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Will 2014 be a Good Year for Options Traders?

2013 certainly closed on a high note for equity investors -- with near 30% gains for the SP500 and Nasdaq indexes, and hundreds of stocks finishing …

What was your favourite book of 2013? Catch up on the best business books of the year, and tell us more about your top pick. http://wef.ch/b32Tu REUTERS/Toby Melville

Breaking through the ZLB with virtual currencies

2014-01-02T13:24:40.000Z<p>By: Izabella Kaminska<p>Here’s a crazy thought to start the New Year year with. What if virtual currencies were born less of an …

Which Came First: The Human or the Algorithm?

One thing is for certain: society’s reliance on human judgment, unaided by computers, is going to decrease. This point is made forcefully in a recent post here at Harvard Business Review by MIT’s Andrew McAfee, and in Average Is Over, the latest book by economist Tyler Cowen.<p>But machine …

Doctorow, Rowling, Murakami, and More: Books to Read in 2014

New titles from Michael Cunningham, Maggie Shipstead, Hillary Clinton, and others<p>The coming year is full of long-awaited sequels, promising debuts, not-so-secret pseudonyms, and several books involving bloody murder. Read more on what notable authors in both fiction and non-fiction are up to in …

10 Extraordinary People and Their Lessons for Success

From presidents to hip-hop producers to poets, the last page of every issue of Harvard Business Review is always an interview with someone who has succeeded outside the traditional corporate world. Here, some of our favorite lessons from the class of 2013:<p><b>Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on having</b> …

Why Talking About Employee Poverty Makes Us Uncomfortable

Earlier this month, I asked a simple question about an apparent change in the social contract at work: Do employers care if their employees are paid so little that they require government assistance to get enough to eat?<p>The response was overwhelming — close to 600 comments on the HBR website, and …

That Giant Bitcoin Crash in the Wake of China Restrictions? It Never Happened.

When news surfaced two weeks ago of a fresh round of restrictions that China was placing on businesses transacting in the bitcoin ecosystem, the …

Cryptocurrency

Life’s Work: An Interview with Salman Khan

Photography: Jonathan Sprague<p>Salman Khan was working as a hedge fund analyst when he started using online tools to tutor his cousins in math. Nine years later, his nonprofit organization, Khan Academy, draws on the same approach to offer more than 5,000 free, web-based video lessons to millions of …

Should we ditch new year's resolutions - and try setting life goals instead? Psychologist Michael Gervais gives advice on developing meaningful and lasting goals, starting today: http://wef.ch/s1G2v Photo: Reuters/Michael Dalder

How To Get A Job After You’ve Been Rejected

Designer Karen X. Cheng did everything to land her dream job at Evernote. But it didn’t work. Now, looking back, she shares why that’s okay.<p>I’ve gotten everything I have because I was rejected.<p>My senior year of high school, when I was rejected by my dream college, I asked them if there was anything …

Employment

Why Gold Would Be Useless in an Economic Apocalypse

Seriously, stick with the canned goods.<p>Since November, financial advisor David Marotta has been publishing a series of blog posts on how to manage your money in the event of a financial apocalypse—as in a world of hyperinflation, governmental collapse, and anarachic mobs. You know, the standard …

Building a Game-Changing Talent Strategy

Artwork: Freegums, Spacial Tension, 2011, acrylic on wood, 55″ x 44″<p>Founded 25 years ago by eight partners, BlackRock, the world’s largest asset management firm, rewrote the playbook in financial services. While many of its peers were stumbling and retrenching in the aftermath of the 2008 …

The Bitcoin Boom

On March 16th, the Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, who’d been in office for about a month, announced a strategy to solve the country’s banking crisis. This plan, which would be funded in part by confiscating money directly from every single bank account in Cyprus—even the very smallest—met …

How Janet Yellen Can Save the Economy

The nominee to lead the Federal Reserve is an old-school progressive economist with two guiding passions: reducing unemployment and reining in Wall Street.<p>Every Federal Reserve Board chairman comes into office with a secret agenda, a hidden passion. It's the sort of thing you don't hear about at …

Scott E.D. Skyrm » Supply And Demand In The Repo Market: Cash And Collateral

The Repo market is an interesting market from an economics perspective. Unlike traditional markets where there’s a supply and demand curve for a …