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Source: The Guradian

Federally funded clinics barred from offering abortion help under new rule

Today 06:04 GMT

The Trump administration has issued a rule that bars federally funded family planning programs from referring women for abortions.

“The Title X program was not intended to be a slush fund for abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the anti-abortion group Susan B Anthony List.

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Source: Global News

Ontario’s autism funding overhaul — here’s how it compares to the rest of Canada

Today 06:05 GMT

Parents furious over Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s overhaul of its autism program made their voices heard at provincial parliament this week, with many saying the funding changes will leave families woefully underfunded.

WATCH: Ontario’s Minister of Children, Community and Social Services responds to questions from parents of children with autism. The Ontario government has defended its changes to the autism program, saying the previous one was unfair as 8,400 children were receiving support while 23,000 waited.

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Source: Global News

Haiti’s anti-government protests, which have trapped Canadians, to resume Friday: organizers

Today 06:04 GMT

The cacophony of sirens, horns and street vendors in Haiti‘s capital was quieter than usual this week as residents remained on edge after recent anti-government protests, which organizers have promised will start again on Friday.

Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Port-au-Prince and the island nation’s other main cities for days of protests that began on Feb. 7, calling for President Jovenel Moise to resign amid ballooning inflation, a weakening currency and allegations of misused funds.

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Source: Fox News

Trump administration to ban abortion referrals by taxpayer-funded family planning clinics

Today 02:24 GMT

"This rule intentionally strikes at the heart of the patient-provider relationship, inserting political ideology into a family planning visit, which will frustrate and ultimately discourage patients from seeking the health care they need," Clare Coleman, head of the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association, said in a statement.

“Consistent with the statutory requirement that no funds may be expended where abortion is a method of family planning, this regulation no longer requires, and affirmatively prohibits, referral for abortion as a method of family planning,” it says. The new regulation “permits, but no longer requires, nondirective pregnancy counseling, including nondirective counseling on abortion.”

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Source: Common Domain

Why Investors Should be Wary as the Unicorns Finally Seek IPOs

Friday 23:39 GMT

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Assuming that the stock market steadies, prospectuses for the first unicorns could be filed with regulators early in the new year, with roadshows for institutional investors likely to begin in February.

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Source: Common Domain

How to invest in real estate and pay nothing in capital gains

Thursday 17:15 GMT

31, 2026, capital-gains taxes are still owed on the deferred gains, in this case on $170,000 ($200,000 of deferred capital gains less the $30,000 increased basis, which is 15% of the deferred $200,000 in capital gains).

If the investment in the QOZ fund is sold for $600,000 before the five-year holding period has elapsed, there is a taxable capital gain of $500,000, which is the $200,000 of deferred capital gains and $300,000 of appreciated capital gains from the QOZ fund.

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Source: Common Domain

Target-date funds are more expensive and less effective than this simple investment plan

Thursday 03:19 GMT

Now that they’ve taken over, target-date funds are under fire from experts who say the products don’t work as well as simpler and cheaper investment strategies.

If your employer’s plan doesn’t use Vanguard balanced funds, almost every 401(k)-type provider offers very similar 50/50 or 60/40 funds from other providers. • There’s nothing forcing you to subject your life savings to your employer’s choice of a target-date fund.

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Source: Reuters

New Jersey sportsbook refunds bets after Duke player's sneaker mishap

Friday 17:15 GMT

PointsBet, a licensed sportsbook in New Jersey, said it refunded wagers in the form of credits to be used on future bets after Zion Williamson’s sneaker mishap in a game against the University of North Carolina.

A U.S. sportsbook has refunded wagers from fans who bet on Duke University to win a college basketball game on Wednesday evening but instead saw the team lose after one of its star players was injured after his sneaker split open.

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Source: Common Domain

Hedge funds hold smallest slice of stock market since 2012

Friday 14:30 GMT

“Coming into 2019, the percent of S&P 500 market cap owned by hedge funds was at the lowest level seen since 2012, and the percent of [Russell 2000] market cap owned by hedge funds was near its 2016 low,” wrote analysts led by Lori Calvasina, head of U.S. equity strategy, in a Thursday note.

An ugly fourth quarter for stocks saw hedge funds scale back their stacks in U.S. equities, according to one analysis of quarterly filings and other data.

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Source: Common Domain

Three things to look for in Warren Buffett’s annual shareholder letter

Friday 03:19 GMT

I’m referring to Warren Buffett’s annual shareholder letter, which is contained in the annual report of his company, Berkshire Hathaway BRK.B, +0.23% (Here’s the 2017 letter for reference.)

Yet another important investment lesson that you will be able to draw from Buffett’s latest shareholder letter: Annualized returns in the high teens is the upper limit on what we can realistically expect from our portfolios over the long term.

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Source: Common Domain

Future Returns: Creative Debt Investing

Wednesday 16:21 GMT

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In search of interesting investing opportunities for its clients, Wilmington Trust, the private wealth arm of M&T Bank, has explored these nonperforming loan funds, recently offering an opportunity to participate in one for a minimum investment of $250,000. After they buy the loans, the managers track down the small business or individual who took it out, giving the tardy borrowers a chance to avoid foreclosure by purchasing the loan back at a small discount to the par level—like at 95 cents, for example, says Tony Roth, chief investment officer at Wilmington Trust Investment Advisors.

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Source: Common Domain

Five reasons emerging-markets stocks could outperform U.S. stocks for several years

Wednesday 14:31 GMT

Emerging market stocks are cheaper than U.S. stocks, one reason fund manager Charles Shriver has been increasing EM exposure in the T. Rowe Price Global Allocation Fund RPGAX, +0.65% over the past several months.

Brush is a Manhattan-based financial writer who has covered business for the New York Times and The Economist Group, and he attended Columbia Business School in the Knight-Bagehot program.

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Source: Common Domain

Stock investors are swarming emerging markets — here’s why that might be a problem

Wednesday 14:31 GMT

Investors are falling back in love with emerging markets to a degree that’s ringing alarm bells among some prognosticators, who cautioned against joining the swoon at this point.

As of the end of January, the MSCI EM index 891800, +0.59%  traded at a forward price-to-earnings, or P/E, ratio of 11.4 and a price-to-book value, or P/BV, of 1.6, while developed market, as represented by the MSCI World Index, which tracks large- and midcap equity performance across 23 developed-market countries, had a forward P/E of 14.5 and a P/BV of 2.3.

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Source: Reuters

Putin, faced with ratings slump, offers Russians financial sweeteners

Thursday 17:15 GMT

President Vladimir Putin offered a raft of financial sweeteners on Wednesday to hard-pressed Russians after opinion polls showed trust in him has fallen to a 13-year low and almost half the population believe the country is on the wrong track.

Pollsters attribute the souring mood to people fed up with six consecutive years of falling real incomes and unpopular government moves to raise the retirement age and hike value added tax.

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Source: The Guradian

Immigration, rail funding and lawsuits: why California and Trump are at war

Thursday 21:50 GMT

The Trump administration’s plans to pull millions in federal funding from California’s high-speed rail project is just the latest in the ongoing antagonism between the president and the state that stands on the opposite end of his party’s ideological spectrum.

California, which has styled itself as the Democratic-led “resistance” to the administration, has launched 46 lawsuits against the Trump administration since Trump was sworn into office.


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