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Former high school classmates are among the world’s largest crypto holders

(Bloomberg) – Kyle Davies and Su Zhu launched Three Arrows Capital at their apartment kitchen table in 2012. They are now among the largest cryptocurrency holders in the world with a portfolio worth billions dollars, at least for now. has been rocked in recent days as environmental concerns over mining, regulatory oversight, warnings from Chinese authorities over digital currency payments and a wave of erratic tweets from Tesla Inc’s Elon Musk have whipped up prices. For Davies, an early investor in the space and an evangelist of the underlying technology, the recent volatility is just a shock, perhaps enough to scare off first-time investors, but not for someone who has experienced much more volatile periods. outside the highs it’s really not that low, ”the 34-year-old said in an interview in Singapore. “I don’t see anyone really scared.” Former Credit Suisse Group AG traders Davies and Zhu, the two are among the pioneers on Wall Street who embraced crypto, along with Dan Morehead of Pantera Capital and Mike Novogratz of Galaxy Digital. Now everyone from retail day traders to bankers is getting started: CNBC reported this month that Aziz McMahon, head of emerging markets sales for Goldman Sachs Group Inc. in London, left the bank after have made a fortune trading cryptocurrencies for himself. the fortunes of the faithful have increased and decreased with fluctuations in the price of currency, crypto wealth quickly turns into real dollars for some, whether through initial public offerings or businesses that generate traditional income. Brian Armstrong, co-founder of crypto-wallet Coinbase Global Inc., has a net worth of $ 9.3 billion after his company’s IPO, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, while Binance’s Changpeng Zhao has created the world’s largest crypto exchange. 34, also resisted talking about their fortunes and recommended on social media that crypto billionaires do the same. However, a filing in January revealed the extent of the company’s influence, when Three Arrows announced that it has a 5.6% stake in the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust, a $ 22 billion fund invested solely in the cryptocurrency set up by Barry Silbert. Davies declined to comment on whether their position had changed or to specify how much of the company’s capital belonged to them. Most of their other direct investments in cryptocurrencies and related companies do not need to be publicly disclosed. The grayscale stake made Three Arrows the largest shareholder and would have been worth up to $ 2. $ 1 billion in April. Shares in the trust have since fallen 43% after Musk’s announcement this month that Tesla would suspend acceptance of digital currency for purchases of its electric cars due to “increasing use of fossil fuels. for Bitcoin Mining ”and China’s regulatory crackdown. Musk’s tweet placed on Bitcoin, Davies said he doesn’t think these concerns apply to all cryptocurrency trading. “There are a lot of cryptocurrencies that are proof of stake, that use very little or no electricity,” Davies said. “This is the direction that many cryptocurrencies are heading.” A proof of stake setup for a digital currency allows users with large stock positions to verify transactions. This compares to proof of work transactions, such as those used in Bitcoin mining, where users must solve complex mathematical problems to access a coin, consuming much larger volumes of electricity. Columbia University in New York before joining Credit Suisse as a derivatives traders in Tokyo. After three years at the Swiss bank, they quit and started Three Arrows Capital to start trading traditional currencies in emerging markets. “It was a very inefficient market, and that’s where we started,” Davies said. from working in their San Francisco apartment to hiring around 35 people and trading 5% to 10% of all local emerging market currency volumes, he said. us ”in currency trading in emerging markets, Davies said. In 2018, the company focused exclusively on crypto, and their Singapore-based company now manages a fund, DeFiance Capital, which invests in decentralized finance, betting that these companies will “ eat up traditional finance over the next decade. according to the group’s website. Investments include InsurAce, which provides insurance services, and CDEX, a cryptocurrency exchange. “Outized Voices” “We’ve been crypto for a long time,” Davies said. “We haven’t always been Ethereum for long, in fact we’ve been running out of time as well. What’s the best way to beat Bitcoin right now? Well, it’s just to own Ethereum. The ultimate goal of my book is to surpass Bitcoin. Davies said Ethereum is currently the company’s largest cryptocurrency wallet. It has gained 245% this year against the US dollar, while Bitcoin is up 29%. Despite the turmoil created by Musk’s tweets, Davies said he was increasingly worried about the influence. billionaire in the crypto market every day. oversized voices are that they usually don’t last very long if overused, ”Davies said. “If he had to tweet every day, by the end of the year, he wouldn’t have any impact on prices.” (Ethereum updates, Bitcoin returns to 20th paragraph.) More stories like this are available at the most trusted source of trading information. © 2021 Bloomberg LP

