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May 17, 2019
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Report: FDI in emerging markets dries up
Emerging markets are receiving the lowest foreign direct investment in 20 years, with little hope of improvement amid US-Chinese trade tensions, according to a report by the Institute of International Finance. Low interest rates have sent a "wall of money" to emerging markets during the past decade "so that there is now a positioning overhang," the report notes.
Reuters (5/16) 
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New-home construction rose nearly 6% in April
Housing starts climbed almost 6% in April but fell short of the pace a year earlier, according to the US Commerce Department. Building-permit issuance edged up less than 1%, suggesting the trend is unlikely to accelerate.
MarketWatch (5/16) 
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Silicon Valley stock exchange gets SEC go-ahead
The Securities and Exchange Commission has authorized the launch of the Long-Term Stock Exchange, a national exchange based in Silicon Valley that will implement policies that encourage long-term investing. The LTSE will be the 14th national stock exchange in the US.
Axios (5/16),  Reuters (5/10) 
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Uber's woes weigh on upcoming tech IPOs
It is still too early to determine how Uber will perform in public markets following its disappointing initial public offering. However, the failed promise of a blockbuster offering in a hot market will weigh on other high-profile tech firms that plan to go public this year, such as Postmates and WeWork.
The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (5/15) 
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Washington Roundup
Fed's Brainard: Disappearance of labor-inflation link brings risk
The relationship between inflation and labor, as well as other resource markets, has broken down and could be problematic if the Federal Reserve cannot bring inflation closer to a 2% target, said Fed Governor Lael Brainard. Eventually, Americans could lose faith that inflation will ever meet the target, she said.
Reuters (5/16) 
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Fed: US manufacturing slips again in April
US manufacturing output dropped 0.5% in April, the third decline in four months, the Federal Reserve reported. The falloff included a 2.6% drop in production of vehicles and parts amid rising inventories.
Reuters (5/15) 
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Restoy: Varying US, EU Basel III approaches need review
Global regulators should examine the different approaches the EU and the US are taking to implement Basel III, says Fernando Restoy, chairman of the Bank for International Settlements' Financial Stability Institute. A review could show regulators how to encourage "a level playing field while protecting financial stability," Restoy says.
MLex (subscription required) (5/16) 
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Wealth Management Report
Goldman to buy United Capital for $750M
Goldman Sachs has agreed to pay $750 million in cash for boutique wealth manager United Capital Financial Advisers. United Capital, which manages $25 billion in assets, will join Goldman's wealth-management unit and will bring along clients with at least $1 million in assets.
InvestmentNews (tiered subscription model) (5/16),  The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (5/16) 
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Investec closes robo-advice business
Investec has discontinued its robo-advisory operation, citing low demand and a robo-advice market that is growing slower than expected.
Financial Times (subscription required) (5/16) 
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Operations Update
AI, machine learning proliferate in finance
Machine learning and artificial intelligence have become buzzwords in finance, and all major banks are working to leverage these technologies. The technology is being mentioned in company filings 1,700% more than it was 2 1/2 years ago. It is changing the ways companies analyze big data, meet clients' needs, and approach recruiting and talent retention.
Bloomberg Professional Services (5/15) 
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Nationally, seniors lose an estimated $2.9 billion every year in cases of financial exploitation reported by media outlets, while only an estimated one in 44 cases is even reported to authorities. Together, we can do more to protect senior investors.
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