MORE than a third of Europeans and Americans would be happy to go without cash and rely on electronic forms of payment if they could, and at least 20 percent already pretty much do so, a study showed yesterday. The study, which was conducted in 13 European countries, the US and Australia, also found that in many places where cash is most used, people are among the keenest to ditch it. Overall, 34 percent of respondents in Europe and 38 percent in the United States said they would be willing...
As health-conscious eaters have embraced dietary fat, coconut oil’s stock has skyrocketed. The oil, extracted from the meat of a coconut, is mostly saturated fat, but boasts about the food include weight loss, better metabolism and improved cholesterol. While lab results are promising for some of these claims, real-world evidence is spotty. Take weight loss. “The reason coconut oil is so popular for weight loss is partly due to my research on medium chain triglycerides,” says...
FinanceFeeds - Earlier this week, FinanceFeeds posted a video, exposing an abusive practice used by a growing number of online trading companies to mislead existing and potential customers. This practice involves the use of a misleading name, which does not properly reflect the nature of the company using it. Online trading firms, especially binary options firms, are often resorting to the misuse of words like “bank” and “exchange” to mislead customers into thinking that the entity solic...
It’s hard to argue that with age, nostalgia literally kicks in the front door. In our young days, the BMW E39 M5 was the car we all dreamed of and often referenced in any car conversation. It was one of those elusive vehicles, almost ordinary looking, but which could duke it out with the most impressive supercars available on the market toda. Now, with so many years passing by, the E39 M5 retains its legendary status. Ever since it was introduced back in 1998, the BMW E39 M5 raised quite a...
For some builds, doing a few simple upgrades makes all the difference. For example, this Mineral White BMW M3 ZCP already comes properly modded from the factory. But, the owner went over to European Auto Source in order to add some visual parts, further enhancing the looks of the vehicle. For many, the BMW M3 ZCP can be considered a complete car right out of the box. The BMW M3 Competition Package doesn’t improve its performance on a large scale, but it does give the sporty sedan a nice p...
This post is in partnership with History Today. The article below was originally published at History Today. A flight of bombers from Nazi Germany’s Condor Legion and Italy’s Aviazione Legionaria pummelled the Basque town Gernika for three hours on April 26, 1937. As incendiary bombs rained down on the defenseless settlement, civilians fled into the surrounding fields, where they were mercilessly strafed by the aircrafts’ machine guns. That night, the heartland of Basque ide...
People visit the Egypt stand during the Arabian Travel Market exhibition in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Monday, April 24, 2017. Kamran Jebreili / Associated PressSkift Take: Problem is, nobody trusts Egyptian officials. And when it comes to the country's tourism industry trusting their motives is even more difficult. — Jason ClampetEgypt’s tourism levels are still around a third of what they once were and, despite security concerns, Egypt’s tourism minister on Monday insis...
Venture capital investments in financial services startups are showing a geographical split, with funding for so-called “fintech” companies in the United States cooling but soaring in Europe, according to a new report out Wednesday. Years of hype that led to high valuations, concerns over high loan losses among online lenders and industry scandals such as Lending Club lc falsifying loan documentation, has resulted in a slowdown for the U.S. fin...
In their pitch for tax reform, President Trump and congressional Republicans have made promises that evoke Oprah Winfrey's talk-show days. ("You get a tax cut! You get a tax cut!! YOU get a tax cut!!!") But for investors, the biggest windfall may come from a deal that would require corporations to, at least briefly, pay more taxes. That deal involves the repatriation of $2.5 trillion of profits that American businesses have parked overseas in order to avoid paying the 35% U.S. corporate tax rate...
The trade publication Variety is reporting that after a couple of years of failed attempts Netflix is entering the China market. This is a big deal, for multiple reasons. First, when Netflix nflx recently announced a 130-country expansion, China wasn't one of them. The world's most populous nation and second largest economy is a notoriously complicated market for non-Chinese companies. It's exponentially more difficult for media and entertainment companies...
