Putin Aide Proposes $7.5 Billion Tax Hike for Mining, Chemicals Sectors

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The top economic adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed raising taxes on mining companies, including MMC Norilsk Nickel PJSC and Alrosa PJSC, among the largest producers of nickel and diamonds. Additional budget revenues are needed to help pay for Putin’s promises to boost spending after his re-election this spring, according to the letter, which […]


Zero-Sales Biotechs May Damage Your Financial Health

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China's biotech unicorns are chasing a big prize. Landing it may prove elusive. BeiGene Ltd. raised $903 million in a secondary listing in Hong Kong last week. The company’s market value has swelled to $9.4 billion since its 2016 initial public offering on the Nasdaq, despite the firm being at the “clinical stage”– a euphemism for having sales. Competitor […]


Did Bitcoin Just Burst? How It Compares to History’s Big Bubbles

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Bitcoin’s recent wobbles have given fresh urgency to a question that’s gripped market observers for much of the past year: Will the cryptocurrency go down as one of history’s most infamous bubbles, alongside tulipmania and the dot-com craze? The magnitude of Bitcoin’s boom (before it predicted by Cameron Winklevoss of Facebook fame, it could have […]