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Women CEOs Are Good For Business, Says Study

According to the numbers, companies with women at the top make more money.<p>An analysis from Fortune showed that Fortune 1000 companies with female CEOs record better stock market returns than those with male CEOs. Only 51 of the Fortune 1000 companies are run by women.<p>"Fortune 1000 companies with …

Just-Retired Ford CEO Alan Mulally Joins Google's Board Of Directors

Before Ford, Mulally was the CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.<p>"I am honored to serve on the board of a global iconic company that is dedicated to enhancing our lives," Mulally says in a Google blog post about the appointment. "I look forward to working together with the Google board and …

US vice-president Joe Biden pushes energy cooperation in visit to Cyprus

US vice-president Joe Biden arrived in Cyprus on Wednesday, the most senior US official to visit in more than 50 years, as the quest to find alternative energy routes into Europe focused international attention on the continent's only divided country.<p>With the discovery of vast reserves of oil and …

Is the stock market rigged?

<i>"Beware those who seek constant crowds, for they are nothing alone."</i><p><i>-- Charles Bukowski</i><p>"The United States stock market, the most iconic market in global capitalism, is rigged."<p>So says Michael Lewis. His most recent book, <i>Flash Boys</i>, has drawn a huge amount of scrutiny to what really isn't a new …

The Fed's Main Tool For Setting Interest Rates Has Become Very Dull

As the massive over-liquidity in the US banking system reaches new highs, the amount that banks borrow from each other continues to decline. In the past some banks borrowed from other banks in order to meet their reserve requirements, but these days excess reserves are so large, the need for …

Data Security: Can Corporations Protect Us From Hackers?

Gregg Steinhafel’s ouster at Target this week was a major C-Suite casualty in corporate America’s war on hackers. Sales took a major nosedive after the retailer’s big data security breach hit the news last December, with fourth-quarter profits down 46%. So what’s a CEO to do?<p>First of all, if it …

Is the recession over? These figures don't tell the whole story | Joe Earle

If we listen to the latest growth and unemployment statistics we might accept all is well, but the financial crisis had deeper causes<p>According to the media, the great recession that began in 2008 is now over: the UK economy is supposed to have returned to the levels it reached that year. The …

Ex Facebook CTO: Taking On Microsoft Office

When it comes to productivity software, not much has changed since Microsoft Office became the dominant platform back in the 1980s. The franchise still generates prodigious amounts of cash flows.<p>While the business represents a juicy opportunity for a tech disrupter, there are certainly challenges. …

Housing The Homeless Saves Money–Here’s The Research That Proves It

The best way to stop homelessness is mindbogglingly simple: Give them homes.<p>Providing the homeless with a place to live may seem like a high cost for taxpayers. But the alternative, it turns out, is more costly, new research shows. Subsidized accommodation could actually be a bargain for the …

Walmart's Revenge: Amazon.com Has A Big Problem

Amazon.com is grabbing the headlines this week with the news that it bested rival Netflix in securing exclusive rights to stream HBO’s library of older shows — such as <i>The Sopranos</i> and <i>Deadwood</i> — via its Amazon Prime streaming service.<p>But its streaming business, while a big headline winner, isn’t the …

Cheap Smartphones Will Create A New Breed Of Innovation

To move these consumers onto smartphones, more manufacturers than ever before will be offering smartphones at bargain basement prices. Recently, came news of Mozilla's upcoming $25 smartphone, adding to a flurry of new devices priced well below flagship phones from Apple and Samsung.<p>The race to …

Everest Avalanche's Impact Will Roll Through Nepal's Economy

Nepal, which relies heavily on income from tourism at the world's highest peaks, will be struggling to keep an economic foothold if Sherpa guides decide to boycott this year’s climbing season, tour operators and mountaineering experts say.<p>Many of the Sherpas in the Himalayas say they will down …

The EU Remains Hopelessly Divided Over Stronger Sanctions On Russia

Last week I helped create the Open Europe Dove/Hawk scale which outlines where EU member states stand with regards to pushing further sanctions on Russia.<p>Developments over the weekend have again proved that the deals agreed on paper do not guarantee results on the ground. We once again find …

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This Is Amazon's Real Achilles Heel

Online sales taxes are discouraging people from shopping on Amazon, according to a new study by researchers at Ohio State University. Regular online …

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Blogs review: High frequency trading

<i>What’s at stake: Michael Lewis’ new book “Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt” has unleashed a huge controversy about the economic benefits and costs of</i> …

The Patent Drain on Economic Growth

Slow economic growth since the Great Recession has been devastating for employment, middle class incomes, and federal and state budgets. Worse, many economists are predicting slow growth for the next generation. A number of policies — from tax and immigration reform to more innovation friendly …

Russia forges ahead with pipeline skirting Ukraine | Financial Times

Russia brushed off the threat of western energy sanctions on Friday and pledged to press ahead with plans to build a new gas export pipeline that …

Easter indicator turns bullish: Stocks\’ year-to-date gain is good news for rest of 2014

Can High-Speed Trading Firms Thank Michael Lewis for Their Subpoenas?

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sent subpoenas to at least six high-frequency trading …

To Increase Productivity, UPS Monitors Drivers' Every Move

The American workforce might want to pay attention to all those brown trucks full of cardboard boxes. UPS is using technology in ways that may soon be common throughout the economy.<p>On the surface, UPS trucks look the same as they did more than 20 years ago, when Bill Earle started driving for the …

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Vladimir Putin Has Upper Hand as Ukraine Talks Begin

Vladimir Putin portrays himself as a hard man. Judo is his chosen sport. In a judo match, the expert waits until his opponent is off balance, then pounces. This is what Putin is doing in Ukraine. His opponents in this global sparring match are being wrong-footed. A moment of imbalance is fast …

Indonesia’s fragile middle: close to the edge | Financial Times

Management consultants at McKinsey say the Indonesian middle class consists of 45m people, while their rivals at Boston Consulting Group cite a …

A new policy tool for banks to stop asset bubbles wreaking economic havoc

After years of denial central banks are finally coming around to recognise that they must take responsibility for asset bubbles that can wreak economic havoc. Executive director of the Bank of England Andrew Haldane highlighted this earlier this month when he stated that managing the asset managers …

Did Hyman Minsky find the secret behind financial crashes?

<b>American economist Hyman Minsky, who died in 1996, grew up during the Great Depression, an event which shaped his views and set him on a crusade to explain how it happened and how a repeat could be prevented, writes Duncan Weldon.</b><p>Minsky spent his life on the margins of economics but his ideas …

Rising number of Americans have had personal data stolen online, study finds

The number of Americans who say they've had important personal information stolen online – such as their social security number, credit card or bank account information -- is on the rise, according to a new Pew Research Center report.<p>In the survey, conducted in January, 18 percent of online adults …

This is the location of tens of billions of dollars that won’t be declared to the IRS today

Today is tax day in the United Sates, and most Americans pay their fair share without a peep. Some of the folks that aren’t playing ball keep their money in offshore accounts to dodge taxes and then invest it back in the US, and for the first time we have an estimate for how much: Some $34 billion …

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Paying Off Student Loans Puts A Dent In Wallets, And The Economy

Weighing in at more than $1 trillion, student loan debt is now larger than total credit card debt. <i>Morning Edition</i> recently asked young adults about their biggest concerns, and more than two-thirds of respondents mentioned college debt. Many say they have put off marriage or buying a home because of …