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The Consequences of Imposing Negative Interest Rates

Submitted by Pater Tenebrarum via Acting-Man blog, Negative Interest Rates and Capital Consumption Ever since the ECB has introduced negative interest rates on its deposit facility, people have been waiting for commercial banks to react. Show More Summary

The Story Of "Bill"

Now, get back to your Kim Kardashian apps... Source: Cagle Post

To Connect, Learn and Apply the Five Languages of Appreciation

#60 Learn and Apply the Five Languages of Appreciation – Ask your direct reports about memorable times when they received recognition at work. As they describe these times, ask questions to identify their primary and secondary languages of appreciation (also known as “love languages”). The five languages of appreciation in the workplace are as follows: words of [...]Show More Summary

Create a Culture Office to Promote Connection

            #59 Create a Culture Office to Promote Connection – Research has shown that connection begins to breakdown when the number of individuals in an organization exceeds 150.  Establishing a culture office or center that reports to the CEO and promotes connection is a best practice. For example, Southwest Airlines [...]Show More Summary

Property, Manufacturing Woes Help Trim China's Shadow Banking

By Engen Tham and Jake Spring SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) - A bid by China to rein in its "shadow banking" activity is producing results, thanks to slowing economic growth and tighter regulation. But some success for a policy drive to...Show More Summary

“The business plans of the next 10,000 startups are easy to forecast: Take X and add AI.”

Kevin Kelly thinks that artificial intelligence is finally ready deliver its promise: The AI on the horizon looks more like Amazon Web Services—cheap, reliable, industrial-grade digital smartness running behind everything, and almost invisible except when it blinks off. This common utility will serve you as much IQ as you want but no more than you need. Like […]

It'll Be A Busy 4-Day Week For The Economy — Here's Your Complete Preview

Markets will be closed on Thursday as America celebrates Thanksgiving Day. However, the shortened week will be stacked with economic data. We'll get key readings on consumer confidence and housing. The latest durable goods report and...Show More Summary

To Win the Holidays, Amazon.com Pushes Employees to the Limit

America's largest e-tailer has a well-documented history of mistreating its workers, but the public has been willing to ignore these abuses as long as they stay out of sight.

Does CurrentC Threaten American Express and Visa?

The mobile payment platform backed by the big retailers could bring the hammer down on credit card companies.

No One Expected Latin America To Slow Down Like This

IT WAS great while it lasted. In a golden period from 2003 to 2010 Latin America's economies grew at an annual average rate of close to 5%, wages rose and unemployment fell, more than 50m people were lifted out of poverty and the middle class swelled to more than a third of the population. But now the growth spurt is over. Show More Summary

Once Again! What Does Nonprofit Board Oversight Mean?

I have a daily subscription to Google Alerts on "Nonprofit Management" and "Nonprofit Governance." Every week, several nonprofit case stories surface, related to inadequate oversight by nonprofit boards of directors. Many of the cases result in huge losses losses to the nonprofits. Show More Summary

54 Bizarre Ways You Can Track The Economy

Professional economists spend lots of time mulling over government stats on the economy. Popular indicators include the consumer price index and the nonfarm payrolls report. However, these official reports are always revised, sometimes...Show More Summary

Italian Bank Intesa Eyes UK's Coutts International: FT

(Reuters) - Italy's retail bank Intesa SanPaolo is looking at a possible bid for Coutts International, the wealth management arm of Royal Bank of Scotland, the Financial Times reported. Intesa is trying to persuade RBS to sell the whole...Show More Summary

General Electric Company Sees a Big Future for Wind Power; but 2015 Could Be a Taxing Year

General Electric believes wind power can increasingly compete with gas and coal, but tax changes could turn 2015 into a bad year.

Intel Could Rise 30 Percent Over Next Two Years: Barron's

(Reuters) - Shares in microprocessor maker Intel Corp could rise more than 30 percent to $48 over the next two years, Barron's reported in its Nov. 24 edition. With shares recently at over $35, the stock is halfway to the five-year doubling Barron's said it predicted in June of 2013, but now is not the time, the weekly magazine advised. Show More Summary

A time for nuance

Macroeconomics is really complicated.  I would consider myself a supply and demand-sider, a rational expectations and efficient markets guy, and a market monetarist. So it’s not surprising that I am often misunderstood, just as more famous bloggers like Paul Krugman are often misunderstood.  When things are far out of whack, as in 2009, it’s much […]

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