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Govt funds controversial facial recognition tech

Govt funds controversial facial recognition tech

Technology
The Home Office plans to invest more in facial recognition technology for the police despite warnings that it could be illegal and concerns over surveillance.A number of police forces already use the technology to automatically identify people from social media images and CCTV recordings.Its use has been controversial in live-settings where people who are not suspected of any crimes could be checked against a police database and potentially arrested if the system delivers a false positive.Police have argued that the technology is accurate 95% of the time but critics have noted that this means for every 1,000 faces it scans there will be 50 incorrect matches.The technology, which works by creating a geometric profile of individuals' faces and comparing that profile against a database of oth...
The Buffett Challenge — hedge funds vs. index funds — 9 years on

The Buffett Challenge — hedge funds vs. index funds — 9 years on

Finance
Nearly 10 years ago Berkshire Hathaway CEO (and arguably one of the best investors on Earth), Warren Buffett, issued a challenge to the hedge fund industry — a $ 1 million bet that they could not put together a portfolio of hedge funds that would outperform an S&P 500 Index fund over a 10-year period.Buffett was convinced the combination of active stock-picking and high costs would result in lagging market performance, and he was willing to put his money where his mouth was.One company stepped up to the challenge. Protégé Partners LLC selected five hedge funds (the names of the funds have not been disclosed publicly), and Buffett selected the Vanguard Admiral Shares S&P 500 Index Fund.The 10-year period began January 1, 2008, which means we are in the final year of the challenge. W
These funds help baby boomers avoid a 50% tax penalty

These funds help baby boomers avoid a 50% tax penalty

Finance
Millions of baby boomers will have to take out money from their individual retirement accounts and 401(k) plans this year or face a 50 percent tax penalty. Known as required minimum distributions, these mandatory withdrawals can be a pain for older investors to figure out — and now some retirement account providers are working on strategies and services to help take the guesswork out of the process. Generally, you have to start taking withdrawals from your traditional IRA, SIMPLE IRA, SEP IRA or retirement plan accounts when you reach age 70½. If you are still working, some 401(k) plans allow you to defer RMDs from those plans until you retire.You catch a break on your first RMD, which you can defer until the following year. That means if you turn 70½ this year, you have until April 1, 201
Do you understand exchange-traded funds? Here are some investing tips

Do you understand exchange-traded funds? Here are some investing tips

Finance
Many analysts are predicting that exchange-traded funds will continue to sweep up assets in 2017. ETFs recorded $ 288.6 billion of inflows in 2016 and closed the year with nearly $ 3 trillion in assets under management.Traded on exchanges just like stocks, these index-tracking investments have attracted investors with their trading flexibility, low costs and tax efficiency. Yet how well do investors actually understand the funds they're buying?As with any investment, advisors and individual investors should be ready to undertake careful due diligence before buying an ETF. One common source of confusion when it comes to these funds is that there are often sizable discrepancies between ETFs whose naming conventions sound very similar yet utilize very different approaches in terms of how they...