May 23, 2015
In Thailand, Buddhist monks don’t just serve people’s spiritual needs, they also manage microfinance networks that help the country’s poorest citizens. Video/Photo: Warangkana Chomchuen: http://financingthefuture.wsj.com/videos/%7B8BA69888-4810-4E07-9E0A-C34E...
May 23, 2015
Legalisation has created a ‘green rush’ as companies find success in edibles, a growing consumer base and a three-day expo at the Chicago Hilton Four years ago Cassandra Farrington couldn’t find any venue in the country that would host her idea for a conference on the business of marijuana. This week, she hired out the Hilton Chicago, one of the city’s most famous hotels and one that has accommodated every US...
May 8, 2015
There are ‘eerie parallels’ between the loan tale and subprime mortgages A decade ago, American consumers seemed the most debt-addicted people on the planet. Since 2008, however, something rather remarkable has occurred: the level of consumer card and mortgage debt in the US has shrunk. But there is one glaring exception to this trend: student debt. Over the past decade, the level of outstanding student debt has almost...
May 8, 2015
Real estate buyers seeking money to renovate and flip U.S. houses are getting help from some of the world’s biggest investment firms. Colony Capital Inc., Blackstone Group LP and Cerberus Capital Management are among the companies that have started making bridge loans to investors who buy homes to sell them quickly for a profit. Borrowing costs -- traditionally the highest in residential lending -- are tumbling as the firms compete for...
May 1, 2015
Sungevity will offer devices from Sonnenbatterie to its customers wanting to store solar power. The race to put a battery in every basement has begun. Oakland solar company Sungevity said Wednesday that it will offer its customers a home battery system to store electricity from their rooftop solar arrays. Germany’s Sonnenbatterie will supply the batteries. The move comes one day before Tesla Motors is expected to unveil its long-...
May 1, 2015
Imagine yourself as a first-time homebuyer. You’re about to write the biggest check of your life for the down payment, not to mention taking on a monster loan. You have no idea who you can trust—from agent to lawyer to inspector—or what the process should be. And the list of—let’s face it—crappy experiences on the road to homeownership goes on. Must this meaningful life event be riddled with stress and...
May 1, 2015
Saturday’s Kentucky Derby already has one guaranteed winner: The company that hosts the storied race will earn about $83 million for a spectacle that lasts a little more than two minutes. Churchill Downs Inc. has seven casinos and tracks in the U.S., as well as its namesake property in Louisville. Yet the Run for the Roses will produce 30 percent of annual earnings, according to Cameron McKnight, a Wells Fargo Securities analyst. He...
April 29, 2015
House Republicans are pushing legislation to block predatory lending protections for American soldiers, under pressure from the banking lobby. GOP lawmakers tucked the deregulation item into the National Defense Authorization Act -- a major bill setting the military's funding, along with a number of other controversial terms on Guantanamo Bay and other issues. If the banking item is enacted, it would impose a one-year delay on new...
April 28, 2015
THE POSTMAN ONLY rang once. Curtis Green was at home, greeting the morning with 64 ounces of Coca-Cola and powdered mini doughnuts. Fingers frosted synthetic white, he was startled to hear someone at the door. It was 11 am, and surprise visits were uncommon at his modest house in Spanish Fork, Utah, a high-desert hamlet in the shadow of the Wasatch Mountains. Green ambled over, adjusting his camouflage fanny pack. At 47 his body was already...
April 28, 2015
The $575bn industry that protects insurers from earthquakes, hurricanes and other disasters risks a banking-style meltdown if it continues making “dangerous” changes to how it is structured, new research has found. After a three-year study of the reinsurance sector, a team of business school academics has found that some companies are now packaging together catastrophe risks in a similar way to the carving up of subprime...


Off the Wires

May 23, 2015
Legalisation has created a ‘green rush’ as companies find success in edibles, a growing consumer base and a three-day expo at the...
May 8, 2015
There are ‘eerie parallels’ between the loan tale and subprime mortgages A decade ago, American consumers seemed the most debt-...
May 1, 2015
Saturday’s Kentucky Derby already has one guaranteed winner: The company that hosts the storied race will earn about $83 million for a...
April 28, 2015
The $575bn industry that protects insurers from earthquakes, hurricanes and other disasters risks a banking-style meltdown if it continues making...
April 23, 2015
Sure, the numbers bear out a huge drop in solar energy costs in recent years. But if there was any question that people other than...

Value Blog

May 23, 2015
In Thailand, Buddhist monks don’t just serve people’s spiritual needs, they also manage microfinance networks that help the country’s poorest...
May 8, 2015
Real estate buyers seeking money to renovate and flip U.S. houses are getting help from some of the world’s biggest investment firms....
May 1, 2015
Sungevity will offer devices from Sonnenbatterie to its customers wanting to store solar power. The race to put a battery in every basement has...
May 1, 2015
Imagine yourself as a first-time homebuyer. You’re about to write the biggest check of your life for the down payment, not to mention taking...
April 29, 2015
House Republicans are pushing legislation to block predatory lending protections for American soldiers, under pressure from the banking lobby....

Altruism Today

May 23, 2015
The Secret of Italia is a historical film, housed within a love story, that shares details about the "Massacre of Codevidgo" in 1945 https://www....
May 8, 2015
Source: Boston Globe Public art is supposed to disrupt our states of mind, and very close to the place where the Boston encampment of Occupy...
May 1, 2015
Scores of charities are providing assistance to help people devastated by the magnitude-7.8 earthquake that hit Nepal on Saturday. But how can...
April 28, 2015
The commissioner informed team owners and members of Congress of the decision in letters dated Tuesday, saying he was eliminating a “...
April 23, 2015
The single father of five children works two jobs, including in the cafeteria of the US Senate, but still must rely on food stamps. Now he’s...

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