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New Social Progress Index from Michael Porter

April 11th, 2015  |  Source: FSG Consulting

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.


Buying up the competition

March 24th, 2015  |  Source: The Economist

The latest mobile merger deal is good news for shareholders—and bad news for everyone else

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The Middle Class Has Gotten Smaller In Every State Since 2000

March 20th, 2015  |  Source: HuffPo

America’s middle class is shrinking in every state in America.

new analysis by the Pew Charitable Trusts' Stateline blog, shows that the percentage of middle-class households -- defined as those earning between 67 and 200 percent of a state’s median income -- dropped in every U.S. state between 2000 and 2013. Median income also fell in most states during that period.

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The Fuzzy, Insane Math That's Creating So Many Billion-Dollar Tech Companies

March 17th, 2015  |  Source: Bloomberg

Startups achieve astronomical valuations in exchange for protecting new investors

Snapchat, the photo-messaging app raising cash at a $15 billion valuation, probably isn't actually worth more than Clorox or Campbell Soup. So where did investors come up with that enormous headline number?


How Interest Rates Keep Making People on Wall Street Look Like Fools

March 16th, 2015  |  Source: Bloomberg

Will this be the year they get it right?

If there’s one call that investors and economists almost always seem to get wrong, it’s the direction of long-term interest rates. For years economists have been predicting that rates would rise, yet rates have been on a downtrend for ages.

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The Thin Green Line

March 10th, 2015  |  Source: Paul J Sullivan.com/

The Money Secrets of the Super Wealthy

The “Wealth Matters” columnist of The New York Times reveals the habits, worldviews, and practices that lead to true wealth—and why it’s more important to be “wealthy” than “rich.”

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Global Sustainable Investing Pegged at $21 Trillion

March 9th, 2015  |  Source: Globe-Net.com

The global sustainable investment market has grown substantially in both absolute and relative terms, according to The Global Sustainable Investment Review 2014, a report released by the Global Sustainable Investment Alliance (GSIA).

Global sustainable investing assets under management (AUM) rose 61%, from US$13.3 trillion at the start of 2012 to reach US$21.4 trillion at the start of 2014.


From frontier to emerging market – Kenya’s economic rise

March 6th, 2015  |  Source: HowWeMadeItInAfrica.com

Imagine vast and beautiful savannah grasslands as two million wildebeest migrate from the Serengeti National Park in the Mara region of Tanzania to the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. This trip is 3,000km in length, and represents, in many ways, the very best of what Africa has to offer the international community. But is this all Kenya puts on the plate? The answer is a definitive “no”. Kenya is moving from a frontier market to an emerging market, and is beginning to attract investment from all over the world.




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