hiện tượng "mất máu cấp tính" nền kinh tế - tài chính của Tàu cộng nhưng lại là mảnh đất màu mỡ để Nước Mỹ tung ra các lịnh trừng phạt theo Đạo luật về nhân quyền Magnitsky toàn cầu của nước Mỹ.

Vì lẽ đó nên Tàu cộng đã xúi giục đảng Dân chủ Mỹ khẩn trương ban hành và sớm thông qua Dự luật nhân quyền và dân chủ Hong Kong để cứu vãn nạn "mất máu cấp tính" nền kinh tế - tài chính của Tàu cộng như mục 5, mục 9 của dự luật đã được phân tách ở trên.

Bởi vì theo luật pháp của Tàu cộng, mỗi người dân Tàu cộng chỉ được phép chuyển ra nước ngoài 50.000 Mỹ kim mỗi năm. Vì vậy, để mang được số tiền lớn như trên qua biên giới, theo Bloomberg thì dân Tàu cộng có 6 cách để làm là:

·         Thông qua quầy đổi tiền ở Hong Kong;
·         Xài "cheque - séc" của các nhà băng không chính thức;
·        Mang tiền trong vali;
·        Chia nhỏ tiền và thuê nhiều người mang;
·        Vay mua nhà ở nước ngoài bằng tiền gởi ở Tàu cộng;
·        Thanh toán bằng thẻ tín dụng hay ghi nợ, sau đó trả lại hàng để lấy tiền mặt.

Tất cả 6 cách mang tiền ra khỏi Tàu cộng đều có một điểm trung chuyển duy nhất là Hong Kong vì Hong Kong có cơ chế tài chính liên thông với Tàu cộng và việc mang tiền từ Tàu cộng sang Hong Kong không bị định nghĩa theo luật pháp là mang tiền ra khỏi biên giới của Tàu cộng.

Như vậy, bề ngoài đảng Dân chủ và bà Nancy Pelosy tỏ ra sốt sắng ủng hộ Hong Kong nhưng thực chất chỉ là cái trò "mèo khóc chuột" khi đảng Dân chủ cài bẫy Donald Trump tại một số mục trong cái Dự luật nhân quyền và dân chủ Hong Kong. Bởi vì nếu Thượng viện thông qua nguyên si cái Dự luật nhân quyền và dân chủ Hong Kong thì ông Trump sẽ bị phá sản quyết tâm đánh sập nền kinh tế của Tàu cộng, bởi vì:

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1. Nếu Donald Trump ký ban hành Đạo luật nhân quyền và dân chủ Hong Kong thì chính quyền của ông ta phải thực thi ngay mục số 5 về việc "Báo cáo thường niên về thực thi luật kiểm soát xuất cảng và trừng phạt của Mỹ bởi Hong Kong" và mục số 9 về việc áp dụng "Biện pháp tài chính bởi Hong Kong". Mỹ thực thi điều này thì đã vô tình giúp cho Tàu cộng chống được căn bịnh "mất máu cấp tính" nền kinh tế - tài chính của Tàu cộng.

2. Nếu ông Trump phủ quyết Dự luật nhân quyền và dân chủ Hong Kong thì ông Trump sẽ bị đảng Dân chủ và hệ thống Fake News hùng hậu mắng nhiếc ông là người vô nhân tính vì "đã quay lưng với nổi đau của Hong Kong để chăm chút cho cái ghế tổng thống của mình".

Tàu cộng đã phản đòn Donald Trump bằng cách xúi giục Carrie Lam đàn áp dã man người biểu tình Hong Kong để kích hoạt Dự luật nhân quyền và dân chủ Hong Kong do đảng Dân chủ Mỹ khởi xướng, thông qua với những cái bẫy chông đặt vào trong cái dự luật đó. 

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Hong Kong đã trở thành đấu trường chính trị giữa Donald Trump với Tàu cộng liên thủ với đảng Dân chủ Mỹ. Gậy ông đập lưng ông là đòn đánh sở trường trên võ đài chính trị. Ở đấu trường chính trị Hong Kong, với tài trí, đức độ của mình, tin chắc rằng Ông Trump lại một lần nữa giành chiến thắng bằng cách vẫn sớm cứu được Hong Kong nhưng vẫn không sập bẫy của Tàu cộng và đảng Con Lừa.



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El litio-golpe de Bolivia con la bendición de la OEA y Estados Unidos

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Por Alfredo Jalife Rahme

Mas allá del abordaje sociologista ultra-reduccionista sobre el golpe de Estado policiaco/militar/mediático en Bolivia, con bendición de Estados Unidos y la OEA -con sede en Washington y cuyo 60 por ciento de su presupuesto es financiado por Washington–, surgen sus profundas razones en el análisis geopolítico multidimensional que trasluce un litio-golpe.

Desde el 8 de octubre, Behind Back Doors explayó los preparativos del golpe de Estado, con coartada de fraude electoral, para derrocar al gobierno anti-neoliberal de Evo Morales con la ayuda de los evangelistas (20 por ciento de la población).

Dejo de lado la mórbida personalidad del líder cívico de Santa Cruz, el gasero-financiero Luis Fernando Camacho, miembro de la logia Los caballeros del Oriente y exhibido como narco-lavador en los Panama Papers, junto al fascista peruano Mario Vargas Llosa. También soslayo la todavía más vulgar personalidad de la proclamada presidenta Jeanine Áñez, elegida por ocho diputados sin quorum: entronizada por el ejército y con una Biblia evangelista en la mano, cuyo sobrino Áñez Dorado libra una condena por narcotráfico en Brasil.

Dos meses antes del golpe, Ivanka, asesora e hija de Donald Trump, visitó Jujuy (Argentina), frontera con Bolivia, y pletórica en litio, donde prometió 400 millones de dólares para las rutas del litio. El 75 por ciento de las reservas globales de litio se encuentran en el triángulo Bolivia/Chile/Argentina que son motivo de la codicia geoestratégica de las superpotencias debido a su uso para las baterías de los carros eléctricos y los teléfonos inteligentes.

La firma del gobierno de Evo Morales con China de un contrato por mil millones de dólares para explotar el litio indispuso a Estados Unidos, con quien la nación asiática libra una guerra comercial.

A las trasnacionales mineras anglosajonas de Estados Unidos y Canadá, que controlan a la OEA, les indispuso todavía más el lanzamiento del carro eléctrico Quantum de fabricación totalmente boliviana: una asociación de la estatal Yacimientos de Litio Bolivianos (YLB) con Quantum Motors, de Cochabamba.

El golpe de estado abre de par en par a las mineras anglosajonas el Salar de Uyuni en Bolivia, la primera reserva global de litio. Según Common Dreams, el golpe viene menos de una semana después de que Evo Morales frenó (sic) el acuerdo para la extracción de litio con la firma alemana Acisa debido a semanas de protestas en la región de Potosí –cuya población exigía menos desventajas– que contiene “entre 50 y 70 por ciento de las reservas mundiales de litio en el Salar de Uyuni”.

El gobierno antineoliberal de Evo Morales había ya molestado a las trasnacionales gaseras/petroleras/acuíferas, debido a su exitosa nacionalización del gas/agua/electricidad/mineras/ telecomunicaciones, lo cual le procuró el segundo mayor crecimiento económico de todo el continente americano frente al artificial primer lugar de Panamá, especializado en el blanqueo financiero.

Hace dos años Stratfor publicó, la CIA en las sombras de las trasnacionales, y advertía el “empoderamiento de la revolución global del litio” cuando la demanda de baterías de litio-iónico continuará a crecer, mientras Bolivia podría perder (sic) su oportunidad la próxima década para llenar las brechas del abastecimiento global del litio.

¿El pesimismo de Stratfor, en referencia a Bolivia hace dos años, se debía al gobierno nacionalista y anti-neoliberal de Evo Morales?

En 20 años la producción de litio se ha triplicado y se espera que se duplique su demanda en 2025. Una cosa es tener las mayores reservas del mundo, el caso de Bolivia, y otra cosa es exhibir su producción, donde vienen a la cabeza Australia, Chile, Argentina y China. También hace un año, Laura Millán Lombrana de Bloomberg, aseveraba el casi imposible (sic) sueño del litio de Bolivia. Ahora sus golpistas neoliberales pueden cumplir el sueño posible de las trasnacionales mineras anglosajonas.

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По сообщению издания Bloomberg, в скором времени состоится первое в мире IPO киберспортивной команды. Его проводет датская команда Astralis, которая является чемпионом мира по Counter-Strike.

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Mike Bloomberg Announces 2020 Democratic Presidential Campaign

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New York, NY…Today, Michael R. Bloomberg announced that he will pursue the Democratic nomination for President of the United States, saying “I’m running for president to defeat Donald Trump and rebuild America. We cannot afford four more years of President Trump’s reckless and unethical actions. He represents an existential threat to our country and our […]

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Немцы начали сомневаться в правдивости предлога, под которым США приняли «закон Магницкого», позволяющий им вводить санкции против России «за нарушение гражданских прав».

На сайте авторитетного и самого массового немецкого издания Der Spiegel появился материал, авторы которого указывают на множество лжи и нестыковок в деле о гибели Сергея Магницкого, выполнявшего поручения американского бизнесмена Билла Браудера.


По мнению авторов материала, единственным выгодополучателем от смерти Магницкого был его работодатель Браудер, который благодаря гибели юриста получил входной билет в большую политику, где его версия событий оказалась «в нужное время и в нужном месте».

Кроме того немецкие журналисты высказывают убедительные сомнения по поводу самостоятельности бывшего юриста фонда Hermitage Capital Management.

Они считают, что все «разоблачения» Магницкого делались исключительно по указанию Браудера и в качестве доказательства приводят найденное недавно электронное сообщение.

В своем материале немцы приводят еще ряд фактов, свидетельствующих о том, что американская версия не соответствует действительности и была нужна для оказания давления на Россию и обмана стран Западной Европы.

Появление такого материала в издании калибра Der Spiegel свидетельствует о том, что немецкая общественность настроена разобраться в том, насколько мнение, которое США навязывают Германии, соответствует действительности.

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(Bloomberg) — Climate envoys from almost 200 nations will gather in Madrid starting Monday for two weeks of talks organized by the United Nations. The ambition at COP25 is to build on the four-year-old Paris Agreement, at which governments pledged to limit fossil-fuel pollution, by reviving a corner of the market in carbon pollution credits.  If that doesn’t sound like stakes commensurate […]
          

Michael Bloomberg Launches Democratic Presidential Bid

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I saw a thing on CNN how Trump is using Facebook ads to refute bad news on TV. You wouldn't know if you (like me) are not in his base. They showed a graph with the money spent by various Democrats on FB ads. In total it's small fraction of what Trump is spending. Now I think about Bloomberg's entry into the race in a whole new way. Not only is he rich, and can afford to spend a lot on ads, he also understands tech and media. That's how he made his billions. So when people count him out based on today's polling, they're getting caught in horse-race thinking and forgetting to look at the horse itself. He won't be afraid to use Facebook. He'll have some catching up to do, but he has a mind for tech media and lots of unique experience. Trump should be concerned.
          

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  1. What changed for the market while you were sleeping? Top 15 things to know  Moneycontrol.com
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(Bloomberg) -- Clouds of tear gas returned to Hong Kong over the weekend as police and protesters clashed, signaling pro-democracy rallies are set to drag on after demonstrators got a boost from an election win and support from the U.S. Congress.Tensions rose in the former British colony -- a special administrative region of China since 1997 -- as thousands of black-clad protesters marched in the busy tourist district of Tsim Sha Tsui on Sunday afternoon. Unrest had been brewing since late Satur
          

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Gone Without a Trace

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This morning, I received an email from a reader, thanking me for posting the photograph of the graffiti on the building on South Third Street, which was until recently the location of Ör. He said graffiti is "in such need of recognition for what it is and does to Hudson."

He expressed the opinion that "graffiti is one of the most damaging crimes against our society/community because it stays for years at a time and repeatedly assaults our senses on an emotional level, very much like constant verbal harassment." He included the link to Combating Graffiti: Reclaiming the Public Spaces of New York, a booklet published sometime during the twelve years that Michael Bloomberg was mayor of New York City (2002-2013). The booklet recommends the following action, after reporting the occurrence of graffiti to the police: "The prompt removal of the graffiti is suggested to prevent the long term display of the markings, and discourage the purpose of the vandalism."

The recommendation inspired me to drive by the building on my way home from the farmers market this morning to discover that the graffiti was no longer there.

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Bloomberg: The Billionaire Nothingburger

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Doesn't get much worse than that.  It can't get much worse than that.

Time to tax the billionaires and, honestly, if it taxes them out of existence, I won't shed a tear.




"Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):
Friday, November 29, 2019.  Activists in Iraq score a victory while, in the US, Tiny Pete continues to whimper along the campaign trail.

Yesterday saw a bloodbath in Iraq.


A blood-soaked day in Iraq as security forces shoot up to 35 protesters. The government can’t control this. The protesters aren’t giving up. 350+ have now died. By in Baghdad with


security forces shot dead at least 22 protesters who had gathered on a bridge early Thursday, a local medical official said. He described the scene at Nassriya’s main hospital as “tragic” as women wailed over the bodies of dead family members





Is there a tipping point where the violence becomes intolerable? If so, it seems Iraq has not yet reached it. Violence Rises in Iraq’s South Amid Crackdowns on Protests and Press








Today?  BBC NEWS reports:

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi is to submit his resignation, his office says, after more than 40 people were killed on the bloodiest day since anti-government protests began.
Mr Abdul Mahdi's decision comes after Iraq's top Shia Muslim cleric condemned the use of force against protesters and called for a new government.
Nearly 400 people have been killed in protests since the start of October.



Wait! He was already going to resign, remember?

Actually, no.  As we pointed out in real time, weeks ago, he said no such thing.  Iraqi President Barham Saleh announced that Adel would resign.  And then nothing happened.  He didn't step down and the protests intensified.

The Iraqi people have lived on broken promises and were not about to believe Mahdi was stepping down when he was making no effort to do so and when he'd made no statement that he would be stepping down.

Samya Kullab and Murtada Faraj (AP) note that Mahdi declared that Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani's Friday sermon had led to his decision and that, "I will submit to parliament an official memorandum resigning from the current prime ministry so that the parliament can review its choices."  Remember that journalist Mustafa Habib Tweeted about Sistani's importance yesterday.

After these dramatic developments, now all eyes are on the senior cleric in Ali in his Friday sermon tomorrow in . Once again, Sistani (89 years old) faces a new challenge to keep the country from collapse. (8)





On the Friday sermon, Mustafa notes this morning:


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Tech Data, US Steel, Apache, Walmart

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An oil tanker is anchored near the Port of Long Beach, California, U.S. Tim Rue | Bloomberg | Getty Images Check out the companies making headlines in midday trading: Walmart, Target, TJX Companies – Shares of Walmart and TJX Companies each rose slightly on Black Friday as U.S. shoppers hunted for deals, with online sales especially […]

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Many Democrats have a problem with Bloomberg’s record

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In the latest Quinnipiac poll, former Vice President Joe Biden is back in the lead with 24% and a surprise jump to the second spot by South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is tied for fifth place at three percent. Lanhee Chen, research fellow at the Hoover Institution, […]

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Second Sustainable Finance Week Convened by Bloomberg to Accelerate the Next $10 Trillion of Sustainable Investment

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The second annual Sustainable Finance Week convened by Bloomberg will expand beyond events in New York to Toronto this year. Taking place during the first week of December, Sustainable Finance Week (SFW) conversations in both cities will focus on how we accelerate the mobilization of the next $10 trillion in sustainable investment. With over $30 trillion of assets managed sustainably, sustainable finance is no longer a niche investment strategy, and is becoming increasingly mainstream. Four major events throughout the week – supplemented by additional related events – will bring together more than 1,500 thought leaders and decision-makers from the worlds of finance, business and policy.

SFW is made possible through collaboration with our presenting sponsors Nuveen and BMO, core conveners Responsible Investor and the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) and supporting sponsor Natixis.

The four core convener events taking place during Sustainable Finance Week this year are:


          

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Charts That Matter- 28th Nov

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Latin American markets are experiencing a rout as anti-government protests spread. Brazil, Chile and Colombia’s currencies have all weakened to record lows. bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-11-27/latin-american-currencies-hit-record-lows-as-drop-turns-to-rout…@BenBartenstein “Streaming wars will cost Disney, Netflix, and WarnerMedia $16 billion” vox.com/recode/2019/11/26/20976319/streaming-war-cost-16-billion-netflix-disney-hbo-warnermedia… Yes it is a myth. Dollar and Gold have absolutely no long term correlation. The only thing GOLD responds to is … Continue reading "Charts That Matter- 28th Nov"
          

Valuta: Svensk krone styrkes efter stærke BNP-tal

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Den svenske krone er i fremdrift fredag eftermiddag, efter at der først på formiddagen blev serveret friske væksttal for tredje kvartal.

De viste en vækst i bruttonationalproduktet (BNP) på 0,3 pct. i tredje kvartal sammenlignet med andet kvartal, mens økonomerne ifølge estimater indsamlet af Bloomberg News havde ventet en vækst på 0,2 pct.

Det styrker den svenske krone, så man fredag eftermiddag skal betale 0,7111 danske kr. for en svensk mod 0,7094 danske kr. per svensk ved dansk lukketid torsdag.

Styrkelsen af bruttonationalproduktet dækker over en massiv vækst i eksporten, så underliggende er tallene måske ikke så stærke som ved første øjekast.

- Det er tæt på markedsforventningerne. Det virker fortsat som om, at den indenlandske økonomi står i stampe, mens et enormt bidrag fra eksporten af tjenester trækker op. Den er kun steget så meget et par gange over de seneste 20 år, så det er en meget unormal vækstkilde, siger Michael Grahn, der er cheføkonom for Danske Bank i Sverige, til nyhedsbureauet Direkt.

I det tunge valutakryds mellem dollar og euro styrkes den amerikanske valuta en smule i fredagens handel.

Her skal man betale 1,0993 dollar per euro mod 1,1006 dollar per euro torsdag eftermiddag dansk tid.

Også over for dem japanske yen styrkes dollar en smule, idet man fredag skal betale 109,62 yen per dollar mod en pris på 109,54 yen per dollar, da de danske handlere gik hjem torsdag eftermiddag.

Styrkelsen af dollar kommer, selv om der igen er opstået usikkerhed omkring handelskrigen mellem USA og Kina.

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Obligationer/middag: Renten bakker lidt i tyndt og let negativt marked

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De danske statsrenter falder en smule tilbage i fredagens handel, hvor investorerne fordøjer en stribe nøgletal fra det europæiske kontinent.

Volumen i markedet er generelt til den svage side oven på den amerikanske fridag torsdag som følge af Thanksgiving og den forkortede handelsdag fredag, der har fået flere til at tage på forlænget weekend.

Overordnet set er stemningen også til den svage side blandt aktierne, efter at der igen er opstået knas i handelsforhandlingerne mellem USA og Kina oven på Donald Trumps underskrift på den lov, der skal støtte demonstranterne i Hongkongs sag.

Det får investorerne til at søge over i den relative sikkerhed i statspapirerne og udløser stigende kurser og faldende renter.

For den toneangivende tiårige statsobligation herhjemme falder renten med 1 basispoint til minus 0,35 pct.

Fra nøgletalsfronten har investorerne kunnet aflæse arbejdsløshedstal fra både Danmark, Tyskland og eurozonen, mens der også er landet BNP-tal fra Danmark og en status på detailsalget i Tyskland.

Endelig er der også landet inflationstal for eurozonen fra det europæiske statistikkontor Eurostat.

Her viste første estimat en umiddelbart pænt tiltagende inflation i november, hvor forbrugerpriserne ifølge opgørelsen steg med 1,0 pct. på årsbasis mod en stigningstakt på 0,7 pct. i oktober.

Det var samtidig også bedre end ventet blandt økonomerne, der ifølge estimater indsamlet af Bloomberg News havde ventet en inflation på 0,9 pct.

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Europa/middag: Britisk bank tordner frem i røde aktiemarkeder

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Nye kurrer på tråden mellem USA og Kina er med til at tynge stemningen på de europæiske aktiemarkeder torsdag, hvor der er langt mellem de store selskabsspecifikke nyheder.

Torsdag eftermiddag falder det britiske FTSE 100-indeks 0,3 pct., det tyske DAX-indeks går tilbage med 0,4 pct., ligesom det franske CAC 40-indeks falder 0,2 pct.

Det fælleseuropæiske Stoxx 600-indeks ligger desuden med et fald på 0,2 pct. torsdag.

Investorerne har blandt andet blikket rettet mod forholdet mellem USA og Kina, efter at USA's præsident, Donald Trump, har underskrevet en lov, der støtter demonstranterne i Hongkong.

Kinas udenrigsministerium har efterfølgende svaret tilbage, at det anser loven som en alvorlig indblanding i kinesiske anliggender, skriver Reuters.

De amerikanske bestræbelser er "dømt til at mislykkes", udtaler udenrigsministeriet og advarer også om, at Kina vil svare igen, hvis USA fortsætter med at blande sig.

Med andre ord ser de skrøbelige fremskridt i handelsforhandlingerne ud til at have lidt et knæk.

På selskabsfronten er der kommet et par regnskaber fra blandt andet svenske Elekta og britiske Virgin Money UK, som investorerne taget vidt forskelligt imod.

Svenske Elekta, som blandt andet laver strålebehandlingssystemer, dumper ned i bunden af det fælleseuropæiske indeks efter et fald på 4,9 pct. torsdag.

Torsdag morgen har selskabet offentliggjort sit endelige regnskab for andet kvartal af det skæve regnskabsår.

Omsætningen voksede i perioden til 3,71 mia. svenske kr. fra 3,33 mia. svenske kr. i andet kvartal sidste år. Samtidig kunne Elekta fortælle, at driftsresultatet var negativt påvirket af forsinkelser og valutamodvind.

Finanshuset Jefferies vurderer ifølge Bloomberg News, at selskabet kan stå foran flere nedpræciseringer, efter at selskabet allerede to gang i år har ændret forventningerne til driftsmarginen i en negativ retning.

I toppen af indekset har Virgin Money UK placeret sig efter en stigning på 19,7 pct. til selskabets aktie.

Den britiske bank offentliggjorde torsdag morgen sit seneste årsregnskab, og ifølge Bloomberg News fokuserer analytikerne på forbedringer af særligt på fremgang i selskabets rentemarginal og kapitalposition.

Virgin Money UK sløjfede også sit udbytte for året, men det var ifølge flere analytikere allerede ventet.

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Obligationer/middag: Renten falder lidt efter europæiske nøgletal

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Der er kun små bevægelser på det danske obligationsmarked torsdag ved middagstid, hvor investorerne har fået en række nøgletal fra Europa.

Renten på den toneangivende tiårige danske statsobligation falder med 1 basispoint til minus 0,35 pct.

I løbet af formiddagen har investorerne fået nyt om udviklingen i en række tillidsindikatorer for eurozonen i november.

Den samlede økonomiske tillidsindikator for eurozonen steg til 101,3 fra 100,8 måneden før. Økonomerne havde ventet en fremgang til 101,0 ifølge et estimat fra Bloomberg.

Indekset er sammensat af en række erhvervs- og forbrugerindikatorer udført for EU-Kommissionen.

Tungest vejer industritilliden, som faldt til minus 9,2. Her var der ventet indeks minus 9,1 ifølge Bloombergs rundspørge, efter at indekset viste minus 9,5 måneden før.

Tilliden i det næstvigtigste indeks, servicesektoren, steg til 9,3 i måneden fra 9,0. Her havde økonomerne ventet et fald til 8,8.

Derudover kom der også nyt om forbrugertilliden i november, der endte helt som ventet i den endelige opgørelse for november med et minus på 7,2.

Fra Tyskland offentliggøres først på eftermiddagen foreløbige forbrugerpriser for november. De ventes at vise en stigning på 1,2 pct. mod en stigning på 1,1 pct. måneden før.

Der er ingen amerikanske nøgletal i kalenderen torsdag, hvor de amerikanske handlere er fraværende i anledning af Thanksgiving. Fredag holder de amerikanske markeder desuden en halv fridag.

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Le milliardaire juif Michael Bloomberg candidat à l’investiture démocrate pour la Présidentielle 2020

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L’ex-maire de New York et philanthrope Michael Bloomber s’est lancé dans la course à la Maison-Blanche, relançant avec sa candidature la compétition déjà serrée pour l’investiture démocrate. «Je suis candidat à la présidentielle pour battre Donald Trump et reconstruire l’Amérique», a déclaré sur son site internet l’homme d’affaires de 77 ans, qui avait ouvertement multiplié […]
          

Globalist climate candidate Michael Bloomberg and the humanitarian hoax of Climate Change

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(Linda Goudsmit) - Michael Bloomberg became a multi-billionaire by understanding global markets. He analyzed the 2020 U.S. presidential political marketplace and concluded three things: None of the hysterical, radically leftist Democrat candidates can beat President Trump in 2020. ...
          

Breakingviews TV: Bloomberg M&A

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The ex-New York mayor is running for U.S. president as a Democrat. So he may have to sell his eponymous news-and-data firm. John Foley walks through who the potential buyers of the $60 billion outfit might be, from Microsoft and IBM to the Intercontinental Exchange and CME.

          

10 things you need to know today: December 1, 2019

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The House Intelligence Committee is moving forward with the impeachment inquiry. Members will reportedly begin reviewing a report on the panel's investigation into President Trump's alleged efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate his Democratic rivals Monday. They will reportedly have a 24-hour window to sift through the report before it goes to a vote Tuesday. The vote is mainly a formality and is expected to be split along party lines, which means it will likely be approved and then passed along to the House Judiciary Committee. The Judiciary Committee will then begin its own proceedings Wednesday. President Trump's counsel have been invited to attend and participate in the initial hearing, but there is no indication that will happen. [NBC News, Politico]

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Nine passengers were killed after a single engine plane crashed near Chamberlain, South Dakota, on Saturday. Among those killed were the pilot and two children. Three passengers survived and were taken to Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The plane was headed to Idaho Falls, Idaho. Chamberlain was reportedly in the midst of a winter storm at the time of the crash, though the National Transportation Safety Board is considering weather as just one possible factor in its investigation of the incident; no cause has been determined yet, and a preliminary investigation report is expected to be released within two weeks. The model of plane reportedly can carry no more than one pilot and 10 passengers. [The Associated Press, NPR]

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New Orleans Police said 11 people were shot early Sunday in the city's French Quarter, and two people are reportedly in critical condition. Initially, 10 people were taken to two different hospitals for treatment before another person walked into a hospital on their own. Police confirmed they were in the immediate area, just feet away from the shooting, since large crowds were gathered for the Bayou Classic football game between Southern and Grambling State. But the amount of people in the vicinity made it difficult to determine who fired the shots. One person was reportedly detained, but it isn't clear if the individual was involved in the shooting. The investigation is ongoing. [ABC News, NBC News]

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Former Vice President Joe Biden launched an eight-day, 18-county bus tour in Iowa on Saturday, as he looks to make progress in the state before the Democratic presidential primary caucus in February. The tour, which has been named "No Malarkey," will reportedly allow Biden to meet face-to-face with Iowans, with a particular emphasis on the state's rural communities. Biden is aiming to appeal to people he meets by showing how his healthcare, agriculture, education, and climate change plans will benefit those communities, but he also reportedly wants to focus on their values, which he said were under attack from President Trump. [The Des Moines Register]

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Tens of thousands of pro-democracy, anti-government protesters returned to the streets Sunday in Hong Kong. The latest march was approved by authorities and began peacefully, but eventually ended with police clearing the demonstrators, dispersing crowds with tear gas. Some protesters reportedly veered off the sanctioned paths and and hurled insults at police, whom they have accused of brutality, while carrying vulgar signs. After the march, some masked protesters in the city's Whampoa district damaged traffic lights, blocked roads, and vandalized shops and restaurants believed to have links to mainland China, prompting riot police to arrive at the scene. At least three people were were arrested in the area. [The South China Morning Post, The Washington Post]

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A shootout Saturday in the town of Villa Union, a small town near the U.S. border, resulted in the deaths of 10 suspected cartel gunmen and four police officers. Six other police officers were reportedly injured. The governor of the northern state of Coahuila, Miguel Angel Riquelme, said the state acted "decisively" in response to the presence of the cartel members. The heavy fighting reportedly began around noon and lasted for more than an hour. Riquelme said authorities identified 14 vehicles involved in the attack and seized more than a dozen guns. The fighting took place following President Trump's announcement that he was preparing to designate the cartels as terrorist groups, which didn't sit well with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who hopes to avoid direct foreign intervention in Mexico. [The New York Times, Al Jazeera]

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Black Friday shoppers reportedly spent $7.4 billion online, making Friday the second-largest online shopping day ever, trailing only last year's Cyber Monday event. Online sales rose by 19.6 percent from last year. Meanwhile, brick-and-mortar retail fell by 6.2 percent compared to last year, signaling a growing preference for online purchasing. The decline, though, may also be related to growing store traffic on Thursday evening, which increased by 2.3 percent. "There is no longer one way to shop on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday," said Brian Field, senior director of global retail consulting for ShopperTrak. Estimates for Cyber Monday are as high as $9.4 billion. [CNBC, Reuters]

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is leading a Democrat-only congressional delegation consisting of 13 House members and one senator to Madrid's COP25 summit. "One of the goals we have is to make sure that all of those who are in the Paris Accord know that the Democratic majority in the Congress of the American people are very concerned about the climate issue, understand that we have to set goals and have a plan on how to achieve them, and to talk about some of the things that we have done," Pelosi told Bloomberg Environment before departing for Spain. The Democrats attending reportedly range from members of Congress who support the Green New Deal to those who want to approach Washington's environmental policy more cautiously in the hopes of hammering out legislation alongside Republicans. [Bloomberg, CBS News]

9.

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio denied accusations made by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro that he was funding arson in the Amazon. Earlier this week, Bolsonaro alleged DiCaprio was donating money to non-governmental organizations that he alleges contributed to the forest fires that ravaged the rainforest earlier this year. In an Instagram post Saturday, DiCaprio denied Bolsonaro's claims and stated his support for Brazilian groups working to protect the Amazon, but he said he did not fund the groups targeted by the president. Additionally, two major environmental groups protecting the Amazon criticized Bolsonaro's accusations, calling them an attempt to "undermine environmental defenders and distract the general public from policies that directly lead to environmental disasters." [CNN, The Daily Beast]

10.

