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Learning this skill is essential to anyone who wants to start investing in stocks

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Accelerating smarter business decisions with analytics

How companies are using big data and analytics to make business decisions faster and with greater certainty<p>When a company embeds analytics into its decision-making processes with specific business outcomes in mind, they can make smarter decisions faster and with greater certainty. They also make …

Data Warehousing

US airstrikes kill Serbian embassy staffers held hostage by Isis in Libya

Two Serbian embassy staffers who had been held hostage since November died in Friday’s US airstrikes on an Islamic State camp in western Libya that killed dozens, Serbian officials said on Saturday.<p>Prime minister Aleksandar Vučić said there was no doubt that Sladjana Stanković, a communications …

Middle East

If You’re Not Collecting Productivity Data, You’ll Never Succeed at Work

jennifer maravillas FOR HBR<p>Counting calories and steps may be terrific for improving personal health. But what counts most in promoting professional success? Quantifying the “business self” is an essential precursor for enterprise networks that empower people to manage their strengths and …

CHINA PMI MISSES

China's official performance of manufacturing index (PMI) for January is out, and it's a miss.<p>The index printed at 49.4, down from 49.7 in December and missing market expectations of a read of 49.6.<p>It was also the sixth month in succession that the index came in below the 50 level that separates …

Here's the periodic table of commodity returns

At the beginning of each year, U.S. Global Investors puts out a fantastic visualization called the Periodic Table of Commodity Returns. This year's version has an interactive design that allows users to sort returns by various categories including returns, volatility, and other groupings.<p>For those …

Only America can save the oil market

Between Wednesday and Friday oil prices rocketed nearly 25%.<p>But to put this rally into perspective, oil prices are down about 70% from their June 2014 peak.<p>A rally was inevitable, but the long-term outlook for prices remains depressed. And the US is the only thing that can change that.<p>Here's Citi's …

Here's Why Global Markets are Panicking Right Now

What the hell is going on in China?<p>That’s what everyone at the World Economic Forum in Davos wants to know. Clearly the markets are wondering the …

The oil crash is causing the cancellation of 27 billion barrels worth of oil projects

The downturn in oil prices have hit projects all around the world, and Wood Mackenzie says that 68 major projects were scrapped in 2015, which account for around 27 billion barrels of oil and natural gas.<p>In the latter half of 2015 when oil prices fell once again following a modest rebound in the …

Everything the world's central banks are doing in one big map

The pros at Deutsche Bank just released a handy map of monetary policy around the world in their "House View" for 2016.<p>The market anticipates two interest-rate hikes from the Federal Reserve this year, fewer than the Fed's telegraphed plans for four.<p>Regardless of the pace, the consensus is that US …

The Commodity Bust: Those Who Don't Know Economics Are Doomed To Repeat History

Energy experts like myself have long sighed to hear the various explanations for oil price collapses, including manipulation by commodity traders, geopolitical warfare (Reagan tells Saudis to crash oil prices to defeat the Soviet Union, Saudis punish Iranians with lower oil prices, etc.), OPEC’s …

Oil

The stock market hasn't made sense in 14 of the last 20 quarters

Earnings are what investors ultimately want out of the companies they invest in. Earnings, and the expectations for earnings growth, are therefore what give stock prices their value.<p>However, stock prices and any revisions to earnings expectations rarely move in the same direction in the short run. …

The deflationists have it wrong

There are plenty of reasons we might see even lower official inflation numbers and a stronger dollar in 2016. But don't think for a second that consumer prices or living costs will fall. They haven't, they aren't, and they never will in a sustained way - thanks to the Fed's creation in 1913. This …

Being lazier about investing could also make you more successful

Your investment portfolio, on the other hand, doesn't need to get your heart racing. Of course, investing always involves risk and the value of your investment can go down, but it's often the "boring" investment strategies that perform best over time.<p>It's smart to opt for a "boring," balanced …

