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Investing lessons from the engineering world

Several months ago a friend of mine who is a chemical engineer for DuPont, and is involved with sustaining the uptime (increasing the reliability) of production systems, introduced me to a tool.<p>It is used to help predict when failures of various equipment may occur, regardless of the …

These 8 narrow chokepoints are critical to the world's oil trade

Over half of the world's oil supply moved through set maritime routes in 2013, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), often aboard massive tanker ships. To minimize costs, tankers transport oil along established paths that are as short as possible. Many pass through a small …

Oil

What Happens to Natural Gas Stocks if Cheap Gas is Here to Stay?

Cheap natural gas is great for Americans. What about natural gas stocks?<p>Cheap natural gas is great for the country in many ways. It means lower costs for many of the products we buy; reduced heating and electricity bills; and expanded domestic manufacturing, which provides more good-paying jobs. …

AmEx launches customer loyalty network; may offset loss of Costco deal

In an ambitious twist on customer loyalty programs, American Express Co. is teaming up with a coalition of well-known brands to allow consumers to earn points for shopping at one of the companies and then to use them at any of the others in the network.<p>Plenti, as the venture is known, already has …

Customers
Net Neutrality

Rapidly-growing Asian airlines race to find qualified pilots

NEW YORK (AP) — The deadly crash of a TransAsia plane into a river in Taiwan is again focusing the world's attention on the safety challenges facing fast-growing Asian airlines.<p>TransAsia has been adding new routes rapidly since the Taiwanese carrier went public in 2011. TransAsia and others like it …

Aviation

The index that timed the 2008 crash perfectly just slumped to a 3-decade low

The index measures shipping costs for dry bulk commodities (minerals and metals like coal and iron, as well as grain and other food).<p>It plunged by more than 90% in just a few months in 2008 as the global crisis unrolled. Then, it was an impressive bellwether for the global situation.<p>Shipping costs …

Oil

Financial results

Symbol / ISIN<p>Company<p>Report<p>Date<p>ROSIFBACNOR0<p>SIF MOLDOVA S.A.<p>1/31/2018<p>ROMCABACNOR7<p>ROMCAB SA<p>12/4/2017<p>RONAPOACNOR0<p>SOCIETATEA DE CONSTRUCTII NAPOCA …

This Is The Best Illustration Of History's Bull And Bear Markets We've Seen Yet

The S&P 500 is up a whopping 212% from its March 2009 low of 666.<p>That means this bull market has been humming for a very long 68 months, which seems like a long time.<p>But by historical standards, the length and strength of this bull run isn't that spectacular.<p>Some folks have been tweeting this …

Stock Markets

US Retailers Disabling NFC Readers to Block Apple Pay

Retail heavyweights in the US are moving to block Apple Pay by simply disabling NFC readers in their Point of Sale terminals while working to release their own solution.<p>A report by The Verge today showed that Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Rite Aid and CVS have moved to block Apple Pay by modifying their …

Ten things you need to know before visiting Transylvania

Transylvania is best known as the mysterious land of bloodthirsty vampires and howling wolves. Some may think it’s fictional, but this central Romanian region <i>is</i> a real place. And it’s pretty special, too. Bordered to the east by the Carpathian Mountains, ‘the land beyond the forest’ still feels …

European Travel

7 surefire strategies for organizing your life

Slide 1 of 9<p>When I think about organizing anything from my closet to my financial papers, I feel a sense of dread and anxiety.<p>I’ve made attempts, but …

Productivity