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Why marijuana fans should not see approval for epilepsy drug as a win for weed

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Why marijuana fans should not see approval for epilepsy drug as a win for weed

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Small vials of CBD, which some believe could be a cure for many ailments. Roxana Gonzalez/Shutterstock.com

Courtesy of Timothy Welty, Drake University

A Food and Drug Administration panel recommended approval of a drug made of cannabidiol on April 19 to treat two types of epilepsy. The FDA is expected to decide in June whether to accept the panel’s 13-0 recommendation to approve Epidiolex, which would would become the first drug made of cannabidiol, a compound in the cannabis plant, to gain approval from the FDA.

While the panel’s unanimous decision is not binding, the action will no doubt heighten public debate about the use of cannabidiol, medical marijuana, medical cannabis and hemp oil. Should cannabidiol, or CBD, or marijuana be legalized for medical purposes? What is the evidence that these products are beneficial? Are these products safe to use?

Those who support the use of marijuana for recreational or medicinal purposes might have found the timing of the panel’s ruling interesting. National Weed Day is April 20.

But weed is not cannabidiol, even though both come from cannabis.

As a professor of pharmacy with a special interest in epilepsy, I find it important that CBD may be a new option for the treatment of epilepsy. This new use has led me to carefully study published literature on CBD and discuss it as an option with patients who have epilepsy. Additionally, I have been involved with the American Epilepsy Society’s ongoing review of CBD as a possible treatment for epilepsy. From this perspective, I believe that CBD may offer benefits for patients with some types of epilepsy and possibly other disorders.

No high, but healing?

A cannabis leaf. The plant produces several compounds, one of which is CBD. Jiri Hawa/Shutterstock.com

The cannabis plant produces hundreds of different compounds, many of which have differing effects in the…
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Visualizing The Pension Time Bomb: $400 Trillion By 2050

 

The Pension Time Bomb: $400 Trillion by 2050

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View the high resolution version of today’s graphic by clicking here.

Are governments making promises about pensions that they might not be able to keep?

According to an analysis by the World Economic Forum (WEF), there was a combined retirement savings gap in excess of $70 trillion in 2015, spread between eight major economies..

The WEF says the deficit is growing by $28 billion every 24 hours – and if nothing is done to slow the growth rate, the deficit will reach $400 trillion by 2050, or about five times the size of the global economy today.

The group of economies studied: Canada, Australia, Netherlands, Japan, India, China, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

MIND THE GAP

Today’s infographic comes to us from Raconteur, and it illuminates a growing problem attached to an aging population (and those that will be supporting it).

Since social security programs were initially developed, the circumstances around work and retirement have shifted considerably. Life expectancy has risen by three years per decade since the 1940s, and older people are having increasingly long life spans. With the retirement age hardly changing in most economies, this longevity means that people are spending longer not working without the savings to justify it.

This problem is amplified by the size of generations and fertility rates. The population of retirees globally is expected to grow from 1.5 billion to 2.1 billion between 2017-2050, while the number of workers for each retiree is expected to halve from eight to four over the same timeframe.

The WEF has made clear that the situation is not trivial, likening the scenario to “financial climate change”:

The anticipated increase in longevity and resulting ageing populations is the financial equivalent of climate change ~ Michael Drexler, Head of Financial and Infrastructure Systems, WEF

Like climate change,…
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The PhilStockWorld.com Weekly Webinar – 04-18-18

 

The PhilStockWorld.com Weekly Webinar – 04-18-18

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00:02:22 Latest Market Updates
00:04:59 Weekly Petroleum Status Report
00:11:53 NASDAQ
00:12:46 DOW
00:14:58 COFFEE SOFTS
00:20:08 MO & BOY
00:27:28 OOP
00:28:56 XLF
00:37:25 CTB
00:37:50 WFC
00:40:17 S&P FUTURES
00:48:27 LB
00:49:27 Long Term Portfolio Review
00:53:00 Offshore Oppotunity Portfolio
00:53:45 Butterfly Portfolio 
00:53:50 Money Talk Portfolio
00:54:07 Short Term Portfolio
00:54:58 NFLX
00:58:09 SQQQ
01:02:30 Top Trade Review
01:10:47 Short Term Porfolio Review
01:16:19 Butterfly Portfolio Review
01:23:04 Money Talk Portfolio
01:24:06 Options Opportunity Portfolio
01:24:46 Oil Trade Ideas
01:33:49 Cont. Options Opportunity Portfolio
01:40:00 Portfolio Strategies

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Stock investors on higher floors take more risks – here’s why

 

Stock investors on higher floors take more risks – here's why

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Do Wall Street’s high-rises fuel risky behavior? ErickN/Shutterstock.com

Courtesy of Sina Esteky, Miami University

Stocks have been on a bumpy ride lately as concerns over a trade war prompt investors to rethink their appetite for risk.

