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EUR-USD3-022318.jpg The dollar is turning in a mixed performance against its major rivals Friday afternoon. The lack of U.S. economic data at the end of the trading week is keeping some investors on the sidelines. However, traders can look forward to a number of important released next week, including consumer confidence,...

CaliforniaStateAssemby-Blockchain-022318.jpg A bill to amend California's electronic records law, aimed at recognizing blockchain transactions, digital signatures, and smart contracts as legal forms of record, has been introduced in the State Assembly. Assembly Bill 2658, titled "Electronic records: the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act: blockchain technology," was introduced by Majority Leader Ian Calderon.

Taiwan-bitcoinrobbery-022318.jpg Taiwanese police arrested four men charged with stealing Bitcoins worth $170,000 or 5 million Taiwanese dollars, in what is described as the first robbery involving the cryptocurrency in the country. The incident happened in a residential area in the central city of Taichung on February 10, when two men were lured by four men in their early twenties, pretending to be interested in buying bitcoins.

Cryptocurrency-cybercrime-022318.jpg A new report on the global economic impact of cybercrime has named three cryptocurrencies that provide greater security to cybercriminals and help them evade policing. Cryptocurrency is proven to be the favored currency for darknet marketplaces, with cybercriminals taking advantage of its pseudonymous nature and decentralized organization to conduct illicit transactions and demand payments.

Germany-GDP-022318.jpg Germany's economy expanded at a solid pace, as initially estimated, in the fourth quarter largely driven by foreign demand, detailed data from Destatis showed Friday. Another official data showed that the largest euro area economy logged its biggest budget surplus in 2017 since the reunification in 1990. Gross domestic product climbed 0.6 percent sequentially.

Tezos-022318.jpg The Zug, Swtizerland-based Tezos Foundation, which raised over $232 million in a crowdfunding initiative in July to develop a cryptocurrency and blockchain network, has reorganized its board which it hopes, would help in the launch of its Tezos network and tezos coins.

dailycryptos-022318.jpg Bitcoin is back below $10,000 after the market sentiment was hurt by the news that the US securities watchdog has charged a former crypto trading platform and its founder with fraud. In Switzerland, a project that attracted one of the biggest amount in an ICO in July has finally decided to launch its blockchain network and coin that were long delayed due to infighting.

EEP17-011515_23Feb18.jpg Revised quarterly national accounts from Germany and final inflation from euro area are due on Friday, headlining a light day for the European economic news. At 2.00 am ET, Destatis is set to publish detailed GDP data for the fourth quarter. According to preliminary estimate, the German economy had expanded 0.6 percent sequentially. The statistical office is expected to confirm the estimate.

japanexports-112510.jpg Overall nationwide consumer prices in Japan climbed 1.4 percent on year in January, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said on Friday. That exceeded forecasts for 1.3 percent and was up from 1.0 percent in December. Core CPI, which excludes food prices, advanced an annual 0.9 percent...

NewZealandcpi-071510.jpg The total volume of retail sales in New Zealand jumped a seasonally adjusted 1.7 percent on quarter in the fourth quarter of 2017, Statistics New Zealand said on Friday. That topped expectations for a gain of 1.4 percent following the 0.2 percent increase in the three months prior. Eleven of the...

EUR-USD4-022218.jpg The dollar got off to a positive start Thursday, but has turned weaker in the afternoon along with U.S. treasury yields. The yield on 10-year notes have pulled back from yesterday's 4-year high. Meanwhile, traders reacted positively to a pair of better than expected U.S. economic reports this morning. A...

LeadingIndicatorIndex-022218.jpg Pointing to robust economic growth in the first half of 2018, the Conference Board released a report on Thursday showing a bigger than expected increase by its index of leading U.S. economic indicators in the month of January. The Conference Board said its leading economic index jumped by 1.0 percent.

europeancentralbank-022218.jpg Policymakers at the European Central Bank judged that it was too early to change the policy communication despite the increased confidence that inflation would move near its target, minutes of the latest policy session showed Thursday. "Communication would evolve naturally in line with the ECB's forward guidance" as inflation progress towards the target, the minutes said.

weeklyjoblessclaims-US-022218.jpg A report released by the Labor Department on Thursday unexpectedly showed a modest decrease in first-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits in the week ended February 17th. The report said initial jobless claims dipped to 222,000, a decrease of 7,000 from the previous week's revised level of 229,000.

Crypto-Cybercrime-022218.jpg Cryptocurrency is one of the key factors that fuel cybercrime, which cost the global economy $600 billion in 2017, or 0.8 percent of global GDP, a new report says. The report, based on a study conducted jointly by computer security giant McAfee and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), points to the alarming magnitude of the global economic impact of cybercrime.

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