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The falling yuan explains pretty much everything weird going on in China right now

Things are going haywire in China. Earlier this week, markets were blindsided by jarringly low February lending, prompting fears that tightening by the central bank, the People’s Bank of China, would throttle growth. On top of that, abysmal export data suggested growth may already have begun …

Why you need to race to break even every month

Far too often, I see small business owners and their teams display a lack of urgency. Their order books might be healthy, but their approach to getting things done is business as usual. There's no spring in their step, no escalated communications, no one pushing for more. And that's a shame, …

11 Personal Finance Books Everyone Should Read Before Turning 30

But not all advice is created equal. When you're in your 20s, you want easy-to-read books that will teach you the foundations of investing, the best way to budget for major purchases down the road, and how to finally pay off those student loans.<p>To help narrow down the choices and find the best …

Why the Lousy Jobs Report Boosted Wall Street

The stock market surged Friday after the lousy jobs report. The Dow soared 160 points, while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq also rose.<p>How can bad news on Main Street (only 113,000 jobs were created in January, on top of a meager 74,000 in December) cause good news on Wall Street?<p>Because investors …

Korean Design Placed in a Contemporary Context: Ga On Jai Expo Town Project

A mixture of modern practical effectiveness and local traditional aesthetics are combined elegantly in a picturesque ‘’expo town’’ of GangNam, South …

Extraordinary Planetarium Watch Elegantly Orbits Planets Around the Sun

This spectacularly innovative watch design, known as <i>Midnight Plantarium</i>, allows you to wear a little piece of the Solar System on your wrist. Developed by Van Cleef & Arpels in partnership with Dutch watchmaker Christiaan van der Klaauw, the intricate concept replaces hands of a watch with six tiny …

Tori Sugimura's Miniature Shoji Screens Hide Power

After spotting the photo below (which is one of those endlessly, shamelessly Pinterested-shots with no attribution, making tracking down the original …

Playful Illustrations Make It Easy to Learn Chinese

If you ever wanted to learn Chinese but never thought you could do it, here is a great opportunity! London-based entrepreneur and author ShaoLan Hsueh is developing a book, <i>Chineasy</i>, that makes it rather simple to learn basic Chinese words and phrases.<p>The visual system uses playful illustrations to …

Forget The 10,000-Hour Rule–How To Really Improve At Any Skill

The popular 10,000-Hour Rule claims that it takes 10,000 hours of working at a skill to become an expert. But research suggests that to become awesome at a skill, it’s not about quantity of time spent, it’s about quality.<p>If you’ve spent any time wondering at what makes people successful, you’ve …

A New “Super Sponge” To Suck Up Oil Spills and Deliver Drugs

Scientists have created a new kind of chemical sponge that can shape-shift the size of its pores on command, so you can control when and where it starts absorbing.<p>A sponge is a beautiful, simple tool. If we spill something, it can soak up the mess and deliver it to where it’s supposed to go. But on …

Three steps to building a smart investment portfolio on Covestor – Smarter Investing

<i>By Alexander MacAndrew, CFA, Investment Director at Covestor</i><p>Picking the right portfolio managers requires having a firm handle on your financial …

Why women make better money managers

You can blame testosterone.<p>Men’s perception of greater power in the workplace is why women outpace them when it comes to investment returns, researchers say.<p>Female money managers consistently outperform their male counterparts, and social scientists say this unbalanced power dynamic is one reason …