The following bylined article was written by Ian Jakovan Dunlap, founder of Hyper Acceleration.
LONDON and DUBAI, UAE, Dec. 18, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FXCM Group, LLC ("FXCM Group" or “FXCM”), a leading international provider of online foreign exchange trading, CFD trading, bitcoin and related services, together with The Dubai Gold and Commodities Exchange (“DGCX”) today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), agreeing to collaborate on launching new and innovative products on the DGCX Exchange.
VALLEY FORGE, Pa., Dec. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Vanguard today announced plans to merge the $15.1 billion Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund into the $10.2 billion Vanguard U.S. Growth Fund. Following the merger, scheduled to be completed in early 2019, the fund will retain the U.S. Growth Fund name and continue to invest primarily in large-capitalization stocks of U.S. companies considered to have above-average earnings growth potential and reasonable stock prices in comparison with expected earnings.
The Impact of the Houston Ship Channel Economy on Global Hydrocarbon Demand
Dec. 18, 2018 20:43 UTC Greater Houston Port Bureau Annual Meeting January 10, 2019 HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Greater Houston Port Bureau today announced that its monthly Commerce Club luncheon and annual meeting will take place January 10, 2019 at Houston Marriott South at Hobby Airport at 11:15 AM (CST). The keynote speaker will be Tony Chovanec, senior vice president, Fundamentals & Commodity Risk Assessment for Enterprise Products Partners. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20181218005839/en/ The Impact of the Houston Ship Channel Economy on Global Hydrocarbon Demand. (Photo: Enterprise Products Partners, L.P.) In his presentation, “Our Energy Future is Now”, Mr. Chovanec will highlight the dramatic increase in domestic energy production that has made the U.S. a net exporter of hydrocarbons and the importance of the Houston Ship Channel region in maintaining the country’s dominant position as a global producer. Key points addressed in his presentation will be: How the U.S. became the world’s leading oil producer, and the outlook for the future The U.S. already produces more light crude oil, NGLs, refined products and petrochemicals than it can consume. Where will the markets be for these products? Crude oil exports are expected to quadruple, NGL export volumes expected to double by 2025, and much of our petrochemical and refined products are destined for export. How do we prepare for the magnitude of these opportunities? Energy economists forecast that the U.S. will supply the lion’s share of new production required to meet global demand growth for years to come. What does this mean for our local and regional economies? What is the importance of the Houston Ship Channel in linking the Texas economy to global hydrocarbon demand? For more details go to: https://txgulf.org/events/commerce-club. Anthony C. Chovanec Tony Chovanec was elected Senior Vice President, Enterprise Products Partners, L.P., in June 2014. He heads the company’s Fundamentals/Supply Appraisal Team which was formed in 2010 and is responsible for the evaluation of the key supply and demand trends around the company’s five business lines: Natural Gas, Natural Gas Liquids, Crude Oil, Refined Products and Petrochemicals. These analyses are used in our commercial activities and in evaluating capital investment opportunities. About the Greater Houston Port Bureau The Greater Houston Port Bureau promotes cooperation and efficiency within the maritime community by providing vessel information, port information, networking, and advocacy for its 200+ member companies. For more information visit www.txgulf.org or call 1-713-678-4300. View source version on businesswire.com: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20181218005839/en/ Contacts Andrea LaVorgnaGreater Houston Port Bureau1-713-678-4300alavorgna@txgulf.org Source: Greater Houston Port Bureau Smart Multimedia Gallery Photo The Impact of the Houston Ship Channel Economy on Global Hydrocarbon Demand. (Photo: Enterprise Products Partners, L.P.) View this news release and multimedia online at: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20181218005839/en

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Dec. 18, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Kadima.Ventures, a transformative collaboration of companies that offers resources to early-stage startups and legacy companies to evolve ideas into advanced technologies, announced today that the company has hired Certified Financial Planner Todd Altomare as its new EVP, Strategic Relations. This appointment represents a key acquisition in the continued expansion of Kadima, as the company looks to further enhance its offering to its growing client portfolio.
