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Bank profits, negative rates and evidence

2016-02-15T07:42:58.000Z<p>By: David Keohane<p>You take your data points where you can get them and for negative rates that means, mostly, here:<p>That’s from …

Alcohol brands are struggling to attract the millennial Brat Pack

<i>Christopher Ross on Big Booze's Brat Pack, and how we got here.</i><p>In the ultimate 1980s teen angst film, John Hughes' <i>The Breakfast Club</i>, five high school students belonging to different social cliques—"a brain, a beauty, a jock, a rebel and a recluse"—are forced to spend a day together under one roof …

That 6-week standoff in Oregon will probably cost the government millions of dollars

The total outlay may not be known for weeks or months, but the remote location of the occupation, at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in the eastern part of the state, combined with the complexity of the law enforcement response, suggest a costly operation, said Brian Levin, a criminal justice …

9 sneaky psychology tricks companies use to get you to buy stuff

And marketers may not be scientists, but they've mastered the art of using your psychology against you. By exploiting your vulnerability to different style of propaganda, companies can trick you into buying more stuff and paying more for it.<p>We've scoured the research on some of the strategies …

Leaked documents show Amazon is making a big play to bypass UPS and FedEx

On Tuesday, Bloomberg described internal documents from 2013 that laid out Amazon's plan to build up a global delivery network.<p>The project, internally called Dragon Boat, is intended to launch a new business called Global Supply Chain by Amazon as soon as this year, and would compete directly with …

Tom Brady Doesn't Put Himself on List of All-Time Great NFL Players

Tom Brady has four Super Bowl rings, has played in 10 conference championships and he competed at an MVP-caliber level for most of last season at 38 years old. Yet the future first-ballot Hall of Famer said he disagrees with the assessment he’s among the game’s greatest of all time.<p>In an interview …

Why so many straight women like to befriend gay men

For years, friendships between straight women and gay men have been a subject of pop culture fascination. Books, television shows and feature length …

11 Weird Facts About Coffee Every Starbucks Addict Should Know

Turns out there is an optimal time to drink it.<p>1. Most energy drinks don't contain as much caffeine as a Starbucks coffee.<p>Don't believe anyone who tells you those expensive energy drinks have more bang than a cup of coffee. A 16-ounce Monster has about 150 milligrams of caffeine — half the amount …

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If There Is a Recession in 2016, This Is How It Will Happen

More and more news headlines and stock market analysts’ reports have started predicting, or at least insinuating, that a recession could be near in the United States.<p>I’ve been skeptical; the economy may not be great, but I’ve had a hard time envisioning how economic turmoil in countries like China …

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WikiLeaks' Assange says to leave Ecuador embassy, accept arrest if loses U.N. case

STOCKHOLM/LONDON (Reuters) - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been subject to ‘arbitrary detention’ during the 3-1/2 years he has spent in the Ecuadorian embassy in London to avoid a rape investigation in Sweden, a U.N. panel will rule on Friday.<p>Assange, who enraged the United States by …

7 Things You Should Clean Every Single Day

No more excuses, people.<p>We know what you're thinking: "<i>Another</i> thing to add to my to-do list?!" But trust us when we say there's a method behind our madness — these chores will make a huge difference in your home in the long run.

Could your relationship survive 'The Marriage Test'? Try this experiment to see

How do you know if the one you're dating is THE one?<p>Jill Andres and Brook Silva-Braga asked that question in their new memoir, "The Marriage Test," by taking their relationship on a marital test drive. The couple created 40 experimental dates to simulate the challenges of marriage, testing …

10 Things That Can Predict Whether Your Spouse Will Cheat on You

Chris Pecoraro—Getty Images<p>Sam Edwards—Getty Images/Caiaimage<p>Jetta Productions—Getty Images<p>by nacoki ( MEDIA ARC )—Getty Images/Flickr RF<p>Reza …

The biggest restaurant brands are investing billions on something that isn't food

Chains including KFC, Arby's, and Panera are in the midst of major redesigns, with Subway reportedly planning a similar makeover this summer.<p>As brands try to shift customers' perceptions to see the companies as fresher, cleaner, and more modern, the chains are eager to demonstrate these attributes …

Americans are relying on a broken system to lose weight — here’s why it’s useless to count calories

