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Britain Dispatch: This Quirky Car Is Japanese. But There’s ‘Something Very British’ About It.

LONDON — It just might be the most adorable thing on four wheels. People smile when one cruises by. They point, they wave, they use the word “cute” a lot, and they ask, “What is that?” The tiny Nissan Figaro has an almost [...]

POLITICO Playbook: Is this the dark before the light?

Presented by */ ]]> Fog covers the U.S. Capitol on Dec. 28. | M. Scott Mahaskey/POLITICO DRIVING THE DAY SHUTDOWN … DAY 17 … The one positive element our sources took out of yesterday’s meeting at the White House is that [...]

ETF Talk: Consider This Emerging Markets ETF

The Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (NYSE: VWO) invests in stocks of companies located in emerging markets around the world. The fund’s goal is to track the return of the FTSE Emerging Markets All Cap China A Inclusion Index. Thus, VWO’s [...]

It Doesn’t Matter if Ecuador Can Afford This Dam. China Still Gets Paid.

Engineers had tried to generate the project’s full 1500 megawatts, but neither the facility nor Ecuador’s electrical grid could handle it. The equipment shuddered dangerously, and blackouts spread across the country, officials said. Ecuadoreans [...]

‘Can’t make this stuff up’: Senate GOP isn’t sweating shutdown

Sen. Bob Corker said there was little to do other than sit back, watch the shutdown circus and keep a good sense of humor. | Andrew Harnik/AP Photo Share on Facebook Share on Twitter */ ]]> Bob Corker could only laugh at Republicans’ [...]

ETF Talk: This Fund Focuses on Stocks with Increasing Dividends

The ProShares Russell 2000 Dividend Growers ETF (SMDV) tracks an index of U.S. small-cap stocks with a 10-year record of increasing dividends. The stocks are equally weighted in the fund, which seeks companies that are growing their dividends. [...]

Is this the endgame stage for Trump, or just a trainwreck?

The next time you walk out to your car, or head down the street to the subway, or cross the parking lot on your way to the grocery store, look up and squint your eyes, and you’ll be able to see the end of the Trump presidency. It’s still [...]

This Fund is All About ‘Pure’ Value

The Invesco Russell 2000 Pure Value ETF (PXSV) tracks an index of U.S. value stocks that are ranked by size from 1,001 to 3,000 of market capitalization. The fund, based on the Russell 2000 Pure Value Index, has stock holdings that are selected [...]

E.U. Hoped to Put Its House in Order This Year. Not Even Close.

BRUSSELS — This was supposed to be the year Europe put its house in order. It would finally ratify a deal with Britain on its departure from the bloc. The French president, Emmanuel Macron, with his grand plans to revitalize the Continent, [...]