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Amazon Didn't Kill JC Penney And Sears Jobs, Bad Leadership Did

The biggest job killer in American retailing isn’t the Amazon technology that features stores without cashiers. It’s bad leadership, which distances itself from its core customers; and the wave of store closures that sends everyone straight to the unemployment lines.Read More

This Award-Winning CEO Is Building A Cultural Marketing Agency For The Future

I spoke with AGW Group Co-Founder and CEO Adam Gorode about the vision behind his company, shaping the future of advertising and the keys to staying ahead in a changing industry.Read More

Stock Market Strategies: Best ETF And Mutual Fund Ideas For Second-Half 2017

The S&P 500 trades at a relatively high price-to-earnings ratio of 26 compared to its historical average of 15. Given an overpriced stock market, how should investors in exchange traded funds, ETFs, and mutual funds position their portfolios in the second half of 2017?Read More

The Risk Parity Party Fizzles

Investors who have adopted a simple Risk Parity strategy of owning treasuries to hedge their equity portfolio have done well this year - though they faltered last week.Read More

The Coming War Between Saudi Arabia And Iran Will Make American Frackers Very Rich

A direct war between Saudi Arabia and Iran will disrupt Middle East oil supplies and push oil prices back towards the $60, even $100, level--a dream scenario for American frackers who will have to pump oil as fast as they can to make up any supply shortfall to America’s allies.Read More

Finance

Binary Capital's Justin Caldbeck On Indefinite Leave After Multiple Sexual Harassment Claims

Following reports of the behavior by a founding member, the VC firm has also halted its latest funding drive.Read More

In Towns Already Hit by Factory Closings, a New Casualty: Retail Jobs

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. — Dawn Nasewicz comes from a family of steelworkers, with jobs that once dominated the local economy. She found her niche in retail.She manages a store, Ooh La La, that sells prom dresses and embroidered jeans at a local mall. But just as the jobs making automobile springs and rail anchors disappeared, local retail jobs are now vanishing.“I...

Your Money: Does God Want You to Spend $300,000 for College?

Your MoneyBy RON LIEBERSOUTH BEND, Ind. — In the remarks he prepared for his parting address to the University of Notre Dame class of 2017, Rev. John I. Jenkins urged the graduating seniors to turn and applaud their families.Father Jenkins, the Notre Dame president, did not end up delivering those words, though. Earlier on, the featured commencement...

Chinese Censorship Of Weibo Creates An Opportunity

Weibo censorship is not unique in ChinaRead More

Fair Game: Lessons From the Collapse of Banco Popular

By GRETCHEN MORGENSONBanco Popular, Spain’s fifth-largest bank, with over $100 billion in loans, collapsed earlier this month, forcing it into the arms of its rival, Banco Santander. The latter, Spain’s largest bank, bought the failing institution for the nominal sum of one euro after depositors withdrew money en masse and the company’s stock...

Legal

Damage to the Thing Itself: The Complex Nature of the Complex Structure Theory

Damage to the Thing Itself: The Complex Nature of the Complex Structure TheoryBy Bill Perry and Samantha Wilson, Carter Perry Bailey LLPBill Perry and Samantha Wilson at Carter Perry Bailey explore the complexity surrounding the general principle of damage “to the thing itself” when it comes to liability claims. It is well established in English...

Expert Testimony and the Black Box in Autonomous Cars: Will It Pass Daubert and Frye Scrutiny?

Expert Testimony and the Black Box in Autonomous Cars: Will It Pass Daubert and Frye Scrutiny?By Sheila S Boston, David Kerschner and Diana Sterk, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLPSheila Boston, David Kerschner and Diana Sterk at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP discuss the significant role that event data recorders (EDRs) will have when it...

Canadian Product Liability Defence - Common Class Action Defence Strategies

Canadian Product Liability Defence - Common Class Action Defence StrategiesBy Gordon McKee, Blake Cassels & GraydonBlake Cassels & Graydon’s Gordon McKee analyses the recent shift in focus of defence strategies in Canada’s most prominent form of product liability litigation – class action cases. Many global companies with operations...

