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The Big 4 Economic Indicators: Industrial Production Down 0.9% In August

<i>By Jill Mislinski</i><p><i>Note:</i> This commentary has been updated to incorporate the August data for Industrial Production.<p>Official recession calls are the …

Higher Interest Rates May Force Higher Inflation Rates

Because of the $20 trillion size of the total U.S. national debt, the Federal Reserve acting to increase interest rates would ordinarily create …

Economics

What You Can Learn From Buffett's Decision Not To Invest In Microsoft

Today, I’d like to take you back in time. Back more than 25 years, in fact. Imagine that it’s 1991. It’s the early days of the PC industry, and Bill …

Investing

Theresa May Takes Her Darkest, Most Desperate Turn Yet

A cabal of right-wing Conservatives are attempting to seize power in the name of the people—a maneuver with a chilling historical echo.<p>It is one of the great ironies of Brexit that the United Kingdom’s messy divorce from Europe, sold as an effort to reclaim parliamentary sovereignty, has instead …

Is Learning 'How To Code' Still Worth It For Millennials?

I’m starting up to solve a problem I care deeply about…. Should I learn how to code to build out a prototype? Should I outsource development initially? Should I study computer science? These are questions that every first-time entrepreneur asks. Back in 2014, my vehement answer in an article called …

Entrepreneurship

If You Can’t Smell Gasoline or Cinnamon, You Might Be Developing Parkinson’s

Researchers say the inability to smell things like lemons and onions can predict Parkinson’s by as much as 10 years before other symptoms appear.<p>Your …

This app will do all the SEO heavy-lifting for you

In today's digitally driven world, it's no longer a surprise to any business that in order to remain viable and competitive, it's essential to have a …

12 stunning train rides you should take before you die

The August/September issue of National Geographic Traveler rounds up images of the best train trips in the world, according to one seasoned rail rider. It's available on newsstands now.<p>Here are 12 of our favorites.

Global Fixed Income: What Market Threats Lie Ahead?

<i>We assess 'the good, the bad and the ugly' trends we see across the globe</i><p>By Arnab Das, Head of Emerging Market Sovereign and Macro Research. Posted …

Economics

A Best-Selling Author Just Gave Some Brilliant Career Advice. Here It Is in 1 Sentence

According to Simon Sinek, the best leaders don't consider themselves experts.<p>Author Simon Sinek is famous for his leadership advice, including the 2011 best-selling book, <i>Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action</i>. (The book expands on the ideas put forth in Sinek's famous TED …

Bitcoin splits in 2

Bitcoin power brokers were unable to come behind a single solution that would have preserved a unified cryptocurrency by Tuesday morning's deadline.<p>As such, the digital currency has officially forked and split in two: bitcoin cash and bitcoin.<p>Miners were able to seek out bitcoin cash beginning …

Singapore is testing glow-in-the-dark roads for better night visibility

Imagine a pathway that glows in the dark, to make finding your way at night a little easier.<p>That's what Singapore's testing along a trail, that used …

4 Mistakes That Ruin a First Impression, According to Science

If you think these things are improving other people's opinion of you, you're dead wrong.<p>Why do people fail to make a good first impression? You might blame nerves, lack of focus, or shyness. But according to new science, there's a good chance there's another culprit -- terrible tactics.<p>The problem …

Alibaba and Tencent are carving up Southeast Asia’s startup ecosystem

Two global tech forces are putting their mark — and money — into Southeast Asia’s nascent startup ecosystem, but they may not be the Western names that you expect.<p>Rather than Google, Facebook or Microsoft, increasingly Chinese duo Alibaba and Tencent are the driving forces behind the importing of …

South-east Asia

43 Embarrassing Grammar Mistakes Even Smart People Make

Like it or not, words, spelling, and punctuation can leave a lasting impression on others. But even the most educated people often unknowingly make these common flubs.<p>When someone uses grammar incorrectly do you make an assumption about his or her intelligence or education? Like it or not, words, …

Language

These 13 words and 10 tips will help salespeople close more deals faster

And according to marketing-software maker HubSpot, there are certain words salespeople should use to boost their chances of closing more deals, and, beyond that, there are certain characteristics common to top salespeople.

Is It Time To Buy Platinum?

While we have put a heavy focus in covering gold and silver, the hammering that platinum has received has piqued our interest. We believe that in …

Investing

Dispute Over Singapore Founder’s House Becomes a National Crisis

SINGAPORE — Two years after his death, no memorials, statues or streets in Singapore are named after Lee Kuan Yew, who established this city-state as a modern nation and built it into a prosperous showcase for his view that limited political freedoms best suit Asian values.<p>Now a bitter and public …

Anyone who wants to be president needs to understand these 5 maps

Maps shape how we see the world.<p>But most of the maps hanging on our walls are dangerously incomplete because they emphasize political borders rather than functional connections.<p>The world has less than 500,000 kilometers of borders.<p>By comparison, it has 64 million km of highways, 4 million km of …

Knowledge Management

How to Make Your Customers Stop and Like Your Photos When Scrolling Through Instagram

Stop wasting your time taking worthless photos. It's time to do it right and maximize your shots.<p>Anyone can snap a photo and upload it to Instagram. This means that our feeds are constantly flooded with endless streams of artsy teen accounts, celebrity-holding-a-Starbucks selfies, and filtered …

The 18 hottest enterprise startups of 2017, according to how investors value them

For that we turned to Pitchbook, the website that tracks financial investments. Pitchbook sifted through its vast database to uncover the 383 startups that received funding so far in 2017 and that sell products or services to businesses, aka enterprise startups.<p>We chose a metric called a "valuation …

Maybe They're Born With It: 10 Qualities That Make Great Leaders

Not everyone is cut out for it, but there are a few traits that separate the good leaders from the greats.<p>"What makes a great leader" just might be the eighth wonder of the world. There's no cookie cutter formula to it, as some leaders are lauded for things like understanding emotional intelligence …

The best movies of 2017 so far, ranked

Superheroes, superpigs, and all points in between.<p>It’s hard to believe, but true: 2017 is already half over.<p>The most prestigious films of the year usually come out in the fall in an attempt to make a run at the Oscars. But this year has <i>already</i> yielded a bumper crop of great movies, including three …

It Is Time For Prudence In Gold - Here Is What That Means

<b>Speculative Gold Longs Sell the Most Contracts In Over 5 Years</b><p>The latest Commitment of Traders (COT) report showed a week of massive speculative gold …

Cryptocurrency

Chinese A-Share Upgrade By MSCI: What It Really Means

<b>It finally happened. After many years of near misses, index provider MSCI has finally agreed to include certain domestic Chinese A-shares in</b> …

Stock Markets

Google is Closer Than Ever to a Quantum Computer Breakthrough

Google’s 49 Qubit Chip<p>Google is maintaining its edge in the world of quantum computing. Its 20-qubit processor is currently undergoing tests, and the …

This Ethereum flash crash shows how cryptocurrency markets are super risky

The cryptocurrency market for Ethereum plummeted late Wednesday. This wasn't a quick dip, but a flash crash that sent the price from $317 to a low of …

Oil prices enter bear market as supply glut fears return

Look out below! The massive supply glut is once again sending crude oil prices into a tailspin.<p>Crude plunged into a bear market on Tuesday, sinking another 2.2% to settle at a nine-month low of $43.23 a barrel.<p>The sell-off leaves oil down 22% from early January, eclipsing the 20% needed to qualify …