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    ‘Italy Is Back’ and Ready for Investors

    “Italy is exiting the crisis. The crisis has been deep but also confirmed the resilience of the economy,” said Italy’s Minister of Economy and Finance... Read more

  • A Wall Street road sign near the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City on Oct. 16, 2014. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

    Global Stocks in Narrow Ranges as US Payrolls Loom

    LONDON—Global stock markets traded in narrow ranges Thursday, a day after big gains that were prompted by a sharp rebound in the price of oil... Read more

  • A Lowe's store in Philadelphia in this file photo. The Lowe's home improvement chain is buying Quebec-based Rona Inc. in a deal valued at $3.2 billion. (The Canadian Press/AP/Matt Rourke)

    Lowe’s-Rona Deal Points to More Takeover Activity

    TORONTO—The plight of the loonie and low interest rates can make Canadian companies ripe for the pickings, observers said Wednesday, Feb. 3, as U.S. home... Read more

  • In one of the bright spots of U.S. corporate earnings, Alphabet, the parent company of Google, reported 2015 fourth quarter earnings that helped its stock price rise to a level making it a more valuable company than Apple. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    US Corporate Earnings Adjusting to Strong Greenback, Weak Oil Price

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  • A cheeseburger and drink, served up at a Shake Shack restaurant in Chicago, Ill., on Jan. 28, 2015. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

    Fast-Casual Chains Succeed by Giving Us What We Want

    Annual sales at fast-casual restaurants are growing at three times the average industry rate. Why? What is the magic formula that has people flocking to... Read more

  • Simon Dixon, CEO of Bnk To The Future. (Courtesy of Bnk To The Future)

    Shaking Up Global Finance

    Banks are suffering a crisis of confidence. Following the 2008 crash, public trust in the financial sector sunk and has remained low as a steady... Read more

  • Customers browse aisles at the opening day for Amazon Books, the first brick-and-mortar retail store for online retail giant Amazon, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    Amazon Is Planning to Open Hundreds of Bookstores, Mall CEO Says

    Amazon is planning to open up to 400 physical bookstores in the future, a mall CEO revealed in an earnings call this week. The Seattle-based... Read more

  • The logo of the European currency Euro is pictured in front of the European Central Bank ECB in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, May 26, 2014, a day after the European Parliament elections. (Daniel Roland/AFP/Getty Images)

    Eurozone Economy ‘Losing Steam’ Amid Market Turmoil

    LONDON—The economic recovery in the 19-country eurozone lost steam in January, a closely watched survey found Wednesday, a sign that the turmoil in global financial... Read more

  • Yahoo President and CEO Marissa Mayer at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Jan. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

    Yahoo to Cut 1,700 Workers as CEO Tries to Save Her Own Job

    SAN FRANCISCO—Yahoo is laying off about 1,700 employees and shedding some of its excess baggage in a shake-up likely to determine whether CEO Marissa Mayer... Read more

  • Former Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli is interviewed by host Maria Bartiromo during her "Mornings with Maria Bartiromo" program on the Fox Business Network, in New York, on Feb. 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Congress: Drugmakers Planned Price Hikes to Boost Profits

    Two drugmakers have made a practice of buying and then dramatically hiking the prices of low-cost drugs given to patients with life-threatening conditions including heart... Read more

  • An Exxon sign at a Exxon gas station in Carnegie, Pa., on April 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    As Oil Prices Plunge, Big Oil Profits Take a Hit

    DALLAS—The big plunge in crude prices is taking a toll on Big Oil. Exxon Mobil Corp. said Tuesday that fourth-quarter profit fell 58 percent to... Read more

  • A trader is reflected in a market screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City on Aug. 25, 2015. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

    America’s Economic Freedom Has Rapidly Declined Under Obama

    Millions of people around the world are emerging from poverty thanks to rising economic freedom. But by sharp contrast, America’s economic freedom has been on... Read more

  • This graphic shows the largest company by revenue in every state, some of which you probably never heard of (Book Your Data)