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TEA appeals to Indian finance minister for FITL reimbursement installments Wed, 07 Apr 2021 23:15:57 +0000 The Tiruppur Exporters Association (TEA) called on Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to authorize the repayment of Interest Financed Term Loans (FITL) in six equal monthly installments to boost the recovery of micro, small and medium enterprises ( MSME) in the mesh cluster, which has not recovered due to the drop in exports and the re-emergence of COVID-19 in major European markets.

In a press release, TEA Chairman Raja M Shanmugham said the increase in cotton yarn prices and the irregular supply of yarn over the past four months had severely affected the knitwear industry, especially MSMEs, who find it difficult to support and exporting units have difficulty repaying the FITL.

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had decided to allow credit institutions to convert interest accrued on working capital facilities over the total deferment period of 6 months (i.e. March 1 to August 31, 2020) into a FITL, which will be fully reimbursed in the last fiscal year, ending March 31.

Another request has also been made to Sitharaman to advise RBI to allow the extension of the interest equalization program for an additional three years, which will help MSME exporting units calculate their costs accordingly and endeavor to take more export orders and maintain their activity.

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The Tiruppur Exporters Association has asked the Minister of Finance Nirmala Sitharaman to authorize the repayment of interest term loans financed in six equal monthly installments in order to stimulate the revival of micro, small and medium enterprises in the mesh cluster, which has not recovered due to declining exports and the re-emergence of COVID-19 in major European markets.

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Jeopardy final hint stops Michigan professor in Jeopardy Teacher’s Tournament finals, but he can still be the champion Wed, 07 Apr 2021 23:15:57 +0000

Talk about an end Peril Finals of the teachers’ tournament. Ben Henri is now one game away from winning it all. But his opponents have as much chance of winning as he. Henri is a grade 7 to 12 vocal music teacher from St. Clair Shores in the greater Detroit area. UPDATE: Did Henri win the Jeopardy Teacher’s Tournament?

The teacher won first place with $ 23,678 in their quarterfinal game last week send it in last night’s semi-final match against two different opponents. He took that away with a total of $ 30,001 to send it to the two-night finals, where tonight’s and tomorrow night’s total scores will determine the champion.


These three opponents could not be better matched. After the Jeopardy Round, Will Satterwhite, a group teacher from Virginia, placed first with $ 5,200. Henri was second with $ 4,600 and Maggie Kwait, a humanities teacher at New York College, was third with $ 4,400. Check out how close those scores were.


Round-trip scores continued in Double Jeopardy with one notable moment where Kwait bet a true Daily Double and lost everything. But she made a great comeback to score almost even before the Final Jeopardy. Henri was at $ 15,000 in first place, followed by $ 13,600 from Kwait and $ 12,000 from Satterwhite.


The Category: Notable Brits. The clue: When this man died in a motorcycle accident in 1935, Churchill said his “life was faster and more intense than usual.” Who is Lawrence of Arabia?

All three contestants responded poorly, each betting around half of their winnings. So after the night of one of the finals, Kwait is in first place with $ 7,600, Henri is second with $ 7,500 and Satterwhite is third with $ 6,000. You can watch the final match to see who wins the Jeopardy Teacher tournament on Friday night.


