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As In Any War, Companies Must Go on the Cyber Offensive

Read Stewart Baker and Victoria Muth ask whether companies should risk going on a cyber offensive on Brink News : Corporate executives are fed up with the current approach to network security. They’ve been spending more and more on security. Despite that spending, they’re told that they can’t expect to keep intruders out of their networks; the best they can hope for is to lock the intruders out of their most important files, or to keep hackers from exfiltrating all that data. Read their full article here.
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Totally Avoidable Causes of Data Breaches

Read about the totally avoidable causes of data breaches according to Stephen McCallister on Diagnostic Imaging : In the last six years, 155 million Americans’ health data was compromised and healthcare became the single most breached industry, according to a recent Brookings Institute report, by Niam Yaraghi. Healthcare data is particularly attractive because it includes information that isn’t easily changed (e.g., Social Security numbers, dates of birth, and home addresses) which is therefore more valuable to identity thieves than other types of data. Read his full article here.
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What do the Panama Papers, WordPress & Drupal Share? Critical Exploits Still Unpatched

The extraordinary 'Panama Papers leak' from Law firm Mossack Fonseca that exposed the tax-avoiding efforts by the world's richest and most influential members was initially believed to be the result of an unpatched vulnerability in the popular content management systems: Drupal and WordPress. Now, we are quite sure that the Panama Papers, which implicated 72 current and former heads of state,
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Hacking ATM PINs from Smartwatch and Fitness Trackers

As your day-to-day apparel and accessories are turning into networked mobile electronic devices that attach to your body like smartwatch or fitness band, the threat to our personal data these devices collect has risen exponentially. A recent study from Binghamton University also suggests your smartwatch or fitness tracker is not as secure as you think – and it could be used to steal your ATM
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The Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2016

Image courtesy of: Futurism The Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2016 Sometimes the world is not yet ready for a new technology to enter the fray. Virtual reality, for example, sat on the sidelines for many years. The industry went into hibernation around the time of the Dot Com Bust, and it has only recently re-emerged with promise. It is only today that big companies like Microsoft, Google, Samsung, HTC, and Facebook have the infrastructure, peripheral technologies, and capital in place to properly commercialize the technology. Now, instead of using primitive 300 x 200 pixel LCD displays that were prohibitively expensive in the 90s, we are looking at a world where display will be in beautiful 4k quality. Meanwhile, accelerometers and gyroscopes can measure head movement, and modern computing power can reduce lag and latency. It took many years, but finally the true potential of VR is being realized. Like virtual reality, there are 10 other emerging technologies that are finally ready for prime time. Some, like the recent advances in artificial intelligence, have been decades in the making. Other emerging technologies such as the blockchain are relatively new phenomenons that are also ready for their time in the spotlight. Emerging Technologies of 2016 Nanosensors and the Internet of Nanothings is one of the most exciting areas of science today. Tiny sensors that are circulated in the human body or construction materials will be able to relay information and diagnostics to the outside world. This will have an impact on medicine, architecture, agriculture, and drug manufacturing. Next Generation Batteries are helping to eliminate one of the biggest obstacles with renewable energy, which is energy storage. Though not commercially available yet, this area shows great promise – and it is something we are tracking in our five-part Battery Series. The Blockchain had investment exceeding $1 billion in 2015. The blockchain ecosystem is evolving rapidly and will change the way banking, markets, contracts, and governments work. 2d Materials such as graphene will have an impact in a variety of applications ranging from air and water filters to batteries and wearable technology. Autonomous Vehicles are here, and the potential impact is huge. While there are still a few problems to overcome, driverless cars will save lives, cut pollution, boost economies, and improve the quality of life for people. Organs-on-Chips, which are tiny models of human organs, are making it easier for scientists to test drugs and conduct medical research. Petrovskite Solar Cells are making photovoltaic cells easier to make and more efficient. They also allow cells to be used virtually anywhere. Open AI Ecosystem will allow for smart digital assistants in the cloud that will be able to advise us on finance, health, or even fashion. Optogenetics, or the use of light and color to record activity in the brain, could help lead to better treatment of brain disorders. Systems Metabolic Engineering will allow for building block chemicals to be built with plants more efficiently than can be done with fossil fuels. Original graphic by: Futurism Sponsored Infographics The Money Project Embed This Image On Your Site (copy code below): Courtesy of: Visual Capitalist The post The Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2016 appeared first on Visual Capitalist.
  • Crappy Business Ideas - Crowdfunding Fails - Oliver Wright

A Human Poop Bag and 18 Other Crowdfunding Catastrophes

Crowdfunding has been a game-changer for getting new products off the ground. Platforms like Kickstarter or IndieGoGo have allowed aspiring entrepreneurs to get their ideas in front of millions, while generating invaluable amounts of buzz and publicity. Highly successful campaigns include products or proposals such as Ethereum, Oculus Rift, Pebble, or Star Citizen, which have combined to raise hundreds of millions of dollars in new capital. However, because crowdfunding is open to everyone, not every campaign brings home the bacon. In reality, some campaigns are just plain strange or border on being nonsensical in nature. Other ideas just bomb spectacularly. Either the concept has no product-market fit, or the prototype simply doesn’t do what it is supposed to do. Weird Crowdfunding Fails Today’s infographic comes from SSLs, highlighting 19 crowdfunding campaigns that were not destined to change the world in any meaningful capacity. Note: These are all reward-based crowdfunding campaigns. Along the right-hand side of the infographic, it shows the platform used, amount raised, and the fundraising goal. Down the middle, it highlights the most ridiculous reward that was offered to backers, and how many people claimed the reward. Where did some of these projects fall short? What can we learn from them? Some projects such as the Induratus nuclear bunker were destined for failure because they were inherently selfish. The product could have been great, but if it doesn’t benefit the backers, it’s not going to take off. Sadly, the Induratus raised just $1, and as a result the project’s creator is now left very vulnerable to nuclear attacks. The Triton, a set of artificial gills that could allow a user to breathe underwater, had the opposite problem. While the creators behind the project got the hundreds of thousands of dollars of funding they needed, the idea turned out to be scientifically impossible. In fact, the development of similar technology has eluded the world’s top scientists and military contractors for years. The group behind the product was forced to refund backers to the tune of $900,000. Other projects were scientifically viable, while also solving a perceived market need. However, the problem with these products were that they did not serve a large enough market to make sense. The Sauceman’s Satchel is a good example of this. While the creator loved the idea of a “convenient, carry-able, flyable, sauce transport” for camping and travel needs, the market overwhelmingly did not. That’s why it only raised about 40% of its funding goal from 105 backers. Now, the Sauceman Satchel is only serving sauce-lovers in product pitch heaven. Embed This Image On Your Site (copy code below): Courtesy of: Visual Capitalist The post 19 Weird Crowdfunding Campaigns That Failed Spectacularly appeared first on Visual Capitalist.
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California’s High Agricultural Labor Costs Spur Golden State AgTech Tech Innovation

