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Time to Focus on Individual Economic-Well Being of/for All

Frank Islam | Posted 02.08.2016 | Impact
Frank Islam

In conventional thinking about the economy, standard assumptions include: Economic growth creates jobs Jobs create individual prosperity A rising tid...

Literally Every Sentence In This Ted Cruz Quote Is Misleading Or False

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 02.07.2016 | Politics

Health care got some attention in Saturday night’s GOP presidential debate. And when it was Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s turn to speak, h...

Free Money Friday - Japan Goes Negative and "Saves" Asia (for now)

Phil Davis | Posted 01.29.2016 | Business
Phil Davis

More free money? No, the BOJ did not increase stimulus this morning.  What they did is join Switzerland, Denmark and Sweden in the negative...

U.S. Fourth-Quarter GDP Rose At A 0.7 Percent Rate

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 01.29.2016 | Business

WASHINGTON, Jan 29 (Reuters) - U.S. economic growth braked sharply in the fourth quarter as businesses stepped up efforts to reduce an inventory glut...

Growth in Singapore - Good Governance for the Sake of Future Generations

St. Gallen Symposium | Posted 01.28.2016 | Politics
St. Gallen Symposium

By Natalie Feder and Rolf Bachmann, St. Gallen Symposium At the 1st St. Gallen Symposium Singapore Forum held on 23 January 2016, a number of promine...

Gross National Happiness -- Bhutan's Innovative Metric for Good Governance

Meg Lowman | Posted 01.25.2016 | Impact
Meg Lowman

With national indices of happiness instead of manufactured goods, Bhutan is perhaps the world's most forward-thinking country in how it measures the ultimate health and well-being of its population. Bhutan's Gross National Happiness (GNH) index embraces economic development, environmental conservation, good governance and cultural priorities.

The Alliance of Choice or Necessity

Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam | Posted 01.21.2016 | Politics
Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam

After five decades of its existence and as an alliance that consists of 28 independent countries -- including three permanent UN Security Council members -- the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is one of the largest and the strongest collective defense alliance of its kind.

The Missing Ingredient in UN's 2030 Global Goals

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 01.26.2016 | World
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

The SDGs and the Paris climate agreement are clearly interconnected and any effort to tackle one without immediate consideration of the other will do serious disservice to both.

President Obama's Greatest Regret

Kirby Goidel | Posted 01.13.2016 | Politics
Kirby Goidel

President Barack Obama has yet to win over many Republican or conservative admirers. Yet, there can be little doubt that most of his detractors are doing better today than they were on January 20, 2009 when he was first sworn into office.

Testy Tuesday - Danger at S&P 2,000 - Again

Phil Davis | Posted 12.22.2015 | Business
Phil Davis

Well, here we are again.   This will is the third serious test of the 2,000 line on the S&P since October from the top and before ...

Don't Blame Growth

St. Gallen Symposium | Posted 02.04.2016 | Impact
St. Gallen Symposium

Growth has lifted humanity from the caves to the cities and given us civilization. Yet today it is scapegoated by its critics for causing many societal ills. Growth's critics rightfully sound the alarm on environmental and social problems. But their criticism of growth misses the real issues of poor policy and misguided public values.

GDP Growth Belongs to Economic History

St. Gallen Symposium | Posted 12.17.2015 | Impact
St. Gallen Symposium

Using Green GDP as the new (and long overdue) default indicator will allow us to factor the value of a healthy environment for human life into the calculations political and economic decisions are based on.

China's Economy in Transformation: A Momentum for Change

St. Gallen Symposium | Posted 12.10.2015 | Impact
St. Gallen Symposium

It seems that there is a need to reconsider the economic path China has taken so far, a need for change. Acknowledgment, of course, is a first step. The government, companies and all seem to have become aware that the situation escalated.

At the Heart of Ethics

Johann Berlin | Posted 12.05.2015 | Impact
Johann Berlin

Why would business, political, media, and spiritual leaders look to ethics in this time turmoil ?

Open Data and Poland's Race for Innovation

Pawel Adamowicz | Posted 11.24.2015 | Impact
Pawel Adamowicz

As the mayor of Gdansk I am very proud of the growing attractiveness of Gdansk for investors, however, I also remember how many challenges are still ahead of us. Probably one of the most important of these challenges is fostering innovation -- in Gdansk and in Poland.

Trickle Down Tuesday - Markets Pull a Slow Fade into Holiday

Phil Davis | Posted 11.24.2015 | Business
Phil Davis

Going down!   You can't draw any conclusions from these low-volume trading days but, in general, stocks have been in retreat and this m...

Monday Market Movement -- HUGE Data Week

Phil Davis | Posted 11.23.2015 | Business
Phil Davis

We have, essentially, a 3-day week this week and don't expect people to stick around on Wednesday either and Friday being a half-day is a joke as it's dead as a doornail on Thanksgiving Fridays. Overall trading with be thin, which means all market action should be taken with a grain of salt and, unfortunately, we get revised GDP tomorrow morning -- which is very important.

Developing Market Debt Hits $58.6Tn on Bailout Mania

Phil Davis | Posted 11.10.2015 | Business
Phil Davis

Here's another thing we can pretend doesn't matter.

Market Weak Ahead (Not a Typo)

Phil Davis | Posted 11.09.2015 | Business
Phil Davis

First of all -- let's talk jobs. The markets managed to end the week on a high note as a huge beat on the headline Non-Farm Payroll number stunned us all with 271,000 jobs added in October.

Converging Crises and Opportunities

Jakob von Uexkull | Posted 11.02.2015 | Impact
Jakob von Uexkull

On a ruined planet there can be no development or justice, peace or security, functioning economies, markets or states. Can we mature into responsible global citizens fast enough and stop living at the expense of our children and all future generations of life?

GDPhursday -- Fed Thrill Ride Continues

Phil Davis | Posted 10.29.2015 | Business
Phil Davis

It's wonderful to be able to take advantage of silly market moves after hours. Have you ever read something in the paper and wished you could place a trade but the markets are closed? Futures trading fixes that problem.

Draghi Fever Thursday - Are You Fed Up with the BS Yet?

Phil Davis | Posted 10.22.2015 | Business
Phil Davis

I've got Draghi fever, she's got Draghi fever We've got Draghi fever, we're in debt She's gone Dollar crazy, I&...

Mexico's Challenging Fiscal Outlook

Rodrigo Aguilera | Posted 10.20.2015 | World
Rodrigo Aguilera

Mexico's 2016 budget is currently under negotiation, with a deadline of November 15 for its approval. This is the first budget that is fully adapted to the collapse in oil prices that began in the summer of 2014.

Monday Mandarin Meltdown: China's Fake GDP Still Sucks!

Phil Davis | Posted 10.19.2015 | Business
Phil Davis

Do not fall for the streaming BS coming from the U.S. media, who are completely in bed with China and would do nothing to upset them. If everything were so great in China - then what's up with all the emergency stimulus, rate easing and market halting?

The Dollar, Jobs and Interest Rates

Luis Ubiñas | Posted 10.06.2015 | Business
Luis Ubiñas

The Federal Reserve did not raise interest rates last month as many expected. Their reasons were understandable: one in 10 Americans remains unemployed, underemployed or so discouraged that they have fallen out of the labor force; and inflation remains consistently near zero.