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The EU Is Safe For Now, But Its Future Looks Terrible

European Union parliamentary election results show that centrist, establishment parties will maintain a comfortable majority.<p>But the details of the votes suggest the future of the EU could be in deep trouble.<p>In France, 30% of voters younger than 35 cast their ballots for the National Front, whose …

Europe

Italian Stocks Explode Higher After European Elections

It's going to be a quiet day in markets thanks to the Memorial Day holiday in the U.S.<p>But European markets are largely open, and they're currently digesting yesterday's European Parliamentary elections.<p>There are two storylines that played out yesterday. One was the rise of the anti-EU right wing. …

Stock Markets

Here's How Well Anti-EU And Anti-Immigrant Parties Did In Yesterday's European Election

Yesterday, all of Europe held elections for the European Parliament. One of the big stories was the success of anti-EU, anti-immigrant, right-wing parties.<p>Via Mats Person, here's a look at how they did in various countries.

Europe

Europe stocks track Asia, Wall Street higher

MADRID (MarketWatch) -- European stocks moved higher on Monday, a day that is expected to see thinner volumes due to holidays in both the U.K. and …

Here's Your Complete Preview Of This Week's Big Economic Events

Market-watchers will continue to obsess over low volatility and high profit margins, both topics we will discuss shortly.<p>Economists, on the other hand, will focus on housing data this week. Friday's new-home sales report was very encouraging. Societe Generale's Kit Juckes expects more good news …

Markets

The right kind of resilience | Financial Times

Martin Gilbert nearly quit just over 10 years ago. Surrounded by government ministers, civil servants and journalists, he was publicly dressed down …

Denial: Joaquin Almun

"Greece will not default. In the euro area, default does not exist." - EU competition commssioner Joaquin Almunia. January 29, 2010.

5 Ways To Attract Money

You’re a young company with an interesting product in development. You’ve watched a few startups rise to glory, watched others crash and burn. Undeterred, you’re sure you can make it. All you need is a bit of cash to get on a growth track and inch closer to profitability and success.<p>But how do you …

How (And Why) To Stay Positive

When faced with setbacks and challenges, we’ve all received the well-meaning advice to “stay positive.” The greater the challenge, the more this glass-half-full wisdom can come across as Pollyannaish and unrealistic. It’s hard to find the motivation to focus on the positive when positivity seems …

Learning To Learn Faster (Part III): The Amazing Sekou Andrews

For the past few blogs, we’ve been covering lessons learned at Jim Kwik and Tony Hsieh’s most recent SuperheroYou/Downtown Vegas event<p>The central idea behind this event and SuperheroYou is straightforward: If knowledge is power, then learning is a superpower, and if learning is a superpower then …

IMF: Spain looks awful for the next 5 years

The IMF tries to put it nicely in its latest update (pdf) on the state of Spain’s financial health, but the truth is that the Spanish economy looks awful today.<p>Executive Directors commended the authorities for strong progress on critical reforms amid challenging conditions, which is helping to …

Simplicity Rules -- Joho Capital's Top Five

Robert Karr, founder of Joho Capital, has been recognized as one of the highest-gaining investors, according to the GuruFocus Score Board of Gurus, listing Karr as the third highest gainer in the last six and 12 months. Karr made an average gain of 54.5% over the last six months and averaged 42.27% …

Index Funds Gain Momentum (Part 2)

Investors have more access to information about mutual fund performance than ever before. Greater disclosure and transparency is pushing the benefits of low cost index fund investing into the spotlight. The interest in index fund and ETF investing has never been higher and is expected to continue. …

The Week Ahead: Will Stocks Sizzle In August?

July was a great month for stocks with the Dow Industrials up 4%, the S&P 500 gained 4.9%, and the Nasdaq Composite was up 6.6%. The small-cap Russell 2000 was the leader, gaining 6.9%.<p>In mid-July, flows into stock funds hit a six-month high at $19.7 billion but there still seems to be some debate …

How to Write A Cold E-mail

First came cold calls, second came cold e-mails. Cold e-mailing is the most effective and untapped form of networking, not to mention the cheapest one (no networking events or country club fees). There are extraordinary people to meet, jobs to get, and advice to receive- it all can be a product of …

Macau Is 'Vegas On Steroids'

