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Finding your ikigai: the Japanese secret to health and happiness

It was a hideous, bilious, stinking hangover. I lay on the sofa like a filthy sock on a pile of laundry, groaning just loudly enough for my housemates to hear. My brain felt like it’d been riding pillion in the Dakar Rally on a motorbike with no suspension; my stomach felt like a spin-dryer trying …

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Weekly Market Wrap: June 20, 2014

The twenty fifth trading week of 2014 comes to a close with US markets higher in Friday afternoon trading.<p>Names such as Kite Pharma (KITE), CarMax (KMX), Shire (SHPG) and Vital Therapies (VTL) are leading the way higher.<p>The Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500, and NASDAQ Composite are all …

Zillow's Weak Spot

Online real estate marketplace Zillow has been a Wall Street darling and for good reason — its revenues and stock price have been rising by leaps and bounds.<p>Zillow owes its success to three factors. First, the recovery in the real estate sector, which has boosted demand for real estate services. …

The Pros And Cons Of Buying A Newly Built Home

According to Trulia’s latest survey, twice as many people prefer new homes to existing homes. <b></b>“New” means exactly that: brand new properties that have never been lived in before, or homes purchased in the pre-construction phase. On the flip side, “existing” or resale homes are pre-owned properties, …

9 Things To Look For When Touring An Open House

You’re in the market for a home, you’ve seen the listings on Trulia, and you’ve put together a short list of potential properties. There’s even one with the exact number of bedrooms you need, just enough square footage, and that renovated kitchen you’ve been dreaming of – and it all looks good in …

Friday Sector Leaders: Energy, Healthcare

The best performing sector as of midday Friday is the Energy sector, up 0.9%. Within the sector, ONEOK (NYSE: OKE) and Baker Hughes (NYSE: BHI) are two of the day’s stand-outs, showing a gain of 2.5% and 2.4%, respectively. Among energy ETFs, one ETF following the sector is the Energy Select Sector …

Banking attracts untrustworthy individuals who are then revered as child prodigies

Two new studies cast an unfavourable light on the sorts of people who go into banking careers and the way non-finance people relate to them. Finance, …

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Iraqi Bond Only for the Brave as Yield Surges Amid Chaos

The biggest jump in Iraqi bond yields since 2011 is failing to compensate for the risk of a drawn-out battle between government forces and Islamist …

IMF flags up problems with EU banking union

The IMF underscored the need to have sufficient funding to handle a large bank that gets into trouble<p>The European Union needs a strong system in the eurozone to handle big banks that get into trouble, the International Monetary Fund has said, highlighting what many experts see as the weak point of …

Financial markets: Calm before the storm?

<b>Just like Baby Bear's porridge, there's a feeling in the financial markets that things are neither too hot, nor too cold.</b><p>All the indicators are telling us that the temperature is just right.<p>Stock markets have steadily climbed to new records, but haven't seen such low volatility for years.<p>Daily …

Goldman Sachs trader in row over $13 million bonus

A former Goldman Sachs trader has filed an arbitration complaint against the Wall Street giant because his multi-million bonus wasn't big enough.<p>Deeb …

BofA Asks Holder To Meet With Its CEO

Bank of America Chief Executive Brian Moynihan looks on during an interview in Hong KongThomson Reuters<p>NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Brian Moynihan may be taking a play out of Jamie Dimon’s book.<p>Representatives of Bank of America Corp have asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to meet with …

The New Map of the Middle East

Why should we fight the inevitable break-up of Iraq?<p>So as I was saying….<p>First, a bit of housekeeping. I’m back at <i>The Atlantic</i> full-time. I’m going to be working mainly on stories for the magazine (I’m thinking of writing something on the case for reparations, for instance), but I’ll be back here in …

The Left-Right Political Spectrum Is Bogus

It might be a division between social identities based on class or region or race or gender, but it is certainly not a clash between different ideas.<p>Americans are more divided than ever by political ideology, as a recent Pew Research Center study makes clear. About a third of people on each side …

Marco Rubio's Erratic Foreign-Policy Advice

Does the Florida senator want President Obama to keep the world in the dark about his Iraq plans, or to share them with the American people?<p>Senator Marco Rubio evinces no mastery of foreign policy. Yet the Florida Republican often remarks confidently on geopolitics. Like so many hawkish pols, he's …