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The faces of Americans in debt Wed, 07 Apr 2021 23:15:57 +0000

A large sum of money owed can seem strangely incorporeal – it can weigh heavily while still feeling somehow abstract, unreal. Since shame comes to debt as inexorably as interest, many people do not like to talk about the topic, which makes it even less visible. (One exception is the President, who boasted, “I made my fortune using debt.”) Like many other problems in America, debt is often a systemic dilemma for which individual solutions are expected – save more, cut your credit cards, get a second, third or fourth job. More than half of all credit arrears on Americans’ credit reports come from medical bills – which, given the basic facts of human morbidity and mortality, cannot be avoided or fully planned, especially by l lack of universal health insurance. Meanwhile, 45 million people in the United States carry a collective total of $ 1.5 trillion in student debt, a direct result of a punitive formula: Since the 1980s, tuition fees have increased four times the rate of inflation and eight times higher. household income. People earn and spend their own money, to paraphrase Marx (who knew a thing or two about debt, both personally and politically), but not under circumstances of their own doing.

For all these reasons, much of the power of the new book “The Debt Project: 99 portraits across AmericaFrom photographer Brittany M. Powell, comes from a kind of transgressive banality. Powell set about photographing ninety-nine Americans who owe money (she ended up with a few others, including herself, but started with that number as a reference to the slogan “We are the four. “ninety-nine percent”) and asked them to handwrite accompanying text on what they owe and to whom. The litany of reasons becomes repetitive, because this is how it goes – difficulty finding a job in your field after graduating during the recession, a bad marriage, a bad divorce, sky-high rents in expensive cities, medical crises, many student loans. Sometimes there are epic and terrible variations: a woman’s mother has taken out credit cards in her name and, over a period of ten years, has accumulated “mortgage debt” to fund her “buying habits.” compulsive and hoarding ”.

Powell photographed his subjects at home, often in their bedrooms, and the portraits have the intimacy and uniqueness of seeing people in their own spaces, surrounded by their own possessions. Powell told me she had Flemish portrait painting in mind – the way the genre portrayed people among their possessions, reflecting both the economic rank and the fleetingness of worldly possessions. Like such portraits, those of Powell are imbued with dramatic natural light, saturated color, and calm dignity. She wasn’t going for a documentary feel stolen from the wall – no sense of “gotcha” here. Her subjects are all photographed at or below eye level, which she calls an “empowering” perspective.

Naomi, an art therapist in Brooklyn, who says she owes seventy-five thousand dollars, mostly in graduate student loans, is pictured sitting on a gray sofa, gazing straight, hands clasped on her knees, feet locked in striped socks, next to a shelf full of nuts and seeds in mason jars that reminded me of the phrase “squirrels” for a rainy day. A woman named Simone, who owes three hundred and thirty-two thousand dollars for a mortgage and student loans, poses in front of a tent on her property; she lives in the tent while she rents her house to save money. She is neatly dressed in a sky blue skirt, legs crossed at the ankles, a mug with a rainbow upside down on her cradled in her hands; there is a camping stove visible in the background. Simone resigns herself to a lifetime of debt: “My mortgage doesn’t change and I’ll never pay off my student loans,” she wrote in her accompanying text, “so even though I’m obsessed with them, I don’t not really worried ‘about them. “The youngest person in the book, a nineteen-year-old girl from Boston named Lauren, is a student and a waitress who is already sixty-four thousand dollars in hock,” of that last year of college on top of living expenses and my father out of work due to legal and health circumstances. ”His room is a sympathetic jumble of memories, a student’s palimpsest: photos of friends and family. family glued to the walls, a tarot deck, stacks of notebooks, a little cactus in a red pot on the windowsill. Lauren looks down, stroking a pet rabbit.

Powell started the project in 2013, just after filing for bankruptcy herself. She too had student loan debt. She lived with three roommates in San Francisco, where so many people leave their hearts and financial solvency. She had landed a dream project, working on a long-term assignment for National Geographic, but, even with the other gigs, she managed to put together – freelance work, teaching surf on the weekends – Powell “was always steps away from disaster, putting car repairs and vet bills on a map. credit, or recharging necessities and gas “in order to pay rent or pay off debt As she went through the bankruptcy system, Powell began to reflect on how debt shapes American culture,” socially. and financially, ”she writes in the introduction to her book. “I was surprised that once I dropped off I was no longer ashamed of my experience and wanted to tell others about theirs.”

