When a user navigates from Google to a piece of content Google has recommended (or when a user clicks on a shared cached AMP link), they are, unwittingly, remaining within Google’s ecosystem and the publisher’s domain is obscured by the google.com/amp prefix. To work around this Google introduced Signed HTTP Exchanges ([Draft], , ), a web-standard that allows the browser to display the original site's URL, instead of the actual one (the one with the google.com/prefix). This would solve the original issue, but while doing so it introduced new ones (e.g. it obfuscates the fact that they're delivering the AMP page you're visiting). Interestingly enough, Google's Chrome already has support for this technology, but parties not involved with AMP are not so enthusiastic: Mozilla has deemed it a harmful web standard, and Apple has taken a similar stance.
Google’s entire business model is about collecting as much personal data as possible, AMP is just another tool to do so. As described in Google’s Support article:
“When you use the Google AMP Viewer, Google and the publisher that made the AMP page may each collect data about you.”
The controversies with non-cached AMP pages To be clear, the above flaws are only with AMP pages cached by Google (or another party like Bing or Cloudflare) but there are also plenty of pages simply utilizing the AMP framework, recognized by URLs such as bbc.com/news/amp/. However, these are also problematic, mainly because there's only a small performance improvement when AMP pages aren't cached and AMP pages tend to be less feature-rich and less diverse than their originals. And in some edge cases, it breaks stuff. One could argue that the more popular the AMP framework becomes, the more AMP threatens the open web. That said, it should be clear that the biggest problem lies with the cached AMP pages. AMP is open source, but that doesn't make it holy. Or as Ferdy Christant puts it quite nicely in his blog:
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Craig Hamilton Parker: Predictions for 2020 and Beyond
My Top 6 Predictions for 2020:
War in the Middle East
Boris Marries Carrie Symonds
Meghan Markle Pregnancy
Revolution in China
European Economic Crisis
My Top 6 Correct Predictions for 2019
Unprecedented Australian Wildfires
Riots in Hong Kong
Theresa May Goes
Boris Johnson to be Prime Minister
Julian Assange Arrested
Massive UK Floods
World Psychic Predictions
War in the Middle East
(I see this unfolding over 2020 and 2021)
Riots in Iran. Ali Khamenei retaliates.
Saudi Arabia sells more Aramco stocks on the Stock Exchange.
Saudi Arabia make huge Arms Deal with the USA and Europe
A war between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
American Aircraft Carrier struck by a missile.
Putin and Trump enforce a temporary peace deal.
Donald Trump(Happening in 2020. Most of these predictions have been made in earlier my YouTube videos with additional details.)
Trump will not be removed from office.
One of his closest allies betrays him – Rudy Giuliani perhaps?
Impeachment will empower Trump. He claims a deep-state Coup d’état
Joe Biden will be discredited by a scandal.
Elizabeth Warren will be the Democrat Presidential Contender
Donald Trump will be reelected taking unexpected states such as Florida.
The trade war with China will escalate as riots sweep China.
(Happening in Donald Trump’s second term)
Donald Trump will be injured in an assassination attempt.
He will have a stomach problem that will temporarily interrupt his work.
Continued hurricanes, fires and an earthquake in the US will threaten his presidency.
Trump will appease environmentalists by participating in a plan to establish marine parks and new protected forests in Africa and South America.
Boris Marries Carrie Symonds. An announcement made in the New Year
Johnson’s biggest political problems in 2020 will be Scotland.
He will not offer a Scottish Independence referendum. (New scandals will arise surrounding Alex Salmon. The SNP will start to lose power and Labour will regain influence in Scotland.)
His deal with Trump will trigger a new era of prosperity for the British economy. (I predicted this already some years ago).
New trade deals announced with India, Taiwan, Japan and – after a gaff over MI5 – Russia.
Brexit will be done but it will be a hard(ish) He will try for a Canada style arrangement but Europe will not give ground. Last-minute agreements will be made for some trading – such as medicines – but many products will be on WTO terms.
Johnson will announce new public support for a British Electronic Car Industry and a New Joint Space project with NASSA.
(Note I am not trained in economics. Get advice from a qualified person when making investments.)
Despite turbulent problems in China, the Middle East, and North Korea the world economy will be moderately strong in 2020.
There will be oil shortages. Oil prices will go up. American Oil companies will be strong. Aramco will sell more stock. These will be strong.
Property and land prices in America will increase in value. Canadian property prices will improve. British property prices will increase sharply after Brexit. Property prices in the Mediterranean resorts will decrease in value – Costa Del Sol, Greece, etc.
US Medical and Pharmaceutical stock will increase in value.
I have never felt right about Bitcoin. I see it is a bubble that will burst in the years to come.
Some American Cannabis product companies will fail in 2020.
The Australian economy in 2020 will decline. Australian stocks decline with some large companies struggling or going bust. The Australian economy will bounce back in 2021/2 when the unrest in China settles.
Europe will face a banking crisis in 2020 and beyond. Brexit and a trade war with the USA will see many rescue packages to save the Euro. (See my other prediction about the future break-up of Europe)
Euro in freefall.
There will be moves to break up Google/Alphabet separating search from advertising.
Revolution in China
(See my China predictions and YouTube videos for more details)
I predicted the Hong Kong riots some time ago. I also spoke of a revolution in China. 2020 will see further clashed in Hong Kong with new riots in the Chinese mainland.
Faced with the overthrow of government Xi Jinping will agree to sweeping changes. (This is a few more years ahead- not 2020)
In the long term, true democracy will emerge based upon the teachings of Sun Yat-sen.
In the future, Tibet will become an independent country and declare itself as a Spiritual National Park. (See my other YouTube videos)
Kim Jong-un will fire a missile into the sea with a live warhead.
An emergency summit will follow.
Eventually – not in 2020 – Kim Jong-un will be deposed by his own people. (Predicted some time ago)
He will flee to China.
Chaos in the British Labour – Jeremy Corby tries to hold on to power until a far-left candidate becomes leader.
After some temporary leaders and a period of strife, Yvette Cooper becomes the leader of the Labour Party.
The problems between India and Pakistan will increase in 2020. I don’t feel we will get military conflict yet.
A member of the British royal family will die. (Predicted 25th Oct 2019)
Megan Markle will have a baby.
Prince Andrew will not be held legally responsible for his alleged crimes.
Prince Charles will be hit by an egg. (See the Royal Predictions YouTube made 25th October 2019)
2020 will see many earthquakes. In particular, Japan and India will see major quakes that may cause disruption to the Summer Olympics. The USA will also experience earthquakes. Serious volcanic activity on a small island. (I cannot identify where). Urgent evacuation.
Miami badly damaged by a hurricane.
Grand National at Aintree sees a group of horses and riders injured.
