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22 Mio. durch Crowdfunding

Posted by hkarner - 8. Februar 2017

Das Volumen des von Crowdinvestoren eingesammelten Geldes hat sich seit 2015 verdoppelt. Heuer soll es weiter bergauf gehen.

Wien. Crowdinvesting boomt: Die österreichischen Plattformen haben im Vorjahr 22,7 Mio. Euro durch Crowdinvestoren eingesammelt und damit 71 Projekte finanziert, teilte der Fachverband der Finanzdienstleister am Mittwoch mit. Das sei mehr als das Doppelte der Summe aus 2014 und 2015 und gegenüber 2015 ein Plus von 161 Prozent oder 14 Mio. Euro.
Für heuer seien mindestens Steigerungen wie im Vorjahr zu erwarten, so Paul Pöltner, Vorsitzender des Fachausschusses Crowdinvesting-Plattformen im Finanzdienstleister-Fachverband. Es werden auch neue Plattformen dazukommen.

Deutlich zu erkennen sei der Boom durch das Alternativfinanzierungsgesetz: „Seit dieses im Herbst 2015 in Kraft getreten ist, wurde etwa vier mal soviel gesammelt wie davor“, so Pöltner, der mit Conda auch eine Crowdinvesting-Plattform betreibt, in der heutigen Pressemitteilung. Größtes Projekt war im Vorjahr das erfolgreiche Crowd-investing für den Wiener Fußballklub Rapid mit drei Mio. Euro. Seit Bestehen der österreichischen Plattformen im Jahr 2013 wurden insgesamt 143 Projekt mit einer Gesamtsumme von 34,5 Mio. Euro finanziert. 16 Projekte hätten die Fundingschwelle nicht erreicht. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »


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Trump and Bannon Pursue a Vision of Autocracy

Posted by hkarner - 8. Februar 2017

What a nightmare! (hfk)

Date: 06-02-2017

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Is Donald Trump in the process of transforming the United States into an autocracy? His first weeks in office make it look as though that is his aim. The president is hewing closely to the ideas of his chief strategist, making Stephen Bannon the most dangerous man in America.

Those hoping to understand what the world might currently be up against should know how Stephen Bannon thinks. A corpulent man with a full head of hair at age 62, his gaze is clear and alert and he often pinches his mouth together until his lips become invisible, not unlike a street fighter. Now that he works in the White House, he has begun wearing a suit coat. Previously, though, he was fond of showing his disdain for refined Washington by wearing baggy cargo pants through the streets of the capital, shaggy and unshaven.

In November 2013, the historian Ronald Radosh visited multimillionaire Bannon in his townhouse, located in Capitol Hill. The two stood in front of a photo of Bannon’s daughter Maureen, an elite soldier with a machine gun in her lap posing on what had once been Saddam Hussein’s gold throne. At the time, Bannon was the head of the right-wing propaganda website Breitbart and the two were discussing his political goals. Then Bannon proudly proclaimed, „I’m a Leninist.“ Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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As Goldman Embraces Automation, Even the Masters of the Universe Are Threatened

Posted by hkarner - 8. Februar 2017

Date: 07-02-2017
Source: Technology Review

Software that works on Wall Street is changing how business is done and who profits from it.

At its height back in 2000, the U.S. cash equities trading desk at Goldman Sachs’s New York headquarters employed 600 traders, buying and selling stock on the orders of the investment bank’s large clients. Today there are just two equity traders left.

Automated trading programs have taken over the rest of the work, supported by 200 computer engineers. Marty Chavez, the company’s deputy chief financial officer and former chief information officer, explained all this to attendees at a symposium on computing’s impact on economic activity held by Harvard’s Institute for Applied Computational Science last month.

The experience of its New York traders is just one early example of a transformation of Goldman Sachs, and increasingly other Wall Street firms, that began with the rise in computerized trading, but has accelerated over the past five years, moving into more fields of finance that humans once dominated. Chavez, who will become chief financial officer in April, says areas of trading like currencies and even parts of business lines like investment banking are moving in the same automated direction that equities have already traveled. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Posted by hkarner - 8. Februar 2017

  What the hell is this nutcase playing? (R.C.)

Date: 07-02-2017
Source: NewsWeek

„All over Europe, it’s happening. It’s gotten to a point where it’s not even being reported,“ Trump told a group of about 300 U.S. troops at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida.

President Donald Trump on Monday accused the news media of ignoring attacks by Islamist militants in Europe, without giving specific examples.

Trump, who has made defeating Islamic State a core goal of his presidency, did not specify which attacks were going unreported, which news media organizations were ignoring them, or offer details to support his claims.

„All over Europe, it’s happening. It’s gotten to a point where it’s not even being reported,“ he told a group of about 300 U.S. troops at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida.

„And, in many cases, the very, very dishonest press doesn’t want to report it. They have their reasons, and you understand that,“ he added, without saying what those reasons were.
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