But what prompts people to take risks in the first place? A desire for wealth? Fear of failure? Personality? Gender? Age? Education? Race?

While studies have found that each can play a role, research I recently conducted with colleagues found another surprising factor: their location inside buildings, specifically their distance from street level.

Business and the environment

Winston Churchill, himself known as a risk-taker, famously said: “We shape our buildings and afterwards our buildings shape us.”

Yet over 75 years since Churchill said this, we still don’t know all that much about the role buildings play in shaping how we behave.

Winston Churchill understood that buildings can affect our behavior. AP Photo

While our understanding of the human psyche and behavior has changed radically over the past few decades thanks to advancements in various branches of psychology and neuroscience, study of the link between humans and their physical environment seems to have mostly been on hiatus since the 1970s.

Despite this, a peculiar group of academics have made great strides in recent years when it comes to understanding human-environment interactions: business researchers.

A growing number of scholars in business schools – including my own – have been investigating how people’s financial and consumer decisions are affected by factors in the built environment. Labels have emerged to describe these findings, such as “atmospherics,” “sensory marketing,” “servicescapes” and “embodied/grounded cognition.”

For instance, studies have shown that people are more creative in rooms with high ceilings, more likely to vote in favor of educational initiatives when they are physically in a school, seek more variety when shopping in narrow aisles, prefer romantic movies in cold rooms and are more likely
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Facebook’s social responsibility should include privacy protection

 

Facebook's social responsibility should include privacy protection

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Does this man understand how his company can be a responsible member of society? AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Courtesy of Scott Shackelford, Indiana University

In his congressional testimony, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg seemed to understand the importance of protecting both the security and privacy of Facebook’s 2.2 billion users. People in the United States have come to realize the power of technology companies in their daily lives – and in politics. As a result, what they expect of those companies is changing. That’s why I believe, privacy protection must now become part of what has been called corporate social responsibility.

To its credit, the massive social network has begun taking action. Zuckerberg has promised the company will apply the protections of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation to all users around the world. It will also require political advertisers to provide additional transparency, as a new weapon in the reported “arms race” Facebook finds itself in with Russian propagandists. And the company is partnering with researchers to better understand its role in elections.

But there are those in Congress and in Europe who don’t think Facebook has gone far enough yet. European Data Protection Supervisor Giovanni Buttarelli, for example, has suggested Facebook views its users as “experimental rats.”

In my view as a scholar of law and ethics in the technology industry, Facebook – and other leading tech firms such as Google and Twitter – should join nations around the world and declare that privacy and cybersecurity are human rights that must be respected.

It’s not enough to just connect more people

Zuckerberg himself has already embraced the idea that internet access is a human right. And his company is planning to “connect the next 5 billion people” who have yet to go online. That will, of course, also create plenty more Facebook users just as the company’s growth plateaus in the West.

Several countries – as varied as France, Finland, Costa Rica and Estonia – have also taken the stance that …
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The U.S. States Most Vulnerable to a Trade War

 

The U.S. States Most Vulnerable to a Trade War

Courtesy of Visual Capitalist

 

Last year, nearly $4 trillion of U.S. economic productivity was the result of international trade.

However, with talk of a trade war heating up, there is a real possibility that the global trade landscape could shift dramatically over the coming months and years.

Any such shifts wouldn’t likely impact the country in a uniform and evenly distributed fashion – instead, any impending trade war would pose the largest direct risk to states that are dependent on buying and selling goods on international markets.

THE STATES MOST AT RISK

Today’s visualization comes to us from HowMuch.net, and it shows every U.S. state and district organized by GDP size, as well as percentage of GDP resulting from international trade.

Here are the 10 states most reliant on international trade:

Rank State GDP (2017) Exports + Imports (2017)


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The PhilStockWorld.com Weekly Webinar – 03-28-18

 

The PhilStockWorld.com Weekly Webinar – 03-28-18

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00:02:02 Checking on the Markets
00:16:33 Watchlist Update
00:21:13 Active Trader
00:22:19 Trade Ideas
00:26:08 SONC
00:37:38 Short Term Portfolio
00:46:54 AAPL
00:51:32 SONC
01:00:51 WBA
01:07:34 Petroleum Status Report
01:13:15 Checking back on the Markets
01:14:03 Seeking Alpha Market News
01:22:09 WBA Trade Ideas
01:30:43 Nasdaq
01:38:12 CMCSA
01:39:25 FTR
01:41:41 WBA
01:47:20 ABX
01:49:16 DIS
01:51:29 WHR
02:00:19 SQQQ
02:03:48 AAPL
02:05:05 IMAX

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Chart o’ the Day: Testing the Lows (again)

 

Chart o’ the Day: Testing the Lows (again)

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Technicians focus on price levels because there is information about investor behavior and risk appetite contained within prices.

