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AP analysis: More 'phony numbers' in reports as stocks rise

NEW YORK (AP) — Those record profits that companies are reporting may not be all they're cracked up to be.<p>As the stock market climbs ever higher, professional investors are warning that companies are presenting misleading versions of their results that ignore a wide variety of normal costs of …

Investing

Macquarie consortium snaps up Crown Castle Australia for $2b

A consortium led by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets has bought Crown Castle Australia for $2 billion, marking the biggest telecommunications …

Inside the Johns Hopkins finance class that's 'guaranteed' to get you a job on Wall Street

With precision she describes the discounted free cash-flow model she built of a food-services and construction company, and walks through its revenue-growth assumptions before making a recommendation on whether or not to invest.<p>Chu is not a wealth manager or an investment banker. Wearing flip-flops …

Markets

Soaring dollar puts the world on sale for Americans

Americans have long complained that the dollar doesn't buy much anymore. Suddenly, the dollar's problem may be that it buys too much — a change that has huge implications across the global economy for consumers, businesses, investors and governments.<p>The U.S. currency's value has surged over the …

KFC faces pressure after McDonald's says no antibiotics in chicken

LOS ANGELES/CHICAGO (Reuters) - KFC, the world’s largest chain of fried chicken restaurants, may face pressure from consumer and environmental groups to change how its poultry are raised after McDonald’s Corp said it would switch to chicken raised without human antibiotics.<p>McDonald’s will phase out …

Agriculture

Japan Post in $5.1bn takeover bid for Australia's Toll

<b>Government owned Japan Post will buy Australia's largest freight and logistics firm Toll Holdings for $5.1bn (£3.3bn), the companies said.</b><p>The move is expected to help Japan Post, which is one of the world's biggest financial firms, become a leading global logistics player.<p>Under the deal, …

Australia

JPMorgan reviewing size of trading units: Bloomberg | Reuters

(Reuters) - JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N) is considering shrinking some of its trading businesses as it expects a new federal reserve proposal to make these businesses less profitable, Bloomberg reported.<p>A sign outside the headquarters of JP Morgan Chase & Co in New York, September 19, 2013. …

JPMorgan Chase

Canadian, World, Politics and Business News & Analysis

Study shows fintech the focus for most cash hungry startups

Australia's first statistically rigorous census of the local start-up ecosystem has revealed young technology companies see the financial services …

Startups

Strong dollar winners: All-American stocks

The strong dollar is hurting many iconic American companies.<p>Microsoft (MSFT), Procter & Gamble (PG), Hershey (HSY), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) and Caterpillar (CAT) are just a few of several firms to warn about the negative impact that the resurgent dollar will have on their overseas operations.<p>That's …

Investing

Prepare for the largest wealth transfer in history

While most of us are struggling to regain our net worth after the Great Recession, the richest Americans are preparing to transfer $6 trillion in …

Income Inequality

Austrians rue starting fashion for Swiss franc mortgages | Reuters

VIENNA (Reuters) - The surging Swiss franc has dealt a double blow to homeowners in Austria, home of the trend for borrowing in the Swiss currency that has devastated mortgage holders across eastern Europe.<p>A picture illustration of Swiss Franc and Euro banknotes taken in central Bosnian town of …

Eastern Europe

adidas & PUMA End 70+ Years Feud That Split German Hometown

The German town of Herzogenaurach has been the staging ground of one of the most longstanding feuds<p>The German town of Herzogenaurach has been the staging ground of one of the most longstanding feuds in recent history — that of the rivalry between adidas and PUMA, both of which claim the town of …

Former American Apparel lender urges retailer to look at 'strategic options'

Hedge fund Lion Capital has nominated one of its founders for a seat on the American Apparel Inc. board and is pushing the Los Angeles retailer to weigh "strategic alternatives," presumably including a sale of the company.<p>The London-based Lion Capital holds warrants to buy 12% of the clothier's …

Can the Middle East Be Fixed?

<i>Yes. Amid the chaos and bloodshed, there may be a historic opportunity.</i><p>History tells us that regional cataclysms can galvanize states to reconsider and renegotiate long-held positions and postures. They provide an opportunity to challenge conventional wisdom and to look for new ways of doing …

Middle East

Facebook's 'Year In Review' shows tragic side of software's shortcomings

Facebook's automated 'year in review' slideshows are meant to surface highlights from the year that was, but for some the virtual scrapbook simply brings back bad memories. In the case of web designer Eric Meyer, a photo of his recently deceased daughter appeared, surrounded by confetti, …

How to lose $9 billion in a year

The Seattle-based billionaire saw his personal wealth tumble in 2014 by $9.85 billion, or 23 per cent, to $34.5 billion — a painful markdown that …

Fortune.com

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Print Media

China offers to help electricity-starved Nepal

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — China said Friday that it would help Nepal develop its power industry to alleviate severe electricity outages that can last up to 12 hours a day in the Himalayan nation, where Beijing is trying to increase influence and investment.<p>Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said his …

Stop Chasing After Happiness And Do This Instead

The constant pursuit of happiness can be demoralizing, and besides, there’s an upside to feeling bad. Here’s how to reframe your thinking.<p>Happiness! It’s the ultimate goal, isn’t it?<p>If only you could be a little happier, life would be better. The notion is so deeply engrained in our culture, it’s …

Happiness

What Australian Financial Review readers read in 2014

After a tumultuous 2013 in federal politics, many were hoping for a more sedate year. But it wasn’t to be. Not only did the new federal government …

Florida zips past New York to become third most populous state

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — More people prefer the beaches and humidity of the Sunshine State to the traffic and snow of the Empire State, according …

Demographics

Sydney’s Shopping Spree Helps Brighten Australian Gloom: Economy

Australia’s two-speed economy is back -- only this time Sydney is leading an east coast boom while mining states lag.<p>Australia’s biggest city …

Will religion ever disappear?

Atheism is on the rise around the world, so does that mean spirituality will soon be a thing of the past? Rachel Nuwer discovers that the answer is far from simple.<p>A growing number of people, millions worldwide, say they believe that life definitively ends at death – that there is no God, no …

Religion

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50 Best Watch Brands & Their Amazing Stories

No matter how far we come in technology, the mechanical movements of a timeless wristwatch will always be a fascinating work of art. An art that has …

Xiaomi Expands Beyond Smartphones Once Again With New $150 Air Purifier

Xiaomi latest tech product won’t have Apple fans baying and cursing about patents. That’s because it is an air purifier.<p>If you live in Beijing or other parts of China/Asia/the world that have major pollution problems, then Xiaomi wants to have you (and your lungs) covered.<p>Its Mi Air Purifier is a …