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‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ Donations for A.L.S. Research Top $41 Million

‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ Donations for A.L.S. Research Top $41 Million | Investing | Scoop.it
Contributions to the A.L.S. Association have surged since the challenge started trending online in late July. (RT @nytimes: "Ice Bucket Challenge" donations for A.L.S.
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Demand for Energy, Food and Housing Creates Opportunity for Investors

Demand for Energy, Food and Housing Creates Opportunity for Investors | Investing | Scoop.it

The booming U.S. energy market, robust housing recovery and strengthening economy are creating growth opportunities for investors of non-financial specialty assets, including farmland, timberland, real estate, private businesses, and oil and gas, according to U.S. Trust. In a report published today on its 2014 outlook for non-financial assets, U.S. Trust's Specialty Asset Management group said it expects strong performance from the asset class and that it is a market poised for long-term growth.

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In its outlook for 2014, U.S. Trust takes an in-depth look at the opportunities for five key non-financial asset categories:


Timberland: Demand for timber is expected to grow as the U.S. housing recovery moves into high gear and competition for resources heats up between pulp and paper mills and renewable energy plants fueling the fast-growing woody biomass market. Timber pricing is rebounding from historic lows and will likely continue to rise as supplies tighten and demand accelerates. These market fundamentals, combined with low return volatility and tax efficiency, suggests a strong 2014 for timberland investments. 

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[The other four asset classes mentioned are: Farm and ranch land; Oil and gas properties; Commercial real estate, and; Private businesses]


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Brazil's Central Bank Takes Action As Economic Outlook Worsens - Forbes

Brazil's Central Bank Takes Action As Economic Outlook Worsens - Forbes | Investing | Scoop.it
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Brazil's Central Bank injected another $12 billion into the economy on Wednesday following analyst projections that this year's GDP will print at just 0.79%.
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HBR: How CEOs Became Takers, Not Makers

HBR: How CEOs Became Takers, Not Makers | Investing | Scoop.it

 

Business leaders generally present themselves as the creators of jobs, the real makers of the economy, claiming to add value to their organization, to the economy and to society. But in the US over the last few decades, through the pervasive practice of share buybacks, the incumbents of C-suite have turned themselves into takers, not makers.

That’s the thrust of “Profits Without Prosperity,” an article by William Lazonick, professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, in the September issue of Harvard Business Review.

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Chinese Smartphone Market in 2014

Chinese Smartphone Market in 2014 | Investing | Scoop.it
Competition is very prominent in the smartphone market no matter when you are. We can see the cutthroat race in wholesale mobile phone shipments to the higher end of the smartphone market. One doesn’t have to look far to see that emerging companies are succeeding in challenging more established brands. Consider how Nokia consistently dominated China’s market and ranked top when it came to mobile phones and handsets. With global companies gaining more shares in ...
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Can Silver Be a Leader over Gold?

Can Silver Be a Leader over Gold? | Investing | Scoop.it
When it comes to precious metals, it is generally thought that gold is both a safer and better investment than silver. However, this is not always true, particularly at this juncture. While both precious metals have seen a significant decrease over the past few months, with the lowest point being on June 2nd, silver has come back stronger than gold, both in terms of percentage of increase as well as higher values. Even as both ...
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Top Chinese #gold miner sets aside $1bn for African buys

Top Chinese #gold miner sets aside $1bn for African buys | Investing | Scoop.it
Zijin Mining Group looking to acquire sizeable gold and copper projects in Africa this year.

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How Your Boss Will Run Your Life In A Few Years

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Consulting firm PwC recently published its outlook for work in 2022, based on interviews with 500 human resources experts and 10,000 others in the United States and several other countries. You probably won’t be surprised to hear that big companies could end up so powerful and influential they morph into “ministates” that fill the void when government is unable to provide essential services. Companies will also use sensors and other gizmos to monitor employees around the clock. And workers will mostly acquiesce to this digital leash, in exchange for job security, decent pay and important benefits.


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Workers whose skills hit the sweet spot will still be able to call the shots in 2022, earning the best pay and benefits, and perhaps exempting themselves from corporate micromanagement.

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Top IPos of 2014

Top IPos of 2014 | Investing | Scoop.it
So far 2014 has been a relatively subtle IPO market, however with China’s ecommerce giant, Alibaba gearing up for one of the largest Initial Public Offerings of all time, the poor trend this year could correct its course. Year to date over 170 IPOs have hit the market, and 60 percent, or 105 are trading above the IPO price. Alibaba Group Holding LTD The worlds most anticipated IPO of 2014 comes ...
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Why Your Next Dollar Should Go To Mexican Stocks

Why Your Next Dollar Should Go To Mexican Stocks | Investing | Scoop.it
For Americans looking for a place to invest their money, our southern neighbor is the key for 2014. Mexico is quickly becoming the place to put US dollars, and expect a hefty return. In 2012, MoneyShow.com called Mexico, “The China of the Americas”, while others have dubbed the hard-working neighbor the “China Next Door.” These new nicknames were mainly given to Mexico because of its emerging manufacturing skills and proficiency. And, as of ...
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