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Here's How Ben Bernanke's "Helicopter Money" Plan Might Work

You’d think it wouldn’t be so hard to spark a little inflation.<p>But in recent years, the Federal Reserve has consistently fallen short of its goal of …

Federal Reserve

Why Low Oil Prices Haven’t Helped the Economy

Many analysts had anticipated that a dramatic drop in oil prices such as we’ve seen since the summer of 2014 could provide a big stimulus to the …

Oil

Here Are The 20 Fastest Growing Jobs In America

Many of the fastest-growing jobs in America don’t require a bachelor’s degree, and many pay less than the median income in the U.S., according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.<p>FORBES looked at Bureau of Labor Statistics data that predicted which jobs would have the highest growth between …

Demographics

Men Offered Higher Pay Than Women For Same Job 69% Of Time, Study Shows

Working women pay a high price simply for being female. Over the course of a 40-year career, a woman will earn upwards of $430,000 less than her male counterpart, according to a recent analysis. And that’s if she happens to be white. For African-American, Latina, and Native American women, the …

Employment

For Banks, Three Worries Remain Ahead of Earnings

Trading, energy and rates that are anticipated to stay lower for longer could crimp results<p>Three things are haunting banks as they prepare to report earnings: weak capital markets, slower rate rises and lingering energy concerns. The first-quarter earnings season unofficially kicks off Monday night …

Stock Markets

Climate Change to Cut Global Financial Assets by Trillions

<i>By Damian Carrington, The Guardian</i>Climate change could cut the value of the world’s financial assets by $2.5 trillion, according to the first …

Fossil Fuels

Wall Street Pay Has More Than Doubled in the Past 25 Years but No One Else Can Say the Same

Wall Street has been cast as a crucible of inequality and injustice in the 2016 election cycle, and now there’s another reason for Americans to pile …

Wall Street

What's Wrong With Big Business?

In this strangest of all election years, Big Business is taking a shellacking. It’s not just from Bernie Sanders, the Democratic socialist, who says that big corporations are “destroying the moral fabric of America.”<p>The leading Republican candidate, Donald Trump, has attacked Apple, Ford, Kraft …

Economics

Drowning history: Sea level rise threatens US historic sites

With scientists forecasting sea levels to rise by anywhere from several inches to several feet by 2100, historic structures and coastal heritage sites around the world are under threat. Some sites and artifacts could become submerged.<p>Scientists, historic preservationists, architects and public …

Climate Change

What will global GDP look like in 2030?

Global GDP is expected to increase by 2030, but the gap between the richest and poorest economies is set to stay almost the same.<p>This visualization …

Economic Development

How Data May Boost the Global Economy More Than Physical Trade

Could the international flow of bits and bytes ever mean more for the global economy than the movement of tangible goods? It already does, according to a report issued Thursday by the McKinsey Global Institute.

Economy

Gas Prices Are Plunging. So Why Is Everyone Freaking Out?

Oil prices have declined nearly 75% from their recent peak in June 2014, roiling markets and sounding new alarm about the possibility of an economic slowdown. Wait, what? Weren’t lower gasoline prices supposed to help the U.S. economy?

Dow Jones

Report: Apple Watch will have up to 19 hours of mixed-use battery life

While it's been well reported that the Apple Watch will likely need recharging every day, a new report suggests we could see it have about 19 hours …

Asteroid strike: 7 ways the world could end

As a mountain-sized asteroid is detected heading towards Earth, what is the likeliest 'extinction-level' scenario for mankind?<p>Our solar system is littered with billions of pieces of debris, from the size of large boulders to objects hundreds of miles across. We know that from time to time these hit …

Beyoncé Goes Full On Hip-Hop For '7/11' And Channels Break Up Vibes On 'Ring Off'—Listen

Stop whatever you're doing: two Beyoncé songs have hit the Internet.<p>Tonight, the long-awaited new tracks leaked before their official release on the …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Paris Might Build A Modern Glass Tower—And Some People Are Furious

Paris is world famous for its gorgeous, uniform 19th-century Haussmann-style architecture.<p>As a result, Parisians are generally wary or even outright hostile toward new construction: when the Pompidou Centre was built in 1977, critics called it an eyesore, and the Tour Montparnasse was so reviled …

Herzog & de Meuron

Country singer Ty Herndon comes out as gay, second star follows

After nearly two decades in country music, Ty Herndon is ready to be honest with his fans: He's gay.<p>The country star opens up about his past, present and future in an interview with Entertainment Tonight's Nischelle Turner that rivals ABC's country soap "Nashville" with its real-life drama. Herndon …

Apple is now worth more than Russia’s entire stock market

AAPL shares closed at an all-time high yesterday, putting the company’s market cap at $663.2 billion. Never before has Apple been so profitable. In fact, Apple makes so much money, it’s now worth more than the entire Russian stock market.<p>Check out the chart below:<p>Russia, the world’s 20th largest …

The Samsung Gear S Is A Smartphone On Your Wrist

Announced back in September, the Samsung Gear S is the South Korean electronics company’s sixth attempt at making a smartwatch. It’s got the specs of a mid-range phone from a few years back and runs Tizen, Samsung’s own operating system.<p>The intended appeal of the Gear S is that it can be used …

Samsung Introduces Virtual Reality Smartphone You Wear On Your Head

Little style, less substance<p>Virtual reality—almost as good as actual reality, but without those pesky smells. Okay, that may not be quite Samsung's message, but the company is making a hard push for VR with two announcements out of its 2014 developer conference.<p>The first is that its Gear VR …

Apple's iWatch And The Technology Of Cyber Luxury

Apple has emitted a time-release drip of information about the iWatch. Starting with John Gruber’s joke-as-leak and seeming to culminate in Re/Code’s sourceless pronouncement, the era of Apple wearables is almost certainly upon us. The most curious leak came on Wednesday from Nick Bilton at the …

RANKED: The Best Smartphones In The World

But if you need a new smartphone now, here are the best ones.<p><i>Note: We update this list approximately once a month. Our rankings are based on a variety of factors including design, software and hardware features, content selection, carrier availability, and price. We only consider phones that are</i> …

Mobile Technology

Here's Why The iWatch Will Look Like Nothing We've Ever Seen Before

While it could be tempting to think Apple's wearable will look something like the dozens of renderings and concepts floating around, it's important to remember how very wrong people were before the debut of the original iPhone and iPad.<p>In the end, both the original iPhone and iPad defied …

Multi-Touch

If You Buy An 'iPhone 6,' Expect Your Phone Bill To Go Up

Apple hasn't revealed any details about the so-called iPhone 6 yet, but here's something that doesn't need confirmation from Cupertino: If you buy the next iPhone, you're going to gobble a whole lot more data. And in a world where unlimited data plans are increasingly scarce, that may mean bigger …