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A global test of American power | Financial Times

How long can a country that represents less than 5 per cent of the world’s population and 22 per cent of the global economy, remain the world’s …

Geopolitics

Where South Koreans Stand Between China And The United States

<i>This post was co-authored by Darcie Draudt, research associate for Korea Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.</i><p>On April 20, the Asan Institute for Policy Studies in Seoul released its latest report on South Korean public views on the United States. Overall, the numbers track fairly …

This Is What European Investors Get For Investing $268M In Ukraine

Ukraine is becoming a case of throwing money down a rabbit hole. Every few months there is an announcement of more money from the U.S. , E.U. or International Monetary Fund flowing into what has become one of the saddest economic stories in the world.<p>This latest funding round for Ukraine is a case …

Why Putin's money won't be enough to save Greece

Moscow is ready to offer Athens a €5bn sweetener for a proposed gas pipeline running through the country. But can the Kremlin really ride to Greece's rescue?<p>Greece's overtures towards Moscow seemed to have reaped some dividend.<p>According to reports at the weekend, the Kremlin is willing to offer …

How Successful People Spend Their Weekends

As co-founder of Hotwire.com and CEO of Zillow for the last seven years, 39-year-old Spencer Rascoff fits most people’s definition of success. As a father of three young children, Spencer is a busy guy at home and at work.<p>What’s the one thing that Spencer refuses to do on the weekend? Work—at …

Time Management

Can the Middle East End Its Addiction to Cheap Oil?

<i>By Tara Shirvani</i><p>The recent drop in oil prices is a once-in-a-decade opportunity for the developing world to reform its economic structure for the betterment of its people. The lower cost in global fuel prices can provide a unique avenue for countries to carry out energy subsidy reforms and develop …

How to find the cheapest day to fly overseas

• Share<br>• Post on facebook wall<br>• Share on twitter<br>• Share via Email<br>• Pin to Pinterest<br>• Share on Google Plus<p>Some swear by Tuesdays and Wednesdays, but there are no …

Flying

What If America Had Never Invaded Afghanistan?

The story of one spy’s last-ditch effort to stop a war<p>Mullah Akhtar Mohammed Osmani, the Taliban’s military leader for southern Afghanistan, sat stolidly, his great bulk sup­ported in an overstuffed chair to my left. It was October 2, 2001, and events had been hurtling forward since the terrorist …

Afghanistan

How Iran Is Making It Impossible for the US to Beat ISIS

Washington needs to quit pretending it can work with Iran to defeat the Islamic State. Tehran’s real objective is to defeat Washington.<p>It was August …

The World's Next Mortgage Crisis?

How the rise of the Swiss franc could destabilize Europe<p>My breakfast companion looked gloomy.<p>He’d flown into Washington from Vienna the day before. When he deplaned, he found a shocking email waiting for him: a demand from his banker for immediate payment of €12,000. Although a resident of Austria, …

Seize the day

MOST of the time, economic policymaking is about tinkering at the edges. Politicians argue furiously about modest changes to taxes or spending. Once …

Natural Gas

Mikhail Khodorkovsky on life after prison and Russia after Putin

He was Russia’s richest man, and then its most high-profile prisoner. Now, a year after Vladimir Putin pardoned him and released him from jail, Mikhail Khodorkovsky is living in Zurich and plotting the downfall of the man who put him behind bars for a decade.<p>“I will work to make sure the regime in …

Rosneft's Takeover Of Morgan Stanley's Trading Arm Fails; As Sanctions Were Always Going To Ensure

We’ve the news that Morgan Stanley's sale of its oil trading and storage business to Rosneft has just fallen through. Given that Morgan Stanley has to get out of this business as a result of domestic US regulation of banking, given that Rosenft wanted to build itself into a super-major, it looked …

Putin's Problem: Corruption, Not Just Sanctions

Not very many world leaders could have addressed their nation and told citizens they would have a tough two years ahead, as Vladimir Putin did last week in his end-of-the-year address to Russian journalists, blaming Western sanctions against Russia and falling oil prices for the economic shambles …

For Rome, all roads seem to lead away from a single currency

When Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi confirmed last week that Rome would enter a bid to host the 2024 summer Olympic Games, it was a moment that divided the nation. How could the country afford the £10bn, or even £20bn-plus bill to stage the Olympics when the Italian economy has failed to grow …