Free-agent wide receiver Terrelle Pryor reportedly was in critical condition following surgery after he was stabbed in the chest and shoulder at his apartment in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Friday evening, but he is expected to make a full recovery. An unidentified woman faces an attempted homicide charge, and Pryor also reportedly faces an unknown charge. Pittsburgh Police said they are investigating the incident. A male stabbing victim reportedly walked into the hospital at 4:30 a.m. E.T. on Saturday. Police didn't identify the man, but a source confirmed to ESPN that it was Pryor. The 30-year-old Ohio State alum began his NFL career in 2011 and suited up for the Oakland Raiders, Cleveland Browns, Washington Redskins, Buffalo Bills, and New York Jets through 2018. He hasn't played this season after being released by the Jacksonville Jaguars in September. [ESPN]


          

The safe-deposit box makes a comeback

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Here are three of the week's top pieces of financial insight, gathered from around the web:

Beware of the cash-out refi
"Cash-out refinances are gaining popularity again — and are still dangerous," said Keith Jurow at MarketWatch. These modified mortgages are when "the borrower pulls out some of the equity in the house by taking out a new mortgage larger than the previous one," and keeps the cash — essentially using the home as a piggy bank. Between 2005 and 2007, "$3.1 trillion in cash-out refis was handed to homeowners." When the bubble burst, "droves of borrowers defaulted," and cash-out refis largely disappeared. Now they've suddenly skyrocketed, and 82 percent of homeowners who refinanced in the last quarter of 2018 took cash out. "Lenders and borrowers alike have apparently learned little from the bubble-era excesses and subsequent crash."

Government impersonation scams
A con artist posing as an FBI agent for 50 hours of phone calls over three days got a woman to part with her life savings of $340,000, said Sarah Krause at The Wall Street Journal. The scammer gave Nina Belis, a nurse in her 60s, "his badge number and a story about how her identity had been compromised." Having gotten her to listen, he spun his story in three days of almost nonstop phone calls and texts, convincing Belis that she would need to get a new Social Security number, cooperate with the "investigation," and move her savings into "government-protected accounts." While Belis lost an unusual amount of money, experts say that "government impersonation scams" routinely snare thousands of people. In just the first nine months of this year, regulators received "more than 139,000 reports of fraud in which people claimed to be from the Social Security Administration."

Safe-deposit boxes back in vogue
Anxious wealthy investors are turning to old-fashioned safe-deposit boxes, said Benjamin Stupples at Bloomberg. "For some, it's the threat of a global recession." Others "are concerned about natural disasters." The rich are scrambling to secure "metals, cash, and cryptocurrency," even as banks in the U.S. are closing branches and opting not to install safe-deposit boxes in many new ones. Some have turned to nonbanks offering vaults, such as Sincona Trading AG, "with more than 1,000 safe-deposit boxes for rent in central Zurich." Another stronghold in central London "resembles a private club, with wood-paneled walls and an ornate fireplace." An "apartment-size" storage space there costs $3.2 million a year.


          

Can the Fed help fix inequality?

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Does the U.S. Federal Reserve have an obligation to combat inequality? Historically, the central bank itself has thought not, but that may be changing. As Bloomberg reports, Neel Kashkari, president of the Minneapolis Fed branch, is pushing a new project inside the Fed to analyze and understand inequality much more seriously.

"We had historically said: distributional outcomes, monetary policy has no role to play," Kashkari said in October. "That was kind of the standard view at the Fed, and I came in assuming that. I now think that's wrong."

At the end of the day, however, the question is not really whether the Fed should care about inequality, it's can the Fed do anything about it? Is inequality something the monetary policy toolkit is capable of addressing?

To at least some degree, the answer is yes.

Specifically, Kashkari is looking to develop a retinue of specialists on income and wealth distribution the central bank can regularly call on in deciding the course of monetary policy. And that project overlaps with another critique Kashkari's been making: that, despite how it may look, the United States is not at full employment. The closer the economy gets to full employment, and the longer it stays there, the more bargaining power everyday workers will have. Their wages will go up, while CEO compensation and corporate payouts to shareholders will have to go down to compensate. The portion of national income flowing to the working-class — and thus not flowing to the rich — will increase.

The implicit critique within Kashkari's project is that the Fed has not taken full employment seriously enough, or pushed aggressively enough to attain it. The official job Congress gave the Federal Reserve was to maintain both "maximum employment" and "stable prices." But the central bank also has enormous internal leeway in how it interprets those goals. And if you look back at the last few decades, the Fed's done an excellent job of keeping inflation low and stable, and a terrible job of maximizing full employment.

One solution here would be for the Fed to apply a much more stringent definition of full employment on itself. Progressive Democrats actually have a bill that would order the Fed to define maximum employment as median wages rising in tandem with overall economic productivity. (Something that hasn't happened since the 1970s.) It would also instruct the Fed to pay more attention to unemployment levels with different demographic and racial groups, rather than just national unemployment as a whole. All of those are great ideas, but it's also worth noting that these are all definitions the Federal Reserve is free to impose on itself if its officials felt like it.

Practically speaking, changing the Fed's definition of maximum employment would change how it adjusts interest rates: Keeping them lower longer, and being more willing to tolerate inflation in the name of creating more jobs and wage growth.

Kashkari's also not the only one who is thinking in these terms. While she didn't present it as part of an effort to combat inequality, Lael Brainard, a member of the Fed's board of governors, recently gave a speech suggesting the Fed deliberately aim for longer bouts of higher inflation, to make up for previous periods of time (like the last few years) when inflation consistently ran below target. Meanwhile, the Fed has already backed off its previous interest rate hikes, which suggests this kind of soul searching is going on throughout the institution.

The central bank, if it's serious, could also get more clever and go much further. The Fed's charter from Congress, for example, allows it to buy state and local debt with a maturity of six months or less. The Fed could explicitly state that it will use that power to buy up any short-term debt that state and local governments issue to plug holes in their budgets during recessions, or to finance the provision of basic public goods and services, and more.

But this sort of move would also require a good deal of institutional and political courage from Fed officials. The whole reason the Fed is limited to buying six-month debt maturities is to prevent it from buying longer-term debt and effectively financing state and local government fiscal policy. The traditional view that the Fed shouldn't concern itself with distributional questions flows from the norm that the Fed deals with monetary policy, while Congressional bodies deal with fiscal policy — which is to say, government spending, how much, and on whom.

And that point really gets to the limits of the Fed’s abilities. The impetus for Brainard's speech is that the Fed cut interest rates to zero after the 2008 crisis, and thus couldn't lower them any further, even though the economy still clearly needed more stimulus. The traditional assumption in economics has been that monetary policy could always adjust the economy back to full employment on its own. But what we've discovered in recent years is that fiscal austerity from Congress, plus monetary policy that's over-eager to prevent inflation, can so damage the economy that a reformed approach to monetary policy alone cannot fix the problem.

The point of keeping interest rates lower longer is to encourage more investment. But investors do not hand out money simply because interest rates are cheap. They hand it out because they see profitable opportunities in the economy, and that enough demand is rising to meet the money that investors can provide. If the demand is not there, they won't invest, no matter how low interest rates fall.

But creating that demand requires getting more money into everyday consumers' pockets, which is precisely the sort of thing that fiscal policy, not monetary policy, is supposed to concern itself with. Offering federal, state and local governments an open-ended commitment to finance their debt is about the closest the Fed can get without actual legal amendments to its charter that expand its powers. And offering that deal would be wildly controversial precisely because it would challenge the conceptual divide between monetary and fiscal policy. Not to mention, governments would have to be ideologically and politically willing to take advantage of the opportunity.

Until the day Congress chooses to get serious about addressing inequality themselves, or they provide the Fed with some equivalent of the fiscal spending powers Congress itself enjoys, there is only so much the central bank can do.

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Nancy Pelosi leads Democratic delegation to international climate change summit

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The White House may be carving out its own path when it comes to climate change, but Washington will still be involved at an upcoming international climate summit in Madrid.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is leading a Democrat-only congressional delegation consisting of 13 House members and one senator to Madrid's COP25 summit. "One of the goals we have is to make sure that all of those who are in the Paris Accord know that the Democratic majority in the Congress of the American people are very concerned about the climate issue, understand that we have to set goals and have a plan on how to achieve them, and to talk about some of the things that we have done," Pelosi told Bloomberg Environment before departing for Spain.

The Democrats attending reportedly range from members of Congress who support the Green New Deal to those who want to approach Washington's environmental policy more cautiously in the hopes of hammering out legislation alongside Republicans.

President Trump announced the U.S. would withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, which was brought to light in 2016 at the COP25 summit in the French capital. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said earlier this month that the U.S. had begun formal proceedings to leave the accord, though it won't become official until after the 2020 presidential election. Trump isn't expected to make an appearance in Madrid, but the administration is sending a small delegation of diplomats to represent Washington, CBS News reports. Read more at Bloomberg.


          

Trump's elusive China trade deal

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The smartest insight and analysis, from all perspectives, rounded up from around the web:

Seeking to "overcome the impasse" on an "elusive" trade deal, President Trump last week suggested he was reluctant to alienate China by sanctioning officials involved in its Hong Kong crackdown, said Michael Bender and Chao Deng at The Wall Street Journal. Trump called the protests in the former British colony "a complicating factor" in the search for an agreement. "We have to stand with Hong Kong, but I'm also standing with President Xi," Trump said. "He's a friend of mine, he's an incredible guy." The warm words about Xi have not kept the president from moving the goalposts with "cliff-hanger tactics," said Ana Swanson at The New York Times. More than a month after Trump declared the U.S. and China had reached a historic "Phase 1" trade agreement, the two sides continue to negotiate. China reportedly had agreed to resume purchasing $20 billion in American farm products annually, but Trump "pressed his team to more than triple that figure" before settling on a demand for $50 billion. China wants the U.S. to scrap tariffs imposed since 2018, with a Dec. 15 deadline looming on a 15 percent tariff hike on "another $160 billion of goods." But the two sides can't even agree on where a deal signing should take place. And Trump's wavering has "made China wary of offering concessions, for fear that he will only demand more."

China feels little pressure to cater to Trump's brinkmanship, said Heather Timmons and Andrea Shalal at Reuters. Trump wants to secure a big announcement soon, "locking in big-ticket Chinese purchases of U.S. agricultural goods that he can tout as an important win." But "it's Trump who wants to sign these deals, not us," said one Chinese official. The difficulties in negotiating even a preliminary deal on tariffs and agricultural imports don't bode well for a far-reaching agreement covering issues like intellectual property rights. In fact, China's negotiators probably won't sign on to a more comprehensive deal "before the U.S. election, in part because they want to wait and see if Trump wins." Getting to a Phase 1 agreement "might not mean much," said Jill Disis at CNN. Rolling back tariffs and resuming agricultural trade just brings us back to where we were before the trade war began. Said one trade expert, "we're just climbing out of a hole we dug ourselves."

This was a battle the U.S. got into "without buy-in from allies," said Nathaniel Taplin at The Wall Street Journal, and now we're paying the price. The main effect of the trade war on China has been to shift Chinese exports to other markets. China "exported $19 billion less to the U.S. in the third quarter of 2019 than a year earlier, but nearly $17 billion more to Europe and East Asia." Really, Trump doesn't need to worry so much about China retaliating if he takes a strong stand on Hong Kong, said Noah Smith at Bloomberg. China has already used the trade weapons in its arsenal. It's created "an economic catastrophe for many farmers" in the U.S., and imposed $135 billion worth of tariffs on U.S. goods. The U.S. can certainly afford to take a moral position on Hong Kong, because as far as trade is concerned, "the damage has already been done."


          

The daily business briefing: November 29, 2019

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The holiday shopping season kicks off on Friday with traditional Black Friday sales, though many retailers got a jump on the competition by getting started with deep discounts on Thanksgiving Day. Analysts forecast data to show that online shoppers spent a record $4 billion on Thanksgiving. The total had already reached $2.1 billion as of 5 p.m. Thursday, a 20.2 percent increase compared to the same point last year. Demand was so high on Thursday that Costco's website and app were briefly hampered by heavy traffic. Black Friday is continuing to evolve, as many stores try to snag a bigger share of holiday sales by cutting prices days or even weeks before what used to be a one-day shopping frenzy. Shoppers are expected to spend up to $731 billion in November and December, roughly 4 percent more than in the same period last year. [USA Today, MarketWatch]

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Asian stocks struggled on Friday after President Trump signed a new law supporting Hong Kong protesters, prompting an angry reaction from China and raising fears that the tensions could derail talks on ending the trade war between the world's two biggest economies. The MSCI All Country world index fell by 0.4 percent after nearly reaching an all-time high set in January last year, before the start of the U.S.-China trade war. In the U.S., stock index futures inched down ahead of a shortened trading session. Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the S&P 500, and the Nasdaq were all down by about 0.2 percent, although the S&P 500 remained on track to close its best month since June. [Reuters, CNBC]

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The European Parliament on Thursday passed a symbolic measure declaring a "climate emergency." The move raises pressure on member states to take action to curb emissions blamed for climate change ahead of a United Nations climate summit starting Dec. 2 in Spain. In recent months, hundreds of regional and local administrations have approved similar declarations, but Thursday's vote was significant because the European lawmakers who passed the measure represent 500 million people. "Five years ago, no one would have expected the European Parliament to declare a climate emergency, so there's some progress," said Sebastian Mang of Greenpeace. Dissenters in the 429-225 vote objected to the use of the word "emergency," suggesting the use of "urgency" instead. [The Washington Post, Reuters]

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Morgan Stanley has ousted, at least temporarily, at least four traders in connection with an alleged effort to conceal between $100 million and $140 million in losses by mismarking securities, Bloomberg reported Thursday, citing people with knowledge of the matter. Morgan Stanley is investigating the case, which is linked to emerging-market currencies, Bloomberg's sources said. A representative of the sixth-largest U.S. bank declined to provide an immediate comment to Bloomberg. The traders who were fired or placed on leave were based in London and New York. [Bloomberg]

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Shares of Tech Data Corp., a multinational tech distribution company, surged by 12 percent on Friday after the company agreed to be purchased by Apollo Global Management in a deal worth $6 billion. Tech Data's board unanimously approved the private-equity group's offer of $145 a share. Apollo previously offered $130 per share, but sweetened its bid after Tech Data received an undisclosed higher offer. The deal amounts to a 30 percent premium over Tech Data's closing price on Oct. 15, the last day before news broke of a possible deal. Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway reportedly tried to buy Tech Data for $5 billion, but was beat out by Apollo. [MarketWatch, CNBC]


          

10 things in tech you need to know today

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Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Monday.

  1. An American researcher has been arrested for allegedly teaching North Korea about blockchain technology. Virgil Griffith is believed to have given a presentation in North Korea in April on how blockchain technology could help the country and taken part in a discussion that touched on using it to evade economic sanctions, Vice reports.
  2. China is trying to shape global standards for facial recognition technology, according to leaked documents obtained by the Financial Times. The newspaper says firms such as ZTE and China Telecom are trying to set world standards in the UN's International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for facial recognition, video monitoring, city and vehicle surveillance.
  3. The EU is carrying out preliminary investigations into Google's data collection practices. The European Commission told Reuters it wants to know how and why Google is collecting data.
  4. Intel says it sold its modem business to Apple at a 'multi-billion dollar loss' because Qualcomm 'strangled competition'. Intel said it was forced out of the market because of Qualcomm's patent licensing practices.
  5. Facebook has complied with Singapore's fake news law by flagging a post said to contain false info. On Friday, the Singapore government asked Facebook to issue a "correction notice" on a post that contained accusations of election rigging and the arrest of a purported whistleblower, Reuters reports.
  6. Chinese telecoms carriers are now required to use facial recognition tech on buyers of SIM cards. According to Bloomberg, the new law comes after a notice issued in September by the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information.
  7. State regulators in China have announced strict new rules about content created with virtual reality or AI. Use of AI or VR in online video or audio content must be clearly marked, with the rules coming into force on January 1.
  8. Thousands of people across Europe went on strike and protested against Amazon on Black Friday. Unions in the UK, France, and Spain staged protests outside Amazon warehouses on Black Friday, one of the busiest shopping days of the year.
  9. The PlayStation 5 is still a year away, but game developers already have their hands on an early prototype. Video game creators already have their hands on Sony's upcoming hardware, and an image of the PS5 prototype surfaced on social media.
  10. Legendary iPhone designer Jony Ive has been hanging out with celebs, models, and designers since announcing his departure from Apple. Ive has been spotted at various creative and tech-related events in the UK this year.

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Another reason why income is misleading, by Scott Sumner

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I often argue that income is a very misleading measure of economic well being. In many cases, I am pushing back against claims made by progressives regarding economic inequality. But I don’t have any ax to grind on the inequality issue, and today I’ll use the same argument in support of a “progressive” argument.

Bloomberg recently presented this graph, showing the average amount of consumption by people in each income decile:

I do not know if this graph is accurate—it seems implausibly flat to me.  However, for the sake of argument let’s assume it is accurate.  Even in that case it would present a highly misleading picture of consumption inequality, for exactly the same reason that income inequality is a misleading concept.  Here’s Bloomberg:

One kind of inequality that’s invisible in the spending chart is inequality within each income decile. The numbers shown are averages, and within each decile are households spending more and less. This form of inequality doesn’t separate high from low earners or people with more wealth from those with less. Instead, it distinguishes high-spending households in all income deciles from low-spending households in all income deciles.

In the lowest-income decile, for example, are students with little or no income, who nevertheless spend a lot supported by parents, student loans and prior years’ savings. This pulls up the spending average, disguising the troubles of a minimum-wage, part-time, no-benefits worker trying to support a family.

If you are a progressive then you are probably skeptical of this graph, and rightfully so.  It’s good to be skeptical, but also important to understand why the graph is misleading. It is misleading because income is not a good measure of economic well being.

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Weatherford cartoon: Presidential personality

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Joey Weatherford cartoon on Michael Bloomberg running for president in 2020.
          

美国大选中被忽视的数字选战

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本周,华尔街和华盛顿都在谈论金钱在政治中的力量。这不奇怪:前纽约市长迈克尔•布隆伯格(Michael Bloomberg)已正式投身民主党总统候选人提名的角逐,并计划利用自己的亿万身家竞选。

据报道,仅上周五一天,布隆伯格就豪掷约3000万美元集中投放电视广告。此举在布隆伯格的民主党党内竞争对手中间引发了一波反对亿万富豪的愤怒抱怨(尽管布隆伯格的电视广告不是很有吸引力)。

          

布隆伯格参选总统给彭博社带来难题

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安德鲁•埃奇克利夫-约翰逊,安娜•尼科拉乌,纽约报道

彭博新闻社(Bloomberg News)是全球最大的新闻从业者雇主之一,拥有2700名记者和编辑,他们竞相为32.5万彭博金融数据终端用户传播很可能会给其带来优势的新闻,从影响汇率的政策变化到可转换债券的发行等。

彭博社也是唯一一家对报道最能左右市场的事件之一——2020年美国大选——设置限制的大型新闻机构。

迈克•布隆伯格(Mike Bloomberg)在上周...

          

For Billionaire Bloomberg, Trying to Buy the Presidency Is Just a Sound Investment

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Bloomberg is currently sitting on a personal fortune worth $52 billion. He could easily afford to invest $6.3 billion in a presidential campaign—or even less on a primary. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr/cc)
 Bloomberg is currently sitting on a personal fortune worth $52 billion. He could easily afford to invest $6.3 billion in a presidential campaign—or even less on a primary. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr/cc)

          

Bloomberg Scandals Don't Bother the Billionaire's Punditry Class Cheerleaders

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In a world where it’s fun to hate billionaires, a money-maker who gives to nice causes, hates guns and supports environmentalism is the person who can give capitalism a good name again. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
In a world where it’s fun to hate billionaires, a money-maker who gives to nice causes, hates guns and supports environmentalism is the person who can give capitalism a good name again. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

          

Merkel’s Party Plays Hardball With Coalition Future in Doubt

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Merkel’s Party Plays Hardball With Coalition Future in Doubt(Bloomberg) -- Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party told the new leadership of the Social Democrats that there will be no renegotiation of the terms of their alliance and they can quit the governing coalition if they can’t accept that.The SPD on Saturday picked government critics Norbert Walter-Borjans and Saskia Esken to take the party forward over Merkel’s Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz. The new leaders said they will demand policy changes if they are to maintain their support, and their terms will be set out at a three-day SPD conference starting Friday in Berlin.Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, head of Merkel’s CDU party, said that there’s no way they will open up a debate on the coalition deal signed in March last year. “We’re not a therapy service for the parties in government,” she said in an interview Monday with ZDF television.“This new SPD leadership must decide whether they want to stay in this coalition or not,” Kramp-Karrenbauer added. “We made a pledge to the voters. We want to govern on the basis of what was agreed. We are focusing on that and not on the mental state of any coalition partner.”The rebellion against the SPD establishment pushes Merkel a step closer to the exit after 14 years in power. It also throws up a potential conflict between the chancellor -- keen to see out her final term -- and Kramp-Karrenbauer, who is trying to exert her authority as party leader and may be less willing to compromise as she positions herself to succeed Merkel.The Social Democrat leadership crisis was triggered in June when chairwoman Andrea Nahles resigned after the party was crushed in elections for the European Parliament. The succession contest reopened a party split between establishment figures and the left, which hoped to rebuild the SPD’s credentials with its working-class base.In comments after their victory on Saturday, Walter-Borjans said the party has no intention of abruptly leaving the coalition. The SPD is more likely to put forward a set of demands, such as abandoning Merkel’s balanced-budget stance and raising Germany’s minimum wage. He also indicated that Scholz will stay on as finance minister.Sensible ResultsJohannes Kahrs, the SPD’s parliamentary caucus budget spokesman and a party moderate, said Monday he does not expect the government to collapse. If a general election is triggered, the party is at risk of finishing in fourth place behind the Greens and the far-right AfD.“Both sides in the coalition know that we have to find some sensible results for this country,” Kahrs said in an interview with DLF radio.“The voters have the right to expect that this nation is ruled sensibly until September 2021,” he added. “That there is some disagreement over content is completely acceptable.”Any breakup would likely be a drawn out process. In addition to a straight vote on leaving the coalition, there will be proposals at the SPD convention setting out conditions for staying, potentially paving the way for prolonged negotiations with the CDU.Malu Dreyer, who served as an interim SPD leader following the resignation of Nahles, told ZDF Monday that the coalition agreement contains ample wiggle room to adapt to “changing circumstances” if necessary.“We can’t behave as if chaos is breaking out here,” Dreyer said. “It’s actually not.”(Updates with SPD comment starting in eighth paragraph.)To contact the reporter on this story: Iain Rogers in Berlin at irogers11@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Ben Sills at bsills@bloomberg.net, Chris Reiter, Chad ThomasFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



          

Tories Focus on Security Before NATO Summit: U.K. Campaign Trail

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Tories Focus on Security Before NATO Summit: U.K. Campaign Trail(Bloomberg) -- Sign up to our Brexit Bulletin, follow us @Brexit and subscribe to our podcast.Boris Johnson’s Conservatives will move to bolster their law and order credentials on Monday, as the U.K. prepares to welcome Donald Trump for a NATO summit in the wake of a terror attack in London.With polls showing the race for the Dec. 12 election is narrowing, the Tories are focusing on security. Home Secretary Priti Patel is due to say that Brexit provides a once in a generation opportunity to strengthen the U.K. border. It follows a weekend where Johnson and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn clashed over who is to blame for the early release of a convicted terrorist who killed two people on Friday.Must Read: U.K.’s Johnson Doubles Down on Security Theme After Knife AttackFor more on the election visit ELEC.Coming up:Conservative Justice Secretary Robert Buckland will tour TV and radio studios on Monday morning.Corbyn will visit a major London train station at 8:30 a.m. to announce Labour’s plan for public ownership of the railways and cut train fares.Brexit Party Leader Nigel Farage holds an event in Wales at 11 a.m.Polls:A Survation poll on Monday showed Labour has closed the gap to the Conservatives to 9 points, from 14 two weeks ago. The survey put the Tories at 42%, Labour at 33% and the Liberal Democrats at 11%.A number of other polls released over the weekend also showed the Conservatives’ lead narrowing, with one of them signaling a possible hung parliament.There is a 69% chance of a Conservative majority, according to Betfair. Despite speculation that Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab may be in danger of losing his seat, Betfair’s odds give him a 67% chance of retaining it.Here’s a summary of recent pollsCatching Up:Friday’s terror attack became increasingly politicized on Sunday, as Johnson and Corbyn sort to blame each other’s parties for creating the circumstances that led to the atrocity.The weekend also saw Johnson seek to distance himself from decisions on crime made by previous Conservative governments, and announce plans to review Britain’s security, defense and foreign policy in the wake the attack.Leaving the European Union with an “ambitious deal” on trade will help unlock U.K. investment and lead to a gradual improvement in growth, the Confederation of British Industry said Monday.The European Commission’s Executive Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis warned that the EU is ready to cut off the City of London’s post-Brexit market access if it diverges from EU standards, the Financial Times reports.Leading party officials clashed over Brexit and terrorism in a seven way debate hosted by broadcaster ITV on Sunday.Facebook Inc. removed seven Conservative Party social media ads on Sunday after the British Broadcasting Corp. complained they distorted the perception of the news service’s impartiality.The Markets:The pound was little changed at 1.2918 per dollar at 6:24 a.m. on Monday.HSBC Holdings Plc analyst Robin Down expects U.K. banks to rally as much as 10% if Johnson seals a majority, while Barclays Plc analysts see an outright Conservative victory boosting sterling and pushing up yield curves, all to the benefit of bank earnings.\--With assistance from Peter Flanagan.To contact the reporters on this story: Jessica Shankleman in London at jshankleman@bloomberg.net;David Goodman in London at dgoodman28@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Tim Ross at tross54@bloomberg.net, Chris Kay, Guy CollinsFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



          

Five Things You Need to Know to Start Your Day

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Five Things You Need to Know to Start Your Day(Bloomberg) -- Want the lowdown on what's moving European markets in your inbox every morning? Sign up here.Good morning. Security has moved to the center of the U.K. election campaign, Germany’s coalition government is on the brink and investors are digesting mixed signals on the impact of the trade war. Here’s what’s moving markets.SecurityThe focus of the U.K. election campaign has taken a swing towards law and order following the attack at London Bridge on Friday, and the Conservatives are planning a major review of both defense and foreign policy if they win. The Labour Party has gained ground, narrowing the gap with the Tories in four of five opinion polls, one of which suggested the country is headed for a hung parliament. The campaign will be disrupted again this week as the U.K. welcomes NATO allies to the latest summit of the defense alliance, where U.S. President Donald Trump won’t be the only wild card attending.Coalition Breakdown?German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government was thrown into doubt after her coalition partners, the Social Democrats,  elected new leaders over the weekend who have threatened to pull out of the ruling pact. Norbert Walter-Borjans and Saskia Esken, two critics of the government, won the poll, beating Finance Minister Olaf Scholz. In his victory speech, Walter-Borjans insisted he would rather improve the current coalition rather than take it down, but it creates a significant headache for Merkel to keep the government together and an extra political risk for European investors to take into account.Mixed SignalsSome slightly better news emerged for China at the weekend, with its factory activity gauge unexpectedly jumping in November thanks to government support and a more stable global outlook. Yet another closely watched bellwether for global trade, South Korean exports, dropped more than expected. That will put even more focus on European and U.S. manufacturing data due on Monday. China’s central bank, meanwhile, says it intends to retain a prudent policy approach as it predicts a prolonged downturn in the global economy, saying it is in a “mid- and long-distance race’’ and will stick to conventional methods as long as possible.Cyber MondayBlack Friday online sales in the U.S. hit a record level, yet again underscoring a shift among consumers to eschew heading to bricks-and-mortar stores to get their bargains and instead sitting and clicking from home. It bodes well too for Cyber Monday, the online cousin of Black Friday, given this is when the offers are most concentrated to online stores. Over the coming days, it will be worth watching for signals from Europe’s biggest retailers how they fared across what is now a global shopping bonanza. On the down side, retail sales from a protest-hit Hong Kong are due on Monday and could impact luxury goods stocks exposed to the city.Coming Up…Stocks in Asia were higher and U.S. Treasuries tumbled as investors took heart from the better-than-expected China data, which added to a feeling that the global economy is turning a corner. Local reports also suggested China wants a tariff rollback in the first phase of a trade deal with the U.S., keeping eyes trained on any further headlines about progress in talks between the two. Oil prices are higher going into the new week, bolstered by Iraq signaling that OPEC and its allies will consider deeper production cuts when they meet this week.What We’ve Been ReadingThis is what’s caught our eye over the past 24 hours. It’ll be tough to top 2019 for stocks. The cure for an economy hooked on debt may be more debt. Chefs pick the best cities for great restaurants. A community rallies around London’s oldest food market. The cherry blossom scandal in Japan is starting to bite. Gulf states are backpedaling on Iran. The rise and rise of Big Toothbrush.Like Bloomberg's Five Things? Subscribe for unlimited access to trusted, data-based journalism in 120 countries around the world and gain expert analysis from exclusive daily newsletters, The Bloomberg Open and The Bloomberg Close.Before it's here, it's on the Bloomberg Terminal. Find out more about how the Terminal delivers information and analysis that financial professionals can't find anywhere else. Learn more.To contact the author of this story: Sam Unsted in London at sunsted@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Phil Serafino at pserafino@bloomberg.netFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



          

