Chris Westra

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Why We Live In A Second Robber Baron Era

Step aside John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie and other robber barons of the late 19th century. As profits soar and the stock market booms while the overall economy and median wages stagnate, “we aren’t just living in a second Gilded Age,” writes Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman, “we’re …

30 Books to Help Further Your Career

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Books

The Company That's a Bigger Threat to Wall Street Than Occupy

The people having the most success destroying the Wall Street elite these days are not bomb-throwing anarchists. They are buttoned-up investment …

Investment Banking Career Advice: Can You Answer the 4 Toughest M&A Interview Questions?

Investment banking interviews are notoriously difficult. However, there are ways you can prepare to make sure you don't leave the room with your tail …

Employment

How Predictive Analytics Is Revolutionizing Investment Banking | Articles | Analytics

The Business Insider’s recent decision to declare Goldman Sachs a ‘Tech’ Company drew consternation from many in the banking community. The online …

Why I rejected an entry level investment banking job to go into consulting

I’m a graduate of Oxford University and I studied a mathematical subject. Like a lot of my peers with an interest in finance, I faced a fairly …

Employment

Investors are terrified by the '3rd wave' of the financial crisis

First, the good bits: Aberdeen's revenue is up 5% to £1.16 billion ($1.74 billion), underlying profit is up £1.3 million ($1.95 million) to £491.6 million ($739.1 million), and dividend raised by 0.75 pence to 12 pence.<p>But there's a glaring red mark on Aberdeen's homework — assets under management …

Forget Business School--Just Watch These 10 TED Talks

You can emerge as an effective trailblazer in your office by being true to yourself and constantly learning. Start by watching these short lectures and embodying their lessons.<p>In today's business world, leaders are emerging at all ranks. The role of the leader is not exclusive to executive-level …

Self-improvement

Hiking, rafting and relaxing in Greece's Zagori wilderness

As I wound my way up a wildflower-strewn path along Greece’s dizzying Vikos gorge, I had to keep stopping, just to drink in its sheer scale. Forested mountains stretched into the distance – the craggy peaks still topped with snow – and the clear waters of the Voidomatis river whooshed by below. I …

National Parks

Europe and Greece: The Damage Is Done

With both sides said to be drawing up final proposals, and a definitive debt crunch thought to be imminent, the months of brinkmanship over Greece …

Europe

There is talk of Greece introducing a parallel currency to the euro

Biagio Bossone and Marco Cattaneo write that according to several recent media reports, <b>both the Greek government and the ECB are taking into consideration the possibility (for Greece) to issue a parallel domestic currency</b> to pay for government expenditures, including civil servant salaries, …

How To Become A Renewable Energy Entrepreneur | Investopedia

From photovoltaic solar panels to kinetic energy adapters for stationary bicycles that generate electricity from pedaling, entrepreneurs are taking …

Renewable Energy

Wonder of the Ancient World: The Grand and Powerful Statue of Zeus

The statue of Zeus at Olympia, Greece, was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world and arguably the most famous statue of its day. Once built …

This Super Funny Video Tells You What Will Happen If The Avengers Were From South India

Army rescuer decorated after Greece shipwreck

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's Defense Ministry on Monday awarded the Cross of Excellency to an army sergeant who rescued more than 20 migrants …

8 specialty websites that let you book a luxury hotel room for cheap

Insiders know where to book a luxe hotel on the cheap. Of course there are the major online travel agencies like Priceline, Orbitz, and Hotels.com, but those are just a starting point for in-the-know travelers.<p>Here are eight websites that let you book luxury hotels for less.

The IMF's Big Greek Mistake

The Greek government's mounting financial woes are leading it to contemplate the unthinkable: defaulting on a loan from the International Monetary …

Economics

Who’s really to blame for the Greek crisis?

How important is Greece to Europe? The real answer is still that nobody really knows. But time doesn't stand still, and we are now moving closer to …

100K Italians sign appeal for eurozone exit

<b>An Italian political party has reportedly collected over 100,000 signatures on a petition demanding a legal bill that would provide for the holding</b> …

Orthodox Easter takes on additional meaning for debt-ridden Greece

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has joined worshippers celebrating Orthodox Easter in Athens.<p>Like Orthodox Christians across the world, Greeks are now marking events they believe led to the crucifixion, burial and resurrection of Christ.<p>In a sombre procession, a symbolic tomb of Jesus is …

A new model for planning sustainable cities

Much has been written about the importance of making our cities healthy and liveable. These types of cities are indeed designed for a variety of good …

Urban Design

ECB president 'blew up' at plan that could have solved the Greek crisis in 2010

The implication of the paper is that the European Central Bank (ECB), the European Commission and the IMF screwed up in 2010 by failing to allow a restructuring of Greek debt that would have avoided the current crisis. If Greece cannot reach a new financing deal over the next few weeks it may exit …

Greece requires political reform as much as structural reform of its economy

<i>The Greek government and its creditors have still not reached an agreement on the release of further financial assistance to the country, despite</i> …

Greek parliament backs setting up committee to investigate bailout

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek lawmakers voted on Tuesday in favor of setting up a committee to examine the circumstances under which Greece agreed to bailouts totaling 240 billion euros ($260 billion) with the European Union and International Monetary Fund.<p>A Greek national flag flutters in front of the …

Europe

Isolated Greece pivots east to Russia, China and Iran. But will it work?

Alexis Tsipras is making overtures towards Greece's eastern powers as Europe tightens its stranglehold<p>Greece's bail-out drama is threatening to take a geostrategic turn to the east.<p>A mere three weeks after <b>his maiden trip to Berlin</b>, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is on the road again, this time …

You Haven't Done Greece Till You've Been to These 7 Islands

The Greek islands I hear so many people speak of—laconic beaches, party towns and small villages populated by idyllic whitewashed buildings—are not exactly the islands I know. When I was a kid, I rafted down Peloponnesian rivers, snorkeled in the Ionian Sea, and once camped with my family for 39 …

Greece preparing for Grexit, own currency - media

Greece’s government is getting ready to nationalize the country’s banks and return to the the drachma, the Telegraph reported citing sources.<p><i>“We are</i> …