Voyager 2 gives a mysterious last message that some interpret as alien contact. There will also be some strange news about the planet Jupiter.
Riots in Bolivia. Moves in Brazil to oust Bolsonaro. The threat of sanctions to Brazil as new deforestation plans revealed.
Big international push to give development aid to stop deforestation. Aid package announced to Africa.
I got it wrong last year about the election of Justin Trudeau. I feel he may fall from power in 2020.
Large group suffocated by a deadly smog in China.
The BBC will be told to become more self-sufficient by 2030 with a gradual withdraw of funds for entertainment programming. They will open a download service. The government will only fund news, limited radio, and some documentary programs.
A deadly virus kills thousands of birds.
Despite many troubles in the world, there is an underground growth in spirituality and compassionate thinking.
After the Bitcoin crash: do others fear me for greed?
At 6:30 pm on March 12, Bitcoin dropped from $ 7211 to $ 5555.55. The bitcoin price dived again this morning, slumping nearly $ 2,000 again in half an hour, the lowest fell to $ 3,782.13, a drop of more than 40% in 24 hours. According to the data of the contract emperor, only Huobi, OKEx, Binance, and BitMEX exchanges had a daily short position of 3.133 billion US dollars, which reached the highest in a single day in history. The number of liquidated positions exceeded 110,000, which was also the highest in a single day. Also on March 12, the S & P index fell 260.74 points, triggering the fusing mechanism for the second time this week. The Dow hit its largest decline in history, at 2352.6 points. The Nasdaq fell 750.25 points to 7201.8 points. This is the third time in the history of US stocks. This fuse has been 33 years since the first fuse, but only 4 days have passed since the last fuse. Buffett shouted, "I only lived this way in 89 years." It is reported that Buffett lost $ 6.8 billion last night. According to incomplete statistics, with the exception of the United States, the stock markets of 11 countries including Canada, Mexico, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, India, the Philippines, Indonesia, Brazil, and Pakistan plummeted. The five largest US technology companies, Apple, Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Microsoft, had a cumulative market value of $ 416.63 billion. The Bloomberg Billionaires Index shows that the top 15 richest people in the world lost a total of $ 46.4 billion. Market panic or pullback demand? Regarding the meltdown of U.S. stocks this week, Yang Delong, chief economist of Qianhai Open Source Fund, believes that the spread of the epidemic is not the main reason. It is more a decade of bull market for U.S. stocks. Some factors driving the rise of U.S. stocks are quietly changing, such as the Federal Reserve ’s interest rate There is not much space. Regarding this crazy drop in Bitcoin, Apocalypse Capital told InfoQ that there are two main reasons for this drop in Bitcoin: on the one hand, the bearish demand caused by the expected global economic downturn, and on the other hand, Bitcoin Callback requirements themselves. As we all know, Bitcoin will be halved in the second half of the year, but the trading market pays attention to speculation expectations. This round of rise has essentially halved the market. After hitting a high of 10500, Bitcoin is facing a callback demand. Of course, this round of downtrends is so rapid and there are only a handful of recurrences in the history of Bitcoin, which are inextricably linked to the decline in global stock markets, both of which are the result of expectations of a bearish global economy. However, Johnson Xu, chief analyst of TokenInsight, told InfoQ that the Bitcoin dip was mainly due to market panic, because some market participants bought bitcoins by buying mining machines, borrowing, etc., and expected to reduce their expectations by half. A linkage effect caused by everyone being too optimistic about the market. The market is overhyped because Bitcoin is halved, and some market participants are afraid to miss the opportunity to enter the market irrationally. The current market slump is driven by strong irrational behavior, which translates into a rapid downside response and quickly depletes market buyers' liquidity (flattening down). When the overall financial market panic or other unexpected events are caused by the New Crown virus and the global economic slowdown, market participants often seek to withdraw assets such as stocks and bitcoins and convert these assets into cash (cash is king). So has the recent gold sell-off. When the market panics, people ask for cash in the beginning instead of investing in safe-haven assets such as gold. At the same time, because gold is considered a high-quality asset, investors usually start with liquidity crunch and market panic. Cash in on good assets (because inferior assets are more difficult to sell in panic times). The Bitcoin crash this time has a certain connection with the decline in global stock markets, because the entire financial market is a globalized market, and there is more or less linkage between each asset. In addition, Forbes speculated that it may be because PlusToken scammers transferred bitcoins worth more than 100 million US dollars to the mixer, and then sold bitcoins, resulting in rising market supply.
Other people are greedy, I am afraid, others are afraid of me, greedy? In this case, should investors still expect "halving the market"? Johnson Xu believes that there is no such thing as a "half quotation", and most market participants are too optimistic about the halving of Bitcoin. Price fluctuations are not necessarily caused by halving, but may be caused by the sum of other factors. When everyone is saying that they are optimistic about the market, the existence of risk is ignored in the subconscious. At this time, the risk will be actually reflected, and the upside will gradually shrink. Bitcoin halving was written into the code, and it was not an accident. Bitcoin should be halved in a rational way. It is worth looking forward to, but not overly interpreting and speculation. However, Tianqi Capital believes that this plunge is a callback period for bitcoin's halving of the market, and each round of sharp decline also indicates the opportunity of the market outlook: cheap chips will be hoarded, waiting for the next wave of hype and explosion. Therefore, Tianqi Capital still believes that the market outlook of Bitcoin is worth looking forward to, provided that it is not frightened by the current fierce washing of the chips, after all, when the bear market is the worst, it is also when gold is everywhere. Regarding the future trend of Bitcoin, Apocalypse Capital stated that it should judge according to the current trend. In this round of market, Apocalypse Capital initially chose to follow the downward trend of May 18, and Bitcoin has gradually dropped from a high of 10,000 to 3150 points, so the big support level predicted by this round happens to be 3700 today. Near the point. Data monitoring shows that some funds are involved in this price range. But whether it can hold on to this support remains to be tested. If the 3700 support cannot be maintained, it is very likely that it will hit the US $ 2000 level. Tianqi Capital believes that this is the market's last line of defense. Long-term investment is recommended to buy some relatively stable targets, such as BTC, ETH, etc. The bear market will eliminate many currencies, but if it survives, it will shine in the next round. Johnson Xu believes that the plunge is also a test to promote the healthy development of the industry. Extreme market is a test for the entire industry, especially for infrastructure, risk management, etc., so it is still optimistic and supports the development of the industry for a long time. For current investors, Johnson Xu offers the following suggestions:
Other people are greedy, I am afraid, others are afraid of me, greedy.
Global financial markets have also undergone major changes. From the data point of view, I don't think Bitcoin has the attributes of a safe-haven asset, but this market can test whether Bitcoin has a certain risk-avoidance capability. This is a global world. We need to analyze various markets, not just the digital asset market.