As Climate Protesters Fume, Envoys Build a Wall of Green Money

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As Climate Protesters Fume, Envoys Build a Wall of Green Money(Bloomberg) -- Climate envoys from almost 200 nations will gather in Madrid starting Monday for two weeks of talks organized by the United Nations. The ambition at COP25 is to build on the four-year-old Paris Agreement, at which governments pledged to limit fossil-fuel pollution, by reviving a corner of the market in carbon pollution credits. If that doesn’t sound like stakes commensurate with the ongoing climate crisis, that’s because it isn’t.Protesters have taken to the streets again and again this year calling for immediate action to cut back on fossil fuels, including thousands of arrests in more than a dozen cities in October alone. The 16-year-old activist Greta Thunburg harangued world leaders for their inaction at the prior UN climate summit. The politics of the masses and the politics of the diplomats have rarely been so mismatched as they are at these Madrid climate talks.“There is a disconnect between what people are asking for and what we’re seeing,” Gilles Dufranse, policy officer at Carbon Market Watch, a Brussels-based research group that advises companies on how to put a price on greenhouse-gas emissions. “Multilateral meetings are very difficult, but it’s the only solution we have.”And billions of dollars could be in play, which is why thousands of companies and hundreds of financial institutions will be watching COP25 closely. Away from the headlines and grand promises sought by environmental groups, the delegates are quietly building a legal framework to support a wall of money that will guide the world in a greener direction.Scientific findings this year have given an urgency to the process. Carbon emissions and temperatures have been breaking records, which scientists have linked to the increased frequency of violent storms and wildfires everywhere from Sweden to Japan and California. Global temperature increases since the industrial revolution are on track to push well past the UN target of 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit), according to research from Climate Action Tracker, a group of three consultants examining the issue. While few would notice that amount of warming on a single day, when applied to the world as a whole it would mark the quickest shift in the climate since the end of the last ice age some 10,000 years ago.Shifting the world away from fossil fuels will require mind-boggling amounts of money. At least $71 trillion needs to be invested into energy over the next 20 years to reach the nirvana where global warming is held in check and the UN meets its sustainable development goals, according to the International Energy Agency. That’s about a fifth more than the $59 trillion that the IEA figures will be spent under a business-as-usual scenario.Raising that amount of cash requires slow and careful work. Like arms control or trade negotiations, the climate talks deliver milestone treaties only after years of preparation, spending the time in between on fine details undergirding broad arrangements already put in place. The carbon market is one of the most complicated mechanisms envoys have worked on, since it touches so many parts of the economy.The aim is to set up a system that creates credits for work done to reduce emissions. That might include installing wind farms, protecting forests or insulating buildings so they consume less energy. Countries that generate more savings than their target would be able to sell those credits to others that are struggling to reach their goal.In theory, that will channel money to projects where the biggest savings can be made most cheaply. The difficulty is in defining what kinds of work count, how to measure those savings and what would ensure that countries don’t get credit both for making the savings and generating a credit. And this year, the envoys will talk about how to add the UN sustainable development goals to the market mechanism, adding issues like poverty and water protection to the list of things that might be able to generate a credit.The Long Road to MadridThe meeting in Madrid is part of a series of discussions stretching back three decades. It will bring together energy and environment ministers from the 197 countries that signed the Framework Convention on Climate Change in 1992. About 20,000 people will attend, including press, pressure groups and multinational institutions ranging from OPEC to the World Bank.The 1992 treaty held that global warming was real, rich industrial nations caused it and should therefore help developing countries with aid and technology to support greener solutions. While each one of those ideas is controversial now in Washington, the U.S. ratified the treaty under Republican President George H.W. Bush. President Donald Trump has vowed to pull out of the Paris Agreement but not the convention that made the 1992 treaty possible.The convention led to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, which was a landmark because it mandated emissions cuts in 37 industrial nations plus the European Union. That group vowed to cut fossil fuel pollution 5% from 1990 levels by 2012, and later signed up to a second commitment period that will finish next year, when the Paris Agreement kicks in.Paris marked the first time that all countries, rich and poor alike, agreed to make cuts in their greenhouse gas emissions. That brought China and India into the system. They had no obligations under Kyoto but since then have become two of the worst polluters. The cost of bringing those countries on board was that the Paris commitments are voluntary — every country decides for itself what level of emissions cut it can make and how those will be achieved.On the Agenda This YearThis year’s meeting in Madrid is meant to elaborate on Article 6 of the 27-page Paris Agreement. That section deals with creating market mechanisms that each nation can use to help it meet emissions targets—something companies think they can profit from.These systems aren’t new. The Clean Development Mechanism came out of Kyoto and has fed at least $138 billion into projects that reduce harmful gases that come from burning fossil fuels. The ambition in Madrid is to create a “Sustainable Development Mechanism” that might go well beyond the work of the CDM, feeding money both to clean-energy programs and to projects that meet the 17 UN sustainable development goals.Friction over the nature of the rules is threatening this work and prevented a deal on Article 6 last year. Industrial nations led by the European Union want careful record-keeping and verification to make sure aid money actually goes into cutting emissions, which was one of the things the CDM lacked. Developing nations led by Brazil want a more flexible and free-wheeling system where a wider variety of programs qualify. An agreement is crucial to get big money to back the new Sustainable Development Mechanism credits.“What is critical is the credibility of the system,” said Gianpiero Nacci, deputy head of climate finance at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, a London-based institution that’s helping commercial banks unlock money for green finance. “It could accelerate low-carbon investment.”About 2 billion CDM credits each representing 1 ton of avoided emissions were issued over the life of the program. The value of those credits peaked at more than 21 euros ($23) in 2008. They tumbled since and trade at around 17 cents apiece now after the EU, which was the main buyer of the credits, lost faith in CDM bookkeeping and wanted to clear up a glut in its own Emissions Trading System.The CDM’s demise still rankles developing nations, which are anxious to see the cash infusion they’ve been promised. A decade ago, industrial countries pledged to step up climate-related aid to $100 billion a year by 2020. While they’re on the way to reaching that goal, dishing out $71.2 billion in 2017 according to the OECD, there’s little detail on how that money will flow in the future.That puts attention on the Article 6 debate. Creating rules around a Sustainable Development Mechanism would also set out a framework for clean-energy developers financiers to work with and unlock money for more emissions-cutting work. Slowly, the financial world is taking note. More than 500 fund managers with $35 trillion of assets calling on governments to take more action through a London-based group called the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change.“Business people want clarity,” said Jean-Marc Ollagnier, chief executive of Accenture Plc’s resources operating group. “When they get clarity they will find incentives to invest. If they don’t, they will find excuses to delay.”To contact the authors of this story: Reed Landberg in London at landberg@bloomberg.netJeremy Hodges in London at jhodges17@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Aaron Rutkoff at arutkoff@bloomberg.netFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



          

It’s No Longer Just Donald Trump Questioning What NATO Does

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It’s No Longer Just Donald Trump Questioning What NATO Does(Bloomberg) -- What was conceived as a celebration for one of the world’s most important military alliances risks becoming a show of disunity -- and this time it’s not because of anything Donald Trump has said or done.Meeting in London this week, leaders of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization have two other presidents to worry about: France’s Emmanuel Macron, who recently has openly questioned the collective defense clause at NATO’s heart, and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has troubled alliance members with his decisions to send troops into Syria and buy a Russian anti-missile system.To make matters worse, Macron and Erdogan are now trading insults in public.In fact, so much has changed since then-Prime Minister Theresa May offered to host the two-day commemoration of NATO’s 70th anniversary that her successor, Boris Johnson could be forgiven for wishing she hadn’t.“I will tell you again at NATO, first check your own brain death,” Erdogan said, addressing Macron in a speech from Istanbul on Friday. He was referring to an interview the French leader gave last month in which he not only criticized Turkey, but described the alliance as brain dead.With three significant member states bringing conflicting agendas to the table at a gathering that takes place in the closing stretch of a charged U.K. election campaign, the event risks fanning concern about NATO’s future, rather than celebrating what alliance officials and leaders routinely call the most successful military grouping in history.Why NATO, at 70, Is Facing New Doubt and CriticismOfficials from the U.S. and Britain were at pains last week to highlight NATO’s successes, including a renewed sense of purpose since Russia’s 2014 aggression in Ukraine. Defense spending is on the rise and NATO is expanding into counter-terrorism, cyber security, and now even space.NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg pushed back against Macron’s portrayal of the alliance as ailing. The two met in Paris last week.And the alliance does continue to attract. North Macedonia, set to join next year, will bring the leaders at the table this week to 30, up from 15 when the Berlin Wall fell in 1989.Such accomplishments however are being drowned out by the increasingly public dispute over what NATO should focus on, and what it should stand for. In an apparent attempt to contain the debate, Germany has proposed forming an expert group to report on the future political shape of the alliance.Macron drove Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel to make a spirited defense of the alliance last week, telling lawmakers in Berlin that “Europe cannot currently defend itself alone.” Long part of the glue that has solidified NATO, Merkel’s position is now under threat at home, however, after her center-left coalition partner elected a new, more radical leadership.Erdogan May Seek EU Money Even as He Trades Insults With MacronA senior U.S. official said on Friday that Trump would prioritize enlisting NATO to push back against China’s growing influence. The official said Trump would also press allies to increase defense spending and to exclude Chinese companies from the construction of 5G mobile networks, something many have been unwilling to do.Instead of containing China, Macron wants NATO to prioritize the fight against terrorism. Thirteen French soldiers died in Mali last week and a lone terrorist on Friday killed two people in London. A French official said Macron also plans to press for greater “operational” burden-sharing as a way of complementing Trump’s push for Europe to carry more of the alliance’s financial burden.Erdogan, meanwhile, is demanding acceptance of Turkish goals in northern Syria, including classifying as a terrorist threat the Kurdish militias that have fought Islamic State alongside other NATO allies. He also rubbed salt into another open wound in Turkey’s ties with Western allies, by unpacking and testing the NATO non-compatible S-400 air defense system he recently bought from Russia.NATO Foresees More Europe Defense Outlays as It Braces for TrumpAnd that’s all before Trump makes his first tweet at the event. The U.S. president will arrive distracted by pressures at home, where he is the subject of impeachment proceedings.“It will be a great tribute to how much all the NATO allies value the institution if we manage to get through this leaders meeting without President Trump, President Macron or President Erdogan doing something damaging to the alliance,” said Kori Schake, a former National Security Council official in the George W. Bush administration who is now deputy director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies.The shortened time frame –- formal sessions will take only about four hours -- may limit the potential for damage. Long term NATO watchers also caution against exaggerating the dangers of intra-alliance tensions, which aren’t new to an organization that includes countries with differing geographies and security priorities.Macron’s questioning of the collective defense commitment at NATO’s heart is dangerous, but in many ways he is simply reverting to France’s traditionally semi-detached status. President Charles De Gaulle pulled out of the organization’s military command structure in 1966, and France rejoined only in 2009.Macron Says NATO Should Shift Its Focus Away From Russia“It’s not a fashionable view, I know,” said Sir Adam Thomson, the U.K.’s envoy to NATO from 2014-2016, but NATO “has been pursuing a new vision since the end of the Cold War and, to some extent, it’s already got a lot of the material.”He cited three new roles since the Cold War: Crisis management in places like Afghanistan, keeping a lid on potential disputes between members in eastern Europe, and building partnerships with dozens of non-member countries.As the site of NATO’s first headquarters, London was a natural choice for this week’s anniversary. It was also supposed to make a statement on the global stature of a new post-Brexit Britain.Johnson Plans Major Review of U.K.’s Defense, Foreign PolicyBrexit, however, has since been delayed. Johnson also called a snap election for Dec. 12. With anti-Trump protests planned, the opposition Labour Party hopes to capitalize on the U.S. president’s unpopularity and friendship with Johnson.Were Johnson to lose to Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn, that would give NATO yet another individual to worry about at its next summit, due in 2021.Over his career the socialist firebrand has called NATO “a danger to world peace and a danger to world security”. He has more recently fallen into line with party policy, which is for the U.K. to stay in the alliance, but he’d likely prove another awkward partner.The last time Britain hosted NATO leaders, in 2014, he told an anti-NATO rally the end of the Cold War “should have been the time for NATO to shut up shop, give up, go home and go away.”\--With assistance from Onur Ant, Geraldine Amiel and Justin Sink.To contact the reporters on this story: Marc Champion in London at mchampion7@bloomberg.net;Jonathan Stearns in Brussels at jstearns2@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Rosalind Mathieson at rmathieson3@bloomberg.net, Flavia Krause-JacksonFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



          

Johnson Bolsters Security Message After London Knife Attack

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Johnson Bolsters Security Message After London Knife Attack(Bloomberg) -- Sign up to our Brexit Bulletin, follow us @Brexit and subscribe to our podcast.Boris Johnson’s Conservatives will paint their party as one of law and order on Monday, while London reels from a terror attack and prepares to welcome Donald Trump this week for a NATO summit.Both the president’s visit and the deadly assault threaten to derail campaigning and crimp the Tories’ lead over Labour, less than two weeks before the U.K. votes in the general election.When Trump lands in London on Monday, Johnson will be hoping he doesn’t say anything that hinders his lead in the polls. Trump’s support would play into the hands of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who says the two men are right-wing soul mates who pose a threat to the U.K.’s National Health Service.The Tories Secretly Fear Trump Could Wreck Johnson’s ElectionJohnson is also trying to distance himself from the previous Tory administration after convicted terrorist Usman Khan killed two people on Friday in central London. Khan had been released early from jail in December 2018 and was attending a conference on prisoner rehabilitation when he launched his attack.A poll released Monday added to signs that Labour is slowly eating into the Conservatives’ lead before the Dec. 12 vote. While the Tories stood at 42% in the latest Survation poll, they were ahead by just 9 percentage points, down from 14 two weeks ago.Johnson is seeking to capitalize on his strengths. Voters trust Johnson significantly more than Corbyn on security. A YouGov poll for the Sunday Times showed found 44% of voters have confidence in Johnson. For Corbyn, 67% of voters don’t have confidence in him, while just 21% do.With that in mind, Home Secretary Priti Patel will double down on the Tories’ message that delivering Brexit could bolster U.K. security. She’ll reiterate that Brexit can give back to the U.K. control of its borders to help reduce smuggling of goods, people and curb terrorism.Her comments come amid a row between Johnson and Corbyn over the early release of the attacker. Corbyn blamed a decade of spending cuts to the prison service for weakening its ability to detect the risk, while Johnson pledged to end a 2008 law that was brought in under a Labour government that gives prisoners automatic early release.Patel also will speak following the late October discovery of 39 bodies in the back of a lorry in Kent, southeast England, after having been smuggled across the border into the U.K.“People traffickers don’t think twice about risking people’s lives for profit,” Patel will say. “And most shockingly of all we know that terrorists have been able to enter the country by exploiting free movement.”Corbyn will seek to return to a debate on the cost of living, with a promise to cut train fares through state ownership of the railways. On Saturday, millions of commuters learned they will have to pay an average of 2.7% more for rail tickets from Jan. 2., which is about 100 pounds ($129) more per year.The party leader is due to announce more details of Labour’s plan for public ownership of the railways, including a 33% cut to regulated fares that the party says will save the average commuter 1,097 pounds a year.”Taking back control of our railways is the only way to bring down fares and create a railway network that is fit for the future,” he’ll say.(Updates with Survation poll results in fifth paragraph)To contact the reporters on this story: Jessica Shankleman in London at jshankleman@bloomberg.net;David Goodman in London at dgoodman28@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Tim Ross at tross54@bloomberg.net, Steve GeimannFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



          

Merkel’s Tenure on the Line as Coalition Partner Veers Left

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Merkel’s Tenure on the Line as Coalition Partner Veers Left(Bloomberg) -- Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government was thrown into crisis after Germany’s Social Democrats redrew the country’s political map by electing a new leadership seen as a threat to the survival of their coalition.Merkel’s SPD vice chancellor, Olaf Scholz, suffered a stinging defeat in his bid to lead the party as members voted to install Norbert Walter-Borjans and lawmaker Saskia Esken, who have been vocal in opposing the unloved alliance with Merkel. The terms of the new leadership will be determined at a three-day party conference starting Friday.In comments after the tandem’s victory Saturday evening, Walter-Borjans said there was no intention to abruptly bolt the coalition. The SPD is more likely to put forward a set of demands, such as abandoning Merkel’s cherished balanced-budget stance and raising Germany’s minimum wage. Some may be red lines for Merkel’s Christian Democratic-led bloc.“I never said we need to leave,” Walter-Borjans, a former finance minister of North Rhine-Westphalia state, said after the ballot’s result was announced. “We must improve the policies and perhaps loosen the black zero,” he said, referring to Merkel’s budget pledge.Scholz, Merkel’s finance minister who along with regional politician Klara Geywitz was defeated by a margin of 53% to 45%. He pledged to support his party’s new leadership and they, in turn, said they expect him to continue in his government position.The rebellion against the SPD establishment pushes Merkel a step closer to the exit after 14 years in power and leaves Europe’s biggest economy approaching a crossroads. Growth has faltered and populism is on the rise, while the chancellor has been overshadowed by French President Emmanuel Macron and caught between a hostile U.S. administration and an assertive China.The decision signals a prolonged phase of political uncertainty in Germany that could hamper the European Union’s efforts to chart a path forward after Brexit and to wield its influence on the global stage.Merkel said last year that she wouldn’t run again but intends to serve out her term ending in 2021. She’s due to meet Macron, President Donald Trump and other NATO leaders in London, followed by talks with Russia’s Vladimir Putin in Paris on ending the conflict in Ukraine. Scholz is scheduled to be in Brussels on Wednesday to broker a plan to complete the European banking union.The Social Democrats’ leadership crisis was triggered in June when chairwoman Andrea Nahles resigned after the party’s beating in elections for the European Parliament. The succession contest reopened a party split between establishment figures and the left, which has longed to exit the coalition and re-establish the SPD’s credentials with its working-class base.After a tumultuous year in which the SPD and Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union both faced power struggles and the economy flirted with recession, Germany’s political and business elites had hoped for a period of calm and continuity. Merkel made an unusual plea to see the alliance through to 2021, saying there was still much to be done.But Walter-Borjans, who established a reputation for fighting tax cheats, and Esken, who has openly called for ending the coalition, tapped the dissatisfaction of Social Democrats who blame its decline in the polls on abandoning its roots .BreakupAny breakup may become a drawn out process. In addition to a straight vote on leaving the coalition, there will be proposals at the SPD convention setting out conditions for staying, potentially paving the way for prolonged negotiations.Merkel’s CDU said on Saturday that it expects the SPD to honor last year’s coalition agreement. CDU leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer told delegates at its convention in Leipzig last week that she would refuse to renegotiate it.“We want to govern Germany well, and for that we have a good basis,” CDU general secretary Paul Ziemiak said after the result. “Today’s decision hasn’t changed this basis.”The SPD leadership also has to weigh the merits of facing a possible early election when the party has slipped below 15% in some polls, compared with the 20.5% it took in the last election in 2017. The party is running neck-and-neck with the far-right Alternative for Germany, which elected a new co-chairman at a convention on Saturday.Tino Chrupalla, a 44-year-old tradesman from the ex-communist east -- a region where support for the anti-establishment party has surged -- gives the nationalists a leader from a region where the party is strong. Chrupalla enjoys support of the party’s extreme-right wing but took a moderate tone, saying the party didn’t need “drastic language” to win conservative voters who feel abandoned by Merkel’s bloc(Updates with Scholz to stay in fifth paragraph)To contact the reporters on this story: Birgit Jennen in Berlin at bjennen1@bloomberg.net;Patrick Donahue in Berlin at pdonahue1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Ben Sills at bsills@bloomberg.net, Andrew Davis, Tony CzuczkaFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



          

EU’s Von Der Leyen to Pose a Climate Challenge to China, U.S.

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EU’s Von Der Leyen to Pose a Climate Challenge to China, U.S.(Bloomberg) -- The European Union will challenge the U.S. and China on climate-change targets as the fight against global warming becomes a major international issue, according to new European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.The EU is considering a target to bring emission levels down to zero by the middle of this century in its bid to lead the push to reduce greenhouse gases. Von der Leyen will pitch this plan to envoys from more than 200 nations on Monday when she travels to Madrid to take part in the opening of the United Nations climate talks. It will be her first event in the role, in which she started her five-year term on Sunday.“The European Union wants to be the first climate-neutral continent by 2050,” she told reporters on Sunday in Brussels. “Europe is leading in this topic and we know that we have to be ambitious for our planet but also to be a front-runner.”The climate neutrality goal is estimated to require an extra 175 billion euros ($193 billion) to 290 billion euros a year in investment for energy systems and infrastructure from 2030.Von der Leyen set the Green Deal project as a top priority for her tenure. It would affect areas from energy production to transport and agriculture, putting Europe in sync with the objectives of the Paris Agreement to limit the rise in the global temperature.The move would also put the EU ahead of other major emitters, including China, India and Japan, which have yet to translate their voluntary Paris pledges into binding national measures. U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from the Paris agreement in 2017.The climate policy will be part of the “geopolitical commission” concept von der Leyen intends to pursue to ensure Europe’s voice is heard on the same level as the likes of China and the U.S. The strategy will encourage other countries to follow suit by flagging options like a carbon tariff to be imposed on nations which fall behind.Von der Leyen held several calls on her first day with a number of leaders, including Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.“The good news is that China says that they are aware of climate change,” von der Leyen said. “The fact that China is introducing an emissions trading system shows that it is also a topic that is high on the agenda in China.”More details on the Green Deal are expected on Dec. 11, including a document outlining plans for a Just Transition Fund designed to help the countries impacted the most by the emission-reduction policy.To contact the reporter on this story: Ewa Krukowska in Brussels at ekrukowska@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Reed Landberg at landberg@bloomberg.net, Sam Unsted, James AmottFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



          

Carney Takes Climate Finance Envoy Role, UN’s Guterres Says

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Carney Takes Climate Finance Envoy Role, UN’s Guterres Says(Bloomberg) -- Explore what’s moving the global economy in the new season of the Stephanomics podcast. Subscribe via Apple Podcast, Spotify or Pocket Cast.Bank of England Governor Mark Carney has accepted the role of special envoy for climate action and finances, United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres said.Carney has taken a pioneering role pushing the climate issue in the financial sphere, Guterres said at a news conference in Madrid, where the next UN climate change conference kicks off on Monday. He’ll take on his special envoy role with pay of $1 a year after stepping down from the central banker’s job, the Bank of England said in a statement.Carney is due to leave the Bank of England on Jan. 31, although his successor has not yet been named after the selection process was disrupted by Brexit and the upcoming UK general election. That’s boosted speculation he may be asked to extend his term at the BOE for a third time, although Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid said last month that he saw no need for such a move and that his party would appoint a new chief “very, very, quickly” if it wins the Dec. 12 vote.Carney has been talking about the risks of climate change since at least 2015 when he used a speech at Lloyds of London to warn that the phenomenon imposed “a cost on future generations that the current generation has no direct incentive to fix.” In October, he told the Guardian newspaper that companies and industries that aren’t moving toward zero-carbon emissions will be punished by investors and face bankruptcy.At least $100 billion a year should be mobilized for developing countries to adapt for climate action, Guterres said. It’s crucial for countries, especially those with high emissions, to pledge more ambitious measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, he added.(Updates from with detail on when Carney will start role from third paragraph)To contact the reporters on this story: Charles Penty in Madrid at cpenty@bloomberg.net;David Goodman in London at dgoodman28@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Chad Thomas at cthomas16@bloomberg.net, Amy Teibel, Sam UnstedFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



          

Germany's Crisis Is a Very Good Thing

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Germany's Crisis Is a Very Good Thing(Bloomberg Opinion) -- Norbert Walter-Borjans and Saskia Esken, the new leaders of Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD), may be about to do Germany and Europe a favor. That’s not thanks to any inherent qualities they possess; both are colorless and unimaginative left-wingers vaguely resembling Britain’s Jeremy Corbyn, though not quite as reckless. Rather it’s because they may want to take their party out of its coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right bloc, a possibility that has sparked a full-blown government crisis. Anything that shakes the country out of its torpor offers a ray of hope.The current government of the European Union’s largest economy has been inexcusably mediocre, and is badly in need of change. Name almost any major challenge facing Europe today, and German flexibility and leadership is as needed as it is absent.The euro area is at risk of stagnating, and Germany is the economy that could help the most, with a big fiscal stimulus. Instead it clings doggedly to its fetish for balanced budgets. The currency union is vulnerable to another euro crisis unless it is strengthened with a full banking union, including a common deposit insurance scheme for the region’s lenders. But Germany balks at anything substantive.At a time of geopolitical turmoil, Europe must also rethink its military readiness and alliances. Yet Berlin keeps defying calls from its NATO allies to spend more on its army, which isn’t remotely prepared to help protect eastern Europe against Russia, if it ever came to that.The government did try to come up with a plan to tackle climate change recently, which is more than most Western countries can say. But the package wending its way through the legislative system is laughably unambitious.The Merkel administration’s domestic policy record is even worse. Germany’s last major economic reform took place under her predecessor, Gerhard Schroeder. In her 14 years in power she has attempted nothing on such a grand scale. A tax reform is long overdue, especially as other countries cut their corporate tax rates. Then there’s immigration law, which would benefit from a points-based approach like Canada’s to alleviate Germany’s shortage of skilled workers. But Merkel’s cabinets, three of which have included the SPD, have merely tinkered. A ballyhooed digital upgrade of Germany’s economy was all talk and no byte.The best that can be said about the present coalition is that it survived the refugee crisis of 2015-16 and restored order subsequently. Yes, the parties checked off most of the projects they agreed on when they reluctantly renewed their governing partnership in early 2018. But that was an underwhelming list signed off by coalition partners who openly loathe each other.The effect is that Germany and Merkel, who’s made herself a lame duck by declaring she won’t run for office again, have forfeited their leadership role. This has left a vacuum at the heart of Europe, which Fance’s president Emmanuel Macron is trying to fill. He has been asking the big questions about the EU’s future, expecting support, or at least replies, from Germany. The silence in Berlin has been deafening.In frustration, Macron has started taking ever bigger risks; musing about new European military alliances, a new relationship with Russia, a new economic design for the euro area, and a halt to the enlargement of the EU. The Germans don’t know what to say to such adventurism. Suspecting a hidden neo-Gaullist agenda, with France seizing the reins in western Europe, they’ve reverted to acting as Macron’s spoilers.Berlin hates political crisis. It comes out of a cultural fear of “instability” that dates to the chaotic Weimar Republic (or rather, what came after its failure). But these worries are overblown.Consider the main scenarios. First, next weekend the SPD must anoint Walter-Borjans and Esken and decide what to do about the coalition. They will no doubt demand a new direction from Merkel, including a boost to the minimum wage and other leftist goodies. The conservatives (who are struggling in the polls) will have no choice but to stand firm and say no.The SPD might then attempt to walk out of government. Merkel would in that case probably ask for a vote of confidence in parliament. In Germany, a chancellor can only be voted out if parliament simultaneously elects a new one. So either Merkel or a successor would have a good chance of staying in power as a minority government. That idea is anathema to Germans (Weimar, again), but neighboring Denmark and other countries prove minority government can work. Merkel or her successor would have to seek issue-by-issue support from the Greens or the pro-business Free Democrats. That would at least require open debate, which would be a boon to German democracy after years of parliamentary inertia.If a minority government fails, Germany’s president, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, would call new elections. Yes, Europe has been having rather a lot of those lately. But in Germany — unlike Spain, for example — new elections would actually change the composition of parliament, because the Greens would replace the SPD as the second-largest party and obvious partner of choice for the conservatives. They’re thriving these days, and would push the government into bolder action. Macron would have somebody to talk to.The coming weeks and months will make history in post-war Germany, which is not used to such turmoil. But once the dust settles, new constellations could revive political debate and policy-making. For the sake of Germany and Europe, that’s worth a try.To contact the author of this story: Andreas Kluth at akluth1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: James Boxell at jboxell@bloomberg.netThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Andreas Kluth is a member of Bloomberg's editorial board. He was previously editor in chief of Handelsblatt Global and a writer for the Economist. For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinion©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



          

Germany's Crisis Is a Very Good Thing

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Germany's Crisis Is a Very Good Thing(Bloomberg Opinion) -- Norbert Walter-Borjans and Saskia Esken, the new leaders of Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD), may be about to do Germany and Europe a favor. That’s not thanks to any inherent qualities they possess; both are colorless and unimaginative left-wingers vaguely resembling Britain’s Jeremy Corbyn, though not quite as reckless. Rather it’s because they may want to take their party out of its coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right bloc, a possibility that has sparked a full-blown government crisis. Anything that shakes the country out of its torpor offers a ray of hope.The current government of the European Union’s largest economy has been inexcusably mediocre, and is badly in need of change. Name almost any major challenge facing Europe today, and German flexibility and leadership is as needed as it is absent.The euro area is at risk of stagnating, and Germany is the economy that could help the most, with a big fiscal stimulus. Instead it clings doggedly to its fetish for balanced budgets. The currency union is vulnerable to another euro crisis unless it is strengthened with a full banking union, including a common deposit insurance scheme for the region’s lenders. But Germany balks at anything substantive.At a time of geopolitical turmoil, Europe must also rethink its military readiness and alliances. Yet Berlin keeps defying calls from its NATO allies to spend more on its army, which isn’t remotely prepared to help protect eastern Europe against Russia, if it ever came to that.The government did try to come up with a plan to tackle climate change recently, which is more than most Western countries can say. But the package wending its way through the legislative system is laughably unambitious.The Merkel administration’s domestic policy record is even worse. Germany’s last major economic reform took place under her predecessor, Gerhard Schroeder. In her 14 years in power she has attempted nothing on such a grand scale. A tax reform is long overdue, especially as other countries cut their corporate tax rates. Then there’s immigration law, which would benefit from a points-based approach like Canada’s to alleviate Germany’s shortage of skilled workers. But Merkel’s cabinets, three of which have included the SPD, have merely tinkered. A ballyhooed digital upgrade of Germany’s economy was all talk and no byte.The best that can be said about the present coalition is that it survived the refugee crisis of 2015-16 and restored order subsequently. Yes, the parties checked off most of the projects they agreed on when they reluctantly renewed their governing partnership in early 2018. But that was an underwhelming list signed off by coalition partners who openly loathe each other.The effect is that Germany and Merkel, who’s made herself a lame duck by declaring she won’t run for office again, have forfeited their leadership role. This has left a vacuum at the heart of Europe, which Fance’s president Emmanuel Macron is trying to fill. He has been asking the big questions about the EU’s future, expecting support, or at least replies, from Germany. The silence in Berlin has been deafening.In frustration, Macron has started taking ever bigger risks; musing about new European military alliances, a new relationship with Russia, a new economic design for the euro area, and a halt to the enlargement of the EU. The Germans don’t know what to say to such adventurism. Suspecting a hidden neo-Gaullist agenda, with France seizing the reins in western Europe, they’ve reverted to acting as Macron’s spoilers.Berlin hates political crisis. It comes out of a cultural fear of “instability” that dates to the chaotic Weimar Republic (or rather, what came after its failure). But these worries are overblown.Consider the main scenarios. First, next weekend the SPD must anoint Walter-Borjans and Esken and decide what to do about the coalition. They will no doubt demand a new direction from Merkel, including a boost to the minimum wage and other leftist goodies. The conservatives (who are struggling in the polls) will have no choice but to stand firm and say no.The SPD might then attempt to walk out of government. Merkel would in that case probably ask for a vote of confidence in parliament. In Germany, a chancellor can only be voted out if parliament simultaneously elects a new one. So either Merkel or a successor would have a good chance of staying in power as a minority government. That idea is anathema to Germans (Weimar, again), but neighboring Denmark and other countries prove minority government can work. Merkel or her successor would have to seek issue-by-issue support from the Greens or the pro-business Free Democrats. That would at least require open debate, which would be a boon to German democracy after years of parliamentary inertia.If a minority government fails, Germany’s president, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, would call new elections. Yes, Europe has been having rather a lot of those lately. But in Germany — unlike Spain, for example — new elections would actually change the composition of parliament, because the Greens would replace the SPD as the second-largest party and obvious partner of choice for the conservatives. They’re thriving these days, and would push the government into bolder action. Macron would have somebody to talk to.The coming weeks and months will make history in post-war Germany, which is not used to such turmoil. But once the dust settles, new constellations could revive political debate and policy-making. For the sake of Germany and Europe, that’s worth a try.To contact the author of this story: Andreas Kluth at akluth1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: James Boxell at jboxell@bloomberg.netThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Andreas Kluth is a member of Bloomberg's editorial board. He was previously editor in chief of Handelsblatt Global and a writer for the Economist. For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinion©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



          

Iraq Parliament Approves Prime Minister Mahdi’s Resignation

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Iraq Parliament Approves Prime Minister Mahdi’s Resignation(Bloomberg) -- Iraq’s parliament approved the resignation of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi after some of the worst violence during two months of anti-government protests.The parliament’s speaker will ask the president to appoint a new prime minister, according to its media department.Mahdi had last week called on parliament to accept his resignation and move quickly to find a successor, saying the country needs a new leader to end violent protests. Mahdi, who’s backed by neighboring power Iran, had offered to quit earlier but then insisted he’d only go once lawmakers agreed on a replacement.Why Iraqis Are Taking Aim at Their Leaders and Iran’s: QuickTakeMore than 400 people have died in clashes between security forces and protesters since Oct. 1, according to Iraq’s independent High Human Rights Commission. Iraqis, mostly from the Shiite majority population, are protesting against government corruption, poor services, and wide-ranging Iranian political influence, calling for an overhaul of the ruling class.To contact the reporter on this story: Shaji Mathew in Dubai at shajimathew@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Shaji Mathew at shajimathew@bloomberg.netFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