    These 5 Companies Nobody Knows Are Still Top of Their State

    The United States dominates the top 10 of global companies by revenue with names such as Walmart ($486 billion in 2015) and Exxon Mobile ($383... Read more

  • A logo of Swiss bank UBS on a building in Zurich on Nov. 14, 2013. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)

    UBS Bank Shares Plunge as Rich Investors Withdraw Money

    FRANKFURT, Germany—Swiss bank UBS saw its shares slide on Tuesday on news that investors had pulled billions out of its division serving wealthy clients—a token... Read more

  • Vietnamese Beef Salad, and Feta, Cucumber, and Orzo Greek salad from Maple, a New York meal delivery service, on July 20, 2015. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    Q&A: Maple CEO Caleb Merkl on Building the ‘Ideal’ Food Delivery Concept

    Maple launched its gourmet food delivery service in the Financial District less than a year ago, and in January expanded to include Midtown Manhattan. With... Read more

  • James Chanos of Kynikos Associates speaks at the 2011 New York Historical Society History Makers Awards at The Waldorf Astoria in New York, on Nov. 7, 2011. (Andy Kropa/Getty Images)

    These 5 Hedge Fund Legends Are Betting Against China

    Even Wall Street didn’t figure out that China hit a bit of a rough patch until early 2016. But some of the brightest minds in... Read more

  • A Lowe's store in Philadelphia in this file photo. The Lowe's home improvement chain is buying Quebec-based Rona Inc. in a deal valued at $3.2 billion. (The Canadian Press/AP/Matt Rourke)

    Lowe’s-Rona Deal Points to More Takeover Activity

    TORONTO—The plight of the loonie and low interest rates can make Canadian companies ripe for the pickings, observers said Wednesday, Feb. 3, as U.S. home... Read more

  • In one of the bright spots of U.S. corporate earnings, Alphabet, the parent company of Google, reported 2015 fourth quarter earnings that helped its stock price rise to a level making it a more valuable company than Apple. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    US Corporate Earnings Adjusting to Strong Greenback, Weak Oil Price

    Most of a highly anticipated corporate earnings season in the U.S. has come to pass and has underscored the divergence between the energy sector and... Read more

  • A cheeseburger and drink, served up at a Shake Shack restaurant in Chicago, Ill., on Jan. 28, 2015. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

    Fast-Casual Chains Succeed by Giving Us What We Want

    Annual sales at fast-casual restaurants are growing at three times the average industry rate. Why? What is the magic formula that has people flocking to... Read more

  • Customers browse aisles at the opening day for Amazon Books, the first brick-and-mortar retail store for online retail giant Amazon, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    Amazon Is Planning to Open Hundreds of Bookstores, Mall CEO Says

    Amazon is planning to open up to 400 physical bookstores in the future, a mall CEO revealed in an earnings call this week. The Seattle-based... Read more

  • Yahoo President and CEO Marissa Mayer at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Jan. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

    Yahoo to Cut 1,700 Workers as CEO Tries to Save Her Own Job

    SAN FRANCISCO—Yahoo is laying off about 1,700 employees and shedding some of its excess baggage in a shake-up likely to determine whether CEO Marissa Mayer... Read more

  • Former Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli is interviewed by host Maria Bartiromo during her "Mornings with Maria Bartiromo" program on the Fox Business Network, in New York, on Feb. 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Congress: Drugmakers Planned Price Hikes to Boost Profits

    Two drugmakers have made a practice of buying and then dramatically hiking the prices of low-cost drugs given to patients with life-threatening conditions including heart... Read more

  • An Exxon sign at a Exxon gas station in Carnegie, Pa., on April 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    As Oil Prices Plunge, Big Oil Profits Take a Hit

    DALLAS—The big plunge in crude prices is taking a toll on Big Oil. Exxon Mobil Corp. said Tuesday that fourth-quarter profit fell 58 percent to... Read more

