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Rising interest rates sounding alarm bells for debt-laden consumers

April 16, 2018 |

A healthy economy can be a dangerous thing.

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…


L.A. Times – Business

Financial Professionals Bet On Rising Cryptos, UK Report

March 15, 2018 |

Financial Professionals Bet On Rising Cryptos, UK Report

New survey among financial professionals in Britain shows that more than half of those who have invested in cryptocurrencies, plan to buy more coins this year. Despite recent market volatility, only 8 percent of the interviewed intend to sell their cryptos. The majority of the investors expect crypto valuations to rise over the next 12 months.  

Also read: The Wealthy Want Crypto but Don’t Understand It, Survey Shows

Optimism, Despite Volatility

British financial services professionals and retail investors are mostly optimistic about the near future of cryptocurrencies and are looking to increase their exposure. 54 percent of them expect their prices to rise over a 12-month period. Only 32 percent anticipate a decrease, according to a new survey, released by Citigate Dewe Rogerson.

The study also found that 56 percent of those interviewed intend to acquire more digital money. Another 31 percent plan to retain or sell some of their crypto holdings, and only 8 percent will get rid of all their coins. 146 people in the UK have participated in the online survey, conducted by the Consumer Intelligence unit of the communications company. 104 of them still owned cryptocurrencies, when they were questioned at the end of February.

Financial Professionals Bet On Rising Cryptos, UK Report

The authors of the “Investor Perception: Cryptocurrencies” report say that 32% of the experts anticipate a dramatic increase in the prices of cryptos by 2021. Another 18 percent predict a slight rise. At the same time, those who believe valuations will fall are just 28 percent.

“Many cryptocurrencies have seen a huge increase in valuations, but also exceptional levels of volatility”, said Phil Anderson, Executive Director at Citigate Dewe Rogerson. “Cryptocurrency millionaires have been created, but many other investors have lost money. Despite the significant levels of volatility and price fluctuations, our research reveals many financial professionals remain optimistic about the future for cryptocurrencies”, he added.

Anderson also noted that at the beginning of the year, the market capitalization for cryptocurrencies was around $ 800 billion. “Over half of the financial professionals (59 percent) expect it to be over $ 1 trillion by 2021, while 15 percent anticipate it to be more than $ 2 trillion”, he said, quoted by Verdict. Only 19 percent of the respondents think the market will shrink and that the market cap will be below $ 800 billion.

Cryptos to Attract Billions

Expectations for new regulations remain high among financial professionals, with 62 percent anticipating a substantial increase of regulatory pressures within the next two years. Despite that, 22 percent of the experts think the use of digital currencies for payments and money transfers will increase dramatically. Another 48% have more moderate expectations, but also predict a rise within the next five years. Phil Anderson says:

Whatever the future holds for the cryptocurrency market, one thing is certain – it will continue to attract billions of dollars, dominate the headlines and fuel heated debate about what is likely to happen.

The majority of the participants in the survey believe big companies will benefit the most. More than two thirds of the respondents say larger firms will increase their crypto holdings in the next three years. 68 percent think corporations will be tempted to use cryptocurrencies with smart contracts and other blockchain applications.

About 54 percent expect more companies to be using cryptos for fundraising. 44 percent of the financial experts anticipate a serious increase in the use of blockchain technologies, while 33% think their introduction will be more moderate.

What are your expectations for the near future of cryptocurrencies? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.


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California Inc.: A rising threat of trade wars

March 5, 2018 |

Welcome to California Inc., the weekly newsletter of the L.A. Times Business Section.

I’m Business columnist David Lazarus, and here’s a rundown of upcoming stories this week and the highlights of last week.

The prospect of trade wars with America’s commercial partners looms over markets. President…


L.A. Times – Business

Why Italian Elections Matter: A New Type of Populism Is Rising

March 1, 2018 |

The 5 Star Movement is poised to be the country’s largest party after Sunday’s national elections. That would prompt a question about its future—and potentially that of Italy, too. Is it a governing force or simply a protest movement?
WSJ.com: What’s News Europe

Trump claimed credit for rising stock prices. Now he owns their fall — and a possible recession

February 25, 2018 |

Some economists said President Trump is responsible for the recent stock market downturn as well as the unwelcome return of market volatility and a possible looming recession – not because of what he’s said, but what he’s done.
L.A. Times – Business

Trump claimed credit for rising stock prices. Now he owns their fall — and a possible recession

February 25, 2018 |

Until the recent downturn, the soaring U.S. stock market had been one of President Trump’s favorite topics.

He’s tweeted more than 60 times since his election about new highs and frequently touted the gains in public comments.

“The stock market is smashing one record after another, and has added…


L.A. Times – Business

Reinsurers Hit by Catastrophe Losses, Rising Competition

February 20, 2018 |

Reinsurers are being hit by a one-two punch of soaring catastrophe losses and low renewal rates as insurers turn to other avenues to spread risk.
WSJ.com: What’s News Europe

Despite Rising Seas, Tiny Island Nation Actually Growing

February 9, 2018 |

Thanks to climate change, the world’s oceans are rising. And they’re rising twice as fast around Tuvalu, a tiny Pacific nation comprised of nine atolls and 101 reef islands totaling just 10 square miles of land mass. And yet—despite all common sense to the contrary—researchers found the island…
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Dow tumbles 666 points as stock market drops amid fears of rising interest rates

February 2, 2018 |

Stock prices fell sharply from near record highs Friday, with the Dow Jones industrial average tumbling 666 points, or 2.5%, to close out the worst week on Wall Street in years.

The main trigger was growing concern about rising interest rates and inflation, and their impact on stocks going forward,…


L.A. Times – Business

American Airlines says it may raise fares due to rising fuel costs

January 25, 2018 |

American Airlines reported earnings that beat analysts’ expectations on Thursday but warned that higher fuel costs will probably force it to raise fares.

Chief Executive Doug Parker told analysts that the Fort Worth-based carrier generated reasonable income last year even as fuel costs rose 20.8%…


L.A. Times – Business