Toutiao, a Chinese news app that’s making headlines

WHEN rumours swirled in August that Baidu, a Chinese online-search giant, was buying Toutiao, the scrappy news-aggregation platform reportedly quipped in response that reports had mistaken the buyer for the seller. The firm is proud with good reason. Toutiao’s growth since its launch in 2012 has been stellar: it says it has already drawn 700m users More...

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By Pundit001 On Friday, November 17th, 2017
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What annual reports say, or do not, about competition

What explains the remarkable strength of corporate profits and the sluggish growth of real wages in recent years? One explanation is that industries are getting less competitive. Work by The Economist found that More...

By Pundit001 On Thursday, November 16th, 2017
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ABP, a Dutch pension giant, is more admired abroad than at home

EUROPE’S largest pension fund, a scheme for Dutch public-sector workers called ABP, is much feted abroad for its efforts in “sustainable” investing. At home, however, where it provides pensions to one in More...

By Pundit001 On Thursday, November 16th, 2017
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Timelier provisions may make banks’ profits and lending choppier

IN THE first quarter of 2018 thousands of banks will look a little less profitable. A new international accounting standard, IFRS 9, will oblige lenders in more than 120 countries, including the European Union’s More...

By Pundit001 On Thursday, November 16th, 2017
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Flannery unveils his strategy to revive GE

“NUMBER one, cash is king…number two, communicate…number three, buy or bury the competition.” These rules were laid out by Jack Welch, a brash but brilliant former boss of General Electric (GE). The American More...

By Pundit001 On Wednesday, November 15th, 2017
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Hotels are finding out what amenities guests really want

IT HAS been more than once that Gulliver has found himself putting the incorrect electrical plug into the wrong socket or dock at a hotel—whether it be for a smartphone, laptop or shaver. Since such gadgets have More...

By Pundit001 On Wednesday, November 15th, 2017
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Britain's 1970s retread

THE strange 1970s revival in Britain has another twist. The main focus has been on the Labour party which, under Jeremy Corbyn, wants to return to the era marked by nationalisation and higher taxes. But in a sense More...

By Pundit001 On Tuesday, November 14th, 2017
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Criticism of index-tracking funds is ill-directed

INDEX funds were devised in the 1970s as a way of giving investors cheap, diversified portfolios. But they have only become very popular in the past decade. Last year more money flowed into “passive” funds More...

By Pundit001 On Monday, November 13th, 2017
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Investment clubs a worthwhile entry point into the market

By Dan HealingThe Canadian Press Mon., Nov. 13, 2017 CALGARY—Some see it as a throwback to another era, but a group of 20-something Calgary engineers say they heartily recommend membership in an investment More...

By Pundit001 On Monday, November 13th, 2017
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5 ways to reach your retirement goals (while there’s still time)

When it comes to retirement planning, most of us focus on how much we need to save without giving much thought to how much we’ll need to spend in retirement. A $ 1-million dollar nest egg can provide you with More...