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REMINDER: The Chinese Auto Market Is Going To Be Ridiculously Huge

From Morgan Stanley, a classic chart showing that in all likelihood, the Chinese car market is going to be ridiculously huge.

Morgan Stanley

Secrets of a former high speed trader

5 Must-Read Books For Starting Your Company

When starting a company, there are many resources available to you with folks telling how, why, when and where to start your business in order to become a millionaire at an early age. Unfortunately, many, if not most, of these resources are mediocre, misleading, or just not useful. Having access to …

A New Concept Of Work For A New Generation

John Stuart Mill had a 19th Century view of labor. In his treatise <i>Principles of Political Economy</i>, he wrote that unproductive work was “labor which does not terminate in the creation of material wealth.” He had a stricter idea of consumption: “Whoever contributes nothing directly or indirectly to …

There's Room For Optimism If Marketers Can Get Over 'The Lehman Effect'

The spectacular collapse of Lehman Bros. in 2008, and the chain reaction on Wall Street almost destroyed the world. Literally. It certainly destroyed the marketing world as we know it by changing the make-up of companies and diminishing their appetite for risk taking, once a part and parcel of …

Bonds For The Rising Interest Rate Environment

Bonds get crushed by rising interest rates, but most investors are not going to just drop them from their portfolios the way Taylor Swift dropped Joe, Jake, John, Connor and Harry. What are our most prudent options?<p>Ben Stein and I have written eight books on investing (one on fixed income alone), …

These Stocks Vulnerable To China's Slowdown

A U.S.-style financial crisis brewing in China threatens to cut both private and public spending there, potentially tanking an economy that many American corporations dearly need to be healthy now. Without the grand economic growth China has provided in recent years, expect some version of the …

Building Customer Loyalty the Hard (And Only) Way

<i>The following is a guest post by Micah Solomon, a customer service consultant, keynote speaker, and the author of High-Tech, High-Touch Customer Service, as well as an entrepreneur and business leader.</i><p>If you want to build customer loyalty, start by making a decision: Are you willing to put the …

What's The Big Deal With Big Data? Collaboration

At EMC we approach Big Data from every angle—how to store, manage, query, analyze, and visualize it, not to mention secure it. We also use Big Data in our own business, among other things to drive marketing programs. That gave us an idea: If we’re analyzing and directing our business with Big Data, …

Has Your Company Already Failed This Idiot Test?

<b>@johngreathouse</b><p>If your company has said “Yes” to any of the following requests, you have effectively failed the partnership idiot test.<p><b>Exclusivity</b><p>The Ask: <i>“We love what you are doing so much that we have to work with you exclusively.”</i><p>The Intent: <i>“We want to lock you up so our competitors can’t have</i> …

Bernanke: Tapering plan not a "preset course"

The Federal Reserve plans to start slowing its controversial bond-buying program later this year and end it completely in mid-2014, Ben Bernanke told lawmakers Wednesday.<p>However, that scenario is certainly not set in stone. It depends entirely on how the economy progresses, he said.<p>"I emphasize …

Favorite stocks of high speed traders

Bank of America's stock may have a checkered past, but it's been a darling of high speed traders.<p>The bank's high valuation (around $150 billion) and low stock price (around $14) is the perfect combination for firms that trade in milliseconds.<p>That's because of the fees, or so-called rebates, trading …

Why gas prices are likely to keep climbing

Gas prices are significantly higher and likely to go higher still, which could make this the most expensive summer at the pump in five years.<p>The average price is now $3.67, and Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst for GasBuddy.com, predicts there's at least a 50% chance gas could top the $3.79 a gallon …

Three small-cap stocks hedge funds love

Hedge funds have built a reputation of reaping outsized returns from financial markets.<p>It's no wonder, then, that people want to know where they are putting their money. A recent report from NerdWallet Investing, an online broker research tool, came out with a list of small-cap stocks that are …

How Modern Economics Is Built On 'The World's Dumbest Idea'

I reported earlier this month that the Financial Times published a pair of important articles asking why the goal of a firm is to maximize short-term shareholder value is still being taught in business schools.<p>“While there is growing consensus that focusing on short-term shareholder value is not …

Model Your Renovation in 3D With SketchUp Make

Fall in love with this handy new 3D modeling tool.<p>I might have found my next favorite tool. SketchUp Make, released last month, is 3D design software that you've probably heard of. If you're like me, you might have even tried it.<p>Various versions of SketchUp have been around for more than a decade, …

Here's The Heleen Mees PhD Thesis That NYU Doesn't Want You To See

We later found out that the two were apparently acquainted at least as far back as 2008, as Mees describes a meeting that year with Buiter as the starting point for her doctoral thesis on China and the financial crisis in its preface.<p>She also devotes a full page to dedicating it, "For Willem."<p>NYU …

How To Make Money Without A Job

Before joining the staff of Forbes in July of 2011, I was happily self-employed for 23 years. For much of this time my husband and I ran two mostly unrelated home-based businesses. He worked in his office in the front of the house, while I was in mine across the hall. Our office doors were usually …

32 Tricks You Can Do With Wolfram Alpha, The Most Useful Site In The History Of The Internet

It's not a search engine, it's not an encyclopedia, and it's not a calculator, but it's a little bit of all of that. It's really the only member of its field.<p>Originally developed as an online version of Stephen Wolfram's Mathematica software, its basic functionality is that of a math equation …

How Clothes Should Fit, A Helpful Guide to Men’s Clothing

How Clothes Should Fit is a useful website created by Ilias Ismanalijev based on a booklet written by Nick Taverna and designed by P. Altair. The …

How to Lock Down Your Facebook Privacy Now That Graph Search Is Here

Graph Search is Facebook's bold new way of browsing the social network, letting you call up photos of your family in California, restaurants your …

Top 10 Marketing Books of All Time

Essential books for entrepreneurs who really want to understand how and why their customers buy.<p>In previous posts, I've identified the best motivational books of all time and the best sales books of all time. Today, I've selected 10 books about marketing that I believe should be in every business …

How To Get Everything You Want In Life

Getting what you want in your career and in life isn't as difficult as it may seem. I mean it.<p>I've been very fortunate, both professionally and personally, and along the way learned seven key ways to help make it happen. In essence, I work to put others first, and to be more likeable, to end up …

Investors shouldn't worry about the Fed

Investors shouldn't worry about when the Federal Reserve is going to pull the plug on its stimulus program.<p>During a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Fed chairman Ben Bernanke stressed his message: "Our purchases are tied to what happens in the economy," he said. "We have no deterministic or …

We Are Witnessing A Rare Across-The-Board Selloff In The Global Markets

Usually, when one asset class sells off, another rises.<p>And when a lot of asset classes fall, the so-called "safe havens" will rise. These include things like U.S. Treasuries, gold, and a handful of other currencies like the Swiss Franc or Japanese Yen.<p>However, everything is selling off right …

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