At first, Powell photographed people she knew, but, she told me, “I wanted it to be more than my artist friends in San Francisco struggling.” So she put together a Kickstarter campaign for the project (“I didn’t want to rack up any more debt doing this”) and started advertising on Craigslist, giving people twenty-five to fifty dollars to pose. and share their stories. Taking to the road, Powell photographed subjects all over the country – some whose livelihoods you might assume would be hit and miss (graduate students, musicians, writers, restaurant workers, a tattoo artist, a hairdresser) and others including you. might not (a surveyor, clinical trials supervisor, doctor, professor of economics). She finished the project seven years later – “exactly how long it took for my bankruptcy to be removed from my credit and financial records” – and just before the pandemic tipped over so many Americans. in economic precariousness. Between 2016 and 2019, she moved to Vermont, got married, had a baby, and bought a house.

The stories of people who have taken on debt on their own, like Powell did, are encouraging, but even more so are those who have organized themselves to help each other. The foreword to Powell’s book is written by Astra Taylor, filmmaker and veteran of the Occupy movement, who co-founded an organization called Debt Collective, which exposes predatory lending practices, educates people about their rights, and organizes strike action. student debt. Its slogan, rich in double meanings, is “You are not a loan”. The portraits of Powell in “The Debt Project”, with their candid and mostly smileless subjects, are an account of people struggling to remember such a statement to be true.

“Debt Portrait # 84, Waterville Valley, NH, 2020.”

François Bessing, freelance interpreter.
Fifty-five thousand dollars in debt.

Bessing writes:

-Student at the top of my class in 2017 with BA in Music (Vocal Performance)
– Cannot find stable work in the field
-Has had legal problems. Was incarcerated
-AirBnb managed to make ends meet. Was expelled.
-Borderline homeless – living with a friend.
-Difficulty finding a relationship.
-To do therapy and sing often.
-Decided to focus on healing and continuing my calling

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Club credits vs syndication: now it’s serious Wed, 07 Apr 2021 23:15:56 +0000 It’s rare for a successful fundraiser for a reputable name to shed light on some of the deepest issues in the loan market. But some recent acquisition loans in Asia have done just that – and reopened the debate between syndication and club loans.

For Asian borrowers considering a new loan, the cash on hand now can be tempting to cut corners. Instead of a large syndication covering as many markets as possible, why not just quickly call up some grassroots relationship banks and start a self-organized club.

Borrowers taking this route and avoiding general syndication have many factors in their favor. For starters, they can get away with ultra-thin pricing, as top tier banks are sure to compete fiercely for a share of the stock. Ease and speed of execution are associated with lower cost. Syndications typically take at least 45 days to complete. Clubs are usually made and dusted within a month.

Another benefit for companies that choose the club route for their regular fundraising needs – general corporate purposes, working capital, or refinancing – is that there is less reputational risk. If a borrower got a less than stellar response to syndication, it could hurt their chances of re-entering the market to levels they like.

But there is a flip side. Over-reliance on a handful of relationship banks can disrupt a company’s long-term financing capacity. When times get tough, those relationships can be quickly redefined – and not in a way that makes the borrower happy.

Banks, too, have their own advantages and disadvantages when it comes to club lending or running a syndication. Not only does clubbing offer derisory returns, it also comes at the expense of lenders who cannot share credit risk between them. By opting for “take and hold” positions, the risk simply remains on the bank’s balance sheet without any selling opportunity.

On the plus side, clubs allow banks to build strong relationships with borrowers – which can be essential in securing ancillary activities that will allow them a reasonable return on their loans.

So too were all of those factors – for the most part balanced – that influence borrowers ‘and lenders’ decisions about how to approach the business. But now something is changing. Clubs are increasingly seen for more than ordinary funding.

This month, Chinese state-owned grain trader COFCO sealed a massive $ 3.2 billion self-organized club, of which $ 1 billion was used to fund its acquisition of a stake in Noble Agri . There was no problem securing funding: 11 banks stacked up in the deal. But it marked a change – worrying, to some – in the use of club loan proceeds.

