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Big investors are valuing homes with a method outlawed for everyone else after the housing crash — and the SEC is asking questions

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Large investors are increasingly using so-called broker price opinions to value and purchase thousands of homes on the brink of foreclosure. This method is used in place of traditional appraisals, which are done by licensed professionals and usually cost more. The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating whether companies are using BPOs to wrongly inflate […]

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The 20 richest football clubs in the world

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Financial services firm Deloitte has once again released its Football Money League, charting the massive revenues of Europe’s biggest football clubs. The English Premier League dominates Deloitte’s ranking with 10 clubs in the top 20 list, the most from one single league since records began. The financial power of English clubs was largely thanks to […]

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Italy Joins Growing Number of Nations Banning Microplastics

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The world has another ally in the war against microplastics. Just before Christmas, the Italian government voted to ban the tiny beads that show up primarily in beauty products by 2020. Italy joins a growing list of countries, the United States included, that have banned microplastic products. VOA’s Kevin Enochs reports. read more >>> Source:: […]

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‘Blue Planet II’ producers discovered life where we didn’t know it could exist — here’s what that was like

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While the “Blue Planet II” team was exploring the Mariana Trench, they managed to film an ethereal snailfish approximately 5,000 meters underwater. No one knew before then that creatures as complex as fish could live in water that deep, surrounded by so much pressure. “The deep is always going to surprise us,” said the episode’s […]

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There’s a major hurdle to employment that many Americans don’t even think about — and it’s holding the economy back

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Transportation presents a difficult and underreported challenge to low-income workers trying to find jobs and manage daily life in the US without a car. Regional Federal Reserve Banks such as the Philadelphia and Kansas City Feds are working to promote solutions for economic problems by bringing together the private sector, government, and community organizations. The […]

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The Week in Quotes

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This week we feature Robin van Persie’s return to Feyenoord, Javier Mascherano’s emotional farewell at the Camp Nou and Christine Sinclair’s latest honour in her homeland. read more >>> Source:: FIFA.Com

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World’s Coral Reefs Facing Increasing Pressure

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All coral reefs go through bleaching episodes, and these episodes of drought or extreme heat can hurt even the healthiest of reefs. But climate change means more heat, more often, and new research is showing the world’s reefs do not have time to recover. VOA’s Kevin Enochs reports. read more >>> Source:: VOANews.Com

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Bitcoin is ‘a dinghy in the open ocean’

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Bitcoin has been plagued by extreme volatility. European COO of exchange BitFlyer says big moves down to the relative size of bitcoin market compared to other assets. Foreign exchange is like an “oil tanker on the open sea,” while “bitcoin, relatively speaking, is like a dinghy.” Expects volatility to decline as the cryptocurrency grows. LONDON […]

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A diplomat who negotiated the world’s largest trade deal says the hardest part of Brexit negotiations are still to come

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Charles Ries, who helped negotiate NAFTA, believes Theresa May complicated Brexit discussions by triggering Article 50 too quickly and said the hardest part of negotiations are still to come. “The British never made an attempt to have serious conversations at the summit level about what the onward relationship would be before they invoked Article 50,” […]

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The first trailer for Bill Simmons’ ‘Andre the Giant’ documentary is here and it shows the dark side of being one of the world’s most famous athletes

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HBO has released the first full-length trailer for the upcoming documentary, “Andre the Giant.” The film is on the life of André Roussimoff, a professional wrestler who suffered from gigantism. Andre the Giant was listed as 7-foot-4 and over 500 pounds and was a long-time rival of Hulk Hogan. The trailer depicts Roussimoff’s rise to […]

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At Davos, economists and execs say the strategies that led major corporations to world domination in the past won’t work anymore

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This post is part of Business Insider’s ongoing series on Better Capitalism. Business Insider CEO Henry Blodget hosted a panel at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos called “Toward a Better Capitalism.” The guests were Washington State pension investor Theresa Whitmarsh, economist Joseph Stiglitz, PepsiCo’s Indra Nooyi, EY’s Mark Weinberger, and automotive magnate […]