In the long run, we are still optimistic about the digital asset industry.
Does Bitcoin have a fusing mechanism? On March 9, after the U.S. stock market crash triggered the fusing mechanism, the market began a discussion of "whether Bitcoin should set up a fusing mechanism". But at present, most people are not optimistic about the Bitcoin fusing mechanism. OKEx CEO Jay Hao said that the fusing mechanism is difficult to implement in the digital currency market. In the face of a highly volatile market, setting the fuse point is a difficult problem. At the same time, for a 7 * 24h market, when a certain exchange breaks down, the price difference between the digital currencies between the platforms will increase, leading to arbitrage, and the fuse mechanism will eventually become a decoration. Du Wan, the co-founder of Contract Emperor, also said that it is unrealistic to use a fuse mechanism in the currency circle. The fusing mechanism first violates the original intention of the decentralization of the blockchain, and at the same time, it will touch the interests of the top of the currency circle ecological chain. For example, large trading teams can no longer use pins to obtain large profits. When the market is panic, exchanges with a fuse mechanism may lose traffic to exchanges without a fuse mechanism because of the run effect of traders. It can be seen that the current risk aversion measures in the traditional stock market are difficult to transfer to the fickle currency market in a short time, and the regulation of this market still has a long way to go. Investors should still be cautious when investing.
EDC Blockchain and ECRO System in the List of Major Blockchain Events 2019!
https://preview.redd.it/1n0i4hayx4a41.jpg?width=1307&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=a1ddf95e43b81cacc10b29824c162c2d19bc2fc0 2019 showed that the Blockchain industry justifies the status of a technological revolution. Bitcoin's capitalization exceeded that of countries such as Turkey, Pakistan and South Africa. And China, India, and Nigeria have already bought cars, real estate and various services for an EDC coin! Let's think about these and other events of last year, which had the greatest resonance. Adoption of the cryptography law in China Speculation and fiction are officially over! China at the state level said "yes" to Blockchain technology! The Chinese Communist Party now directly manages the Central Cryptography Agency. The agency will promote and support cryptography research, protect intellectual property rights and promote the development of public/private key technology, according to Primitive Foundation partner Dovey Wan. Against this background, the Central Bank of China started talking about creating its own stablecoin, and Chinese President Xi Jinping said that the blockchain will be the main technology for important innovation breakthroughs! The Crypto market reacted instantly: bitcoin rose by more than $2000 in one week of October (from $7500 to $9500), while EDC quotations reached 1 US cents. The optimism then decreased again when it became clear that the Chinese are still fundamentally distinguishing between the notions of "Blockchain" and "Cryptocurrencies". Bitcoin futures launch On September 23, 2019, ICE Corporation (International Exchange) started trading daily and month bitcoin futures on the Bakkt platform. The platform was officially approved by the U.S. Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and bitcoin deposits of users are insured for $125 million. The appearance of this platform was associated with certain expectations: the growth of bitcoin to $ 20,000, and the accession of institutional investors. As we already know, these forecasts did not come true, and the peak daily trading volume did not exceed $43 million. Nevertheless, the expectations from this news remain high: both the prestige and liquidity of the market can only improve. Project Libra's failure On June 18, the release of Facebook's own cryptographic currency called Libra was to be launched. By all primary signs, the coin could become a market favorite, and the project participants included Visa, Mastercard, eBay, and other major online platforms. However, it did not work out: problems with regulators reached the hearings in the U.S. Congress, where Mark Zuckerberg himself had to personally promise that Libra will not be launched until all regulators approve of it, and Facebook may even leave the founders. Project stoppage TON GRAM Token from Telegram is another "loser" in the big games of life. The developers managed to make the initial offer (ICO) for 1.7 billion dollars and even presented a compiled test wallet. But the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) expressed confidence that GRAM at the token trading stage was sold illegally, falling under the definition of a security. Now Pavel Durov is facing long legal proceedings, and the project is frozen for an indefinite period. This "triumph" of U.S. market regulators once again underscores the fact that big money at the stage of the birth of new players on the crypto market plays a much smaller role than the real value of coins and technology. EDC Blockchain Coin constructor for entrepreneurs Producers of goods and services and businessmen in various niches can now create their own bonus token or a full-fledged cryptographic currency using PoS mining without having at their disposal a team of IT professionals, ICO access opportunities or huge investments. Specialists of the EDC Blockchain platform offered the market a technological coin constructor and ready-made package solutions for the development of small and medium businesses. It has never been easier to token and scale any project or startup. The constructor is available to all users of the EDC platform, which offers customers a number of bonuses (for example, an automatic listing of new coins on partner exchanges, marketing support and advertising at the level of its international community). A real step forward in business tokenization. Start of a self-contained blockchain ecosystem ECRO System Specialists of ECRO Chain Holding, under whose leadership ECRO System projects function, were able to create a "bridge" between the crypto industry and real business. ECRO System provides an environment for cooperation between manufacturers, sellers and consumers anywhere in the world, including global marketplace, exchange, trading platform, a launching platform for startups, additional services and even an academy for educational purposes. In a global eco-system using a blockchain, a variety of goods and services are safely sold and purchased, any coins are exchanged conveniently and quickly, and new technology projects are made possible. And the ecosystem is expanding geographically by training its own marketers. Application of blockchain, technologies of an artificial intellect, a crypto-merchant allow ECRO System to create conditions for the reliable digital economy. Crypto trading authorization for German banks The Bundesrat passed a law allowing German banking institutions to officially sell and buy cryptocurrencies. Discussions in financial circles are still ongoing, as confidential transfers open up space for illegal transactions and money laundering. But the fact is that Vice-Chancellor of Germany Olaf Scholz advocated the creation of a national digital currency, and Sven Hildebrandt, head of the consulting company DLC, is confident that Germany will become a "cryptocurrency paradise". Official cooperation of Ukraine with Binance Crypto Exchange Binance International exchange has signed an official memorandum on cooperation with the Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine. Popularization and legalization of the cryptographic industry in Ukraine led to a sharp increase in the interest of global exchange and trading services to start working in one of the largest European countries. On November 6, the Verkhovna Rada adopted a draft law on the implementation of FATF rules, which regulates all basic concepts and legal aspects of virtual assets that can be considered as property or can be used for payment and investment purposes. The draft law on asset tokenization, which will allow private and public companies to conduct commercial transactions with their assets in the form of tokens or crypto-stocks, is under development. We are living at the peak of historical technology development when the speed of real technical changes outpaces even the speed of human imagination. The year 2020 could be a "quantum leap" in cryptographic technology around the world. The world economy, as well as small and medium businesses, seems to be best prepared for the wide range of opportunities offered by the Blockchain. The EDC Blockchain and ECRO System project teams will continue to develop their products and services in order to maximize the quality of life of modern people through blockchain innovations. We wish you a successful 2020 year filled with new technologies! viahttps://blockchain.mn #edcblockchain #cryptocurrency #global_platform #graphene #lpos #coin_constructor #masternode #leasing #edc #edccoin #edcmining
