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MORGAN STANLEY: It is 'under appreciated' how devastating the world's ageing population could be for the global economy

They say that "the negative effect that an ageing workforce has on productivity growth [and thus economic growth] is under appreciated."<p>In the bank's weekly Global Macro Briefing, subtitled "Global Workforce is Ageing, Can Productivity Provide an Offset?" — economists Chetan Aya, Elga Bartsch, and …

Economics

George Soros bet big on gold

Is George Soros bracing for a storm?<p>During the first quarter the legendary investor purchased $264 million worth of shares of Barrick Gold (ABX), the world's largest gold miner. Soros, known as the "man who broke the Bank of England," also acquired 1.1 million options to buy the popular SPDR Gold …

Stock Markets

Melinda Gates Goes Public (Fortune, 2008)

<i>Editor’s Note: This Fortune classic, from our January 2008 issue, is the first solo profile that Melinda Gates ever agreed to do. The story covers</i> …

Computer Science

A massive threat to China's banks is building, and it looks a lot like a Ponzi scheme

Wealth-management products have exploded in popularity over the past few years.<p>We've heard about these products blowing up investors' faces in China before, but the way Fitch makes it sound now, the situation has become even more dire.<p>In fact, it sounds like a Ponzi scheme, as banks issue new WMPs …

Markets

There's a 'gathering storm' in the global economy, and central banks are running out of options

In two separate notes published Sunday, BIS economists highlighted the fragile global economic backdrop and said negative interest rates could become a reality for many more countries as central banks search for ways to stoke real growth and battle issues like tumbling oil prices.<p>"The tension …

Economics

Revealed: the 30-year economic betrayal dragging down Generation Y’s income

Exclusive new data shows how debt, unemployment and property prices have combined to stop millennials taking their share of western wealth<p>Who’s winning? Find out how your income compares with every other generation<p>The full scale of the financial rout facing millennials is revealed today in …

Demographics

A $19 billion hedge fund has put one theme at the heart of its investment strategy ― and it should strike fear into 'middlemen'

Also known as intermediaries, middlemen help facilitate transactions between companies and customers. They can be agents, brokers, or wholesalers.<p>These go-betweens can in some cases be cut out of the equation, or disintermediated. Companies can save the money they otherwise would have paid out to …

Customers

18 books billionaire Warren Buffett thinks everyone should read

Even now, he still spends about 80% of his day reading.<p>"Look, my job is essentially just corralling more and more and more facts and information, and occasionally seeing whether that leads to some action," he once said in an interview.<p>"We don't read other people's opinions," he said. "We want to …

Investing

4 mortgage secrets only your broker knows

Taking out a mortgage loan to buy a home is a huge investment — probably the biggest you'll ever make.<p>That's why it's important to cut as many costs of applying for a mortgage loan as possible. Who knows best how to reduce these costs? Mortgage lenders, of course.<p>Here are four secrets that your …

Personal Finance

Wall Street's getting crushed by a form of financial engineering you've probably never heard of

On August 6, billionaire hedge fund manager Leon Cooperman took the unusual step of dialing into an earnings call for one of his fund's holdings and asking a question.<p>It was a second-quarter earnings call for SunEdison, a solar-energy company that went public in 1995. At the time, Omega was the …

Markets

How To Manage Your Time: 5 Secrets Backed By Research

It’s the problem we all face at the office: how to manage your time. You’re so overwhelmed with meetings and email that you always wonder if you’re …

Time Management

Two weeks that will shake the world

Fourteen days in December will dictate the outlook of global markets as Britian prepares to go to war<p>Fourteen days in December will decide the fate of world markets as first the European Central Bank followed by Opec and then the US central bank gather to take landmark decisions on policy. The …

9 things I do every day that make me more productive

About six years ago I would say I was 100% unproductive. Everything I did would cost me in either well-being or money.<p>By "well-being" I mean, competence, good relationships, and freedom. So when I say "cost me well-being" I would do things to specifically hurt the above three.<p>Now, I feel I'm …

Productivity

A Step-By-Step Guide To Achieving Mindfulness

Mindfulness is all about an appreciation for the present moment, examining who we are, and cultivating a sense of unity with ourselves and the world …

Mindfulness

10 mistakes you might be making in the first 10 minutes of the workday

If you show up late to the office or get sucked into an overflowing inbox, you could easily get thrown off and have a hard time focusing for the rest of the day.<p>We did some research and rounded up 10 common traps that can ensnare you within the first 10 minutes of your workday. Read on to find out …

Time Management

The 15 most influential thinkers in business

You can credit Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen, for example, for sowing the seeds that became Silicon Valley's obsession with "disruption." And there are INSEAD professors W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne, whose book "Blue Ocean Strategy" has sold 3.5 million copies and been …

Innovation

Using Fear To Become Successful

GOLDMAN: Here are 15 great stocks with fat dividends and huge buyback plans

According to David Kostin at Goldman Sachs, S&P 500 companies will spend $2.2 trillion in excess cash in 2016, and 46% of that will be returned to shareholders in the form of dividends ($432 billion) or buybacks ($608 billion).<p>Additionally, the stocks of companies returning large amounts of cash to …

Investing

Playing the Probabilities

The following is one of my favorite running stats on the stock market:Over the years I’ve noticed that whenever these types of long-term numbers are …

Stock Markets

Unlocking the seven words that define the DNA of your business

Why should I choose you?<p>That's a question consumers ask of companies. It's also a question that employees and prospective employees ask, along with potential board members, bankers, strategic partners, suppliers and investors.<p>It's therefore a query that Toronto-based consultants Ian Chamandy and …

100 Dalai Lama Quotes That Will Change Your Life

The Dalai Lama, his holiness is a world leader that is committed to promoting positive values such as , forgiveness,self-discipline, tolerance, …

Congress May Have Just Robbed You Of $60,000 In Social Security Benefits

As a fan of <i>How To Get Away With Murder</i>, I'm hoping that an Annalise Keating will step up and save us from the congressional version of <i>How To Get Away With Robbery of Social Security Recipients</i>.<p>While the title isn't quite as catchy, if you and your spouse aren't 66 by next May, essentially you may …

Retirement

Do You Have a Digital Estate Plan for Your Online Assets?

<b>Updated February 2017</b> — In this digital age, people amass an electronic wealth of sorts in social media sites, photo-sharing sites, and online …

This worldwide trend will forever alter the way we retire

<b>People are living longer. Can you give us a sense of the scale of the changes that this is bringing?</b><p><b>Hodin:</b> The scale of the transformation is huge. It's as large a mega trend as any that exists today and, I believe, at the same scale as any major historical, sociological or economic change we've …

Retirement

How a couple with a net worth of $10 million and annual income of $215,000 can pay $0 in income tax

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Income Inequality

There's a potential trillion-dollar troublemaker in the bond market

The last recession wasn't also called the global financial crisis for nothing.<p>Delinquencies, defaults, and trading losses put huge strains on the banks, which in turn had less money to lend. The money they did lend came at extraordinarily high interest rates.<p>High levels of leverage had made the …

Markets
Time Management

Why You're Struggling to Fulfill Your Life Purpose

<i>Tejal V. Patel, Mindfulness Coach, Author and Meditation teacher</i><p>What can red leaves in August teach you?<p>A sign of a great teacher is one that gently suggests you in the direction of your answer but never outrightly tells you what to think or believe.<p>Nature is one such great teacher, if we are …

Meditation