China Overseas Land 2017 profit up 10%

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Source: Market Watch Personal FinanceReal estate developer China Overseas Land & Investment Ltd. (0688.HK) Monday reported a better-than expected 10% increase in its 2017 net profit amid higher property sales.The developer said the net profit for the year ended Dec. 31 rose to 40.77 billion Hong Kong dollars (US$5.20 billion) from HK$37.02 billion year ago, and above the … [Read more...]

New Zealand adds job mandate to monetary policy

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Source: Market Watch Personal FinanceThe New Zealand government and the country's central bank agreed Monday to introduce an employment mandate into monetary policy while keeping inflation as the bank's top priority, in changes that reassured markets fearful of a more dramatic move.The new arrangements also created a monetary policy committee that brings the Reserve Bank of New … [Read more...]

Your personal data is worth this much on the dark web and the best business schools in America

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Source: Market Watch Personal FinanceHappy Tuesday, MarketWatchers! Here are the top personal finance stories of the day. The chilling reasons your personal data varied wildly, depending on how you lost it. The company is embroiled in a data breach scandal, reportedly affecting up to 50 million users. A new international tour company encourages travelers to unplug. The … [Read more...]

Authorities say latest Austin explosion appears unrelated to serial bomber

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Source: Market Watch Personal FinanceAuthorities in Austin, Texas, responded to another explosion Tuesday night at a Goodwill store in the southern part of the city. According to a tweet from the Austin-Travis County EMS, fire and police units responded to a "reported explosion with reports of one patient injured." The severity of the victim's injuries were not yet known. The … [Read more...]

Bank of America finishes review of Steinhoff loss

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Source: Market Watch Personal FinanceBank of America Corp. has wrapped up its internal review of its $292 million loss involving troubled South African firm Steinhoff International Holdings NV and dialed back its appetite for the type of stock-based loan that caused the loss, people familiar with the matter said.Bank of America was one of a number of global lenders that held … [Read more...]

Steve Bannon oversaw Cambridge Analytica’s 2014 mining of Facebook data: report

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Source: Market Watch Personal FinanceFormer Trump strategist Steve Bannon oversaw the early collection of Facebook user data for Cambridge Analytica in 2014, the Washington Post reported late Tuesday. The 2014 effort apparently tested various anti-establishment messages that later appeared in the Trump camp's lexicon, including "drain the swamp" and "deep state," the Post said. … [Read more...]

The step not to skip when buying a car and one side effect of being young, female and sick

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Source: Market Watch Personal FinanceHappy Monday, MarketWatchers! Here are your top personal finance stories of the day. The author of a new book about being young, female and sick would know: She had thyroid cancer, two hip surgeries, a severe allergic reaction that almost killed her and Lyme disease, all in her 20s. The BBC says their roles at Wimbledon are ‘not comparable’ … [Read more...]

Most people skip this crucial step when shopping for a good deal on a car

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Source: Market Watch Personal FinanceThe Federal Reserve makes headlines from New York to Hong Kong anytime it lifts its benchmark interest rate. Rightfully so, as any increase tends to drive up borrowing costs on everything from credit cards to auto loans and mortgages.There’s a more important factor that determines how much you’ll pay when you borrow money to buy a car or … [Read more...]