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It directed the authorities to develop criteria and standard operating procedures (SOPs) requiring disclosure of intent to seek such foreign nationalities and permanent residence permits and adopt methods to check such instances and enforce penalties for no-disclosure. -Pakistan has been elected as the Vice President and the Rapporteur of the Conference of Parties (COP) to the United Nations convention on climate change Pakistan has been elected as the Vice President and the Rapporteur of the Conference of Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, at COP 24 in Katowice, Poland. Pakistan was one of the two countries elected to the position from Asia-Pacific Group, by acclamation on December 15, a Foreign Office statement said. The other bodies in which Pakistan secured seats included the Executive Board of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), Standing Committee on Finance (SCF), Adaptation Committee (AC), Consultative Group of Experts (CGE), and Technology Executive Committee (TEC). -First ever ATM installed in North Waziristan -COAS confirms death sentence to 15 hardcore terrorists Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Sunday confirmed the death sentence awarded to 15 hardcore terrorists involved in heinous offences related to terrorism. The terrorists who were tried and awarded capital punishments by special military courts were involved in attacks on the armed forces, law enforcement agencies, abetting suicide bombers in an attack on Christian Colony near Peshawar, destruction of educational institutions and killing of innocent civilians, according to the Inter-Service Public Relations (ISPR). -Government to help in every possible way for PIA’s revival: minister Federal Minister for Privatization Muhammad Mian Soomro has said that the PTI- led federal government will provide all possible help for the revival of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), ARY News reported on Sunday. The federal minister visited PIA Headquarters and met CEO of PIA, Air Marshal Arshad Malik to get briefing about the current position of the organization. “Government will help in every possible way for PIA’s revival,” adding it [PIA] is moving in positive direction now. Mr Soomro said government is committed to transform PIA into profitable organization as it was in the past. -Gas supply resumed to CNG sector Federal Minister for Petroleum Ghulam Sarwar Khan on Saturday announced that the supply of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) was estored in Karachi and Sindh at around 8PM. ddressing media in Karachi alongside Governor Sindh Imran Ismail, the petroleum minister said that the days long crisis will be over as the supply was restored to CNG sector at 8PM. -“Japanese firms to invest in Pakistan’s steel, baby formula milk industries” Adviser to Prime Minister on Commerce, Textile and Industries Abdul Razak Dawood said that officials from major Japanese firms are scheduled to visit Pakistan next month for making investments in country’s steel and baby formula milk industries. Speaking at a press conference, Dawood informed that last month Japanese companies assured to invest in Pakistan during the bilateral trade talks in Japan. He said a delegation of Japanese companies, manufacturing steel and baby formula milk, will be visiting Pakistan after January 15. Moreover, the Japanese government also promised to allocate skill development and technology development funds for small industries in Pakistan, the PM adviser said. -Aleem Khan vows initiate large-scale development projects in Punjab Punjab Senior Minister Abdul Aleem Khan on Sunday vowed to initiate large-scale development projects across the province on emergency basis. Talking to journalists at Punjab secretariat, Aleem Khan said the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government will soon devise policy to regularize the slums in the province. He said that provision of potable water to every locality is government’s responsibility and added that their party will fulfill all the promises made with the masses. The minister also listen public complaints on the occasion and said that the government will not make any compromise on public issues. He said that 908 complaints have been registered so far at the public secretariat and added that out of 815 complaints had been addressed. -CPEC to increase Pakistan GDP growth by 3% Muhammad Saleem Acting High Commissioner (HC) of Pakistan while speaking at Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) conference arranged by Carleton University said through CPEC Pakistan will become an energy secure country and its GDP growth will increase by 2-3pc. He said early harvest energy and infrastructure projects, created 40,000 local jobs and the new projects will usher into an era of development and prosperity. Speaking on the occasion, Chinese Ambassador to Canada, Mr. Lu Shaye said that BRI is not a geo-political tool but it is a new approach to international development and prosperity and it aims to advance economic and trade coordination among regional countries. A large number of academics, diplomats, media persons, businessmen and students attended the conference. -Yet another mini budget on cards from PTI government Yet another mini budget is on cards from the PTI government in a bid to bridge the gap of the increasing revenue shortfall. Federal government is considering major revenue measures including raising the GST rate on POL products, slapping tax on the telecom companies, reversing the tax relief for salaried class by 50 percent and increasing the tax rate on cigarettes by reviewing the existing third tier taxation system. The jacking up of additional custom duty by 1 percent is also among the proposals floated by the FBR to achieve the revenue targets. The Federal Minister for Finance Asad Umar is currently visiting abroad so after his return the government could take final decision on finalising additional revenue measures to bridge the yawning revenue shortfall within the next couple of weeks. -In a historical move, Smart Cards replace old registration books in Punjab Punjab government starts issueing smart cards as replacement of vehicle registration books from tomorrow to facilitate the citizens. According to sources at Punjab Excise Department , all arrangements for the new registration system have been finalized. The source said the machines procured for the smart cards can prepare nearly twenty-two thousand cards daily. -PM Imran Khan issues stern instructions to FIA, crackdown on cards across country in next 24 hours Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday has issued stern instructions to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA). FIA has been ordered to keep its offices 24 hours open in Karachi while teams were formed for action against bitcoin and sell of illegal cards of foreign tv channels. Earlier on November 30, Prime Minister Imran Khan had directed the concerned authorities to finalize a new legislation to effectively deal with the offences related to money laundering. -Russia expresses desire to enhance trilateral partnership with Pakistan, China Alexey Y Dedov, the ambassador of the Russian Federation in Pakistan, hailed the move of the South Asain giant to open the Kartarpur Corridor for Sikh pilgrims in India. According to details, the envoy, speaking at Pakistan Institute of International Affairs on the topic of “Russia’s Stabilising Role in South Asia”, stated that Pakistan’s decision of opening Kartarpur border shows the country’s commitment towards peace and stability in the region. He further appreciated Pakistan’s military crackdown against militants present inside its border under the operations of Radd-ul-Fasaad and Zarb-e-Azb. -Canadian diplomats laud Pakistan as attractive tourist destination A ten-member delegation of Canadian Embassy Islamabad Saturday visited the archaeological sites in Takhtbhai and evinced keen interest in the historical remains of Gandhara civilization. The members of the delegation in their comments on the occasion held Pakistan an attractive tourist country. Pakistan is a peaceful country and its people are peace loving and hospitable, they added. -Pakistan Railways announces to launch VIP trains across Pakistan Pakistan Railways minister stressed that steps are being taken to improve the standard of Pakistan Railways and to provide maximum relief to the people. “New passenger and freight trains will be inaugurated soon including a new train between Lahore and Rawalpindi,” he announced. Sheikh Rashid invited the private sectors to contribute in the development of railways, adding that VIP trains will be launched soon with the collaboration of private partners. -Pakistan emerging as favourite tourist destination for French and European tourists Pakistan is emerging as favourite and preferred tourists destination for French and European