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Unemployment Rate Map 2013

Unemployment (% of total labor force) refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment. External Data Sources: World Bank Open Data

SXSW Banks on iBeacons for Ultra Engaging New SXSW GO App

Next week South by Southwest will kick off in Austin, Texas, welcoming tens of thousands of attendees to the leading cultural and entertainment festival in the world. This year, however, SXSW will also represent the single largest deployment of iBeacons (more than 1,000) for any single event. To make it happen, South by Southwest (SXSW) […]

MasterCard CEO says this global initiative is our generation's big responsibility

More than 2.5 billion people in the world don't have a bank account, meaning they lack access to loans, insurance, and emergency funds. Ajay Banga, MasterCard's president and CEO, thinks this is a huge injustice. In his eyes, the responsibility...Show More Summary

IBM steps up mobile enterprise push with 3 new Apple apps

Pressing ahead with an alliance it forged with Apple last year, IBM has just unveiled a fresh crop of enterprise-focused iPhone apps at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, targeting the banking, retail, and airline industries. IBM’s partnership with Apple … Continue reading ?

Business activity lifted in February as central banks loosen up

By Jonathan Cable LONDON (Reuters) - Global business activity picked up last month just as many central banks around the world loosen monetary policy further to try and drive up stubbornly low inflation and revive moribund economies....Show More Summary

World Bank Denies Blame For Deadly Ethiopian Evictions

3 weeks agoNews : Huffington Post

This post was originally published by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). The World Bank has denied responsibility for the violent evictions of an indigenous group by a major client, the Ethiopian government,...Show More Summary

Is This Powerful Indicator Signaling A Global Recession?

Although memories of the Great Recession linger, a case can be made that better days lie ahead. That's because central banks around the world are pursuing bold stimulus measures. And the United

MWC 2015: Next IBM MobileFirst for iOS Apps Revealed in Barcelona

IBM on Monday in the kick-off to Mobile World Congress 2015 announced the expansion of the IBM MobileFirst for iOS portfolio. The effort is designed to address “key priorities for the Banking and Financial Services, Airline and Retail industries.” According to details put forward by IBM, these next IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions are available […]

Low commodity prices to hit budget

World Bank sees world economy 'limping along', stymied by weak global trade.

Bank Of Canada Will Honor $5 With Leonard Nimoy As Spock Drawn On Them

Around the world, people are doing many different things to remember and honor Leonard Nimoy, aka Mr. Spock, after his recent passing. For those north of the border, the Bank of Canada is allowing everyone to pay tribute to Nimoy byShow More Summary

Goldman Sachs to finance Chargers possible move

It’s unclear whether the NFL will get behind the Chargers’ potential return to L.A.  One of the world’s biggest investment banks has decided to do so. According to Daniel Kaplan of SportsBusiness Journal, Goldman Sachs will finance the move, “including covering any operating losses suffered by the team in the first few years in that…

Iggy Azalea: ESPN Anchor Bashes Rapper, Gets Threatened by Nick Young

Last week, Iggy Azalea released a new song, thus reminding the world that she actually makes music sometimes. This week, she's right back to the idiotic Twitter wars. No, Iggy isn't feuding with Azalea Banks again. (Though we're sure...Show More Summary

Apple and IBM add three more apps to MobileFirst portfolio

Apple and IBM’s partnership to bring iOS apps into the workplace produced 10 apps last year. Today at Mobile World Congress, IBM announced that it is launching three more MobileFirst apps aimed at the banking, airline, and retail industries. The … Read more ›

Lehman Moment For Austrian "Bad Bank" Means Worse Coming

Not "contained." Just six short months ago, the 2Y bonds of Austria's bank bank - HETA Asset Resolution AG - were trading well above par as the world and his mom reached for yield (~6%) in all the wrong places. Today, following the "spectacular...Show More Summary

Quacking All the Way to the Bank

Legislators in Washington state refuse to live in a world where only the wealthy can afford care from poorly trained health care providers who practice unproven medicine. This year Washington joined Oregon and Vermont in covering naturopathic care under Medicaid. Show More Summary

Global Central Banks Calendar for the Week of March 2-6, 2015

A calendar of events, speeches and policy statements from central banks around the world this week.

Lumia 640 and 640 XL: More Budget Microsoft Smartphones

3 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Microsoft hasn't announced a flagship phone at Mobile World Congress this year—but if you need to keep your bank account in the black then the Lumia 640 and 640 XL are here to help. Read more...

Business and Carbon Pricing

At the UN Climate Summit last September, the World Bank and others put the carbon pricing discussion back on the agenda, first with a Statement on Carbon Pricing signed by over 1000 companies and 70 governments and then with a series of side events and meetings which also carried through to COP20 in Lima. read more

ECB minutes: What they really tell us

The ECB has finally begun releasing the minutes of its policymaking meetings, something the world's major central banks have been doing since the 1990s. This column asks whether the publication of these minutes increases ECB transparency. Show More Summary

This Is The Biggest Problem Facing The World Today: 9 Countries Have Debt-To-GDP Over 300%

``either the Fed inflates this debt away, or one can kiss any hope of economic growth goodbye, even if that means even more central bank rate cuts, more QEs everywhere, and stock markets trading at +? while the middle class around the globe disappears and only the 0.001% is left standing.''

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