Labor supply is not just decreasing as workers, but it’s becoming more expensive, putting some fruit and vegetable farmers under pressure to find alternative solutions, speakers told the Forbes AgTech Summit today. The post More Technological Innovation Needed to Meet Labor Challenges in Californian Agriculture appeared first on AgFunderNews.
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The Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2016

Image courtesy of: Futurism The Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2016 Sometimes the world is not yet ready for a new technology to enter the fray. Virtual reality, for example, sat on the sidelines for many years. The industry went into hibernation around the time of the Dot Com Bust, and it has only recently re-emerged with promise. It is only today that big companies like Microsoft, Google, Samsung, HTC, and Facebook have the infrastructure, peripheral technologies, and capital in place to properly commercialize the technology. Now, instead of using primitive 300 x 200 pixel LCD displays that were prohibitively expensive in the 90s, we are looking at a world where display will be in beautiful 4k quality. Meanwhile, accelerometers and gyroscopes can measure head movement, and modern computing power can reduce lag and latency. It took many years, but finally the true potential of VR is being realized. Like virtual reality, there are 10 other emerging technologies that are finally ready for prime time. Some, like the recent advances in artificial intelligence, have been decades in the making. Other emerging technologies such as the blockchain are relatively new phenomenons that are also ready for their time in the spotlight. Emerging Technologies of 2016 Nanosensors and the Internet of Nanothings is one of the most exciting areas of science today. Tiny sensors that are circulated in the human body or construction materials will be able to relay information and diagnostics to the outside world. This will have an impact on medicine, architecture, agriculture, and drug manufacturing. Next Generation Batteries are helping to eliminate one of the biggest obstacles with renewable energy, which is energy storage. Though not commercially available yet, this area shows great promise – and it is something we are tracking in our five-part Battery Series. The Blockchain had investment exceeding $1 billion in 2015. The blockchain ecosystem is evolving rapidly and will change the way banking, markets, contracts, and governments work. 2d Materials such as graphene will have an impact in a variety of applications ranging from air and water filters to batteries and wearable technology. Autonomous Vehicles are here, and the potential impact is huge. While there are still a few problems to overcome, driverless cars will save lives, cut pollution, boost economies, and improve the quality of life for people. Organs-on-Chips, which are tiny models of human organs, are making it easier for scientists to test drugs and conduct medical research. Petrovskite Solar Cells are making photovoltaic cells easier to make and more efficient. They also allow cells to be used virtually anywhere. Open AI Ecosystem will allow for smart digital assistants in the cloud that will be able to advise us on finance, health, or even fashion. Optogenetics, or the use of light and color to record activity in the brain, could help lead to better treatment of brain disorders. Systems Metabolic Engineering will allow for building block chemicals to be built with plants more efficiently than can be done with fossil fuels. Original graphic by: Futurism Sponsored Infographics The Money Project Embed This Image On Your Site (copy code below): Courtesy of: Visual Capitalist The post The Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2016 appeared first on Visual Capitalist.
  • Vanquish Banking - Hard Assets - Timber Investing - Oliver Wright

Capital Appreciation in Timberland Offsets Underperformance

Lumber demand will not pick up in the near term, but timberland as an asset class will perform well, says MetLife Agricultural Finance
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Why spend time and energy growing corn?

David Gladstone explains why lower prices won’t push his REIT toward greater commodity crop exposure and why growers don’t need to own the land they farm.
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Rabobank: Milk Prices Unlikely To Rebound Until 2017

Global demand for dairy will remain weak throughout 2016, largely due to EU overproduction, but the outlook for 2017 is better.
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NZ Super On Timber and Agri

Head of international direct investment Nigel Gormly tells Agri Investor why it can’t over-expose itself to timber, but is still interested in acquiring assets in farmland and forestry.

VC Exec Predicts Increased Agtech Dealflow

The Canadian agtech VC firm is looking to invest in precision agri companies that focus on new areas in its portfolio like livestock health.
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Timber Exec Leads $8m Raise For Precision Agri Company

Reid Carter of Brookfield timber is leading a group of high net worth investors in a precision agri company that aims to reduce pesticide use on tree crops.
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Bobble Bottles Offer Instant Filtered Water, On The Run

Bottled water might seem like a very innocuous, ecologically-friendly beverage, but it does have its dark side – it has been estimated that 1.5 million barrels of oil are used annually for the production of one-use water bottles. About 38 million of those get tossed out each year. True, many of them go to recycling […]
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California’s High Agricultural Labor Costs Spur Golden State AgTech Tech Innovation

Labor supply is not just decreasing as workers, but it’s becoming more expensive, putting some fruit and vegetable farmers under pressure to find alternative solutions, speakers told the Forbes AgTech Summit today. The post More Technological Innovation Needed to Meet Labor Challenges in Californian Agriculture appeared first on AgFunderNews.
  • Vanquish Hacking - BlockChain - Ethereum - Oliver Wright

The Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2016

Image courtesy of: Futurism The Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2016 Sometimes the world is not yet ready for a new technology to enter the fray. Virtual reality, for example, sat on the sidelines for many years. The industry went into hibernation around the time of the Dot Com Bust, and it has only recently re-emerged with promise. It is only today that big companies like Microsoft, Google, Samsung, HTC, and Facebook have the infrastructure, peripheral technologies, and capital in place to properly commercialize the technology. Now, instead of using primitive 300 x 200 pixel LCD displays that were prohibitively expensive in the 90s, we are looking at a world where display will be in beautiful 4k quality. Meanwhile, accelerometers and gyroscopes can measure head movement, and modern computing power can reduce lag and latency. It took many years, but finally the true potential of VR is being realized. Like virtual reality, there are 10 other emerging technologies that are finally ready for prime time. Some, like the recent advances in artificial intelligence, have been decades in the making. Other emerging technologies such as the blockchain are relatively new phenomenons that are also ready for their time in the spotlight. Emerging Technologies of 2016 Nanosensors and the Internet of Nanothings is one of the most exciting areas of science today. Tiny sensors that are circulated in the human body or construction materials will be able to relay information and diagnostics to the outside world. This will have an impact on medicine, architecture, agriculture, and drug manufacturing. Next Generation Batteries are helping to eliminate one of the biggest obstacles with renewable energy, which is energy storage. Though not commercially available yet, this area shows great promise – and it is something we are tracking in our five-part Battery Series. The Blockchain had investment exceeding $1 billion in 2015. The blockchain ecosystem is evolving rapidly and will change the way banking, markets, contracts, and governments work. 2d Materials such as graphene will have an impact in a variety of applications ranging from air and water filters to batteries and wearable technology. Autonomous Vehicles are here, and the potential impact is huge. While there are still a few problems to overcome, driverless cars will save lives, cut pollution, boost economies, and improve the quality of life for people. Organs-on-Chips, which are tiny models of human organs, are making it easier for scientists to test drugs and conduct medical research. Petrovskite Solar Cells are making photovoltaic cells easier to make and more efficient. They also allow cells to be used virtually anywhere. Open AI Ecosystem will allow for smart digital assistants in the cloud that will be able to advise us on finance, health, or even fashion. Optogenetics, or the use of light and color to record activity in the brain, could help lead to better treatment of brain disorders. Systems Metabolic Engineering will allow for building block chemicals to be built with plants more efficiently than can be done with fossil fuels. Original graphic by: Futurism Sponsored Infographics The Money Project Embed This Image On Your Site (copy code below): Courtesy of: Visual Capitalist The post The Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2016 appeared first on Visual Capitalist.
  • Vanquish Banking - Hard Assets - Timber Investing - Oliver Wright

Capital Appreciation in Timberland Offsets Underperformance

Lumber demand will not pick up in the near term, but timberland as an asset class will perform well, says MetLife Agricultural Finance
  • Vanquish Banking - Hard Assets - Timber Investing - Oliver Wright

Timber Exec Leads $8m Raise For Precision Agri Company

Reid Carter of Brookfield timber is leading a group of high net worth investors in a precision agri company that aims to reduce pesticide use on tree crops.
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Bobble Bottles Offer Instant Filtered Water, On The Run

Bottled water might seem like a very innocuous, ecologically-friendly beverage, but it does have its dark side – it has been estimated that 1.5 million barrels of oil are used annually for the production of one-use water bottles. About 38 million of those get tossed out each year. True, many of them go to recycling […]

A Glimpse Into Your Future: Venezuela Declares Every Friday A Holiday To Conserve Electricity

When we last checked in on everyone's favorite Latin American socialist paradise, Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro’s opponents "had gone crazy." Or at least that’s how Maduro described the situation in a “thundering” speech to supporters at what he called an “anti-imperialist” rally in Caracas in mid-March. Meanwhile, thousands of demonstrators had been holding counter-rallies calling for the President’s ouster. Maduro angered the opposition - which dealt Hugo Chavez’s leftist movement its worst defeat at the ballot box in history in December - the previous month when he used a stacked Supreme Court to give himself emergency powers he says will help him deal with the country’s worsening economic crisis. "Now that the economic emergency decree has validity, in the next few days I will activate a series of measures I had been working on,” he said, following Congress’s declaration of a “food emergency.” The "emergency measures" in effect, amounted to a shutdown of the country...
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Energy Policy and Conventional Thinking

Famed economist John Kenneth Galbraith used to respond to questions about the direction of the economy and financial markets by saying: "I answer because I'm asked not because I know."Such is also the case with poorly informed members of the public whose views pollsters seek on every conceivable... Please click on the post title or visit http://www.econmatters.com for full content.
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Making Hay Over Hay: Saudi Lawyer Says Scrutiny of Kingdom’s Western Dairy Grab Unjustified

The Middle East is running out of water — fast. So the Kingdom’s Dairy interests are buying up Western US territory and exporting water as hay. Saudi Lawyer Says Criticism Unjustified.

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Stealth Water Grab: Foreign Countries Buying Huge Swaths of Western Farmland, Exporting US Water as Hay

Saudi Arabia and other water short Middle Eastern countries are buying large swaths of draught stricken farmland across the Western U.S., using the underground water to grow hay for their herds, then exporting the hay back home. Saudi Arabia just bought 15,000 acres of CA and AZ to do just this.

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California’s High Agricultural Labor Costs Spur Golden State AgTech Tech Innovation

Labor supply is not just decreasing as workers, but it’s becoming more expensive, putting some fruit and vegetable farmers under pressure to find alternative solutions, speakers told the Forbes AgTech Summit today. The post More Technological Innovation Needed to Meet Labor Challenges in Californian Agriculture appeared first on AgFunderNews.
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The Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2016

Image courtesy of: Futurism The Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2016 Sometimes the world is not yet ready for a new technology to enter the fray. Virtual reality, for example, sat on the sidelines for many years. The industry went into hibernation around the time of the Dot Com Bust, and it has only recently re-emerged with promise. It is only today that big companies like Microsoft, Google, Samsung, HTC, and Facebook have the infrastructure, peripheral technologies, and capital in place to properly commercialize the technology. Now, instead of using primitive 300 x 200 pixel LCD displays that were prohibitively expensive in the 90s, we are looking at a world where display will be in beautiful 4k quality. Meanwhile, accelerometers and gyroscopes can measure head movement, and modern computing power can reduce lag and latency. It took many years, but finally the true potential of VR is being realized. Like virtual reality, there are 10 other emerging technologies that are finally ready for prime time. Some, like the recent advances in artificial intelligence, have been decades in the making. Other emerging technologies such as the blockchain are relatively new phenomenons that are also ready for their time in the spotlight. Emerging Technologies of 2016 Nanosensors and the Internet of Nanothings is one of the most exciting areas of science today. Tiny sensors that are circulated in the human body or construction materials will be able to relay information and diagnostics to the outside world. This will have an impact on medicine, architecture, agriculture, and drug manufacturing. Next Generation Batteries are helping to eliminate one of the biggest obstacles with renewable energy, which is energy storage. Though not commercially available yet, this area shows great promise – and it is something we are tracking in our five-part Battery Series. The Blockchain had investment exceeding $1 billion in 2015. The blockchain ecosystem is evolving rapidly and will change the way banking, markets, contracts, and governments work. 2d Materials such as graphene will have an impact in a variety of applications ranging from air and water filters to batteries and wearable technology. Autonomous Vehicles are here, and the potential impact is huge. While there are still a few problems to overcome, driverless cars will save lives, cut pollution, boost economies, and improve the quality of life for people. Organs-on-Chips, which are tiny models of human organs, are making it easier for scientists to test drugs and conduct medical research. Petrovskite Solar Cells are making photovoltaic cells easier to make and more efficient. They also allow cells to be used virtually anywhere. Open AI Ecosystem will allow for smart digital assistants in the cloud that will be able to advise us on finance, health, or even fashion. Optogenetics, or the use of light and color to record activity in the brain, could help lead to better treatment of brain disorders. Systems Metabolic Engineering will allow for building block chemicals to be built with plants more efficiently than can be done with fossil fuels. Original graphic by: Futurism Sponsored Infographics The Money Project Embed This Image On Your Site (copy code below): Courtesy of: Visual Capitalist The post The Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2016 appeared first on Visual Capitalist.
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A Human Poop Bag and 18 Other Crowdfunding Catastrophes

