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Don't Even Think About Leaving Home Without These Apps on Your Phone

<i>This article was written by Ben Bowers and originally published on AskMen.</i><p>Though most smartphone owners may view their device as a critical tool for handling the details of their everyday lives, thanks to a bevy of incredibly useful applications, this pocket-sized wonder can also be a tremendous …

Best apps and sites to plan, record and share your trips

Dreaming up a trip is the easiest part of every journey. All you need is a working imagination. The other bits before you go? Not so easy, or so much fun. You’ve got to book tickets, worry about accommodation, work out budgets, apply for visas…then you’ve got to plan your itinerary. And what about …

The 14 Best Business Books To Read This Fall

As we shake off the summer malaise and head into fall, it's the perfect time to read some motivational and insightful business books.<p>And there's no shortage of good material. Coming out in the next two months are memoirs packed with advice, like Virgin Group founder Richard Branson's "The Virgin …

Why Wal-Mart Is Less Amazing Than Amazon

WALMART is at an "inflection point". Those words are truer now than when Bill Simon, the head of its American operation, uttered them last October. He was talking about Walmart's plan for the first time to open more small and medium-sized stores in 2014 than giant "supercentres", and all that would …

Smaller-Town Startups: 'Stopping the Brain Drain' in South Carolina

'People say, this is my ticket Out.' Then, they want to stay.<p>Yesterday PCH International -- the company from Shenzhen, in southern China, that is run by my friend Liam Casey and whose exploits the <i>Atlantic</i> has chronicled from 2007 to 2012 -- announced yet another acquisition. It's of the e-commerce …

Facebook May Start Mobile Ad Exchange

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- <b>Facebook</b> (FB) looks as if it's going to start a mobile ad network, which could be a huge boon for the world's largest social …

Davos 2014: Europe's banks 'in better shape' but 'risks remain'

<b>Finance ministers and banking leaders have said that Europe's banking sector is "improving" but that risks remain.</b><p>Lord Adair Turner, former head of the UK's Financial Services Authority, said that loans to businesses and in the mortgage sector were still at "very low" levels.<p>It was a mistake to …

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Investors brace for more pain after ugly week

Roiled by fears about an economic slowdown in China, markets end the week on a foreboding note.<p>The idea of a full-blown stock market correction is looking less far-fetched, as fears about a slowdown in China are sending investors scurrying.<p>Sitting on big stock gains, investors were on the lookout …

New Collections Can Make Aeropostale A More Attractive Takeover Option

<b>Quick Take</b><p>Aeropostale is said to consider selling itself due to its struggling business and stumbling stock price<br>• Even if the company decides to initiate a buyout process, finding buyers will be difficult given its terrible sales growth, high operating lease costs and low cash<br>• However, the company is …

Microsoft Rises Above Street Expectations, Posts Revenue And Earnings Gains

Software giant Microsoft is rising in after-hours trading Thursday afternoon thanks to a better-than expected second quarter fiscal 2014 earnings report that saw revenue and profit well above what the Street was predicting.<p>Microsoft reported $24.52 billion in revenue for the quarter ending December …

U.S. seen on track for best growth since 2005

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Think the disappointing U.S. jobs report for December has dampened the optimism of economists about the new year? Think …

Jim Cramer: 10 Themes Taking Shape for 2014

NEW YORK (Real Money) -- Only two full weeks into 2014 quarter, and we are already tracing out the themes of the year -- themes upon which large bets …

Opportunity And Risk In Central America's Emerging Markets

Central America has arguably never been as ripe as it is now for foreign investment. The region is as politically stable as at any point in recent decades; Central America’s propensity for civil strife has markedly decreased in recent decades. In fact, since the peace treaties of the 1990s, no …

Three Shrinking Giants: IBM, HP And Yahoo

What were the boards of IBM, Hewlett Packard, and Yahoo thinking when they appointed their latest crop of CEOs? Each of them have presided over lumbering giants that have shrunk in the last year.<p>But the stock market has rewarded these blond-haired, blue-eyed CEOs very differently — Yahoo (up 98%) …