  • This graphic shows the largest company by revenue in every state, some of which you probably never heard of (Book Your Data)

    These 5 Companies Nobody Knows Are Still Top of Their State

    The United States dominates the top 10 of global companies by revenue with names such as Walmart ($486 billion in 2015) and Exxon Mobile ($383... Read more

  • A logo of Swiss bank UBS on a building in Zurich on Nov. 14, 2013. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)

    UBS Bank Shares Plunge as Rich Investors Withdraw Money

    FRANKFURT, Germany—Swiss bank UBS saw its shares slide on Tuesday on news that investors had pulled billions out of its division serving wealthy clients—a token... Read more

  • Vietnamese Beef Salad, and Feta, Cucumber, and Orzo Greek salad from Maple, a New York meal delivery service, on July 20, 2015. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    Q&A: Maple CEO Caleb Merkl on Building the ‘Ideal’ Food Delivery Concept

    Maple launched its gourmet food delivery service in the Financial District less than a year ago, and in January expanded to include Midtown Manhattan. With... Read more

  • A Chipotle restaurant in Union Station in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 27, 2015. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, that the E. coli outbreak at Chipotle restaurants appears to be over, and that they are closing the investigation. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    CDC Says Chipotle-Linked Outbreak of E. Coli Appears Over

    WASHINGTON—Looks like it’s safe to bite into that burrito. The federal agency that monitors public health says the outbreak of E. coli illness linked to... Read more

  • A court ordered Greek yogurt maker Chobani to stop an ad campaign that disparaged its rivals. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

    Chobani’s Natural Greek Yogurt Ads Disparaged Rivals, Court Says

    Chobani is doing its best to take the high road after a court ordered the company to stop its ad campaign that involved throwing its... Read more

  • General Mills' Larabars which comes in 21 flavors and uses nine ingredients or less in their bars. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

    General Mills’ Larabar Ads Highlight Real Ingredients, No ‘Ticky Tacky’

    General Mills’ new national television advertising campaign for Larabar goes where few multinational food companies dare to go, and it makes sense. In the process... Read more

  • The Instagram logo is displayed on a tablet on December 20, 2012 in Paris. (LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images)

    The Instagram Effect: Facebook Cashes in on Mobile Ads

    David Fischer, Facebook’s vice president of business and marketing, discusses the company’s fourth-quarter growth with Bloomberg’s Emily Chang on “Bloomberg Markets.”…... Read more

  • Facebook from a wirelessly connected smartphone is seen on the mockup display on an autonomous car’s dashboard at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nev., on Jan. 6, 2015. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

    Facebook Closes In on Google After Strong Fourth Quarter

    SAN FRANCISCO—Facebook is growing at an exceptional pace as it enters adolescence, propelling it into a better position to challenge Google as the Internet’s most powerful... Read more

  • A group of visitors to the Apple store descends a staircase to the showroom below in New York on Sept. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

    After Setting iPhone Record, Apple Forecasts Rare Sales Drop

    SAN FRANCISCO—Apple is bracing for its first sales decline in 13 years, despite selling a record 74.8 million iPhones in the final three months of... Read more

  • A man walks past a Facebook sign in an office on the Facebook campus in Menlo Park, Calif., on June 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

    Facebook Posts Strong 4Q as Company Closes Gap With Google

    SAN FRANCISCO—Facebook is growing at an exceptional pace as it enters adolescence, propelling it into a better position to challenge Google as the Internet’s most... Read more

  • Hampton Creek Foods CEO Josh Tetrick holds the yellow pea used to make Just Mayo, a plant-based mayonnaise, in San Francisco, on Dec. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

    Mushy Peas? Not Anymore. Peas Are a Superfood!