Crowdfunding has been a game-changer for getting new products off the ground. Platforms like Kickstarter or IndieGoGo have allowed aspiring entrepreneurs to get their ideas in front of millions, while generating invaluable amounts of buzz and publicity. Highly successful campaigns include products or proposals such as Ethereum, Oculus Rift, Pebble, or Star Citizen, which have combined to raise hundreds of millions of dollars in new capital. However, because crowdfunding is open to everyone, not every campaign brings home the bacon. In reality, some campaigns are just plain strange or border on being nonsensical in nature. Other ideas just bomb spectacularly. Either the concept has no product-market fit, or the prototype simply doesn’t do what it is supposed to do. Weird Crowdfunding Fails Today’s infographic comes from SSLs, highlighting 19 crowdfunding campaigns that were not destined to change the world in any meaningful capacity. Note: These are all reward-based crowdfunding campaigns. Along the right-hand side of the infographic, it shows the platform used, amount raised, and the fundraising goal. Down the middle, it highlights the most ridiculous reward that was offered to backers, and how many people claimed the reward. Where did some of these projects fall short? What can we learn from them? Some projects such as the Induratus nuclear bunker were destined for failure because they were inherently selfish. The product could have been great, but if it doesn’t benefit the backers, it’s not going to take off. Sadly, the Induratus raised just $1, and as a result the project’s creator is now left very vulnerable to nuclear attacks. The Triton, a set of artificial gills that could allow a user to breathe underwater, had the opposite problem. While the creators behind the project got the hundreds of thousands of dollars of funding they needed, the idea turned out to be scientifically impossible. In fact, the development of similar technology has eluded the world’s top scientists and military contractors for years. The group behind the product was forced to refund backers to the tune of $900,000. Other projects were scientifically viable, while also solving a perceived market need. However, the problem with these products were that they did not serve a large enough market to make sense. The Sauceman’s Satchel is a good example of this. While the creator loved the idea of a “convenient, carry-able, flyable, sauce transport” for camping and travel needs, the market overwhelmingly did not. That’s why it only raised about 40% of its funding goal from 105 backers. Now, the Sauceman Satchel is only serving sauce-lovers in product pitch heaven. Embed This Image On Your Site (copy code below): Courtesy of: Visual Capitalist The post 19 Weird Crowdfunding Campaigns That Failed Spectacularly appeared first on Visual Capitalist.
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The Epic Collapse of Deutsche Bank

The Epic Collapse of Deutsche Bank [Chart] A timeline showing the fall of one of Europe’s most iconic financial institutions The Chart of the Week is a weekly Visual Capitalist feature on Fridays. It’s been almost 10 years in the making, but the fate of one of Europe’s most important financial institutions appears to be sealed. After a hard-hitting sequence of scandals, poor decisions, and unfortunate events, Frankfurt-based Deutsche Bank shares are now down -48% on the year to $12.60, which is a record-setting low. Even more stunning is the long-term view of the German institution’s downward spiral. With a modest $15.8 billion in market capitalization, shares of the 147-year-old company now trade for a paltry 8% of its peak price in May 2007. The Beginning of the End If the deaths of Lehman Brothers and Bear Stearns were quick and painless, the coming demise of Deutsche Bank has been long, drawn out, and painful. In recent times, Deutsche Bank’s investment banking division has been among the largest in the world, comparable in size to Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Bank of America, and Citigroup. However, unlike those other names, Deutsche Bank has been walking wounded since the Financial Crisis, and the German bank has never been able to fully recover. It’s ironic, because in 2009, the company’s CEO Josef Ackermann boldly proclaimed that Deutsche Bank had plenty of capital, and that it was weathering the crisis better than its competitors. It turned out, however, that the bank was actually hiding $12 billion in losses to avoid a government bailout. Meanwhile, much of the money the bank did make during this turbulent time in the markets stemmed from the manipulation of Libor rates. Those “wins” were short-lived, since the eventual fine to end the Libor probe would be a record-setting $2.5 billion. The bank finally had to admit that it actually needed more capital. In 2013, it raised €3 billion with a rights issue, claiming that no additional funds would be needed. Then in 2014 the bank head-scratchingly proceeded to raise €1.5 billion, and after that, another €8 billion. A Series of Unfortunate Events In recent years, Deutsche Bank has desperately been trying to reinvent itself. Having gone through multiple CEOs since the Financial Crisis, the latest attempt at reinvention involves a massive overhaul of operations and staff announced by co-CEO John Cryan in October 2015. The bank is now in the process of cutting 9,000 employees and ceasing operations in 10 countries. This is where our timeline of Deutsche Bank’s most recent woes begins – and the last six months, in particular, have been fast and furious. Deutsche Bank started the year by announcing a record-setting loss in 2015 of €6.8 billion. Cryan went on an immediate PR binge, proclaiming that the bank was “rock solid”. German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble even went out of his way to say he had “no concerns” about Deutsche Bank. Translation: things are in full-on crisis mode. In the following weeks, here’s what happened: May 16, 2016: Berenberg Bank warns that DB’s woes may be “insurmountable”, noting that DB is more than 40x levered. June 2, 2016: Two ex-DB employees are charged in ongoing U.S. Libor probe for rigging interest rates. Meanwhile, the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority says there are at least 29 DB employees involved in the scandal. June 23, 2016: Brexit decision hits DB hard. The bank is the largest European bank in London and receives 19% of its revenues from the UK. June 29, 2016: IMF issues statement that “DB appears to be the most important net contributor to systemic risks”. June 30, 2016: Federal Reserve announces that DB fails Fed stress test in US, due to “poor risk management and financial planning”. Doesn’t sound “rock solid”, does it? Now the real question: what happens to Deutsche Bank’s derivative book, which has a notional value of €52 trillion, if the bank is insolvent? The Money Project Embed This Image On Your Site (copy code below): Courtesy of: Visual Capitalist The post Chart: The Epic Collapse of Deutsche Bank appeared first on Visual Capitalist.
  • Vanquish Banking - Hard Assets - Timber Investing - Oliver Wright