Acquisition loans have typically been taken out by tier one banks before entering into a larger syndication – such as Gaw Capital’s recent $ 526 million loan through four MLABs, or the aircraft acquisition bridge. of $ 408 million from Air India headed by two.

Event financing of this type is only penetrating the market, and banks are therefore desperate to provide committed commitments. They usually earn a lot more for this than with regular funding, and so they fear that the club’s journey will inevitably drop prices below where they feel they are being paid well for the risk.

While they were prepared to tolerate borrowers wanting clubs for general funding, they are positively hostile to the idea that acquisition loans could go this route as well.

The COFCO deal certainly rocked some bankers, as did Vitol’s $ 2.05 billion self-arranged acquisition loan in May. The debate between clubs and syndication has now escalated. Issuers shouldn’t dismiss it as trivial noise as long as they get their funding.

With strategic funding, the certainty of smooth execution is more important than ever. In the long run, not caring about cultivating a deep investor base could come at a painful cost.

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Today in B2B: Zomato collabs on financing Wed, 07 Apr 2021 23:15:56 +0000

In B2B payments today, Zomato is partnering with restaurant finance, as garment suppliers in Bangladesh struggle with canceled orders and late payments. Additionally, Wolters Kluwer is beefing up its PPP software, Sage is collaborating on retail financial solutions, and the Central Bank of Russia has a warning for SWIFT.

Zomato teams up with InCred for restaurant loans in India

With the aim of providing credit facilities to its catering partners, the India-based food delivery platform Zomato would have collaborated with the firm FinTech InCred. The country’s thriving food delivery industry is among the segments most affected by the pandemic, according to a report by IBS intelligence. Zomato Sales Director Rakesh Ranjan said in the report that the food delivery industry has made a tremendous rebound, but the foodservice space as a whole is not near pre-pandemic levels. The executive said the company is working on a number of programs to strengthen its recovery. His partnership with InCred is one of those efforts, he said.

Bangladesh clothing suppliers lost $ 3.7 billion due to pandemic

The pandemic hit Bangladeshi clothing suppliers and the country’s general economy hard when UK fashion retailers had to shut down, a report by Time mentionned. The garment sector is the largest part of the country’s economy, accounting for over 95% of it, the report says. The total canceled worldwide was $ 3.7 billion, according to the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association. This number came from 1,931 global fashion brands that refused their orders.

Wolters Kluwer Boosts PPP Software for Lenders to Help Small Businesses

Wolters Kluwer Compliance Solutions Has Boosted Its Paycheck Protection Program Supported By TSoftPlus ™ Software To Accelerate Small Business Administration (SBA) Loan Applications, According To A Monday, December 28 ad. The division says it can provide an online lending platform that helps comply with SBA Schedule 8 requirements for digital loans due to its recently unveiled eOriginal purchase, according to the ad.

Sage and Brightpearl Partner to Drive Cloud Retail

sage, who works in cloud business management, works with digital operations platform Brightpearl to help retailers use the cloud for their operations, a Press release said. The partnership “will leverage the best cloud finance and retail management solutions, supporting them on their digital journey,” the statement said. And under the deal, Sage will make a minority investment of around £ 17million in Brightpearl. Director of Sage Operations Lee perkins said the move would be good as businesses begin to recover from the impact of the pandemic.

Central Bank of Russia: e-money could make SWIFT obsolete

Digital currencies could make FAST unnecessary global payments network, reported, citing the Central Bank of Russia (CBR). Olga Skorobogatova, first vice governor of the CBR, said 30 countries are working on their own national digital currencies, some of which could be launched in five to seven years. According to Bank for International Settlements (BIS), in July, some 36 central banks released studies on the concept of central bank digital currency (CBDC), also known as digital fiat currency, the report said.



About the study: U.S. consumers see cryptocurrency as more than just a store of value: 46 million people plan to use it to make payments for everything from financial services to groceries. In the Cryptocurrency Payments report, PYMNTS surveys 8,008 cryptocurrency users and non-users in the United States to examine how they plan to use crypto to make purchases, the crypto they plan to to use – and how merchant acceptance can influence merchant choice and consumer spending.

