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Understanding Benchmark Oils: Brent Blend, WTI and Dubai Open a newspaper and there’s a good chance you’ll find a news story about the price of oil going one direction or the other. To the average consumer, it’s easy to get the impression that there’s a singular, worldwide market for this crucial energy source. In reality, there are different types of crude oil – the thick, unprocessed liquid that drillers extract below the earth – and some are more desirable than others. For instance, it’s easier for refiners to make gasoline and diesel fuel out of low-sulfur, or “sweet,” crude than oil with high sulfur concentrations. Low-density, or “light,” crude is generally favorable to the high-density variety for the same reason.

國外媒體的「中文版」網站 _ 重灌狂人 如果你每次翻開報紙、看了一整天的電視新聞卻發現一整天都只講了一件事情,或者你對台灣媒體的鎖國技倆相當厭惡、疲乏,那一定得多看看台灣以外的媒體在講些啥事情。或者說你想當個「國際接班人」的話,那也一定得多看看台灣以外的各種資訊囉。以下整理幾個「有中文版」的國外媒體網站,有需要的人可以翻閱看看,也歡迎再補充。 雖然是「國外媒體」、 雖然都有中文版,不過有些中文版或原文版新聞內容的觀點並不是「很恰當」也不一定都很有「國際觀」,反正就是多讀點不同面向的意見自己綜合一下囉。 Global Stocks Tumble Following Shanghai's 7% Crash Stocks were pummeled on the first trading day of the year, sending the Dow Jones Industrial Average down as much as 467 points before recouping some of those losses as a selloff in Chinese equities spread amid anxiety over the outlook for global growth. While the U.S. blue-chip index had almost halved its decline by the end of Monday trading, the Dow still capped its worst start to a year since 2008. Banks and health care shares led the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index to a 1.5 percent slump, and a gauge of global equities posted its worst inaugural session in at least three decades. Emerging-market shares slid the most since August as evidence of slowing manufacturing in China triggered a selloff that halted trading in Shanghai. As riskier assets were shunned, bonds found favor and the yen rallied.

Financial Times The market will drop 20% in 2016: Pento-—commentary So here are a few of my predictions and trading strategies for 2016: • The S&P 500 falls more than 20 percent as it finally succumbs to the incipient global recession. • Janet Yellen states in the first half of 2016 that the Fed will not increase the federal-funds rate any further and hints at another round of quantitative easing before year end. • The inability to normalize interest rates is taken as a tacit admission by the Fed that it has utterly failed to save the economy from the Great Recession, and as a result the U.S. dollar crashes below 90 on the U.S. dollar index. • Gold and the miners will be the major winner next year as they will be the primary beneficiaries from continued low nominal interest rates, negative real interest rates and a watershed turn in the value of the US dollar — the yellow metal reaches a high of $1,250 next year.

Meet blockchain-based sovereign ID ObjectChain Collab: the 'R3 of distributed identity' The technology exists to deploy a trusted system of global self-sovereign identity; the problem is getting stakeholders round the table to agree on widespread adoption. The emergence of blockchain-based verification closes the technology gap, it is argued, allowing individuals to take control of their data in such a way that it will also be trusted by governments, banks, regulators and so on. Enter ObjectChain Collab, a research and proof-of-concept project looking at making individual, distributed ID a reality. The group has brought together financial institutions and regulators from across the globe, as well as legal professionals and representatives of the charitable sector.

Ubi i/o : Huit startups françaises, dix semaines pour conquérir New York Il y a ceux qui débarquaient à New York avec un agenda de rendez-vous long comme le bras. Et ceux pour qui le programme ubi i/o devait servir autant d’accélérateur que de moyen d’affiner leur réflexion sur une potentielle implantation. Jérôme Vuillemot, le co-fondateur de Vidcoin (qui fait de la publicité ciblées sur mobile), faisait partie de la première catégorie : "Pour moi, le moment marquant de ce programme, je le place trois mois avant mon arrivée à New York.

Pokémon Go : Nintendo, Google, Apple... comment se partagent-ils le pactole ? Après les Etats-Unis, l’Australie ou la Nouvelle-Zélande, le jeu mobile en réalité augmentée Pokémon Go débarque aujourd’hui en France et dans bien d'autres pays (35 en tout), rendant ce raz-marée planétaire. Il s’annonce comme un grand jackpot. Que va-t-il rapporter et à qui ? Selon TrendForce, il devrait générer un revenu de 800 millions de dollars en 2017 et devenir un moteur significatif du marché des logiciels de réalité augmentée estimé à 30 milliards de dollars à l’horizon 2020. 500 millions de dollars par an pour Nintendo

Tesla veut faire des camions, des bus, couvrir le monde de panneaux solaires... et rassurer ses actionnaires Dans un billet de blog publié sur le site de Tesla ce 20 juillet le charismatique patron du constructeur américain de voiture électrique Elon Musk revient sur les 10 dernières années de son entreprise (et la sortie des model S, X et 3) mais surtout, il évoque sa vision des 10 prochaines. Celui qui a également fondé PayPal et SpaceX y présente davantage Tesla comme une entreprise d'énergie renouvelable que comme un fabricant de voitures, puisque "nous devons réussir à mettre en place une économie basée sur l'énergie durable", écrit-t-il. Le patron explique qu'au-delà des berlines et des SUV, l'entreprise veut couvrir toutes les formes de transport possible. Pour ce faire il compte élargir sa gamme à des voitures moins onéreuses, sortir un pick-up mais aussi un semi-remorque et des bus (ce sur quoi Elon Musk avait déjà fait du teasing en avril dernier). intégration dans l'énergie

Australian economic reports Australian economic reports Latest Westpac Economic News Update It's hard to stay ahead of the markets, which is why Westpac Chief Economist Bill Evans and his team produce this bite-sized roundup of the week's economic news and events, with clear analysis and insight plus the outlook for the week ahead. BNP Paribas acquires Compte Nickel French fintech startup Compte Nickel was acquired by French bank BNP Paribas yesterday. I couldn’t nail down the price but I’ve heard that it was quite significant. Compte Nickel was one of the leading fintech startups in France.

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