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7 Fortune 500 companies with the most employees

By and<p>There’s no doubt that when it comes to providing jobs, the Fortune 500 is a vital cog in the nation’s economic engine. All together, companies …

Gold prices to drop if Fed boss Yellen reiterates US rates will rise this year

Gold prices could drop next week as the prospect of higher US interest rates sooner than later is expected to dent the metal's safe-haven status.<p>The …

Is this the new name for HSBC? Chairman says former brand Midland is ‘odds-on favourite’

Douglas Flint says name of bank bought by HSBC two decades ago could return to the high street<p>More than 1,000 HSBC branches could be renamed Midland Bank, returning to the brand they sported up to 1999, the bank's chairman has suggested.<p>Douglas Flint said Midland Bank was the "odds-on favourite" as …

Investing

Do Green Spaces In Cities Help Close “Well-Being Gaps” Between Rich And Poor?

That’s the tantalizing proposition of research by Rich Mitchell, a professor at the University of Glasgow, and colleagues. They suggest that green …

University of Glasgow

Don’t be fooled by a know-all

‘These days, the last refuge of the overconfident bullshitter is on country walks’<p>I’m not the first to point out that the rise of smartphones has killed one rather pleasurable form of conversation – the kind that involves confidently chuntering on about subjects you dimly recall, or know nothing …

China confident of making 2014 trade target - commerce minister

BEIJING (Reuters) - China is fully confident of achieving its target of 7.5 percent growth in total trade this year, the commerce minister said on Friday, citing an improving global economic environment and strong fundamentals in emerging markets.<p>People walk at Lujiazui financial district of Pudong …

Shanghai launches latest bad loan bank - report

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - The Shanghai government has approved a city-owned investment company to buy non-performing loans from local banks, state media reported on Friday, becoming the latest Chinese local government bracing for an expected rise in bad debt.<p>Shanghai’s launch of a dedicated “bad loan …

Stocks drop on rising Ukraine tensions, oil gains

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A surprisingly strong U.S. jobs report on Friday sent bond and gold prices sharply lower and initially lifted equity markets, but mounting tensions over Ukraine led stocks in Europe and elsewhere to retreat, while U.S. shares ended little changed.<p>Diplomatic efforts to cool the …