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Foreign governments are dumping US debt at a record rate

Naturally, if the Chinese and the Japanese, and others, decided they didn't want to buy US debt anymore — at least not at the promised interest rate — then the US government would have to entice them and others to take on the debt by promising to pay a higher interest rate on it. In turn, this …

Interest Rates

Home Is Where the Inflation Is

U.S. house prices are on a run.<p>The U.S. Federal Reserve has had a tough time getting inflation back up to desired levels. There's one area, though, where it may be having a bigger effect than some of its major foreign counterparts: house prices.<p>Comparing house prices across borders can be a fraught …

Economics

A nasty Android malware is spreading using Google's online ad network

It's a banking "trojan," which is designed to steal its victims' banking details. One way it does this is by creating phishing windows designed to dupe users into entering their details. It can also read and and delete text messages sent to users by their banks.<p>The worrying part is how it makes its …

Ad Blocking

Stripped of my HSBC Premier account – because I paid off my mortgage

<i>I have held a HSBC Premier account for 10 years. The benefits of Premier accounts are essentially reduced overdraft rates and free travel insurance. I paid off my mortgage in full in late 2013. My annual income is currently £200,000 and all of it is paid into my account.</i><p><i>Out of the blue I received a</i> …

Major US renting markets are starting to crumble

No one was prepared for this. The slowdown started a year ago when the resale inventory began to balloon. According to a new report by Integra Realty Resources for the Miami Downtown Development Authority, in May listings soared 58% from two years ago, to about 3,000 units, while monthly sales …

Real Estate

Donald Trump's Possible $0 Tax Bill - That's Why People Do Commercial Real Estate Development

The New York Times is speculating that perhaps the reason that Donald Trump hasn’t released his tax returns is because he’s not actually been paying any Federal taxation. David Cay Johnston has been making similar points before now. Others here will tell you more about the tax laws and whether this …

Real Estate

9 Home Money Pits That Sap Your Savings

These tips can save you money in the short term and increase the value of your home.<p>There are so many expenses associated with paying the bills for a …

Home Improvement

How to Invest Your Way to $1 Million

Little things add up.<p>When you think of millionaires, words like “privilege” and “opulence” often come to mind. What about “comfort”? That’s a term …

Investing

The U.S. Dollar Hasn't Been Linked to Gold for 45 Years. Here's Why

It was 45 years ago, on Aug. 15, 1971, when President Richard Nixon announced that the decades-old monetary system that had controlled the U.S. …

Economics

Splendid isolation: alone in the Inner Hebrides

Our writer sets off in the footsteps of JM Barrie, fortified by bacon, beer and stoicism<p>It looked like the dream holiday. A week in a remote cottage on a wild Scottish island, just two and half miles long. A newly decorated house with no Wi-Fi, no phone signal and no electricity, just a …

African Languages

Apple is ‘doing a lot of things’ in augmented reality, Tim Cook says

In a lengthy interview with Jena McGregor of the <i>Washington Post</i> today, Apple chief executive Tim Cook gave a bit more insight into the company’s activities in the world of augmented reality (AR).<p>Here’s what Cook said, after McGregor asked about AR and virtual reality (VR):<p>I think AR is extremely …

Lost cities #6: how Thonis-Heracleion resurfaced after 1,000 years under water

Ancient Egypt’s gateway to the Mediterranean – submerged and buried under layers of sand – is an eerie reminder of how vulnerable cities are to nature’s forces<p>He stood for centuries at the very edge of ancient Egypt, gazing down imperiously upon the trading ships as they blew in from the …

Ancient History

What I Learned as a Black Man Traveling Through the Terrifying Heart of America

As I traveled the nation for VICE, I saw some Americans yearning for a time that had long since passed, a time that they barely understood, a time that was defined by white supremacy.<p>Last summer, I piled into an ancient Ford Fleetwood Jamboree RV with my friends Abdullah Saeed and Martina de Alba …