Capital Appreciation in Timberland Offsets Underperformance

Lumber demand will not pick up in the near term, but timberland as an asset class will perform well, says MetLife Agricultural Finance

Explosion In Commodities Volume Points To Stealth Fed Manipulated Inflation

One commodity trader writes in with some very unique observations. From trader "Peter" * * * The insanity has now fully spilled into the commodity markets – a market which I professionally made a transition to after the 2008 crisis from the financial markets, simply because I believed it was a market that would still function according to true fundamentals… I guess that only lasted so long… The commodity markets have been prone to excessive speculation for years, but at the end, the thought of specializing in something “tangible” that EVENTUALLY would have to revert back to true supply and demand fundamentals made all the sense in the world. Specially with the true circus that the financial markets have become since 2008… * * * From: XXXXXXXXXX To: "Peter" Sent: Wednesday, April 20, 2016 1:35 PM Subject: volume totals today 774K of soybeans traded today and that would be a record by nearly 160K contracts as yesterday set the record at 615K. Over 88K Jly/Nov traded today and 97K..
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Millionaires Fleeing Chicago, Paris, And Other Major Cities The World Over

The Chicago Tribune is reporting that approximately 3,000 millionaires left the city of Chicago alone during 2015. The elite are fleeing major cities around the globe at a staggering rate. In fact, the Chicago Tribune is reporting that approximately 3,000 millionaires left the city of Chicago alone during 2015. The same study discussed in that Chicago Tribune article found that 7,000 millionaires left Paris, France last year. So why is this happening? Why are thousands of millionaires suddenly packing up and moving away from the big cities? Could it be possible that they have many of the same concerns that “preppers” do about what is coming? For quite a while, I have been writing about how the elite have been preparing for the coming collapse. But I had no idea that literally thousands of them are packing up and permanently leaving our major cities. As I mentioned above, the Chicago Tribune is reporting that about 3,000 of them left the city of Chicago alone during the previous cale..
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Rise and Fall of the Mutant Ninja Co-Ed Loans: No Credit? No Collateral? No Problem!

A A Home | Feed | Blog.rssStudent Loans: No Credit? No Collateral? No Problem! 0 Views 04/12/2016Last week, the Wall Street Journal published an article on rising student loan default and delinquency rates on the same day Ryan McMaken posted about rising tuition and fees at universities across the country. The statistics are harrowing. Per the Education Department and the New York Fed, 43 percent of federal student loans are in postponement, delinquency, or default. And, while credit card and mortgage debt have fallen since the peak of the housing boom, student and auto loans have soared. Student loan delinquency rates have surpassed the 2010 peak mortgage delinquency rate of the housing bubble and credit card delinquency in 2012. The reason for this is that lending standards for federal student loans have deteriorated, down to one criterion it seems: the ability to sign your name. Finaid.org confirms that “Stafford, Perkins and PLUS loans do not depend on your credit score.” Only..
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NZ Super On Timber and Agri

Head of international direct investment Nigel Gormly tells Agri Investor why it can’t over-expose itself to timber, but is still interested in acquiring assets in farmland and forestry.

VC Exec Predicts Increased Agtech Dealflow

The Canadian agtech VC firm is looking to invest in precision agri companies that focus on new areas in its portfolio like livestock health.
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Timber Exec Leads $8m Raise For Precision Agri Company

Reid Carter of Brookfield timber is leading a group of high net worth investors in a precision agri company that aims to reduce pesticide use on tree crops.

Vanished Chinese Tycoon Resurfaces In Canadian Mansion – In 100 Little Pieces

Two days ago we introduced you to "the rich kids of Vancouver" for whom the most important decision in any given day is whether to spend half a million dollars on a new Lamborghini or on an investment such as "two expensive watches or some diamonds." From left, Loretta Lai, Chelsea Jiang and Diana Wang attended a reception at a Lamborghini dealership last month in Vancouver, British Columbia We now introduce you to someone who may be one of these rich kids' dad. Or rather was, because Gang Yuan, a 42-year-old mining tycoon is no longer alive. His corpse was found chopped into 100 pieces in his Vancouver home. Gang Yuan's dismembered body was found at a West Vancouver home. According to a civil lawsuit, Yuan came to Canada in 2007 with permanent resident status and made his money by investing in real estate and Saskatchewan farmland, in the process becoming the owner of a at least one abandoned multimillion-dollar Vancouver home... and much more. Gang Yuan seen his in hi..
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Heard of IMF Special Drawing Rights? They Just Took Another Step Toward Replacing the Dollar

The IMF’s Special Drawing Rights, the RMB and gold The full article with additional charts and tables is published on GoldMoney.com can be downloaded here. On April 1, 2016, China’s central bank Governor Zhou Xiaochuan announced that the Chinese government will take actions to promote the use of SDRs in its do-mestic economy. The announcement was made at the end of a meeting of the G20 in Paris, which is hosted by China this year. China will start to use both the USD and SDRs when reporting its foreign reserves. In addition, the country will also consider issuing bonds denominated in SDRs. This comes five month after the International Monetary Fund (IMF) decided to include the Chinese Renminbi as a fifth currency to the basket of Special Drawing Rights (SDR) along with the U.S. dollar, the Euro, the Japanese yen and the British pound. The change takes effect on October 1, 2016. This marks the first major change of the constituents of the basket since 1981 when the IMF dropped 11 out..
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Deutsche Confesses To Rigging Gold/Siler Prices, Drops Dime On Cartel

Well, that didn't take long. Earlier today when we reported the stunning news that DB has decided to "turn" against the precious metals manipulation cartel by first settling a long-running silver price fixing lawsuit which in addition to "valuable monetary consideration" said it would expose the other banks' rigging having also "agreed to provide cooperation to plaintiffs, including the production of instant messages, and other electronic communications, as part of the settlement" we said "since this is just one of many lawsuits filed over the past two years in Manhattan federal court in which investors accused banks of conspiring to rig rates or prices in financial and commodities markets, we expect that now that DB has "turned" that much more curious information about precious metals rigging will emerge, and will confirm what the "bugs" had said all along: that the precious metals market has been rigged all along." This was confirmed moments ago when Reuters reported that..
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State of Confusion Books Fight of the Century: Inflation vs. Deflation