    Legumes are a curious food. Some say they are a superfood. They are indeed the only food that gets prominent double billing in the USDA’s... Read more

  • Twitter Co-Founder and Chairman and Square CEO Jack Dorsey at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Calif., on October 9, 2014.  (Kimberly White/Getty Images for Vanity Fair)

    Twitter Parts With 4 Key Execs in Latest Sign of Turmoil

    SAN FRANCISCO—Four of Twitter’s key executives are leaving the company in an exodus that has escalated the uncertainty facing the messaging service as it struggles... Read more

  • Goldman Sachs 2015 Earnings

    Goldman Sachs Reports Lower Revenues, Income

    Goldman Sachs, one of Wall Street’s “bulge bracket” investment banks, reported weaker earnings for the fourth quarter and full year of 2015, mostly driven by larger-than-expected... Read more

  • Italy's Deputy Minister of Economic Development Carlo Calenda at the “Invest in Italy” global roadshow meeting at Bloomberg headquarters in New York City on January 11, 2016.

    ‘Italy Is Back’ and Ready for Investors

    “Italy is exiting the crisis. The crisis has been deep but also confirmed the resilience of the economy,” said Italy’s Minister of Economy and Finance... Read more

  • The logo of the European currency Euro is pictured in front of the European Central Bank ECB in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, May 26, 2014, a day after the European Parliament elections. (Daniel Roland/AFP/Getty Images)

    Eurozone Economy ‘Losing Steam’ Amid Market Turmoil

    LONDON—The economic recovery in the 19-country eurozone lost steam in January, a closely watched survey found Wednesday, a sign that the turmoil in global financial... Read more

  • An Exxon sign at a Exxon gas station in Carnegie, Pa., on April 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    As Oil Prices Plunge, Big Oil Profits Take a Hit

    DALLAS—The big plunge in crude prices is taking a toll on Big Oil. Exxon Mobil Corp. said Tuesday that fourth-quarter profit fell 58 percent to... Read more

  • A trader is reflected in a market screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City on Aug. 25, 2015. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

    America’s Economic Freedom Has Rapidly Declined Under Obama

    Millions of people around the world are emerging from poverty thanks to rising economic freedom. But by sharp contrast, America’s economic freedom has been on... Read more

  • A man reads a newspaper with a front page headline that reads  "China's GDP grows at 6.9 percent"  in Beijing on Jan. 19, 2016. China's economy grew at its slowest pace in a quarter of a century last year as it undergoes a difficult transition. (WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)

    Fed’s Fischer: China Issues Could Hurt US

    Of course, he did not say it exactly like that. When Fed Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer spoke at the Council on Foreign Relations on Feb... Read more

  • IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde holds a news conference at the IMF headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 17, 2013. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

    Beyond Lagarde: There’s More to the IMF Than Who the Leader Is

    Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund and a former French finance minister, faces trial for accusations of negligence. But that has not... Read more

  • The BP ETAP (Eastern Trough Area Project) oil platform in the North Sea, 100 miles east of Aberdeen, Scotland, on Feb. 24, 2014. (Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images)

    How Oil and Gas Companies Are Dealing With Low Prices

    Oil prices have tumbled to new lows in 2016. Slowing demand and a glut of supply has made the oil market incredibly bearish. But while... Read more

  • Florida Governor Rick Scott at a road expansion event in Hialeah, Fla., on March 9, 2015. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

    How Florida Created 1 Million Jobs in 5 Years

    Gov. Rick Scott had a lot of good news to share with the Florida legislature at his State of the State address on Jan. 12... Read more

  • Mansa Musa: richer than “anyone can decribe.” (Abraham Cresques of Mallorca, Public Domain)

    Was There Ever a Time When So Few People Controlled So Much Wealth?

