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At Slate, William Saletan describes a wave of China-bashing by current Democrat campaigns in the U.S.: Exploiting American anxiety about Asia is a long, unsavory tradition. As the
From: China Digital Times | By: Samuel Wade | Friday, October 24, 2014
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Filed under: JC Penney, Retail, CEOs, Stores, Investing Mark Lennihan/AP Marvin Ellison, the incoming boss of J.C. Penney (JCP), has a big project ahead of him in renovating the troubled 112-year-old department store chain. Since 2007, when the stock...
From: Daily Finance | By: Annalisa Kraft-Linder | Friday, October 24, 2014
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First-time 401(k) plan enrollees are soaring as young workers enter the labor force. This is a positive development. But it won't solve our savings crisis by itself....
From: Time | By: Dan Kadlec | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Sub-Saharan countries have raised nearly $7 billion this year, more than in all of 2013, and yields on many bonds have fallen, even with the Ebola outbreak.
From: New York Times | By: Danny Hakim | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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This article originally appeared on Refinery29.com. The modern dating scene is tough — we know that all too well. Finding a great partner feels like hitting the jackpot, so you might be tempted to overlook certain serious red flags in the name of love....
From: Time | By: jakeomansoor | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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I will enter a master's program in Fall 2015 in the humanities. I want to use the next year to become as prepared as possible.The program is largely paid for and I don't need to go into debt for it. My major concern is that in undergrad, I experienced...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: kingfishers catch fire | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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ISIS has made at least $20 million in ransom this year and millions more in oil revenues, the Treasury Department said Thursday....
From: The Atlantic | By: Russell Berman | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Cameron's European woes.
From: Reuters | By: Mike Peacock | Friday, October 24, 2014
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Frank Mankiewicz, who served as press secretary to Robert F. Kennedy during his presidential campaign and gained national fame when he had to announce the candidate's assassination, has died from massive heart failure, his son Josh confirmed via social...
From: The Wrap | By: Jason Hughes | Friday, October 24, 2014
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Average family owes $15,000. in credit card bills, see how an expert helped one family trying to become debt free.
From: ABC News | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Families hoping to assist their child in paying for college may soon have greater access to federal student loans under a plan recently finalized by the Department of Education and Obama administration. The new plan, which could be implemented as early...
From: Consumerist | By: Ashlee Kieler | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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U2, the biggest band left on Earth, make their latest appearance on the cover of Rolling Stone in our new issue, hitting stands Friday. In the cover feature, senior writer Brian Hiatt trails the band to Dublin and the French Riviera, where he shares...
From: Rolling Stone | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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 GT Advanced Technologies, the company Apple had entered into a deal with worth $578 million last year for the advance purchase of sapphire components, has reached an agreement with the iPhone maker to settle its outstanding debt. As part of the deal,...
From: TechCrunch | By: Darrell Etherington | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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There's a small but real chance a bloc of unaffiliated senators could form after the midterms and help moderate the chamber....
From: The Atlantic | By: Norm Ornstein | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Euro-zone debts are looking increasingly unsustainableLAST week there was turmoil in financial markets. Investors started to worry about whether struggling euro-zone economies would be able to pay back their debt. Yields on Greece’s sovereign bonds...
From: The Economist | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Hudson Bay Capital Management LP is embroiled in a legal fight with Worlds Inc. over the patent monetization company's refusal to lower the price of warrants issued last year in a private placement of convertible debt. Worlds claims that Hudson Bay's...
From: TheStreet | By: Dan Lonkevich | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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A law school debt infographic....
From: Above the Law | By: Above the Law | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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EARLIER this year it all looked so rosy. In April, just two years after Greece imposed the biggest sovereign-debt restructuring in history on its private creditors, it raised €3 billion ($4.2 billion at the time) in five-year bonds at a yield of less...
From: The Economist | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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by Cezary Podkul LOCKPORT, N.Y. – As they met at The Shamus, a favorite local lunch spot, on a September day a year ago, Niagara County officials considered some good news. Thanks to low interest rates, they might be able to refinance a big chunk of...