Las Vegas will always be Las Vegas. There’s no place in the world like it. But for people who love the bling and the sin of a casino city, Vegas is a has-been. On a truly global stage, the casino money is flowing to one place and that’s Macau in China. Billions in fact. Macau is now officially Las …

To Get Rich Slowly, Sit Still

Pascal said all human problems derive from being unable to sit quietly in a room alone. From enlightened Buddhists to prolific novelists, many would agree. Even Anthony Weiner would have to agree (oh wait, he <i>was</i> sitting in a room alone).<p>Most investors should heed this admonition, since the main …

10 Reasons To Take A 10-Day Vacation

For only the second time in my adult life, I just completed a vacation of more than seven days—10, to be exact. Corroborating my first experience, I am now convinced that there is a certain magic to the 10-day vacation and have resolved to make them an annual habit. Here’s why:<p><b>1. Most importantly,</b> …

How To Start Your Own Hedge Fund

I went into this one expecting to title the series of articles "How to Start Your Own Hedge Fund"…<p>By the time we finished our 2-hour long conversation, though, I realized that an alternate title might be more appropriate:<p>But I'm a "glass half full" kind of guy, so the first title stuck.<p>This will be …

Venture Capital

The Surprising Benefits Of Working Backward

<b>By Akiko Busch, Next Avenue Contributor</b><p>For a number of weeks this past spring, every time my friend Jane and I would take our regular walk alongside a pond and creek, a bald eagle would swerve in our direction, almost as though to greet us.<p>Eagles are not new here in New York’s Hudson Valley region …

The Six Rules of Intelligent Investing

What does it take to manage money? How do you know which assets to buy and sell? How do you know which stocks to buy and sell? What should you do in a market correction? When you should adjust your portfolio? How can you avoid costly mistakes?<p>Should you pay someone to manage your money for you?<p>The …

20 Things 20-Year-Olds Don't Get

I started Docstoc in my 20’s, made the cover of one of those cliché “20 Under 20” lists, and today I employ an amazing group of 20-somethings. Call me a curmudgeon, but at 34, how I came up seems so different from what this millennial generation expects. I made a lot of mistakes along the way, and …

What Inspires The World's Top Leaders

“All the effort in the world won’t matter if you’re not inspired.”―Chuck Palahniuk, <i>Diary</i><p>How inspired are you? What motivates you to be a better person, or to do better work? Maybe it’s a memorable phrase or moving piece of art. Perhaps it’s an individual, or an enlightening experience.<p>LinkedIn …

Higher Mortgage Rates, Like Gas Prices, Have Become The New Norm

Last week, a spokesperson for AAA announced that the days of national gas prices below $3/gallon are a “thing of the past.” Gas prices at the pump continue to climb even though domestic oil production has been increasing. Even a Senate committee is trying to find out why fuel prices are so high, …

METALS OUTLOOK: Gold Traders' Full Plate Next Week Includes FOMC, U.S. GDP, Payrolls, ECB

<b>(Kitco News) -</b> Gold Traders and investors in other markets have a full economic calendar to monitor next week.<p>“There’s no shortage of potential market movers,” said Nomura, listing a meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee, July U.S. employment report and second-quarter gross domestic product. …

How To Work An Hour A Day And Thrive Professionally

Almost everyone, in the post-Tim Ferriss world, has dreamed of working only an hour a day. But innovation author and speaker Steve Shapiro has actually done it. Since this January 1st, he’s stuck to his hour-a-day plan, occasionally modifying it (three hours of work one day means he takes the next …

High Yield Bond Volume Tops $6B As Investors Return To Market

High yield bond issuance in the U.S. totaled $6.1 billion this week, marking the second straight week of $6 billion-plus issuance after a pair of tepid weeks. Year to date high yield issuance now totals $187.5 billion, slightly ahead of the $168 billion seen this time a year ago.<p>While weekly volume …

The QE repo distortion is uncharted territory for funding markets

2013-07-25T08:26:21.000Z<p>By: Izabella Kaminska<p>Scott Skyrm noted on his blog earlier this week that it took only six months of Fed QE purchases to move …

Credit Suisse profits up despite rough market

<b>Credit Suisse has weathered rough market conditions in June to record a sharp rise in quarterly profits.</b><p>The Swiss banking giant said net income in the three months to June rose 40% from a year ago to 1.16bn Swiss francs ($1.2bn; £810m).<p>Trading revenues were hit, as debt markets took fright at the …