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Investment activity in the cannabis industry

Private equity is ‘seeing more excitement than it can handle’ in the marijuana industry

The cannabis industry is starting to see some serious investment activity. Over the last few years, a new wave of cannabis-finance companies have formed to capitalize on the green rush. Companies like Tuatara Capital,Seventh Point, Poseidon Asset Management, and Privateer Holdings have dived headfirst into the industry.

http://www.businessinsider.com  Sun,  31 July, 2016

How the failed coup could impact Turkey’s economy

Turkey’s failed coup is likely to deteriorate the economy

Investors will be watching President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s response to last week’s failed coup attempt in Turkey, according to Bernard Haykel, professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. Contentious politics, instability and recent terror attacks have led to a loss of tourism and the view that risks in Turkey are rising, said Haykel.

http://www.cnbc.com  Thu,  28 July, 2016

Bank of Japan minutes open door to more QE

Bank of Japan Stuns Market by Holding Off on More Stimulus

The Bank of Japan held off on expanding monetary stimulus, as Governor Haruhiko Kuroda and his colleagues opted to take more time to assess the impact of negative interest rates. The move comes as a surprise to the slight majority of economists surveyed by Bloomberg who had projected some action from the central bank in response to a strengthening in the yen that has cast a shadow over prospects for higher wages and investment. The currency rallied against the dollar immediately after the decision while stocks in Tokyo tumbled.

http://www.bloomberg.com  Wed,  27 July, 2016

Helicopter Money could send stocks flying

How To Trade The Coming Helicopter Money

The introduction of helicopter money — directly dropping cash into the economy — in Europe would give shares in the continent’s biggest companies a boost, according to the latest research from analysts at Deutsche Bank.
http://www.zerohedge.com  Tue,  26 July, 2016

Verizon on the verge of buying YAHOO

Verizon ‘agrees’ to buy Yahoo for £3.6bn

Fledging internet giant Yahoo is reportedly set to be purchased by US telecoms firm Verizon Communications, in a deal worth $4.8 billion (£3.66bn). According to Bloomberg, the deal, which was first rumoured last week, will be officially announced on July 25 before the US stock market opens. People familiar with the matter told the publication that the deal will include Yahoo “real estate assets” but some of the company’s intellectual properly will be sold separately.
http://www.wired.com  Mon,  25 July, 2016

US Administration bets on the Electric Vehicule industry

White House unleashes dollars to bolster infrastructure for electric vehicles

The White House has just given a boost to the e-car business. Unless you live in an area of the U.S. with plentiful electric vehicle chargers, buying an EV is a nonstarter, or at best a tough choice. Even if you can charge your car at your house, who wants to face the prospect of needing a tow home if you run out of juice? A wide and dense network infrastructure of electric car charging stations is absolutely essential to the dreams and intentions of car manufacturers, government regulators, and anyone else hoping for the shift from fossil fuel dependency. Thursday’s expansion by the federal government of a $4.5 billion guaranteed loan program to support large-scale deployment of electric vehicle charging facilities and other actions in support of EVs is a big step in that direction.
http://www.digitaltrends.com  Sat,  23 July, 2016

UK economy suffers ‘dramatic deterioration’ in July

Pound slides after PMI survey shows UK economy shrinking at fastest rate since 2009

Perhaps the most alarming part of today’s survey is that service sector companies are extremely downbeat about economic prospects.Markit’s business expectations index has slumped by its largest amount on record, back to levels last seen during the financial crisis
http://www. theguardian.com  Fri,  22 July, 2016

Procter (Gillette) under attack

Unilever Purchases Dollar Shave Club For $1 Billion

Consumer goods giant acquired Los Angeles-based men’s toiletry startup Dollar Shave Club in a deal announced on Tuesday night. The European company which owns brands including Axe and Dove, paid $1 billion in cash, according to one person familiar with the deal.
http://www. forbes.com  Thu,  21 July, 2016

Zara founder is one of the richest man in the world

Zara founder’s real estate assets top 6 billion euros

Amancio Ortega, Europe’s richest man and founder of global fashion group and Zara owner Inditex (ITX.MC), held more than 6 billion euros ($6.6 billion) in prime real estate assets at the end of 2015, corporate filings showed on Tuesday. The famously-reclusive magnate’s real estate investment arm, Pontegadea Inmobiliaria, booked assets of 6.06 billion euros at the end of 2015, up 8.3 percent from the previous year, making it one of the biggest property companies in Spain.
http://www. reuters.com  Wed,  20 July, 2016

Bitcoin and the Blockchain

Blockchains: Focusing on bitcoin misses the real revolution in digital trust

Bitcoin makes it possible to transfer value between two individuals anywhere in the world quickly and at minimal cost. It is often called a “cryptocurrency,” as it is purely digital and uses cryptography to protect against counterfeiting. The software that executes this cryptography runs simultaneously on computers around the world. Even if one or more of these computers is misused in an attempt to corrupt the bitcoin network (such as to steal money), the collective action of the others ensures the integrity of the system as a whole. Its distributed nature also enables bitcoin to process transactions without the fees, antiquated networks and (for better or worse) the rules governing intermediaries like banks and wire services.
http://www.theconversation.com Tue., 19 July 2016