          

Johnson Distances Himself From Tory Record on Crime: U.K. Votes

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Johnson Distances Himself From Tory Record on Crime: U.K. Votes(Bloomberg) -- Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced plans to review Britain’s security, defense and foreign policy in the wake of a terror attack on Friday, which killed two civilians, and ahead of a NATO summit that begins in London on Monday.The attack has already interrupted this weekend’s campaigning for the Dec. 12 election and could influence the final result as voters turn their attention away from Brexit to issues of security. Johnson’s opponent, Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn, said he didn’t agree that convicted terrorists always should serve out their full prison terms. He also accused governments of worsening the threat of such attacks and said the “war on terror has manifestly failed.”Must Read: The Tories Secretly Fear Trump Could Wreck Johnson’s ElectionFor more on the election visit ELEC.Key Developments:Johnson pledges Conservative government will make sure convicted terrorists serve their full prison sentencesJohnson plans a review of Britain’s security, defense and foreign policyLabour narrows Tory lead in four of five new opinion pollsSecurity Minister Says Hung Parliament Disrupted Tory Terror Policy (11:19 a.m.)Security minister Brandon Lewis said the government would have already started the process of stopping the early release of convicted terrorists if it wasn’t for the U.K.’s hung parliament.Speaking on BBC Radio’s “Pienaar’s Politics,” Lewis said “we’d already started making steps in that direction” but that “one of the problems with parliament being utterly frozen over Brexit” is that this kind of legislation is unable to pass.The Conservative party won a majority in parliament in 2015, before losing it in 2017 and ruling in a minority government with support from the DUP. A number of resignations and expulsions over Brexit in 2019 further hampered the party’s ability to pass its legislation further.Johnson Refuses to Take Blame for Previous Tory Policies (9:55 a.m.)Prime Minister Boris Johnson sought to distance himself from decisions made by previous Conservative governments as he appeared on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show on Sunday.When pushed on the record of the Tories on law and order and spending since 2010, Johnson repeatedly said he’s only been prime minister since the summer, and that previous governments had to implement “prudent” management of public finances.Johnson also said a government under him would invest more in the criminal justice system. He said about 74 convicted terrorists have been released early, and that they were now being “properly invigilated” in light of Friday’s attack.Umunna Says Terror Attack Shouldn’t Be Politicized (9:32 a.m.)Liberal Democrat Foreign Affairs spokesman Chuka Umunna criticized the two main parties for turning the terrorist attack into a “political football,” saying instead the Conservatives, Labour and Liberal Democrats should all accept at least some blame for creating the current justice system because they have all been in government over the last two decades.Umunna, who quit Labour to join the Lib Dems this year, said the focus should be “on properly funding the parole board and the probation service.”Raab Says He Takes Nothing for Granted (9:25 a.m.)Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who may be facing a tight race to maintain his seat in Parliament, said he’s taking nothing for granted before the Dec. 12 vote.Speaking on Sky’s “Sophy Ridge on Sunday,” Raab said the closeness of the polls in his constituency shows the risk of a hung Parliament, and that voting Conservative was the only way to avoid such an outcome.Former Adviser Says Ministers Ignored Warnings (8:50 a.m.)A prison expert said he warned in 2016 that the parole system couldn’t cope with terrorists, but the government ignored his findings.Writing in the Sunday Times, Ian Acheson, who was hired to advise ministers on the dangers of Islamic extremists in prisons, said he sent then-Justice Secretary Michael Gove a list of 69 recommendations, of which 68 were accepted. However, when the government’s report was published, under a new minister Liz Truss, it was weakened so only a fraction of the recommendations remained, including none of those about the probation service.Corbyn Declines to Say How He’d Vote in 2nd Referendum (8:40 a.m.)In the Sky interview, Corbyn avoided saying how he would vote in the second Brexit referendum that he’s promised if Labour wins the election.Corbyn also said the party apologized and regretted any antisemitism anyone’s suffered and that he wished “our party had acted on it more rapidly.” Earlier in the week, Corbyn had repeatedly declined to apologize to Jewish people for the behavior of some in his party.Corbyn Won’t Rule Out Early Release for Terrorists (8:30 a.m)Corbyn said convicted terrorists should not necessarily serve out their full prison terms and pledged to increase spending on the prison service. On Friday, a convicted terrorist who was released early from prison killed two people and injured three others in an attack near London Bridge. Usman Khan had been a guest at a conference on prisoner rehabilitation when he started attacking other delegates.“It depends on the circumstances; it depends on the sentence, but crucially it depends on what they’ve done in prison,” he said in an interview on Sky’s “Sophy Ridge on Sunday.” He said he understood that the Parole Board was not involved in Khan’s early release and there was no probation service involvement in monitoring him.While Johnson pledged that a Conservative government would ensure convicted terrorists weren’t eligible for early release, Corbyn said he wanted to instead focus on increasing spending for the prison service and ensure anyone up for early release has a psychological assessment to see if they are a threat.“Our probation service was half privatized, is not up to scratch, is not able to deal with the number of cases they have to deal with and a lot of prisoners are simply put on a tag, or ex-prisoners rather, put on a tag which if they breach clearly the police are alerted.Corbyn Says Foreign Policy Has Worsened Terror Risk (Earlier)In a speech in York later Sunday, Corbyn will say the “war on terror has manifestly failed,” and that actions by governments have worsened the threat of attacks.The Labour leader will praise the response of police officers, and say they were right to use lethal force on Friday and say nothing can “absolve terrorists of blame for their murderous action,”. But he’ll also warn that for too long the U.K.’s “leaders have made the wrong calls on our security.”“The threat of terrorism cannot and should not be reduced to questions of foreign policy alone,” he will add, according to extracts released by the Labour Party. “But too often the actions of successive governments have fueled, not reduced that threat.”To contact the reporters on this story: Jessica Shankleman in London at jshankleman@bloomberg.net;David Goodman in London at dgoodman28@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Tim Ross at tross54@bloomberg.net, James Amott, Helen RobertsonFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



          

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Johnson Seeks Change to Sentencing Rules After Terror Attack(Bloomberg) -- A majority Conservative government will stop the automatic early release of people guilty of terror crimes, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said, levering the fallout from Friday’s incident on London Bridge to make law and order one of the key issues before next month’s general election.The man who went on a stabbing rampage in the capital has been identified by police as Usman Khan, who was released from prison on parole in December 2018. He was one of nine people convicted in 2012 for offenses ranging from a plot to bomb the London Stock Exchange to planning a terrorist training camp.Khan originally received an indeterminate sentence, which was changed on appeal in 2013 to 16 years. Johnson said he was sentenced under laws passed in 2008 that established automatic release. The Labour Party was in power at the time.“If you are convicted of a serious terrorist office, there should be a mandatory minimum sentence of 14 years -- and some should never be released,” Johnson said in a statement Saturday. “Further, for all terrorism and extremist offenses the sentence announced by the judge must be the time actually services -- these criminals must serve every day of their sentence, with no exceptions.”With voters set to go to the polls on Dec. 12, the Conservatives are using the revelation that the attacker was a former convicted terrorist to emphasize what they consider one of their stronger cards -- crime prevention.Johnson, who has pushed for a tougher penal code for months, even indirectly linked Friday’s events to the fact that the latest Parliament blocked his minority administration’s attempts to drive through his Brexit deal.“Due to the broken hung parliament that was preoccupied with blocking Brexit, we could not do more,” he said. “We need a government that can act.”RehabilitationThe U.K.’s main opposition party said that convicted terrorists should not necessarily serve out their full prison terms if they change their ways.“I think it depends on the circumstances; it depends on the sentence, but crucially depends on what they’ve done in prison,” U.K. Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said in an interview on “Sophy Ridge on Sunday” on the Sky network.“Prisons ought to be a place where people are put away because of major serious offenses, but also a place where rehabilitation takes place,” he said.(Updates with opposition comments starting in eighth paragraph)\--With assistance from Andrew Davis and Mathew Carr.To contact the reporter on this story: James Ludden in New York at jludden@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Matthew G. Miller at mmiller144@bloomberg.net, Ian Fisher, Linus ChuaFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



          

#Europe’s Wine Makers Battle to Adapt to Climate Disruption

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China’s small factory activity expanded in November at fastest pace in nearly three yearsManufacturing activity in China’s small factories expanded for the fourth month in a row in November to the highest level in nearly three years, a private survey released on Monday showed, providing evidence that the economy may be heading for some stabilisation in the near term after weakening for most of the year.The Caixin/Markit Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) edged up to 51.8 in November from 51.7 in October. The latest reading confounded expectations for a small decline to 51.5 in a Bloomberg survey of analysts forecasts. It is the fastest expansion since reaching 51.9 in December 2016.The results of the Caixin PMI survey, which mainly tracks smaller private-sector factories, followed the stronger-than-expected reading in the official manufacturing PMI data, that mainly focuses on larger manufacturers. The official survey unexpectedly returned to expansionary territory in November for the first time in seven months, according to government data released on Saturday.The latest upturn in the health of the sector was partly supported by a further rise in new business placed with Chinese manufacturersCaixinWith both Caixin and official PMI data showing a reading above 50 – indicating expansion in sector activity – China’s manufacturing sector and economy may be finally showing signs of stabilisation.“The latest upturn in the health of the sector was partly supported by a further rise in new business placed with Chinese manufacturers,” Caixin said in a statement. “A number of firms citing firmer underlying demand conditions. Demand from overseas also improved, with export sales picking up for the second month in a row.“New business rose strongly, which underpinned a further solid increase in production. Notably, new export orders saw the first back-to-back monthly rise for over a year-and-a-half.”If trade negotiations between China and the US can progress in the next phase and business confidence can be repaired effectively, manufacturing production and investment is likely to see a solid improvementZhengsheng ZhongZhengsheng Zhong, director of Macroeconomic Analysis at CEBM Group, which works with Caixin on the report, warned that business confidence remained subdued, as firms’ concerns about government policies and their willingness to replenish stocks remained limited.“Currently, manufacturing investment may be lingering near a recent bottom. If trade negotiations between China and the US can progress in the next phase and business confidence can be repaired effectively, manufacturing production and investment is likely to see a solid improvement,” Zhong said.Betty Wang, senior China economist at ANZ Bank said before the release of the PMI data, that holiday demand which contributed to the higher headline PMI figure masked deflationary risks in the sector.Although we remain sceptical that activity is nearly as strong as the Caixin PMI implies, the synchronised improvement in the survey data does point toward some uptick in growth last monthJulian Evans-PritchardLower input and output price indices suggest deflationary risks in the manufacturing sector remain a concern.“Admittedly, the recent strength of the Caixin index has been difficult to square with the hard data, which continued to weaken in October. And metals prices point to more subdued activity last month. That said, unlike in October, the official manufacturing PMI also rose last month, from 49.3 to 50.2. And the official non-manufacturing PMI jumped from an eight-month low to an eight-month high,” said Julian Evans-Pritchard, senior China economist at Capital Economics.“Although we remain sceptical that activity is nearly as strong as the Caixin PMI implies, the synchronised improvement in the survey data does point toward some uptick in growth last month. That said, with credit growth slowing and property construction still expanding at an unsustainable rate, we doubt this signals the bottom of the current economic cycle.”More from South China Morning Post: * China’s manufacturing sees surprise gain in November but analysts warn economic downturn has yet to bottom out * China small manufacturers’ rising exports to Africa help offset plunging sales to US amid trade war * Trade war robbing Peter to pay Paul as China’s plummeting industrial profits only tell part of the story * China could struggle to keep growth above 4 per cent over next decade, warns prominent economist * China’s October industrial profits post biggest fall since 2011 amid trade war and sliding producer pricesThis article China’s small factory activity expanded in November at fastest pace in nearly three years first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2019.



          

Weatherford cartoon: Presidential personality

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Joey Weatherford cartoon on Michael Bloomberg running for president in 2020.
          

Other: Compliance Officer - Denver, Colorado

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Company OverviewWith offices in Denver, San Francisco and Sydney, Paradice Investment Management (Paradice) is a boutique investment manager specializing in capacity constrained equity strategies. We are long-term, bottom-up investors with the belief that the equity markets are inefficient enough to provide excellent investment opportunities. We favor well-managed good value companies that have significant opportunities for growth.Role Summary and DutiesThe compliance function at Paradice is responsible for the design and implementation of risk-based policies and procedures to ensure compliance with the regulatory environment of the Adviser and all applicable securities laws and statues.The Compliance Officer will work across all functional teams of the firm to build a culture of compliance whist supporting the program in the following areas, testing the effectiveness of policies and controls, conducting marketing reviews and managing investment guidelines in the order management system.This role requires a highly flexible, analytical professional who is diplomatic and able to operate in an environment with frequent shifts in priorities, as the business needs dictate.Key Responsibilities:Assist the CCO in the development of processes and procedures to strengthen Firm compliance with regulatory requirements as well as the mechanisms to test and the effectiveness of the procedures.Facilitate the completion of certifications, attestations and disclosures and conduct reviews of the responses.Maintain appropriate books and records pursuant regulatory requirements.Carry out transactional surveillance to ensure compliance with Firm policies.Assist with the preparation and filing of regulatory documentation, including substantial shareholding in multiple jurisdictions.Conduct timely review and approval of advertisements, sales and marketing materials, due diligence questionnaires, newsletters, white papers and disclosures.Conduct due diligence on prospective and existing vendors.Ongoing review of new and existing products and participate in new product launches to ensure regulatory compliance and appropriate development of strategy within all required regulatory requirements.Code, maintain and review investment guidelines in Bloomberg AIM, review and investigate exceptions in a timely manner.Key skills, experience and qualificationsBachelor's Degree or higher.Minimum of 5 years' experience in a compliance role at an investment advisor, global equities strongly preferred.Working knowledge of federal securities regulations, e.g., the Securities Act of 1933, Investment Advisors Act of 1940, and Regulation D.Experience in conducting marketing reviews.Proven strength in data analytics.Exceptional attention to detail whist effectively prioritizing tasks and producing consistently accurate work.Service-oriented; the ability to balance regulatory and policy standards along with a business perspective.High level of integrity and professionalism. ()
          

Teva, others talk settlements with feds in yearslong generics price fixing probe: report

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Teva and other generic companies have been engaged in settlement talks with federal prosecutors over alleged price fixing for the last six months, Bloomberg reports. The talks could fail to yield deals, and there's no timetable for any potential agreements. Prosecutors have been looking into alleged price fixing for several years.
          

Travel Box Brazil HD chega em dezembro aos assinantes da SKY

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A operadora SKY começou a comunicar seus assinantes sobre a chegada do canal Travel Box Brazil HD em substituição ao Bloomberg HD via mensagem eletrônica na TV. 

A mudança está marcada para o dia 31 de dezembro, a partir desta data os assinantes poderão sintonizar o novo canal no 483. A programação do Travel Box Brazil apresenta o Brasil e o mundo pelos olhos dos brasileiros. As experiências de viagem dão o tom da programação por meio da gastronomia, esportes e diferentes culturas.

          

Off the Cuff: Bloomberg News’s Unfairness Doctrine

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Below is a sneak peek of this content! In my Off the Cuff audio commentary this week, I look at Bloomberg News's decision not to investigate Michael Bloomberg (or even his Democratic opponents) while he's running for president. You can listen to it by clicking on the play (arrow) button... CONTINUE
          

Россию обвиняют в том, что из Британии спешно вывозят золото

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Американские журналисты заметили тренд, который должен напугать каждого, кто верит в стабильность мировой валютной системы вообще и доллара с евро в частности. Как сообщает Bloomberg, "золото — новая навязчивая идея для националистических лидеров Вос…
          

Sprint Cyber Monday Deals (2019): Top #iPhone, #Samsung #Galaxy & Pixel Cell Phone Deals Compared by Save Bubble

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Opinion: Vapers may vote for Trump

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"There is no evidence, anecdotal or otherwise, that Trump will pay a political price for refusing the demands of vape prohibitionists like Bloomberg."
       

          

PLAY FREEBIRD! Wonkagenda For Wed., Nov. 27, 2019

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Morning Wonketariat! Most of us are preparing for the War on Thanksgiving, so things will be fairly quiet today, but here's some of the things we may be talking about!


The New York Times reports Trump was briefed about the Ukrainium One whistleblower complaint BEFORE he decided to unfreeze military aid to Ukraine. In theory, this negates the main GOP talking point that Trump unfroze the aid ("so what?") as it suggests Trump only released the aid AFTER he realized he was caught with his hand in the golden cookie jar.

Mark Sandy, the White House Office of Management and Budget official who came forward to spill his guts to the House impeachment inquiry, testified that two OMB officials quit their jobs in response to Trump's Ukrainium One scheme. A transcript from Sandy's Nov 16. testimony shows one official in OMB's legal division was concerned the White House was attempting to use a legally dubious back door to cancel congressionally approved military aide to Ukraine, violating the 1974 Impoundment Control Act, by simply blocking disbursement of the aid until Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year. Roll Call notes livid Democrats on the House Budget and Appropriations committees are unlikely to hold more hearings in the last few legislative days of 2019 but are fuming at all the evidence OMB refused to cough up, pissed about the administration's numerous attempts to screw with foreign aid, and also threatening to put a leash on OMB's purse. An OMB spox said it was the "same old spin." [Transcript]

The House Judiciary Committee intends to push ahead with the impeachment inquiry, scheduling hearings for Dec. 4 of next week. AP reports the hearings will feature legal eagles squawking about constitutional powers, and that Trump and his TV lawyers have been invited to question witnesses. Democrats are still aiming to wrap impeachment proceedings up by the end of the year.

New polls show Rep. Adam Schiff's Impeach-a-Palooza helped swing some more people. A Reuters/Ipsos poll shows support for impeachment sitting at 47-40, while a CNN/SSRS poll shows support at 50-43 percent.

The House Oversight Committee is suing Attorney General Bill Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, trying to force them to comply with a subpoena as part of an investigation into the administration's attempt to add a citizenship question on the 2020 census. The administration has claimed it has super double-secret executive privilege and doesn't need to listen to Congress's request for documents; the suit argues, "Executive Privilege cannot shield documents and communications that reveal how and why the Commerce Department made numerous false and misleading statements to the public, Congress, and the courts about the genesis of the citizenship question."

Prosecutors and Mike Flynn's TV lawyer want to delay Flynn's sentencing until after Attorney General Bill Barr's stooge releases his investigation into the investigation of Trump-Russia fuckery in 2016. Last weekend multiple outlets reported that Barr's investigation into the investigation is expected to be a fool's errand that turned up doodly squat.

Fighting between top health officials in the Trump administration has led to a delay of a long proposed TrumpCare stuff. Politico reports infighting between Alex Azar and Seema Verma has created a Game of Thrones-like scenario with the two competing to undercut one another.

The New York Times has a heart breaking investigation into how FEMA aid to Puerto Rico has stalled when compared to our mainland states.

Texas Democrats got their hands on Republicans' 2020 strategy reports the Dallas Morning News. The document details how the GOP intends deal with the "polarizing nature" of Donald Trump, and try to flip 12 districts by spending a few hundred bucks to camp on various web domains. After the March 3 primary, Republicans would launch "microsites" overflowing with hatchet jobs against Democratic candidates.

Do you guys remember that time Democrat turned Republican turned Democrat Michael Bloomberg tried to play both sides by donating to Republicans so that Sen. Mitch McConnell could keep screwing with poor people? The FEC remembers! Bloomberg's campaign says that he only gave money to Republicans to "get things done," and he "doesn't share their values." Bonus: Politico has an accidentally funny story about how Bloomberg (and his lackeys) think the campaign can overcome the perfect storm they're sailing into.

Today is the deadline for candidates to appear on the California primary ballot, and I swear to Crom, I will make sure anyone who fucks up today's news cycle by announcing they're a Democratic candidate will spend the next six months washing turds off their tour bus.

Obama went to California and hurt the feefees of some super rich donors by saying they need cough up more cash. People paid between $10,000 to $355,000, and then in strolls B. Barry Bamz to say, "If you've got a lot of money, give some more money. You can afford it. I know, because I can afford it. And, I see you all at the restaurants and these places. You know, I've been in some of your houses. I see what's happening with your accountants. You can do more. So, if you can do more, do more."

New documents show the NRA was showering its suits with cash and perks while it simultaneously slashed spending for education and training, hunter services, volunteer services, and promotional events at gun shows. The NRA tells the Washington Post it "eliminated costly advertising," and its top priority is "investing in the projects and services that best serve our members and protect their Second Amendment freedoms."

Trump held a rally in Florida where he yelled the impeachment inquiry into his Ukrainium One scheme was "bullshit," and claimed Democrats are trying to kill Thanksgiving. #WarOnThanksgiving

Melania Trump was greeted by long, sustained boos and hissing in Baltimore upon taking the stage at the B'More Youth Summit for Opioid Awareness. The crowd of mostly high school and middle school students talked throughout her speech, and told reporters from the Washington Post that they felt Donald Trump was racist, and complained Melon had plagiarized former First Lady Michelle Obama's convention speech. #BeBest

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Robeco launches innovative multi-factor strategy for global fixed income

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Robeco publiceert op haar website: “Robeco announces the launch of its Robeco QI Global Multi-Factor Bonds. The strategy builds on the company’s long history of factor investing in credits, in combination with its factor investing philosophy in the government bond market. Aimed at outperforming the Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Index, it represents one of the...
          

U.K. Factory Downturn Was Less Severe Than Feared in November

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(Bloomberg) -- U.K. manufacturing shrank less sharply than initially estimated in November, even as political uncertainty hung over the sector.
          

Tories Focus on Security Before NATO Summit: U.K. Campaign Trail

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(Bloomberg) -- Sign up to our Brexit Bulletin, follow us @Brexit and subscribe to our podcast. Boris Johnson’s Conservatives will move to bolster their law and order credentials on Monday, as the U.K.
          

PG&E Loses Fight Over Wildfire Policy That Led to Its Bankruptcy

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(Bloomberg) -- PG&E Corp.’s latest attempt at escaping the California policy that saddled the power giant with billions of dollars in wildfire liabilities, pushed it into bankruptcy and led to the ...
          

Poor? Stay That Way!!--Bloomberg

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Well, this should endear Little Mike to the masses....

BLOOMBERG: “Some people say, well, taxes are regressive. But in this case, yes they are. That’s the good thing about them because the problem is in people that don’t have a lot of money. And so, higher taxes should have a bigger impact on their behavior and how they deal with themselves.”
quoted at Weasel's place.

Along with his ludicrous assertion that the ChiCom Dictator 'must make his country happy or he'll have to step down' and his waaaaaaaaaaaaayyyy over-the-top gun control agenda (and soda-control!!) it shouldn't be difficult for Trump to defeat this bozo.

Meantime, Belling is in a tizzy about this guy, because he can spend a bunch of money.
          

Daily Kos Elections Live Digest: 11/26

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Welcome to the Daily Kos Elections Live Digest, your liveblog of all of today's campaign news.

Please note: The Live Digest is a 2016 and 2020 Democratic presidential primary-free space. It’s also a place to discuss elections, not policy.

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Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019 · 4:02:40 PM +00:00 · Jeff Singer

AK-Sen: Former Democratic Sen. Mark Begich is hosting a fundraiser next month for orthopedic surgeon Al Gross, an independent who is seeking the Democratic nomination. Gross already had the support of the state Democratic Party in his bid to take on Sen. Dan Sullivan, the Republican who narrowly ousted Begich in 2014, and he currently faces no serious primary opposition.

Alaska backed Donald Trump 51-37, and neither party is acting like they expect this to be a major Senate battleground next year. Gross, though, may have the resources to make things interesting. The challenger, who entered the race in early July, raised $800,000 from donors and self-funded an additional $210,000 during the third quarter, and he ended September with $682,000 in the bank. Sullivan hauled in a smaller $667,000 during this time, but he finished the quarter with a $3.34 million war chest.  

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019 · 4:28:35 PM +00:00 · Jeff Singer

AL-Sen: The anti-tax Club for Growth has long detested the establishment-aligned Rep. Bradley Byrne, and they’re out with a TV spot hitting him well ahead of the March GOP Senate primary. The commercial takes aim at Byrne for supporting the Export-Import Bank, which is another favorite Club target.

The narrator accuses Byrne of voting “to fund a government giveaway program that hands out billions of dollars to help big companies make more profits overseas.” The narrator continues by saying that this group, which goes unnamed in the spot, sends “U.S. tax dollars to countries like China, Russia, and even Sudan, a state sponsor of terrorism.”

There is no word on the size of the buy, but Politico says it will run in the Mobile market, which includes all of Byrne’s 1st Congressional District, on Saturday during the Iron Bowl between in-state football rivals Auburn University and the University of Alabama. Politico also says that the commercial will run later on Fox News.

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019 · 4:57:57 PM +00:00 · Jeff Singer

WV-Gov: GOP Gov. Jim Justice is going up with his first TV spot on Tuesday, a move that comes about five months after his main primary rival, former state Commerce Secretary Woody Thrasher, first began airing ads. Advertising Analytics reports that Justice’s inaugural ad campaign will run for $56,000 through Dec. 8, which is a fraction of the $879,000 that they say Thrasher has already spent on advertising.

Justice’s commercial opens with two well-known former West Virginia college football coaches, West Virginia University’s Don Nehlen and Marshall University’s Bob Pruett, declaring that most politicians are “full of empty promises,” but that Justice is different. The ad then shows people praising Justice for building roads, fighting for programs to combat opioid addiction, and being “a lot like Trump.” The spot concludes with Justice’s wife, state First Lady Cathy Justice, telling the audience that the governor “serves for all the right reasons. He loves West Virginia.”

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019 · 5:26:01 PM +00:00 · Jeff Singer

AL-01: The anti-tax Club for Growth is out with another poll from WPA Intelligence that finds their endorsed candidate, former state Sen. Bill Hightower, taking first place in the March GOP primary for this open seat with 35% of the vote.

That’s still well short of the majority Hightower would need to win outright, though, and the survey finds state Rep. Chris Pringle edging Mobile County Commissioner Jerry Carl 16-13 for the second spot in a hypothetical runoff. Two other candidates, businessman Wes Lambert and Army veteran John Castorani, take just 2% and 1%, respectively.

All of these numbers are all almost identical to WPA’s late July poll, which showed Hightower at 34% as Pringle led Carl 16-12. Lambert also took 2% then, while Castorani had not yet joined the race and so wasn’t tested.

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019 · 7:24:48 PM +00:00 · Jeff Singer

MO-Gov: The Democratic Governors Association is out with a survey from Public Policy Polling that gives GOP Gov. Mike Parson a 45-36 lead over Democratic state Auditor Nichole Galloway. The DGA argues in their memo that, while Parson holds a clear lead right now, the fight over the eight-week abortion ban that he signed into law over the summer could “drastically alter” the contest. A federal judge halted the law in August one day before it was to go into effect, and the state is currently appealing the ruling.

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019 · 7:28:21 PM +00:00 · Jeff Singer

NC-05: GOP Rep. Virginia Foxx announced earlier this month that she would seek re-election even though it’s not yet clear what map she’ll be running under. The GOP legislature recently passed a congressional map, but plaintiffs are challenging it in state court.

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019 · 7:42:03 PM +00:00 · Jeff Singer

NY-01: Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming announced Tuesday that she would seek the Democratic nomination to take on GOP Rep. Lee Zeldin. Fleming was elected to represent the Southampton are on the county legislature in 2015, three years after she unsuccessfully ran for the state Senate, and she won her third term earlier this month by a 60-40 margin.

Fleming joins 2018 nominee Perry Gershon and Stony Brook University professor Nancy Goroff in the primary in what is already shaping up to be an expensive contest for this eastern Long Island seat. Goroff entered the contest in July and raised a hefty $518,000 during her opening fundraising quarter, and she ended September with $418,000 in the bank.

Gershon, who lost to Zeldin 51-47 last year, hauled in just shy of $200,000 during the third quarter of 2019, and he had $475,000 to spend. Zeldin has always been a strong fundraiser, and he took in $601,000 and had $1.17 million in the bank.

This seat swung from 50-49 Obama to 55-42 Trump, but it shifted back to the left last year. However, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo still only carried the district by just a 49.1 to 48.6 spread while he was winning a 23-point blowout statewide, so this is still challenging turf for Team Blue even in a good year.

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019 · 7:58:03 PM +00:00 · Jeff Singer

NY-17: This week, two new candidates joined the crowded Democratic primary for this open and reliably blue seat. One of the new arrivals is Army veteran and combat veteran Asha Castleberry-Hernandez, who served as engagement officer in Iraq and Kuwait in 2014 and 2015 and later worked on the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign as a Middle East foreign policy advisor.

Castleberry-Hernandez, who is the first black woman in the race, stressed her support for gun safety by saying, “I was almost a victim of gun violence in White Plains when I was almost shot at walking through a line of fire with my sister … where a young man has a small arm shooting at one of his opponents.”

The other new Democratic candidate is former federal prosecutor Adam Schleifer. Schleifer was involved in the Operation Varsity Blues investigations of several wealthy parents in the college admissions scandal, and he represented the government when actress Felicity Huffman appeared in court in March after being charged with bribery.

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019 · 8:19:04 PM +00:00 · Jeff Singer

TX-13: Asusena Reséndiz, who finished a stint last year as head of the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, announced Tuesday that she would seek the GOP nod for this seat in the Texas Panhandle. Reséndiz also was appointed in 2017 to serve on the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs by GOP Gov. Greg Abbott.

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019 · 9:08:03 PM +00:00 · David Nir

GA-Sen-B: Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has the ordinarily enviable opportunity to make someone's political career by appointing them to the Senate when Sen. Johnny Isakson resigns at the end of the year, but like so much else in Republican politics, Donald Trump has managed to make the once-pleasurable suddenly miserable.

Kemp recently squired his preferred pick, wealthy financial services executive Kelly Loeffler, to a secret White House meeting last weekend to secure Trump's blessing, but by all accounts, it went very poorly. According to the Wall Street Journal, the gathering "turned tense and ended quickly" because Trump strongly prefers Rep. Doug Collins, a loudmouth who has aggressively defended Trump throughout the impeachment process and will soon have an even more visible perch to do so as the top-ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee.

Trump reportedly even asked Kemp what the purpose of their meeting was if the governor had already made up his mind, though it's not clear that he has. Choosing Loeffler would make a certain amount of sense, though: As a first-time candidate, she doesn't have the same sort of baggage the arch-conservative Collins would bring in next year's special election, and she hails from the fast-growing Atlanta area while Collins represents a rural district in the state's northeast corner.

Loeffler is also fantastically rich: She's a part-owner of the Atlanta Dream, a WNBA team, and her husband, Jeffrey Sprecher, purchased the New York Stock Exchange (yes, he bought the stock exchange itself) for $8.2 billion in 2012. With the Peach State playing host to two competitive Senate elections in 2020, a self-funder could take some pressure off Republican Sen. David Purdue. Given Georgia's left-ward political trends, all of this suggests Loeffler would make for a more appealing nominee than Collins (though the fact that she's a woman likely won't help the GOP as much as Republicans would like to believe).