    Oxfam’s latest report claims that income inequality has reached a new global extreme, exceeding even its predictions from the previous year. The figures behind this... Read more

  • A cornerstone in the Federal Reserve Bank of New York building on July 29, 2011 (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

    Germany Moved of 189 Tonnes of Gold From New York Fed Vaults

    Germany is the second largest holder of gold reserves with 3,381 tonnes (3727 U.S. tons), but it did not store most of the gold at... Read more

  • International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde speaks at the 40th anniversary of the IMFC meeting at the IMF Headquarters in Washington, April 20, 2013. (Stephen Jaffe/IMF via Getty Images)

    IMF Increases Emerging Market Power, Doubles Capital Base

    Watching the dealings of the International Monetary Fund can be rather dull. On Jan. 22 for example, it issued a press release called “IMF Statement... Read more

  • A man works on construction of the Kingdom Tower, a planned 252-story building, which aims to become the world’s tallest skyscraper when complete, in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, on May 8, 2014. Saudi Arabia is racing to attract more investment and overhaul its economy as low oil prices expose it to urgent domestic challenges. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

    Saudi Races to Attract Investment, Create Jobs in Overhaul

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia—Saudi Arabia is racing to attract more investment and overhaul its economy as low oil prices expose it to urgent domestic challenges. For... Read more

  • College student Christopher Rael at California State University, in Long Beach, Calif., on Jan. 19, 2016. Millions of young adults healthy enough to think they don’t need insurance face painful choices this year as sign-up deadline approaches for President Obama’s health care law. With open enrollment over after Jan. 31, Rael is hoping his meager income will qualify him for Medi-Cal, the state’s version of Medicaid. “I cannot afford an additional bill,” he said. He paid a fine of about $150 for being uninsured in 2014. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Health Care Fines Press Millennials as Deadline Nears

    WASHINGTON—Millions of young adults healthy enough to think they don’t need insurance face painful choices this year as the sign-up deadline approaches for President Barack... Read more

  • Rail cars are filled with coal and sprayed with a topper agent to suppress dust at Cloud Peak Energy's Antelope Mine north of Douglas, Wyo., on Jan. 9, 2014. (Ryan Dorgan/Casper Star-Tribune via AP)

    Coal Executive Demands Tax Break for Industry in Free Fall

    CHARLESTON, W.Va.—The chief executive of one of the nation’s largest coal producers, Murray Energy, made an emotional call Wednesday for steep cuts in state mining... Read more

  • Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen speaks at the Economics Club of Washington in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 2, 2015. The Federal Reserve is widely expected to keep interest rates unchanged when it ends a policy meeting on Jan. 27, 2016. At its last meeting in December, it raised interest rates from record lows. Since then, the global picture has darkened and stock markets have plunged. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    Fed Voices Concern About Global Economic Pressures

    WASHINGTON—The Federal Reserve sounded a note of concern Wednesday about how global pressures could affect a slowing U.S. economy, while keeping a key interest rate... Read more

  • Shoppers walk through the Downtown Holiday Market in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 22, 2015. The U.S. consumer remains in good shape despite a slowdown in economic growth and turmoil in global financial markets. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

    US Consumer to Help Economy Stave Off Recession Threat

    The labour market and the consumer are powering the U.S. economy forward amid ongoing global growth worries. And because of the health of households’ balance... Read more

  • (William Edwards/AFP/Getty Images)

    Job Cuts Save Money but Can Hurt Business in the Long-Run

    Barclays, Pearson and Virgin Media have all announced significant job cuts as part of a growing pressure to cut costs, adding up to more than... Read more

  • George Soros at the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) in Paris on April 9, 2015. (Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty Images)

    China or Soros: Who Is Right?

    The falling yuan and slowing economy must be wearing on the Chinese regime. Otherwise, why would it publish a childish op-ed attacking billionaire investor George... Read more

  • A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Jan. 26, 2016. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

    Why so Bearish? How Hidden Bias Is Sinking Global Stocks

    It’s been a shaky start to 2016 for global stock markets, with substantial falls across all international markets, followed by some weak rallies. The overall... Read more

  • One way signs and a stop sign are posted in the financial district in front of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York on Jan. 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

    A Month After Raising Rates, Fed Faces Darker Global Economy

    WASHINGTON—Since the Federal Reserve raised interest rates from record lows last month, the global picture has darkened. Stock markets have plunged. Oil prices have skidded... Read more