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Victoria Beckham ‘lends 137 million rand to save fashion business’ Wed, 07 Apr 2021 23:15:56 +0000

Through Bang showbiz June 19, 2020

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Fashion designer Victoria Beckham is said to be about to take out a R137 million loan to save her business.

The singer-turned-designer was offered the loan after her company, Victoria Beckham Ltd, suffered significant losses over a four-year period.

The loan will allow Victoria to retain control of the company.

However, if London Investments Sarl, based in Luxembourg, is not repaid, the cash could be converted into shares of Victoria Beckham Ltd.

A financial expert told The Sun newspaper: “Posh would no longer want to relinquish control of a company created in his name.

“Yet desperate times demand desperate measures. This move will ensure a much needed injection of cash – and after racking up record losses of some £ 12million (Rand 256million) last year, they can’t stand. allow not to do something drastic. “

In 2017, London Investments invested R642 million in the business for a 28% share of the business.

The cash injection and corporate restructuring plans were revealed earlier this week in new records.

Meanwhile, Victoria recently admitted that wearing fitted dresses during the early years of her career was a “sign of insecurity.”

The 46-year-old fashion designer now recognizes that her style was aimed at helping cope with her own insecurities.

When asked if she had ever felt confused about her personal style, Victoria replied, “No, not really. When I was in the Spice Girls, there were stylists who dressed the band, but in my personal life, I have never worked with a stylist.

“I used to wear a lot of structured dresses with corsetry, and I still have some of those dresses, but my personal style has become more relaxed.

“Looking back, I guess it was a sign of insecurity that I always wear very tight, tight fitting clothes.”

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Actress Salma Hayek admits she had no idea what ‘The Eternals’ was Wed, 07 Apr 2021 23:15:56 +0000

Salma Hayek had no idea what or who Marvel’s “Eternals” were, even after signing a contract to be a part of the upcoming film adaptation.

The Mexican actress is set to be a part of the star-studded Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movie starring Angelia Jolie and Richard Madden, but apparently had no inclination over the nature of the plot.

“I didn’t know anything about it,” said Hayek to variety. “My problem was that I had sworn to secrecy because I was one of the first people they hired, but I had to keep it a secret for a long, long time. So when I got the call, I told them, “I confess. Eventually, I’ll know all there is to know, but what are the Eternals? Do they exist in comics? I don’t know who Ajax is. ”

Screen Rant Reports how Hayek wasn’t even allowed to see the script until she signed the contract, just like the silent nature featured in new Marvel Studios projects.

“They didn’t let me see the script until I signed,” she continues to explain. “It was very disturbing… I was scared. But that’s okay because I’ll tell you why I didn’t care. I love the director [Chloé Zhao]. She is brilliant.

For those of you unfamiliar with Hayek, “The Eternals” follows the story of an immortal alien race who seek to protect Earth from nefarious forces. The film will be part of Phase Four of the MCU, which follows the events after “Avengers: Endgame.”

“The Eternals” is scheduled for release on November 5, 2021.

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Marco Rubio: There are UFOs flying over US military bases and the government has no idea what they are Wed, 07 Apr 2021 23:15:56 +0000

Republican Senator Marco Rubio (Florida) said on Monday that there have been several instances in which unidentified planes have flown directly over U.S. military bases and the government still has no idea what or what they were. who exploited them.

“There is stuff flying over military installations and nobody knows what it is and it’s not ours,” Rubio, who sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, told TMZ in an impromptu interview at Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Virginia.

“So for me it makes sense [that] you want to know what it is, “the senator continued.” I mean, that’s common sense, isn’t it? If things are flying over your most sensitive facilities and it’s not ours and no one knows who they belong to, you should find out what it is and tell us. “

He added that there might be a “logical explanation”, but it’s just that at this point no one knows.

“It might be another country, and that would be bad news too,” he said.

In its report on the interview, TMZ said: “Our intention was for a light conversation, but Rubio has gone dead-a ** serious about the potential danger the United States faces from an unidentified aircraft flying over our military installations. “

The senator’s concern likely dovetails with that of most Americans after finding out the government knew of quite a few more instances unexplained aerial phenomena that we had not previously understood. This information, however, is expected to be shared with the public at some point before the end of the summer.

