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  • Even the Junkiest Sovereign Debt Now Pays Less Than 6%
    Business
    Bloomberg2 hours ago

    Even the Junkiest Sovereign Debt Now Pays Less Than 6%

    To see how much central bank bond-buying has distorted market valuations, just take a look at the lowest-rated sovereign debt. The junkiest emerging-market bonds yield less now than U.S. Treasury bills did as recently as 1999. Yields on state debt of Mongolia, Ukraine and Belarus -- at seven levels below investment grade, among the world's lowest ranked -- have dropped under 6 percent in the past two months.

  • IBM Signs Blockchain Agreement With Global Food Suppliers
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    Zacks1 hour ago

    IBM Signs Blockchain Agreement With Global Food Suppliers

    International Business Machines Corp. IBM has taken another major step to strengthen its foothold in the blockchain market. The company recently announced a major blockchain collaboration with a consortium of food suppliers including Dole, Driscoll’s, Golden State Foods, Kroger KR, McCormick, McLane, Nestlé, Tyson Foods TSN, Unilever and Wal-mart WMT. This is anticipated to help members of the ecosystem quickly identify contaminated food products and their sources, thereby enabling the removal of products from store shelves faster and lowering the spread of illness due to food contamination.

  • US stocks fall after Trump threatens government shutdown
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    CNBC.com2 hours ago

    US stocks fall after Trump threatens government shutdown

    U.S. stocks fell on Wednesday after President Donald Trump said he would be willing to let the government shut down without appropriations for a border wall. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 63 points, with Home Depot and Boeing contributing the most to the losses. Wal-Mart, meanwhile, was among the best-performing stocks on the Dow, after the company announced a partnership with Google to offer voice shopping. The S&P 500 fell 0.27 percent with consumer discretionary and industrials leading decliners. The Nasdaq composite fell 0.3 percent as big tech stocks like Amazon, Facebook and Apple all pulled back. "If we have to close down our government, we're building that wall," Trump said at