Bo Nash is 38. He lives in Arlington, Texas, where he's a technology director for a textbook publisher.<p>And he's 5'10" and 245 lbs - which means he is classed as obese.<p>In an effort to lose weight, Nash uses an app to record the calories he consumes and a Fitbit band to track the energy he …

Barry Switzer got out of paying a $28K bill after Super Bowl win

Barry Switzer was the man who guided the Dallas Cowboys to a victory in Super Bowl XXX. Everyone knows this.<p>However, most people don't know a funny story that happened the night of the big win. Switzer joined a Dallas radio station recently and shared how he was able to get out of paying a $28,000 …

Bill Gates recalls rivalry with 'genius' Steve Jobs on Desert Island Discs

Microsoft co-founder chooses the Beatles track Two of Us in memory of Apple boss and talks about his charity work and how he met his wife<p>Bill Gates speaks about his relationship with the late Apple founder Steve Jobs and chooses a song in memory of their work together shaping the technology of the …

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5 signs you might be 'skinny fat'

If you’ve always been a normal weight without having to try too hard, you may consider yourself lucky. But the mirror and the scale only tell part of the story: You can look great in a bikini or have a body-mass index (BMI) in the normal range, but if you don’t take care of yourself, you could be …

Plaintiffs' lawyers wary of taking on Flint water scandal

(Reuters) - The water scandal in Flint, Michigan has many of the ingredients for a mass, class-action lawsuit: danger signs that may have been ignored, many thousands of potential victims, the possibility of lifelong health problems, and the alleged systemic failure of people in charge.<p>The top of a …

The best restaurant in every state

The US has no shortage of outstanding restaurants that serve everything from flavor-packed amuse-bouches to juicy steaks to hand-crafted desserts. To find the best one each state has to offer, we sifted through our list of the best restaurants in America, James Beard Award nominations, expert …

Here's Why You're Slacking Off More at Work

Americans spend more time at work than citizens of other wealthy countries. But many of us are not actually working when we’re on the clock.<p>According …

The Brooklyn Igloo Builder Explains Why Airbnb Shut Down His Ice Palace After 6 Hours

With emailed screenshots to prove it.<p>As New Yorkers spent the weekend battling a few feet of snow and snowboarding through Times Square, Patrick Horton got to work constructing a business venture. His idea, build a "boutique winter igloo for 2" that he could rent out on Airbnb for the reasonable …

35 Signs You're in a Toxic Relationship

No relationship is perfect, in the personal or the business sphere. But for the most part, a good relationship makes you feel secure, happy, cared for, respected, and free to be yourself.<p>On the other side of the coin are toxic relationships--the ones that make you feel drained, depleted, and …

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Why it's crazy to expect Tesla to grow like a tech stock

This kind of price appreciation is based on one thing and one thing only: the conviction that Tesla will be worth much, much more in the future than it is now.<p>As such, many of the experts and analysts who follow Tesla on the financial side treat the automaker as a tech company, not as a car company.<p>…

Keep Your Cell Phone Alive During A Possible Power Outage

In a major storm like the one bearing down on the east coast of the United States, it’s important to keep your cell phone handy and working. Be prepared for a possible power outage.<p><b>During a power outage:</b><p>Turn off phone’s location services, Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth and any background apps to preserve …

The 7 Biggest Complaints Of Long-Married Couples

Habits that cause the biggest problems, plus easy ways to reignite your love and end the fights.<p><b>SPECIAL FROM</b><p>After 30 or 40 years of marriage, you can't blame some couples for settling into not-so-constructive patterns. You get married young, you share joy, pain, stress, and family, and gradually …

Divorced Women Reveal What Could Have Saved Their Marriages

It's <i>always</i> smart to learn from your own mistakes. But when it comes to marriage, sometimes it's better to learn from what others did wrong and avoid discourse — or even divorce — altogether. Below, three divorced women share what <i>could</i> have made their marriages work so that you not make the same …

Former WSOP Main Event Champion Greg Raymer Sells His 2016 Poker Action

January 20, 2016 <i>Jason Glatzer</i><p>The <b>2004 World Series of Poker Main Event</b> (WSOP) champion <b>Greg "Fossilman" Raymer</b> sold action to the public on the staking …

Seven ways you're throwing money away while traveling

Seemingly tiny expenses can add up quickly when you're traveling. And often it's money that's better spent elsewhere. Here are seven expenses you can (and should) avoid paying for on your next trip.<p><b>Foreign transaction and ATM fees</b><p>Paying to use your own money is often an infuriating consequence of …