NEW YORK, Feb. 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- WeissLaw LLP is investigating possible breaches of fiduciary duty and other violations of law by the Board of Directors of Civitas Solutions, Inc. ("CIVI" or the "Company") (NYSE: CIVI) in connection with the proposed acquisition of the Company by Centerbridge Partners, L.P. ("Centerbridge"). Under the terms of the acquisition agreement, shareholders will receive $17.75 in cash for each CIVI share they own.
WESTBURY, N.Y., Feb. 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The Board of Directors of New York Community Bancorp, Inc. (NYSE: NYCB) (the "Company") announced the declaration of a quarterly cash dividend on its Fixed-to-Floating Rate Non-Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock, Series A (NYSE: NYCB PRA) at the rate of $15.94 per preferred share, which equates to $0.3984 for each depositary share. Each depositary share represents a 1/40th ownership interest in a share of the Series A preferred stock.

BRIDGEWATER, N.J., Feb. 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Insmed Incorporated (Nasdaq: INSM), a global biopharmaceutical company on a mission to transform the lives of patients with serious and rare diseases, today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2018 and provided a business update.
NEW YORK, Feb. 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- W. P. Carey Inc. (NYSE: WPC) (W. P. Carey or the Company), a net lease real estate investment trust, today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2018.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Feb. 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- AutoNation, Inc. (NYSE: AN), America's largest automotive retailer, today reported fourth quarter 2018 net income from continuing operations of $93 million, or $1.02 per share. Restructuring-related charges of $0.08 per share, or approximately $9 million, were incurred during the fourth quarter of 2018. Fourth quarter 2017 net income from continuing operations totaled $152 million, or $1.64 per share. Fourth quarter 2017 EPS from continuing operations included a benefit of $0.45 per share due to the enactment of the federal tax reform bill.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The Real Estate Roundtable's 2019 Q1 Sentiment Index released today reveals confidence from commercial real estate industry executives that today's fundamentally sound CRE markets will prove resilient when the decade-long expansion of the U.S. economy inevitably slows down. The historically long economic expansion, stable interest rates and demand driven supply have sustained the current healthy real estate market conditions. Unpredictability about the future longevity of the economic expansion tempers the forward looking industry outlook.
ATLANTA, Feb. 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Invesco Mortgage Capital Inc. (NYSE: IVR) (the "Company") today announced it will hold its 2019 Annual Meeting of Stockholders on Friday, May 3, 2019 at 1:00 pm ET at the Company's headquarters, located at 1555 Peachtree Street NE, 18(th) Floor, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Feb. 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The Board of Directors of Diamond Hill Investment Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: DHIL) appointed Christopher M. Bingaman, Paula R. Meyer, and Nicole R. St. Pierre to serve as directors. Ms. Meyer and Ms. St. Pierre are independent directors and will serve on Diamond Hill's Audit Committee, Compensation Committee, and Nominating and Governance Committee. Mr. Bingaman currently serves as Diamond Hill's President and Chief Executive Officer.