  • A Wall Street road sign near the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City on Oct. 16, 2014. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

    Global Stocks in Narrow Ranges as US Payrolls Loom

    LONDON—Global stock markets traded in narrow ranges Thursday, a day after big gains that were prompted by a sharp rebound in the price of oil... Read more

  • Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen speaks at the Economics Club of Washington in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 2, 2015. The Federal Reserve is widely expected to keep interest rates unchanged when it ends a policy meeting on Jan. 27, 2016. At its last meeting in December, it raised interest rates from record lows. Since then, the global picture has darkened and stock markets have plunged. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    Fed Voices Concern About Global Economic Pressures

    WASHINGTON—The Federal Reserve sounded a note of concern Wednesday about how global pressures could affect a slowing U.S. economy, while keeping a key interest rate... Read more

  • Specialist Jason Hardzewicz, right, directs trading at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. Higher oil prices and some positive earnings news from U.S. companies are helping to send the stock market higher. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    US Stocks Rise as Oil Changes Course Again and Soars

    NEW YORK—U.S. stocks are rising Tuesday as the price of oil makes another abrupt reversal, this time rising more than 6 percent after falling by... Read more

  • A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Jan. 26, 2016. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

    Why so Bearish? How Hidden Bias Is Sinking Global Stocks

    It’s been a shaky start to 2016 for global stock markets, with substantial falls across all international markets, followed by some weak rallies. The overall... Read more

  • Hampton Creek Foods CEO Josh Tetrick holds the yellow pea used to make Just Mayo, a plant-based mayonnaise, in San Francisco, on Dec. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

    Mushy Peas? Not Anymore. Peas Are a Superfood!

    Legumes are a curious food. Some say they are a superfood. They are indeed the only food that gets prominent double billing in the USDA’s... Read more

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    10 Ways Work Will Change in 2016

    1. More work, more flexibility. For some of us, the holidays are already a distant memory and the year ahead looks busier than ever. Studies... Read more

  • One way signs and a stop sign are posted in the financial district in front of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York on Jan. 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

    A Month After Raising Rates, Fed Faces Darker Global Economy

    WASHINGTON—Since the Federal Reserve raised interest rates from record lows last month, the global picture has darkened. Stock markets have plunged. Oil prices have skidded... Read more

  • The Marketing Corner: A Look Ahead to Generation Z

    Marketers wear many hats. In addition to determining the right marketing mix (price, product, and promotion), it behooves marketers to have a line of sight... Read more

  • Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde (L) gestures while Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne listens during a panel, "The Global Economic Outlook," at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Jan. 23, 2016. World leaders are holding a flurry of diplomatic meetings at the World Economic Forum and worried CEOs are debating about how to deal with this year's volatile markets and low oil prices. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

    Global Policymakers Seek to Reassure After Market Turbulence

    DAVOS, Switzerland—At the end of another turbulent week in financial markets, leading global policymakers sought Saturday to ease concerns over the economic outlook for 2016... Read more

  • Lights illuminate the French multinational TOTAL oil refinery in Leuna, Germany, on Jan. 10, 2007. (Katja Buchholz/Getty Images)

    Why Do Oil Prices Keep Going Down?

    Global stock markets have been in a tailspin this week. And the sinking price of oil received at least some of the blame. Just this... Read more

  • Michael Capolino, right, works with fellow traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016.  Energy stocks are leading another sell-off on Wall Street as the price of oil continues to plunge. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Stocks Slide as Oil Tumbles, S&P Lowest in Almost 2 Years

    NEW YORK—U.S. stocks slumped Wednesday as the price of oil suffered its worst one-day drop since September, and the Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell... Read more

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    Sharemarkets: A Bear Market, a Correction or Just Volatility?

