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Why bots probably aren't gaming the 'Cancel Brexit' petition

Why bots probably aren't gaming the 'Cancel Brexit' petition

Technology
Questions have been asked about whether a government petition calling for Brexit to be cancelled has been swamped by bots. Bots are automated programmes which can carry out a command thousands of times.The BBC spoke to three cyber-security experts about how likely it is that a number of the 3m signatures gathered so far are not genuine.They all agreed that the petition's email validation process would be a deterrent.Each signatory has to supply a unique email address to which a verification link is sent before their signature can be accepted. UK-based signatories must also share a valid postcode.While email addresses are easy enough to set up, doing that in real time at high volume is less straightforward.Additionally, while it is possible to buy lists of...
There's a worrying split between stocks and bonds, and economists aren't sure which market is right

There's a worrying split between stocks and bonds, and economists aren't sure which market is right

Finance
The stock market is euphoric over the idea that a trade deal between the U.S. and China will fix the economy and boost earnings. However, the bond market is a different story. There, investors still perceive uncertainty, and even a possible recession lurking. "One of these markets is going to be wrong, and it's hard to know this time around which one it's going to be," said Art Hogan, chief market strategist at National Securities. "The bond market is betting we are not going to see stabilization of growth, and that the China trade war drags on." Buye...
Chinese consumers aren't spending as much. Many are worried about the future

Chinese consumers aren't spending as much. Many are worried about the future

Finance
China's massive consumer base is feeling a chill that could have ripple effects throughout an economy that's already under pressure. While analysts say individuals are generally financially healthy, many are holding off on spending due to uncertainty about the future. "A decline in consumption is the biggest risk, because everyone already knows about the decline in investment, everyone also knows about the trade tensions," said Jian Guang Shen, chief economist at JD Digits, which was spun off from Chinese e-commerce company JD.com. He used to be the chief economist at Mizuho Securities Asia. ...
Why these teachers' retirement plans aren't making the grade

Why these teachers' retirement plans aren't making the grade

Finance
Andrea Viudez, 37, followed all the rules of retirement savings when she started her career as a middle school math teacher in Hudson County, New Jersey. She joined the school's 403(b) plan, purchasing an annuity from an insurance company representative who hosted a presentation in the teachers' lounge. With every paycheck, Viudez made a faithful contribution of $ 215. In an annuity, savings accumulate on a tax-deferred basis that pay out a monthly stream of income for life once you retire. Annuity contract holders can invest their money in underlying investments that are similar to mutual funds. These are known as subaccount...