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"U.S. clean energy developer shares dropped this week, as the Senate tax bill threatens to erode the $12 billion tax-equity financing market for wind and solar. Renewable-energy developers sell the credits to banks and insurance companies, which then apply the credits to their own tax bills."



See: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-04/tax-reform-could-stifle-jpmorgan-s-support-for-renewable-energy

The New Tax Law and You

Webinar: $60
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM (EST)
RSVP: https://newtaxlaw.eventbrite.com

This seminar will review the impact of the recently passed tax bill.
According to news reports, "The Congressional Budget Office..analysis of the Senate's tax bill..estimates, anyone making less than $30,000 a year would feel the pinch starting in 2019, with the greatest 'savings' to the government (not to you - a combination of either increases in payments or decreases in money spent on a group in services) coming from those who make less than $10,000 a year.

By 2020, everyone making $40,000 or less a year would also be contributing to lowering the deficit by paying more in taxes and/or receiving less in services, creating a net savings for the federal government. In that year, the groups making between $10,000 and $20,000 and between $20,000 and $30,000 would each be contributing double what the under-$10,000 group did in savings.
By 2027, everyone making …

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies and Central Banks

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IMF and World Bank Pivot Toward the Blockchain. Brendan Cody, Impact Investing Intern, George Washington University

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The emergence of blockchain technology and cryptocurrency creates potential threats, but also opportunities for the world’s central banks. We noticed a pivot toward greater discussion of blockchain at the IMF and World Bank meetings we attended in early October as central bankers, financial institutions and policymakers took note of these developments.

Cryptocurrencies do not require an intermediary to verify and oversee transactions, allowing transactions to bypass the current monetary system overseen by central banks using fiat currencies.

In their official capacities as international organizations seeking coordinated and stable monetary policy, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank recognize the potential of blockchain technology and both have taken significant steps in this fintech space.

Christine Lagarde, managing director of the IMF, suggested the creation of a digital currency based on the special drawing rights, a basket of international reserve currencies. There…

The IMF, BASEL III and Black Banks

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IMF Annual Meetings
Small Is Beautiful – Regulatory
Approaches for Non-Systemic Banks
October 14, 2017

Question about Black banks at a session on: How can a more proportionate approach to regulation of small banks be applied to align more closely with their size and business models?

Questioner:
William Michael Cunningham
Creative Investment Research

Speakers:

David Lipton, First Deputy Managing Director, IMF

Michael Gibson, Director of the Division of Banking Supervision and Regulation, Federal Reserve Board

Africa, the World Bank and Race

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The Next COINTELPRO: Black Lives Matter as a violent threat

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According to an official assessment obtained by Foreign Policy Magazine, the US government has declared “black identity extremists” like the "Black Lives Matter" movement a violent threat to the country. This assessment was made by the FBI’s counter-terrorism division.

The finding, which carries with it the authority of a major counterterrorism arm of the United States, authorizes agencies of the Federal Government to use extraordinary means to protect the country from this erroneously declared threat. This might include spying on, rounding up, or forcibly detaining BLM activists and their supporters.

History has shown what this means. COINTELPRO, "a series of covert, and often illegal, projects, starting in 1956 and conducted by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), aimed at surveilling, infiltrating, discrediting, and disrupting American political organizations."

FBI records show that COINTELPRO resources targeted groups and individuals that t…