April 15, 2015
China’s economy grew in the first three months of 2015 at its slowest quarterly pace in six years, dragged down by an industrial slowdown and a weak housing market, the government announced Wednesday. Gross domestic product rose 7 percent from a year earlier, in line with economists’ forecasts. While the growth rate means China still ranks as one of the world’s fastest growing major economies, it marked the country’s slowest quarterly expansion...
April 15, 2015
This is the beginning of the end. The race for renewable energy has passed a turning point. The world is now adding more capacity for renewable power each year than coal, natural gas, and oil combined. And there's no going back.  The shift occurred in 2013, when the world added 143 gigawatts of renewable electricity capacity, compared with 141 gigawatts in new plants that burn fossil fuels, according to an analysis presented...
April 12, 2015
Shareholders in the biggest US companies stand to receive a record $1tn in cash this year, as blue chips’ concerns over the global economic outlook have diverted cash away from investment and is driving a boom in buybacks and dividends. Shareholder returns reached more than $903bn in 2014, with $350bn in dividends and $553bn in buybacks, official data from S&P Dow Jones Indices show. It expects buybacks to rise at a...
April 11, 2015
At long last, General Electric is on its way to exorcising the financial demons of Jack Welch. It took 14 years, a near-death experience and a flat-lined stock price, but Mr. Welch’s successor,Jeffrey R. Immelt, is now getting out of the banking business and returning G.E. to its industrial roots. It may have taken too long, but the timing works now on many levels. Mr. Immelt’s timing hasn’t always been so good. He took over as chairman and...
April 11, 2015
Michael E. Porter has announced the launch of the Social Progress Imperative, a new rigorous index rating the social performance of more than 50 countries. Developed with the AVINA, Rockefeller, and Skoll foundations, this is the first index to fully separate social indicators from economic ones. In examining data on basic needs, well-being, and opportunity it creates a global agenda for country level policy. "We've long...
April 11, 2015
Growing City jitters about the prospect of a hung parliament and signs of weakness in the key manufacturing sector prompted sterling to hit a five-year low against the dollar in foreign exchange markets on Friday. Sterling fell to $1.4558 on Friday morning – the lowest level since the uncertain days that followed the 2010 general election. It later recovered some ground but still closed down 0.51% on the day at $1.4637. Against...
April 9, 2015
When Marc Andreessen launched the Netscape web browser back in 1994, he inadvertently laid the foundation for what would later become the lyric annotation platform Rap Genius, and eventually, Genius. "Only a handful of people know that the big missing feature from the web browser—the feature that was supposed to be in from the start but didn't make it—is the ability to annotate any page on the Internet...
April 9, 2015
French broadcaster TV5Monde was trying to restore regular programming on Thursday after hackers claiming to be from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) took over its channels and social media accounts. The hackers cut transmission of the broadcaster’s 11 channels late on Wednesday for several hours and posted messages on its website, Yves Bigot, TV5Monde’s director, said. They accused the French president...
March 26, 2015
"Nigeria becomes Africa's biggest economy," proclaimed the BBC in April 2014. By "rebasing" its gross domestic product (GDP), Nigeria was able to show that its economy is even bigger than South Africa's. Here's an example of Nigeria's transformation. Only 25 years ago, this news would have been broadcast on the BBC World Service via short wave radio. Then the word might have spread over the unreliable...
March 25, 2015
Kraft Foods Group Inc. will merge with H.J. Heinz Co. in a deal orchestrated by 3G Capital and Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc., creating the third-largest food and beverage company in North America. Kraft shareholders will receive 49 percent of the stock in the combined entity, plus a special cash dividend of $16.50 a share, the companies said in a statement Wednesday. Berkshire and 3G will invest $10 billion in the new...


Off the Wires

April 15, 2015
China’s economy grew in the first three months of 2015 at its slowest quarterly pace in six years, dragged down by an industrial slowdown and a weak...
April 12, 2015
Shareholders in the biggest US companies stand to receive a record $1tn in cash this year, as blue chips’ concerns over the global...
April 11, 2015
At long last, General Electric is on its way to exorcising the financial demons of Jack Welch. It took 14 years, a near-death experience and a flat-...
April 11, 2015
Growing City jitters about the prospect of a hung parliament and signs of weakness in the key manufacturing sector prompted sterling to hit a five-...
April 9, 2015
French broadcaster TV5Monde was trying to restore regular programming on Thursday after hackers claiming to be from the Islamic State of Iraq...

Value Blog

April 15, 2015
This is the beginning of the end. The race for renewable energy has passed a turning point. The world is now adding more capacity for renewable...
April 11, 2015
Michael E. Porter has announced the launch of the Social Progress Imperative, a new rigorous index rating the social performance of more...
April 9, 2015
When Marc Andreessen launched the Netscape web browser back in 1994, he inadvertently laid the foundation for what would later become the...
March 26, 2015
"Nigeria becomes Africa's biggest economy," proclaimed the BBC in April 2014. By "rebasing" its gross domestic product (GDP...
March 24, 2015
The latest mobile merger deal is good news for shareholders—and bad news for everyone else After extensive due dilligence Hutchison Whampoa...

Altruism Today

April 16, 2015
A new study suggests witnessing death, not just deployment or combat, raises soldiers' risk of suicide. The jury is still out on whether...
April 15, 2015
A study released today by software company Abila (formerly Sage Nonprofit Solutions) contrasts the ideas nonprofits have about...
April 12, 2015
Succession from one generation of leadership to the next is a period of opportunity and risk. Common sense, an inclusive listening tour, frank...
April 11, 2015
Ralph Waldo Emerson said that a man eats not that he may be fed but that he may work. Although I doubt Emerson knew fully what he meant by this (I...
April 9, 2015
Source: International Business Times Olivier Janssens, a Bitcoin millionaire and foundation board member, blogged earlier this week on...

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