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UBS Investor Forum

Every month, we invite global investment leaders from the fund management industry to challenge our UBS House View. We address global financial …

Markets

Real Life is Risk Taking

Chapter from Skin in the Game<p>Life in the Simulation Machine<p><i>There are many ways to convince with an icepick — Councils of bickering bishops Theosis–</i> …

Republican Primaries

The Great AI Paradox - MIT Technology Review

You’ve probably heard versions of each of the following ideas.<p>1. With computers becoming remarkably adept at driving, understanding speech, and other …

Artificial Intelligence

Veem raises $24 million to simplify global payments

Veem announced today that it has closed a $24 million funding round. The startup offers small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) around the world an easy solution for sending and receiving money. More than 95 percent of all businesses across the world — some 20 million — are SMBs, which represents …

California startup predicts retail failure via satellite images

After five years of fighting to increase profits, J.C. Penney is shutting down 130 stores nationwide. For one California startup — and anyone who’s been inside J.C. Penney lately — this didn’t come as a surprise.<p>Orbital Insight, a venture-funded startup in Mountain View, uses satellite imagery to …

J.C. Penney’s troubles are reflected in satellite images of its parking lots

One satellite data startup shows how the company’s traffic has decreased along with its stock price.<p>J.C. Penney is shutting down 130 stores after …

J.C. Penney

NAFTA created thousands of good American jobs—just not for Trump’s Rust Belt supporters

Most of the debate about the North American Free Trade Agreement has focused on job losses. It is certainly true that over the last 25 years many manufacturing jobs in the United States have disappeared. A conservative estimate suggests that half of those jobs have been automated in one way or …

Former Trump trade adviser: Border-adjustment tax could go a long way toward improving NAFTA

Dan DiMicco, the former Nucor CEO and Coalition for a Prosperous America board member who ran Trump's trade transition team, said a border-adjustment tax plan on imports from Mexico could help balance the Mexican value-added tax on exports into the country.<p>Trump has previously chided the trade …

Donald Trump

Android Pay may soon support PayPal cards and Visa Checkout

The most accessible in-roads to Google’s mobile payment system may soon lie with PayPal.<p>Version 1.13 of the Android Pay app is making its way to …

Thomas Friedman-style globalization has failed. We need internationalism

Many on the left like Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn advocate greater protectionism. But there are better alternatives to our problems<p>Rightwing populists from Donald Trump to British Brexiters to French National Front presidential candidate Marine Le Pen are all playing the nationalist card. They …

Globalization

Is Inflation Coming? Markets Say Yes, Data Says No

Traders are at odds with consumers when it comes to the inflation outlook, a divergence that some investors are betting will lead to a sharp market reversal.<p>A University of Michigan survey of consumer expectations for annual inflation over the next five to 10 years hit 2.3% for December, data …

Let’s relocate a bunch of government agencies to the Midwest

Time to shift economic activity from the overcrowded coasts to places that need more of it.<p>America’s post-industrial Midwest is far from being the country’s poorest region. To find the direst economic conditions in the United States, one generally has to look toward Appalachia, the Mississippi …

Learning In The Age Of Digital Distraction

Maybe the smart phone's hegemony makes perfect evolutionary sense: Humans are tapping a deep urge to seek out information. Our ancient food-foraging survival instinct has evolved into an info-foraging obsession; one that prompts many of us today to constantly check our phones and multitask.<p>Monkey …

The Brain

Why unconventional monetary policy works in theory | VOX, CEPR’s Policy Portal

In a discussion at the Brookings Institution, Ben Bernanke (2014) quipped that “the problem with quantitative easing is that it works in practice, …

Economics

A tough sell: why Facebook's e-commerce dream failed to take flight

Technology has been good to 1-800-Flowers. The company has long pioneered new ways of retailing, a toll-free number, direct sales via the internet. So when, in 2009, it opened its online store on Facebook the company was expecting another tech-based success. Like many others they found Facebook was …

eCommerce

Vancouver, London Top List of Cities at Risk of Housing Bubble

Vancouver, London and Stockholm rank as the cities most at risk of a housing bubble after a surge in prices in the past five years, according to a …

Canadian Real Estate

Peak Finance Looks Like It's Over

The industry's best days are in the past as disruptive technologies and new regulations squeeze profits.<p>It’s time to ask a scary question: How much of the financial industry will soon be obsolete?<p>There are many examples of technologies that have been replaced by something newer and better -- film …

Investing
Enterprise Tech

4 Types of Team Meetings You Need to Cancel Now

Holding a productive meeting is an art -- one few business leaders have mastered.<p>Holding a productive meeting is an art. Unfortunately, it's one few business leaders have mastered. Instead of thinking of team meetings as exciting brainstorming sessions or collaborative ways to solve problems, …

Time Management

Janet Yellen's Tough Calling

Hare Krishnas

Singapore-based Xfers Lands $2.5M To Simplify Bank Transfers For Online Sellers

Xfers, a startup that wants to simplify bank transfers, announced today that it has raised a $2.5 million seed round. Based in Singapore, Xfers plans to use the funding to expand into Indonesia during the first quarter of this year before tackling other markets in Southeast Asia. The Y Combinator …

FinTech

Good news for the post-Brexit UK economy and five other things to look out for this week

There will probably be better news this week about the UK economy, but maybe worse news from the world’s financial markets.<p>Why so? Well, first the …

Economics

Visa Checkout expands its merchant network

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence "Payments Briefing" subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>At the Shoptalk retail trade show, Visa announced that several major merchants, including Alaska Airlines, Chick-fil-A, Cole Haan, Emirates, and the Wyndham Hotel Group, plan …

FinTech

Report: Apple planning iPhone model for Japan with support for FeliCa mobile payment standard

According to a new report from Bloomberg, Apple is planning a new iPhone model for Japan that includes support for a technology called FeliCa. FeliCa, for those unfamiliar, is a tap-to-pay standard in Japan that allows users to pay for things like mass-transit rides with their mobile device.<p>FeliCa …

Stock Markets

Beyond Excel: What analysts — not data scientists — need

<i>This sponsored post is produced by Alteryx.</i><p>Harvard Business School (HBS) is filled with nearly identical rooms. With the exception of one: Aldrich 108. In that room there is an odd plaque on the wall. Why? Aldrich 108 was the birthplace of VisiCalc. And HBS knows that the first spreadsheet that …

Line, the Biggest Tech IPO of the Year, Struggles to Show its Growth Plan Can Work

In delaying its IPO by two years, Japanese messaging app company Line bought time to correct weak financial reporting controls, work on its business …

Venture Capital