From: ProPublica | By: ProPublica | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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“Learn To Live On Cash” At first, this seems like good financial advice: pay cash for everything you buy, and you’ll never get into financial trouble. A slew of TV shows, like Till Debt Do Us Part, Suze Orman, and […]
From: John Chow | By: John Chow | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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In what's become a fast growing and consolidating industry, Phillips 66 Partners LP and EnLink Midstream Partners LP announced after the markets closed Wednesday, Oct. 22, that they had bought assets from their affiliates in deals valued at $533 million....
From: TheStreet | By: Claire Poole | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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English NHS ambulance services are spending twice as much on private ambulances than they were in 2012, according to Labour, while response-times have lengthened and ambulance staff appear increasingly disgruntled. So… Continue readingThe post NHS...
From: Spectator | By: Anne Jolis | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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A brief history of the IRS vs. famous people, from Lauryn Hill to Sophia Loren
From: Time | By: Samantha Grossman | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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"Low Down Payments Are Coming Back," screams a headline from The Wall Street Journal today. The story details two steps federal regulators apparently have in the works: On Monday, Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt announced that mortgage-finance...
From: Reason | By: Stephanie Slade | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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SAN FRANCISCO (TheStreet) – Yahoo! , fueled by its strong quarterly performance, soared 4.5% to close at $42 a share. The Internet search pioneer was not alone in posting gains in the session, with Apple hitting a new 52-week high. Zynga and Advanced...
From: TheStreet | By: Dawn Kawamoto | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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Filed under: Life Stage Lessons Shutterstock Every one of us has had "aha! moments." Epiphanies. Days when we reach a crossroads and realize that we have to make some changes. For the next two months, we're sharing moments like those in our Life Stage...
From: Daily Finance | By: Carol Kopp | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Russia's currency has been put under pressure by a combination of falling oil prices and fears over a possible sovereign debt downgrade by Standard & Poor’s Friday. The ratings agency currently has a BBB- on Russia, only one grade above junk. A...
From: Free Republic | Friday, October 24, 2014
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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- October always seems to be a bad month, and this go-round has been particularly troublesome because of all the global uproar. We have Ebola in America freaking out the natives (not to mention investors). We have the sanctions...
From: TheStreet | By: Jeff Opdyke | Friday, October 24, 2014
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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Oil prices have tanked this month to multi-year lows, but if they bounce back, Emerge Energy Services could be one of the master limited partnerships that would offer "the largest price appreciation," Citigroup's analysts Faisel...
From: TheStreet | By: Sarfaraz A. Khan | Friday, October 24, 2014
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Bulgaria’s gross foreign debt totalled EUR 38.2B as of end-August, increasing 2.2% from a year earlier and 2.3% higher compared with end-2013, the central bank has said. Gross foreign debt was equivalent to 94.3% of projected 2014 Gross Domestic Product...
From: Novinite | Friday, October 24, 2014
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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Visa were gaining 1.4% to $213.89 after-hours Wednesday after the credit card company increased its quarterly dividend by 20%. Visa announced that it will increase it quarterly dividend to 48 cents a share from its previous...
From: TheStreet | By: Shawn Ingram | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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by Christine DiGangi, Credit.com After a year of looking for and preparing to buy a home, Nick and his wife finally found a place they wanted. They were in the middle of filling out mortgage pre-approval paperwork when Nick’s wife stopped him. She...
From: The Billfold | By: Christine DiGangi, Credit.com | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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SAN FRANCISCO (TheStreet) – Fortinet posted a strongerathird quarter performanceathan Wall Street analysts expected, as the network security company benefited from greater demand for security products in the wake of high-profile breaches and the strength...
From: TheStreet | By: Dawn Kawamoto | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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Germany's potential for economic growth is far too low and the country must invest more, the EU's top economic official said on Friday, joining a growing chorus of leaders who want Europe's biggest economy to spend more to avoid euro zone stagnation....
From: Voice of America | By: Reuters | Friday, October 24, 2014
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Some economists who closely watch Bank of Japan policy believe the central bank has effectively pushed back its time frame for achieving 2% inflation to "three years" from "two years."
