The World's Highest-Paid Musicians In 2014

December 22nd, 2014
in News, econ_news, syndication

from Felix Richter,
by Niall McCarthy

Dr. Dre was the highest-paid musician worldwide in 2014 by a massive distance, earning five times more than his nearest rival.

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F-Squared Investments Agreed to Pay $35 million for Defrauding Investors through False Performance Advertising

December 22nd, 2014
in econ_news

from the Securities and Exchange Commission

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that investment management firm F-Squared Investments has agreed to pay $35 million and admit wrongdoing to settle charges that it defrauded investors through false performance advertising about its flagship product.

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October 2014 Coincident Indicator Review: Economy's Rate of Growth Continues to be Constant

December 22nd, 2014
in econ_news, syndication

The above graph shows the index value for the US Coincident Index. A comparison of US Coincident Index, Aruoba-Diebold-Scotti business conditions index, Conference Board's Coincident Index, ECRI's USCI (U.S. Coincident Index), and Chicago Fed National Activity Index (CFNAI) coincident indicators follows.

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Nearly Three in Four Employers Plan to Hand Out Year-End Bonuses

December 22nd, 2014
in econ_news

from Challenger Gray and Christmas

While the vast majority of Americans will never see anywhere near the level of year-end bonus lavished upon Wall Street bankers, a new survey shows that nearly 80 percent of employers plan to offer some type of holiday bonus or gift this year.

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Is There a Future for Credit Default Swap Futures?

December 22nd, 2014
in econ_news

by Or Shachar - Liberty Street Economics, Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Last year, IntercontinentalExchange (ICE) launched a credit default swap index futures contract. In the first two weeks there were spurts of interest in it, but soon it became evident that the new product was unable to generate sufficient demand. Given their short life span in the credit default swaps (CDS) market, the question becomes why were these futures contracts launched in the first place? And, assuming that they were created in response to a real need of market participants, will we see a revival of swap futures in the future?

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