Volatile Russia could be bad news for everyone

Messy business: the US shale revolution could make it the biggest producer of crude in the world, but cheap oil may derail the renaissance<p>‘Be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it”.<p>Some say this aphorism has Spanish origins. Others attribute it to Oscar Wilde. Wherever it comes …

Why the Russian oil crash could threaten Putin with a palace coup

Vladimir Putin,Russia,World news,Commodities,Business,Energy industry,Shale gas and fracking,Energy,Fossil fuels,Environment,Europe,The Observer,Features<p>With a growing economic crisis and less money to share among the oligarchs, there is talk of splits in the Kremlin elite that could undermine the …

Switzerland shifts to negative interest in bid to weaken Swiss franc

Swiss central bank wanted to discourage investors buying Swiss francs as a safe haven currency amid the rouble crisis<p>Switzerland is to charge its banks to park cash with its central bank in a bid to weaken its currency which has strengthened as a result of the crisis in Russia.<p>The Swiss National …

Swiss Pay The Price For Being A Safe Haven

The Swiss National Bank set negative interest rates on Thursday on sight deposits to stem inflows of capital by investors seeking a safe haven for the current turmoil around the Ukraine crisis, Russian rouble rout and the falling oil price.<p>The negative interest rates – on short deposits and not on …

Lockheed Martin Case Puts 401(k) Plans On Trial

A trial gets under way in St. Louis on Monday that could have a big impact on the way companies select 401(k) plans for their employees.<p>Lockheed Martin is being sued for choosing retirement funds that shortchanged its employees and charged high fees. The case tests the limits of a company's …

Here’s why 2014 was a great year to get an MBA

<i>This post originally appeared at LinkedIn. Follow the author here.</i><p>When it comes to landing a job with your MBA degree, where a business school ranks tends to matter. The highest percentage of MBAs from the Class of 2014 have job offers at graduation, and three months later if they graduate from …

College & University

What To Buy To Benefit From Low Oil Prices. Part One: Turkey

We know the countries that are set to suffer from low oil prices: Russia, which this column has frequently discussed, is in a world of trouble; Nigeria, which has had to devalue its currency; and Venezuela, which hardly needed another reason to fall into turmoil but now has one, and is likely to …

Oil Prices Hurting Putin More Than Ukraine Crisis

Oil prices are hurting the Russian economy more than the Ukraine crisis. Despite sanctions and a lock-out of Russian banks from tapping credit from Western lenders, Vladimir Putin may still have the upper hand, at least strategically.<p>Washington’s man in Kiev, Prime Minister Arseniy “Yats” …

The End Of Oil Price Stability

Whether you’re troubled or cheered by the recent plunge in oil prices below $60 a barrel, there’s a message embedded in the decline: get used to it. I’m not talking about cheap oil, I’m talking about the 40 percent swing from June, when West Texas Intermediate crude, the U.S. benchmark, was selling …

Rise in Russian interest rate fails to halt plunge in rouble as oil price slips again

Russia’s central bank failed to stem a further dramatic fall in the rouble on Thursday despite raising the headline interest rate to 10.5%.<p>The currency slid more than 1.5% against the dollar in a day of fevered trading that reversed a short-lived rise in the currency’s value earlier in the week.<p>The …

How Successful People Quash Stress

We all know that living under stressful conditions has serious physical and emotional consequences. So why do we have so much trouble taking action to reduce our stress levels and improve our lives? Researchers at Yale University have the answer. They found that intense stress actually reduces the …

Wind and solar energy are 'not ready for primetime,' says Exxon analyst

North America, once a sponge that sucked in a significant portion of the world’s oil, will instead be supplying the world with oil and other liquid hydrocarbons by the end of this decade, according to ExxonMobil’s annual long-term energy forecast.<p>And the “almost unspeakable” amount of natural gas …

Will Oil Prices Recover In 2015?

There seems to be a fair amount of consensus that oil prices will recover to $100 or thereabouts by 2020 (excluding your humble narrator), but next year is much more uncertain. Some pundits, like T. Boone Pickens, believe that it is all but certain that low prices now will lead to higher prices in …

On Economy, Russia Shoots Self In Foot

For years, the Russian leadership has been touting its planned divergence away from commodities. Gone were the days when Russian was just Gazprom and Mechel. Instead, Russia — the country that brought you the Soyuz rocket family — was going to build a mini-Frankfurt in Moscow and a mini-Silicon …