Michelle Obama

9 Things Highly Effective People Do After They've Been Away on Vacation

You've had a great vacation but you're not-so-ready to go back to work. Here's how to handle it.<p>As an American, you legitimately could spend every day of your life on vacation--and still make a good living. But the truth is, few of us actually do this. Instead, we work hard, take time off when we …

Productivity

Japan Is Said to Be Negotiating with Banks to Borrow At a Zero Rate

Japan’s Ministry of Finance is negotiating with the country’s major banks to lend to the government at a zero interest rate in auctions beginning in …

Japan

10 things in tech you need to know today

<b>1. Hackers released the personal emails and phone numbers of congressional Democrats.</b> The hacker named "Guccifer 2.0" posted the personal cellphone numbers and emails of nearly 200 Democratic congressional members.<p><b>2. GM reportedly looked into buying Lyft, but was denied.</b> The car-maker already owns …

U.S. Federal Courts

Unusual meteorological phenomenon to blame for La. flooding

The storm's angry gray clouds settled in over Louisiana and like a grumpy house guest, it simply refused to leave.<p>Meteorologists call it a "monsoon depression."<p>The rare weather event dumped more than 20 inches of rain on southwest Mississippi and coastal Louisiana, causing massive flooding in Baton …

Baton Rouge

Milwaukee police chief blames Chicago-based activists for violence toward police

Milwaukee police Chief Ed Flynn on Monday lauded faith and community leaders for curbing violence Sunday night during unrest after the police shooting of a black man on Saturday.<p>“I saw in many instances people preaching on street corners, counseling small groups of individuals. A number of …

Silence is killing Pokemon Go

Commentary: Niantic has a certified hit on its hands, but it isn't communicating with players. That needs to change.<p><i>Transparent (adj.): Free from pretense or deceit, easily detected or seen through, readily understood. Characterized by visibility or accessibility of information especially</i> …

Pokémon

Xbox One S teardown reveals a simpler, speedier design

If you're a console gamer, you've probably been wondering: how did Microsoft manage to shrink the Xbox One S so much compared to its predecessor? And importantly, did it have to make any big sacrifices in the process? iFixit will be more than happy to show you. The DIY repair shop just tore down …

Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 costs at least $850 in the US

Pre-orders for the Galaxy Note 7 have started in the US, and it's clear that you'll be paying a pretty penny for Samsung's pen-toting flagship phone. The best deals among major carriers are at Sprint and T-Mobile, where the Note 7 will cost $850 if you buy it outright -- it may be wiser to go with …

Author of new Silicon Valley tell-all says this is what outsiders most often get wrong about Mark Zuckerberg

To Antonio García Martínez, the former Facebook employee who wrote the new Silicon Valley tell-all "Chaos Monkeys," the 2010 Academy Award-winning film "The Social Network" is a piece of pure fiction loosely inspired by actual events.<p>And though the film about the birth of Facebook, directed by …

Silicon Valley

Student leader Joshua Wong guilty over Hong Kong pro-democracy protest

Teenager convicted of ‘illegal assembly’ by a court after entering fenced off area outside Hong Kong’s government headquarters<p>Joshua Wong, the teenage activist who was one of the most recognisable faces of Hong Kong’s umbrella movement protests, has been found guilty of “illegal assembly” by a …

Hong Kong

How to Recharge if You're Losing Motivation

<i>The MPW Insiders Network is an online community where the biggest names in business and beyond answer timely career and leadership questions. Today’s</i> …

Leadership

Adam Savage’s TED Talk “My Love Letter to Cosplay”

How to cook the perfect onion rings

The least celebrated of the classic fast food side orders, an optional extra where chips are the mandatory pairing, onion rings rarely get the love they deserve. This may be because they are so often done badly, with greasy, flabby batter that releases its filling in one soggy chunk, or it may be …

Onions

Officials to decide whether to extend search for Flight 370

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Officials from Malaysia, Australia and China will decide Friday whether to extend an underwater search for Flight 370 amid renewed appeals by families of those aboard the Malaysia Airlines jet to not give up the hunt more than two years after the plane …

Airplanes

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