But these considerations, of course, mean little to Trump—though what Trump cares about means a lot to Kemp. Trump's unexpected intervention in last year's GOP primary for governor was a major factor in Kemp's dominant come-from-behind win in the runoff over the establishment favorite, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, who’d led the voting in the first round. Trump also campaigned for Kemp in central Georgia just before Election Day; whether or not that rally was actually a boon is an open question, but Kemp's indebtedness to Trump is not.

That debt might explain the statement a Kemp spokesperson provided after the WSJ published its article, saying the governor "plans to appoint a strong supporter of the President who will end the impeachment circus and advance conservative policies that Keep America Great." But while that might sound like a nod toward Collins, Loeffler similarly pledged to "stand with President Trump … to Keep America Great" in her application for the soon-to-be-vacant Senate post.

As for when all this drama might finally conclude, no one's sure. Isakson has said he'll step down on Dec. 31, though there's nothing stopping Kemp from acting before then. The WSJ says that Kemp's team "has discussed announcing the decision after Thanksgiving," but the upshot of that discussion we aren't privy to.

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019 · 9:39:48 PM +00:00 · David Nir

Programming note: In celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be no Live Digest for the rest of the week. The Morning Digest will resume publication on Tuesday. Happy Turkey Day!

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019 · 9:58:51 PM +00:00 · Jeff Singer

MO-02: The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that both parties expect Democratic state Sen. Jill Schupp to challenge GOP Rep. Ann Wagner next year in this suburban St. Louis seat, though Schupp has not yet said anything publicly. Missouri’s 2nd Congressional District backed Donald Trump 53-42, but Wagner only won re-election last year 51-47.

Schupp flipped an open GOP-held seat during the 2014 red wave by defeating Republican Jay Ashcroft 50-47 in a district that had backed Barack Obama by the same spread two years before. Senate District 24 went on to support Hillary Clinton 53-42 in 2016 (Ashcroft was elected secretary of state that same year), and Schupp won re-election in 2018 61-37 after raising what the paper describes as a “menacing $1 million.”

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019 · 10:00:43 PM +00:00 · Jeff Singer

TX-17: Republican Renee Swann, who runs an eye surgery practice in Waco, announced Tuesday that she was joining the March primary for this open seat.

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019 · 10:19:36 PM +00:00 · Jeff Singer

FL-15 : The Justice Department is currently investigating whether freshman Rep. Ross Spano violated campaign finance laws during his 2018 GOP primary, and he could face a rematch with the person he beat in that contest. The Ledger recently asked former state Rep. Neil Combee, who lost 44-34 last year, if he was considering running in next year’s GOP primary, and while he responded, “I have not,” Combee didn’t stop there.

After speaking at length about Spano's predicament, Combee concluded, "I would not do anything until this is settled." That could just be some free consulting advice to anyone who might be listening, or could mean that Combee is waiting to see how everything wraps up before deciding whether to run for this seat a second time.

Combee did say that he’d heard that other Republicans are considering challenging Spano, but he refused to name anyone. However, Sean Harper, who took third place in the primary with 10%, told the paper he didn’t plan to run, though there’s no quote from him in the story. 

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019 · 10:36:53 PM +00:00 · David Nir

PA-16: Republican Rep. Mike Kelly was busted hard by a local news station earlier this year for selling used cars that were subject to safety recalls, including some with deadly airbags, so what has he done since then? Continued to sell used cars that are still subject to safety recalls—including some with deadly airbags.

Kelly, who represents the 16th Congressional District in Pennsylvania’s northwest corner, had refused to comment when dogged WTAE report Paul Van Osdol first broke this story in May, but Van Osdol was finally able to track down Kelly in person. Kelly was non-responsive, though, when Van Osdol directly asked him, "Why were you selling vehicles with open safety recalls?" But when asked if he was still selling such cars, Kelly made an offer that he now wishes he could take back: "Why don't you come up and check it like you did last time?" the congressman proposed. "You can do that, come up and check them and maybe we'll have someone show you through our lot. You can take a look and see."

Of course, Van Osdol did just that. He found 15 vehicles still under active recalls at just one Kelly dealership, with one sedan still carrying a type of airbag, made by a company called Takata, that's been responsible for at least 24 deaths. Those killed include 26-year-old Jewel Brangman, who died in 2014 when a Takata airbag went off after a minor crash, firing a burst of metal fragments into her neck that severed her carotid artery.

Van Osdol also discovered that Kelly's website was advertising five affected cars as "GM-certified," even though General Motors only allows vehicles to be designated as such if all outstanding recalls have been addressed. A GM spokesperson insisted that the vehicles had been removed from the "certified" list but couldn't explain why the dealership was still describing them that way. Meanwhile, Kelly's son Brendan, who runs the lot in question, declined to speak with Van Osdol.

You may be wondering at this point how it's even possible Kelly could sell such cars in the first place. It turns out that in his home state, it's perfectly legal: After an organized push by used car dealers in at least 11 states, both Pennsylvania and Tennessee changed their laws to allow dealers to sell vehicles that have been recalled—as long as they note the recall "somewhere in a stack of sales documents," as one in-depth investigative report put it.

As Van Osdol noted in his original exposé, when a similar bill came before Congress in 2015, one key supporter insisted, "There is not a single person in our business that would ever put one of our owners in a defective car or a car with a recall." That congressman's name? Mike Kelly.

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019 · 11:06:33 PM +00:00 · Jeff Singer

NJ-02: Freshman Rep. Jeff Van Drew infuriated progressives across the country after he was one of just two Democrats to vote against formalizing the impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump, but he may have more immediate problems with Democratic power brokers at home in this competitive South Jersey seat.

Six unnamed Democratic leaders tell the New Jersey Globe’s David Wildstein that Van Drew “could lose contests for organization lines at county conventions early next year,” which would be a very big setback for him in the June primary. In New Jersey primaries, a candidate endorsed by the local party appears in a separate column on the ballot along with other party endorsees, a designation known colloquially as the “organization line.” Party machines are still quite powerful in the Garden State, so Van Drew could struggle if a rival can win over enough organization lines next year.

Van Drew doesn’t currently face a serious intra-party foe, but Montclair University political science professor Brigid Callahan Harrison says she’s considering taking him on. Harrison declared that the congressman's opposition to impeachment has “made himself persona non grata within his party and the House leadership, which impacts every resident of New Jersey’s 2nd Congressional District.”

Harrison also argued that Van Drew’s stance has already hurt his party at home. Harrison pointed to the results of the Nov. 5 legislative election in Van Drew’s old 1st Legislative District where a trio of Democratic incumbents, who ran as the “Van Drew team,” all lost. Harrison said that the result in LD-01, where the GOP scored their only pickup of the night, demonstrated that local Democratic voters “rejected the Van Drew team because of his impeachment vote and crossed party lines” to support the Republicans.

Harrison has only run for office once. Back in 1993, she ran what Wildstein describes as a “strong race for Atlantic County Freeholder” where she narrowly lost to a GOP incumbent.

Other Democrats may also be interested in challenging Van Drew. One local leader mentions Assemblymen Vince Mazzeo and Adam Taliaferro as possibilities, though Mazzeo quickly said it was unlikely he’d take on the incumbent.

If Van Drew does win renomination, he’ll need to quickly prepare for an expensive general election in a seat that Trump carried 51-46. Wealthy businessman David Richter, who is the only notable Republican in the race right now, only raised $113,000 from donors during his opening quarter, but he self-funded another $300,000 and had $390,000 to spend at the end of September. Van Drew took in $529,000 during this time and had $932,000 in the bank.


          

Steve Gruber, Steve Bannon was right when he told me Mike Bloomberg would get in the race

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Welcome to hour Number 2—we have had a pretty good start but there is so much more to cover—and I know you want it all and you want it straight—so lets do it—I’m Steve Gruber—God Bless America—this is The Steve Gruber Show—

 

Here are 3 big things you need to know right now—

 

Number 3— The President takes time to pardon—Bread and Butter the two lucky Thanksgiving turkeys that are given a pass—but he just could not help himself by taking a shot at impeachment humor—and he delivered—

 

Number 2— Michigan Democrat Brenda Lawrence told a radio program a couple days ago that she no longer supports impeachment—it was the big story of the day—then she jumped out of bed to put the fire out—and jumped back into the impeachment line—

 

Number 1— Steve Bannon was right when he told me Mike Bloomberg would get in the race—and people laughed at him—well, he was right—he also said Hillary was going to jump in—people laughed at that too—BUT as it turns out—he may be right—Again


          

Castro: The Republican Base Loves Cruelty

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This weekend on the Sunday news shows: Julián Castro (D.) rips Republican voters, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D., Minn.) takes aim at Michael Bloomberg's campaign strategy, and MSNBC uses a photo of a white supremacist with the same name as a former Navy secretary.

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Klobuchar: Bloomberg Winning Nomination Without Debating ‘Can’t Happen’

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Presidential hopeful Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D., Minn.) said Sunday that former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg winning the Democratic nomination for president "can't happen" if he stays off the debate stage. Meet the Press host Chuck Todd asked Klobuchar about the possibility of Bloomberg winning the nomination without participating in any Democratic primary debates. ...

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PHOTO ESSAY: Villains of the #MeToo Movement Featuring Michael Bloomberg

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Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg recently became the second billionaire (but first multibillionaire) to enter the 2020 Democratic primary.

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Second Sustainable Finance Week Convened by Bloomberg to Accelerate the Next $10 Trillion of Sustainable Investment

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The second annual Sustainable Finance Week convened by Bloomberg will expand beyond events in New York to Toronto this year. Taking place during the first week of December, Sustainable Finance Week (SFW) conversations in both cities will focus on how we accelerate the mobilization of the next $10 trillion in sustainable investment. With over $30 trillion of assets managed sustainably, sustainable finance is no longer a niche investment strategy, and is becoming increasingly mainstream. Four major events throughout the week – supplemented by additional related events – will bring together more than 1,500 thought leaders and decision-makers from the worlds of finance, business and policy.

SFW is made possible through collaboration with our presenting sponsors Nuveen and BMO, core conveners Responsible Investor and the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) and supporting sponsor Natixis.

The four core convener events taking place during Sustainable Finance Week this year are:


          

Spies really are everywhere, including Twitter

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One of my classmates in business school was a Saudi woman. She was from a very well to do family but not, as far as I know, part of the royal family. After graduation, she stayed in the States. There was no way she could have had much of a business career if she’d gone home.

Saudi Arabia: no country for women, young or old.

It’s also no country for dissidents. male or female, young or old. Those who oppose “reformer” Mohammed bin Salman routinely end up imprisoned and tortured. In the case of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, it was torture, death, dismemberment…

Social media has afforded Saudi dissidents some element of “freedom” but, of course, the Saudi government invests in spying technology – and in spies - to try to sleuth out who’s saying what under cover of Facebook or Twitter anonymity.

And they’ve apparently gotten Twitter employees to help them figure out who’s tweeting anything that they perceive as against their regime.

“Saudi agents mined Twitter’s internal systems for personal information about known Saudi critics and thousands of other Twitter users,” U.S. Attorney David Anderson in San Francisco said Wednesday in a statement announcing the criminal complaint. (Source: Bloomberg)

The Twitter employees – both former employees – used “their employee credentials to gain access without authorization to certain nonpublic information about the individuals behind certain Twitter accounts.”

One of those ex-employees is Ahmad Abouammo, 41, of Seattle.

Now for all I know Ahmad Abouammo is the John Smith of Arabic names. And Seattle may be crawling with Ahmad Abouammos who are social media gurus who used to work for Twitter. But there is someone (still) on Linkedin who fits the bill, and his tagline is:

I build digital brands

Indeed.

Currently, Ahmad is the cofounder of a startup that focuses on redefining social media. Previousl [sic: the “y” is missing] Ahmad led branding and content strategy for multiple orgs in Amazon, developing and implementing strategic digital media and marketing at scale. Prior to Amazon, Ahmad was Head of Middle East and North Africa at Twitter, where he successfully helped launch Twitter in the region and drove users growth and content, making the Middle East the fastest growing market on Twitter.

So, he “successfully helped launch Twitter in the region and drove users growth and content…” Hmmmm.

In addition to being charged with “acting as [an] illegal agent of a foreign government,” the feds claim that Abouammo messed around with records that their investigation was after. Not a good look.

According to Abouammo’s Linkedin profile:

His time in the region enabled him to build a strong, comprehensive foundation of the region and how brands can transcend boundaries by understanding, contextualizing and adapting. Ahmad endeavors to forge stronger relationships between brands and consumers and transform and build brands for digital age. He is heavily influenced by creative art, innovative design, and social connections.

Well, the Saudi brand – other than in the White House – is pretty awful. But maybe that’s just me and my unwillingness to “transcend boundaries by understanding, contextualizing and adapting.”

But I’m struggling to see how, in giving Saudi agents information that puts dissidents at risk, he is helping “forge stronger relationships between brands and consumers.”

I do get how Abouammo is heavily influenced by social connections, especially  bad actors who got him to play footsie.

It’s one thing for those of us in free societies to wing something off in 280 characters worth of Twitter without having to worry about being rubbed out by our government. (For now, anyway.) But if you’re in a terrible place like Saudi Arabia, it’s very risky. And that risk is heightened when a malign government gets social media insiders to help them do their dirty work.

Omar Abdulaziz, a Saudi dissident exile living in Canada, is suing Twitter, claiming that Twitter never bothered to tell him that his account had been hacked. (The person Abdulaziz believes is responsible is not Abouammo but, rather, one of the other men charged.)

Abdulzaia, in his filing:

…claimed the hack led Saudi agents to discover plans for a social media protest that he was planning last year with Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Months later, Khashoggi was slain in the Saudi embassy in Istanbul.

Aboudammo appears to be from Lebanon, not Saudi Arabia. Maybe he got duped (or blackmailed) into giving up confidential information that’s put others at grave risk.

On his personal Twitter account (dormant for a year now), he bills himself as a “social media preacher” and “digital believer.”

Something tells me that his career as a digital believer, building digital brands, is about to come to a crashing halt.

Career suicide is always painful to see…


          

Цены на нефть обвалились после заявления Саудовской Аравии



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Цены на нефть обвалились на вечерних торгах в пятницу на новостях о том, что Саудовская Аравия на предстоящем заседании стран-участниц сделки ОПЕК+ намерена высказать претензии к партнерам, которые не исполняют свою часть соглашения. Фьючерсы на сорт Brent спикировали на 4% за четыре часа - с 63 долларов за баррель до минимальной за полторы недели отметки 60,35.

Обвал на Нью-Йоркской бирже NYMEX оказался еще масштабнее: контракты на WTI в моменте падали на 5,2%, завершив торги на отметке 52,42 доллара за баррель, со снижением цены на 4,6% относительно четверга. Как сообщили Bloomberg источники в Эр-Рияде, на венском заседании 6 декабря Саудовская Аравия намерена дать сигнал о том, что больше не желает спасать нефтяной рынок в одиночку, компенсируя невыполнение квот на сокращение добычи другими странами ОПЕК+. В октябре королевство производило 9,9 млн баррелей в сутки, а в ноябре, по данным Reuters, снизило добычу до 9,85 млн баррелей в день при квоте в 10,02 млн баррелей.

С начала года Саудовская Аравия перевыполняет сделку на 140-160% каждый месяц, тогда как Россия - второй ключевой участник - лишь дважды уложилась в обязательства, и то в месяцы, когда из-за скандала с хлором простаивал трубопровод «Дружба», обеспечивающий 20% российского нефтяного экспорта.
          

Former New York Mayor Bloomberg enters 2020 Democratic presidential race

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Billionaire businessman Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City, jumped into the U.S. presidential race on Sunday, becoming the 18th candidate to join a crowded field of Democratic contenders seeking to face Republican President Donald Trump in the …


          

Drew Westen: Bloomberg could be the Democrats' backstop

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Like many Democrats, I viewed the possibility of Michael Bloomberg's entry into the 2020 presidential race with deep skepticism.
          

Ex-Bloomberg Editor Rips Decision Not To Investigate Dem Candidates

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IMF: Negative real yields may pressure Nigerian inflation

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N igeria may see inflationary pressures rising from excess liquidity in the banking system due to negative real yield on short-term government debts, Bloomberg reported the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as saying at the weekend. Negative Real Yields is the term used to describe when an investment's nominal yield is the same or []
          

Guns, Liberals and the Supreme Court - The Wall Street Journal

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  1. Guns, Liberals and the Supreme Court  The Wall Street Journal
  2. Supreme Court may expand Second Amendment rights despite repeal of disputed gun restrictions  USA TODAY
  3. Supreme Court to take up first gun rights case in nearly a decade  Fox News
  4. After Long Gap, Supreme Court Poised to Break Silence on Gun Rights  The New York Times
  5. Commentary: Michael Bloomberg: NRA appeal to the Supreme Court puts gun laws at risk  Chicago Tribune
  6. View full coverage on Google News

          

Asian markets rise after surprise gain in China’s factory activity - MarketWatch

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  1. Asian markets rise after surprise gain in China’s factory activity  MarketWatch
  2. Asian markets rally following China data, eyes on trade talks  Yahoo News
  3. Asian stocks rise after China factory activit...  Taiwan News
  4. Can Hong Kong Keep Its Status as Asia's Financial Center?  Bloomberg
  5. Markets buoyed by China economic data as clouds remain over trade talks  The Guardian
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Oil rises over 1% on hopes for deeper OPEC cuts, Chinese factory growth - CNBC

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  1. Oil rises over 1% on hopes for deeper OPEC cuts, Chinese factory growth  CNBC
  2. Oil jumps amid hopes for further OPEC cuts, China factory growth  Yahoo Finance
  3. Stocks tick up on upbeat China factory reports, trade talk hopes  Investing.com
  4. Iraq Says OPEC+ to Mull More Cuts, Jarring With Group Stance  Bloomberg
  5. OPEC+ Gambles That U.S. Shale’s Golden Age Is Over  Yahoo Finance
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Tỷ phú Bloomberg bị tố dung túng cho việc quấy rối tình dục

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Đáp trả các cáo buộc, phát ngôn viên của Bloomberg LP khẳng định các “hành động quấy rối tình dục bị cấm tại hãng và những người vi phạm đều bị sa thải.”
          

Bloomberg, el nuevo rival demócrata de Trump, pone de su bolsillo el dinero que EEUU retiró para la Cumbre del Clima

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Trump ha sacado oficialmente a EEUU del consenso climático. En términos de apoyo económico, esto se traduce en que a fecha del 30 de septiembre de 2019, el Gobierno de Washington no había pagado un solo dólar de la contribución de 5 millones que tiene asignada para el presupuesto de este año de la Convención Marco de Naciones Unidas sobre Cambio Climático (Unfccc), organizadora de la cumbre anual del clima, que este año se celebrará en Madrid desde este lunes al 13 de diciembre.

Extraoficialmente, Michael Bloomberg, el multimillonario que espera convertirse en el próximo presidente de EEUU tras las elecciones de 2020, ha llenado ese vacío. En 2019, su fundación, Bloomberg Philanthropies, ha donado a la principal organización de la ONU por el clima 5,5 millones de dólares. Más de lo que tenía asignado el Gobierno de EEUU.

Igual que ha ocurrido con la financiación, será el Partido Demócrata el que represente extraoficialmente a EEUU en la cumbre de Madrid, ya que nadie espera a Donald Trump y el Departamento de Estado ha confirmado que la delegación oficial estará compuesta por representantes de segunda fila, igual que ocurrió en 2018.

Por eso, el Partido Demócrata ha preparado una delegación de 16 congresistas presidida por Nancy Pelosi, presidenta de la Cámara de Representantes. El año pasado, EEUU mandó una delegación de 44 personas a la COP24, cuatro menos que en 2017 y menos de la mitad de los que fueron a París en 2015, según informa CarbonBrief

"EEUU hizo la promesa de cumplir los acuerdos adoptados en el Acuerdo de París y si el Gobierno federal no cumple con nuestra parte del trato, entonces el pueblo estadounidense debe hacerlo", señaló Bloomberg al anunciar su donación en abril de 2019. "Mientras alcaldes, gobernadores, empresarios y ciudadanos individuales trabajan para asegurar el cumplimiento de nuestros objetivos climáticos, nuestra fundación volverá a cubrir la diferencia de financiación federal a la ONU. Juntos, enviamos un mensaje alto y claro al resto del mundo: a pesar de lo que esté pasando en Washington, estamos con vosotros en esta lucha", añadió.

El Departamento de Estado de EEUU afirmó en su comunicado tras la cumbre del clima del año pasado, celebrada en Polonia, que "EEUU no va a asumir ninguna carga ni compromiso financiero en apoyo del Acuerdo de París y no permitirá que se utilicen los acuerdos climáticos como un vehículo para redistribuir la riqueza".

El multimillonario y exalcalde de Nueva York ejercía desde 2018 como enviado especial del secretario general de la ONU para la Acción por el Clima, pero dimitió el 11 de noviembre, unos días antes de hacer oficial su candidatura a la presidencia.

En 2018, EEUU también tenía asignados 5 millones de los cuales solo pagó 2,1. Entonces Bloomberg donó 4,5 millones para llegar a la cifra prevista. Según la fundación del multimillonario, la Administración Obama se comprometió a dar 15 millones para el ciclo 2018-2019 y Trump no lo ha cumplido.

Según informa la Unfccc en sus presupuestos, a fecha de 30 de septiembre, quedaban pendientes de pago 9,1 millones, de los cuales más de la mitad (55%) corresponden al impago estadounidense. En Europa, sin embargo, cinco de los seis principales países europeos (Alemania, Francia, Italia, España y Holanda) están entre los muchos países que han dado más dinero al presupuesto general del que inicialmente les fue asignado. Además los países también pueden financiar otros fondos de la organización como el de actividades suplementarias y el de participación (destinado a financiar los viajes a las cumbres climáticas a las delegaciones de países más pequeños). EEUU no aparece en ninguno de estos dos fondos en 2019.

Bloomberg ha donado los cinco millones al fondo de contribuciones suplementarias, que en 2019 ha recibido en total 15,6 millones de euros. En este fondo también están presentes otros actores no estatales, como el Banco Mundial (225.000 dólares), Iberdrola (56.883), BNP Paribas (45.584), Google (30.000) y Facebook (23.685).

La Unfcc, adoptada en 1992 y en vigor desde 1994, es el principal instrumento jurídico de respuesta internacional ante el reto del cambio climático y todos los Estados miembros de la ONU han firmado la convención. La Conferencia de las Partes (COP) es el principal órgano de la convención y es una asociación de todos los países que son partes de la misma. La COP se reúne anualmente y la de este año (COP25) comienza este lunes en Madrid.

Uno de los principales logros de la Unfccc ha sido la firma del Acuerdo de París en la COP de 2015. Sin embargo, EEUU anunció el 4 de noviembre su retirada oficial del acuerdo por "la injusta carga económica impuesta sobre los trabajadores, empresarios y contribuyentes de EEUU por las promesas realizadas bajo dicho acuerdo", tal y como afirmó el secretario de Estado Mike Pompeo.

EEUU se convertirá en el único país del mundo fuera del Acuerdo de París, pero todos los candidatos demócratas han prometido que si llegan a la presidencia volverán a adherirse al mismo.


          

Taken to Brink by Trump, Gulf States Are Backpedaling on Iran

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(Bloomberg) -- An expanded soccer tournament, a direct flight, clandestine meetings and a pledge to release prisoners of war; diplomacy is breaking out as Gulf Arab nations back away from a Donald Trump-inspired confrontation with Iran. And the signs are everywhere.Last week, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain played their first games of the 2019 Arabian Gulf Cup in Qatar after a last-minute decision to take part -- an apparent breakthrough in a 30-month feud that saw them halt t
          

Good Morning, News: Trump's Impeachment Defense Destroyed, Oregon's Bomb Cyclone, and the "War on Thanksgiving"

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Stay up to date on Portland news and politics. Looking for fun? Here are the best Things to Do in Portland today.

Liberals declare War on Thanksgiving apparently?
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GOOD MORNING, PORTLAND! Them old mistakes are gone, I won't do them no more. That's old news, there's new news, I done did that before. LET'S GO TO PRESS.

And the IMPEACHMENT NEWS just keeps rolling in: Though we already knew it in our hearts, the NYT now has proof that Trump released Ukraine's extortion money after learning the whistle blower had blown his/her whistle—in other words, after he was caught red-handed. Meanwhile a White House budget official testified that two of his aides were so alarmed by the president's shakedown scheme they quit rather than follow Trump's orders. (Psst! This severely undermines the Republicans' [and your Thanksgiving relatives'] defense that Trump was "fighting corruption.")

At one of Trump's idiot rallies yesterday, he floated the lie that liberals want to... rename Thanksgiving? Huh! That's news to me... and everyone else in the world.

Heartwarming headline of the day: Melania Trump booed at youth opioid summit in Baltimore.

A new CNN poll has Veep Joe Biden leading the Democratic presidential pack followed by Sanders, Warren (who's had a worrying drop), and Buttigieg (who's had a worrying climb).

Crazy weather is pummeling parts of the US—including an unprecedented "bomb cyclone" in Oregon and Northern California—just in time for Thanksgiving travel. If you're driving through southern part of the state, be on the alert and check weather updates!

Another reason to say "fuck Michael Bloomberg and his entrance into the presidential race": Though he's running as a Democrat, in the past he's endorsed George W. Bush and recently gave a fortune to Republican candidates.

The Supreme Court will have a lot of opportunities to prove they are not a bunch of partisan hacks when they face a number of Trump spawned lawsuits starting next month.

A very sweaty "Papa" John Schnatter—formerly of Papa John Pizza before he let his racism get the best of him—gave an interview in which he revealed he's learned ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. And he also admits to eating 40 pizzas in 30 days. This shit is crazy, team.

IN LOCAL NEWS: Here's more on that "bomb cyclone" that's hitting southern Oregon and producing blizzard-like conditions.

A man shot two people in a Vancouver-area elementary school parking lot yesterday before turning the gun on himself—no students or staff were injured as it was after school was dismissed. Police suspect the shooting was linked to domestic violence. Our Blair Stenvick has more on the story.

The Portland Diamond Project which hopes to bring major league baseball to the city have requested a six month extension to do a transportation study around the port property where they hope to build the stadium.

Now let's scan the skies for the WEATHER: Despite all the cyclone bombing, expect sunny skies and cool weather (in the low 40s) for most of the Thanksgiving weekend.

And finally, the #WarOnThanksgiving is REAL!!

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Recent Headlines in the IP World:

  • Evan Niu: Apple Will Continue Licensing Acquired Intel Patents (Source: The Motley Fool)
  • Urvaksh Karkaria: BMW Sued for Patent Infringement Over Hybrid Engine Technology (Source: Automotive News Europe)
  • Valerie Bauman: Gilead’s HIV Patent Spat With HHS Could Keep Drug Prices High (1) (Source: Bloomberg Law)
  • Matthew Humphries: Sony Patent Tweaks DualShock Design for PlayStation 5 (Source: PC Mag)
  • Patrick Hearn: Apple Patent Aims for More Streamlined Control of Your Home Lighting (Source: Digital Trends)

Commentary and Journal Articles:

  • Atty. Stephen M. Kramarsky: Court Examines Inadvertent Waiver in Patent Prosecution Context (Source: Law.com)
  • Prof. Govind Persad: Examining Pharmaceutical Exceptionalism: Intellectual Property, Practical Expediency, and Global Health (Source: SSRN)
  • Prof. Robert L. Greenberg: Cannabis Trademarks and the First Amendment (Source: SSRN)

New Job Postings on Patently-O:

  • Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht LLP–Los Angeles
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  • United IP Counselors, LLC
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  ZESA Installs Solar At Head Quarters To Counter Massive Loadshedding In a shocking development, struggling power utility, ZESA, which is accountable for the crippling power crisis in the country which has seen some areas enduring 16-hour power cuts, is going off the grid. Bloomberg reports that the electricity producer recently invited bids for a roof-top […]

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Column: How Michael Bloomberg's presidential candidacy harms journalism

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Michael Bloomberg's news organization won't investigate his candidacy, nor the campaigns of his rivals for the Democratic nomination.


          

Deutsche Bank offloads more than $50bn in assets to Goldman Sachs

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TikTok-ing Through the Apocalypse (Part 1)

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In this two-part series we explore the international phenomenon and emerging social media platform: TikTok. From the failing Shanghai tech company that created Musical.ly to ByteDance’s $1b acquisition in 2017, we explore how TikTok became the highest-valued startup to date now totalling over $75b. In part 1 we’ll break down the app and its powerful machine learning technology, and how its Chinese roots are critical to understanding the future of the company.

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Climatescope 2019 by BloombergNEF

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Rapidly growing nations that today are just as rapidly expanding their carbon footprints must reach net zero emissions by 2050.
          

Welcome to 'Trump Season' at Mar-a-Lago, an oasis as impeachment looms

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — On Saturday, March 14, 2020, hundreds of well-coiffed women and homeless dogs will descend on Mar-a-Lago for a rescue-pup fundraiser. The charity event will be chaired by an unlikely pair of animal lovers: Lara Trump, the president’s daughter-in-law and arguably his biggest fan, and Georgina Bloomberg, daughter of billionaire Democratic presidential hopeful Michael Bloomberg, long-loathed and publicly mocked by President Donald Trump.The [...]
          

