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18 Photos of People Awestruck by the Beauty of Nature

Nature has a way of making our problems feel small and insignificant, an incredible view can change our whole perspective on life. While in Moab, Utah for a March photo shoot adventure, photographer Jerry Patterson captured a shot of the Milky Way through the arches of beautiful sandstone …

Nature Photography

Dollar and Dow Jones surge

Greenback reaches four-year high as Japan expands QE scheme<p>The US dollar reached a four-year high against a basket of currencies on Friday, as Japan turned the spigots on for a fresh round of quantitative easing.<p>The surprise move soothed fears of a sharp downturn in Asia, which threatened to …

Agents, lenders fill niche as Chinese money floods housing market

When Alisha Chen first got into real estate 10 years ago, she didn't really plan on becoming a gatekeeper for a global housing market.<p>But a housing crash and a flood of Chinese money later, she's part of a growing cottage industry of real estate agents, bankers and attorneys who specialize in …

Real Estate

This is your brain on money: Why America’s rich think differently than the rest of us

<b>(Universal/Battrick via Shutterstock/Salon)</b><p>Nobody’s perfect. But only the rich get away with thinking that their luck and their flaws are actually strengths<p>Sean McElwee<p>October 11, 2014 6:30pm (UTC)<p>Consider the following recent headlines:<p>“What The Middle Class Doesn't Understand About Rich People”<br>• “9 …

Wall Street Declares The Great Profit Margin Boom Is Finally Over

During the post-financial crisis bull market, corporations have seen profit margins expand as companies cut costs by laying off workers and getting more productivity out of the employees who remain.<p>But recent data has painted a somewhat conflicting picture, and it looks as if by some measures …

Markets

Louisiana's Disappearing Coastline Threatens Entire U.S. Economy

A dramatic visualization of the forces bringing the Gulf of Mexico up to New Orleans' back door<p>An unholy trinity of forces – levees along the Mississippi River, sea level rise due to climate change, and fossil fuel extraction – have caused about 2,000 square miles of southeastern Louisiana to …

Credit Outlook Worsens For Chinese State Banks

The credit portfolios of the big four Chinese state banks are worsening thanks to a weaker housing market, and now the major lenders are getting serious about the non-performing loans on their books.<p>The Bank of Communications, China’s fifth-largest bank, assembled research teams last month to look …

Bill Gates Just Blew Our Minds In A Single Tweet

For the past several years, China has been building stuff at a mind-blowing pace. Just how mind-blowing? Here, let's let Bill Gates put it in perspective:<p>Think about this for a second. Between 1901 and 2000, the U.S. built an entire interstate highway system, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Hoover Dam …

Can Central Planners Revive China's Economic Miracle?

<i>Below is the June 8th “Thoughts from the Frontline” newsletter, republished in full.</i><p>For years, when asked whether I thought China would experience a hard landing, I would simply answer, “I don’t understand China. Making a prediction would be pretending that I did, so I can’t.” The problem is that …

Photos of the Week: 4/26-5/2

Today, a little something different: A collection of images from around the world over the past seven days, rather than a single story or theme. 35 photos covering subjects ranging from a moonrise above St. Petersburg, to a wooden Volkswagen Beetle, election violence in Iraq, a videogame discovery …

Photo highlights of the day

The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of the best photographs from around the world

Paper Prosperity: Why Wall Street Could Be Heading For A Hard Landing

Most of 2014 has been kind to Wall Street bulls. But not the last three days of this week—with all major averages trending lower.<p>Thursday was a particularly scary day with equity markets around the world selling off. Technology shares suffered the biggest losses, with the Nasdaq Composite Index …

Worrying predictions for Eurozone living standards | Financial Times

Here is a startling prediction from the European Commission. In the absence of comprehensive economic reforms, living standards in the eurozone, …

Mapping The Wealth Of U.S. ZIP Codes Shows The Haves Hiding From The Have-Nots

The <i>Washington Post</i> recently showed how high-earners are clustering into “Super ZIPs” where median household incomes are more than $120,000, and where …