My friend Jonathan Krinsky (MKM Partners) isn’t convinced that the ferocious bounce we saw in the US stock market represents the final bounce before this correction has run its course. He points to deterioration in uptrends elsewhere in the world, Europe for example, as well as the break down of internals (advancing stocks vs declining stocks) beneath the surface of the S&P 500 / NYSE composite.

And the testing of the lows – we’ve had three of them in the futures market since the volatility began in February. Will another test be as successful?

As far as levels, there is strong resistance for the SPX in the 2700-2740 range. There is obvious support down at the 200 DMA (2586), however, Friday was the second test of the 200 DMA after the February correction, and the third if we use S&P 500 Futures. A third, and fourth, test will likely not be so welcoming to the bulls.

And his chart:

Josh here – should we test this support level again, can the buyers be relied upon to come back in? The market’s overall psychology could change rapidly if not. You don’t have to believe in these levels, by the way – but you should know that enough money is paying attention to them that it doesn’t really matter what you personally choose to believe in.

Source:

Don’t Call it a Comeback
MKM Partners – March 27th, 2018

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The PhilStockWorld.com Weekly Webinar 03-21-18

 

The PhilStockWorld.com Weekly Webinar 03-21-18

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00:01:52 Checking on the Markets
00:06:05 Petroleum Status Report
00:10:27 DX
00:11:50 CVS
00:25:11 Compound Rate Calculator
00:33:00 Virtual Portfolio Recap
00:38:53 Income Portfolio
00:40:50 Trade Ideas
00:44:48 Butterfly Portfolio
00:45:54 Long Term Portfolio
00:51:34 Short Term Portfollio
00:54:41 ABX
00:59:50 FOMC Meeting
01:10:55 Active Trader
01:13:12 Seeking Alpha Market News
01:16:26 Trade Ideas
01:19:25 Fed Statement Tracker
01:28:47 SBUX
01:29:13 Seeking Alpha Market News
01:34:54 Active Trader
01:45:55 CMG
01:51:12 Checking on the Markets

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Facebook is killing democracy with its personality profiling data

 

Facebook is killing democracy with its personality profiling data

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Facebook’s data know exactly what fits best in your mind. leolintang/Shutterstock.com

Courtesy of Timothy Summers, University of Maryland

What state should you move to based on your personality? What character on “Downton Abbey” would you be? What breed of dog is best for you? Some enormous percentage of Facebook’s 2.13 billion users must have seen Facebook friends sharing results of various online quizzes. They are sometimes annoying, senseless and a total waste of time. But they are irresistible. Besides, you’re only sharing the results with your family and friends. There’s nothing more innocent, right?

Wrong.

Facebook is in the business of exploiting your data. The company is worth billions of dollars because it harvests your data and sells it to advertisers. Users are encouraged to like, share and comment their lives away in the name of staying connected to family and friends. However, as an ethical hacker, security researcher and data analyst, I know that there is a lot more to the story. The bedrock of modern democracy is at stake.

You are being psychographically profiled

Most people have heard of demographics – the term used by advertisers to slice up a market by age, gender, ethnicity and other variables to help them understand customers. In contrast, psychographics measure people’s personality, values, opinions, attitudes, interests and lifestyles. They help advertisers understand the way you act and who you are.

Historically, psychographic data were much harder to collect and act on than demographics. Today, Facebook is the world’s largest treasure trove of this data. Every day billions of people give the company huge amounts of information about their lives and dreams.

This isn’t a problem when the data are used ethically – like when a company shows you an ad for a pair of sunglasses you recently searched for.

However, it matters a lot when the data are used maliciously – segmenting society into disconnected echo chambers, and custom-crafting misleading messages to manipulate individuals’ opinions and actions.

That’s exactly what Facebook allowed to happen.

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Zero Hedge

$13.6BN Money Manager Launches 3X Leveraged "Robotics And Artificial Intelligence" ETF

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

CTAs and quantitative funds are just starting to recover from the historic drubbing they endured during the February "volocaust" when stocks and bonds fell simultaneously in defiance of the funds' carefully calibrated assumptions about asset-price correlations.

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Chart School

Weekly Market Recap Apr 22, 2018

Courtesy of Blain.

Strong start to the week; a weaker end – final tally was a modest move up.   #TRADEWARS(tm) dived down this week as earnings took center stage.

Naeem Aslam, chief market analyst at Think Markets U.K., in a note to investors said fears around a potential trade war and geopolitical concerns “have faded very much.”

The yield on 10 year Treasuries rose to about a 4 year high — still low by historical levels but these have been suppressed for ages so any movement up looks gigantic.   Here is one opinion… but inflation has been a non starter for years by government measures at least.

“Had bonds yields risen because the underlying economy is accelerating, then, we would see higher stock prices too. But Friday’s weakness in stocks suggests that...



