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Central banks are printing money as though the global economy is in freefall

Central banks around the world are now spending $200 billion a month on emergency economic stimulus measures, pumping this money into their economies by buying bonds. The current pace of purchases is higher than ever before, even during the depths of the financial crisis in 2009.<p>And yet, despite …

Central Banks

How Warren Buffett’s Son Would Feed the World

Howard G. Buffett has spent most of his life as a farmer, with little financial support from his father—until recently. Now he runs a multibillion-dollar foundation dedicated to ending global hunger.<p>When his three children were young, Warren Buffett installed a dime slot machine on the third floor …

Central African Republic

9 Hidden Islands You've Never Heard Of

Everyone may not have actually visited them, but most everyone has at least heard of the world's more popular island getaways -- Key West, Jamaica, Fiji, Bermuda, to name a few. And even some more obscure island getaways are now being discovered...one example? Curacao, a Caribbean destination that …

Key West

Scientists and insurers develop 'death clock' to predict when customers will die

Insurance premiums could rise after scientists teamed up with the insurance industry to create an algorithm which will predict when customers will die.<p>The University of East Anglia is launching a four year study using huge databases of medical data to determine life expectancy and long-term illness.<p>…

Private Equity Helps Chinese MNEs Beat A Path To Europe

In recent Chinese takeovers of European companies, the only thing more remarkable than the identity of those new buyers is the identity of the sellers. In more than half of the mega deals, the seller is one (or more) private equity (P.E.) fund (Table 1). The question is, why do private equity firms …

Stock Markets

Equity Crowdfunding Just Had Its First Billion Dollar Exit

General Motors (GM) earlier this month said that it had agreed to acquire Cruise Automation, a San Francisco-based developer of autonomous vehicle …

Venture Capital

London fintech startup GoCardless has raised $13 million in new funding

London fintech startup GoCardless has raised $13 million (£9.1 million) in new funding in a round led by Notion Capital. Previous investors including Balderton Capital, Accel Partners, and Passion Capital also invested in this round.<p>GoCardless lets businesses easily process direct debit payments …

Venture Capital

The manufacturing industry is being revolutionized by the Internet of Things

Manufacturers across all areas —automotive, chemical, durable goods, electronics, etc. — have invested heavily in IoT devices, and they're already reaping the benefits. Manufacturers utilizing IoT solutions in 2014 saw an average 28.5% increase in revenues between 2013 and 2014, according to a TATA …

Internet of Things

Big banks are targeting tech giants with their own mobile payment services

The idea has been in the works for at least five years, and in the meantime, Silicon Valley has made incursions into the industry's role as a payment intermediary. But now, big banks including JPMorgan Chase & Co, Bank of America Corp, Wells Fargo & Co and U.S. Bancorp are starting to plug into a …

FinTech

EdTech Startup Authess Is Taking Educational Assessment Tools To India

Created out of MIT, edtech startup Authess plans to change the world of educational assessments through next level online education – and their global perspective plan means they’re heading to India first.<p>“We want to bring the real world to learners at different levels,” says Boston-based Authess …

Education Technology

Gartner's Top 10 Internet Of Things Technologies For 2017 & 2018

• Gartner predicts that low-power short-range networks will dominate wireless IoT connectivity through 2025, far outnumbering connections using wide-area IoT networks.<br>• For enterprises to adopt and gain the full value of these technologies, significantly higher investments in training are …

Internet of Things

U.S. shale's message for OPEC: above $40, we are coming back | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - For leading U.S. shale oil producers, $40 is the new $70.<p>The logo of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is pictured at its headquarters in Vienna, Austria, August 21, 2015. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader<p>Less than a year ago major shale firms were saying …

Oil

The Life Project by Helen Pearson review – scientific marvel of the everyman

A spellbinding account of the UK’s pioneering cohort studies, which have been monitoring the lives of ordinary British people since 1946, underlines their importance to us all<p>Steve Christmas was born, in 1958, in unpromising circumstances. His father was a heavy drinker who abused his mother. …