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Biden Campaign’s Field Organizers Join Teamsters Union(Bloomberg) -- Field organizers for Joe Biden’s campaign have unionized, joining the staffs of most major Democratic presidential candidates who have made support for labor a key part of their pitch to voters.The Biden workers joined Iowa-based Teamsters Local 238, which has members from the staffs of the Iowa Democratic Party and two presidential hopefuls. About 120 Biden field staff across the country chose the union through card-check recognition on Friday.“Political campaign workers deserve a voice on the job as much as anyone,” Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa said in a statement. “These workers, who face the prospect of long, pressure-filled hours on the campaign trail, need a strong partner like the Teamsters Union that will fight for their rights.”Local 238 is hosting a forum Dec. 7 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, that Biden plans to attend as he and other candidates seek endorsements from several major unions, which can deploy significant resources in support of candidates they back. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters is one of the biggest U.S. unions, with 1.4 million members.A self-described “union guy,” Biden is making an aggressive push for the support of many key labor groups. His labor plan, released last month, emphasizes ways to make it easier for workers to organize as well as enhanced federal protections on workers’ rights.The Biden campaign, which previously said it would welcome a unionization push, will now engage in negotiations seeking an agreement on pay and working conditions.“Joe Biden has fought for the dignity and respect of working people his entire career and we are proud to be a campaign that puts his values into action: including a $15 minimum wage, paid family leave, and of course the right of workers to organize,” campaign manager Greg Schultz said in a statement. “We look forward to working with Teamsters Local 238 to come to an agreement with our field organizers who are helping power this campaign to victory.”Earlier this year, Bernie Sanders’s campaign became the first major operation to ratify a union agreement. The process took months until the campaign ultimately agreed to a minimum annual salary of $42,000, which works out to more than $15 an hour for a 50-hour work week. Sanders, Biden and most other Democratic presidential candidates have expressed support for a $15 an hour minimum wage.Amid the Sanders campaign negotiations, the Biden campaign said its interns are paid $15 an hour and that field organizers are paid $4,000 a month, which works out to $48,000 a year.Campaign workers for Cory Booker and Amy Klobuchar are already in Teamsters Local 238 and Julian Castro’s staff has also unionized. Pete Buttigieg’s campaign announced last week that it was recognizing a union to represent its field organizers.To contact the reporter on this story: Jennifer Epstein in Washington at jepstein32@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Wendy Benjaminson at wbenjaminson@bloomberg.net, Steve GeimannFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



          

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Po niedawnym raporcie Bloomberga, w którym stwierdzono, że popyt na nowe AirPods Pro jest „znacznie wyższy” niż oczekiwano, Nikkei Asian Review donosi, że Apple poprosił swojego dostawcę Luxshare Precision o podwojenie produkcji wysokiej klasy słuchawek do dwóch milionów sztuk miesięcznie. Raport dodaje, że Apple poprosił także Luxshare i innego chińskiego producenta Goertek o zwiększenie produkcji

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Democratic Presidential Candidate Michael Bloomberg Flooding Texas Airwaves With $3 Million in Ad Spending

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China bans US military visits to Hong Kong in response to Washington's support for protesters - CNN

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  1. China bans US military visits to Hong Kong in response to Washington's support for protesters  CNN
  2. U.S.-China trade deal 'stalled because of Hong Kong legislation': Axios  Reuters
  3. Hong Kong Unrest Rages on  Bloomberg Politics
  4. The Hong Kong protest movement won the elections battle – but the war over our five demands is still ongoing  The Independent
  5. Hong Kong Police Fire Tear Gas as Protesters Return in Force  The New York Times
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Trump to restore tariffs on steel, aluminum from Brazil, Argentina - Fox Business

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  2. Trump to Restore Tariff on Steel Shipped From Brazil, Argentina  Bloomberg
  3. Donald Trump hits Brazil and Argentina with steel and aluminium tariffs – business live  The Guardian
  4. Trump announces tariffs on steel and aluminum from Brazil and Argentina  Washington Post
  5. Trump to hit Brazil and Argentina with steel and aluminium tariffs  Financial Times
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Chick-fil-A funded homosexual Canadian lobbying firm, Testimony of boy thrown off balcony, Christian group sues NY over abortion law

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It’s Tuesday, November 26th, A.D. 2019. This is The Worldview in 5 Minutes heard at www.TheWorldview.com.  I’m Adam McManus.

By Kevin Swanson

Evangelist killed in streets of Turkey

Christian evangelist Jinwook Kim was murdered last week on the streets of Diyarbakir, Turkey.

International Christian Concern reports this comes as a tremendous shock to the Christian community in Turkey, and it is the first martyrdom since 2007 when three Christians were martyred in Malatya.  It's not yet clear whether this murder was the result of a robbery gone wrong, but Christians are suspecting the murder is tied to Kim’s faith.

Claire Evans, Middle East Director for International Christian Concern, told The Worldview that this is not normal for Christians to be murdered in Turkey.

EVANS: "The murder of Christians is not normal in Turkey.  This doesn't happen.  The last time Christians were killed in Turkey was in Malatya in 2007, and the whole nation grieved so much with Christians when that happened.  Christians don't get killed in Turkey; that's really what it comes down to; this is not normal."

Evans said that the increased Islamization of Turkey has led to more hostility to Christians.  However, she had encouragement for evangelists who are discerning a call to take the gospel to Turkey.

EVANS: "So, for those who are discerning a call to Turkey, it is going to be a very hard field to work in, for sure.  There's just so much complexity to reckon with in the history and in the culture.  But, at the same time, it's exactly where God first called the church to go.  That should be an encouragement to everyone; that this is the country where God started sewing the seeds of the church."

In Revelation 2:8-10, John writes o the church of Smyrna, which is now modern-day Izmir, Turkey.  It is still relevant to the Christian church today.

"And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write. . . Fear none of those things which you shall suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that you may be tried; and you shall have tribulation ten days: be faithful unto death, and I will give you a crown of life."

John MacArthur: Scripture prohibits female pastors

Pastor John MacArthur of Grace Community Church further clarified the biblical view of women preachers and pastors in a sermon he gave last week.

MacARTHUR: “Go back to First Corinthians 14.  That Paul's words could be mistaken is impossible. ‘As in all the churches of the saints, the women are to keep silent in the churches. They are not permitted to speak. It's disgraceful for a woman to speak.’

“In the face of that, it might be shocking to you to know this, but in a survey conducted in 2017, about 80% of Americans are comfortable with a female pastor.”

MacArthur ended the sermon by noting that the problem is that private revelations are trumping the authority of Scripture, creating chaos in the churches.

Chick-fil-A funded homosexual Canadian lobbying firm

Chick-fil-A is coming under more fire from Christian news and opinion sources for their support of the pro-abortion and pro-homosexual Covenant House ministry.

Another source points out that Rodney Bullard, the Executive Director for the Chick-fil-A Foundation, has donated personal money in recent political campaigns to Democrat candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

Also, the Canadian family values organization called the Institute for Canadian Values, sounded the alarm when Chick-fil-A, the presumably pro-family chicken fast food restaurant chain, began funding the most pro-homosexual lobbying firm in Canada.

Dr. Charles McVety, president of the Institute for Canadian Values, says one clue to a Chick-fil-A's new direction was hiring Navigator, a powerful, international lobbying firm, as part of its expansion in Canada, reports OneNewsNow.

Navigator, which has a Toronto office, is the “number one gay lobbying firm” in Canada, McVety says, and he blames the powerful lobbyist for successfully pushing for homosexual "marriage" at the same time McVety was working with other Christian conservatives to oppose it.

The Toronto Star reported on Chick-fil-A’s business partnership with Navigator in a Sept. 11 story that describes the corporation’s plans to open 15 restaurants in the Greater Toronto Area in a liberal climate that was not warming up to the company.

Chick-fil-A used a business news website on Monday to announce a new “charitable giving structure” and to acknowledge it was dropping any partnership with non-profits that are perceived as “anti-LGBT” by homosexual activists.

Hong Kong voters elect pro-Democracy forces by a landslide

It was a landslide.  Some call it a “revolution” in Hong Kong.

The South China Morning Post reports that the freedom-minded, pro-Democracy forces won control of 17 out of 18 district councils in the election held over the weekend. The pro-establishment party had previously controlled all 18 district councils, but now is left with only one.

However, the degree to which democracy can function is in question as the nation’s chief executive, Carrie Lam, was handpicked by China’s communist leaders.  And the Chinese communists have a reputation of squelching uprisings, as when 10,000 protesters were killed in Tiananmen Square in 1989.

Billionaire liberal Bloomberg runs for president

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who was once a Republican, announced his entrance into the 2020 presidential race for the Democratic nomination, reports the Associated Press.

The 77-year-old billionaire joins an already crowded field of 16 candidates in the running.

Christian legal group sues New York state over abortion law

Alliance Defending Freedom is taking the wildly pro-abortion state of New York to court after Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo signed Senate Bill 660 into law, reports the Christian Post.

ADF said the law "requires all employers – including churches, religious schools, faith-based pregnancy centers and religious nonprofits – to disavow their beliefs about abortion, contraception, and sexual morality by forcing them to hire and employ those who refuse to abide by the organization's statements of faith."

God has a warning in Proverbs 1:11. “My son, if sinners entice you, Do not consent. If they say, “Come with us, let us lie in wait to shed blood; Let us lurk secretly for the innocent without cause.’ My son, do not walk with them.“

Powerful testimony of boy’s healing after thrown off balcony

And finally, that little boy who was thrown over the third-story balcony in the Mall of America in Minnesota last April has healed up well.

His mother updated the GoFundMe account. She says, ”Landen loves life and Jesus! He tells people all the time when they get hurt, ‘Don’t worry! I fell off a cliff, but angels caught me and Jesus loves me.  So, I’m okay and you will be too!”

The GoFundMe account for Landen has topped $1,000,000.

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And that's The Worldview in 5 Minutes on this Tuesday, November 26th in the year of our Lord 2019. Subscribe by iTunes or email to our unique Christian newscast at www.TheWorldview.com. Or get the Generations app through Google Play or The App Store. I’m Adam McManus (adam@TheWorldview.com). Seize the day for Jesus Christ.

 


          

HUDEMA: Rozhádaní bratři. NATO se rozkládá, ale jen navenek

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HUDEMA: Souboj miliardářů. Bloomberg proti Trumpovi a socialistům

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Weatherford cartoon: Presidential personality

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Россию обвиняют в том, что из Британии спешно вывозят золото

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Американские журналисты заметили тренд, который должен напугать каждого, кто верит в стабильность мировой валютной системы вообще и доллара с евро в частности. Как сообщает Bloomberg, "золото — новая навязчивая идея для националистических лидеров Восточной Европы".

Дело тут, конечно, не в предполагаемом или действительном национализме конкретных политических лидеров, а скорее в том, что в список "националистов" (по крайней мере, "экономических националистов") заносят тех, кто своими действиями наглядно демонстрирует недоверие к американоцентричной (а иногда и европейской) финансовой системе. Эти действия могут справедливо интерпретироваться как подготовка к каким-то геополитическим и экономическим потрясениям такого масштаба, который будет требовать от них не долларов или евро на банковских счетах в Лондоне либо Нью-Йорке, а слитков золота, надежно спрятанных где-то в охраняемых подвалах Центрального банка.

Конечно, статья о том, что восточноевропейские государства начали вывозить свое золото из Банка Англии, где оно хранилось на протяжении многих десятилетий, не могла обойтись без упреков в адрес России — и это объяснимо. Ведь это именно Россия "задала моду" на увеличение доли драгметалла в золотовалютных резервах и хранение золота на своей территории. Еще несколько месяцев назад тот же Bloomberg сообщал о том, что "Золотая" стратегия России сработала", и подчеркивал, что "Россия продемонстрировала всему миру, что страна с большой экономикой и пятыми по объему золотовалютными резервами может избавиться от большей части долларовых активов и при этом прекрасно себя чувствовать".

А сейчас золотая лихорадка охватила некоторые страны Евросоюза, у которых вроде не должно быть геополитических рисков или причин ожидать санкций. Это оставляет только одно логическое объяснение: они таким образом страхуются не от национальных, а от глобальных рисков.

Американские журналисты жалуются: "Золото — это все, о чем могут говорить националистические лидеры на востоке Европы в наши дни". И перечисляют последствия золотой лихорадки: "Только на этой неделе правительство Польши публично продемонстрировало свою экономическую мощь после завершения репатриации 100 тонн металла (золота. — Прим. авт.). В Венгрии "антииммигрантский" премьер-министр Виктор Орбан наращивает запасы актива-убежища (золота. — Прим. авт.), чтобы повысить безопасность своих (золотовалютных) резервов. Золотая лихорадка отражает шаги России и Китая по диверсификации золотовалютных резервов, превышающих три триллиона долларов США, в активы, которые не являются американским долларом. Это происходит на фоне усиливающейся геополитической напряженности с США. Однако мотивации в бывшем коммунистическом блоке Европы могут различаться".

Мотивации действительно разные, но это если верить официальным версиям. Глава польского Центрального банка после того, как Польша вывезла для начала половину золотого запаса из Лондона, заявил о том, что в надежности Великобритании он не сомневается. Просто "золото символизирует силу страны".

Бывший премьер Словакии Роберт Фицо, который имеет определенные шансы вернуться во власть на следующих выборах, может себе позволить не прятаться за вежливостью. И предъявляет острые исторические аргументы. "Иногда ваши международные партнеры могут предать вас", — сказал Фицо. Он сослался на пакт 1938 года между Францией, Великобританией, Италией и Германией, позволивший Адольфу Гитлеру аннексировать часть бывшей Чехословакии, и напомнил про недавний отказ Банка Англии вернуть в Венесуэлу ее золотой запас из-за политических разногласий. Более того, экс-премьер дал прогноз развития ситуации в случае, если в мире произойдут непредвиденные сложности: "Гарантирую, что, если что-то случится, мы не увидим ни грамма этого золота. Давайте сделаем это (вернем золото в Словакию. — Прим. авт.) как можно быстрее".

Говоря о мотивах Венгрии, можно вспомнить прошлогоднее заявление известного евроскептика и главы Центрального банка Дьёрдя Матольчи (Gyorgy Matolcsy) о том, что покупки золота — "способ повысить безопасность богатства нации".

Сербский президент Вучич, которого журналисты Bloomberg назвали "авторитарным политическим лидером" (strongman), тоже мотивировал свои требования увеличить золотой запас Сербии соображениями риск-менеджмента, заявив: "Мы видим, в каком направлении движется кризис в мире".

Если верить оценкам журналистов американского агентства, то можно было бы, конечно, сделать вывод, что золотая лихорадка — это такая политическая болезнь, причинами которой могут быть старые исторические обиды, политическая конъюнктура или даже желание заработать внутриполитические дивиденды.

Проблема в том, что эта интерпретация разбивается вдребезги при столкновении с суровой реальностью. Например, в то время как Россия начинала активное наращивание золота в резервах, Нидерланды организовали вывоз 122 тонн золота из Лондона — причем голландских политиков довольно сложно объявить "националистами из Восточной Европы", да и обвинения в имитации действий президента Путина или председателя Си в данном случае вряд ли применимы.

Флагман деловой британской прессы, лондонская Financial Times, выпустила статью, в которой колумнистка Рана Форухар, известная своим скептическим отношением к золоту, признается в том, что даже ее начинает пугать та интенсивность, с которой повышается интерес к металлу: "Золотые жуки (так называют инвесторов в золото или акции компаний-золотодобытчиков, а также другие драгметаллы. — Прим. авт.) всегда казались мне параноиками. Вы должны действительно верить, что небо падает, чтобы накапливать физические слитки в цифровую эпоху. Так что довольно тревожно, что некоторые инвесторы и центральные банки говорят о золоте. Центральный банк Нидерландов недавно заявил в своей статье, что если произойдет серьезная перезагрузка монетарной системы, то запасы золота могут послужить основой для восстановления мировой валютной системы, ибо оно "укрепляет уверенность в стабильности баланса центрального банка и создает чувство безопасности".

Если добавить к списку сторонников идеи покупки золота как защиты от риска будущей девальвации доллара известного миллиардера-финансиста Рэя Далио (который тоже не националист, не политик и даже не житель Восточной Европы, а настоящий американец), то вся пропаганда о том, что золотая лихорадка — это политическое явление, рассыпается в пыль. Недавно мистер Далио объяснил, что доллар и, соответственно, долларовые долговые обязательства могут обесцениться из-за американской бюджетной политики и действий Федрезерва США и что в данном контексте стоит помнить о старой финансовой поговорке: "Золото — единственный актив, который вы можете иметь и который при этом не будет чьим-то долговым обязательством".

Получается, гораздо более логичным объяснением, которое не противоречит имеющимся фактам, является предположение, что компетентные центральные банки и хорошо информированные миллиардеры-финансисты (то есть те, для кого предсказывание финансового будущего — хлеб насущный и главная профессиональная компетенция) заранее готовятся к неизбежному. И при этом не пытаются переубедить верующих в то, что существующая мировая финансовая система — стабильна и будет работать вечно. Это, в конце концов, логичное поведение: чем позже очнутся остальные участники рынка, тем больше золота компетентные центральные банки и умные миллиардеры успеют дешево скупить.

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Weatherford cartoon: Presidential personality

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В українських громадян падає довіра до політики Зеленського — Bloomberg

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Виходячи з даних, якими володіє британське видання, 75% українців виступають за мирні переговори з Росією, а 59% підтримують ініціативу виведення військ із зони конфлікту на Сході країни.
          

U.K. Conservatives and Labour Fight Over Tackling Terrorism After London Attack

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U.K. Conservatives and Labour Fight Over Tackling Terrorism After London Attack(Bloomberg) -- Boris Johnson is seeking to present his Conservatives as the party of security amid a bitter row with Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour over the circumstances that led to last week’s terrorist attack. U.S. President Donald Trump’s arrival for a NATO summit is a potential wildcard in the campaign.Must Read: U.K.’s Johnson Doubles Down on Security Theme After Knife AttackFor more on the election visit ELEC.Key Developments:Johnson, Corbyn and London Mayor Sadiq Khan are attending a vigil for victims of Friday’s London Bridge attackHome Secretary Priti Patel says Brexit is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to strengthen the U.K. borderJohnson holds campaign event in eastern England this eveningCorbyn pledges to cut regulated rail fares by 33% from JanuaryPolls released over the weekend showed the Conservatives’ lead narrowing, with one signaling a possible hung parliamentThere is a 69% chance of a Tory majority, according to BetfairCorbyn Says Big Spending Needed After Austerity (11 a.m.)Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said his party’s pledge to massively ramp up government spending is necessary after a decade of austerity has left the U.K. lagging behind European peers in terms of public services.“If all of our spending commitments -- the whole of our manifesto -- is carried out to every last letter, we still barely reach the levels of public services of France or Germany,” Corbyn said on Monday, according to the Press Association. “That’s how far behind we’ve fallen because of the strategy that’s been followed.”Corbyn was speaking at an event to cut regulated rail fares by a third as part of broader plans to bring the railways back into public ownership and lower the financial burden on commuters. Train companies plan to raise prices by an average 2.7% next year.Corbyn: Terrorists Should Be Released If Rehabilitated (Earlier)Last Friday’s terrorist attack is dominating campaigning ahead of the Dec. 12 election. At an event to launch his Labour Party’s pledge to cut regulated rail fares by 33% from January, leader Jeremy Corbyn was again quizzed about prisons and sentencing amid a deepening row with Boris Johnson’s Tories.“Terrorists should be sentenced, as they are, and they should be released as and when they have completed a significant proportion of their sentence and they’ve undergone rehabilitation and they are considered safe to the public as a whole,” Corbyn said, according to the Press Association.The row comes after Johnson pledged to end a 2008 law brought in under the last Labour government that gives prisoners automatic early release. Corbyn responded by blaming a decade of cuts to the prison service under the Conservatives for weakening its ability to detect risk and rehabilitate inmates.Johnson Using Trump Playbook on Security: Lee (Earlier)Former Conservative justice minister Phillip Lee, who defected to the Liberal Democrats this year in protest at the government’s Brexit strategy, accused Prime Minister Boris Johnson of channeling the Trumpian playbook in the wake of the London Bridge terrorist attack last week.“He’s just pressing buttons. We know this is the Trump playbook,” Lee said, referring to Johnson’s pledge to toughen sentencing. “The practical reality is it’s extremely difficult to do that if you haven’t got the prison places. And we never really had enough prison places in all the time I was a justice minister.”Lee’s comments on Sky News illustrate the risk for Johnson as he seeks to blame policies under the last Labour government -- which was voted out in 2010 -- for the circumstances surrounding last week’s attack. The premier has been framing his Tories as the party of law and order, but that means having to distance himself from justice system cuts made by his Tory predecessors.“We knew there was a problem with the probation service, which had been privatized in 2012 under Chris Grayling,” said Lee, who became justice minister in 2016. “It’s a cycle -- from police, courts, probation. They’ve all got to be working well if you want to reduce crime, reduce pressure on prisons, and be able to lock up the people like Usman Khan for much longer, indeed forever,” he said, referring to the convicted terrorist who carried out Friday’s attack.U.K. to Investigate Terrorists on Early Release (Earlier)Government officials are looking at all 70-odd cases of individuals convicted of terrorism who have been released on license, Justice Secretary Robert Buckland told BBC radio on Monday.“We are satisfying ourselves about the details and making sure that first of all, any license conditions are being complied with,” Buckland said. “If not, then individuals can be and will be recalled to prison, and secondly making sure that any license conditions are as comprehensive as possible.”Officials have decided that none will be allowed at events like the one attended by the perpetrator of Friday’s attack, he said. They’ll also examine early release programs and said it’s “right” to look again at the sentencing of terrorists and put public protection at the center of a future regime.Terrorists “can in effect hoodwink trained professionals,” Buckland said. He added that politicians need to “pause, and get the tone of this debate right.”Earlier:Johnson Bolsters Security Message After London Knife AttackJohnson and Corbyn Play Blame Game After U.K. Terrorist AttackTories Focus on Security Before NATO Summit: U.K. Campaign TrailTo contact the reporter on this story: Alex Morales in London at amorales2@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Tim Ross at tross54@bloomberg.net, Stuart Biggs, Mark WilliamsFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



          

Biden Seeks to Rejuvenate Iowa Campaign, Insisting He Can Win

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Biden Seeks to Rejuvenate Iowa Campaign, Insisting He Can Win(Bloomberg) -- Joe Biden is working to breathe new life into his campaign in Iowa, a state where he’s struggled to keep up with his competitor’s organizations and popularity despite leading the crowded 2020 field of Democrats in most national polls.Biden kicked off an eight-day bus tour this weekend that focuses on rural areas. He’s traveling with Tom Vilsack, a former Iowa governor and agriculture secretary under President Barack Obama, and Vilsack’s wife, Christie.Aides and allies see Biden’s trip as an opportunity to shift to a new phase of Iowa campaigning -- not as intense as it will be during the final rush before the Feb. 3 caucus, but more focused, particularly in rural areas that get little attention from most candidates. Biden’s team believes he can attract at least 15% of the support of caucus-goers in each of the state’s 1,679 precincts, the threshold for earning delegates toward the Democratic nomination.“We’re going to go to 18 counties, on a 660-mile trip across the state, and we’re going to touch on what we think is a forgotten part of most campaigns -- the rural part of your state, rural America,” Biden said Saturday in Council Bluffs, the first stop of the 8-day bus tour.Breakfast in CarrollSitting down to breakfast on Sunday with the Vilsacks at Queen Beans Coffee House in Carroll, population about 9,800, Biden said he wants the tour to remind Iowans why he continues to lead in national polls.“We’re here to translate the polls nationally to here,” he said. “Look, I feel good about Iowa and the fact is that my impression -- and the Vilsacks have forgotten more about this than I’ll ever know but I know a little about it -- is that Iowans make up their minds late. And they change. The front-runner ends up getting behind and the front-runner comes back.”For months, Biden’s campaign has been dogged by criticism among supporters and critics alike that his Iowa operation was slow to get off the ground. Given the nature of the caucuses, where voters choose the nominee by gathering in public spaces like school gymnasiums, churches and community centers for one night in February, a robust organization that encourages people to participate is critical to success.While even his own campaign manager, Greg Schultz, has said he can become the Democratic nominee without winning Iowa, Biden set his ambitions higher.“I’m running to win. I’m not running to lose. I’m not running to come in third or fourth or fifth or anything like that. So I feel good about it. And, you know, having Vilsack doesn’t hurt at all.”But even during the eight days billed as a declaration of his devotion to the state, Biden’s taking two side trips that reflect the competing demands for his time. He’s leaving Iowa on Monday afternoon to raise money in Chicago, returning on Tuesday morning for a singleorganizing event in Mason City, and then flying to fund-raisers in New York before returning to Iowa on Wednesday afternoon. Hosts for his New York events include Arne Glimcher, an art dealer who founded the Pace Gallery in Manhattan, and Alan Patricof, co-founder of Greycroft Partners LLC, a venture capital firm.Biden’s bus tour message is centered on President Donald Trump and makes few allusions to the other Democrats in the race. The “No Malarkey” theme -- emblazoned on the side of Biden’s tour bus -- nods at both the candidate’s reputation for truth-telling and Trump’s supposed aversion to it. “The other guy’s all lies, so we want to make sure there’s a contrast,” Biden said at one stop.As he stops in small towns, he’s sure to allude to rural values and rural needs and to mention that he’s secured the support of Vilsack, the popular two-term governor, who urged Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign to spend more time in rural areas.“With all due respect to folks who talk about bold, new ideas, the reality is, you’re going to have an incredibly difficult time until the country comes together,” Vilsack told Bloomberg news in an interview in November.Aware of the split in the Democratic field between moderates and progressives, Vilsack said Biden is best positioned to enact progressive change because he is a unifier who can win the necessary swing states.‘Broader Audience’“The vice president is speaking to a much broader audience than some of the other candidates. I think he’s speaking to the audience that any Democrat is going to have to speak to consistently through this campaign in order to have the people who will decide this election in Pennsylvania and Michigan and Iowa and Wisconsin basically saying, ‘Yeah this guy has been consistent throughout,’“ said Vilsack.For rural voters, the campaign’s investment is being noticed.“He’s definitely well-organized,” Jared Beymer, the 25-year-old mayor of Denison, population about 8,300, said of Biden’s campaign in northwest Iowa. Having a field office in Carroll, 30 miles east, shows that Biden’s team is taking this part of the state seriously, Beymer said.Beymer, whose term ends this month, said he’s met with half a dozen campaigns interested in an endorsement. He said he’ll endorse before the caucus if a candidate captures his attention and is especially interested in Andrew Yang “because he’s talking about things that nobody else is.”Local TiesBut local ties could pull him to Biden, whom Beymer said he’s considering only because Biden was able to attract his close friend, Denison native Robert Lyons, to be a field organizer. Lyons is the only local working in that capacity, Beymer said, “The people I’ve met from other campaigns are all from Kentucky or something.”Lyons also persuaded Kendall Von Glan, 68, to spend a rainy Saturday night hearing from Biden in Denison. “We just need a leader,” said Von Glan, a farmer and registered Republican who’s considering Democrats, including Biden, in part because “there are a number of things that are disturbing” about Trump.Introducing the former vice president on Saturday night in Denison, Christie Vilsack, the former governor’s wife, vouched for Biden, who she’s known for three decades. “His values were rock-solid then and they’re rock-solid now,” she said.Tom Vilsack spoke after Biden, pushing to seal the deal.“We need your help,” he said, asking the crowd to commit to caucus for Biden, to volunteer, or to agree to be a precinct captain.Vilsack’s support of Biden “makes a big difference to me because he was governor and well-liked. I’m a farmer, he was secretary of agriculture,” Von Glan said. “When he speaks out, yeah, I listen.”To contact the reporters on this story: Jennifer Epstein in Denison, Iowa at jepstein32@bloomberg.net;Tyler Pager in Washington at tpager1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Wendy Benjaminson at wbenjaminson@bloomberg.net, Ros KrasnyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



          

RVMunis on Bloomberg for Accurate Portfolio Risk

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Bloomberg users now have access to RVMunis, an OAS-based app which enables muni portfolio managers and traders to measure risk with unprecedented accuracy and speed.


          

RVMunis on Bloomberg for Accurate Portfolio Risk

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Muni traders, portfolio managers and analysts can now access a convenient OAS-based app on Bloomberg. RVMunis calculates portfolio risk with unprecedented accuracy and speed. It combines the unique functionality of Kalotay's patent-pending tax-neutral MuniOAS methodology and RiskVal's award winning RVFI fixed income platform.

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Home price gains show signs of stabilizing in 20 cities

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Home prices in 20 U.S. cities rose more than forecast in September from a year earlier, indicating property values are stabilizing as housing demand picks up.The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller index of property values increased 2.1% from September 2018, higher than the median estimate of 2% in a Bloomberg survey of economists, data showed Tuesday. Prices rose 0.4% from the previous month. A separate report from the Federal Housing Finance Agency showed home prices advanced 0.6% in [...]
          

The Anticompetitive Threat of Big Tech: The Rise of Startup Acquisitions to Stifle Competition

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Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Mike Lee (R-UT), of the Senate Judiciary’s Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights, recently launched a bipartisan probe into potential antitrust abuses by 5 members of Big Tech (Facebook, Microsoft, Apple, Google, and Amazon). (Victoria Graham, Bloomberg Law). These companies have exhibited a penchant for buying startup companies whose technology could potentially compete against their own or using “platform privilege” to crush competitors who refuse to be bought. This article identifies examples of the anti-competitive behavior in question, discusses the current legislative efforts being pursued to regulate Big Tech and explores economic arguments that support stronger regulation.A recent blog post covered Facebook’s decision to acquire CTRL-Labs, a startup that had developed neuro-invasive technology that allows users to control a computer with their thoughts, in the face of potential…
          

Россию обвиняют в том, что из Британии спешно вывозят золото

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Американские журналисты заметили тренд, который должен напугать каждого, кто верит в стабильность мировой валютной системы вообще и доллара с евро в частности. Как сообщает Bloomberg, «золото — новая навязчивая идея для националистических лидеров Восточной Европы». Дело...

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Bloomberg Announces 2020 Democratic Presidential Campaign

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Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City, said he would join the Democratic presidential race in 2020. “I’m running for president to defeat Donald Trump and rebuild America,” Mr. Bloomberg said in a statement Sunday. Photo: YANA PASKOVA/GETTY IMAGES
          

Social Producer

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Smarter, faster, and as always - first. That's our philosophy. Bloomberg Media empowers global business leaders with breaking news, expert opinion and proprietary data distributed on every platform, across every time zone. Like our products and solutions- our teams are agile, dynamic, and innovative. We work hard, and we work fast - while keeping up the quality and accuracy for which we're known. It's what keeps us inventing and reinventing, all the time. Our culture is wide open, just like our spaces. We challenge each other. And through our countless volunteer projects, we help bring out the best in our communities as around us, too. You can do amazing work here. Work you couldn't do anywhere else. It's up to you to make it happen.

Bloomberg is seeking a passionate and creative Social Producer with digital news experience to lead content distribution and audience growth for TicToc, a global news network for the social, mobile, streaming world. You will be responsible for managing our flagship accounts across Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook, covering the day's top stories, monitoring breaking news, packaging and optimizing stories for social and producing social content. You should have video production and editing experience using Adobe Premiere Pro, as well as exceptional writing skills. You will be trusted to produce videos for multiple social platforms ranging from breaking news, animations/gifs and short text-on-screen clips to help us cover the biggest stories from around the world. You will be responsible for pitching and executing innovative and unique angles on the stories our audience cares about most. You should have a remarkable ability to distill a 3-minute video or a 300 word story down to a single captivating sentence, engaging the reader and persuading them to view, reply, RT and/or like.

You have impeccable news judgement and can work under pressure in a fast-paced news environment. You have experience publishing to social platforms, as well as creating captivating narratives via Instagram stories, Twitter threads and Twitter moments. The right candidate is passionate about social media and is an expert in optimization best practices on each platform. A passion for analytics and ability to analyze data to make informed decisions is a must, as well as experience using SocialFlow, CrowdTangle and Adobe Creative Suite.

We’ll trust you to:

-Manage TicToc’s social media accounts
-Identify and monitor the top global stories
-Pitch creative story ideas
-Create content for social, including .gifs, animations and graphics
-Cover breaking news and live events
-Curate the social conversation around a story
-Work with the video editors and producers to help publish videos optimized for social engagement
-Build growth and engagement strategies
-Establish a trustworthy, informative and consistent voice on the platform.

You'll need to have:

-Proven experience as a social media editor in a digital news environment
-Experience covering breaking news
-Exceptional writing skills
- Video editing experience using Adobe Premiere Pro; a firm grasp of complementary Adobe Creative Cloud software including Photoshop is an asset
-A love for news and a wide knowledge of topics in business, markets, entertainment, politics, and technology
-Strong editorial judgement
-Experience using social analytics tools to inform strategy and decisions

Does this sound like you?

