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Economics & Investing / Canadians Start Feeling The Pain Of Debt
« on: April 23, 2018, 08:20:31 PM »
Easy credit has provided Canadians with a false sense of security and enticed many into the housing market. With household debt already at an unprecedented level, many homeowners will not be able to refinance their current mortgage debt.

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-04-23/reset-looms-canadians-start-feeling-pain-debt

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Water Cooler / Retailpocalypse is about to get worse
« on: April 19, 2018, 11:40:27 AM »
Retail is set to have a record year of closures, spurred by the shuttering of Toys 'R' Us, Sam's Club, Sears and Bon-Ton stores around the country, CNBC's Lauren Thomas reports. "The amount of retail space going dark in 2018 is on pace to break a record," says the report, citing CoStar, a real estate information firm. Over 90 million square feet has been announced as closing this year, on track to surpass the 105 million square feet that was vacated by retailers in 2017. • What's your take on the demise of retail? Read the story below and comment.

VIA
https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidjkatz/

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"While this panic-bid is notable - the biggest spike since 2017 - the price of bitcoin has nearly halved in the four months of the year so far, and its unlikely to top its all time high of $19,843, set in December, ever again, Barclays says."

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-04-12/crypto-mania-back-bitcoin-surges-most-2017-back-above-8000

TIP  ;D Buy low & sell high  8)

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Economics & Investing / A healthy economy can be a dangerous thing.
« on: April 02, 2018, 01:10:04 PM »
Americans have a history of loading up on debt in good times, then paying dearly when the bills come due. Adding to the pain: A booming economy is often accompanied by rising interest rates, which make mortgages, credit cards and other debt much more expensive.

As the U.S. Federal Reserve raises rates, there are signs that consumers could be putting themselves in peril.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-04-02/rising-rates-sounding-alarm-bells-for-debt-laden-u-s-consumers

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Announcing Impact: Impact Radius' new brand identity and integrated marketing platform:

Today, we are excited to announce the launch of our new corporate brand identity, Impact, as well as our new integrated marketing technology platform by the same name. The new platform is designed to help you stop ad fraud, create new performance partnerships, make marketing decisions confidently, and grow your business globally. We believe our newly integrated platform is transformative and that the timing is perfect to launch a new brand to better communicate its arrival!

The platform places our three solutions into one natively integrated experience: Forensiq (acquired in 2016) for fraud detection and prevention; Altitude (formerly ClearSaleing and Media Manager, acquired in 2015) for media measurement, attribution, and mix optimization; and Radius (formerly Impact Radius and Partner Manager) for management, payment, optimization, and growth of both traditional performance marketing and strategic business partnerships.

With our unified platform, Impact is responding to marketers’ desire for simplicity, transparency, performance, and confidence. As marketing technology continues to evolve, tech stacks grow more complex, and data becomes more complicated to analyze and interpret, Impact helps to simplify your tech stack, offering precise and actionable intelligence so you can have more confidence in your marketing spend to grow your business. It is designed to help marketers execute and improve paid marketing strategies by making things easier, more efficient, and effective.

We are proud to be first-to-market with an integrated marketing suite of this kind. We are excited to debut our new look and integrated platform, and believe strongly in the foundation underlying it. Our sales leaders, account executives, sales engineers, and customer success reps look forward to engaging with many of you in the coming weeks. To learn more, please contact us here. For more on our launch, see the press release. 

Here’s to our ongoing partnership and continued growth!

Warmly,

David A. Yovanno
CEO, Impact
www.impact.com

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Economics & Investing / To be Amazoned means:
« on: March 20, 2018, 06:39:04 PM »
To be Amazoned means to have your business crushed because the company got into your industry. And fear of being Amazoned has become such a defining feature of commerce, it’s easy to forget the phenomenon has arisen mostly in about three years.

Interesting CHARTS

https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2018-amazon-industry-displacement/

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I'm told by Specrum that we have 200Mbps
THIS IS A SLOW LOAD
http://adage.com/article/media/10-anti-drug-ads/312801/

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Water Cooler / The History of the Middle Finger
« on: March 17, 2018, 08:51:06 PM »
Before the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, the French, anticipating victory over the English, proposed to cut off the middle finger of all captured English soldiers. Without the middle finger it would be impossible to draw the renowned English longbow and therefore they would be incapable of fighting in the future. This famous English longbow was made of the native English Yew tree, and the act of drawing the longbow was known as 'plucking the yew' (or 'pluck yew').

Much to the bewilderment of the French, the English won a major upset and they began mocking the French by waving their middle fingers at the defeated French, saying, See, we can still pluck yew! Since 'pluck yew' is rather difficult to say, the difficult consonant cluster at the beginning has gradually changed to a labiodentalfricative 'F', and thus the words often used in conjunction with the one-finger-salute! It is also because of the pheasant feathers on the arrows used with the longbow that the symbolic gesture is known as 'giving the bird.'

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TRANSCOM is designated as the “pathfinder,” a model for other Defense agencies that want to migrate to a classified commercial cloud computing environment, according to its sole-source justification. If its early efforts prove successful, other Defense agencies are likely to follow suit, which could mean big business for AWS. The Defense Department spends about $40 billion annually on information technology.

http://www.nextgov.com/it-modernization/2018/03/defense-agency-begin-moving-classified-data-amazons-secret-cloud-after-protest/146619/

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Japanese investors snapped up the most German and French sovereign debt in six months in January, while extending their selling spree in U.S. bonds into a fourth month. Investors from the Asian nation bought a net 922.4 billion yen ($8.7 billion) of German notes in the first month of the year, the most since July, according to balance of payments data released by the Ministry of Finance Thursday. They purchased 1 trillion yen of French securities, while offloading 920.8 billion yen of American bonds.

https://beta.finance.yahoo.com/m/a7bc3858-ceed-35d8-af72-26e730f3243c/japanese-snap-up-german%2C.html

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Economics & Investing / Next Up for Amazon: Checking Accounts
« on: March 06, 2018, 11:20:58 AM »
Amazon is in talks with big banks including JPMorgan Chase & Co. about building a checking-account-like product the online retailer could offer its customers, according to people familiar with the matter.

The effort is still in its early stages and may not come to fruition, the people said. The talks with financial firms are focused on creating a product that would appeal to younger customers and those without bank accounts. Whatever its final form, the initiative wouldn’t involve Amazon becoming a bank, the people said.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/are-you-ready-for-an-amazon-branded-checking-account-1520251200

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Marketing / "This is the Retail Revolution" Yahoo!
« on: March 05, 2018, 01:15:35 PM »
While e-commerce continues to capture only a fraction of the overall consumer retail market (13% of 2017’s $3.5B total adjusted U.S. retail sales, or less, depending on how you slice the market), e-commerce punches above its weight contributing to 49% of the sector’s year-over-year growth, according to data released by the U.S. Commerce Department in February.  The omni-connected consumer and “never closed” retailer have and will continue to transform the sector both online and off.

This is the Retail Revolution. :-)

https://beta.finance.yahoo.com/news/yahoo-finance-presents-retail-revolution-114855595.html

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Economics & Investing / Holdings of U.S. Debt
« on: March 04, 2018, 11:20:50 AM »
Cayman Islands > Parked Money?

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