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The Economic Cost of Brazil’s Spending Spree

By Mark Mobius, Franklin Templeton Blog, Brazil has been on a spending spree during the past few years, which, unfortunately, [...]

How Much Does It Cost to Own a Chain Franchise?

McDonald’s To become a McDonald’s franchisee, you’ll need to start with $750,000 of non-borrowed personal resources. Burger King To purchase [...]

Real-Estate Crowdfunding Finds Its Footing

By Andrew Blackman, WSJ, Sites Offer Small Shares in Commercial Properties Before last year, Ed Medley had never invested in [...]

The Alchemist’s Dream: Make Anything

  Chris Anderson “Tea. Earl Grey. Hot.” When Capt. Jean-Luc Picard wants a steaming beverage in his ready room aboard [...]

The Ride-Sharing, Handbag-Borrowing Productivity Revival

By Aki Ito and Jeff Kearns Rayshauna Gray makes frequent trips around New England from her home in Cambridge, Massachusetts. [...]

Direct Lending Takes Off in Europe

By Noémie Bisserbe in Paris and Jeannette Neumann in Madrid, WSJ,   U.S. investment firms are peddling loans to small [...]

The best real estate plays in 25 years

By Lawrence Delevingne, CNBC, The global real estate market in 2039 will be city-centric, with an increased focus on Asia [...]

European non-core loan sales up 40 per cent, says PwC

From PwC, 2013 was a record year from a transaction perspective with EUR64bn of Europe’s non-core loans sold as part [...]

How Does the U.S. Power Grid Work?

With over 160,000 miles of transmission lines, the U.S. power grid is designed to handle natural and man-made disasters, as [...]

America’s 10 most dangerous infrastructure problems

Pressing problems All things being equal, it would be better for the country to have less debt. Nobody seriously disputes [...]

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