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The Uneven Geography Of Consumers Who Will Buy A Green Product

Indians are almost three times more likely than Estonians to pay premiums to buy from socially responsible businesses. Skepticism runs high in many regions.<p>More and more consumers want to buy from socially responsible companies. A big new survey from Nielsen finds that 50% of shoppers are now …

CSR

Right Brain, Left Brain? Scientists Debunk Popular Theory

Maybe you're "right-brained": creative, artistic, an open-minded thinker who perceives things in subjective terms. Or perhaps you're more of a "left-brained" person, where you're analytical, good at tasks that require attention to detail, and more logically minded.<p>It turns out, though, that this …

Moody's Weighing Another Round Of Big Bank Downgrades

Ratings agency Moody's Investors Service said Thursday it has placed senior and subordinated debt ratings on some of America’s biggest banks under review for potential action.<p>The firm is considering reducing its assumptions of government support, which have put a floor under its bank ratings dating …

Asia's emerging markets and currencies hurt by Fed minutes

<b>Shares and currencies in emerging Asian economies were hit by fears the US may scale back its bond-buying programme.</b><p>Stocks in Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines fell, with the Philippine Stock Exchange down by more than 6%.<p>India's rupee hit a new all-time low, while the Indonesia rupiah fell …

Stock Markets

Banks face £1.5bn compensation bill for mis-selling credit card insurance

Britain's biggest banks face a compensation bill for up to £1.5bn to pay for six years of mis-sold credit card and identity theft insurance.<p>The City regulator is on Thursday expected to confirm the details of a nationwide redress scheme for as many as 4m Britons sold useless cover between 2005 and …

Investing

France warns Syria of forceful response over chemical weapon claims

Calls for UN investigative team to be allowed immediate access to site of attack but French foreign minister rules out ground troops<p>France has raised the prospect of the use of force against the Syrian government if allegations of its use of chemical weapons are proved.<p>The French foreign minister, …

How The NRA Built A Massive Secret Database Of Gun Owners

While the National Rifle Association publicly fights against a national gun registry, the organization has gone to incredible lengths to compile information on "tens of millions" of gun owners — without their consent.<p>WASHINGTON — The National Rifle Association has rallied gun owners — and raised …

Guns

Meet the Top 10 Richest Members of Congress

There are plenty of mega-millionaires walking the halls of Congress every day, according to The Hill's annual 50 Wealthiest Lawmakers list released …

Gay Or Straight, Married Filing Jointly May Not Be Such A Good Deal

Whether you are new to marriage or have decades under your belt, it pays to think about your tax filing status. With same sex marriages, much of the discussion these days is about joint return filing and when the IRS will issue guidance making the rules clear. See Gay Married Couples Lacking IRS …

Setting The Table: Who's Who In The Impact Economy

<i>Have you ever wondered whether government has a role to play in the impact economy? Deloitte has, and they believe that everyone from impact investors to social entrepreneurs should understand what government can do to grow the space. For this special bi-weekly series, the Skoll World Forum has</i> …

Ask Matt: Are IPOs good bets for investors?

<i>USA TODAY markets reporter Matt Krantz answers a different reader question every weekday. To submit a question, e-mail Matt at mkrantz@usatoday.com.</i><p><b>Q: Are IPOs good investments for individual investors?</b><p>A: The initial public offerings that individual investors remember are the big winners.<p>Newly …

Bank of America intern's death puts banks' working culture in spotlight

Death of Moritz Erhardt, a German student working for Merrill Lynch, triggers call for inquiry into excessive working hours in City<p>• Contact the Guardian's reporting team about your experience interning in the City<p>Calls have been made for an overhaul of the long-hours culture among young staff …

North Sea faces record fall in oil and gas production

North Sea oil and gas production could decline by as much as 22pc this year - the biggest annual slump on record – as maintenance on ageing infrastructure hits operations, the industry body has warned.<p>Oil & Gas UK said it now expected average output to fall to between 1.2m and 1.4m barrels of oil …

India central bank moves to boost liquidity

<b>India's central bank has said that it will inject 80bn rupees ($1.3bn; £806m) into the country's banking system by buying long-term government bonds.</b><p>It comes just days after the central bank tightened the money supply in an attempt to stem the rupee's decline.<p>The move is expected to make more …

Economics

Rising yields ripple through global markets

Surging yields on U.S. Treasury bonds are being felt around the globe, as investors reshape their portfolios to take advantage of higher interest rates in the world's largest economy.<p>After two years of extraordinarily easy money, Treasury rates have shot up in recent weeks. Their rise has taken a …

'Worrying' decline in oil and gas production

<b>The sharp decline in production of oil and gas from under British waters is "worrying" industry leaders.</b><p>Trade body Oil and Gas UK says there is record investment this year of £13.5bn.<p>But its annual report on the industry's economic impact highlights the sharp fall in output of 19% during 2011 and …

Oil & Gas Industry

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Peru: alarm over appearance of isolated Mashco-Piro tribe

Authorities perplexed as more than 100 members of clan that has almost no contact with outsiders threaten to cross river<p>Members of an indigenous tribe that has long lived in voluntary isolation in Peru's south-eastern Amazon have attempted to make contact with outsiders for a second time since …