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This Is Why China’s Housing Market Is Such a Mess

Just a week before the Chinese New Year, China’s central bank cut the minimum mortgage down payment for first-time buyers from 25% to 20%, as it …

The world's 20 oldest cities

Ancient History

12 Hiking & Adventure Books Worth Reading

These Books Will Inspire You to Put Them Down and Get Outside<p>At CloudLine, the only thing we like better than a great pair of hiking socks is a good …

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 …

Psychology

10 Things No One Tells You About Running on the Beach

Sandy shoes—forever.<p>Running on the beach sounds kind of magical in theory, but in reality it’s like bootcamp times a thousand. While it <i>is</i> a hell of workout, our jog on the sand never seems to turn out like the sexy workout gear commercial we imagine.<p>Here are a few harsh truths no one tells you …

With economy improving, Obama wages war of words with GOP doomsayers

President Obama is fond of saying he has run his last campaign, often to suggest that he feels liberated to act without worrying about the political consequences. But lately the president sounds as if he’s still in campaign mode, especially when he talks about the economy.<p>“The United States of …

Confused About Your Student Loans? You're Not Alone

Americans have about $1.3 trillion in student loan debt. And there's yet another survey out that shows students in this country are confused about their loans, in the dark when it comes to knowing what they've borrowed, uncertain about how to pay them back.<p>I've written before about how I was one of …

College & University

Video From Carly Fiorina Group Slams ABC for Not Including Her in Debate

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina has not relented in her push to be included in Saturday’s Republican debate in New Hampshire.<p>CARLY …

Why a selloff in European banks is ominous

European banks have been caught in a perfect storm of market turmoil, lately.<p>Lackluster profits and negative interest rates, have prompted investors …

Stock Markets

The week ahead in business and finance

Economic and corporate news expected from Monday, February 8 to Friday, February 12<p><b>Monday February 8</b><p><b>Randgold Resources</b> has enjoyed a boost in recent times after the price of gold soared by more than 8pc since the beginning of the year amid stock market turbulence. Investors flocked to the asset for …