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Adventures in a Mexican Market: When Vegetarians & Pig Heads Collide

Anne Maxfield | Posted 09.17.2013 | Taste
Anne Maxfield

Whether I speak the language, or have the opportunity to use anything I might find at the market, I just love to go and wander, see what's available, watch the locals bargaining and commenting on the day's offerings.

Market Microstructure and High-Frequency Market Manipulation

Irene Aldridge | Posted 09.15.2013 | Business
Irene Aldridge

The normal exchanges tend to be more volatile and more prone to market crashes than their inverted and pro-rata brethren. As such, investors concerned about market manipulation may be best advised to execute their orders at inverted or pro-rata exchanges.

The Bull Market: How It Looks Depends on Where You Stand

Women & Co | Posted 09.08.2013 | Business
Women & Co

Our feelings about the stock market are heavily influenced by the investments we already own, a phenomenon known as "anchoring." Many of us also suffer from "recency" bias, the tendency to read too much into short-term market performance.

How High Will Interest Rates Go?

Michael Pento | Posted 09.08.2013 | Business
Michael Pento

The Fed persists in sophomoric fashion to scold the market for misinterpreting its mixed messages about tapering the amount of asset purchases. But the big surprise for Mr. Bernanke and co. will be the realization that they have much less control of long term rates than they now believe.

Scouting out the Top Ten Experiences of Southern Peru

Jacada Travel | Posted 09.02.2013 | Travel
Jacada Travel

As one of the most diverse and culturally wealthy countries in the whole of South America, Peru is one of those destinations that offers so much to visitors. But where, what and how do you get the very best of it?

Inside Manhattan's Real Estate Bubble: A Reality Check for Buyers...

Ron Gitter | Posted 09.01.2013 | New York
Ron Gitter

As we close the books on the first six months of the year, we find ourselves in one of the most treacherous market cycles in memory.

Massive Mexican Slavery Operation Underscores Need for Market Consequences for Human Rights Violations

Greg Asbed | Posted 08.31.2013 | Business
Greg Asbed

Earlier this month, a horrifying story of human rights abuse and exploitation broke when Mexican authorities rescued nearly 300 workers from brutal forced labor conditions on a tomato farm in the state of Jalisco.

Markets Calm Down

AP | By PAN PYLAS | Posted 08.21.2013 | Business

LONDON (AP) — Greece returned to stalk the financial markets Friday at the end of a turbulent week that's been dominated by a signal from the U.S. F...

The Art of Cooking and Shopping For One

Phoebe Lapine | Posted 06.17.2013 | Taste
Phoebe Lapine

How to cook for one without throwing most of your food away at the end of the week.

It Takes Government to Create Markets: Alex Marshall's The Surprising Design of Market Economies

Mary Manning Cleveland | Posted 08.14.2013 | Business
Mary Manning Cleveland

Conventional economics wittingly or unwittingly provides cover for the One Percent, by professing that "the market" operates benevolently on its own. Alex Marshall gives us an entertaining, thoughtful, and well-written antidote to this dangerous abstraction.

Diversification Through Fixed Income

Women & Co | Posted 08.11.2013 | Business
Women & Co

For most of us, the word "bonds" brings to mind a savings bond that family members (or friends of the family) may have given us when we were born. But in reality, bonds can be an important component of a well-diversified portfolio.

Mark Gongloff

Markets Turn People Evil: Study

HuffingtonPost.com | Mark Gongloff | Posted 05.15.2013 | Business

Markets can make people do bad things. That's the disturbing -- but sadly not all that shocking -- conclusion of a recent experiment by two German ...