3 Chinese Stocks Under $10 to Watch

DELAFIELD, Wis. (Stockpickr) -- At Stockpickr, we track daily portfolios of stocks that are the biggest percentage gainers and the biggest percentage …

Europe has a bloated, growth-killing zombie of a banking system

<i>This article has been corrected.</i><p>Amid the torrent of news about Europe’s piddling growth, catastrophic unemployment levels and worsening fiscal picture in peripheral countries, there’s been less chatter of late about the collapse of bank lending on the continent.<p>Investors may have moved on from this …

Economics

Whither Japan Stocks: Jim Rogers Likes Blue Chips And The Yen; More To Come From Abenomics

I had a chance to meet fabled “investment biker” and “Asia Century” enthusiast Jim Rogers at last year’s FreedomFest in Las Vegas. He was selling a new book, but also contributed a lot of contrarian investment wisdom and ideas on the panels. What he did not divulge was that he had been a buyer of …

News Roundup: Massive Deutsche Bank Loss

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- German powerhouse <b>Deutsche Bank</b> (DB) was humbled on Sunday as it announced that it had lost 1.15 billion euros for the fourth …

How to invest in the 'Mint' emerging markets

Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria and Turkey have been tipped as the next economic giants. Can savers make money or is this the latest investment fad?<p>The chances are you have probably heard that Mint is no longer just a peppermint sweet; it is now also an investment acronym which in the next decade or two …

Is China's Historic Credit Bubble About to Pop?

In five years, China's shadow banks have increased credit from 120 to 190 percent of GDP—a bigger run-up than the U.S. housing bubble.<p>Reuters<p>A historic credit boom. Unregulated lenders promising high, "risk-free" returns. And surging property prices making it all go.<p>Is this the U.S. in 2004, or …

Is China the World's Ticking Time Bomb?

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- China has been a major driver of the world economy for years, but now the dragon may have become a global time bomb.<p>For many …

Warren Buffett on using leverage to invest

Warnings from the Oracle of Omaha about leverage's dangers also apply to other investments.<p>Warren Buffett has been investing in the stock market for more than 70 years. At only 11 years old, he made his first equity purchase — three shares of Cities Service Preferred. He sold early and made a small …

The next billion lives technology will change

Relentless competition in the mobile industry is slashing prices beyond what anyone imagined just 6 years ago.<p>By my estimate, at least 950 million smartphones were purchased across the world in 2013. In their 30-plus year history, PCs never crossed much beyond 350 million sold in a year.<p>As …

Snapchat, Hedge Funds, and the Future of Investing in Startups

Where there’s money to be made, you’ll find investors…ok, hedge funds.<p>Leena Rao’s TechCrunch article yesterday on the return of hedge funds to startup investing identifies a trend that we all felt was happening but didn’t necessarily have the high-profile example to jog us. When Snapchat, the hot …

Retail Battlefield: 3 Stocks That Are Buyable Here

The bloodbath in retail in the last couple of weeks doesn't seem to want to come to an end, with a dismal report from <b>Best Buy</b> ( BBY), one of the best …

Global Recovery Should Carry ASEAN Through Economic Headwinds

<i>The great run that many emerging markets enjoyed in recent years has turned down of late in economies such as Turkey’s and Brazil’s, leading to fears that similar or worse setbacks lie in store for capital-market favorites in Southeast Asia. However, the consensus of forecasters calls for selected</i> …

Death at Sears, Best Buy, JCP Hurts America

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- It's been nothing short of a volatile and downright entertaining start to 2014 in physical retail. But it's not like the …

Tesla Sales Blow Past Competitors, But With Success Comes Scrutiny

To get a sense of how successful the Tesla Model S is, consider this: In 2012, the bestselling full-size luxury sedan nationwide was the Mercedes S-Class. It sold 11,794 units total. For 2013, the Tesla, essentially a brand new car was purchased by around 18,000 Americans. That makes it easily the …

Dropbox is now worth two Ubers and a Snapchat

Cloud storage firm Dropbox just raised $250 million, the Wall Street Journal reports, in a deal that puts the value of the company at close to $10 billion. For now, that puts the company in the running to be possibly the most valuable venture capital-backed startup in America, and possibly the …

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