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Economy

Forecaster predicts the next crisis

February 1st, 2011  |  Source: Fierce Finance

Financial crisis always present opportunities for economists and forecasters to make a name for themselves. There were several who burnished their personal brands by fairly accurately calling the financial meltdown of the late 2000s. Nouriel Roubini, Robert Schiller, Meredith Whitney and a few others can lay claim to that status.

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Preventing malnutrition: Why CSR is not working and why we urgently need new models for engagement

January 29th, 2011  |  Source: Valid Nutrition

By Guest blogger Dr Steve Collins

In these challenging economic times, a massive international investment opportunity is being largely ignored by the corporate sector. Traditional models that approach the treatment and prevention of malnutrition from the perspective of corporate social responsibility or charity, are not only failing to address the problem, they are also missing major opportunities for revenue growth.

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Putting a label on the wind

January 28th, 2011  |  Source: Globe.net

 

In a direct response to increasing consumer demand for sustainable products, some of the world's leading corporations and non-profit organizations announced today their support for the development the first global consumer label identifying corporations and products made with wind energy.

 

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Davos Man needs his image polishing

January 26th, 2011  |  Source: The Economist

FEW used-car salesmen are invited to join the business leaders, politicians, do-gooders and celebrities on the annual pilgrimage to the Swiss mountain village of Davos that is the World Economic Forum. More’s the pity—for their presence would probably increase the amount of trust that the public has in Davos Man and Woman.

 

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Cracking the credit card code

January 22nd, 2011  |  Source: Mint.com

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ABU DHABI: New 'green city' for environmentally damaged country

January 20th, 2011  |  Source: LA Times

 

Until now, Abu Dhabi has been known as the quiet powerhouse behind its flashier neighbor, Dubai, bankrolling record-breaking skyscrapers and fantastical island resorts intended to make the United Arab Emirates synonymous with luxury, wealth and success.

 

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The New BRICS on the Block: Which Emerging Markets Are Up and Coming?

January 19th, 2011  |  Source: K@W

Building on the foundation of the well-known BRIC countries -- Brazil, Russia, India and China -- a new set of up-and-coming emerging markets is gaining attention. The so-called "CIVETS" countries -- Colombia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Egypt, Turkey and South Africa -- are now touted as hot markets because they have diverse economies, fast-growing populations, relatively stable political environments and the potential to produce outsized returns in the future.

 

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Where is the value in High-Frequency Trading?

January 17th, 2011  |  Source: NYT

 

High-frequency trading of billions of shares daily (“The New Speed of Money,” Jan. 2) may be a boon to traders and investors seeking short-term profits, but its effect on investment practices is the bigger story that needs to be told.

 

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Which countries match the GDP and population of America's states?

January 14th, 2011  |  Source: The Economist

IT HAS long been true that California on its own would rank as one of the biggest economies of the world. These days, it would rank eighth, falling between Italy and Brazil on a nominal exchange-rate basis. But how do other American states compare with other countries? Taking the nearest equivalent country from 2009 data reveals some surprises. Who would have thought that, despite years of auto-industry hardship, the economy of Michigan is still the same size as Taiwan's?

 

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BMW Electric Cars – Megacity EV

January 14th, 2011  |  Source: Clean Fleet Report

BMW and the German Chamber of Commerce invited me to a dinner about BMW’s electric future last week at Stanford University. BMW Group owns MiniCooper, BMW, and Rolls Royce. Although they didn’t lend me a Rolls Royce to take friends to dinner in Napa Valley, they did let me take the MiniE for a spin.

 

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