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Leading Business and Finance Consultant Ian Dunlap Offers 2019 Investment Planning Advice
The following bylined article was written by Ian Jakovan Dunlap, founder of Hyper Acceleration.HOUSTON, Dec. 18, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Getting the best returns for 2019 comes down to a straightforward formula, and if followed you can generate a much higher return in the market. The adage "you can only generate 10-12% per year" is antiquated for most investors with the right system in place in 2019.1.         Buy 2 Index Funds: (SPY and DIA):An individual stock may go out of business, but an index fund will not. Since the S&P, Dow, and Nasdaq are not going to go out of existence any time soon, one of the best things you can do for your future is to invest long-term into an index fund and let time do the magic for you. An index fund is like an all-star team. So, while you may not pick the right stock on your own, the other stocks in your index fund will generally make up for poorly performing stocks.2.         Buy 2 Tech Stocks:The truth is, you don't need 40 stocks in your portfolio to get high returns in the market. It's often a huge mistake. It causes your gains to be hampered when some of the stocks in your portfolio are winning the others are losing which causes you to minimize your growth in your account. I suggest focusing on a total of four stocks that historically have been strong and continued to grow over time. Netflix, Amazon, and Google are great examples. Microsoft has also performed well as it went from $34.63 to a high of $106.16 in five years - a 306% gain in five years.Technology has ruled the American economy for the past 100 years. Ford's technological advantage was the assembly line.  Nowadays, we recognize Netflix's edge is their customer base that pays every month, and Apple's strengths are their dominant position and the smartphone market as well as their subscription model. Take advantage of the genius of these CEOs and their fantastic team and profit by investing in these companies.3.         Add more shares to your index funds and tech stocks EVERY SINGLE MONTH:The habit of doing this is even more important than anything. Whether a recession or bear market, you want to continue to invest because after the period ends, we usually see another robust bearish market. My long-standing thesis is that the market is rigged. In other words, it's engineered to stay up for long periods, and your children are going to need this money in 10, 20, or 30 years.4.         The One Asset You Should Be Using That Pays 100x More than Stocks: What if I told you there is an asset paying 100 times more than stocks, is entirely trustworthy, and a lot of professionals around the world already have been using it decades to get higher returns? Would you want to know what it is? Sadly, when I talk to people about investing 90% aren't using this asset in their portfolio to make money, and this asset is called futures.If you have 100 shares of Apple and it goes up $15, you will profit $1500. Not bad, but not enough to change your life or the trajectory of your family.If you have 100 shares (contracts) of S&P 500 futures and it goes to $12, you will profit $150,000, and in some cases, you can do this in less than a week. This scenario is an example of one of those hidden assets that almost no one knows about except a handful of people that are already generating exceptional gains in the market.5.         Short the market during times of crisis or a crash:Do you know you can make money when the market goes down right?I was in a meeting with an NBA player this October when the Dow dropped 800 points in one day. He asked, "why aren't you worried?" I said to him "you know you can make money when the market drops right?" The truth is he had no clue that this was even an option as I am pretty sure most people reading this don't know this is an option. When the market is poised to drop, I would recommend short the ES Future and the NQ future simultaneously. If you had 25 shares (contracts) of each and aimed for a $15 target for both, you would profit $65,000 in less than 24 hours. It will offset any bleeding that you are experiencing in your long-term account and will put a smile on your face while you're patiently waiting for the market to turn back up.Although the market always goes back up it is not fun to look at your long-term account and see it's down 15% or 25%, so this is a simple way you can profit when the market drops, and everyone is pessimistic. As Warren Buffett famously said, "be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful" and remember that the market is rigged to stay up.About Hyper AccelerationIan Jakovan Dunlap is founder of the boutique business and finance consultancy Hyper Acceleration in Houston. A fund manager who specializes in a new type of investing, he is a former marketing executive whose past clients include Chevron, Eastern Bank Limited, and Reebok. To reach Ian Dunlap please call 404-496-8021.Editor's Note: Ian Dunlap, the author, has granted permission for publications to reprint or reuse the information contained in this article. Please contact Taroue Brooks at 202-431-1119 or taroue.brooks@yahoo.com for more details. To request an interview or a professional headshot, please contact: Taroue Brooks202-431-1119taroue.brooks@yahoo.comA photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/3af72691-0f6a-4180-8a04-4bca1290f60e
EDINA, Minn., Dec. 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Marketplace Home Mortgage, an established leader in the mortgage industry, announced today its strategic acquisition by Tustin, California-based New American Funding.
CHARLOTTE, N.C., Dec. 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Bear Real Estate Advisors announced today that the real estate investment services firm represented Capital Square 1031 in its acquisition of an approximately 150,000-square-foot, Class A corporate headquarters office building located in the Charlotte, North Carolina suburb of Fort Mill, South Carolina.
