Beware of landlords offering freebies and discounts to get you to sign


Source: Market Watch Personal FinanceAcross the country, more landlords are attempting to entice tenants with concessions including months of free rent.In New York City’s borough of Manhattan, landlords were offering to cover part of the rent and other discounts and freebies for 36.2% of units on the market in December, according to a report from realty firm Douglas Elliman … [Read more...]

Kanye and Kim Kardashian’s surrogate gives birth to a baby girl — how the process works for non-celebrities


Source: Market Watch Personal FinanceKim Kardashian and her husband Kanye West welcomed a third child on Tuesday after the couple’s surrogate gave birth to a baby girl, according to news reports. Kardashian previously documented her decision to use a surrogate on “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” an E! reality show about her and her family, saying it was “the only other … [Read more...]

Asian markets mostly slide lower following U.S. selloff


Source: Market Watch Personal FinanceAsian stocks were mostly lower Wednesday following a late selloff in U.S. equities and after some markets logged fresh highs Tuesday.Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index topped 2007’s record-high close on Tuesday while Singapore’s main stock index breached 2015’s high, getting to levels last seen in 2007.Stock benchmarks in Japan and Taiwan scored … [Read more...]

U.S. Navy officers to face charges of negligent homicide for fatal ship collisions


Source: Market Watch Personal FinanceWASHINGTON — The commanders of the two U.S. guided-missile destroyers involved in collisions that killed 17 sailors in Asia last year will be court-martialed on charges including negligent homicide, the Navy said Tuesday.In total, the Navy is filing criminal charges against six sailors, officials said. Another eight will face nonjudicial … [Read more...]

Ex-CIA officer arrested, accused of being mole for China: report


Source: Market Watch Personal FinanceA former Central Intelligence Agency officer has been arrested on suspicion of betraying the agency's informants in China, the New York Times reported late Tuesday. Jerry Chun Shing Lee, 53, was at the center of a mole hunt that began around 2012, the Times said, after more than a dozen informants in China were killed and the CIA's spying … [Read more...]

The simple reason why T. Boone Pickens doesn’t like cryptocurrencies


Source: Market Watch Personal FinanceOil tycoon and famed investment manager T. Boone Pickens isn’t a big fan of cryptocurrencies.Why?That was his response Tuesday when asked on Twitter his thoughts on cryptocurrencies.The crypto market didn’t do anything Tuesday to change Pickens’ mind, with bitcoin losing as much as 26% of its value during the day before closing down about … [Read more...]

Steve Bannon keeps lips zipped under questioning by House panel


Source: Market Watch Personal FinanceWASHINGTON — Steve Bannon, a once-close confidant who is now estranged from President Donald Trump, refused on Tuesday to answer some questions from Congress despite being subpoenaed while he was giving testimony.Bannon spent more than 10 hours meeting behind closed doors with the House Intelligence Committee, with much of the time taken up … [Read more...]

Nissan says it will likely build new auto plant in U.S.


Source: Market Watch Personal FinanceDETROIT — Nissan Motor Co.’s chief executive said the company believes it will need to build a new plant in the U.S. in four or five years, when the car maker would be ready for another push to expand.Normally, that plant would be built in any of the Nafta countries, “but in the current situation we are more inclined to invest in the U.S.,” … [Read more...]

Bitcoin tumbles to 6-week low on fears of regulatory noose tightening


Source: Market Watch Personal FinanceBitcoin’s spot price was slumping on Tuesday, touching a six-week low below $11,000, as the biggest cryptocurrencies came under pressure across the board.The selloff follows reports that South Korean Finance Minister Kim Dong-yeon said banning trading in virtual currencies was “a live option.” That has added to ongoing worries about a … [Read more...]