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Bangladesh Bank hackers compromised SWIFT software, warning issued

(Reuters) - The attackers who stole $81 million from the Bangladesh central bank probably hacked into software from the SWIFT financial platform that is at the heart of the global financial system, said security researchers at British defense contractor BAE Systems.<p>SWIFT, a cooperative owned by …

Cybersecurity

TECH VS. THE TITANS: The banking battle over the way we pay

When Tom Camps sold his Ottawa-based WiFi software and services company in 2014 after a successful 12-year run, he decided to take six months off to recharge. His downtime didn't last six days.<p>His teenaged son returned to his awaiting car after making a small purchase at a fast-food outlet and …

Stock Markets

Apple Expects You To Stop Using Your iPhone In Three Years

There is no mythical ‘self-destruct’ chip inside Apple’s hardware, but Cupertino has acknowledged that it believes its hardware has a definitive life span. And the suggested life feels rather on the low side.<p>The environmental policy’s QnA section addresses the question of how long an Apple device …

Apple Watch

Blackberry and Apple take different paths on encryption

BlackBerry Ltd. prides itself both on its reputation for security and close relationships with many of the world’s most powerful governments. In an …

This nasty oil rivalry is why a genuine output freeze is a long shot

Investors awaiting Sunday’s meeting of major oil producers in Doha are eyeing signs of a pact that could freeze oil production in a bid to stabilize …

U.S. equity

The argument that exchange-traded funds are the simplest way to invest is never more tested than when you want exposure to U.S. stocks.<p>You have all the usual factors to consider when comparing U.S. equity ETFs – fees, diversification and trading volumes to name a few. But you've also got to look at …

These two stocks demonstrate two different approaches to value investing

Not all value investors are the same. Those who follow the Ben Graham (or early Warren Buffett) approach tend to be opportunistic – they buy and sell all the time. Those who follow the (contemporary) Buffett approach tend to be long-term investors – they buy and hold.<p>Irrespective, however, of which …

IMF supports move to negative rates by some central banks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund said on Sunday that a move to negative rates by some of the world’s central banks would help deliver extra monetary stimulus and ease lending conditions.<p>Six of the world’s central banks have introduced negative rates, most notably the Bank of …

Economics

Canadian dollar knocked back as oil weakens

Investors look for good news from U.S. Federal Reserve tomorrow after Bank of Japan issues negative outlook<p>The Canadian dollar fell two-thirds of a …

BoC faces brighter, but incomplete picture in rate decision

The Bank of Canada goes into an interest-rate decision this week looking at an economy that's a little more upbeat than when it made its close call in January to keep rates steady.<p>But the bank still lacks some critical information on just what kind of economic cards it will be dealt this year – …

Specter of $20 Oil Recedes as Speculators Flee Bearish Bets

Hedge funds unwound bearish bets at the fastest pace in 10 months as fear of oil sinking to $20 a barrel faded.<p>A lot has happened since Goldman Sachs …

Oil

AlphaSense, Search Engine For Financial Professionals, Raises $33 Million

In yet another sign of how technology is remaking Wall Street, AlphaSense, a smart financial search engine, announces Monday $33 million in funding.<p>Investors include Tribeca Venture Partners, Triangle Peak Partners, Quantum Strategic Partners (which is managed by Soros Fund Management), Tom Glocer, …

Venture Capital

Next global credit squeeze looming: Bank for International Settlements

Notwithstanding the recent reprieve from the bond sell-off, evidence is mounting of dark forces lurking in global credit markets, the Bank for International Settlements has warned.<p>While markets have regained their composure lately, the past three months have seen credit conditions in much of the …

Bank watch lists early warning sign of trouble for oil and gas industry

Royal Bank, CIBC and Scotiabank each added 9 oil and gas firms to watch lists in recent quarterly earnings<p>They are the early warning signs that a …

'Family tax cut' on its way out, but still plenty of helpful ways to divvy your income

Seniors still have options, while younger people can get (legally) creative with their finances<p>The Liberals came into power last year promising to …

Shodan webcam search engine raises privacy concerns for Internet of Things

Many webcams and connected wearables, TVs and thermostats ship with a low level of security<p>A young child asleep on a couch in Israel. Mourners …

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In over our heads: Why we need to clear our cluttered minds

Recognizing the problem with multitasking, and how to cope with decision fatigue<p><i>Updated Jan. 18, 2018</i><p>If the world feels like it’s getting more …

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