How to Read the Week's Economic and Market Signals

Mohamed A. El-Erian | Posted 06.27.2013 | Business
Mohamed A. El-Erian

Expect next week's policy meetings to signal that central bank stand ready to step in, once again, to maintain the disconnect between buoyant equity markets and sluggish economic conditions -- not as an end in itself but, given Congressional dysfunction, as virtually the only way today to support economic activity (and it is rather imperfect as the expected benefits come with growing costs and risks). Look for the Federal Reserve to alter the thrust of its policy narrative. Rather than advance its prior emphasis on tapering its monthly $85 billion purchases of market securities, it will seek to reassure markets by iterating its willingness to do more if needed. Across the Atlantic, the European Central Bank will face increasing pressure to cut its interest rate (currently at 0.75%) and liberalize the collateral requirements it imposes -- both meant to loosen monetary conditions.

Huge Financial Market Shut Down By Tech Glitch

Mark Gongloff | Posted 06.25.2013 | Business
Mark Gongloff

Can't anybody here play this game? The Chicago Board Options Exchange, the biggest U.S. options exchange and one of the most important derivatives markets in the world, was shut down all of Thursday morning by what was apparently a software glitch.

PHOTOS: Ways To Live More Sustainably

Posted 04.22.2013 | Denver

Denver's Earth Day Fair may have moved inside due to the snow, but you can adopt good Earth Day practices even if the weather keeps you inside. Th...

Mark Gongloff

The Economic Indicator Even More Frightening Than The Jobs Report

HuffingtonPost.com | Mark Gongloff | Posted 04.05.2013 | Business

The bond market tried to warn us about March's grim jobs report. And it's still warning us that the economy is not in great shape. Ten-year Tr...

The Risks of High-Frequency Trading

Irene Aldridge | Posted 05.29.2013 | Business
Irene Aldridge

The trading risks of HFT may decimate the HFT operation and at the same time greatly affect other market participants. Particularly, in selected markets, unchecked HFT may quickly incur considerable losses, well in excess of any tolerable limits.

Markets Sending Unusual Signals

Mohamed A. El-Erian | Posted 05.29.2013 | Business
Mohamed A. El-Erian

The U.S. equity market had a great finish to a wonderful first three months of 2013. In logging its best first-quarter performance since 1987 (11 percent), the Dow set yet another all-time high. For its part, the S&P surged 10 percent, ending above its previous (2007) record close.

Why Stock Market Highs Beget More New Highs

Denise Shull | Posted 05.28.2013 | Business
Denise Shull

Whatever else is going on in the business world -- sluggish economy, Washington budget battles, Cyprus bank runs -- the stock market doesn't seem to care. Why is this?

3 Ways Cyprus Is a 'Game Changer' for Europe

Gemma Godfrey | Posted 05.27.2013 | Business
Gemma Godfrey

With the Fed likely to remain accommodative, bullish market sentiment may continue to overshadow concerns elsewhere. However, Cyprus has highlighted that we're far from an end to the crisis.

How Many High-Frequency Traders Are Out There?

Irene Aldridge | Posted 05.19.2013 | Business
Irene Aldridge

It's not a secret that many pension fund, mutual fund and hedge fund managers are concerned about high-frequency traders (HFTs). While their concerns are many, perhaps the biggest uncertainty involves the actual extent of HFT participation in the markets, their identities and their intent.

Economic Outlook: Market, Positive. People, Not So Much.

Michael Wolkowitz | Posted 05.05.2013 | Business
Michael Wolkowitz

If you are concerned about how well the people of the United States are doing economically, do not look to the markets and their indexes as barometers.

The Not-So-Curious Economics of Art

David Galenson | Posted 05.01.2013 | Arts
David Galenson

Art experts enjoy claiming that markets for fine art have no logic. Are art markets in fact irrational? Hardly.

Massive Fire Devastates Bujumbura Central Market

Meredith Hutchison | Posted 03.30.2013 | World
Meredith Hutchison

Yesterday, on Jan. 27, the main market in Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi, caught fire bringing the city and the country's economy to a standstill. ...

Critical Government Role Also in Declaration of Independence: The Next Sentence

Paul Abrams | Posted 03.24.2013 | Politics
Paul Abrams

The critical role of government in securing our inalienable rights is as rooted in the Declaration of Independence as is the assertion of those rights themselves.