Former President Donald Trump enacted a law in December that requires US spy agencies and the Pentagon to disclose what they know on UFOs to the Senate Intelligence and Armed Services Committees within 180 days.

Former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe last Friday previewed the next report by confirming that “there are many more observations than those which have been made public”.

He noted that officials tried to find a “plausible solution” for the UFO sightings, but admitted “there are cases where we don’t have good explanations for some of the things we saw.”

Discussions of UFO sightings have been in the news lately, especially since the Pentagon announced it had formed a working group to investigate documented cases of unidentified aerial phenomena. This announcement followed the verification by the Ministry of Defense of the authenticity of the three videos showing encounters between military pilots and UFOs.

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Stocks close largely lower on Wall Street as banks stumble Wed, 07 Apr 2021 23:15:55 +0000

Stocks closed broadly lower, abandoning their gains from the previous day.

Banks suffered some of the biggest losses as bond yields fell today and energy companies fell alongside a sharp drop in the price of crude oil.

The S&P 500 lost 0.8%. Smaller company shares, which have largely outperformed the rest of the market this year, fell further. The Russell 2000 index returned 3.6%. Falling bond yields hurt banks as they translate into lower interest rates on mortgages and other types of loans.

The benchmark US crude oil price fell 6.2%.


Stocks fell in the afternoon, putting the market on track to return to yesterday’s gains.

The S&P 500 was down 0.9% at 3:34 p.m. EST after losing an early gain. Technology, industrial and healthcare companies accounted for a large portion of sales. Energy stocks also helped push the market down due to falling oil prices.

Bond yields also fell. This has weighed on banks and other financial firms who view bond yields as a benchmark for the interest rates they charge on mortgages and other loans.

The high-tech Nasdaq fell 1.1% while the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 335 points, or 1.1% to 32,384. Sales were strongest among small businesses, which helped lowers the Russell 2000 index by 3.8%.

Investors continue to focus on the future of the US economy as millions of Americans get vaccinated every day. Investors vacillate between optimism that coronavirus vaccines that could get business and travel back to normal and fears of higher inflation after struggling economies were inundated with credit and spending public.

“The market feels like it’s at this inflection point,” said Darrell Cronk, chief investment officer for Wells Fargo Wealth and Investment Management. “It’s a good day of reflection.”

The price of US crude oil fell 6.2% to $ 57.76 a barrel, pushing energy companies down. Energy prices have been climbing steadily this year until recently, as the global economy recovers and global demand for oil increases while production remains constrained. Marathon Oil fell 6.6%.

Another drop in long-term bond yields led to a drop in bank stocks. When bond yields fall, they translate into lower interest rates on loans such as mortgages and lower profits for banks and other lenders. Bank of America fell 2.1% and Wells Fargo fell 2.10%. American Express slipped 3%.

The yield on the 10-year Treasury bill fell to 1.63%. The yield was well above 1.70% last week, which put some pressure on the stock market.

The S&P 500 hit a pandemic-era low exactly one year ago, on March 23, 2020, after falling nearly 34% in about a month. That wiped out three years of earnings. The index ended up booming in the coming months and recovered all of its losses in August. Until Monday, it had jumped 76% from that low point.

Cronk said there are many signs in the market pointing to an early stage recovery. Interest rates rise as the economy strengthens, commodities like oil grow steadily, and sectors closely linked to economic growth are doing well. “It is going exactly as it should be.”

AstraZeneca fell 3.5% after U.S. officials said data from the drug company’s COVID-19 vaccine trial contained “incomplete” information, which could impact its effectiveness. AstraZeneca vaccine is mainly used in Europe.

A company to watch later will be GameStop, which will release its quarterly results after the closing bell. GameStop was an action of great interest to an online investment community, which took the action to astronomical heights earlier in the year. The stock continues to be extremely volatile, often moving more than 10% on any given day. It was down 5.8% in afternoon trading.


AP business writer Stan Choe contributed.

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