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Perspecta Closes Loan Repricing at Reduced Interest Rate with No Increase in Borrowing
CHANTILLY, Va., Dec. 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Perspecta Inc. (NYSE: PRSP), a leading U.S. government services provider, today announced that on Dec. 12, 2018, that it successfully closed the first amendment to its credit agreement dated as of May 31, 2018. The amendment includes a 25 basis point reduction in the interest rate applicable to the company's drawn $2.530 billion Pro Rata Facilities ($600 million Revolving Facility and $1.930 billion Term Loan A Facilities), and a 5 basis point reduction in the interest rate applicable to the company's unused commitment fee with respect to the Revolving Credit Facility, with no increase in any borrowing. The interest rate applicable for the company's Term Loan B Facility remains unchanged. Further information can be found in the company's current report on Form 8-K and the exhibits thereto filed with the Securities Exchange Commission on Dec. 18, 2018. About Perspecta Inc. At Perspecta (NYSE: PRSP), we question, we seek and we solve. Perspecta brings a diverse set of capabilities to our U.S. government customers in defense, intelligence, civilian, health care and state and local markets. Our 260+ issued, licensed and pending patents are more than just pieces of paper, they tell the story of our innovation. With offerings in mission services, digital transformation and enterprise operations, our team of 14,000 engineers, analysts, investigators and architects work tirelessly to not only execute the mission, but build and support the backbone that enables it. Perspecta was formed to take on big challenges. We are an engine for growth and success and we enable our customers to build a better nation.  For more information about Perspecta, visit perspecta.com. This press release may contain forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are made on the basis of the current beliefs, expectations and assumptions of the management of Perspecta and are subject to significant risks and uncertainty. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements. All such forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and Perspecta undertakes no obligation to update or revise these statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Although Perspecta believes that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, these statements involve a variety of risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from what may be expressed or implied in these forward-looking statements. View original content to download multimedia:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/perspecta-closes-loan-repricing-at-reduced-interest-rate-with-no-increase-in-borrowing-300768482.html SOURCE Perspecta Inc.

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Finance Attitude - 5 common types of financial swaps
A swap is an act of exchanging one thing for another. In finance, swaps are derivatives wherein two counterparties exchange financial instruments. The swaps can involve an exchange of a series of cash flows of one party’s financial instrument for those of the other party’s financial instrument over a specific period of time. Swaps are mutual agreements that are easy to design and customize over the counter. They offer great flexibility that leads to many swap variations with each serving a given purpose.  
Finance Attitude - 5 Key Benefits of a Robo-Adviser
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Finance Attitude - 6 Key Factors to Consider Before Making a Private Equity Investment
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Finance Attitude - 8 Best Stock Investment Apps for Beginners
8 Best Stock Investment Apps for Beginners
Investing is a daunting task and sometimes could be confusing especially for a beginner. In the past, an investment process began by making a call to a brokerage firm to obtain an advisor who would advise the investor throughout the process. However, the technological advancement has made it easier for beginners who want to start trading. Now, they can just download an app on their PC or Smartphone and use it to trade securities. Different apps offer automation, low cost and high-security measures to make investing easy and exciting for all. Here are 8 best investment apps to download and use to invest in stocks: 1.    Stash Stash lets the investor trade with as little as $5. It recommends a collection of investments based on the investor profile details as well as such factors as managed risk, low fees, and historical performance. It also has tips and articles to help the user scale up their investment know how each time they access the account. 2.    SigFig SigFig is yet another interesting investment app. It has investment tools that can track, manage and maximize the investor’s portfolio. It also allows users to manage their entire investment through the app.  Users can receive latest market news and statistics on relevant companies. 3.    Yahoo Finance Yahoo Finance app allows users to synchronize portfolio and quotes across different devices track commodities, stocks, currencies and more. It has an easy to navigate user interface and the users can easily conduct a quick stock check and allow push notifications to get instant updates which help them make informed investment decisions. 4.    Acorns Acorns is yet another investing app for first-time investors. It allows investors to invest their balances where it rounds up investors’ regular purchases on credit and debit transactions linked to it every day. App instantly trades with the remaining balance into a diversified portfolio of index funds chosen by Harry Markowitz. It is an easy, quick and automatic way to invest. It charges a percentage of the user account balance as a monthly service fee and thus the user should avoid leaving a lump sum amount in the account over a long period of time. 5.    Stock Market Simulator This app gives the investor the ability to attempt trading before they make an actual trade. Users can play with a simulated model of the real market by investing virtual funds before they can start the real trading process. It is a good way to get a dummy account that lets an investor learn how stock market work without using actual money. 6.    TD Ameritrade This app is by TD Ameritrade which is one of the largest brokerage firms in the US. It focuses on the essentials of investing such as streaming quotes, real-time balances, mobile access to trading, fund transfers, and getting latest news and market research reports. It has a Snapstock feature which allows users to snap a barcode or a picture on any item to get the company name ticker symbol and stock quote as well as related news and visuals. 7.    Stockpile This app allows the user to trade but also to gift single shares of stock or rather purchase fractional shares with as low as 99 cent trade fee. This allows the investor to buy fractional shares of high-valued stocks such as Google, Amazon and Berkshire Hathaway without spending $1000 or more per share. It is also a great app for kids’ teens and family because it allows the investor to buy and gift shares of stock. 8.    Robinhood Robinhood app allows an investor to trade US-listed and OTC securities such as in stocks, options and ETFs for free. Robinhood account gives an investor an access to instant deposits. Key Takeaway Investment apps have helped automate the investing process and first-time investors can obtain massive benefits from using them.