Apply if you think we’re a good match. Feel free to include a portfolio of your best work samples and social media handles, if any, in your application. We'll get in touch with you to let you know the next steps.

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https://careers.bloomberg.com/job/detail/79925

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Senior Account Executive

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Smarter, faster, and as always - first. That's our philosophy. Bloomberg Media empowers global business leaders with breaking news, expert opinion, and proprietary data distributed on every platform, across every time zone. Like our products and solutions- our Sales teams are agile, dynamic, and innovative. We work hard, and we work fast - while keeping up the quality and accuracy for which we're known. It's what keeps us inventing and reinventing all the time.

We’re looking for a client-facing, senior sales professional to represent Bloomberg's complete multi-platform media offerings. We’ll trust you to build and maintain relationships with new and existing clients in the SW Region (Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana & Arkansas).  This opportunity can be located in either Dallas or Austin depending on the strengths of the final candidate.

You’ll partner with our internal teams and create custom ad experiences. You are a creative, seasoned sales professional. You’ll harness the power of our data and resources to maximize revenue and drive growth for our business.   Are you up for the challenge?

You’ll need to have:

- Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience
- 5+ years of recent/relevant media sales experience
- Experience with the following desired: Programmatic sales; Cross platform selling; Strong digital video sales experience; Analytics; Media campaigns
- Significant and strong client relationships at all levels
- Track record of total revenue and platform revenue growth
- Creative ideas that generates renewable and successful partnerships with the client
- Coverage of the entire client and agency relationship
- Internal and external communication at a highly productive and seamless level
- Ability to prospect and develop new business
- Deep understanding of media advertising landscape
- Desire to partner with multidisciplinary teams
- Ability to multitask in a dynamic environment
- Real passion for media, advertising and business
- Willingness for business travel as needed

Does this sound like you?

Apply if you think we’re a good match. We’ll get in touch with you to let you know the next steps.

Please apply here:

https://careers.bloomberg.com/job/detail/79923

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Paid Social Campaign Manager

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The energy of a newsroom. The pace of a trading floor. The buzz of a recent tech breakthrough. We work hard, and we work fast - while keeping up the quality and accuracy we're known for. It's what keeps us inventing and reinventing, all the time. "Our culture is wide open, just like our spaces.” We bring out the best in each other. And through our countless volunteer projects, we help bring out the best in the communities around us, too. You can do amazing work here. Work you couldn't do anywhere else. It's up to you to make it happen.

Bloomberg Media is looking for a Paid Social Campaign Manager to run all paid campaigns for Bloomberg news and our TicToc brand. You will be tasked with creating campaign strategy, trafficking campaigns and managing bids across all our social channels (LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook, among others).

You will also be in charge of scaling our paid content and working with editorial teams to identify day to day big stories and utilizing data to continuously iterate on best practices. Other responsibilities include data analysis of all marketing campaigns and presentation of results and ideas to senior management.
You should have a commanding knowledge of Facebook Business manager, as well as excellent communication and quantitative skills. You should also be able to examine post copy and help our brand manager with creative input and feedback. Ability to speak to product and engineers about pixel issues and social media audiences greatly desired. In addition, we expect you to have an entrepreneurial and growth mindset and the ability to work cross functionally with a team that is relatively new to consumer marketing.

We'll trust you to:

- Implement and manage paid social campaigns on behalf of Bloomberg news
- Assist branding and creative team with asset creation
- Work with internal teams to determine campaign objectives, establish key performance indicators, and timelines
- Assist with program growth optimizing bidding strategies and identifying and testing new platforms or ad formats
- Work with product and engineering team on pixel issues and management of new audiences
- Assist with creation and analysis of weekly and monthly reporting
- Monitor competitive landscape and industry trends
- Analyze and translate quantitative and/or qualitative data into recommendations and plans for revising and expanding campaigns
- Ability to adjust as role and business needs evolve

You'll need to have:

- Bachelor's Degree with 3-5 years of experience in building and optimizing paid media campaigns
- 3+ year hands on experience with Facebook ad planning and buying (self-serve) required
- Ability to run campaigns on secondary platforms Twitter, LinkedIn and test new platforms as needed
- Superb understanding of audience creation and iterative approaches to decreasing cost per acquisition
- Exceptional quantitative analytical skills and aptitude including intermediate to advanced Excel and Google Analytics with the ability to translate metrics into insights and actions
- Exceptional problem-resolution skills including the ability to think creatively in the development of ideas/solutions
- Detail oriented with the ability to manage budget and project deadlines
- Innate curiosity and entrepreneurial spirit

Does this sound like you?

Apply! If we think you're a good match, we'll get in touch with you to let you know the next steps.

Please apply here:

https://careers.bloomberg.com/job/detail/79662

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.


          

Partnerships Manager

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The energy of a newsroom. The pace of a trading floor. The buzz of a recent tech breakthrough. We work hard, and we work fast - while keeping up the quality and accuracy we're known for. It's what keeps us inventing and reinventing, all the time. Our culture is wide open, just like our spaces. We challenge each other. And through our countless volunteer projects, we help bring out the best in our communities as around us, too. You can do amazing work here. Work you couldn't do anywhere else. It's up to you to make it happen!

Bloomberg Media's overall strategy is to be the leading, next-generation media company for global business by creating a portfolio of digitally led, multi-platform brands that broaden Bloomberg's core audience beyond its traditional finance roots, towards global business. Bloomberg Digital (Bloomberg.com, Bloomberg News App) is at the centerpiece of that strategy - providing factual, credible, authoritative, lightning-fast journalism for a global business audience.

In May 2018, we launched a paywall on both Bloomberg.com and the app and are quickly working to build a growing paid subscriber base. A key focus area for 2020 is to continue our incredible growth in acquiring and retaining subscribers. The consumer subscription business is looking for a Growth Partnership Manager who will be primarily focused on growing our consumer subscription business.

We collaborate with many teams as part of the day-to-day execution of our initiatives, including Product, Editorial, Marketing, Media Distribution, Finance, Legal, Sales, and Engineering. We expect that a big focus of this role will be managing bridges across these internal partners. You will also be responsible for managing key partnership opportunities that grow and diversify revenue, expand and engage our audience, and increase our brand awareness and affinity. You should be passionate about the media industry and possesses a foundation in financial and strategic business analysis.

We'll trust you to:

- Support the day-to-day management of our existing partnerships, including, but not limited to, deal negotiation, product and technology cooperation and joint marketing efforts
- Work closely with the subscription marketing team on external opportunities and identifying the size of new audiences
- Develop business plans and go-to-market strategy for potential new areas of business for the digital group
- Identify new strategic opportunities and negotiate and close the associated deals
- Establish strong cross-functional relationships with internal stakeholders, including Product, Editorial, Business Development (outside of subscription) and Sales
- Track and communicate key industry trends, analysis and actionable insights to assess the most impactful opportunities for the digital group

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- Prior experience in business development, corporate strategy, investment banking or consulting, preferably with a media/technology focus
- Ability to build financial models to evaluate business opportunities and deals
- Experience with market analysis, industry research, and presentation of new ideas
- Excellent written and communication skills, including poise and professionalism while interacting with internal and external senior-level executives
- Passion for new digital trends and technologies
- Entrepreneurial spirit with the ability to deliver measurable business results
- Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
- Ability to problem solve and bring timely resolution to issues
- Willingness to roll up your sleeves and help out even when it’s not in your job description
- Bachelor’s degree

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Michael Bloomberg's 10 Gun Control Demands

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Mayor Mike Milks Culture War

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President Obama warned Democrats that average Americans don’t want to tear down the system. But it seems some Democratic Primary candidates do. Michael Bloomberg figures he’s just the antidote for that problem. He’s no radical. In fact he was a Republican before he identified as a Democrat. Come to think of it, he was a

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Bain to seek IPO of ChinData Group: Bloomberg

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Bain Capital is planning to take ChinData Group public and is asking investment banks to pitch for the role, Bloomberg is reporting. The IPO could take place early next year, the story said.
          

Cum sa alegeti cele mai bune lenjerii de pat bumbac 100?

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Cum sa alegeti cele mai bune lenjerii de pat bumbac 100?: Cele mai elegante si placute lenjerii de pat bumbac 100 le gasiti in magazinul online C&C Home.Cu aceste asternuturi va puteti imbraca patul atat de frumos si va puteti infrumuseta dormitorul intr-un mod cu totul aparte.Fie ca alegeti modele simple sau mai complexe important este sa asortati lenjeriile de pat din bumbac cu restul mobilierului.
          

“Miliardarul cu cravată mov”

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FUMIGENE DE WEEKEND (114) Fundația Bloomberg a raportat pentru anul trecut cheltuieli de 100 de milioane de dolari pentru campanii anti-tutun zise “împotriva fumatului”. La care se adaugă anul acesta 160 de milioane pe lobby pentru interzicerea țigărilor electronice de către SUA. Pe de alta parte, Juul, producator de țigarete electronice, aflat în bătaia puștii activiste, a cheltuit 3 milioane în șase luni. Comparați și judecați. Mai țineți minte ce scandal a fost când Philip Morris a cheltuit 1 (un) milion la Bruxelles cu ocazia Directivei tutunului? STOP Michael Bloomberg și-a pus cravată mov-violet și candidează la prezidențiale. Bloomberg are 77 de ani și o avere de 58 de miliarde de dolari. Chiar dacă se dă încă nehotărât - așa cum se dă bipartizan, ca să nu i se spună traseist, după ce a trecut de la democrați la republicani și înapoi -, el va lansa o campanie publicitară televizată de 31 de milioane, cea mai mare sumă cheltuită vreodată de un candidat (Obama a tocat aproape 25). Bernie Sanders s-a declarat ”dezgustat de ideea că Bloomberg sau orice alt miliardar crede că poate ocoli procesul politic şi cheltui zeci de milioane de dolari pentru a ne cumpăra alegerile”. Ei bine, după cum a dovedit, poate STOP Cert e că, dacă iese Bloomberg președinte, întreaga planetă are șanse să devină “fără tutun”, și nu în 2035, ci în 2025. De altfel, nici n-a început campania și deja l-a atacat pe Trump pe motiv că dă înapoi și nu mai interzice electronicele, preferând să stea de vorbă cu industria și doctorimea, ca să înțeleagă cum e cu extrasul de canabis STOP Bloomberg News “trece pe silent”. Reporterii nu vor avea voie să facă investigații sau să dea știri despre proprietarul agenției  sau despre democrați, în campania electorală. Cenzura nu se aplica și în cazul contracandidatului. Ba, probabil că dimpotrivă: Bloomberg News va continua să îl “investigheze” pe Trump STOP Oare și Fundația Bloomberg va intra în adormire pe perioada campaniei, la modul niciun cuvânt despre magnatul democrat, toate tunurile activiste pe magnatul Republican? Și ce se va întâmpla cu lobiștii antitutun plătiți de Fundație în toată lumea? Va fi Ramona Brad pusă pe “hold”, pe “repeat”, sau pe.“fast forward”? STOP Săptămâna aceasta, într-o singură zi, s-au întâmplat trei evenimente aparent fără nicio legătură. Și totuși... În primul rând, Proiectul legislativ Ramona Brad/Emanuel Ungureanu, de interzicere a expunerii țigărilor la raft, interzicerea vapatului în locurile publice și interzicerea sponsorizărilor de către companiile de tutun au primit primele Avize negative, de la Comisiile pentru drepturile omului și pentru tehnologia informației STOP În al doilea rând, a trecut de Senat, prin aprobare tacită, Proiectul Ungureanu/Buicu, de legalizare a canabisului (deocamdată medicinal). În al treilea rând, băiatul lui Dinu Vamă, un tip orientat, a lansat în România Yoop, o țigară electronică cu extract de... canabis! STOP Cică ar fi cu CBD nu cu THC, adică ceea ce încercă Parlamentul să legifereze, nu ceea ce provoacă decese în SUA. Da’ cum o dai, că e cannabidiol, că e tetrahidrocannabinol, tot Dracul ăla e, adică tot extras din canabis, plantă care, potrivit legilației românești în vigoare, intră în categoria drogurilor și e ilegală STOP Dar, în timp ce “tutunul ucide”, iar nicotina iese din modă, cannabidiolul e prezentat ca “un compus natural care nu are efecte psihoactive”, dar care “oferă o gamă largă de beneficii pentru sănătate” (sic!) fiind un fel de panaceu universal: relaxant, antidepresiv, antiinflamator, bun pentru tratarea depresiilor, insomniilor, anxietății... Te doare mintea STOP Oare cine l-a lansat are habar de legislația română în materie? Oare Ministerul Sănătății știe, sau a fost notificat? Oare Ungureanu realizează ce vrea să interzică și ce încearcă să legalizeze?... Un lucru e cert. Cu ajutorul USR ne îndreptăm, cu pași mici, dar siguri, către generația zombi STOP  “Supravegherea constantă a miliarde de persoane e o amenințare sistemică la adresa drepturilor omului și a libertății de exprimare”, acuză  Amnesty International. “The ‘Big Five’ – Apple, Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Facebook – trebuie să-și schimbe modelul economic arată asociația, adăugănd că “extragerea și analiza datelor noastre private, la o scară uriașă, nu sunt compatibile cu dreptul la o viață privată, iar vasta arhitectură publicitară a Google şi Facebook este o armă puternică în mâinile cui nu trebuie...Astăzi suntem în capcană. Fie ne supunem acestei maşini uriaşe de supraveghere – unde datele noastre sunt uşor folosite pentru a ne manipula şi influenţa – sau renunţăm la beneficiile lumii digitale” STOP Andrei Marga publică în Cotidianul o replică la replica lui Andrei Pleșu - despre care unii spun că “este șarmant, dar nu știe ce vorbește”-, constând într-o seamă de întrebări retorice legate de promovarea “corectitudinii politice” în locul drepturilor, libertăților și instituțiilor democratice. “Cel care citește totuși precis ce se exprimă în jur, își pune irepresibil întrebarea: de unde vin, în fond, apelul la ‘mișcarea’ străzii ca substitut al partidelor parlamentare, socotirea religiei ca ceva ce nu obligă la nimic, chemarea la distrugerea social-democrației, licitarea statului de drept în pofida drepturilor și libertăților, stigmatizarea de persoane, eliminarea cu mijloace nedemocratice a concurenților, o seamă de ‘tehnici’ flagrant antidemocratice de exercitare a funcțiilor etc.?”- se întreabă Marga STOP Botnariu pentru noi este Cristea doi. Idealul meu în viață e femeia cu mustață. Iar al lui Emanuel Ungureanu e Aurelia Cristea, căreia îi calcă pe urme în promovarea inițiativelor anti-tutun, dar și în politica mare. La fel ca cea supranumită “aprozarista”, “felcerul cu telefon” vrea să candideze la Primăria Clujului, ca să aducă un “suflu nou” în administraţie. Cât e el de mititel, dar hotărât, îi papă Boc pe amândoi cu fulgi cu tot STOP Contrabandă în chiloți. Da, așa cară unii/unele pachetele de țigări peste graniță, numai că de data asta nu e despre transport, ci despre desfacere. Vânzarea contrabandei pe sub tejghea o ia înaintea legiferării propuse de Ramona Brad/Emanuel Ungureanu. După cei din Ploiești și “polițiștii orașului Ineu au depistat un bărbat care oferea spre comercializare țigarete netimbrate, suceptibile a proveni de contrabandă, într-un magazin de lenjerie intimă de pe raza localității” STOP Lelia Munteanu rămâne un reper al publicisticii noastre. Cităm dintr-un mic editorial în versuri, intitulat “Null na Nula”, publicat în pre-ziua alegerilor: “Într-o ţară fără π, toate cercurile-s gri. Într-o ţară care pare, echivocurile-s clare. Transparenţa e opacă. Şi ce dacă?” STOP Avertismente la tampoane, ca la tutun. Cine uită să-și scoată sau să-și schimbe tamponul absorbant riscă să facă sindrom de șoc toxic. TSS este o boala rară, dar gravă, care poate provoca moartea. „Există avertismente pentru lucruri precum țigările, alcoolul și drogurile. Dorim ca tampoanele să aibă la fel”, declară mama unei tinere care a decedat pentru că nu i s-a spus sau a uitat STOP Face înconjurul planetei știrea că Shiloh, fiica Angelinei Jolie, ia tratament hormonal pentru a deveni băiat. Numai că Shiloh e o fetiță de doar 13 ani. La vârsta asta, pentru ea sexualitatea e la stadiul de rochiță sau pantaloni. De unde știe mama ei, care îi plătește tratamentul și o încurajează de dragul publicității, că asta va dori și la maturitate, că nu e o toană copilărească și că decizia de acum nu îi va distruge echilibrul mai târziu? STOP Țăcăneală asta la modă vine în contradicție cu alte absurdități din SUA, unde se consideră că ai destul discernământ la 13 ani ca să decizi să îți schimbi sexul, dar nu ai voie să fumezi până la 18 și să bei alcool sau să intri în bar până la 21 de ani. Absurdități discrepante rezultate din “politicile corecte” ale diverselor epoci, fără ca cineva să fi încercat ulterior să le alinieze STOP “Sistemul de sănătate din România este cel mai slab din UE”, potrivit The Economist care, spre dezamăgirea activiștilor, nu menționează tutunul printre cauze. “În ciuda dublării salariilor în ultimii ani, corupția, investițiile insuficiente și exodul personalului medical rămân o plagă”, notează juraliștii. Analiza amintește “sumele mari de bani gândite a fi spălate prin tranzacții cu furnizorii de echipamente și consumabile din spitale”, cu exemplificare Hexi Pharma și dezinfectanții diluați cu apă STOP Din perspectivă consumistă, de parcă sănătatea ar fi un produs, nu o stare, Romania ocupă, de câțiva ani, ultima poziție în Indexul European al Consumatorului de Sănătate, situându-se pe ultimul loc în UE în privința cheltuielilor raportate la PIB (media UE este de 9,6%, iar noi suntem la jumătate). Cu alte cuvinte, se poate spune și că România, care încasează taxe la tutun, bagă mai puțini bani decât alte țări în buzunarele companiilor farmaceutice STOP Interesantă abordarea ARPIM, una dintre multele asociații farma, al cărei reprezentant a declarat cu cinism într-o conferință că, din cauza taxei clawback, producătorii au retras 2000 de medicamente  devenite neprofitabile. Și noi, care credeam că profitul e o chestie oribilă, urmărită doar de “industria morții”, în timp ce “industria vieții” se mulțumește cu un “Tatăl nostru” și două “Ave Maria” STOP În plus, reprezentantul ARPIM se plângea că statul a băgat taxa de viciu în Buget, în loc să ia banii de la tutun ca să-i dea lor, pe medicamente, prin intermediul Ministerului Sănătății. Concluzia tip “strugurii sunt acri”: de aia vrea statul hrăpăreț să se consume mai mult alcool și tutun, ca să încaseze mai mulți bani STOP Într-o altă perspectivă, “șpaga din spitale, infecțiile intraspitalicești și investițiile insuficiente reprezintă principalele probleme ale sistemul sanitar”, după cum arată un sondaj realizat de Biroul de Cercetări STOP “Printre factorii de risc ce pot duce la o naştere prematură se numără: fumatul (evident!-n.n.), consumul de alcool, utilizarea medicamentelor, regimul alimentar, stresul, vârsta de peste 35 de ani”. La noi se nasc anual, înainte de termen, 18.000 de copii. Salvaţi Copii arată că mulți rămân în afara sistemului medical, pentru că avem doar 20 de maternităţi performante, dintre care şapte în Bucureşti STOP La creșe stăm și mai prost, dar Bloomberg nu dă bani, iar Ramona nu face lobby pentru acești copii, invocați doar ca pretext emoțional în campania împotriva industriei tutunului și, mai nou, a vapingului STOP Conform Salvaţi Copiii, anul trecut s-au înregistrat 1.214 decese ale celor sub un an, cu o rată a mortalităţii infantile de 6,5%. Analiza factorilor favorizanţi, realizată de ISP, arată că o parte ar fi putut fi evitate prin monitorizare antenatală. Să punem, iar, întrebarea cu utilizarea banilor lui Bloomberg altfel decât pentru excursii ale deputaților români în Irlanda? STOP Raportul “Drepturile copilului, acum”: în țara noastră dragă, una din opt mame aflate la prima naștere e adolescentă. Media UE este de una la 28. Pe pariu că nici una nu vapează. Cum era povestea cu prioritățile și urgențele? STOP Și tot România, săraca,“a fost pusă sub supraveghere de CEDO din cauza modului în care autoritățile tratează infracțiunile sexuale cu minori: trei din patru astfel de cazuri sunt tratate în Instanțe ca fapte consimțite” STOP DIICOT și serviciile franceze au efectuat, pe baza unui ordin OLAF, 20 de percheziţii în localități din judeţul Suceava, “într-o cauză vizând destructurarea unui grup infracţional organizat, constituit în scopul săvârşirii infracţiunilor de contrabandă şi spălare de bani”. Grupul era format din români, moldoveni şi armeni, “care au acţionat în mod coordonat, pentru achiziţionarea din Republica Moldova şi Ucraina a unor cantităţi importante de ţigarete provenind din contrabandă, pe care le-au depozitat în Județul Suceava, fiind ulterior transportate şi comercializate în Franţa”. Activiștii anti-tutun continuă, însă, să susțină ca nu există contrabandă, iar dacă există, e făcută de producătorii de tutun înșiși, deciși sa-și fure singuri căciula STOP STOP “Am solicitat o soluţie de la Guvern şi aştept săptămâna viitoare să primesc un răspuns lămuritor, ca să nu spun altceva. Nu o să fac eu o evaluare, dar Guvernul va face o evaluare şi voi insista pe lămuriri în acest sens", a spus Iohannis, întrebat cum a rămas cu schimbarea lui Raed Arafat (HEXAVALENT)

 

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“Noi vrem democrație, dar nu pentru căței...”

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FUMIGENE DE WEEKEND (113) “Să se revizuiască, primesc, dar să nu se schimbe nimic” sau “noi vrem democrație, dar nu pentru căței” în combinație cu “una vorbim, alta fumăm”. File eterne, din tezaurul literaturii române, valabile erga omnes, de la politică la tutun STOP De pildă când unul “mai superior”, adept declarat al dezbaterii și dialogului, refuză să discute cu una “mai inferioară”, pentru simplul fapt că “unii sunt mai egali decât alții” STOP “Refuzul princiar al Preşedin telui de a o întîlni pe microscopica Dăncilă e o dovadă trupeşă de mîrlănie scrobită, dar asta e o chestiune personală, un caz de bărbăţie zero, pozînd fraudulos în virtute. Mai grav, Preşedintele nu a făcut altceva decît să legitimeze oficial şi să sfinţească moral ruptura care desparte ţara în iluminaţi cu permis de conducător şi proşti sadea rămaşi de căruţă - ‘deplorables’, cum ar zice fosta iminentă Preşedintă a Statelor Unite”, scrie inspirat Traian Ungureanu STOP Idem cazul deputatului PSD Sebastian Radu, din Comisia de sănătate, care a declarat la lansarea Coaliției pentru libertatea comerțului și a comunicării (CLCC) că e perfect de acord cu necesitatea consultărilor și, categoric, nu susține supra-reglementarea. Totul până la calea-ntoarsă, adică până la “industria tutunului şi cea a băuturilor răcoritoare cu conţinut ridicat de zahăr”, domenii cu “un mare impact social care generează probleme de sănătate, în special asupra copiilor”. Principiile ca principiile, dar... Așa cum “funcția bate gradul”, ideologia bate principiile STOP “Numai bou’i consecvent”, declara un fost Premier român, precursor al altuia, care susținea că “problema e complexă și complicată”. Și nu numai pe meleagurile noastre. Donald Trump, de exemplu, a întors-o ca la Ploiești. Spre oftica lui Bloomberg, nu mai interzice țigările electronice cu arome. Urmează să se întâlnească deopotrivă și cu industria și cu doctorimea, ca să înțeleagă despre ce e vorba și să vină cu “o soluție acceptabilă la dilema vapatului” STOP Asta mai ales după ce s-a trezit cu demonstrații ale alegătorilor în fața Casei Albe și a devenit din ce în ce mai clar, inclusiv dinspre FDA și CDC, exact ca în bancul cu bordelul falimentar, că “nu paturile sunt de vină”. Așadar, nu aparatele sunt cauza, ci lichidele cu extract de canabis (THC) și acetat de vitamina E, produse și vândute “la negru” (scuzați formula folosită fără nicio intenție discriminatorie, dar așa se zice pe la noi) STOP În schimb, președintele filipinez Duterte, care “are toate calitățile” pentru a deveni candidat la poziția de ambasador OMS anti-tutun, urmaș demn al unor Bloomberg, Berdimuhamedov, Mugabe sau Ceaușescu (dacă nu l-am fi împușcat), capitalizează intens pe această temă. Nu numai că va interzice electronicele, după exemplul Indiei, dar a ordonat poliției să-i aresteze pe cei care vapează în public. Un pas firesc după declarația că “fumătorii trebuie exteminați” și după vânătoarea de drogați, dovediți sau nu, pe care oricine are nu doar scuza, ci și datoria să-i împuște. N.B.: defecația și urinatul, inclusiv în public, sunt încă permise, atât în Filipine, cât și, mai ales, în India STOP Între timp s-a înregistrat și primul caz de deces al unui vaper în Belgia. Avea 18 ani și utiliza canabidol. “Ghinion”, ca să cităm din clasici STOP Platforma AmericanMarijuana.org, recrutează influencer. Între sarcinile de serviciu intră verificarea produselor cu marijuana, de la alimente la uleiuri cu canabidiol, testarea lor şi scrierea unor recenzii. Respectivul/a trebuie să aibă "cunoştinţe vaste" despre acest drog, pentru ca cititorii “să poată primi o educaţie” adecvată STOP În afara salariului de 3.000 de dolari pe lună, angajatul va putea să păstreze și mostrele primite. Acesta “trebuie să locuiască în America sau Canada, unde a fost legalizat consumul de marijuana în interes medical, să fie într-o formă fizică bună şi să fie în general sănătos pentru a putea furniza recenzii în mod regulat", arată anunţul STOP Caz mai clasic de “acceptabilitate socială” marijuana/tutun aproape că nu mai există. Ca dovadă, “Apple a anunţat că va interzice aplicaţiile care au legătură cu vapingul şi le-a înlăturat din App Store. Măsurile vin după ce au fost înregistrate cazuri de îmbolnăvire şi decese, despre care se crede că au fost provocate de vaping”. Evident, anunțul nu menționează drept cauză extractul de cannabis (THC). Pentru că nu ar fi politic corect STOP Ieri a fost ziua națională anti-tutun, mai alaltăieri ziua BPOC (bronhopneumonie acută obstructivă), răsalaltăieri ziua anti-diabet, pe 17, ziua mondială a prematurităţii...Vorba cuiva, “în curând nu vor mai ajunge zilele astea comemorative, și or să le facă pe ore...”. În ce ne privește, preferăm ziua salutului. “Servus”, cum s-ar zice, interetnic, în Ardeal STOP Un studiu (ecologist) arată că “românii pot pierde până la opt luni din viaţă din cauza poluării, media UE fiind  5,7 luni”. Alături de maghiari şi polonezi, suntem europeni cei mai afectaţi de noxe. Autorii “propun eliminarea centralelor pe cărbune şi subliniază că ar fi de preferat transportul în comun, precum şi alegerea unor diete bazate pe recolte agricole de sezon”. Da, dar ce te faci cu diminuarea stratului de ozon, ca urmare a culturilor “Bio”? STOP Pentru o mână de iarbă. “Un australian a fost acuzat că a aprins în mod intenţionat un incendiu pentru a-şi proteja cultura de cannabis, declanșând focuri de vegetaţie imposibil de controlat pe coasta de est a ţării”, relatează AFP. Patru oameni au murit şi peste 300 de case au fost distruse, incendiile devastatoare afectând un milion de hectare  STOP Agonie și extaz, propagandă și ilaritate, după tragedia produsă într-un bloc din Timişoara, unde trei persoane au murit după o acţiune de deratizare, iar câteva zeci, inclusiv polițiștii care au ajutat la evacuarea clădirii, au ajuns la spital. Din dorința de a administra o mustrare usturătoare, vicepremierul fără portofoliu Raluca Turcan, care se vrea un fel de purtător de cuvânt al Guvernului, a declarat că vinovații trebuie să răspundă, "astfel încât omul să aibă garanţia că nu se culcă sănătos şi se trezeşte mort" (sic!?). Cum era aia cu Vasilica? Se pare că, la palatul Victoria, “se propaghează” STOP La rândul său, Dan Barna a recunoscut pe FB că “s-a scăpat” folosind într-o declarație de presă “succesuri” în loc de succese. “Unele glumiţe sociale fac carieră”, a scris el. Iar unii “glumeți” fac chiar carieră politică STOP Adevarul relata recent că un fermier teleormănean care a plantat 40.000 de copaci a primit amendă de la mediu pentru că “nu a amenajat locuri speciale în care să depoziteze pliculeţele folosite de erbicid” STOP Procurorii de la Timişoara spun că pentru dezinsecția fatală s-a folosit fosfură de aluminiu, o substanță  letală în caz de inhalare, care necesită autorizaţie specială pentru utilizare. „Delicia - GASTOXIN” a fost achiziționată însă de pe piața neagră de către un ins specializat în deratizare cam tot atât cât e de expert în sănătate publică unul ca Radu Loghin, geolog ratat și IT-ist la “fefe” STOP Secția de Terapie Intensivă a Spitalului din Craiova “este invadată de Stafilococ auriu, Piocianic și Acinetobacter”, arată Corpul de Control al Ministerului Sănătății într-un document ajuns în posesia “deputatului cu telefon care filmează”, useristul Emanuel Ungureanu STOP Ungureanu si telefonul lui. La DNA Craiova, unde s-a dus, după obicei, să toarne una-alta, polițistul fuma și i-a dat cu flit...Ceea ce tare l-a mai dezamăgit. N-am găsit altă rimă STOP Un studiu care contrazice total aberațiile avansate de lobiștii antitutun pentru a-și justifica agenda și prioritățile. “România are cea mai mare rată a mortalității în rândul copiilor din UE, peste 150.000 de copii merg seara la culcare flămânzi, peste o treime trăind sub pragul sărăciei, cu un clivaj cronic între urban și rural în ceea ce privește drepturile de bază – sănătate, educație, viață”. Sunt concluziile unui raport realizat de Salvați Copiii și Avocatul Poporului. STOP Where the f... is Bloomberg?! “Analiza situației copilului și a drepturilor sale în România scoate în evidență că progresele înregistrate în ultimul deceniu sunt fie modeste, fie nule (educație, protecție medicală, protecția copiilor cu dizabilități), arată documentul”. Deci asta e situația, Vasile, și stimați telespectatori din Comisia de sănătate, nu gogoșile cu fumatul și vapatul pe care vi le vinde, conform agendei Bloomberg tandemul Ramona Brad-Emanuel Ungureanu STOP "Sărăcia are consecințe grave și pe termen lung, atât în privința educației, cât și a expunerii la diferite forme de abuz. Scopul acestui Raport este să ne ajute pe toți – actori sociali sau politici – să dezvoltăm programe dedicate copiilor, exact acolo unde e nevoie", spune președintele Salvați Copiii STOP "Atunci când analizăm modul în care societatea respectă obligația de a oferi copiilor un regim special de protecție și asistență, așa cum cere Constituția României, trebuie să ținem seama că, în spatele acestor statistici, se află copii cu destine proprii", afirmă Renate Weber, Avocatul Poporului STOP Priorități? Luați de aici: “Lucrurile nu se pot schimba fără ca dreptul la toalete în școli să devină un scop pentru noi toți, de la cetățeni simpli la decidenți politic, de la organizații non-guvernamentale la companii”, scrie Republica, de zici că, în sfârșit, cineva a decis să finanțeze ieșirea școlilor din Evul Mediu. După care urmează un fâs de advertorial la o campanie Domestos: “o sponsorizare de 45.000 euro pentru dotarea efectivă a două școli cu grupuri sanitare”, modernizarea toaletelor în alte două, plus produse de curățenie în 100 de unități STOP Acuma, dacă stăm strâmb și judecăm drept, tot e ceva. Dacă fiecare companie mare ar face asta, am putea asista la un “budagate”. Pentru cine nu știe, “în sistemul de învățământ erau la începutul anului școlar 1.176 de școli cu toalete în curte” STOP Consiliul Concurenței a publicat un raport privind evoluția concurenței în sectoare cheie. Conform acestuia, cele mai abrupte creșteri de prețuri se regăsesc în cazul țigărilor și produselor din tutun (7,65%), ca urmare a majorării accizei. Și tot acolo se consemnează că apariția țigărilor electronice pe piața românească a îmbunătățit concurența în domeniu. Urmează Avizul negativ (conform) al Consiliului Concurenței la proiectul Ramona/Emanuel, aflat în dezbaterea Camerei Deputaților STOP Valeriu Steriu, moderând conferința de presă a Vioricăi Dăncilă: “Libertatea, vă rog să luați o pauză!” Cât adevăr!!! STOP Un doctor din Sibiu cere bani pentru programe anti-fumat. ProTV reia tema. Cică înainte medicamentele erau “date gratis”. Mai precis, le cumpăra Ministerul sănătății de la companiile farma, din banii încasați de la companiile de tutun, adică de la fumători, drept “taxă pe viciu”. Acuma, “industria sănătății”, ca bun samaritean care nu urmărește profitul, ar trebui să le dea gratis, pentru ca “industria morții” să continue să “verse” taxa de viciu la Buget, ca să ajungă la tot poporul, inclusiv la cei care se culcă nemâncați STOP Cioloș profită și el (ca de obicei) de tragedia de la Timișoara, și cere alegeri anticipate, justificându-și neputința prin faptul că, vezi Doamne, “structura politică a actualului Parlament nu ne permite să dăm legi”. Ca aia antifumat, a cuplului Emanuel/Ramona, de exemplu STOP Și Vietnamul comunist se pregătește de interzicerea electronicelor și creșterea taxelor la tutun. Numai Elveției i se “fâlfăie”, cum zice un slogan publicitar la steaguri, și prin urmare nici măcar nu a ratificat Convenția cadru pentru controlul tutunului, ca să nu mai vorbim de restricții. De aia nu se trăiește bine în țara cantoanelor STOP “După ce cocoșul Maurice și-a câștigat în instanță dreptul de a cânta, un tribunal francez le-a dat și rațelor dreptul să măcăne, respingând plângerea unor vecini nemulţumiţi de zgomot”. Dreptul de a fuma mai așteaptă puțin (HEXAVALENT)

 


          

Bloomberg Endorsed a Carbon Tax

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Bloomberg (США): близится момент истины для последней советской экономики Европы

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Белоруссия сохранила старые фабрики, рабочие места и социальные услуги, оставшиеся после коммунизма. Сегодня эта модель находится под угрозой со стороны России, уверяют авторы. Но угроза, с точки зрения логики, спорная: значительную часть дешевой неф…
          

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Evaluating Saudi Aramco’s Green Investments Ahead of Its IPO

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Investors in Saudi Aramco’s upcoming IPO could be purchasing a stranded asset if the oil behemoth sticks to its guns on fossil fuels.

