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Are we about to see chaos in the streets in major cities all over America?
Antifa and other radical leftist groups are promising that a series of protests will begin on November 4th that…
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Analysts say Tesla’s future largely depends on how well it executes its Model 3 production ramp.
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The hot tip on Powell is being trotted out all over the place
Adam had this earlier:
Trump to pick Powell as Federal Reserve chair – report
That was via Dow Jones
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Over the past week, rumors have swirled that Amazon may be preparing to accept bitcoin as a form of payment, a decision which would lend immediate credibility and legitimacy to the cryptocurrency. Last week, Die Welt reported that fintech sources in Silicon Valley were suggesting that the global online retail giant could soon integrate Bitcoin as a payment option.
When questioned, an Amazon spokesman replied to the German publication in a predictably generic fashion: “(Amazon) opts to include new products or services only when these are useful for our customers – until that point, we do not engage in rough speculation”, CoinTelegraph reported.
Amazon has faced years of lobbying and rumors regarding its Bitcoin relationship ever since smaller competitor Overstock (which recently announced plans to raise capital via an ICO) became a pioneering virtual currency adherent in 2013. While multiple other midsize operators have since engaged with Bitcoin, Amazon’s participation would still be a first-of-its-kind move. Meanwhile, several dedicated services already exist to offer purchases with Bitcoin from their websites through the intermediary of gift cards.
And while Amazon has refused to commit on the record, rumors that the world’s biggest online retailer may be adopting cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin and ethereum, got a renewed push today when CoinDesk reported that according to industry news site DomainNameWire, Amazon has registered three cryptocurrency-related web domains, online records show.
According to information from Whois Lookup, three domains – “amazonethereum.com,” “amazoncryptocurrency.com” and “amazoncryptocurrencies.com” – were registered on Oct. 31. The domains are linked to Amazon Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Amazon.com, Inc. that has been attributed to past patent filings from the e-commerce company.
Phone numbers listed on the registration documents connect to Amazon’s legal department, though a representative of that office could not be reached by press time.
While coindesk admits that as of this moment, “it’s not entirely clear what purpose the domain names will serve” the mere fact that Amazon has telegraphed its intentions vis-a-vis the crypto space may be sufficient to boost demand for the digital currency even more, as the eventual acceptance by Amazon would be widely seen as a universal stamp of approval. What is interesting is that Amazon may be branching out beyond merely the generic “bitcoin” and into its biggest competitor, which arguable has broader corporate acceptance, ethereum.
Then again, Amazon may be simply moving to safeguard its brand. Back in 2013, Amazon secured “amazonbitcoin.com,” which currently redirects to Amazon’s main page – an arrangement that further suggests the protective intent of the registration.
Alternatively, Amazon could be seeking to avoid confusion between cryptocurrencies and Amazon Coin, a virtual currency product introduced in 2013 that serves as an online payment method for customers.
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The new head of the Federal Reserve will be named on Thursday, November 1.Morning review.Trump said that on Thursday, the name of the chosen applicant for the position of the head of the Fed will be announced – the powers of the current head of the Fed…
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I posted this already:
Australian trade balance data due today – preview of the big surplus!
National Australia Bank
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LONDON: In an exclusive interview with Arab News, UK Conservative politician Nadhim Zahawi has hit back at criticism about his salary as part-time strategy officer at oil producer Gulf Keystone Petroleum.
Zahawi, whose heritage is Kurdish, took flak from City of London investor Justin Urquhart Stewart, cofounder of Seven Investment Management, who complained about his monthly salary of £29,643 ($39,314), disclosed in the latest British parliamentary register of MPs’ interests.
Urquhart Stewart told The National newspaper that most shareholders were “absolutely furious” about Zahawi’s pay level — equivalent to £356,000 a year — given the 99 percent collapse in the share price in five years.
But Zahawi said: “The share price was diluted following last year’s debt-for-equity swap with bondholders — but the financial reconstruction was absolutely necessary to secure the company’s future.”
His pay was signed off by Gulf Keystone’s remuneration committee and was “commensurate” with salaries paid to CEO Jon Ferrier and Chief Financial Officer Sami Zouari, he added. What many people had forgotten, said Zahawi, was that following the deal with debt-holders a year ago, the company had turned its fortunes around with debt reducing from $625 million to $100 million. There is now over $140 million of cash on the balance sheet.
Zahawi said: “I joined (the company) only after the majority of the old management had departed; most of the loss of value in the equity was under the previous management team. When I came aboard, Keystone was very close to going under because of the sheer weight of the debt.”
There was a need to credit the current team with turning round the business, he added. “Albeit the share price is where it is, but the debt was an existential threat.”
Gulf Keystone Petroleum is the operator of Kurdistan’s Shaikan field, with current production capacity of 40,000 barrels per day.
Kurdistan explorers and producers have been under the cosh after the slump in the oil price in 2014. Soft prices coincided with geopolitical difficulties in the region which delayed payments for exports due from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).
But Zahawi said relations with the KRG are much improved and regular payments were coming through. He hoped the current standoff between the Kurds and Baghdad would be “resolved decently. They are both committed to resolving (the dispute) within the framework of the Iraqi constitution.”
Political tensions between Baghdad and the KRG were raised recently when Iraqi federal forces regained disputed territories including the city of Kirkuk, the oil fields around it and much of the wider region.
Current political instability was weighing on Keystone’s and other companies’ share prices, said London-based analysts.
Zahawi’s appointment to the company more than two years ago was influenced by his contacts in Kurdistan and expertise as a chemical engineer and oil industry specialist, according to a company announcement.
Keystone said at the time of his appointment in June 2015: “Zahawi is of Kurdish origin, and moved from Iraq to the UK in his childhood. He has maintained contact with the KRG throughout his extensive career.”
CEO Ferrier wrote: “With his Kurdish heritage and as a successful businessman, Nadhim brings a range of additional and critical skills to the company. I firmly believe that the breadth and depth of his regional knowledge will prove invaluable, and will help further strengthen our relationships within the Regional Government amongst other key stakeholders in the Kurdistan Region and internationally.”
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In a new bombshell report, Vanity Fair says that for the first time since the Mueller investigation began earlier this year, key Trump allies in the West Wing are starting to worry that the notion of an impeachment might be slightly more than just a De…