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Why marijuana fans should not see approval for epilepsy drug as a win for weed

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Why marijuana fans should not see approval for epilepsy drug as a win for weed

Small vials of CBD, which some believe could be a cure for many ailments. Roxana Gonzalez/Shutterstock.com

Courtesy of Timothy Welty, Drake University

A Food and Drug Administration panel recommended approval of a drug made of cannabidiol on Ap...



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Biotech

Why marijuana fans should not see approval for epilepsy drug as a win for weed

Reminder: Pharmboy and Ilene are available to chat with Members, comments are found below each post.

 

Why marijuana fans should not see approval for epilepsy drug as a win for weed

Small vials of CBD, which some believe could be a cure for many ailments. Roxana Gonzalez/Shutterstock.com

Courtesy of Timothy Welty, Drake University

A Food and Drug Administration panel recommended approval of a drug made of cannabidiol on Ap...



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Digital Currencies

"The House Always Wins": These Funds Made A Killing As Bitcoin Plunged

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Volatility, neutral exposure and market making can still pay - at least for crypto hedge funds.

Despite the fact that cryptos have collapsed across the board so far in 2018, one investing axiom still holds true to this day: the house always wins. Those who have been making a market, keeping neutral net exposure and benefiting from exotic methods of trading cryptocurrencies have continued to have a positive year this year despite the fact that a lot of the underlying cryptocurrency assets have had a terrible year.

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Insider Scoop

Cowen Says The Big Sell-Off In Skechers Is A Buying Opportunity

Courtesy of Benzinga.

Related SKX 25 Stocks Moving In Friday's Mid-Day Session Mid-Day Market Update: Skechers USA Falls After Weak Q2 Guidance; Ericsson Shares Climb...

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ValueWalk

Buffett At His Best

By csinvesting. Originally published at ValueWalk.

Bear with me as I share a bit of my history that helped me create SkyVu and the Battle Bears games. The University of Nebraska gave me my first job after college. I mostly pushed TV carts around, edited videos for professors or the occasional speaker event. One day, Warren Buffet came to campus to speak to the College of Business. I didn’t think much of this speech at the time but I saved it for some reason. 15 years later, as a founder of my own company, I watch and listen to this particular speech every year to remind myself of the fundamentals and values Mr. Buffett looks for. He’s addressing business students at his alma mater, so I think his style here is a bit more ‘close to home’ than in his other speeches. Hopefully many of you find great value in this video like I have. Sorry for the VHS...



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Kimble Charting Solutions

The Stock Bull Market Stops Here!

 

The Stock Bull Market Stops Here!

Courtesy of Kimble Charting

 

The definition of a bull market or bull trends widely vary. One of the more common criteria for bull markets is determined by the asset being above or below its 200 day moving average.

In my humble opinion, each index above remains in a bull trend, as triple support (200-day moving averages, 2-year rising support lines, and February lows) are still in play ...



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Members' Corner

Cambridge Analytica and the 2016 Election: What you need to know (updated)

 

"If you want to fundamentally reshape society, you first have to break it." ~ Christopher Wylie

[Interview: Cambridge Analytica whistleblower: 'We spent $1m harvesting millions of Facebook profiles' – video]

"You’ve probably heard by now that Cambridge Analytica, which is backed by the borderline-psychotic Mercer family and was formerly chaired by Steve Bannon, had a decisive role in manipulating voters on a one-by-one basis – using their own personal data to push them toward voting ...



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Mapping The Market

The tricks propagandists use to beat science

Via Jean-Luc

How propagandist beat science – they did it for the tobacco industry and now it's in favor of the energy companies:

The tricks propagandists use to beat science

The original tobacco strategy involved several lines of attack. One of these was to fund research that supported the industry and then publish only the results that fit the required narrative. “For instance, in 1954 the TIRC distributed a pamphlet entitled ‘A Scientific Perspective on the Cigarette Controversy’ to nearly 200,000 doctors, journalists, and policy-makers, in which they emphasized favorable research and questioned results supporting the contrary view,” say Weatherall and co, who call this approach biased production.

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OpTrader

Swing trading portfolio - week of September 11th, 2017

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This post is for all our live virtual trade ideas and daily comments. Please click on "comments" below to follow our live discussion. All of our current  trades are listed in the spreadsheet below, with entry price (1/2 in and All in), and exit prices (1/3 out, 2/3 out, and All out).

We also indicate our stop, which is most of the time the "5 day moving average". All trades, unless indicated, are front-month ATM options. 

Please feel free to participate in the discussion and ask any questions you might have about this virtual portfolio, by clicking on the "comments" link right below.

To learn more about the swing trading virtual portfolio (strategy, performance, FAQ, etc.), please click here ...



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Mid-Day Update

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