tourists, it has been revealed. More and more French and European tourists are opting for Pakistan as a ‘preferred destination’ for tourism purpose, Radio Pakistan reported. According to details, the representatives of the top tour operators of France called on Ambassador of Pakistan to France Moin ul Haque in the French capital for a debriefing session. The representatives of French tour company recently visited Pakistan in September on a two-week long trip. They prepared their separate presentations to brief the Pakistani ambassador about their journey which gave them first-hand experience of tourism potential of Pakistan. -Russia to support Pakistan in economic challenges: Ambassador hints at renewed pledge Ambassador of Russia , Mr. Alexey Dedov has expressed Russian desire to enhance economic ties with Pakistan. The Ambassador of Russia remained with the Governor Sindh for sometime and discussed matters pertaining to mutual interests particularly on partnership in economy, trade and finance. The Ambassador said that Russia welcomes the determination of Pakistani Government to promptly respond to economic challenges of the Country and energy crisis. -For the first time in history, Pakistan and Hollywood to come up with an interesting joint venture Paksiatni directors and Hollywood filmmakers are collaborating for the very first time in history. The acclaimed filmmakers from the East and the West are working together on a supernatural thriller titled Djinn. A new production house ‘Wingman Films’ is going to mark an entry with this multicultural concept venture. Pakistani producer Ali Murtaza, who is also working on "The Legend of Maula Jatt" these days, shared the details of upcoming venture Djinn saying that the movie will be based on a 17-year-old hero from Pakistan’s northern areas who will be struggling to recover ‘lost stones’ and keep the world from being taken over by djinns. Due to this reason, the show will be featuring episodes from the US and China in its first season. -PM may set up poverty alleviation unit at his office Prime Minister Imran Khan may set up a poverty alleviation unit at his office, to be headed by a special assistant, for implementing a new broad-based strategy to pull millions of people out of poverty. About 16 government and semi-government organisations will liaison with the office of special assistant on poverty alleviation and social protection, said sources in the PM Office. -Govt finalises 5-year tariff policy Adviser to Prime Minister on Commerce, Textile and Industries Abdul Razak Dawood has announced that the government has finalised a five-year national tariff policy aimed at restricting duties on raw material and machinery imports for export-based industries. “We are making efforts to rationalise certain taxes and regulatory and customs duties,” he said. “At present, there exists roughly 34 different taxes and the government is planning to reduce them to 12 or eight in the next couple of years.” It would assist the leadership to remove a key impediment in the way of ease of doing business, the adviser emphasised, adding that he was well aware of the challenges faced by the business community regarding tax slabs and tariff lines. -Number of taxes to be reduced from 34 to eight for ease of doing business: Razzak Dawood The business community is suffering a lot in shape of multiple tax slabs and tariff lines. The government is working to rationalize taxes, regulatory and customs duties, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Commerce Abdul Razzak Dawood said while addressing the ‘Emerging Pakistan’ ceremony organized by the Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI). There are around 34 different taxes and the government is planning to shrink to 12 or eight in next couple of years, he said, adding that this would help in meeting the challenge of one core impediment in ease of doing business. He said that the government had finalized the five-year national tariff policy to bring down tariffs on raw material and machinery imports for export-based industries. -Services exports jump 14.28pc, trade deficit falls 49pc in October The services exports from Pakistan surged by 14.28 per cent to $470 million in October, as compared to the exports during the same month of the previous year. The trade deficit of services also fell sharply by 49.05 per cent during the month as it decreased to $195 million against the trade deficit of $382 million in the same month of previous year, according to latest data of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS). The imports of services declined by 16.25 per cent to $665 million in the corresponding month as compared to import of $794.02 million in October 2017. Meanwhile, the trade deficit of services during first four months of current fiscal year (2018-19) also shrank by 33.75 per cent as exports increased by 2.13 per cent and imports fell by 15.47 per cent during the period, as compared to the period from July-October of 2017-18. -Govt to promote Pakistan-made furniture at international markets Advisor to Prime Minister on Commerce, Textile and Industrial Production and Investment, Abdul Razak Dawood, Sunday said that the government was taking all possible measures to promote Pakistan-made products at local and international markets and special incentive packages would be given to strengthening manufacturing in furniture sector to boost the exports. The advisor was speaking at the prize distribution ceremony at the concluding day of 3-day “Interiors Pakistan” international exhibition at Expo Center, organised by Pakistan Furniture Council (PFC). Dawood also appreciated PFC Chief Executive Mian Kashif Ashfaq for holding a successful exhibition and said PFC deserved appreciation for promoting the culture of local brands to strengthen the national economy. -Economic revival, industrial boost top agenda of govt: Usman Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Youth Affairs Usman Dar Sunday said that economic revival and boosting industries were the top agenda of the present government and all-out efforts were being made in that regard. In a meeting of surgical instruments’ manufactures and exporters in Sialkot, Dar said that PTI government was taking the business community and other stakeholders on-board for economic progress and development. Punjab Minister for Special Education Ch Muhammad Ikhlaq, SIMAP Chairman Khalilur Rehman Mughal and Muhammad Jehangir Bajwa were also present. -Govt Likely to Allow More Than One Duty Free Phones for Overseas Pakistanis After facing strong criticism, as well as concerns from the overseas Pakistanis on new mobile import policy, the government is considering revising the policy and may allow at least two duty free phones. -SBP Orders Installation of CCTV Cameras at Exchange Companies to Curb Money Laundering The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) is planning to tighten the monitoring of exchange companies through CCTV cameras in order to curb money laundering and terror financing in the country. The central bank said that the directives regarding the monitoring of exchange companies are mandatory for continuing their business in Pakistan. -PIA takes multiple initiatives to come out of huge losses Air Marshal Arshad Malik apprised the Aviation Minister about the current management initiatives such as reopening of routes, new destinations being planned to increase the airline’s network, improvement in food service, scheduling, and cost savings. -Pakistan Economic indicators start to take 'u turn' towards positive trajectory: Report Various stats and figures. -Punjab's first Vehicle Registration Card or Digital Vehicle Smart Cards by the Excise and Taxation Department being Printed on site -Pak China Steel Mill inaugurated at Port Qasim A joint venture of Pak-China, Jianbang Group of China and a well-established of Pakistan has installed a first ever pig iron plant at Port Qasim Karachi, which is now inaugurated. The plant is now operational, as per the information the inauguration of this mill has been done on December 2018, there was big presentation of media at the event. The inauguration is done by the Chairman of Jianbang Group, Mr Wu Xianonian, whereas the partner of Pak China Steel, Mr. Lee Feelix as well as the directors Mr. Jam Asif and director Mr. Mustafa Dawood and Head of Marketing Mr. Sheharyar Khan hosted the event, Production capacity of the plant is 8000 tons per month total, at the current the stage company is only producing is 5000 tons. -Islamabad Police To Reward Citizens Over Good Driving Good Citizen Patrol Team will observe the drivers in Islamabad Capital Territory. Islamabad (Pakistan Point News – 15th December, 2018) The Islamabad police will now reward the citizens over following traffic rules. Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Afridi launched the Good Citizen Patrol Team on Saturday. The patrolling team will observe the drivers in Islamabad Capital Territory. Not only that, they will give some reward to the good drivers in Islamabad.
