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Global Stocks Under Pressure, Bitcoin Hits Another Record

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By Lukman Otunuga,

Research Analyst at FXTM, comments on the global stocks being under pressure as Bitcoin hits another record.

Global equity bulls were nowhere to be found during Tuesday’s trading session as market players evaluated the possible impact of proposed US tax cuts. World stocks were mostly lower amid a global technology selloff, with the lack of appetite for riskier assets punishing European shares and Wall Street.

Asian markets stumbled lower during early trading on Wednesday, following Wall Street’s overnight decline. With the renewed Brexit uncertainty likely to tarnish risk sentiment further, European stocks remain vulnerable to further downside.

American shares are still at risk of extending losses this afternoon, if concerns heighten over a potential US government shutdown on Friday if a spending bill is not approved.

US ADP NFP report in focus

The Greenback edged slightly lower against a basket of major currencies on Wednesday, ahead of the US ADP private sector jobs data for November.

It is becoming increasingly clear that the Dollar remains highly sensitive to the progress on tax reform legislation and this is reflected in price action.

Although, Senate passed its version of the tax bill over the weekend, investors remain cautious as the Senate and the House of Representatives still need to reconcile their differences and agree on a final bill to send to Donald Trump.

Focusing on today, the ADP NFP will be in the spotlight with economists forecasting a 189k rise in the month of November. Dollar bulls seem to be in need of fresh inspiration and this could come in the form of a solid ADP print this afternoon.

Technical traders will continue to observe how the Dollar Index behaves below 93.50. A breakout above 93.50 may encourage a further incline higher towards 93.80. Alternatively, a failure for prices to break above 93.50 could open a path back towards 93.00.

Bitcoin does it again…

Bitcoin displayed its brawn and unyielding resilience to financial market volatility on Wednesday as prices marched to fresh record highs above $12300.

The CBOE Global Markets and CME group have fuelled investor attraction and legitimised Bitcoin’s investment profile by planning to launch futures that track the cryptocurrency.

The explosively bullish price action is likely to continue attracting investors from all directions and as such this has the ability to support further upside. Although Bitcoin has appreciated by a mind-bending 1100% since the beginning of the year, bulls seem far from tired with the next technical level of interest at $12500.

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Regulators Mull Clampdown on Accounts, GSM Phones Used for Fraud

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Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) may soon introduce a scheme that will enable banks and telecommunications companies to ban owners of any bank account or the Global System for Mobile Communications line traced to fraud.

 

The CBN, NCC is reportedly working with the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) following the spate of electronic fraud involving (USSD banking) telephone lines and Internet banking transfers.

 

When introduced, owners of any bank account or GSM line traced to any fraud case, especially electronic fraud, would be banned for life from operating any bank account or GSM in Nigeria.

The pervasive electronic banking fraud in the banking sector has left customers, banks and regulators waxing worriedly.

 

Some experts claimed that the most significant risks to banks are self-serving or criminal acts carried out by some insiders.

 

According to them, when these insiders use their technical knowledge to alter or disable security controls, it can be even more difficult to detect abuse.

 

But it becomes more dangerous when insiders conspire with criminals outside, showing that depositors money in the banks are not safe.

 

For instance, fraudsters now inundate banks’ customers with SMSes to authenticate accounts with banks.

 

The preciseness of the messages with accompanying data show they could only have gotten the details from insiders in the banks.

Elsewhere, cyber security experts have also  berated telecommunications operators over the prevalence of SIM swap fraud in the country, arguing that such fraud could be possible with an insider in the network operator of the subscriber that is targeted.

 

SIM swapping is a sophisticated form of fraud and falls under social engineering. Fraudsters will distribute phishing emails, trying to ascertain as much personal information from victims as possible.

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FCMB Promotes Entrepreneurship Among Youths

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First City Monument Bank, FCMB, has sponsored capacity building programme for almost 1,000 members of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC.

Tagged: ’Youth Entrepreneurship and Empowerment Programme’, it was in partnership with Activate Success Foundation.

Commenting on the initiative, Mr. Olu Akanmu, Executive Director, Retail Banking at FCMB,  said: “FCMB Flexx account empowers Nigerian youths with the entrepreneurial and employability skills they need. Many youths set up their own businesses from their campuses.

FCMB will be there with them to provide the necessary entrepreneurial and business skills they need to make great successes out of their businesses.

FCMB will also provide great support for the youth businesses and work with them to nurture and grow the youth entrepreneurial ventures.”

Also speaking, Founder Activate Success, Love Idoko said: ‘’I have a penchant for motivating people. There are business-minded youths out there that are just looking for mentorship or business ideas and funds to start their businesses.”

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Global Heists on ATM Machines Imminent- FBI

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America’s Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has warned banks in Nigeria and others across the globe that criminals are gearing up to execute a global bank heist in the coming days.

 

In a recent confidential alert FBI told international banks that criminals are plotting a concerted global malware attack on cash machines in the next few days.

 

The FBI issued a warning about a highly choreographed fraud scheme known as an ATM “jackpotting”, or ATM cash-out,” in which crooks hack a bank or payment card processor and use cloned cards at cash machines around the world to take out millions in just a few minutes.

 

The alert said the agency had procured information indicating an attack was imminent and that it was likely an “unlimited operation,” which uses malware to exploit network access and get customers’ card information at a large scale.

Once the criminals get the card data, they create fraudulent copies using reusable magnetic strip cards (like gift cards) and hit the ATMs.

 

“Historic compromises have included small-to-medium size financial institutions, likely due to less robust implementation of cyber security controls, budgets, or third-party vendor vulnerabilities,” reads the confidential alert, which was sent to banks last Friday.

 

“The FBI expects the ubiquity of this activity to continue or possibly increase in the near future.”

 

The alert urges banks to review their security systems and use two-factor authentication with a physical or digital token.

 

Other tips include monitoring and limiting administrator and business accounts with the authority to modify typical fraud controls like maximum withdrawal amounts and number of daily ATM transactions.

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