After Britain has its general election, the next question is likely to be whether there is another referendum on Scottish independence. Following First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon’s recent call for a second referendum, further constitutional crisis in Britain is a matter of when, not if. It was only in 2014 that Scotland voted to remain in the United Kingdom by a 55-45 percent vote. The referendum was described by the Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP) as “once-in-a...
Asia-Pacific benefits most from Chinese tourism. Pictured are Chinese tourists waiting to board a sightseeing boat at a pier at Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, Thailand. Athit Perawongmetha / ReutersSkift Take: China's neighbors stand to benefit most from hundreds of millions of Chinese tourists. But as the past few months have shown, Chinese demand can shift rapidly and drastically impact local tourism economies in the process. — Dan PeltierThe Asia-Pacific region claims 90 percent of the...
Imagine this: A wealthy American woman in Beverly Hills goes online and orders her perfect child: tall, blue-eyed, intelligent, and disease-free. Nine months later, her baby--carried by an unknown surrogate overseas--is delivered happy and healthy to her doorstep. Parents have always wanted the best for their children - the best schools, the best toys, the best of what life has to offer. But what if you could actually buy a better child? Superbabies are not here quite yet, but the genetic techno...
The trade publication Variety is reporting that after a couple of years of failed attempts Netflix is entering the China market. This is a big deal, for multiple reasons. First, when Netflix recently announced a 130-country expansion, China wasn't one of them. The world's most populous nation and second largest economy is a notoriously complicated market for non-Chinese companies. It's exponentially more difficult for media and entertainment companies, given China's desire to control the content...
FinanceFeeds - Achieving a profit thanks to Forex trading is not a simple task – anyone who has entered the online trading realm will probably agree with that. This is also confirmed by Forex trading results data published by the Polish Financial Supervision Authority (KNF, or PFSA) on April 25, 2017. A survey conducted by the regulator amid Forex brokers offering their services to Poland’s residents shows that 79.3% of the active traders lost money due to FX trading in 2016. The pro...
The FIM CEV Repsol is back in action at the Circuito de Albacete, where this coming weekend the new season of this exciting championship gets under way. The Moto3™ Junior World Championship will once again draw much of our attention. It’s no coincidence that more than 80% of the riders currently competing in the Moto3™ category in the World Championship have passed through the FIM CEV Repsol, from the current champion Lorenzo Dalla Porta, to Joan Mir, Arón Canet, Nicolo Bulega, Bo Bendsne...
Good morning. Whisper it quietly, but Europe’s crisis is over, at least for the immediate future. By far the most important evidence for this extravagant claim is the French election result on Sunday. Barring a disaster, France will again commit itself to the EU’s institutions and aspirations in 11 days’ time, when Emmanuel Macron runs off against Marine Le Pen for the presidency. Not one of over 120 polls during the campaign has suggested Le Pen can win that run-off, and most ...
Good morning. Whisper it quietly, but Europe’s crisis is over, at least for the immediate future. By far the most important evidence for this extravagant claim is the French election result on Sunday. Barring a disaster, France will again commit itself to the EU’s institutions and aspirations in 11 days’ time, when Emmanuel Macron runs off against Marine Le Pen for the presidency. Not one of over 120 polls during the campaign has suggested Le Pen can win that run-off, and most ...
The Trump administration may undertake trade actions to protect the U.S. semiconductor, shipbuilding and aluminum industries, citing national security concerns, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told the Wall Street Journal in an interview on Tuesday. He said those industries could qualify for protection under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, which lets the president impose restrictions on imports for reasons of national security and was used to launch a probe of steel imports, the J...
Credit Suisse will raise around 4 billion Swiss francs ($4 billion) from its shareholders, the embattled bank said on Wednesday, trying to close the gap in financial strength with rivals. The bank said the decision, which saw management ditch an alternative plan to publicly list part of its Swiss business, should remove any concerns over the group’s capital strength. “This was an option which — we got very clear views from our shareholders — was seen as the best option,&#...