Trump Brand – Blockchain & Bank of Canada

Trump’s businesses take a hit as the brand ‘has lost its mojo’

When workers pried the Trump name off another Manhattan building earlier this year, it capped a bad few weeks for the president’s businesses.

Donald Trump’s golf resorts in Scotland had just posted millions of dollars in losses, one of his hotels in Panama had rebranded itself a Marriott MAR, +0.71% , and New York officials announced they were looking into how he avoided paying tens of millions in taxes.

All that, along with the daily drumbeat of Trump tweets and headlines about investigations into his administration, led Austin, Texas, tech executive Gary Barrett to finally give up hope of ever turning a profit on an apartment he bought as an investment in a Trump tower in Las Vegas.

Trump Now More Popular Than Obama at Same Point in His Presidency

President Donald Trump’s approval numbers continue to rise.

According to Thursday’s Rasmussen Reports daily survey, the Republican president’s approval rating has ticked up to 48 percent, virtually tying his disapproval rating, which stands at 50 percent.

Not only is this the best approval rating spread for Trump since he entered the White House, but it also beats former President Obama’s rating during his same time in office.

Trump Is Now More Popular Than Obama

Media hostility to President Trump has been unremitting since he secured the Republican nomination. It didn’t stop, or even slow down, with his inauguration. The many achievements of his young administration haven’t given the press pause, either: his coverage continues to be just about 100% negative.

What, then, to make of the fact that Rasmussen Reports, which conducts the only daily presidential approval poll of likely voters, finds Trump at 50% approval and 49% disapproval? Those are better numbers than Barack Obama had in the same survey at the same point in his administration, and the press boosted Obama almost as relentlessly as it denigrates Trump.

Crypto ‘Money’: Perspective of a Couple of Canadian Central Bankers

The market for cryptoassets has exploded in size in the 10 years since bitcoin was launched. The technology underlying cryptoassets, blockchain, has also been held up as a technology that promises to transform entire industries. In this paper we examine what is new about cryptoassets and their technology and how they may affect core central bank functions. We do this by outlining what we think are the three most important research and policy questions for central bankers around cryptoassets and cryptocurrencies specifically.

Blockchain Explained

If you have been following banking, investing, or cryptocurrency over the last ten years, you may be familiar with “blockchain,” the record-keeping technology behind bitcoin. And there’s a good chance that it only makes so much sense. In trying to learn more about blockchain, you’ve probably encountered a definition like this: “blockchain is a distributed, decentralized, public ledger.”

The good news is, blockchain is actually easier to understand than that definition sounds.

Jeff Callaway files new court challenge against Alberta’s election commissioner

Former United Conservative Party leadership candidate Jeff Callaway has filed a court challenge against a ruling by Alberta’s election commissioner that he pay back campaign donations.

Commissioner Lorne Gibson is currently investigating irregular campaign contributions to Callaway’s leadership campaign. In a letter dated March 11, Gibson ordered Callaway to repay $25,600 in contributions.

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