Investing

These 6 compelling charts make the case for a stock market correction in 2016

100 podcasts that will make you smarter and more successful

Flickr/Garry KnightPodcasting is a great way to learn and be inspired. It's a new use of technology that hearkens back to the original social medium, storytelling.<p>If you have an interest in entrepreneurship, tech, leadership, business, creativity, or just learning and expanding your mind, here are …

How to Build an Easy, Beginner “Set and Forget” Investment Portfolio

Many people don’t invest because it seems overly complicated. But if you want to build wealth, investing now is the easiest way to do so—and <i>anyone</i> …

Play it safe with a conservative ETF investment portfolio

Nervous investors have to feel vindicated when looking at the stock market plunge in the second half of 2015.<p>After peaking at close to 15,525 in the spring, the S&P/TSX composite index fell into a decline that at midweek had taken it down as low as 12,872. That's a drop of 17 per cent, which is …

If you own 1 dividend stock for the next decade, you might want it to be this

<b>The yieldco you need to know about</b> <b><br>8point3 Energy Partners</b> (NASDAQ:CAFD) is the yieldco launched by <b>First Solar</b>(NASDAQ:FSLR) and <b>SunPower</b> (NASDAQ:SPWR) earlier this year. The company owns solar projects with predictable cash flows and long-term contracts to sell energy primarily to utilities around …

Two Things to Do After Every Meeting

Steve Jobs insisted that every item on a meeting agenda have a designated person responsible for that task and any follow-up work that happened. He called that person the DRI—the Directly Responsible Individual. He knew the public accountability would ensure that a project or task would actually …

3 Big Data Use Cases for Manufacturing Analytics

In anticipation of his upcoming conference...<p>In anticipation of his upcoming conference...<p>Originally published by Scientific American Predictive...<p>In …

Coming Currency Wars Will Be the Best Investment Opportunities of the Next 20 Years

Not many average people are noticing but the start of a major new trend has already begun. On January 15, 2015, Switzerland decoupled it’s currency …

Justin Trudeau is making wrong assumptions about China’s economy

<i>Gordon Chang is the author of</i> The Coming Collapse of China<i>.</i><p>Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met Chinese President Xi Jinping for the first time this month and promised to renew the relationship between Canada and China.<p>"I'm well aware we have an opportunity to set a fresh approach in our relationship …

Marketing data technology: making sense of the puzzle

<i>The following is a guest post by the CEO of Sweetspot Intelligence, Sergio Maldonado. I had the pleasure of meeting Sergio at MarTech Europe last</i> …

Big Data

Why Wall Street talent is moving to Silicon Valley

Less than a decade ago, top talent was flocking to Wall Street — not just for the high salaries and lucrative bonuses, but also for the opportunity to work in a dynamic and fast-growing environment.<p>But now the tech industry, with its double digit growth, is setting a new standard on what the …

Silicon Valley

The 50 stocks that big hedge funds love most

But within the market, hedge funds favor some securities over others.<p>According to FactSet's new hedge fund ownership report, the top-50 biggest funds increased their exposure to equities by 7.6% in the third quarter, led by the healthcare and consumer staples sectors.<p>"The Health Care and Consumer …

The energy crash is going to be huge business for Wall Street

The commodity slump has put a number of companies under pressure. Oil and gas companies are edging toward default, and big banks are pulling back from lending to the industry.<p>Restructuring lawyers, activist investors, and distressed-debt specialists are all gearing up for a flood of new …

New algorithm cracks graph problem

A puzzle that has long flummoxed computers and the scientists who program them has suddenly become far more manageable.<p>A new algorithm efficiently …

Three ways to get your investments to pay you a monthly salary

It is a challenge many savers face: securing a reliable, frequent income from their investments.<p>Many want to use their assets to “pay them a wage”. But how?<p>Until recently, building such a portfolio would have proved difficult, as the norm was for investment funds and companies themselves to pay …

Finance