Numerous Countries Have Made Bitcoin (BTC) Illegal Even Though It’s Impossible to Ban Bitcoin
https://preview.redd.it/rx609t11ezf21.png?width=690&format=png&auto=webp&s=5421b72a809cfa286557b1831bfa4759753ab268 https://cryptoiq.co/numerous-countries-have-made-bitcoin-btc-illegal-even-though-its-impossible-to-ban-bitcoin/ Bitcoin is secure, decentralized, and can be anonymous when users take the proper precautions. These characteristics make Bitcoin resilient in the face of government bans, but that doesn’t mean governments have given up on trying to ban Bitcoin or at least rein in the technology. Here, we present a rundown of how various countries regulate — or fail to regulate — Bitcoin. According to a Wikipedia page on the legality of Bitcoin (BTC) in various countries, along with Bitcoin Market Journal and Coin Dance, Bitcoin is banned to varying degrees in Algeria, Afghanistan, Egypt, Macedonia, Morocco, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iran, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, China, Taiwan, Cambodia, Indonesia, Nigeria, Thailand, Vietnam, Zimbabwe, and Brunei. In some of these countries — Algeria, Egypt, Bolivia, Ecuador, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Pakistan, Morocco, and Nepal — Bitcoin is absolutely banned and cannot be held or transacted. In India, Jordan, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Iran, banks are forbidden from facilitating Bitcoin transactions, but it is still possible to hold and trade Bitcoin peer to peer. Other countries like Colombia, Taiwan, and Saudi Arabia have said there is no legal recourse for those who deal with Bitcoin and lose money, and these governments urge citizens to avoid Bitcoin. China has effectively banned fiat to Bitcoin trading, but most of Bitcoin’s hash power is in China, making the situation unclear. Banning Bitcoin is like trying to ban mosquitoes. In Florida, during the rainy season, there is something called mosquito patrol which drops poison on mosquitos from airplanes. The mosquitos have evolved to be resistant to the poison, and no amount of poison can get rid of the mosquitos. Likewise, several countries around the world have banned Bitcoin to varying degrees, and they have deployed various law enforcement measures and banking regulations to inhibit the use of Bitcoin. However, Bitcoin users in such places have become resistant to censorship by using IP switching technology like VPNs and Tor, changing their Bitcoin address with every transaction, and creating underground peer to peer Bitcoin dealing networks instead of using exchanges. Stealth cryptocurrencies like Monero (XMR) and Dash (DASH) can also be used to enhance anonymity in places where cryptocurrency is illegal. In 2014 Ecuador created a national cryptocurrency and banned all other cryptocurrencies. The national cryptocurrency of Ecuador failed, however, and Bitcoin use has been increasing across the country despite the law. Further, there are active Bitcoin nodes in Ecuador. Additionally, as of this writing, there are active Bitcoin nodes in Bolivia, Colombia, Vietnam, Taiwan, China, Iran, Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand, and India. The presence of active nodes in these countries is a testament to Bitcoin’s decentralized nature. Bitcoin can be run on any computer in the world, and the software works regardless of the law. With proper IP encryption via VPN or Tor, there would be no way for the governments of these nations to know that a citizen is running Bitcoin. In Africa, Bitcoin has been declared illegal in Algeria, Egypt, and Morocco. Despite this, there is clearly Bitcoin trading in Egypt and Morocco, according to data from Localbitcoins. Other countries that have varying degrees of Bitcoin bans but still have active peer to peer Bitcoin trading on Localbitcoins include China, Colombia, India, Iran, Indonesia, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Nigeria, and Vietnam. In several of these countries peer to peer Bitcoin trading is perfectly legal. However, the fact that there is peer to peer Bitcoin trading in countries where Bitcoin is completely banned like Pakistan shows that it is nearly impossible to stop peer to peer Bitcoin trading.
Woman Faces Up To 20 Years In Prison Over Financing Terror Group via Bitcoin
A Pakistani-American woman has pled guilty to use Bitcoin to offer financial support to a terrorist organization through fronts in China, Pakistan and Turkey. She faces up to 20 years in prison when she is sentenced. According to court filings, Zoobia Shahnaz made a couple of wire transactions last year to fronts for the Islamic terror outfit ISIS in China, Pakistan and Turkey. Moreover, Shahnaz was also planning to travel to join the terror group in Syria. She was intercepted at the JFK Airport in New York on her way to Istanbul, Turkey – a common entry point for ISIS recruits from the West. Per the prosecutors, between March and July last year, Shahnaz used ‘materially false pretenses, representations and promises’ to obtain a US$22,500 loan from a financial institution. https://preview.redd.it/tfsbnunhok121.png?width=1920&format=png&auto=webp&s=e3f8e91ab24f5c080aa016d66efe9d65f72a9f3a Apart from finance terror group, Shahnaz also got multiple credit cards from various financial institutions including Discover, American Express, TD Bank and Chase Bank by false pretenses. She then used the credit cards to buy bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies worth approximately US$62,000 from exchanges before converting them to cash. “She also fraudulently applied for and used over a dozen credit cards, which she used to purchase approximately $62,000 in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies online,” a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice read. “She then engaged in a pattern of financial activity, culminating in several wire transactions totalling over $150,000 to individuals and shell entities in Pakistan, China and Turkey that were fronts for ISIS.” Shahnaz, who has been in custody since she was arrested last year in December, could be sentenced for up two decades in prison. The case highlights the fact that fears that cryptocurrencies could be used to fund terrorism are overblown since despite using bitcoin to launder the money, Shahnaz had to resort to a wire transfer in her attempts to get the money in the hands of the terrorists.
