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Good luck finding a safe VPN

If you're most people, you just found out about the FCC's internet privacy rules by way of their untimely demise. Thanks to the FCC's new chief, Congress, and Donald Trump, ISPs are now free to track you like crazy and sell your data to the four directions. As a result, interest in VPNs exploded …

Fed no longer sure about health of U.S. economy

In downshifting its interest rate policy to something barely above neutral, the Federal Reserve is acknowledging two elephants in the room of the U.S. economic recovery. One lies in its suddenly uncertain labour market at home. The other is an unpredictable interloper from an ocean away, who goes …

She Was One Of The First Female Marines Before Becoming Famous… And No One Ever Knew It.

Long before she adopted different a stage name, Bernice Frankel was doing something to support her country.<p>After World War II began in 1939 and the …

Financial Bombshells: Greece and JPMorgan | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization

<i></i><i>Not that almost any and all news today is enough to make you scratch your head, two pieces of news yesterday were bombshells! I am talking about</i> …

27 Black Women Activists Everyone Should Know

February 28, 2014<p>read<p>add comment<p>The contributions of Black women to shaping and changing the world for the better are often minimized. At every …

A Company That Helps You Find The Perfect Credit Card Is Now Worth $1 Billion

The new funding, coming just six months after its $85 million Series C, was led by Google Capital, Tiger Global Management, and Susquehanna Growth Equity. The 7-year-old company now has raised over $193 million.<p>Credit Karma calls itself the "Expedia for financial services products." Its users get …

Free Climbing El Capitan: In Pictures

Vanguard reports record inflows as passive funds gain ground

Vanguard, the world’s second-largest asset manager, has resoundingly beaten the record for global fund-raising for a third successive year after …

Investing

Exclusive: Goldman writedown of Portugal loan hurts profit, bonuses | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Group Inc had to write down its loan to the troubled Portuguese bank Banco Espirito Santo SA in the fourth quarter, cutting the bank’s profit and some employees’ bonuses, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.<p>Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock …

JPMorgan's CEO Said Dogs--- On A Conference Call

On the conference call following the bank's dismal earnings announcement, which included a nearly $1 billion legal expenditure, CEO Jamie Dimon said that the bank would "try to avoid stepping in dogs---."<p>Yup.<p>He also blasted analysts for what he considers a short-term negative outlook on the bank's …

It’s getting less cushy to work for JP Morgan

<b>The numbers:</b> Crummy. Profits fell 6.6% to $4.93 billion in the fourth quarter, compared to the prior year. The bank shelled out more than expected to pay for legal costs and socked away larger-than-expected reserves for loans that could go bad. Revenue dropped 2.8% to $22.51 billion.<p><b>The takeaway:</b> …

This Fake Phone Charger Is Actually Recording Every Key You Type

“Whose phone charger is that sticking out of the wall? Oh. It must be Ben’s. Ben always leaves his charger at work. Classic Ben!”<p>Alas, it’s not Ben’s charger. Hell, it’s not a charger at all. It’s actually a little spy device <i>disguised</i> as a phone charger, capable of sniffing out every key you type …

Google set to turn key on insurance comparison site in Illinois

Watch out, Flo. Illinois drivers looking for the best insurance rates may soon be able to simply Google it.<p>The California-based Internet search giant is piloting an online insurance comparison shopping site expected to launch in Illinois and three other states during the first quarter, according to …

Auto Insurance

Morgan Stanley's Gorman gets 73% pay boost

Morgan Stanley CEO James Gorman's 2013 compensation jumped 73% to $18 million, the investment bank says.<p>Morgan Stanley, the last of the major investment banks to report 2013 compensation, says in a Friday proxy that Gorman's salary rose 87% to $1.5 million and his bonus jumped 110% to $5.4 million. …

Deutsche Bank co-chiefs’ pay rises by half

Deutsche Bank increased its co-chief executives’ pay by half during a year in which the German lender reported a 1.2 per cent return on equity and …

Freddie Mac: Average 30-year fixed mortgage rate falls to 4.32%

Fixed mortgage rates fell early this week, with Freddie Mac reporting the average for 30-year loans dropped to 4.32% from 4.37% last week.<p>The McLean, Va., housing finance company said lenders were offering 15-year fixed home loans, a popular option for refinancers, at an average of 3.32%, down from …

JPMorgan has just released a presentation on its investment bank. This is what you need to know

For those if you who don't know, it's JPMorgan's annual investor day. Starting at 8.30EST, its leading lights will be standing up and opining about …

Markets

Fewer banks and higher profits, that’s post-crisis reality in the US

Looking at this key gauge of bank profitability, it’s hard to believe the US banking industry just suffered through the worst economic crisis in a generation.<p>In fact, American banks are faring better than they ever have, according to data released today by the Federal Deposit Insurance …

JPMorgan Said to Plan Move of 2,000 Workers to Brooklyn

JPMorgan Chase & Co., the biggest U.S. lender, is moving about 2,000 employees to offices in Brooklyn’s MetroTech Center after a review of its real …

Wall Street bonuses show CEOs think bull market is over

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Like me, you were probably chagrined to see the pay of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. Chairman and Chief Executive Jamie Dimon …

The NSA's elite hackers can hijack your Wi-Fi from 8 miles away

Attendees at the Chaos Communications Congress in Hamburg this weekend got a surprising rundown of the NSA's surveillance capabilities, courtesy of security researcher Jacob Appelbaum. Appelbaum, who co-wrote the <i>Der Spiegel</i> article that first revealed the NSA catalog, went into further detail …

Why Peels Are Popular (Hint: They WORK)

There’s something about the idea of cosmetic skin peels that can trigger perfect-skin fantasies even in the most down-to-earth of us. The idea that …

Madoff says he provided 'key information' to authorities

In a new email from federal prison, convicted con artist Bernard Madoff claims federal regulators "eagerly accepted" information he offered about JPMorgan Chase, which is in talks with U.S. authorities about a potential $2 billion settlement over its alleged role in the Madoff fraud.<p>"I am not …

JPMorgan Says It Broke No Law. So Why Pay The $13 Billion?

State and federal regulators have hailed Tuesday's $13 billion settlement with JPMorgan Chase & Co. over faulty mortgage assets it sold in the years leading up to the financial crisis as a big victory for the judicial system.<p>But like other big settlements to emerge from the financial crisis, the …

Amazon Black Friday 2013 deals

In the frantic leadup to Black Friday, every retailer is looking for a way to differentiate its sale from the competition. Amazon's trick is to go all out with daily deals. Starting Sunday November 24th, the retail giant will begin offering deals with deep discounts. They'll come thick and fast — …

Analyst Predicts Bitcoin Will Go Over $1000 This Week: 'This Is A Classic Bubble'

As Bitcoin’s value continues its ridiculous climb, into the $600s and $700s on popular exchanges, a price forecasting analyst states the obvious, “This is a classic speculative bubble.” Based on its current momentum, he predicts that it may go as high as $1,700 within the week.<p><i>Disclosure: I own</i> …

Are Bitcoins The New Gold?

For more than four years, gold and Bitcoin prices moved in the same direction north — though Bitcoins followed a rather erratic pattern. But in the last twelve months, the two investment vehicles parted paths. Gold moved south, with SPDR Gold Shares (NYSE:GLD) losing close to 25 percent of its …