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China, the Economic Pipsqueak

Jeremy Haft | Posted 05.01.2015 | Politics
Jeremy Haft

How many times a day do we hear that China is the world's second largest economy? Or even that China has already knocked the United States from the top perch? Just because something is said a lot doesn't make it true.

Foreign Brand Power: How Countries Help Their Brands

Ira Kalb | Posted 04.20.2015 | Business
Ira Kalb

While brands are typically associated with companies and products, countries have brand identities too. In fact, the image of a country can greatly contribute to (or detract from) the brands that come from that country.

The 10 Countries With The Highest 'National Well-Being'

Fast Company | Ben Schiller | Posted 04.10.2015 | World

Economic measures of success like gross domestic product (GDP) are a crude way to judge countries. They tell you about the level of economic activity,...

Why the Social Progress Index Is the Best Metric of National Performance

Michael Porter | Posted 04.09.2015 | World
Michael Porter

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- I have seen how Rwanda made investing in social progress -- including gender equity, a 61 percent reduction in child mortality in a single decade, and 95 percent primary school enrollment -- integral to its economic development strategy. Rwanda's positive economic performance would not have been possible without improvement in these and other dimensions of social progress.

Time Is Money

Isabel Rimanoczy, Ed.D. | Posted 04.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Isabel Rimanoczy, Ed.D.

Photo: I. Rimanoczy We have all heard it -- and said it ourselves, or thought of it at different moments in our life. Time is money. While it sou...

What Businesses Need to Know About Direct Marketing

Ira Kalb | Posted 03.30.2015 | Business
Ira Kalb

Many marketers seem lost, and one of the reasons is that they have not learned how these new tools fit into the marketing strategy hierarchy. Those that have achieved considerable success have recognized that the Internet and its "offspring" are really forms of Direct Marketing. Why?

'Whatever, Janet' Indeed -- Fed's Yellen Outfoxes the Bond Bullies, Finesses Rate Policy, Buoys Investors

Terry Connelly | Posted 03.23.2015 | Business
Terry Connelly

U.S. financial markets have been highly volatile but with little to show for investors, as opposed to traders, who make their best livings from pointless volatility, for all the swaying back and forth since the start of 2015.

Why the Global Economy Continues to Sputter

Kevin Price | Posted 03.19.2015 | Business
Kevin Price

Every part of an economy is aggressively pursuing the necessary capital to continue to grow. When governments crowd out that necessary capital in deficits, debt, and interest on the debt, economies cannot help but struggle where ever such policies exist.

The Philippines Has Come Such a Long Way

Daniel Wagner | Posted 03.05.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

President Aquino has demonstrated that it is possible to be part of political dynasty yet be focused on the common good, and achieve enough in a single term of office to transform the country from the sick man of Asia to one of its leading economies.

Europe: A Fiscal & Monetary Reality Check

Steve H. Hanke | Posted 04.22.2015 | World
Steve H. Hanke

Led by Alexis Tsipras, head of Greece's newly-elected, left-wing coalition, some other leading political lights in Europe - Messrs. Hollande and Valls in France and Renzi in Italy - are raising a big stink about fiscal austerity. Yet they always fail to define austerity. Never mind. They don't like it.

How Trade Deals Boost the Top 1% and Bust the Rest

Robert Reich | Posted 04.18.2015 | Politics
Robert Reich

I've seen first-hand how effective Wall Street and big corporations are at wielding influence. Global deals like the Trans Pacific Partnership will boost the profits of Wall Street and big corporations, and make the richest 1 percent even richer. But they'll bust the rest of America.

Maybe The Federal Reserve Has Been Right About The U.S. Economy All Along

Terry Connelly | Posted 04.12.2015 | Business
Terry Connelly

Hard as it may be for its legion of economic, political and media critics (and even some of its own members) to accept, the most recent bullish jobs report from the Labor Department looks like a ringing endorsement of Federal Reserve policies and perspectives on the economy.

The World Misery Index: 108 Countries

Steve H. Hanke | Posted 04.03.2015 | World
Steve H. Hanke

Through a simple sum of the former three rates, minus year-on-year per capita GDP growth, I constructed a misery index that comprehensively ranks 108 countries based on "misery."

Economic Growth Slows

AP | By MARTIN CRUTSINGER | Posted 04.01.2015 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy slowed in the final three months of 2014, but a burst in consumer spending and the prospect of continued low ener...

Reality vs. Rhetoric: NamObama on Climate Change

Chaitanya Kumar | Posted 03.29.2015 | Green
Chaitanya Kumar

Both Obama and Narendra Modi (NaMo) have waxed eloquent on stronger economic ties and friendly cultural relations, but their statements on climate change need to go beyond platitudes and into action.

Put Working People First

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 03.14.2015 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

The jobs report Friday set off cheering: a quarter million positions added in December; unemployment declining to 5.6 percent. This good news arrived amid a booming stock market and a GDP report showing the strongest growth in 11 years. It's all so very jolly, except for one looming factor: wages.

Dow Tops 18,000 For First Time In History

Reuters | Posted 02.22.2015 | Business

Consumer sentiment hit its highest level in nearly eight years.

Why Brazil Is Its Own Worst Enemy

Daniel Wagner | Posted 02.22.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

By all rights, given its size, location, and natural resource base, Brazil should be an economic juggernaut. But the truth is that Brazil should never have been designated a BRIC because it is a poorly managed economy that has rarely lived up to its potential.

You Don't Know What It Means to be Successful

Danielle Posa | Posted 02.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Danielle Posa

Don't get caught up in the machine. And if you think you're stuck, or that you don't have any other options because you can't get out of your job, or (insert reason here), just simply start talking about what you want. You might be surprised how quickly people want to be part of it, and who would be willing to help you get there.

U.S. Economy Grew Faster Than First Reported Last Quarter

AP | By MARTIN CRUTSINGER | Posted 01.25.2015 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew even faster in the third quarter than initially thought, posting the strongest six months of growth in more ...

Shhh... The American Economy Is on the Brink... of a Boom!

Terry Connelly | Posted 01.24.2015 | Business
Terry Connelly

The real story is that "help is on the way" for America's struggling middle class, the unemployed and the under-employed. The much maligned TARP stimulus and "extraordinary measures" of the Federal Reserve have finally and in fact -- worked!

How to Fix the Economy: Going Beyond GDP and Politics as Usual

Riane Eisler | Posted 01.12.2015 | Politics
Riane Eisler

This is the time for forward-looking measures. We cannot fix the economy based on measures such as GDP that look at our world through a rearview mirror.

What Explains the Election Results? It's (Still) the Economy

Dennis M. Kelleher | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
Dennis M. Kelleher

No one should be surprised that the American people are economically insecure and anxious. Seven in 10 voters said the nation's economy is in bad shape. Voters who said the economy was important to them voted 2 to 1 for Republicans.

The Costs of Ebola: Guinea and Sierra Leone

Steve H. Hanke | Posted 12.31.2014 | World
Steve H. Hanke

For a clear snapshot of a country's economic performance, a look at my misery index is particularly edifying. The misery index is simply the sum of th...

Government Spending Boosts Q3 Economic Growth

Harlan Green | Posted 12.31.2014 | Business
Harlan Green

We can now say we have the goldilocks economy that prevailed through the 1990's -- not too hot or too cold -- that should boost economic growth for years to come, if Congress can be ignored.