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Food for Thought. Thoughtful debate and insightful observations/ commentary on actions/events in financial markets, investments, societies, and governments around the world that impact our lives. Also Oxstone Team’s Global Investment Commentary and Best Investment Ideas.

Why Unemployment Rates Matter to Your Retirement

My biological clock is ticking—as is yours and everyone else’s. With each passing day, you are either moving closer to [...]

The 10 best countries for business

Up-and-coming Canada vaults ahead in this annual list of the world’s most business-friendly nations. But did it best the US? [...]

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, [...]

Uncovering Opportunities in Emerging Markets

By Mark Kiesel, Pimco, Emerging markets have underperformed expectations, but the longer-term secular outlook remains constructive for many regions. Highly [...]

Are we turning Japanese?

After the Great Crisis and Recession of 2008 there were a lot of economic and market commentators arguing that the [...]

Liv-ex 100 – does it reflect the market?

Liv-ex comes from London International Vintners Exchange, and it was established in 1999. The exchange offers a secure marketplace for [...]

How Much Do Online Reviews Really Help Your Business?

Online branding is becoming an increasingly popular aspect of business marketing. Generating online reviews from satisfied customers will help drive [...]

Apple Tops List of World’s Most Valuable Brands

By Douglas A. McIntyre February 18, 2014 6:18 am EDT Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) sat atop a new list of the [...]

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 [...]

Chinese Real Estate Investors Grab 80% of Portugal Visas

A program in Portugal that combines the appeal of cheap real estate and easy visas seems to have found a [...]

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