GEICO and Monty Ballard YMCA Team Up for Houston Area Students
Feb. 23, 2019 11:00 UTC HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- More than 80 students in the West Houston/Katy area have new winter-spring gear, thanks to a partnership between GEICO and the Monty Ballard YMCA at Cinco Ranch. As part of a company-wide initiative to support local communities, GEICO associates coordinated with the YMCA to determine how GEICO could help in the area. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20190223005003/en/ GEICO and the Monty Ballard YMCA at Cinco Ranch partnered to provide coats for local Houston students. (Photo: Business Wire) The YMCA contacted Katy Independent School District counselors and learned the students could use some new outerwear. GEICO provided a financial donation to the YMCA to purchase over 80 coats and jackets for students ranging from kindergarten through high school. In addition to this program, GEICO has worked with the Monty Ballard YMCA at Cinco Ranch to sponsor the annual Thanksgiving Turkey Dash, as well as a back-to-school campaign where GEICO associates provided 942 backpacks for students across the Houston area last July. Rynthia Rost, GEICO’s vice president of public affairs, explained, “GEICO has been in the Katy community since 2013, and we’re thrilled to be a part of the effort supporting Katy’s youngest residents.” Monty Ballard YMCA at Cinco Ranch’s Outreach Coordinator, Connie Stirgus, said, “Our mission is to work with our neighbors to help the local community, and this partnership with GEICO showed just how meaningful that can be.” ABOUT GEICO GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company), the second-largest auto insurer in the U.S., was founded in 1936 and insures more than 27 million vehicles. To make changes, report claims, print insurance cards and purchase additional products, policyholders can access their insurance policy here, connect via GEICO Mobile, phone or by visiting a GEICO local agent. Homeowners, renters, condo, flood, identity theft and term life coverages are written through non-affiliated insurance companies and are secured through the GEICO Insurance Agency, Inc. Commercial auto and personal umbrella coverages are also available. Visit www.geico.com for a quote or to learn more. View source version on businesswire.com: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20190223005003/en/ Contacts GEICO Communicationsgcorpcomm@geico.comTo view GEICO's Blog: https://www.geico.com/more/ Source: GEICO Smart Multimedia Gallery Photo GEICO and the Monty Ballard YMCA at Cinco Ranch partnered to provide coats for local Houston students. (Photo: Business Wire) Logo View this news release and multimedia online at: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20190223005003/en

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Finance Attitude - 5 Ideal Reasons for Investing in Utility Stocks
Utility stocks are stocks of companies that deliver essential services such as water, gas, and electricity among others. Utility stock is an ideal conservative option for investors looking for steady higher dividends. You can invest in utility stocks companies through a brokerage firm by buying individual utility stocks, mutual funds that are specialized in the utilities sector or as ETFs that include the select sector SPDR-utilities.
Finance Attitude - 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.  
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Finance Attitude - Top 5 Forex Risks Traders Should Consider Before they Invest
Top 5 Forex Risks Traders Should Consider Before they Invest
Forex exchange market is a global decentralized or over the counter market that facilitates the trading of currencies. Just like in a stock exchange, the traders’ goal is to make a profit by buying low and selling high. Forex markets are highly liquid assets due to the high trading volumes. Some of the most common forex exchange trades include spot transactions, currency swaps, and options, forwards, and foreign exchange swaps. Forex trades face plenty of risks that can result in substantial losses. Here are the top 5 forex risks that every trader should consider before they dive into forex trading: 1.    Leverage Risks In forex trading, traders require a small initial investment called a margin which is used as leverage in forex trading to gain access to substantial trades. Price volatility can result in margin calls where the investor is required to commit an additional margin. In highly volatile market conditions, aggressive use of leverage by traders can result in massive losses over initial investments made. 2.    Interest Rate Risks Interest rate affects countries exchange rates.  If a country’s interest rates rise, the currency strengthens. Investors flood the country as they invest in the country’s assets. In essence, a stronger currency means better returns. On the other hand, if a country interest rates fall, the currency weakens as investors begin to withdraw their investments. Interest rate changes can thus have a dramatic effect on forex prices. 3.    Transaction Risks The difference or gap between when a contract is initiated and when it settles poses a transaction risk which is an exchange rate risk. Forex trading usually takes 24 hours, and exchange rates can drastically change any time before a trade settle. Currencies also trade at different prices at different times during the trading process. The greater the gap, the higher the transaction risk. The exchange risk that traders face during the trading hours increase the transaction costs. 4.    Counterparty Risk The company that provides the asset to an investor in a financial transaction is called the counterparty. There is a risk of default from the dealer or broker in any particular transaction which refers to the counterparty risk. Spot and forward contracts on currencies do not get a guarantee by an exchange or a clearing house and thus pose a counterparty risk to an investor. The counterparty risk can occur in spot currency trading in the event the market maker end up insolvency. The counterparty can refuse or can be unable to oblige to contracts in highly volatile market conditions. 5.    Country Risk An investor must assess the structure and the stability of the issuing country before they invest in currencies. In a majority of developing countries, the exchange rates are pegged to a particular world leader currency such as the US dollar. Central Banks in those countries must sustain sufficient reserves to help maintain good exchange rates. A balance of payments deficit can lead to devaluation of the currency and result in a currency crisis. It can consequently have massive effects on forex prices and trading. Investors can also begin to withdraw their assets if they suspect the currency is likely to decrease in value. It results in further devaluing of the currency. Currency crisis aggravates liquidity and credit risks as the currency devalues the assets become illiquid. The Bottom Line An investor should consider the various risks and losses associated with foreign exchange trading before they invest. While forex assets have the highest trading volume, the risks can lead to massive losses.
