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Microfinance: Tiny loans are getting more expensive

February 1st, 2014  |  Source: The Economist

Interest on the minuscule loans made by microfinance outfits has always been high, but over the past few years it has become even higher. A recent paper, using data on over 1,500 microfinance institutions (MFIs) from around the world, shows that for the smallest loans, typically less than $150, the average rate climbed steadily from 30% in 2004 to 35% in 2011.*


Funding a Start Up Business with a Personal Loan: The Ins and Outs

A new start up business may be funded with credit and other lending products, prepaid income from a new company, and other available sources of business loans. There are several sources available in the U.K. that lend to entrepreneurs who wish to start a new business with their personal funding. Credit is important when first speaking with a traditional source.

Tip One: Being Prepared for the Interview

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Elizabeth Warren's New Bill Could Save Taxpayers Billions

January 15th, 2014  |  Source: Mother Jones

Last week, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) introduced a bill with Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) that aims to make government settlements with corporations more transparent and fair. It could end up saving taxpayers billions of dollars.

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Poverty nation: How America created a low-wage work swamp

December 16th, 2013  |  Source: Salon

For decades, both parties supplanted a push for higher wages with well-intended public aid. The result: calamity

2013 is the year many Americans discovered the crisis of the working poor. It turns out it’s also the crisis of the welfare poor. That’s tough for us: Americans notoriously hate welfare, unless it’s called something else and/or benefits us personally. We think it’s for slackers and moochers and people who won’t pull their weight.


Reckoning to Revival: How American Auto Workers Rebuilt an Industry

December 12th, 2013  |  Source: Bloomberg

In June 2009, the last auto plant in Detroit was idle, mausoleum-quiet and a symbol of failure. Weeds had grown three-feet tall around Chrysler's sprawling Jeep factory at the desolate crossroads of Jefferson and Conner as the company went dark during bankruptcy. Among the bills the near-dead automaker couldn't afford to pay: lawn service.


ON WORLD TOILET DAY, LET’S GO BEYOND THE TOILET

November 19th, 2013  |  Source: Skoll World Forum

·       Problem: World Toilet Day promotes the belief that we can solve the sanitation crisis by simply building more toilets across the developing world. But despite building more toilets, sanitation is the most off-track Millennium Development Goal.

·       Barrier to Progress: Organizations must rethink sanitation and the solutions to this global crisis.


Mozambique Tuna Bonds Fund Anti-Pirate Fleet in Surprise

November 13th, 2013  |  Source: Bloomberg

The deal that helped one of the poorest nations raise $850 million and bond investors lock in rates three times higher than U.S. Treasuries is also spurring concern some of the money isn’t going where the buyers -- and one of the underwriters -- expected.


SUNLIGHT FOUNDATION ACQUIRES OPENCONGRESS.ORG

October 29th, 2013  |  Source: SUNLIGHT FOUNDATION

 

OpenCongress brings together official, congressional data and allows anyone to track how a bill becomes a law, the voting records of elected officials and more. Major features of OpenCongress include:


Chief Value Officer

July 5th, 2013  |  Source: Venitism Blogspot

Ron Baker: I have had the privilege of posing this question—Who’s in charge of value in your organization?—to thousands of leaders around the world. I’m usually met with a momentary staring ovation, and then someone will inevitably shout out, “Everyone!”




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