US Equity Futures Slide After Euro PMIs Stumble; China, Crude Plunge
Returning from Thanksgiving holiday, US traders who braved record cold temperatures on their office commute are in a sour mood, with S&P futures sharply lower, following the latest sharp drop in Chinese stocks, where as noted earlier the Shanghai composite lost the 2,600 level, tumbling 2.5% to one month lows after the WSJ reported Trump asked allies to boycott China's telecom giant Huawei. The news dragged Asian shares lower, while Europe was mixed after the latest disappointing PMI which saw German Manufacturing and Services miss expectations, dragging the Eurozone Manufacturing PMI to 51.5, missing expectations of a 52.0 print, a 30 month low and the weakest since print since May 2016, while the composite index tumbled to the lowest level in 4 years in November. Contracts on the Dow, S&P and Nasdaq all pointed lower, after Chinese equities led regional declines in Asia, with the technology sector weak on concern the U.S. is ratcheting up a campaign against Huawei Technologies. The result was a sharp drop in the Shanghai Composite, which slumped to levels last seen in late October, wiping out the recent rally. In European trading, the preliminary PMI data dented hopes of an economic rebound into year end, sparking a rally in bunds and gilts, while 10Y TSY yields dropped to session lows of 3.04% after Thursday’s Thanksgiving holiday. Euribor contracts pushed higher after officials flagged downside risks and data added to nerves ahead of the ECB’s December meeting. Meanwhile in Italy, BTPs printed fresh highs for the week on signs of a budget compromise. European equities were mixed, printing small gains after a steady open, largely ignoring trade war concerns, which weighed on Chinese stocks. Italy's FTSE MIB outperformed peers on renewed deficit discussion optimism and helping local banks rise over 1.5%. Technology and telecommunications stocks pared initial gains as equity gains are tempered by oil oversupply concerns, acting as a drag on energy/basic resources sectors The dollar climbed and the euro reversed earlier gains as data showed German’s growth outlook weakened; the Euro slumped on renewed fears the slowing economy may delay any ECB balance sheet normalization while the pound handed back most of Thursday’s gains. In the latest Brexit news, Tory Brexiteer Iain Duncan Smith stated that the Brexit deal will be killed off by him and his Brexiteer colleagues in Parliament, while he is said to dismiss PM May’s efforts to adopt a tech solution to the Irish border problem and implied it is meaningless, according to ITV’s Peston. Elsewhere, emerging market currencies and shares fell on renewed China trade concerns. Bitcoin declined and is on course to lose more than 20% this week. Meanwhile, in commodities, WTI saw another sharp decline through $53, after energy minister Khalid Al-Falih said Saudi Arabia is producing oil in excess of 10.7 million barrels a day, more than in recent years, giving the strongest indication yet that the kingdom has boosted output to record levels. “We were at 10.7-something in October, and we are above that. We will know exactly when the month is over,” Al-Falih said. That said, he added that “we will not flood the market. We will not send oil that customers don’t need. And we’ve started doing that in December, and I expect we’ll continue doing that into the new year.” The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and allied producers warned earlier this month that oil markets will probably be oversupplied in 2019. Concerns that slower economic growth and a trade war could erode demand for oil are outweighing fears of potential shortages caused by U.S. sanctions on Iranian exports and supply disruptions elsewhere. As a result, WTI has wiped out all modest gains observed in recent days, and was trading back at 1 year lows headed for its 7th weekly drop. Falling energy prices are just one of several indicators that concern investors about the strength of global economic growth. Meanwhile, political turmoil in Europe, lingering uncertainty over a Brexit agreement and a trade war that’s engulfed the world’s biggest economies add to nervousness according to Bloomberg. Slowing growth is one of several prospects in the U.S. that may lead Federal Reserve to more caution in 2019 should they raise rates next month. Elsewhere, base metals decline with LME copper 1% lower. EUR offered after PMIs to trade weakest levels this week, cable declines on broad USD strength. In overnight geopolitical news, North Korea appeared to be expanding operations at its main nuclear site, according to the IAEA, while there were also reports that atomic agency inspectors are said to be demanding North Korea allow nuclear inspectors back into the country amid reactor activity concerns. China is to reportedly resume the purchase of Iranian oil in November after their waiver. Expected data include PMIs. No major companies are scheduled to report earnings. Market Snapshot
S&P500 futures down 0.5% to 2,636.75
STOXX Europe 600 up 0.4% to 353.88
MXAP down 0.05% to 150.61
MXAPJ down 0.2% to 481.05
Nikkei up 0.7% to 21,646.55
Topix up 0.8% to 1,628.96
Hang Seng Index down 0.4% to 25,927.68
Shanghai Composite down 2.5% to 2,579.48
Sensex down 0.6% to 34,981.02
Australia S&P/ASX 200 up 0.4% to 5,716.21
Kospi down 0.6% to 2,057.48
German 10Y yield fell 1.6 bps to 0.354%
Euro down 0.2% to $1.1376
Italian 10Y yield fell 1.6 bps to 3.082%
Spanish 10Y yield fell 1.6 bps to 1.621%
Brent futures down 1.2% to $61.84/bbl
Gold spot down 0.5% to $1,223.00
U.S. Dollar Index down 0.04% to 96.67
Top Overnight News from Bloomberg
Following the weak German PMI figures, the euro-area composite index fell to the lowest in four years in November, denting expectations for an economic pickup after a summer slowdown. Adding to worries, the data also showed that employment and orders growth slowed and companies’ expectations dropped
A Spanish official criticized the inclusion of an article in the Brexit text that his government believes has unacceptably blurred the issue of future talks over Gibraltar
Some countries are frustrated that PM Theresa May is coming to Brussels on Saturday to see European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. The last pre-summit meeting of member-state officials is Friday -- and they don’t want anything to change after that
U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping have indicated they’re both ready for a highly anticipated meeting at the Group-of-20 summit next week. Trump told reporters that China wants to make a deal “very badly” after his administration placed tariffs on on about $200 billion worth of Chinese goods
The Bank of England may need to increase interest rates at a quicker pace than currently envisaged by markets, according to policy maker Michael Saunders. Spare capacity in the economy has been used up, and, assuming Brexit reaches a smooth conclusion, inflationary pressures will probably build somewhat faster than officials predicted in their latest projections, Saunders said Thursday
The Chinese consulate in Karachi was assaulted by militants on Friday in an attack that killed at least seven people in Pakistan’s largest city and financial hub. The incident is the second major attack this year on Chinese officials in Karachi, in a country that is one of the key partners in China’s Belt and Road initiative
With Brexit in sight, Paris should become the next center for the clearing of interest-rate derivatives, said Bank of France Governor Francois Villeroy de Galhau
Shoppers across the U.S. poured into stores for Black Friday at the traditional kickoff of the holiday gift-giving season
A way out of Sweden’s political crisis is closing for the speaker of parliament. After his third pick to form a government threw in the towel on Thursday, speaker Andreas Norlen will need to get creative to break the gridlock caused by Sweden’s inconclusive election more than two months ago. He will hold a press conference at 10 a.m. in Stockholm on Friday
It may take until February or even later for some of Iran’s biggest oil buyers to resume purchases after winning waivers from the U.S. as they seek to resolve complications over insurance, shipping and payments.