Brazilian Project Finance and Infrastructure Outlook: 2017 and Beyond

Brazilian Project Finance and Infrastructure Outlook: 2017 and BeyondBy José Virgílio Lopes Enei, Machado, Meyer, Sendacz e OpiceIn this article José Virgilio Lopes Enei at Machado Meyer, Sendacz e Opice evaluates the current state and future outlook of the Brazilian project finance and infrastructure markets. Highlights of the infrastructure and...

Project Finance 2017: Q&A with Phillip Cornwell

Project Finance 2017: Q&A with Phillip CornwellPhillip Cornwell, Allens In an exclusive interview with Who’s Who Legal, Phillip Cornwell at Allens discusses recent trends in the field including the effects of continuing low commodity prices on the project finance market, the development of infrastructure finance and alternative sources of financing. Which...

Deals

New Isle of Man enterprise development scheme deals completed

Nimbus Medical Holdings Limited has been awarded funding to support its InterCare® integrated technology platform, relocating its premises and creating new jobs on the IslandNew start-up Scout4’s app for construction workers has also received EDS investmentMore than £1.2 million of funding has been committed to help bring new businesses to the Island...

Global M&A Activity Predicted to Increase in First Half of 2017

The Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor, an indicator of future mergers and acquisitions (M&A) announcements, with a proven track record for accuracy, forecasts a six percent increase in the total number of M&A deals announced globally in 1H 2017 compared to 1H 2016, setting a new record for annual first half global announced deal count.“The fact that...

Could protectionism stop your dealmaking? - Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor report released

The Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor forecasts the volume of future merger and acquisition (M&A) announcements by tracking early-stage M&A activity – sell-side M&A transactions across the world that are in the preparation stage or have reached the due diligence stage. These early-stage deals are, on average, six months away from their public announcement.Along...

​Elementis significantly increases the scale of its personal care business with US$360 million acquisition of SummitReheis

Acquisition adds a high quality business with significant potential for further growth in the attractive personal care segmentElementis plc (“Elementis” or the “Group”) today announces that it has entered into an agreement to acquire SRLH Holdings, Inc. (“SummitReheis”) from an affiliate of One Rock Capital Partners, LLC (“One Rock”)...

Global M&A is having a moment with best start to year since 2000

With pent-up demand from 2016 and the challenges of an unpredictable U.S. administration ahead, companies seeking to get deals done kicked off this year with a bang.Global M&A activity amounted to $224 billion in January, the highest volume since 2000 in the first month of the year, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. For the first time since 2008,...

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Youth Melts Internet Hearts, Escorting Fearful Senior Down the Escalator

This photo of a 23-year-old helping a frightened senior down an escalator is restoring people’s faith in humanity. The image was posted by Paula Piccard at the Holyoke Shopping Mall of Ingleside, Massachusetts, and has since been shared across social media. Paula was waiting at the top of an escalator The post Youth Melts Internet Hearts, Escorting...

Youth Melts Internet Hearts For Escorting Fearful Senior Down the Escalator

This photo of a 23-year-old helping a frightened senior down an escalator is restoring people’s faith in humanity. The image was posted by Paula Piccard at the Holyoke Shopping Mall of Ingleside, Massachusetts, and has since been shared across social media. Paula was waiting at the top of an escalator The post Youth Melts Internet Hearts For...

Homeless Man Gives His Shoes to Diner In Need of Attending Wife’s Birthday

Imagine driving for over an hour to meet your wife at a restaurant for her birthday dinner, only to be turned away at the door for not wearing the proper footwear. Akbar Badshah, who drove from Bradford to a Manchester restaurant, was especially distressed by the rejection because his fasting The post Homeless Man Gives His Shoes to Diner In Need of...

Meet the Singing Cop Who Sounds Just Like Johnny Cash

Billy Morgan may look like a regular cop – albeit a tall, dark, and handsome cop – but he’s being hailed as the dopplegänger of America’s favorite country singer: Johnny Cash. The San Antonio, Texas cop first gained recognition as a lookalike when he covered “Folsom Prison Blues” on the The post Meet the Singing Cop Who Sounds...

Once Extinct in Japan, Stork Population Soars to 100 After Gift From Russia

Once wiped out in Japan, this species of stork is slowly – but surely – returning to the skies, thanks to regional conservation biologists. Officials at the Hyogo Park of the Oriental White Stork in Toyooka, Japan have just announced the release of a recently-raised white stork, making it the 100th The post Once Extinct in Japan, Stork Population...