René Lemckert

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US shutdown: what does it mean for markets and the global economy?

How have financial markets reacted to news of the shutdown?<p>US markets were closed by the time the formal notices started going out late on Monday night ordering government agencies to suspend their activities – the so-called shutdown.<p>But on international markets overnight and on Tuesday morning, …

Save the economy, tax the rich

In his new documentary “Inequality for All,” Robert Reich explains how to fix America’s income inequality<p>Charles Campbell<p>September 23, 2013 12:10pm (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on The Tyee.<p>It's one of the central issues of our time. It spawned both the Tea Party and the Occupy movements. It …

Destroying the right to be alone

<b>(Reuters/Jason Reed)</b><p>The NSA and other agencies are making privacy obsolete<p>Matthew Harwood • Christopher Calabrese<p>September 23, 2013 12:14pm (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch.<p>For at least the last six years, government agents have been exploiting an AT&T database filled with the …

Help yourself by helping others: Nice guys and girls are sexier, study shows

Helping others doesn’t just make you feel good about yourself – it also increases your chances of having sex, a study has revealed.<p>Altruistic acts of …

The Most Important Lesson the Fed Taught the World This Week

There's no such thing as certainty. Now get over it.<p>So the Federal Reserve did not taper after all, as we know from its mini-bombshell of an announcement on September 18th. Having signaled in May and June that the central bank was likely to pare back its monthly purchases of $85 billion in mortgage …

Telegraaf: Fyra geen wrak maar prima trein

<b>De Fyra is niet het wrak waar NS de trein voor houdt. Dat blijkt uit het onafhankelijk onderzoek van Mott MacDonald, zo meldt de De Telegraaf</b> …