Tags A A Home | Feed | Blog.rssU.S. EconomyU.S. HistoryInterventionismHazlitt, 1946: Inflation, Deflation, Confusion 0 Views In the last two years left-wingers have been fond of referring to private enterprise as a “boom-bust” economy; OPA officials have contended that only price fixing can prevent a repetition of the 1920–21 boom and collapse, and British statesmen have insisted that their new “democratic socialism” will work beautifully if only mercurial America doesn’t crack again and drag the rest of the world down with it. Small wonder that so many people now ask each other whether the recent slump in the stock market does not at last foreshadow this longpredicted business setback. The question is not easy to answer, because the American economy has now become the football of political policies and counterpolicies that are not inherent in it but essentially external. These conflicting political policies are on the one hand those tending to create inflation, and on the other th..
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As In Any War, Companies Must Go on the Cyber Offensive

Read Stewart Baker and Victoria Muth ask whether companies should risk going on a cyber offensive on Brink News : Corporate executives are fed up with the current approach to network security. They’ve been spending more and more on security. Despite that spending, they’re told that they can’t expect to keep intruders out of their networks; the best they can hope for is to lock the intruders out of their most important files, or to keep hackers from exfiltrating all that data. Read their full article here.
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Cybersecurity Study Shows Corporate Data Vulnerabilities; Regulation Hurting

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton and the Ponemon Institute jointly released a study this week pointing to the vulnerability of many companies’ knowledge assets. The survey summary notes that research “was conducted to determine whether the publicity-accorded data breeches subject to notification laws and related regulatory requirements has skewed the focus of organizations away from the theft or loss of their most critical information, and to provide helpful practices to reduce the risk.” Read more about the new study by Ponemon Institute which reveals that most big corporates are vulnerable to cyber attacks on Law.
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Totally Avoidable Causes of Data Breaches

Read about the totally avoidable causes of data breaches according to Stephen McCallister on Diagnostic Imaging : In the last six years, 155 million Americans’ health data was compromised and healthcare became the single most breached industry, according to a recent Brookings Institute report, by Niam Yaraghi. Healthcare data is particularly attractive because it includes information that isn’t easily changed (e.g., Social Security numbers, dates of birth, and home addresses) which is therefore more valuable to identity thieves than other types of data. Read his full article here.
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What do the Panama Papers, WordPress & Drupal Share? Critical Exploits Still Unpatched

The extraordinary 'Panama Papers leak' from Law firm Mossack Fonseca that exposed the tax-avoiding efforts by the world's richest and most influential members was initially believed to be the result of an unpatched vulnerability in the popular content management systems: Drupal and WordPress. Now, we are quite sure that the Panama Papers, which implicated 72 current and former heads of state,
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Hacking ATM PINs from Smartwatch and Fitness Trackers

As your day-to-day apparel and accessories are turning into networked mobile electronic devices that attach to your body like smartwatch or fitness band, the threat to our personal data these devices collect has risen exponentially. A recent study from Binghamton University also suggests your smartwatch or fitness tracker is not as secure as you think – and it could be used to steal your ATM
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Two New Quicktime Zero Day Exploits: Uninstall QuickTime for Windows Right Now

We’re putting the word out that everyone should follow Apple’s guidance and uninstall QuickTime for Windows as soon as possible. This is for two reasons. First, Apple is deprecating QuickTime for Microsoft Windows. They will no longer be issuing security updates for the product on the Windows Platform and recommend users uninstall it. Note that this does not apply to QuickTime on Mac OSX. Second, our Zero Day Initiative has just released two advisories ZDI-16-241 and ZDI-16-242 detailing two new, critical vulnerabilities affecting QuickTime for Windows. These advisories are being released in accordance with the Zero Day Initiative’s Disclosure Policy for when a vendor does not issue a security patch for a disclosed vulnerability. And because Apple is no longer providing security updates for QuickTime on Windows, these vulnerabilities are never going to be patched. We’re not aware of any active attacks against these vulnerabilities currently. But the only way to protect your Windows..
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Android Users Beware: Hackers Got Some New X-Rated Tricks Up Their Sleeves

While some cyber criminals are extraordinary sophisticated, and even work in multi-national groups to orchestrate elaborate breaches, most of them are simply preying upon human habits in an effort to steal data like payment card information or Social Security numbers. More often than not, the ploys they use to get this data aim to trick victims into willingly downloading and installing malware, or relinquishing login credentials on fake Web pages. And sometimes, the human habits they choose to exploit aren't the most wholesome ones. Using porn as a malware delivery mechanism It's no secret that hackers love to sully Internet pornography Web pages with their instruments of cyber crime. While some of these tactics can be spotted a mile away, others are far more deceptive. One such example is the resurgence of the Marcher Trojan. According to Trend Micro, the bug – which is believed to have been around for about three years or so – is now targeting Android users, and more speci..
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FBI Bought Tech From Third Party To Crack iPhone

Unable to crack Apple’s iOS encryption on it’s own, the FBI purchased technology from a third party to get the job done.

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Why Hackers Are Targeting Health-Care Providers

Read Andrea Peterson explain why hackers are attacking health care providers on Washington Post : Washington is reeling from the news of a hack at MedStar, one of the largest medical providers in the area. A computer virus infecting the organization’s computer systems forced MedStar to shut down much of its online operations Monday. Read her full article here.
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California’s High Agricultural Labor Costs Spur Golden State AgTech Tech Innovation

Labor supply is not just decreasing as workers, but it’s becoming more expensive, putting some fruit and vegetable farmers under pressure to find alternative solutions, speakers told the Forbes AgTech Summit today. The post More Technological Innovation Needed to Meet Labor Challenges in Californian Agriculture appeared first on AgFunderNews.
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The Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2016