From: Wall Street Journal | By: Takashi Nakamichi | Friday, October 24, 2014
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The Russian ruble has fallen further against the dollar and the euro hitting record new lows against the currencies. Russia's currency has been put under pressure by a combination of falling oil prices and fears over a possible sovereign debt downgrade...
From: Business Insider | By: Tomas Hirst | Friday, October 24, 2014
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Title: Many Americans in Debt, Bankruptcy Paying for Cancer CareCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/22/2014 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/23/2014 12:00:00 AM
From: MedicineNet | Friday, October 24, 2014
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Cyprus Public Debt Management Office announced it approved applications amounting ...
From: Famagusta Gazette | Friday, October 24, 2014
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Brussels (AFP) - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Thursday announced his intention to make public the cost of the European institutions, as a row exploded over his country's budget plans.European Commission head Jose Manuel Barroso sharply criticised...
From: Business Insider | Friday, October 24, 2014
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I remember the day well. It was a bitterly cold, dreary January day in St. Louis; no leaves left on the tall sticks in our backyard that had recently resembled trees. I was pacing the floor and holding our 6-month-old daughter, who had a propensity toward...
From: Business Insider | By: Michelle McDowell | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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New York Life has acquired a stake in Jaguar Growth Partners, a real estate private equity firm. Also, New York Life expects to invest up to $100 million in Jaguar's initial fund. And, New York Life has been named to Jaguar's advisory board....
From: PE Hub | By: Iris Dorbian | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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Interesting set of graphics from Research Associates (ht: Barry Ritholtz) on real 10-year expected returns on a variety of asset classes. The one on currencies was of particular interest since unhedged returns on rupee investments (borrow abroad in dollars...
From: Urbanomics | By: Gulzar Natarajan | Friday, October 24, 2014
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The State body responsible for the greyhound industry doubled its debt while developing a €21m stadium in Limerick, a project described by the public spending watchdog as, "at best, a marginal commercial proposition"....
From: Irish Examiner | By: IrishExaminer.com | Friday, October 24, 2014
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The public spending watchdog has criticised the outlay on a €21m greyhound stadium in Limerick, which has significantly increased the debt owed by the state body that oversees greyhound racing....
From: Irish Examiner | By: IrishExaminer.com | Friday, October 24, 2014
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*Everywhere. Are oil prices plummeting because of “increased US production, slowing economies in Europe and China and steady production from . . . Opec”? Or an attempt to put the squeeze on Russia and Iran? Or is Saudi Arabia sitting out the price...
From: Firedoglake | By: KateCA | Friday, October 24, 2014
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Former Real Housewives of New Jersey star, Danielle Staub‘s triumphant comeback continues as a judge overseeing her now discharged bankruptcy case, has canceled more than $700,000 in liens against… READ ON...
From: Radar Online | By: Jen Heger - Assistant Managing Editor | Friday, October 24, 2014
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SHANGHAI: China is asserting control over once-chaotic local government financing by banning the use of opaque funding vehicles, but filling the gap with a huge expansion of the fledgling municipal bond market will raise a whole new set of problems.
From: The Star Malaysia | Friday, October 24, 2014
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To hear Gov. Rick Scott and Charlie Crist tell it, the 2014 gubernatorial campaign isn’t about policy positions, but more about which candidate did less as governor. Take the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion. No, really, someone should take...
From: Miami Herald | By: Amy Sherman | Friday, October 24, 2014
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While many ambient releases owe a debt to Brian Eno’s Music for Airports, few share its specific subject matter. In presentation and timbre, Porya Hatami‘s latest album can be seen as the spiritual successor to that earlier work.… (in post Porya...
From: The Hype Machine | Friday, October 24, 2014
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Banks’ loan recast jumps 50% in second quarterLoan recast under corporate debt restructuring jumped to Rs 18,000 cr, from Rs 12,000 cr in Q1, with Tecpro Systems taking the lead.
From: The Economic Times | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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