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Lawmakers Reach Deal On Russia Sanctions Bill: Reports

Republican and Democratic lawmakers on Saturday reached a deal that would allow new sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea while limiting President Donald Trump's ability to lift measures aimed at Moscow, news reports said.

Commodities: Separating the Wheat From the Chaff

By Frank Holmes via Iris.xyz Of the 14 commodities we track closely at U.S. Global Investors, wheat rose to take the top spot for the first half of 2017, returning more than 25 percent. The grain was followed closely by palladium—used primarily in the production of catalytic converters—which gained 24 percent. Between the start of the…

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Janet Yellen’s Dovish Swan Song

By SNW Asset Management via Iris.xyz Last week Janet Yellen made her final scheduled semiannual monetary report to Congress and the Senate. Her position as chair expires on February 3, 2018, and President Donald Trump has a team looking for a possible replacement. We will have to wait and see who will next lead the Federal…

The 5 Big Questions for the Second Half of 2017

By Dr. Sonu Varghese via Iris.xyz Equity markets continued their strong run in the second quarter of 2017, thanks to the global economy hitting its stride and registering the fastest level of growth in six years. For the first time since 2011, the U.S. is no longer the only shining star as economic momentum picked up…

Retirement

How Do Millennial Finances Compare To Previous Generations

By Erica Quinn Many millennials struggle to achieve and maintain subsistence-level income. This has resulted in some unfortunate assumptions regarding work ethic and competency. These widely accepted assumptions may be true of certain individuals, as they would about certain individuals in any generation, but overall, the data simply doesn’t support the stereotypes. Millennials now comprise…

Business Highlights

___ Retailers, brands see green for back-to-school shopping NEW YORK (AP) — For the back-to-school season, many parents and their kids are thinking green.

New Jersey becomes 3rd state to raise smoking age to 21

New Jersey has become the third state to raise its smoking age to 21. Republican Gov. Chris Christie signed into law Friday a measure that raises the age from 19. Hawaii and California are the only other states where the smoking age is 21.