July 29, 2015
The 50th anniversary of Medicare, enacted on July 30, 1965, with President Lyndon Johnson’s signing of the Social Security Amendments of 1965, is a significant milestone for one of the most important social insurance programs in our nation’s history. The American Academy of Actuaries, also celebrating its milestone 50th anniversary, is the U.S. actuarial professional association for public policy and professionalism and...
June 22, 2015
It took Taylor Swift less than 24 hours to make technology giant Apple Inc. back down. In the wake of a stinging rebuke from the pop singer, Apple made a rare public about-face on an earlier decision not to pay royalties for songs played on its new streaming-music service during a three-month free trial. Swift penned an open letter on Tumblr, calling the policy “shocking, disappointing, and completely unlike this historically...
June 21, 2015
At a time when the information world becomes increasingly shallow, journalists ought to join forces with experts. The alliance would bring deeper knowledge to journos and sharper story-telling to eggheads. Last Friday, at the Global Editors Summit in Barcelona, we awarded the Startup for Newsprize to SourceRise.org, a tiny New York  company. Its goal is to “connect journalists to non-profit sources from...
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...


Off the Wires

June 22, 2015
It took Taylor Swift less than 24 hours to make technology giant Apple Inc. back down. In the wake of a stinging rebuke from the pop singer,...
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...

Value Blog

July 29, 2015
The 50th anniversary of Medicare, enacted on July 30, 1965, with President Lyndon Johnson’s signing of the Social Security Amendments of...
June 21, 2015
At a time when the information world becomes increasingly shallow, journalists ought to join forces with experts. The alliance would bring deeper...
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...

Altruism Today

June 24, 2015
Napster co-founder and former Facebook President Sean Parker says he used the election cycle as “a laboratory for learning” on how the ballot...
June 22, 2015
·       An online and mobile platform for nonprofit fundraising that provides organizations the tools they...
June 3, 2015
Even as the group has publicly celebrated its work, insider accounts detail a string of failures In late 2011, the Red Cross launched a...
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...

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