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Morgan Stanley Capital International, known as MSCI, has developed one of the world’s most comprehensive indexing systems, tracking both developed and emerging securities markets in various geographic regions. The MSCI-EAFE is probably the best known, and the one against which US activity, as tracked by the S&P 500 and the MSCI Large Cap index, is most frequently compared. EAFE covers stock markets in Europe (E), Australasia (A), and the Far East (FE). As with other major indexes, there are both index funds and ETFs linked to the EAFE.

The comprehensive S&P Global Equity Index Series tracks global stock market performance with the
S&P Global 1200 and its subsets, an ADR Index, and a range of thematic indexes. There are S&P indexes for Europe, Asia, and the Americas as well as a range of Shariah indexes. Standard & Poor’s also provides emerging market indexes, some developed with the International Finance Corporation, a division of the World Bank. These indexes provide bench- marks that investors can use to evaluate the performance of newer markets that are eager to attract international capital. Dow Jones Indexes track both country and world markets, including the Dow Jones China 88, Russian Titans 10, and the Euro STOXX 50.

In 1999, MSCI and Standard & Poor’s jointly developed the Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS) to establish a global standard for categorizing companies into sectors and industries based on their primary business activity.

The goal is to ensure that investors, asset managers, and investment researchers can make meaningful comparisons among the results that local, regional, and global indexes report. The two companies update the standard every year to keep the categories timely Among the lessons that indexes teach is how interconnected the world’s markets actually are. What happens in London and Toyko while US stock markets are closed—as reported by the FTSE and the Nikkei—often has a significant impact on the prices of futures contracts traded before the opening bell on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).

While the markets don’t march in lockstep, when the FTSE is down, prices for futures contracts on the S&P 500 and the DJIA are usually down as well. And if the FTSE is up, those futures prices are generally up. As the trading day develops, the expectation of gains or losses doesn’t always materialize. But it happens often enough to influence investor behavior.

Contributions from the book Index Investing in this press release are used with permission from Light Bulb Press.

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Kristy Swanson And Co Star Dean Cain Receive ‘Death Threat’ Over Pro-Trump Production

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Kristy Swanson and Co Star Dean Cain are set to play former Trump-Russia investigators  Lisa Page and Peter Strzok in a performance titled FBI Lovebirds: Undercovers  in Washington DC. The performance will highlight the former agents’ text messages to each other and their extramarital affair and hatred for Trump.

However, news of this performance has caused some anger from critics of the President.

“Swanson, who frequently tweets pro-Trump messages, shared a screenshot on a tweet sent by an anonymous troll threatening to “lock the doors and set the theater on fire.” The actress called the message a “death threat” and demanded it be reported. Cain retweeted her post. – Erin Donnelly, https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/kristy-swanson-dean-cain-fbi-lovebirds-death-threat-trump-123258063.html

Later, Swanson continued on saying that she was happy the tweet had been removed, but was disappointed that the account who posted the tweet, had not been banned.

The original tweet message posted by ‘Sponson” and has since been deleted, read “Have the Capitol Steps open, lock the doors, and set the theater on fire”.

Screenshotted images of the tweet can be found online.

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Wrongful Death Lawsuit Settlement of $2.5 Million To Be Paid By Chris Soules and Parents

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Former Bachelor star Chris Soules and parents have been ordered to pay out a $2.5m settlement following his April 2017 fatal car accident that left Kenneth Mosher, aged 66, dead. The crash involved Soules’ car rear-ending the farmer’s tractor in Aurora Iowa.


Allegedly, Soules fled the accident scene but was later arrested on a Class D Felony charge.

Facing up to two years in prison, a new sentencing date could be scheduled as soon as August, according to the Des Moines Register.

 

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