    If you have just come back from a summer break, or had switched off your communication devices at home, you may have missed the fact... Read more

  • Bank of England Governor Mark Carney at the quarterly inflation report press conference at the Bank of England in London, England, on Aug. 6, 2015. (Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)

    If UK Votes for Brexit, Its Borrowing Costs Will Soar—Here’s Why

    There have been a couple of notable signals about the upcoming EU referendum lately. A public opinion poll showed a clear majority lead for Brexit, then... Read more

  • An engineer checks the refinery plant at the receiving station of the oil pipeline Druzhba in Szazhalombatta, some 30 kms south of Budapest, Hungary, on Jan. 9, 2007. (Attila Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty Images)

    Why We Need to Rethink the Financial Future of Oil

    The price of oil keeps moving in one direction—down. Even political tension between Iran and Saudi Arabia (historically a cause of price rises) has not... Read more

  • Melody Yang performs at the Gazillion Bubble show plays at New World Stages in New York, March 22, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    Steve Keen: China’s Stock Market Is an ‘Unbelievable Bubble’

    It’s the debt, stupid. This is what professor Steve Keen of London’s Kingston University has been saying all along: Private debt is responsible for financial... Read more

  • A customer walks towards an entrance to an Applebee's restaurant in Palatine, Illinois. Many casual dining restaurants have expanded their target market to fast-food restaurants.  (Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

    The Marketing Corner: America’s Middle Class

    It’s no secret that the American middle class has been the stalwart of this country. This group has been the backbone of society who worked... Read more

  • American Eagle and South African Krugerrand gold bullion is offered for sale at the Chicago Coin Company in Chicago, Illinois in this file photo. Returning to the gold standard is being debated among the world's governments. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

    Think Gold Is a Safe Haven? You Might as Well Try the Pokies

    Recent and dramatic increases in the volatility of global equity markets have led to investors considering – once again – gold as a “safe haven”... Read more

  • A woman stands outside of a HSBC branch in Hong Kong on July 8, 2014.(Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images)

    Is the Hong Kong Dollar Next in Line for a Devaluation ?

    It is the most successful currency manager in the world. No, we are not talking about the Federal Reserve, we are talking about the Hong... Read more

  • Houses in Calgary Southwest on Jan. 12, 2016. (Dane Crocker/Epoch Times)

    Housing Downturn in Calgary Takes Shape for 2016

    Calgary’s housing market faces a difficult 2016 as oil prices dig new lows. The shock of 2015’s oil price drop hit the economy hard, but... Read more

  • More than 30 oil drilling rigs are idle in a Helmerich & Payne, Inc. yard along Groening Street in Odessa, Texas, on May 18, 2015, as rig counts drop in the Permian Basin. The drilling boom, driven by high oil prices and new discoveries, brought tens of thousands of workers to oil fields in several states to run drilling rigs and supply the equipment and services needed to produce crude. Then the price of oil tanked, plummeting by half in late 2014 and reaching levels in 2015 not seen since the financial crisis. Oil companies abandoned drilling projects and began laying off workers. (Courtney Sacco/Odessa American via AP)

    As Oil Plunges, Energy Companies Cut Jobs, Postpone Projects

    LONDON—The world’s biggest oil companies are slashing jobs and backing off major investments as the price of crude falls to new lows—and there may be... Read more

  • Rendering of Residences of Pebble Creek, luxury townhomes in Vaughan  by Falconcrest Homes and Graywood Developments. (Courtesy of Intercity Realty Inc.)

    Millennials Driving GTA Real Estate Market, Says Intercity Realty

    Nobody has a better pulse on what’s happening in the Greater Toronto Area’s residential real estate market than Intercity Realty Inc., and according to the... Read more

  • Whitehaus Condos, a new condo development by Lifetime Developments and Knightstone Capital Management Inc. currently in preconstruction at 2360 Yonge Street in Toronto. The development is scheduled for completion in 2019. (Courtesy of Lifetime Development)

    Lifetime Developments Is Clearly Building for the Future

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  • Rendering of Empire Communities' Eau de Soleil in southwest Toronto along Lake Ontario, one of the tallest buildings on the waterfront in Canada. Both towers are 66 storeys. (Courtesy of Empire Communities)

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