VADUZ, Liechtenstein, Feb. 21, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Novem will revolutionise the gold buying experience with the upcoming launch of the world's safest and most transparent gold-backed stablecoin, the Novem 999.9 (NNN) gold token.
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 21, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Forte (pronounced FOR-TAY) today unveiled its founding team comprised of entrepreneurs with a century of combined experience in video games and platform technology development from companies such as Kabam, GarageGames, Unity, and Linden Lab. Forte is creating a platform offering for game developers to accelerate adoption of blockchain technologies supporting peer-to-peer economies within new and existing games. The Forte team previously helped create multiple leading technology platforms for the game industry and authored games played by hundreds of millions of people worldwide.
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Former CFTC Lawyer Partners with Jenga BCG to Launch Regulatory Advisory Firm for Blockchain Business
WASHINGTON, Feb. 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Recently, blockchain industry veteran, Kevin Batteh, announced to launch Jenga Advisors LLC, a Washington, D.C. based regulatory strategy firm specifically focused on advising blockchain companies with respect to regulatory compliant token projects and secondary market listings on global trading platforms. Jenga Advisors was established through a strategic partnership between Kevin Batteh and Jenga Business Consulting Group of Singapore ("Jenga BCG"), a leading blockchain advisory firm. "In order to be a successful, decentralized application, the underlying token that drives the application must be widely distributed. In many instances, the best way to achieve wide distribution is through a listing on a trading platform. Trading platforms provide a way for participants in a decentralized application to obtain or sell the underlying utility token of the application. This in turn allows the application to achieve broader use and beneficial network effects," said Kevin Batteh, founding partner of Jenga Advisors. "Kevin is widely recognized as a blockchain thought leader," said Bill Shihara, CEO of Bittrex. "Bittrex has relied on his global regulatory experience for several years, and he is an advocate that will enable blockchain clients to securely and efficiently navigate the current regulatory complexities, as well as the demands of responsible digital asset trading platforms who insist on working with compliant partners." "Kevin has been a trusted partner and advisor to several of our projects from the beginning and we are excited to see the launch of Jenga Advisors. Given his deep experience in navigating regulation both as an advisor to entities that must navigate regulation and as a regulator himself, we know that he will be a valuable partner to other token teams," said Matthew Roszak, chairman of Bloq. "We have relied on Kevin's expertise in the past and look forward to working with him in his new role," said Victor Kil, Chief of Overseas Projects for Upbit. Kevin has over two decades of experience as a financial services lawyer, and for the past seven years has focused on the intersection of financial regulation and blockchain. Kevin has a proven track record of advising blockchain companies, as well as digital asset trading platforms, regulated exchanges, miners, blockchain infrastructure providers, and mainstream companies that wish to leverage blockchain.  Kevin began his career at a Fortune 100 law firm. In 2003 he joined the CFTC and served as chief trial attorney in the US Dollar LIBOR manipulation cases that resulted in billion dollar settlements. He also served as counsel to Commissioner Jill Sommers.  Kevin has held senior roles with the UK FCA and the US Senate. Kevin is also a partner in Washington DC based Delta Strategy Group. Jenga BCG, headquartered in Singapore, is a comprehensive blockchain business consulting firm specializing in structuring and compliance, risk management and banking solutions, marketing and communication strategy for Asia markets. Over the last several years, Jenga BCG has assisted hundreds of blockchain projects out of Singapore.    Website: www.jengaadvisors.com Contact email: Kevin@jengaadvisors.com View original content to download multimedia:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/former-cftc-lawyer-partners-with-jenga-bcg-to-launch-regulatory-advisory-firm-for-blockchain-business-300800239.html SOURCE Jenna Advisors LLC.
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