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us headed for another recession? fed underplays flattening yield curve




as the gap between short- and long-term borrowing costs hovers near its lowest in more than 10 years, speculation has risen over whether the so-called yield curve is signalling that a recession could be around the corner. not to worry, two influential federal reserve policymakers said on friday. ano...



relief in store for asx




the gap between us short-dated and long-dated us treasury yields contracted to its tightest in a decade after data showed a pickup in us underlying inflation and an unexpected rise in retail sales, as the market priced in further interest rate hikes next year.the flattening of the yield curve refle...



markets live: time to take profits




world stocks were down for the fourth day in a row overnight, while strong economic growth in germany boosted the euro to an almost three-week high.wall street was lower on weak oil prices, uncertainty about us tax policy and the economy's ability to deal with more interest rate hikes. european st...



asx set to face headwinds




so very little to inspire in overnight trade and some have questioned the idea of four hikes of the fed funds rate in 2018 could impact longer-term if positive us (and global) economic data surprises are harder to come by and some of the data flow is actually pulling back a touch - from what is stil...



asx set to open higher after rocky wall street night




4. us: we can also look around the markets to see high yield credit spreads two basis points wider, so there is no real stress here and we can see us treasury's largely unchanged across the yield curve. if there was genuine concern about a fall-out in global trade we would not only have seen outperf...



auxin drives leaf flattening




the vast majority of higher plants use leaves to harvest solar energy. a common feature of leaves is their flat blades. scientists from the institute of genetics and developmental biology in beijing have discovered that the classical phytohormone auxin enables leaf blade expansion and leaf flattening.



wall street slides as investors get jittery




wall street's three major indexes have declined as investors worried about a jump in us bond yields, with technology stocks leading the decline on nerves about upcoming earnings reports and iphone demand.the technology index was the biggest drag on the s&p 500 on friday with a 1.5 per cent drop afte...



us inflation doesn't live up to hype; asx to open higher




the usd is firmly in the doghouse again despite a steeper yield curve.3. wall street: we can see a strong move in us equities too, where the s&p 500 was sold from 2671 to 2630 on the us cpi print, but the market has again reversed and sits up 1.0% at 2688, so a 2.2% reversal has to be respected and ...



the twelve south curve gives a needed lift to any macbook




made from matte black aluminum, the curve elevates any macbook screen by 6.5 inches while for improved ergonomics. with better cooling in mind, 70 percent of the base is left exposed. as a nice touch, you can even open your macbook with one hand while it is placed on the curve.interestingly, the cur...



asx set for positive start




3. what's on today: staying on the economic data theme and locally today nab business conditions and confidence are released at 11:30 aedt, although the report is unlikely to spur too much life in the aud or the interest rate markets, with 15.5bp (or 62% chance of a hike) priced into the december au...



radio atlantic: the great recession, one decade later




in december 2007, the u.s. saw the start of its longest recession since world war ii. what lessons have we learned in the intervening decade, and which are we doomed to repeat?



gucci mane and the weeknd co-star in new duplicitous 'curve' video




gucci mane has finally made a video that accurately depicts his production. in the new video for the weeknd-featuring "curve," debuted exclusively at gq, multiple guccis and weeknds fill the screen.we've all been wondering how the atlanta rapper could possibly have released two albums, an autobiogra...



discovery of a gene that significantly increases seed yield in maize




researchers from vib-ugent have discovered a gene that significantly increases plant growth and seed yield in maize. research into crop yield is crucial because of the increasing incidence of extreme weather conditions affecting agriculture. the results from laboratory research were confirmed during...



for infants with skull flattening, earlier helmet therapy gives better results




july 31, 2017 - for infants with skull flattening related to sleep position, starting helmet therapy at a younger age, especially before 24 weeks, increases the treatment success rate, suggests a study in the august issue of plastic and reconstructive surgery®, the official medical journal of the a...



earnings and bond yields show opposite trends for first time in 6 years




for the first time in six years, bond yields and corporate earnings yield are moving in opposite directions, creating headwinds for the equity markets.   yield on the 10-year government bond is up 110 basis points (bps) in the past 12 months. earnings yield for the top listed companies was down 120...



new 12-month t-bill to launch | business




plans for a three-year state bond have been shelved for now, as conditions in the bonds markets remain uncertain, but the finance ministry is planning to issue a 12-month treasury bill next week.the first auction of 12-month t-bills in eight years was decided some time ago, and the announcement coul...



harnessing the power of yield data




as all growers know crop yield is the driver for financial sustainability and, combined with price, it defines gross margin.  while farmers have been collecting yield data since the early 1990s, using that data productively has remained a challenge. tom parker, soyl’s head of products and technol...



curve's smart card switches between credit and debit after purchases




the payment swap is free and should take less than 10 seconds through curve's android and ios apps. about the only practical limit is a £1,000 purchase ceiling -- you'll still need to think carefully before splurging on that new tv. even with that catch in mind, this is promising. most smart paymen...



curve's payment-switching smart card goes live in the uk




the companion mobile app also adds a slight twist to the smart card formula by placing an emphasis on financial management. you should have a better sense of your spending habits, and you can lock cards if need be. curve is promising that you can use your cards overseas without currency exchange fee...



curve's payment-switching smart card goes live in the uk




the companion mobile app also adds a slight twist to the smart card formula by placing an emphasis on financial management. you should have a better sense of your spending habits, and you can lock cards if need be. curve is promising that you can use your cards overseas without currency exchange fee...



risk of recession seen rising, national trust ground rents hike, sir philip gree




analysts believe the risk of recession has increased after consumer spending grew by 0.1% in the three months to june, the weakest quarter since the end of 2014. most economists still believe the uk will eke out modest, but slower, expansion in the quarters ahead - but the times says fathom consulti...



mit’s low power encryption chip could make iot devices more secure




mit researchers used a technique called elliptic-curve encryption, which relies on a mathematical function to secure transactions. the new chip sets itself apart by being able to handle any kind of elliptic curve, which, in addition to low power use and a high speed of computation, makes it much mor...



brazil's carnival kicks off amid recession




out of the mire of a recession and security woes due to a police strike brazil's carnival has been launched in rio de janeiro. carnival festivities have kicked off in brazil with officials in rio de janeiro, the site of the country's best-known revelry, handing the key of the city over to "king momo...



the 'curve' is twelve south's latest macbook stand and it's gorgeous




the icurve is back, but it's been redesigned for today's macbook user. #takemymoneynow.twelve south just announced the launch of a new stand for the macbook and macbook pro. the curve is a modernization of the original icurve stand created by andrew green in 2003. the updated version is sleeker, bet...



jpmorgan says india bonds 'attractive'




india’s surging bond yields are starting to draw interest. jpmorgan chase & co says 10-year yields are becoming “reasonably attractive” now their premium over the central bank’s policy rate has increased to around one percentage point. the nation’s 10-year yield jumped to a six-month high ...