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Opinion: Here’s how share buybacks can come back to bite shareholders

In 2015, owners of U.S. stocks received close to $1 trillion in the form of dividends, share repurchases, and capital returns. Since 2009, dividends …

Is It Time to Buy IBM, or Is Big Blue Cutting Too Deeply?

<b>IBM</b> (IBM) trades at a forward earnings multiple of 9-times and has a dividend yield approaching 4%. The stock is either really cheap, or the market …

Ask Matt: Why the 10% rule is important

<b>Q: Why is the 10% rule so important for investors?</b><p>A: If you're buying individual stocks — and don't know about the 10% rule — you're asking for trouble. It's the one rough adage investors who survive bear markets know about.<p>The rule is very simple. If you own an individual stock that falls 10% or …

10 things to know about female genital mutilation

<i>This article was originally published in August 2015.</i><p>“The time has come for us to eradicate this bad practice and protect the rights of girls and …

Weak Chinese PMI Leads Commodities Lower By The Nose

The Caixin-Markit Chinese PMI data for July showed that the Chinese factory sector dropped to its lowest level in 15 months raising fears about Chinese growth being unable to drive global GDP growth. This was the 5th straight month that the data checked in below 50, a level that indicates …

China's slowdown pushes commodity prices to new lows

Fresh evidence of the slowdown in China’s industrial sector is pushing the prices of gold and other commodities to new multi-year lows Friday.<p>Gold …

The SEC thinks Guinness brewer Diageo may be spiking its results

After Tesco and Toshiba…Diageo?<p>The Securities and Exchanges Commissions is investigating the company behind Guinness, Johnnie Walker whisky and …

4 myths about global aging, debunked

This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org.<p>You probably know that the world is growing older due to a combination of declining …

Farmland prices can teach investors a lot about asset bubbles

Investors see bubbles everywhere these days from bonds to Chinese stocks to the U.S. dollar, but determining whether an asset is merely expensive …

Archos PC Stick offers Windows 10 on an HDMI dongle budget

The trend of PC sizes is interesting and amusing. For a time, computers, even laptops, have almost become gargantuan, cramming every piece of …

Windows 10

This chart proves the US is leading the world in fintech investing

Again.<p>Have a look at the chart, provided to Business Insider by Accenture and the Partnership Fund for New York City.<p>The rate of the value of startup financings rose nearly 200% from 2013 to 2014, substantially outpacing growth elsewhere in the VC market.<p>This might not come as a surprise. From Bank …

JD.com Partners With ZestFinance To Offer Credit Service To Chinese Consumers

JD.com has become the latest internet company in China to venture into the consumer credit space, after the NASDAQ-listed online retailer — a rival to Alibaba — launched a joint venture alongside LA-based financial services company ZestFinance.<p>The aim is to offer new microloan options to Chinese …

Can Islamic finance support stability and inclusion?

Since the global financial crisis, policymakers have sought to press the “reset” button to strengthen financial intermediation that is performed by …

Simple Sales Tracker for Startups

This last quarter, I met several interesting startups, that had a clutch of good customers. When I asked them “How can I help you?” at least three of …

Zomato hacked! Are Indian online startups taking security for granted?

After Gaana.com and Ola, it’s Zomato that has fallen prey to a hack attack. A hacker named Anand Prakash claims to have hacked Zomato recently. He …

No USB Type-C phones in the near future, says Sony

In Taipei, Sony’s mobile unit has been having a discussion about support for the up and coming USB Type-C standard in its future smartphones and tablets. While the company is certainly considering the technology, it doesn’t have any plans to switch over to the standard right away.<p>According to …

BANK OF AMERICA: Investors are suffering from 'Stockholm syndrome' — and the endgame looks ugly

It's also what Bank of America Merrill Lynch thinks is happening to investors going big on shares right now — and their captors are central banks.<p>The bank's European Equity Strategy has put out a note saying investors are facing a "lose-lose" situation by piling into stocks.<p>Globally shares are up …

Google's Web history page gets a Material Design makeover

Just a few days ago, Google started rolling out a revamped privacy and security settings hub to make it easier to keep control of your data. Now, it’s making it easier to see exactly what you’ve been up to online via your activity page.<p>On the left-hand side of the page, your personal data is split …

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Apple's Tim Cook launches blistering attack on Facebook and Google

Apple (AAPL) boss Tim Cook lashed out at Internet giants and government, calling them out for undermining constitutionally-guaranteed rights to …

USB-C likely to be used across the future MacBook range as Intel integrates with Thunderbolt

The USB-C port first introduced by Apple in the new 12-inch MacBook looks likely to be used across the MacBook range as Intel has adopted the standard for Thunderbolt 3.<p>Thunderbolt was developed to simultaneously support the fastest data and most video bandwidth available on a single cable, while …

Microsoft WiFi could be another reason to get Office 365

Although Microsoft already offers millions of WiFi access points around the world through Skype, it appears the company has bigger plans for its wireless internet service. If a new (barebones) website is to be believed, the Skype branding could be dropped in favor of a new platform called Microsoft …

Software

Buffalo MiniStation Extreme NFC review: Fast and secure with easy encryption unlocking - CNET

<b>The Good</b> The Buffalo MiniStation Extreme NFC can have its encryption quickly unlocked via near-field communication The drive is also fast and rugged.<p><b>The Bad</b> This portable drive is expensive and bulky and the included security software doesn't work with some older Windows computers. Turning the …

Startups suggest big data is moving to the clouds

At Strata + Hadoop World in London last week, we hosted a showcase of some of the most innovative big data startups. Our judges narrowed the field to …

The Only Three True Interview Questions For Potential Board Directors

There are only three true interview questions. Every question you have ever been asked or have asked others in any interview is a subset of one of these three:<p>Can you do the job?<br>• Will you love the job?<br>• Can we tolerate working with you?<p>In general, the only three true job interview questions are all …

Google's self-driving car head says after 1.7M miles, just 11 minor accidents have resulted, none Google's fault

Cars don't cause accidents. People cause accidents.<p>This is the hope and dream (and, surely, motto) of those involved in designing self-driving cars.<p>The whole idea is built on the nerds' rational nirvana in which incidents below perfection must be the fault of the imperfect human.<p>I'm wondering about …

Autonomous Cars

Chemical industry as a Smart Cities enabler

India is witnessing a wave of migration from the rural to urban areas. This trend is likely to continue as the economy advances significantly. …

Sustainability

Alibaba Unveils $316M Taiwan Fund As Government Launches Investigation Into Its Local Business

Alibaba Group’s announcement yesterday that it will launch a non-profit NTD$10 billion (US$316 million) fund for entrepreneurs in Taiwan was overshadowed by a government investigation into its local operations.<p>During a speech today at National Taiwan University in Taipei to an audience of about …

China’s Brite Semiconductor raises $8M round to make custom chips

Shanghai-based Brite Semiconductor has raised $8 million in a third round of funding.<p>The money came from Norwest Venture Partners, Gobi Partners, and China-based foundry SMIC. Brite Semiconductor provides custom chip design services for a wide range of chip markets. The funding will be used to …