Asian stocks traded mostly lower with sentiment in the region subdued by trade concerns and holiday-thinned conditions in the US, while Japan and India also observed public holidays. ASX 200 (+0.4%) was positive with the index supported by strength in its top-weighted financials sector amid gains in Australia’s largest banks after Macquarie pulled-off a rarity at the banking royal commission in which it emerged unscathed and with its reputation enhanced. Elsewhere, Shanghai Comp. (-2.5%) and Hang Seng (-0.4%) were negative amid ongoing trade uncertainty as China responded to the recent trade report by the US, in which it dismissed the accusations of unfair trade practices as groundless and totally unacceptable. In addition, the US called for its allies to stop using Huawei equipment and weak earnings results from Meituan Dianping in which the online service provider’s losses ballooned, further added to the glum. China responded to the recent US report in which it labelled the accusation by the US of China continuing with unfair trade practices as groundless and totally unacceptable, while it added that it hopes US drops rhetoric and behaviour that are damaging to relations. Top Asian News - China’s Capital Controls Keep a Bad Year From Getting Worse - The World’s Best and Worst Markets Are Both in China This Year - China Railway Unit Said to Be Planning 30 Billion Yuan IPO - Apple to Offer Japan Carriers Subsidy to Up iPhone XR Sales: WSJ After opening with little in the way of firm direction amid holiday thinned markets (US, Japan and India), European equities have posted modest gains with the EuroStoxx 50 higher by 0.2%. Leading the charge in Europe is the FTSE MIB (+0.6%) with Italian assets underpinned by optimism that the populist government could reign in some of their budgetary demands with reports suggesting that the EU Affairs Minister Savona could step down from his position (later denied) due to dissent over Italy’s intentions to violate EU budget laws. This also comes amidst a backdrop of increasing pressure from President Mattarella who wants the technocratic PM Conte to get a deal done with the EC, whilst other Italian press report highlight the need for Italy to increase the sincerity of Italy’s concessions to Europe. In terms of sector specifics, upside in Italian banking names has helped spur gains in European financials with the telecoms sector outperforming. To the downside, energy names lag, in-fitting with price action in the complex with crude seemingly unable to stem recent losses. Individual movers include Renault (+4.2%), who have been granted some reprieve from recent losses following a broker upgrade at Jefferies and as Nissan continue to reorganise their corporate leadership. Elsewhere, GEA Group (-14.3%) are lower after cutting guidance whilst Altice (-9.8%) continue to face selling pressure following yesterday’s disappointing market update Top European News
EU, U.K. See Free-Trade Area, Deep Regulatory Cooperation:Draft
German Growth Slows More Than Expected to Four- Year Low
Denmark Wants Danske Whistle-Blower to Explain His Testimony
Ericsson Rises as Goldman Sees ‘Strong Competitive Position’
In currencies, the Dollar has benefited from the aforementioned relative weakness elsewhere, and the index is holding nearer the upper end of 96.394-751 parameters as a result, and on course to end the holiday-shortened week with a net gain, albeit modest having traded up to 96.898 and down to 96.037 at the other extreme. the Euro was not the most discounted major currency on offer, but cut price in wake of considerably weaker than forecast preliminary PMIs from France, Germany and the Eurozone overall. The single currency is now under 1.1400 vs the Usd and has broken the 10DMA to the downside at 1.1356, with fibs now being eyed ahead of 1.1300, while pivoting 0.8850 against the Gbp even though Sterling is also suffering in sympathy and jittery on Brexit issues following initial euphoria due to the UK-EU Political Declaration. CAD/NZD/AUD - Also going relatively cheap and underperforming against their US peer, with the Loonie back below 1.3200 amidst an even steeper slide in crude prices ahead of Canadian CPI and retail sales data. Meanwhile, the Aud has retreated through 0.7250 again and hardly helped by overnight developments as ANZ revised its RBA outlook to unchanged until August 2020, and the ASIC launched a probe of CBA for the alleged mis-selling of insurance products. Similarly, the Kiwi has lost grip of 0.6800 amidst speculation that the RBNZ could loosen mortgage restrictions as part of its FSR due next week. GBP - As noted above, the Pound has lost a bit more positivity after Thursday’s rally on the draft PD reached by Brexit negotiators given a mixed reaction to the details in UK political circles and ongoing doubt about approval by EU leaders. Cable is back below 1.2850 vs circa 1.2900 at best yesterday, albeit ‘comfortably’ above the recent 1.2785 low with decent bids noted at 1.2800. EM - Some consolidation at the end of a solid week for the likes of the Zar and Try that have both made potentially significant breaks of key levels at 14.0000 and 5.3000 vs the Usd respectively due to a combination of bullish technical and fundamental factors, ie the SARB ¼ point hike yesterday. In commodities, WTI (-4.3%) and Brent (-2.6%) are on track for their seventh weekly loss with WTI prices briefly breaching the USD 52.00/bbl level to the downside while Brent lingers just above USD 61/bbl. Some traders are citing the recent decline to technical factors, while Saudi Arabia signalled that its output may have reached a record high of above 10.7mln BPD, and the kingdom’s Energy Minister Al-Falih noted that demand for oil will be lower in January 2019 compared to December 2018. This comes amidst the backdrop of this week’s EIA data which showed that US production remained at a record high of 11.7mln barrels, the most since at least 1983; according to government data. Therefore, the complex is suffering from a double whammy with supply glut concerns and weaker demand concerns weighing on traders’ minds. Oil fell into bear market territory this month after the US granted temporary waivers to eight countries in regard to Iranian oil, in turn pouring cold water on some supply concerns, while sources emerged this morning noting that China are to resume the purchase of Iranian oil in November after their waiver. Some analysts highlighted that due to complications over insurance, shipping and payments, it may take until February or later until some of Iran’s largest buyers such as South Korean and Japan resume purchases. Elsewhere, gold (-0.4%) prices saw some downside after the yellow metal felt pressure from the firmer USD and copper weakened amid underperformance in China alongside a decline in Chinese commodity prices. Furthermore, China’s Dalian Exchange are to relax their risk management restrictions on some futures in an attempt to attract more investors to boost liquidity given the recent slump in iron ore prices. US Event Calendar
9:45am: Markit US Manufacturing PMI, est. 55.7, prior 55.7
9:45am: Markit US Services PMI, est. 55, prior 54.8
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