duck

Lethargy, exhaustion, languor, fatigue…all these describe the 2016 effectiveness of both the US government in total and the performance measures of the financial funds that investors look to for future growth. With a Supreme Court deadlocked since January following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, and a slugfest of a presidential campaign that dominated the US political discourse through November, nothing of import has come out of Congress in months. And while the stock market may be on a tear since the November 9 election result announcement, it does not necessarily translate on a fund basis to more than a mix of so-so growth that leaves investors yawning

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state

The SEC has announced a number of settlements over the past two weeks, including a nearly $20 million dollar settlement by Pimco on charges it misled investors about the performance of its Total Return ETF and an $80,000 settlement from San Francisco-based firm Equidate Inc for failing to register security-based swaps in pre-IPO companies. Meanwhile, this week the financial regulator awarded $3.5 million to a whistleblower. The whistleblower’s name and related case are redacted — as they always are for whistleblower rewards

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christmasmj

Even if the songs tell us it’s the most wonderful time of the year, when bells will be ringing and children are singing, for many emerging fund managers, the holidays may simply be the end of another  difficult year of fundraising. To help you navigate any holiday season depression and just maybe put things in

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salt5

Growth in portable electronic devices, electric vehicles (EVs) and renewable electricity generation has elevated lithium from a niche industrial chemical to an element vital to the future of energy. Overall lithium demand has grown 50% from 2008 to 2015, mostly driven by rechargeable battery demand compounding at an annual rate of ~20%. Batteries now account for a third of lithium demand. Overall demand is slated to grow 6–15% between 2015 and 2025. Supply has struggled to keep up, driving up lithium prices. An increasing portion of world supply comes from hard-rock mines, which provides a price umbrella for new projects to achieve an accelerated payback

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