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Elsewhere on Thursday,— It’s time to bring trending to an ending.— Worst. Roommate. Ever.— The euro area needs a fiscal union.— Mining the ocean floor.— Paging Paul Krugman.— Reality TV, with murder.— Spotify and the Bulgarian playlist-maker.— Mexico’s merchandise trade balance.— Rhinos wanted – dead or alive.— A note from the editors....

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Something is wrong on the internet; millennial avocado proposals edition

The stars are not wanted now; put out every one.Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun.Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood.For millennials are now proposing with avocados.Or are they?This week, the Daily Mail online wrote an article on this new trend, here. The New York Post were also on the story. The Sun’s lengthy article on the phenomenon is here. (The Sun’s headline, brilliantly, clarifies that it is middle-class millennials doing the proposing here).If you’re wondering how this is...

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17 reasons for a weak dollar

Here’s a conundrum: the dollar index has dropped 2.5 per cent so far this year, and no one seems to agree about why the US currency has been soft in 2018.It’s not that there aren’t reasons. Rather conversations with analysts, strategists and investors have thrown up so many wide-ranging and contradictory explanations, we thought it would be useful to simply present the full list, without passing judgement.Some of them overlap, and are not mutually exclusive. Feel free to add more in the...

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Markets Live: Wednesday, 21st February, 2018

11:02 am PM11:02amMorning Blank canvas good morning everyone Soundbuy Morning PM11:02amWelcome to Markets Live PM11:02amThought I'd show my face again 11:02 am PM11:02amOr at least my words PM11:03amKeep my hand in PM11:03amish 11:03 am PM11:03amBeen off doing other stuff Soundbuy Like riding a bike.......... PM11:03amBut you...

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Further Reading

Elsewhere on Wednesday, – It was just a joke, m’lud– The case against Google– Trade as an engine of growth– China’s race against history– Say it again, money works– Capital flows, mapped– Distribution of wages and inequality in Portugal– Reflections of Baron the Post man– Baba and the 40 per cent transfer– London was awash with such men– Every American is richer then Rockefeller– Close tax havens– Not a friendly chat– All history will be written...

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Someone is wrong on the internet, consumer financial regulation edition

It’s been just over a decade since the Great Recession officially began. Apparently that’s long enough for people who should know better to pretend nothing ever happened.Todd Zywicki, a law professor at George Mason University, says financial products aimed at American consumers should be regulated to prevent “unfair and deceptive actions”. His suggested reforms of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, however, do not appear to be informed by the experience of the past 15 years.A quick...

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Markets Live: Tuesday, 20th February, 2018

11:05 am BE11:05amHi, hello, good morning, hey. This is Markets Live, FT Alphaville's etc. Soundbuy Morgen................. BE11:05amNot solo today! Dan joining shortly, possibly. Manxish Morning J L Morning Otter Hello internet friends BE11:06amThough I seem to be solo in terms of having no readers. Fine. Markkus...

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Markets Live: Monday, 19th February, 2018

11:10 am BE11:11amYes, yes, I know. Very late. Sorry. Sometimes the day job gets in the way. Blank canvas good morning everyone Soundbuy Morning BE11:11amThis is Markets Live, FT Alphaville's daily thing with the whatever. Dogpowder hi Blank canvas All very Kafkaesque Cavendish Square Afternoon all...

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What’s up at Blippar?

Ambarish Mitra, the boss of British augmented reality startup Blippar, will probably not remember 2017 as a banner year.In March, we revealed he had embellished his CV and lied about attending the London School of Economics. (Something he did not acknowledge until we surfaced a recording of him claiming the university as his alma mater.)Soon after, Business Insider raised questions about the business itself, noting the lack of traction Blippar has gained despite raising $100m from the likes...

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