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September 22, 2017

SEC reveals it was hacked, information may have been used for illegal stock trades - The Washington Post--9.21.17
The Securities and Exchange Commission announced that hackers breached its system and potentially accessed data that allowed the intruders to make an illegal profit.

Investors, this is your last warning about the U.S. stock market - Market Watch--9.21.17
Investors need a wake up call. Many investors do not respect the changes in liquidity that are coming. Artificially abundant liquidity is the driving force behind global asset rallies and now the markets are overvalued.

How the ‘great central bank unwind’ could ignite the next financial crisis- Market Watch--9.20.17
Analysts at Deutsche Bank are warning that the "great central bank unwind" could be one of several candidates for creating the next financial crisis.

The number of devastating cyberattacks is surging — and it's likely to get much worse- CNBC--9.20.17
Almost 2 billion data records around the world were lost or stolen by cyberattacks in the first half of 2017. Cyberattacks are now the number one external risk factor facing businesses.

Americans Don't Grasp The Magnitude Of The Looming Pension Tsunami That May Hit Us Within 10 Years - Forbes--9.19.17
The total of unfunded liabilities in state and local pensions have roughly quintupled in the last decade. According to a Pew study, only 15 states follow policies that have funded at least 100% of their pensions needs.

The World Is Creeping Toward De-Dollarization - Zero Hedge--9.19.17
Central banks and governments are aware that the dollar has a sell-by date as a reserve currency. The process of moving away from the dollar can no longer be stopped and gold will play an important role when it happens.

When the stock market finally implodes, don’t say these 3 charts didn’t warn you- Market Watch--9.18.17
Lance Roberts, chief portfolio strategist for Clarity Financial, is very concerned about the current conditions of the stock market and has charts to back up this belief.

No one is safe from internet attacks and AI defenses can't help, Google security veteran says- CNBC--9.18.17
A cybersecurity expert who has protected Google's systems for 15 years says no one is safe from internet attacks. This expert claims that even software powered by artificial intelligence can't help defend them.

North Korea fires missile over Japan in longest-ever flight- AP--9.15.17
North Korea has fired an intermediate-range missile over Japan into the northern Pacific Ocean, its longest-ever such flight in a clear message of defiance to its rivals.

Islamic State claims London subway terror attack carried out by affiliated unit- USA Today--9.15.17
A homemade explosive set of a small fire on a London train during rush hour. Britain has raised its terrorism threat level to "critical," meaning another attack may be imminent.

‘False Peace’ for Markets? A Trader Is Betting Millions on It - The New York Times--9.13.17
Trader Christopher Cole is making bets on various forms of a financial apocalypse. Mr. Cole is betting that the recent market calm will not last.

Venezuela Stops Accepting Dollars for Oil Payments Following U.S. Sanctions- Fox Business--9.13.17
The government of Venezuela has told oil traders that it will no longer receive or send payments in dollars. Oil traders who export Venezuelan oil products have begin converting their invoices to euros.

Tiger Management's Robertson says 'we are creating a bubble' in stocks - CNBC--9.12.17
Hedge fund legend Julian Robertson Jr. sees stock market valuations as "very high" and is concerned about a bubble forming and he blames central banks and the Federal Reserve.

Forget about Triple-A, America’s bonds should be rated F - Market Watch--9.12.17
The U.S. suffers from slow growth, a ballooning welfare state and growing public debt. Unlike other big debtor nations, the U.S. can print dollars to service its debt, which has created a false sense of security.

The US government just passed $20 trillion in debt for the first time ever- Business Insider--9.11.17
For the first time ever in history, the U.S. federal government has more than $20 trillion in debt. The amount of debt held by the government has been stagnant since March due to the debt ceiling.

Wall Street is facing a gloomy reality- Business Insider--9.11.17
High hopes for Wall Street has faded. A Barclays analyst estimated that all of Wall Street would see a 12% trading decline.

Dollar slips into weekend, extending weakening trend on raft of jitters- Market Watch--9.8.17
The U.S. dollar retreated against major rivals amid natural disasters, geopolitical tensions and a continued pullback in Treasury yields. The dollar index is down 1.5% since last Friday.

Jittery Stock Market Paralyzed by Storms, Politics in Tense Week - Bloomberg--9.8.17
Despite growing geopolitical tensions and the warnings of Hurricane Irma, the S&P 500 really hasn't done anything this week which demonstrates that people are likely waiting to react.

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