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Smartphone Addiction Tightens Its Global Grip

How long is it since you last used your phone? Chances are, you're using it right now to view this post. Analysts from Statista's Digital Market Outlook have revealed that the amount of time we're spending with our smartphones online has increased substantially over the last few years.

China Imposes Sugar Import Tariffs As High As 95%

China, the world's top importer of sugar, announced it would impose substantial tariffs on sugar imports after lobbying by domestic mills: after Monday's ruling, the total sugar duty will nearly double, with Beijing imposing an additional 45% tax to these imports in the current fiscal year taking the total to 95%.

Bill Blain: "My Prediction Is That Around October 12 Markets Will Get Horribly Interesting"

"There are just too many contradictory currents out there. The unsustainability of burgeoning consumer debt, unfeasibly tight credit spreads, the sandcastle foundations of student loans, autos, housing and the CLO market, China, Trump, politics.. worries about what follows Brazil in the EM market, and whatever... The risks of a massive consumer sentiment dump."

Asia Jumps, Europe Stutters As Political Rumblings Return; Oil Nears $51

Global stocks were mixed to start the week, with Asian stocks higher, European stocks initially advancing then fading gains, while S&P futures are little changed after the biggest weekly drop since April (which for those keeping record was -0.4%). European shares, the euro and the pound all stumbled on Monday as rumblings in Spain, Britain and Brussels reminded investors that the region still has plenty of political uncertainty left in the tank.