Image courtesy of: Futurism The Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2016 Sometimes the world is not yet ready for a new technology to enter the fray. Virtual reality, for example, sat on the sidelines for many years. The industry went into hibernation around the time of the Dot Com Bust, and it has only recently re-emerged with promise. It is only today that big companies like Microsoft, Google, Samsung, HTC, and Facebook have the infrastructure, peripheral technologies, and capital in place to properly commercialize the technology. Now, instead of using primitive 300 x 200 pixel LCD displays that were prohibitively expensive in the 90s, we are looking at a world where display will be in beautiful 4k quality. Meanwhile, accelerometers and gyroscopes can measure head movement, and modern computing power can reduce lag and latency. It took many years, but finally the true potential of VR is being realized. Like virtual reality, there are 10 other emerging technologies that are finally ready for prime time. Some, like the recent advances in artificial intelligence, have been decades in the making. Other emerging technologies such as the blockchain are relatively new phenomenons that are also ready for their time in the spotlight. Emerging Technologies of 2016 Nanosensors and the Internet of Nanothings is one of the most exciting areas of science today. Tiny sensors that are circulated in the human body or construction materials will be able to relay information and diagnostics to the outside world. This will have an impact on medicine, architecture, agriculture, and drug manufacturing. Next Generation Batteries are helping to eliminate one of the biggest obstacles with renewable energy, which is energy storage. Though not commercially available yet, this area shows great promise – and it is something we are tracking in our five-part Battery Series. The Blockchain had investment exceeding $1 billion in 2015. The blockchain ecosystem is evolving rapidly and will change the way banking, markets, contracts, and governments work. 2d Materials such as graphene will have an impact in a variety of applications ranging from air and water filters to batteries and wearable technology. Autonomous Vehicles are here, and the potential impact is huge. While there are still a few problems to overcome, driverless cars will save lives, cut pollution, boost economies, and improve the quality of life for people. Organs-on-Chips, which are tiny models of human organs, are making it easier for scientists to test drugs and conduct medical research. Petrovskite Solar Cells are making photovoltaic cells easier to make and more efficient. They also allow cells to be used virtually anywhere. Open AI Ecosystem will allow for smart digital assistants in the cloud that will be able to advise us on finance, health, or even fashion. Optogenetics, or the use of light and color to record activity in the brain, could help lead to better treatment of brain disorders. Systems Metabolic Engineering will allow for building block chemicals to be built with plants more efficiently than can be done with fossil fuels. Original graphic by: Futurism Sponsored Infographics The Money Project Embed This Image On Your Site (copy code below): Courtesy of: Visual Capitalist The post The Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2016 appeared first on Visual Capitalist.
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Capital Appreciation in Timberland Offsets Underperformance

Lumber demand will not pick up in the near term, but timberland as an asset class will perform well, says MetLife Agricultural Finance
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Why spend time and energy growing corn?

David Gladstone explains why lower prices won’t push his REIT toward greater commodity crop exposure and why growers don’t need to own the land they farm.
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Rabobank: Milk Prices Unlikely To Rebound Until 2017

Global demand for dairy will remain weak throughout 2016, largely due to EU overproduction, but the outlook for 2017 is better.
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NZ Super On Timber and Agri

Head of international direct investment Nigel Gormly tells Agri Investor why it can’t over-expose itself to timber, but is still interested in acquiring assets in farmland and forestry.

VC Exec Predicts Increased Agtech Dealflow

The Canadian agtech VC firm is looking to invest in precision agri companies that focus on new areas in its portfolio like livestock health.
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Timber Exec Leads $8m Raise For Precision Agri Company

Reid Carter of Brookfield timber is leading a group of high net worth investors in a precision agri company that aims to reduce pesticide use on tree crops.
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Bobble Bottles Offer Instant Filtered Water, On The Run

Bottled water might seem like a very innocuous, ecologically-friendly beverage, but it does have its dark side – it has been estimated that 1.5 million barrels of oil are used annually for the production of one-use water bottles. About 38 million of those get tossed out each year. True, many of them go to recycling […]
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ACCC Focuses On Cattle and Wheat Supply Chains

Businesses can supply information to a competition watchdog study on beef and cattle study anonymously, while the regulator has also widened wheat supply-chain access.
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Low interest rates may insulate farmland values from falling rents

Continuing stress on the US farm sector is likely to push down rents and farmland values, but low interest rates mean an absolute collapse in values is unlikely.
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PE-backed Aerofarms to build in Shanghai – exclusive

The vertical farming business plans to expand into China, to access a health-savvy middle class amid food security concerns.
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Gladstone Land acquires pistachio orchards for $15.5m

The acquisition of a pistachio property adds diversity to the REIT’s portfolio, said its chief executive.
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Bolivia To Invest $40m In Agriculture On the Road to Zero Food Imports

The Bolivian government is seeking to make the country self sustainable in food production and stop all food imports by 2020.
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Navigating Africa’s Rough Road Ahead To Agricultural Superpower

Juraj Neuwirth, an associate at law firm Norton Rose Fulbright, tells Agri Investor why Africa is more suited to smaller, specialised investments, and why better regulation is to come.
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California’s High Agricultural Labor Costs Spur Golden State AgTech Tech Innovation

July 21st, 2016|0 Comments

Labor supply is not just decreasing as workers, but it’s becoming more expensive, putting some fruit and vegetable farmers under pressure to find alternative solutions, speakers told the Forbes AgTech Summit today. The post More Technological Innovation Needed to Meet Labor Challenges in Californian Agriculture appeared first on AgFunderNews.
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The Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2016

July 21st, 2016|0 Comments

Image courtesy of: Futurism The Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2016 Sometimes the world is not yet ready for a new technology to enter the fray. Virtual reality, for example, sat on the sidelines for many years. The industry went into hibernation around the time of the Dot Com Bust, and it has only recently re-emerged with promise. It is only today that big companies like Microsoft, Google, Samsung, HTC, and Facebook have the infrastructure, peripheral technologies, and capital in place to properly commercialize the technology. Now, instead of using primitive 300 x 200 pixel LCD displays that were prohibitively expensive in the 90s, we are looking at a world where display will be in beautiful 4k quality. Meanwhile, accelerometers and gyroscopes can measure head movement, and modern computing power can reduce lag and latency. It took many years, but finally the true potential of VR is being realized. Like virtual reality, there are 10 other emerging technologies that are finally ready for prime time. Some, like the recent advances in artificial intelligence, have been decades in the making. Other emerging technologies such as the blockchain are relatively new phenomenons that are also ready for their time in the spotlight. Emerging Technologies of 2016 Nanosensors and the Internet of Nanothings is one of the most exciting areas of science today. Tiny sensors that are circulated in the human body or construction materials will be able to relay information and diagnostics to the outside world. This will have an impact on medicine, architecture, agriculture, and drug manufacturing. Next Generation Batteries are helping to eliminate one of the biggest obstacles with renewable energy, which is energy storage. Though not commercially available yet, this area shows great promise – and it is something we are tracking in our five-part Battery Series. The Blockchain had investment exceeding $1 billion in 2015. The blockchain ecosystem is evolving rapidly and will change the way banking, markets, contracts, and governments work. 2d Materials such as graphene will have an impact in a variety of applications ranging from air and water filters to batteries and wearable technology. Autonomous Vehicles are here, and the potential impact is huge. While there are still a few problems to overcome, driverless cars will save lives, cut pollution, boost economies, and improve the quality of life for people. Organs-on-Chips, which are tiny models of human organs, are making it easier for scientists to test drugs and conduct medical research. Petrovskite Solar Cells are making photovoltaic cells easier to make and more efficient. They also allow cells to be used virtually anywhere. Open AI Ecosystem will allow for smart digital assistants in the cloud that will be able to advise us on finance, health, or even fashion. Optogenetics, or the use of light and color to record activity in the brain, could help lead to better treatment of brain disorders. Systems Metabolic Engineering will allow for building block chemicals to be built with plants more efficiently than can be done with fossil fuels. Original graphic by: Futurism Sponsored Infographics The Money Project Embed This Image On Your Site (copy code below): Courtesy of: Visual Capitalist The post The Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2016 appeared first on Visual Capitalist.
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Capital Appreciation in Timberland Offsets Underperformance

