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Why The Foundation Of The Financial Markets Took A Big Hit

The Global Financial Market took a big hit in 2015 and most investors have no idea why. The U.S. and global financial system both sit on a foundation …

The Better Burger Won’t Save Chipotle’s Investors

Fast-food chain Chipotle Mexican Grill on Tuesday is expected to report its first quarterly loss as a public company following last year’s E. coli …

Gold miner ETFs on rally of a lifetime, but investors scared to buy in

Investors in exchange-traded funds tracking gold mining companies just can't seem to get it right. After years of trying – and failing – to call a bottom in the miners, investors are scared to buy into what is turning into the rally of a lifetime for ETFs tracking these once left-for-dead …

Investing
Investing

Investors aren't going to make money in this 'fragile' market

Markets from stocks to credit nosedived to start 2016 before making a fairy-tale-like comeback.<p>According to Blackstone CEO Steve Schwarzman, even though this turnaround could engender some cheery feelings, you shouldn't get too comfortable because the market is actually a bit dicey.<p>"The market …

Markets

Opinion: Don’t buy mutual funds, but do buy the companies that sell them

It’s fine to buy mutual funds to put professional management on your side — as long as you keep an eye on the fees.<p>But now it makes more sense to buy …

Why Oil Prices May Reach Triple Digits in 2017

Today, I’m going to try and tackle the reasoning for my ‘wild’ predictions for oil reaching triple digits by the end of 2017. While I am nearly alone …

The Number One Reason The National Debt Will Continue To Rise

The national debt is over $19 trillion and is expected to surpass $23 trillion by 2021. Will Washington learn to control spending or will they attempt to raise taxes? Is there an economic collapse at the end of this road? To find answers to these questions, we must consider three pivotal moments in …

Economics

The 25 Essential Books for Every Entrepreneur's Library

No matter what stage you’re at in the entrepreneur journey, whether you just launched your first startup or have started several successful …

Entrepreneurship

Neuroscientists explain why control freaks are ineffective leaders

Whether you're an IT manager locking down access and permissions to IT-business collaboration tools, or a micromanager who forces a process on her employees to get work done, you may be negatively affecting business productivity.<p>Historically, leaders have controlled employees rather than connecting …

Psychology

Apple Black Friday Gameplan – knock out holiday shopping quickly, save tons of cash

<i>Update: We’ve got hundreds of items in our Apple Black Friday Mac/iPhone/iPad accessories and software guide</i><p>As the Thanksgiving turkey and wine buzz starts to wear off and we head into the pinnacle of American consumerism known as Black Friday, we here at 9to5Mac have some tips which should make …

Best Buy

General relativity: How Einstein's theory explains the universe, and more - Science News - ABC News

A century ago, physicist Albert Einstein unveiled a theory that would change the world — general relativity.<p>It would cement his place at the top of …

How to Actually Put Your Marketing Data to Use

<i>Dave Wheeler FOR HBR</i><p>In most companies, marketers are in charge of assessing the competition. Because of this, close to 60 percent of all competitive intelligence professionals report to marketing. Yet the majority of marketers fail to use their competition analysts strategically, instead using them …

3 Ways Big Companies Are Connecting with Younger Consumers

By now, we have all heard a great deal about marketing to Millennials. Where do they shop? The internet. What don’t they like? Being pitched to. How do we know what they do like? They tell their friends (and the world) on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Vine, and other platforms that many …

Corporate apologies: Beware the pitfalls of saying sorry

Apologies are in the air these days. This month, outgoing Procter & Gamble CEO A.G. Lafley took responsibility for the consumer product giant’s weak …

When Authenticity Does More Harm than Good

<i>Andrew Nguyen/HBR Staff</i><p>A longtime company client effectively told me they wanted to transform their single high-profile global customer forum into a new product sales event. Given management’s declared commitment to customer satisfaction and net promoter scores, I thought this a serious mistake; …

Stock Trading Was Expensive And Ugly. Robinhood’s App Makes It Free And Pretty

Robinhood steals stock trading from rich guys in suits and gives it to normal people who couldn’t afford to pay $7 per transaction. The zero-fee stock trading app is bonafide hit. Less than a year after launch it has hundreds of thousands of users, over $1 billion in transactions, $66 million in …

Warning sign: Tech companies of all sizes and ages are starting to have layoffs

They have all had layoffs in recent months.<p>The reasons for the layoffs are as varied as the companies' products, but the job cuts provide an interesting counterpoint to the parade of mega-funding and billion-dollar startup announcements that have dominated headlines all year.<p>Even as the tech …

Jack Dorsey

13 of the most impressive professors at Stanford

In fact, we named it the No. 2 college in America on this year's best colleges list.<p>The Ivy League of the West is an incubator for future tech stars and entrepreneurs and home to some of the world's most innovative researchers and teachers.<p>From writers to mathematicians, Stanford's professors are …

TED Talks

What's the Matter, Whole Foods?

The upscale grocery store chain is laying off 1,500 employees as competition mounts and consumers demand lower prices.<p>Earlier this week, Whole Foods announced it would lay off 1,500 employees as the upscale grocery chain aims to save money and lower its prices. On the same day as the announcement, …

Agriculture

India Replaces China as Next Big Frontier for U.S. Tech Companies

Internal Starbucks Memo Responds to Staffing and Scheduling Controversy

Starbucks responded to a New York <i>Times</i> story published Wednesday that highlighted staff grievances, urging store managers to “go the extra mile” to …

Huawei: A Case Study of When Profit Sharing Works

The gaps between what CEOs earn and what workers do are startlingly large around the world. Such uneven wealth distribution has long been a topic of discussion in economic and policy circles, but it’s now increasingly common in the corporate world as well. A 2014 IMF study illustrates that extreme …

SpaceX and Tesla backer just invested $50 million in this startup

When the World Bank and the Philippines devised a tax program to help curb smoking in the country, they needed a way to ensure that merchants in …

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Whole Foods hit with another lawsuit

Whole Foods has been taking some hits lately. The latest one comes from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which has filed a lawsuit …

Who’s Benefiting from MOOCs, and Why

<i>HBR STAFF</i><p>In the last three years, over 25 million people from around the world have enrolled in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) offered by Coursera, EdX, and other platforms. Initially heralded as a revolution in higher education access, expectations have been tempered as research revealed that …

How Being Filmed Changes Employee Behavior

Since Michael Brown’s shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, more than 154,000 people have signed a “We the People” petition to the White House to “require all state, county, and local police to wear a camera” to curb misconduct. The Ferguson police force was recently given about 50 cameras, following a …

China

China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan

As a young adult occupying people of color spaces in the early 2000s, I read <i>The Karma of Brown Folk</i>, a seminal text by Vijay Prashad; educated myself …