Locus Chain Foundation prepares to launch the company's first digital asset exchange platform in Dubai, the Locus Chain Digital Asset Exchange (Locus DAX)
Locus Chain to Launch a Digital Asset Exchange Platform in Dubai
Locus Chain Foundation prepares to launch the company's first digital asset exchange platform in Dubai, the Locus Chain Digital Asset Exchange (Locus DAX) SINGAPORE, Dec. 18, 2018 /CNW/ -- Singapore-headquartered Locus Chain Foundation, the developers of a revolutionary, next-generation blockchain protocol, today announced it will launch an innovative digital asset exchange platform, Locus DAX in Dubai, during the first quarter of 2019.     Locus DAX will allow users to buy, sell and trade digital currencies including major cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Ethereum and Locus Token (Locus Chain's own digital currency). The exchange will also provide interoperability with financial accounts, allowing users to purchase cryptocurrencies with fiat currencies such as USD and AED.   Her Highness Sheikha Moaza Obaid Suhail Al Maktoum, co-founder of Locus DAX and senior advisor to Locus Chain, said, "Strategically located between Africa, Asia and Europe, Dubai sits at the international crossroads of business and investment and is fast becoming the region's digital exchange hub. We expect to attract investors from around the region as well as internationally, as innovations in blockchain continue to capture keen interest from governments and private businesses. When you also factor in the liquidity of the GCC, we are confident that Locus DAX is uniquely positioned to serve this growing space, to quickly become a globally ranked exchange." Mr. Sang Yoon Lee, CEO of Locus Chain and co-founder of Locus DAX, said, "The UAE's Blockchain Strategy 2021 is more ambitious than any other country's in embedding blockchain technology within the public sphere. We believe launching Locus DAX in Dubai reinforces Dubai's reputation as one of the world's leading financial centers while giving us the opportunity to be at one of the critical intersections of technology, commerce and investment." Dubai has embarked on an ambitious plan to be the first city in the world to pioneer an e-government system running entirely on blockchain by 2020. The government expects to save as much as USD 1.5 billion and 25.1 million-man hours annually when the plan is fully implemented, with services such as processing visa applications, recording land registration information and making bill payments all expected to be done through blockchain. The Locus DAX announcement comes on the heels of more than 40 agreements entered into with organizations and governments of different countries to implement Locus Chain's blockchain technology and digital currency, such as Tunisia Economic City and Uganda's Eco City, as well as projects with other African countries including the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, and Mauritius. Locus Chain also recently entered the Indian market with an agreement to apply blockchain technology to the travel and tourism platform of Let's Fly Free. With offices in South Korea, Japan, UAE and Mauritius, Locus Chain Foundation Pte. Ltd. Singapore is a subsidiary of Bloom Technology. About Locus Chain Foundation Locus Chain Foundation Pte, Ltd. was set up in Singapore in 2018, to develop a Blockchain-based platform and related business. Built by a team of Korean developers, international partners and advisors, the Locus Chain Foundation will offer affordable access to a reliable, secure platform that ensures accountability and transparency. It offers Locus Chain digital currency to streamline the platform economy with a payment system that is highly accessible even in the harshest circumstances. With offices in Singapore, South Korea, Japan, Mauritius and UAE, the company has a global footprint and partnerships to realize its plan to become the blockchain solution for international businesses and global citizens.     View original content to download multimedia:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/locus-chain-to-launch-a-digital-asset-exchange-platform-in-dubai-300768140.html SOURCE Locus Chain Foundation