The Job Market Is Still Awful, In 3 Graphs

<i>Update: The jobs report is out. The U.S. added 203,000 jobs last month, and the unemployment rate fell to 7 percent. The job market is improving, but it's still very bad.</i><p>When the big jobs report comes out Friday morning, we'll hear a lot about what happened in November in the job market.<p>But …

U.S. Companies Risk Their Own Future By Not Investing At Home

As U.S. companies expanded globally in the 1970s and 1980s, they started ignoring their hometowns, hurting America and putting companies’ long-term profits at risk, Jan Rivkin, professor at Harvard Business School, told a room full of business leaders at the Forbes-Rabobank Leadership conference in …

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How to save the housing market – save Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

Look down your street: chances are, there's a neighbor whose mortgage is held by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. In Washington, policy wonks and lawmakers have been debating, with glacial slowness, whether that should come to an end.<p>Fannie and Freddie are the outgrowth of the New Deal belief that …

Iran's Currency Rebounds In Wake Of Nuclear News

The rial traded at around 29,000 against the dollar in Tehran's free market, Iranian traders said, up from about 30,000 before the agreement was reached by diplomats in Geneva in the early hours of Sunday.<p>"We are feeling the positive sentiment in Iran," Nariman Aflani, foreign exchange trader at …

TV Is Dying, And Here Are The Stats That Prove It

Audience ratings have collapsed: Aside from a brief respite during the Olympics, there has been only negative ratings growth on broadcast and cable TV since September 2011, according to Citi Research.<p>Media stock analysts Craig Moffett and Michael Nathanson recently noted, "The pay-TV industry has …

Pay-TV

Intel Strategy Shift Could Bear Fruit With An Apple Chip Deal

My take from yesterday’s Intel Investor meeting is that a big shift in CPUs for Apple iPhones and iPads may be ahead.<p>Apple does not buy the CPU chip for its mobile devices from vendors like Qualcomm (QCOM) and NVIDIA (NVDA) but designs its own CPU chip based on ARM architecture. The architecture is …

Half of angel investors regret investments they made this year (survey)

Angel investors invest approximately $20 billion into 60,000 companies a year, but a recent survey shows that 46% regretted making an investment in 2013.<p>The data comes from Worthworm, a company that uses analytics to “take the guess work” out of “premoney” startup valuations. It designed its tools …

Growth in China’s housing prices is slowing. That should be a good thing, but it’s not

After strong growth this year, commercial housing price inflation may finally be cooling down in China’s biggest cities. New home prices rose only 0.6% on the previous month, down from 0.7% in September. That drop was more marked in big cities. In Shanghai, October prices grew only 0.9% on the …

Guest post: China set for most far-reaching economic reforms in a generation | Financial Times

By William Rhodes<p>It is likely that the “The Third Plenum of the 18th Chinese Communist Party Congress,” which takes place in mid-November, will set …

While U.S. Fills Potholes, China Plans Transport Boom

While the U.S. struggles to maintain its transportation infrastructure, China is planning a massive expansion of highways, rail lines, and airports, according to transportation ministers who painted contrasting portraits Wednesday of their respective countries.<p>“Although we’ve already obtained lots …

These charts show why the Fed must keep creating new money out of thin air

AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais<p>In the Full Employment and Balanced Growth Act of 1978, the US Congress gave the Federal Reserve two jobs, a dual mandate. The mighty central bank is supposed to 1) maximize employment and 2) keep prices stable. (Price stability essentially has come to mean ensuring …

Landscape photographer of the year 2013 – in pictures

The winners of the inaugural Take a View Landscape Photographer of the Year awards have been announced

BBC World Service - Global Business, China’s Crossroads

The Chinese government plans to have 200 million graduates in the workforce by 2020. Although this number still needs to be seen in its context of the 1.3 billion Chinese population, it is still a large increase from the 1 million graduates in 2000. But cracks in the plan are being shown by the …

Foreign Demand For Dollar-Denominated Investments Has Collapsed

It's always interesting to see what's going on in fund flows. Among the big fund flow stories of the year have been the flow of funds from bonds to stocks and the outflow of funds from the Emerging Markets.<p>Morgan Stanley's Hans Redekar points to another fund flow phenomenon in his FX Morning …

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