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China's inflation figures just hit a five-year low.

China's inflation figures just hit a five-year low. Price growth is falling for consumers, and companies producing goods are already recording sharp deflation.<p>Why does it matter? One simple reason: debt.<p>China's debts as a proportion of GDP climbed to <b>245%</b> in 2014 from <b>144%</b> in 2007. That debt is worth …

Economics

Greece's Radical Left-Wing Government Is Right About The Debt — And Everyone Needs To Get Over It

Alex Tsipras, Greece's new radical left-wing Prime Minister. REUTERS/Marko Djurica Syriza has triumphed in Greece's election. The coalition has formed a government and all eyes are turning to the major showdown that's coming.<p>The party is demanding a major bondholder "haircut." This is effectively a …

Europe

Canada’s Richest Grain Family Betting on Rebound in Oil

A decade after expanding its grain business during a slump in prices, the Richardson family of Winnipeg, one of the richest in Canada, is making a …

Oil

UK consumer lending soars as mortgage approvals edge down

LONDON, Jan 2 (Reuters) - Lending to British consumers surged at its fastest rate in nearly a decade in the three months to November, and business lending showed some signs of picking up despite a continued slowdown in the housing market.<p>Estate agents boards are lined up outside houses in south …

Bank of England

2015 Outlook For Global Stock Markets

Today, I release my 2015 outlook for the global stock markets. I think 2015 will be a year of growth for the world’s economies. The U.S. economy should also grow nicely; although, the current socio/political and economic risks (primarily overseas) have the capability of derailing global economic …

How the technology industry is beginning to rethink Moore’s Law

Is confidence in Moore’s Law dwindling? Is it dead already? Or did the concept actually exist prior to Gordon Moore’s coined theory and has continually evolved over time as it will continue to do long past the end of a silicon-centric era? No matter the stance, there is buzz in the industry right …

7 top stocks to buy for 2015

Need a reason to invest in stocks? How about the beginning of a new year.<p>To help you find solid stock ideas we asked Motley Fool contributors covering technology and consumer goods stocks to talk about top stocks for 2015.<p><b>1. Ashraf Eassa likes Qualcomm</b>: It's hard not to be pleased with the …

Why An Ex-Microsoft Exec Chose Google Apps Over Microsoft's Office 365 For His Startup

He had been at Microsoft since 2011 and still says, "I love the company."<p>But when it came time to choosing email and office apps for his new company, he, like many others, went with Google Apps.<p>"Being a Microsoft fan I was initially all about choosing Office 365, but this would prove to be a …

Infographic: Top 20 Most Popular Websites (1996-2013)

From 1996 to 2002, AOL was the most popular website on the Internet. At the end of 2013, it surprisingly hadn’t fallen too far away from the top …

5 Trends That Changed the Face of Real Estate in 2014

Cheaper solar power (finally), what millennials really want in a home, and a better shot at a mortgage (for some).<p>Every year, there are innovators …

Divorce? The 6 worst money mistakes

This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org.<p>During a divorce, a spouse who hasn’t shown much interest in the family’s finances can …

The Stock Market Bull Who Got 2014 Right Just Published This Fantastic Presentation

For 2015, strategists are expecting stocks to move even higher, and again, no one is more bullish than Stoltzfus.<p>"We have initiated a target for the S&P 500 at the end of 2015 at 2,311," he wrote.<p>Courtesy of Oppenheimer, we've included the key slides from Stoltzfus' brand-new monthly presentation. …

Stock Markets

’Tis the season for a stock market rally, but not for long

The stock market’s rally to record highs has come right on schedule, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average continues to track its annual seasonal …

30 Years Ago Warren Buffett Gave Away The Secret To Good Investing And Correctly Predicted No One Would Listen

In a speech at Columbia Business School, later adapted into an essay, Buffett introduced what he called, "The Superinvestors of Graham-and-Doddsville."<p>Buffett writes:<p><b>"The common intellectual theme of the investors from Graham-and-Doddsville is this: they search for discrepancies between the value</b> …

Investing