Pregnancy

Indian Instagram account lights up with colourful matchbox designs

Matchboxes are a ubiquitous part of India — found in every shop, home, and road — yet also unique because of their kitchy style, bright colours and …

Facebook's Huge Plan to Shake Up Dull World of Telecoms

Facebook has teamed up with Nokia, Intel, and several telcos to create an open source hardware and software platform for the telecommunication …

Telecoms

Fintech firms want to open accounts at the Bank of England

Tech firms are in talks with the Bank of England to secure settlement accounts, a privilege only currently on offer the banks.<p>The accounts would help give the finance technology (fintech) firms access to the payments system, the infrastructure which currently underlies much of Britain’s financial …

Bank of England

Elon Musk To Test Hyperloop Before Big Crowds This Summer

Almost two dozen teams who entered their “pod” designs in a competition decided at Texas A&M University this Saturday will go on to test their creations on Elon Musk’s futuristic hyperloop transport system. In the end, it was a team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology taking top honors, …

Elon Musk

Ruthless Microsoft's Smart Decision To Kill Windows Phone

The death of Windows Phone is not a sign of Microsoft’s weakness, it’s one of the most promising signs that CEO Satya Nadella has turned the company around to a new way of thinking.<p>With only 4.5 million Lumia devices sold in Q4 2015, Microsoft’ mobile hardware reached the heady heights of a 1.1 …

Windows Phone

The Startup Catalyst

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You're reading Entrepreneur India, an international franchise of Entrepreneur Media.<p>Microsoft’s global initiative, Microsoft Ventures, to empower entrepreneurs has played a game-changing role for Indian start-up ecosystem through its …

Startups

GE is undergoing the most radical transformation in its 124-year history

While this change could mean a relatively high degree of risk for longstanding investors who have viewed GE as a quasi-financial-conglomerate income play, it also looks set to rejuvenate the company's bottom line and make it a much greater success.<p>A key reason for this potential is GE's focus on …

Innovation

7 life-changing challenges to take on in 2016

Diving with sharks? Snorkelling between tectonic plates? Bagging a rare wildlife encounter? These travel challenges will raise the bar in 2016<p>Snorkel …

Nutrition

'Stripped' black hole could be a rarely seen phenomenon, study says

Even black holes can lose a little glitter. Scientists studying a galaxy containing two black holes have found that one of them seems to be missing the usual crowd of stars surrounding it – a hint that it may be an elusive astrophysical object: an intermediate-mass black hole.<p>The findings, …

BERNANKE: Let me tell you something about 'currency wars' ...

It also established currency swap arrangements—in which the Fed provided dollars in exchange for foreign currencies—with fourteen foreign central banks, including four from emerging markets.<p>However, once the crisis had passed and recovery begun, national economic interests began to diverge. In …

Economics

What Apple Watch? Fitbit was the surprise winner this Christmas

Fitbit is ending the year on a healthy note.<p>All signs from third-party platforms point to Fitbit being one of the big winners this holiday season, …

Zuckerberg compares free internet services to public libraries and hospitals

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has written a forceful defense of the company's plans to offer limited, free internet access in India, comparing free internet services like Facebook's Free Basics service with libraries and public hospitals. In an op-ed written for <i>The Times of India</i>, Zuckerberg …

Internet

Happiness doesn't make you live longer, survey finds

But on the upside, stress-related misery doesn’t kill you faster either, say researchers on the UK Million Women study<p>Happiness does not make you live longer and stress-related misery will not shorten your life, according to a major new study.<p>Many people believe that unhappiness, caused by working …

Happiness
Parenting

4 Lessons for Success From the Cofounder of Paypal

The best interview question — what important truth do very few people agree with you on?— is tough to answer. Just think about it for a second.<p>In his …

Peter Thiel