Despite Saudi Arabia’s big plans for solar and Aramco’s own impressive spend on renewables, the state-owned petrochemical behemoth largely views clean energy as a means to improve the efficiency of extraction, said Bloomberg New Energy Finance oil specialist David Doherty.

That’s not likely to change as Aramco seeks to attract outside investment, Doherty told GTM.

While other major oil and gas firms have started diversifying into clean energy fields ranging from offshore wind to electric vehicle charging, Aramco has “pretty much focused on technologies that can push demand for their products,” he said.

This includes 3D printing, which could boost the market for petrochemical-based composites, as well as carbon capture and storage. The company has invested significant amounts into renewable energies such as solar, but almost entirely with a view to powering extraction or refinery operations, Doherty said.

In terms of diversification, Saudi Aramco has "been pretty lackluster compared to other companies of that size,” he said.

“They’re moving toward using solar panels to power their refineries,” he said, and “looking at securing demand for their products — as opposed to jumping into wind like Equinor or everything like Shell.”

In September, Aramco trumpeted a collaboration with Saudi Arabia’s Power Systems Renewables Department to deploy renewable energy in on- and off-grid oil extraction facilities.

“Over the years, technological improvements and decreasing costs in the energy storage field have made the use of solar photovoltaics and off-the-grid solar photovoltaic energy storage systems preferable to more traditional forms of energy at industrial sites,” the company said.

"The greenest possible barrel"

Aramco’s media relations department confirmed that the company is committed to deploying renewables as a way of reducing emissions from its current operations.

“In order to achieve a low-carbon future, we believe it is necessary to meet both global energy demand for ample, reliable and affordable energy and lower emissions,” the company said in an email.

“That must include responsible investments which reduce the overall carbon footprint of the oil and gas industry and end-use markets.”

Saudi Aramco's clean-energy achievements include “near-zero gas flaring and the lowest carbon intensity of any major oil producer," the company said.

It's researching low-emission transport systems, including next-generation internal combustion engines, “as well as the fuels to power them.”

A tough sell

None of this amounts to an admission that the company intends to diversify away from oil in the future. Instead, said Doherty, “they want to find the greenest possible barrel.”

This does not mean Aramco’s cleantech investments should be ignored. In areas such as carbon capture and storage, a concerted spend by an investor the size of Aramco might have a material impact on the pace of progress.

So far, there is no evidence that a more determined diversification strategy has made companies such as Shell any more palatable to environmentally conscious investors.

In September, Danish pension fund MP Pension joined a growing list of institutional investors divesting from the oil sector, blacklisting 10 companies — including rapidly diversifying majors Shell, Equinor and BP.

Growing animosity toward the oil sector could be a problem for Aramco as it seeks to carry off the biggest IPO in history.

In theory, the fact that it is the most profitable company on the planet would seem to make Aramco a magnet for investors after the Saudi administration announced it was putting 1.5 percent of the business up for sale on Dec. 4.

So far, however, the listing looks likely to be heavily reliant on local investors, having not yet drawn big interest from investors around the world, Reuters reported on November 22.

Concerns over the response to the IPO have already led Aramco to scale back its listing ambitions. On Nov. 17, the company lowered its proposed valuation from $2 trillion to between $1.6 trillion and $1.7 trillion.

At the same time, it canceled investor roadshows in Europe and pulled marketing in American and Asian markets to focus instead on local investors. It remains to be seen whether Middle Eastern backers will be put off by Aramco’s apparent lack of diversification plans.

For any investor looking to put money into Aramco in the long term, the decreasing attraction of oil as an asset should give pause for thought.

"Shell wants to become a big energy company," Doherty said, whereas Aramco's approach amounts to this: "The last barrel to be taken out of the ground will be the cheapest."


          

Ruby Chocolate From Barry Callebaut Wins U.S. #Marketing Permit

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(Bloomberg) -- Barry Callebaut AG plans to starting marketing its Ruby chocolate products, a pink, berry-flavored variety, in the U.S. after winning regulatory approval from the Food and Drug ...
          

Executive: Market Analysis Manager - Houston, Texas

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Requisition Number 19-0410 Title Market Analysis Manager City Houston State TX Job Family Commercial Analytics Shift Days Employee Type Regular Subject to DOT Regulations No Percent of Travel Required 0 Relocation Provided No Location Houston Office Description The person in this role will be responsible for performing fundamental analysis and research on all aspects of the energy industry, answering ad hoc energy industry questions, and creating presentation materials. Relevant Skills and Experience --- Strong verbal and written communication skills. --- Knowledge of US natural gas and electric market fundamentals, including supply and demand, environmental legislation, and regional market structures. --- Familiarity with research tools such as ABB-Ventyx Energy Velocity, SNL, and Bloomberg --- Familiarity with modeling languages such as Python, R, or Matlab --- Knowledge of Power plant operations --- Proficient with the Microsoft Office Suite (especially Excel and Power Point) --- Should be able to work autonomously and accept responsibility; able to excel under the pressure of multiple deadlines. --- Team player who is used to diving into issues, brainstorming solutions, and learning new methods and tools to address; results oriented. Requirements Bachelor's Degree in economics, mathematics, business, engineering, or other quantitative discipline with at least three years of experience in energy sector is required. Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. Calpine is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and providing reasonable accommodations to applicants with physical and/or mental disabilities. If you are interested in applying for employment and need special assistance or an accommodation to use our website or to apply for a position, please send an e-mail with your request to hrrecruitment@calpine.com. Determination on requests for reasonable accommodation are made on case-by-case basis. Please view Equal Employment Opportunity Posters provided by OFCCP here. ()
          

Buttigieg surges into second as Bloomberg hits the trail

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As Michael Bloomberg hit the campaign trail on Tuesday, another contender in the moderate lane, Pete Buttigieg, surged into second place in the Democratic nomination race according to a new poll.
          

Why the ‘Ok Boomer’ phenomenon is short-sighted

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Starting as an internet meme, the ‘OK boomer’ trend has exploded, from TikTok videos to merchandise including hoodies, iPhone cases and shower curtains. Image taken from Amazon.com.

The “Ok Boomer” meme, which many young people are using online as a rebuttal against out-of-touch baby boomers, taps into frustrations disproportionately experienced by millennials and Generation Zers—particularly in Canada’s most unaffordable cities. Unfortunately, however, the meme also represents a discourse that ignores the many older people experiencing poverty, discrimination and hardship.

The meme began as a rallying cry for young internet users responding to a TikTok video, in which a white-haired man claims “the millennials and Generation Z have the Peter Pan syndrome, they don’t ever want to grow up.” According to New York Times columnist Taylor Lorenz, teenagers quickly started using the phrase as a reply to “basically any person over 30 who says something condescending about young people.”

Now, savvy merchants have cashed in, transforming “Ok Boomer” into a fast-selling product line, allowing youth to express their frustrations at the older folk with t-shirts, hoodies and baseball caps.

“The older generations grew up with a certain mind-set, and we have a different perspective,” designer Shannon O’Connor told the New York Times. “A lot of them don’t believe in climate change or don’t believe people can get jobs with dyed hair, and a lot of them are stubborn in that view.”

In other words, the great social battles of our time are being fought primarily along generational lines—or so this narrative would have it.

However, while it is true that millennials are much less likely to achieve the same material comforts as members of their parents’ generation (like buying property in Vancouver or Toronto), many low-income Canadians from older generations face similar struggles to their younger counterparts.

For example, according to the Canadian Rental Housing Index, the primary household maintainer was aged between 45 and 64 in 195,035 rental households and aged over 65 in 94,801 such households in British Columbia in 2016. 22 percent of renters aged 45 to 64 and 21 percent of those aged 65 and over spent 50 percent or more of their income on rent and utilities.

While a slightly higher percentage of 15 to 29 year-old renters spent half their income on rent (28 percent), a large number of adults effectively living in rent poverty fall roughly into the baby boomer age range.

Significant numbers of people belonging to the older generations experience poverty and hardship in other ways as well.

In 2017, 238,000 Canadians aged 65 and over lived below the poverty line. A CIBC poll last year found 32 percent of all Canadians aged between 45 and 64 have no retirement savings.

A 2014 survey found that 15.6 percent of people who said they experienced “hidden homelessness”—defined by the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness as “the situation of an individual or family without stable, permanent, appropriate housing, or the immediate prospect, means and ability of acquiring it”—were aged 55 and over.

A 2017 survey by Statistics Canada, meanwhile, found that the prevalence of disability leaps from 15.3 to 24.3 percent when people reach 45 to 64 years old. Disability puts people at a higher risk of falling into poverty, and the survey noted that 10.4 percent of over-65s with severe disabilities were living below the poverty line.

Jacobin editor Bhaskar Sunkara noted similar hardships faced by older generations in the US, with many approaching retirement with little or no savings.

“They were victims of corporate raiders, neoliberal deregulation and predatory loans – and the situation is even more dire for those of them who are black and brown,” he wrote.

These are just a few examples of the groups of vulnerable people who are too easily forgotten when we replace a class-based analysis of social inequality with a shallow ‘millennial-versus-boomer’ discourse.

Notwithstanding perceived differences in attitudes that might exist between age groups, it iss better to stand in solidarity with boomers living in poverty, struggling with disability and/or racial, sexual, or other forms of discrimination, rather than identifying with people simply because they happen to have been born at around the same time as us.

True, the “Ok Boomer” meme is probably, in most cases, targeted at that red-faced equity-rich uncle who bought his multi-million dollar detached Vancouver home for $600,000 in 2005, and now rails against his children for buying too much avocado toast instead of saving up for a 20 percent down payment on a million-dollar house.

Yet wealthy elites of all ages—from Chip Wilson and Jeff Bezos, to Mark Zuckerberg and former Uber executive Ryan Graves—share a common interest in lower taxes, fewer regulations and less public investment in the social safety net.

No doubt those billionaires would prefer to see young people venting their frustrations at irritating uncles instead of calling for progressive measure such as income redistribution and a wealth tax.

So, a simple question to ask yourself might be: do you have more in common with a Lamborghini-driving twenty-something wearing an “Ok Boomer” sweatshirt, or a fifty-something handing over half their income to a landlord?

For most of us, the answer is the latter.

Alex Cosh is a PhD student and journalist based in Powell River, BC.


          

Today on The Michelangelo Signorile Show on SiriusXM PROGRESS ch.127

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Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) has been fighting for the “dignity of work” for decades from his hometown of Mansfield, OH, to the national stage. In his new book Desk 88: Eight Progressive Senators Who Changed America, Sen. Brown traces progressive eras and political risk takers through the stories of the senators that used to occupy the desk he sits at in the Senate today. He joins me on the show to talk all about progressivism over the decades, plus news from Capitol Hill.

Since we last spoke with John Nichols of The Nation a lot has happened from bombshell public impeachment testimony, to upheaval in the Navy leadership over the case of a Navy SEAL accused of war crimes, to Michael Bloomberg officially announcing his presidential bid.  John returns to the show today to talk all about these issues and whole lot more, John is The Nation’s national-affairs correspondent, a contributing writer for The Progressive and In These Times and the associate editor of The Capital Times, the daily newspaper in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Daily Daily Caller Podcast: The Dangerous Way Liberals Coddle Criminals

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On today’s podcast we discuss how liberals in the UK went easy on a convicted terrorist and how the idea if “criminal justice reform” is really just coddling criminals at the expense of innocent people, on either side of the ocean. Plus, Michael Bloomberg supports taxation as a means of controlling the poor, and Newsweek […]
          

Commentary Magazine Podcast: The Bloomberg Off the Rose

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We dive into the question no one asked but to which Mike Bloomberg thinks he’s the answer. Does he have a shot and, if not, what is he thinking? Also, breaking down the Democrats’ impeachment strategy and analyzing Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s disastrous BBC interview.
          

Erick Erickson Show: Thanksgiving Arguments (S8E192)

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Today on the show Democrats freak out over Trump and the dog, court says Don McGahn must testify, Teresa Tomlinson dismisses Stacey Abrams, Dr. Laura Schlessinger call into the program and Elizabeth Warren really doesn’t like that Mike Bloomberg got into the presidential race.
          

Andrew Klavan Show: The Left vs Itself (#807)

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Michael Bloomberg sees an opening as Democrats desert Democrat ideas.
          

How Bloomberg Could Win. Again.

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He’s getting in late. He’s out of step with his party. The news media thinks he’s a joke. All of that was true when he first ran for mayor of New York City, too.
          

5 MASSIVE Problems for Democrats with Bloomberg’s Candidacy

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The following article, 5 MASSIVE Problems for Democrats with Bloomberg’s Candidacy, was first published on The Black Sphere.

As if things weren’t bad enough for Democrats they just got worse. Consider that Democrats offered America over 20 candidates for president, including a former Vice President. Yet, the party still hoped for a Great White Hope. Yes, really…a Great WHITE Hope! And now they got one, as former Mayor of NYC Michael Bloomberg officially […]

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Klobuchar on Bloomberg: Normal Candidates Are "Never Going To Be Able To Compete With Two Billionaires" On Spending

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2020 candidate Amy Klobuchar responded to the impeachment inquiry against President Trump and the entry of former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg into the Democratic presidential primary race in an interview Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press."
CHUCK TODD: What's the criticism of your campaign so far that's resonated the most with you? That you think, 'you know what? That's fair. I'm trying to change.' SEN. AMY KLOBUCHAR: Well, I think it would always be nice to get in more money, and we have. You know, they're always saying, 'oh you haven't raised as much money as some of these other guys'. Well, I'm not as well known. Since the last debate, we've taken over $2 million dollars in at one instance, online, from regular people in six days. So we are expanding. We're opening more offices in Iowa, we're more - opening more offices and adding staff in New Hampshire and in the other early states. And that's because the momentum's on our side. And I'll never going to be able to compete with two billionaires, that is true. I'm not going to be able to buy this thirty-some million dollar ad buy. CHUCK TODD: You seemed particularly insulted by Bloomberg's entry. No I mean, and I, look, I understand of other - but look, he's coming - -this is your space. You're saying hey, I'm the compromise - I'm the one that if Biden falters, and all of a sudden 'hey you, you're getting into my space!' That's what you sounded like. SEN. AMY KLOBUCHAR: Well, it is more about money and politics for me. I have admiration for the work that he's done. But I don't buy this argument that you get in because you say 'oh everyone else sucks.' I just don't. I think we have strong candidates. I don't think that any of the polling or the numbers show that people are dissatisfied with all their candidates. They're just trying to pick the right one. So my case is to make that it's me. I'm the one from the beginning that has set that path. That you look people in the eyes, you tell them the truth. That no, we're not going to give free college to everyone, but we are going to match our economy with the jobs and the education system that we have. I am the one that is the only one on the stage that didn't get on that bill for kicking people off their current health insurance in four years.
          

Bloomberg Pollster Doug Schoen: Expect Bloomberg's Campaign To Focus On Climate Change, Gun Violence, Attacking Trump

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Doug Schoen, a former Clinton aid who is now working as a pollster for Michael Bloomberg, gave some hints about what the former NYC Mayor's presidential run will look like Sunday morning in an interview with ABC radio talk show host John Catsimatidis. Schoen said Bloomberg would focus on combatting climate change, reducing gun violence, and income inequality, and running tons of anti-Trump ads. "He has had great success passing anti-gun violence legislation in the state legislatures. He helped run a medical school and run Johns Hopkins… And ultimately he needs to tell the story of how he's created thousands of jobs,," Schoen said, adding that Bloomberg "anticipates both doing voter registration and also running a separate track of anti-Trump ads. " "Americans should expect to see ads touting Mike Bloomberg and also attacking Donald Trump," he also said. (h/t: The Hill)
          

David Brooks: Given Current Impeachment Poll Numbers, "I'm Not Sure What Will Have Been Achieved"

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PBS NEWSHOUR: Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week in politics, including public opinion and legal debate in the impeachment inquiry into President Trump, the shifting race among 2020 Democrats and what we're thankful for during this holiday week.
JUDY WOODRUFF, PBS NEWSHOUR: So, the impeachment process, we are seeing the Judiciary Committee marching ahead, David. There's a hearing next week where they are going to talk to constitutional scholars about impeachment. The committee sent a letter to the White House saying the president has until next Friday to say whether he's going to call witnesses and provide evidence. Meantime, the president is out on the campaign trail saying the whole thing is a witch-hunt, and he's not going to cooperate. And is he making some progress, because we're seeing the polls show some slipping in support for impeachment? DAVID BROOKS, NEW YORK TIMES: Yes, especially in swing states. And so I think the contrast for the coming week will be that the Democrats will be ever more treating this like a legal matter, and Donald Trump will be ever more treating it like a political matter, and them trying to close it in on the exact events and him trying to widen it, see, this is just what they have been doing at me. They have been - this is an attack on you. And they will both win. And the impeachment now numbers are just like every other numbers in our politics, completely divided right down the middle, and with nobody moving on either side. And so I suspect Trump will see this as a tremendous way to get his base, and Democrats will see the same way. And we will march forward. And eventually it'll end. And then we will turn our attention the Democratic Party, and I'm not sure what will have been achieved... WOODRUFF: So are you saying - and I'm going to turn to David on this. Are you saying that this is not about impeaching him and removing him from office by the Congress, but doing it - but damaging him enough so that it happens at the polls next November? BROOKS: Well, that's not the way it's supposed to be. It's supposed to be a legal thing to see if he did high crimes and misdemeanors. I don't - I agree, I think Donald Trump is in serious trouble, more than - more than most of my Democratic friends do. That having said, in swing states, The Times had a poll that gave everybody anxiety on the Democratic side about two weeks ago showing Trump winning all these swing states. And we have, surprisingly, shockingly little data on how he's doing in swing states or how impeachment is doing in swing states. The one thing we do have is a poll that Marquette did in Wisconsin, which was 40 percent support, 55 percent oppose. And so if that's the way the swing states are reacting, then that's not a good thing, because this is not going to be about looking at how the whole country views this. This is about how those swing voters are viewing it. And whether the Democrats want to go and do Watergate style or Watergate length set of hearings, it seems to me that's highly problematic. I think there's a case, as we discussed last week for bringing in Mike Pompeo, and trying to ask him some questions. But the Democrats so far seem loath to do this because they want to rush this thing. And so that - that's just a big philosophical difference. Do they go big and try to engineer that, or do they say, let's just get this over with?... WOODRUFF: But, David, I mean, there has been a little bit of shifting in the presidential landscape on the Democratic side this week, Elizabeth Warren slipping a little bit in the polls. And we have seen some critical stories about Kamala Harris' campaign. Where are we? Michael Bloomberg is in there spending a lot of money to get his name and message out. BROOKS: Yes. It could - well, what we're seeing is, we in the pundit class often put people in buckets, which are based on ideology. And voters are not quite in the buckets that we think they're in. And so we had the Warren-Sanders bucket, and then we had the moderate bucket. And - but people are moving straight from Warren to Buttigieg. There's a lot of people - votes between one of those two. And they're somewhat similar. They're analytical, a little academically, and so they said, let's get a technocrat. Let's get an expert with plans. And I think a lot of people, at least the ones I talk to, like Elizabeth Warren. They just think she's poisoned herself with Medicare for all. And they just say, we can't go for that. So let's go for Buttigieg. And Buttigieg is doing well, just a slow, gradual rise. The Kamala Harris thing, I think, is just remarkable. My newspaper had a story on the deconstruction of that campaign, where they spoke to 50 current and former members of that campaign who were willing to go off the record criticizing the campaign and the candidate. That's just amazing. And they had the resignation letter from a senior official. And it was as poorly structured a campaign as I have heard of. Like, they had - part of the headquarters was in Baltimore and part of the headquarters with her sister in California. Like, who structures anything like that? So, that's just a remarkable incident. And it's hard to see how she turns around, if her machinery is so bad... WOODRUFF: So, we are in Thanksgiving week. And I can't let you get away without asking both of you, what do we have to be thankful for? BROOKS: I'm thankful that this is - we didn't begin our career in the Trump era. We got to see what real politics is normally like. Actually, I have been thinking about the quality of Thanksgiving that we give this year. We have been having a very healthy exercise in the country of going through our history on racial injustice, on treatment of the Native Americans. And so we have laid open the sins which have to be laid open. But I think it's still possible to love your country equally, even after being aware and paying a lot of attention to these sins. And so giving thanks to be born and - or grown up or living in what, to me, is still the most lovable, amazing country on the face of the Earth is something you can still say, even after looking at the history of slavery, the history of genocide and all the other stuff. It's possible to have a mature love for your country.

          

Jim Cramer On US-China Trade Talks: Xi Actually Holds Weak Hand, U.S. Media Covering For China To Hurt Trump

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CNBC's Jim Cramer said Monday that the U.S. mainstream media is wrong that Chinese premier Xi Jinping "is a great Chinese man with great democratic leanings" and that in the U.S., "we have a madman as president." "China is the enemy, except for in the mainstream media that just loves Xi," the "Mad Money" host said about the ongoing negotiations regarding "Phase One" of a trade deal on CNBC's "Squawk Box."
JIM CRAMER, CNBC: I think we have to go back to China. I think right now the Chinese press is trying to say, "look, maybe there is some give on intellectual property." I think away from that, the White House is toughening its line -- they're saying, listen, we're not the ones saying there is good planning after Phase One. We're not the ones saying there is Phase One, that there has to be something done monetarily before you can get to the table to start talking intellectual property. So we can have all the mergers we want, we can certainly have mayor Bloomberg getting in the race, but what we don't have is the commitment ahead of time that the president wants before he sits down. The president feels like he has a very winning hand right now the mainstream media does not. The mainstream media is not dealing with the deceleration of the Chinese economy and the acceleration of the consumer economy here. CNBC HOST: And that doesn't even take into account what happened in Hong Kong either, Jim. We may be, I don't know, are we giving enough importance to what could be a sea change in that -- that affects 1.5 billion people. I don't know, you know JIM CRAMER: I do think that what is happening is that the hand of Xi keeps weakening. But the mainstream media keeps talking about it getting stronger. I think Trump knows that that's not the case trade average -- all his trade advocates know it is not the case. If you saw Mnuchin come out and say I'm finished with these guys, what would happen is we would see a real deal. We have to walk away to get a real deal. That's the only way to do it, we have to walk away, because right now, I've got to tell you, I really don't think China is doing well at all economically and we are -- but the mainstream media says that Xi is a great Chinese man, with great democratic leanings, member of the WTO, and we have a madman as president that's pretty much what I see.

          

China to suspend U.S. Navy visits to Hong Kong in retaliation for rights law passage - NBC News

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Saudi Arabia wants OPEC+ to deepen oil cuts due to Aramco IPO - CNBC

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Weatherford cartoon: Presidential personality

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Joey Weatherford cartoon on Michael Bloomberg running for president in 2020.
          

Japanese hybrids defy market slump

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China’s once-in-a-generation car slump is hobbling carmakers around the globe that placed their bets on what is the world’s biggest auto market. But one group is weathering the slowdown unscathed: Japan.

Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. are increasing sales in a market that has fallen almost every month since June 2018. They’re doing it by targeting what’s proven to be a sweet spot in the faltering market -- demand for hybrid gasoline-electric vehicles.

Japanese automakers are leaders in the technology, which appeals to Chinese consumers keen to heed the government push toward new-energy vehicles, but aren’t ready to shift to pure-electric autos just yet.

“The hybrid I drive now is as reliable as the one I used before but more fuel-efficient,” said Charles Wang, who bought a hybrid Toyota Camry in 2019 after driving a gasoline-powered Honda Accord for six years. “I never regretted my choice of sticking to Japanese cars.”

Toyota, maker of the pioneer hybrid model Prius, and peers Honda and Nissan Motor Co. have been early adopters of the technology that combines an internal combustion engine with an electric motor. That’s allowed them to keep sales humming even as demand for gasoline cars wanes and pure-electric vehicles are yet to catch on.

Japanese brands boosted sales 4.3 percent in the first first 10 months of the year, outpacing U.S., European, South Korean and Chinese rivals, according to China Passenger Car Association. Japan is now close to overtaking Germany as the biggest foreign car power in China, though Germany is benefiting from resilient demand for its premium models.

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Sales of Japanese brands’ hybrids have risen about 30 percent this year in China to more than 220,000, making the vehicles one of the fastest-growing market segment, according to the association. Japanese carmakers control about 99 percent of the traditional hybrid market in China, according to numbers from consultancy WAYS Information Technology Co. that exclude plug-in vehicles.

Among the reasons shoppers are going for hybrids is range anxiety -- the fear that an electric car’s battery runs out and leaves the driver stranded. China’s charging infrastructure is in early stages, though manufacturers and the government are trying to hasten a buildout.

Hybrid demand has also been spurred by those buying a second car, as such customers are more likely to be concerned about fuel consumption, said Cui Dongshu, secretary general of CPA.

What’s more, providers of mobility services such as car-sharing and ride-hailing are also increasingly moving to hybrids for their fuel efficiency, Cui said. So even if such services will reduce the total sales of cars, the Japanese manufacturers may be less affected than others.

Guangzhou Automobile Group Co., which makes cars with both Toyota and Honda, has benefited from robust demand for models such as Camry, Yaris and Accord. GAC Toyota boosted sales 17 percent and GAC Honda 7 percent in the first 10 months of the year. That compares with a 11 percent slump in total industry deliveries, according to China Association of Automobile Manufacturers.

To ride the trend, Japanese companies touted their new hybrid models at the Guangzhou Auto Show last week. Those include the new Wildlander sport utility vehicle by Toyota and Honda’s Breeze, an SUV that comes in both hybrid and gasoline variants.

GAC Honda is preparing to expand its production capabilities in 2020 after running at 120 percent capacity this year. GAC Toyota plans to add new models annually over the next three years.

“GAC is full of confidence in our two Japanese car ventures’ future development,” the carmakers said in a statement responding to Bloomberg’s inquiry. “GAC Honda and GAC Toyota will enlarge its product lineup and add more capacity in line with market demand.”

Thus far, the Japanese brands have also weathered China’s cooling economy relatively well. Less-affluent customers in regions outside big cities have been more affected by the slowdown, weighing on sales of lower-end local brands but sparing the mid-prized offerings of Toyota, Nissan and Honda. The lower-end slump has pushed the car industry’s total sales down in 16 of the past 17 months.

“Consumers of Japanese-brand cars are mainly middle-class buyers with steady and decent income,” said PCA’s Cui. “They are less impacted by the slowing economy.”


          

The Democrats Have a Big Decision to Make About Mike Bloomberg

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Will the DNC dump its donor requirement and allow Bloomberg on the debate stage?
          

Stati Uniti: Ism manifatturiero cala a novembre

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Peggiora e delude le attese l'Ism manifatturiero statunitense a novembre. Il dato si è attestato a 48,1 rispetto ai 48,3 della precedente rilevazione. Il consensus Bloomberg si attendeva un dato in miglioramento a 49,2. ...
          

ABD'de ISM imalat endeksi 4. ayda da daraldı

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Borsa, günü yüzde 1,03 yükselişle tamamladı

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Kapalıçarşı'da altının kapanış fiyatları (02.12.2019)

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