July 21st, 2016|0 Comments

Lumber demand will not pick up in the near term, but timberland as an asset class will perform well, says MetLife Agricultural Finance
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Timber Exec Leads $8m Raise For Precision Agri Company

April 15th, 2016|0 Comments

Reid Carter of Brookfield timber is leading a group of high net worth investors in a precision agri company that aims to reduce pesticide use on tree crops.
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Bobble Bottles Offer Instant Filtered Water, On The Run

April 8th, 2016|0 Comments

Bottled water might seem like a very innocuous, ecologically-friendly beverage, but it does have its dark side – it has been estimated that 1.5 million barrels of oil are used annually for the production of one-use water bottles. About 38 million of those get tossed out each year. True, many of them go to recycling […]

A Glimpse Into Your Future: Venezuela Declares Every Friday A Holiday To Conserve Electricity

April 7th, 2016|0 Comments

When we last checked in on everyone's favorite Latin American socialist paradise, Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro’s opponents "had gone crazy." Or at least that’s how Maduro described the situation in a “thundering” speech to supporters at what he called an “anti-imperialist” rally in Caracas in mid-March. Meanwhile, thousands of demonstrators had been holding counter-rallies calling for the President’s ouster. Maduro angered the opposition - which dealt Hugo Chavez’s leftist movement its worst defeat at the ballot box in history in December - the previous month when he used a stacked Supreme Court to give himself emergency powers he says will help him deal with the country’s worsening economic crisis. "Now that the economic emergency decree has validity, in the next few days I will activate a series of measures I had been working on,” he said, following Congress’s declaration of a “food emergency.” The "emergency measures" in effect, amounted to a shutdown of the country...
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Energy Policy and Conventional Thinking

April 1st, 2016|0 Comments

Famed economist John Kenneth Galbraith used to respond to questions about the direction of the economy and financial markets by saying: "I answer because I'm asked not because I know."Such is also the case with poorly informed members of the public whose views pollsters seek on every conceivable... Please click on the post title or visit http://www.econmatters.com for full content.
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Making Hay Over Hay: Saudi Lawyer Says Scrutiny of Kingdom’s Western Dairy Grab Unjustified

March 31st, 2016|0 Comments

The Middle East is running out of water — fast. So the Kingdom’s Dairy interests are buying up Western US territory and exporting water as hay. Saudi Lawyer Says Criticism Unjustified.

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Stealth Water Grab: Foreign Countries Buying Huge Swaths of Western Farmland, Exporting US Water as Hay

March 30th, 2016|0 Comments

Saudi Arabia and other water short Middle Eastern countries are buying large swaths of draught stricken farmland across the Western U.S., using the underground water to grow hay for their herds, then exporting the hay back home. Saudi Arabia just bought 15,000 acres of CA and AZ to do just this.

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Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto: No Mo Manufacturing Jobs

March 28th, 2016|0 Comments

The market for industrial robot installations has been on a skyward trend since 2009, and it is not expected to slow down any time soon. According to the World Robotics 2015 report, the market for industrial robots was approximated at $32 billion in 2014, and in the coming years it is expected to continue to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of at least 15%. As VisualCapitalist's Jeff Desjardin notes, that means between 2015 and 2018, it’s anticipated that 1.3 million industrial robots will be installed worldwide. This will bring the stock of operational robots up to just over 2.3 million, mostly working in the automotive and electronics sectors. For how long can the global robot population continue to grow? Courtesy of: Visual Capitalist ROBOT DENSITY Perhaps the most interesting way to peek into the future of industrial robot installations is to look at potential sales in China. Currently, the world’s most populous nation has a density of robots that is about half..
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Pickens’ Son Celebrates $4mm Day, Courtesy of U.S. Gov a/k/a All of Us Taxpayers

March 19th, 2016|0 Comments

The son of legendary oilman Boone Pickens had a big day after his tech company disclosed a government contract.
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DARPA Looks To Jolt Nervous System With Stimulus Kitchen Sink

March 16th, 2016|0 Comments

The defense agency announces funding for 7 projects under its new ElectRx program
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Biodegradable Power Generators Could Power Medical Implants

March 16th, 2016|0 Comments

Biodegradable devices that generate energy from the same effect behind most static electricity could help power transient electronic implants that dissolve in the body, researchers say. Implantable electronic devices now help treat everything from damaged hearts to traumatic brain injuries. For example, pacemakers can help keep hearts beating properly, while brain sensors can monitor patients for potentially dangerous swelling in the brain.

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Here’s A Guide To Forestry Investment Vehicles

March 15th, 2016|0 Comments

Whether you are looking at funds, TIMOs or club deals, Aquila Capital portfolio manager Nils von Schmidt gives his take on forestry investment vehicles, who they are suited to and why.
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Cutting The Cord: Energy Revolvers Cut As Banks Slash Frack and Shale Credit Lines

March 15th, 2016|0 Comments

Earlier today we reminded readers about the circular (and why note fraudulent conveyance) scheme hatched by JPMorgan to reduce its secured loan exposure to Weatherford, when just two weeks ago none other than JPM underwrote an WFT equity offering in which it sold equity in the company, and which proceeds were promptly used by the company to repay the JPMorgan revolver. We then showed that it wasn't just Weatherford: most of the "uses of funds" from the recent record surge in oil and gas equity offerings, have been used to repay the secured debt/revolver facilities, thereby eliminating funded and unfunded balance sheet exposure of major US banks. But while lender banks are all too eager to take advantage of the brief surge in equity prices just so they can "help" their clients dilute their shareholder base so to repay the very same lender banks, they know quite well that the equity offering window is rapidly closing; in fact it will slam shut as soon as the price of oil resumes..