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Greek envoy sees growing investment, trade ties with Saudi Arabia
The Greek Deputy Minister of Development and Competitiveness recently visited Riyadh in an effort to promote Foreign Direct Investment and export trade between his country and the Kingdom. Notis Mytarakis had meetings with several ministers in Riyadh, ...
John Laing Fund Offers $1.56 Billion for Balfour Beatty Investment Arm
LONDON — The John Laing Infrastructure Fund, a European investor in schools, hospitals and transportation, said on Monday that it had made a cash offer to acquire the investment arm of the British construction and services company Balfour Beatty for 1 ...
Des Moines clothing startup nabs $1.85 million investment
A fashion-focused Des Moines startup has attracted investment from big names in retail and technology who are banking on its concept of delivering a personalized wardrobe for the everyman. Men's Style Lab closed in this month on $1.85 million in ...
The Bizarro World of Investment Advice
Dan Solin is the New York Times bestselling author of the Smartest series of books which include: The Smartest Investment Book You'll Ever Read, The Smartest 401(k) Book You'll Ever Read, The Smartest Retirement Book You'll Ever Read, The Smartest ...
Here's That Rarity -- Money-Making, Money-Saving Investment Advice That's ...
Here's That Rarity -- Money-Making, Money-Saving Investment Advice That's ...
Bridge Financial Services adds three investment professionals
Bridge Investment Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bridgehampton National Bank (BNB), has changed its name to Bridge Financial Services (BFS) to better reflect the scope of its work. BFS professionals work with branch managers throughout the BNB ...
Hackers With Apparent Investment Banking Background Target Biotech
Starting in mid-2013, FireEye began responding to intrusions at publicly traded companies — two-thirds of them, it said, in the health care and pharmaceutical sector — as well as advisory firms, such as investment banking offices or companies that ...
The Week Ahead: Transit Tax Break, Takata, And Sustainable Investment
The study looks at what other industrialized countries could teach us about sustainable transportation investment. Also on Wednesday the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade takes on the Takata airbag recall ...
Putting a Price Tag on China's Wasted Infrastructure Investment
The end of President Hu Jintao's administration saw a tightened spigot of public investment (following a hefty post-recession stimulus package), but public spending has increased again under Xi Jinping, who became general secretary of the Communist ...
GWU's Endowment Said Close to Hiring Strategic Investment Group
George Washington University is close to hiring Strategic Investment Group to handle its $1.6 billion endowment, according to a person with knowledge of the matter. GWU, based in Washington, is the second-largest U.S. university endowment to outsource ...
Web Thieves Using Lingo Of Wall St.
Starting in mid-2013, FireEye began responding to the group's intrusions at publicly traded companies — two-thirds of them, it said, in the health care and pharmaceutical sector — as well as advisory firms, such as investment banking offices or ...
Legal & General Investment expanding in Chicago
Chicago-based asset manager Legal & General Investment Management America, a unit of the British company by the same name, plans to launch a U.S. index fund management business and is expanding its presence in the city. The U.S. company will build ...
UN official calls fossil fuels 'high risk' investment
Recent drops in the price of oil show the great risks that come from investing in fossil fuels, the United Nations' top climate official said. Christiana Figueres, who is overseeing the UN's attempts to forge an international agreement to fight climate ...
3 Reasons McDonald's Is Still A Great Investment
Fast food giant McDonald's (NYSE: MCD) isn't a stock market favorite as we close out 2014. In fact, it's 9th from last among the 30 Dow components when ranked by year-to-date gains. But its hefty dividend payout helps Micky D's stand out as one of the ...
Great Investment Returns Begin With Selecting An A+ CEO
Even though it is the most critical part of evaluating investment opportunities, vetting leadership is often more art than science, leaving many angels to rely on gut instinct in determining a good CEO. That's where Tony Shipley, founder of Queen City ...
Investment Returns vs. Weight Loss
Not only is the timing aspect of investment opportunities different, but the source of these investment opportunities is not necessarily tied to our own actions. Very few goals are passively achieved (I am hoping my marathon training will be the ...
German, French Officials Support Juncker's Investment Plan
BERLIN—The finance and economics ministers of Germany and France Tuesday expressed support for the European Commission's €300 billion investment plan and said they would propose concrete joint projects mid-December. The comments on ...
Home Price Expectations And Residential Investment
I have often wondered whether the very low level of Private Residential Investment (also known as building houses) in the USA is due to unusually low expectations of long term increases in home prices. Here, I add that I would guess that the change was ...
CEOs see investment slowing, but they're ready to do more hiring
The dim outlook was primarily due to lower expectations of business investment, and executives also cut their sales expectations. Over a third, 36%, forecast an increase in business spending, while 50% expected no change and 13% forecast a decline in ...
Judge approves California investment firm's bid for Great Northern Paper mill
A Los Angeles-based investment firm has made the winning bid of $5.4 million for the Great Northern Paper mill in East Millinocket at an auction in Bangor. Pasquale “Pat” Perrino Jr., trustee for the bankrupt Great Northern Paper, accepted the winning ...
Obama urges investment in Ebola response, vaccines
"The fight is not even close to being over," Obama said to NIH staff, acknowledging that fears of the deadly virus have waned in the United States. "As long as the disease continues to rage in West Africa, we could continue to see isolated cases here ...
'Post-seed' investing is a strategy, not an investment stage, says Bullpen ...
'Post-seed' investing is a strategy, not an investment stage, says Bullpen ...
Yik Yak's New Funding Round Confirmed As Sequoia Leads $61M Investment
There's been speculation that Anonymous messaging app Yik Yak is raising again, and today an SEC filing confirmed that the one-year-old app, which is popular among U.S. colleges, has closed a $61 million Series B round. Yik Yak representatives ...
Flipkart's Founders Lead $1M Investment In Electric Scooter Startup Ather
The founders of Flipkart, one of India's biggest e-commerce companies, have led an investment of $1 million in Ather, a Chennai-based startup that makes electric scooters. In addition to Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal, who launched Flipkart in 2007 ...
Building A Core Investment Portfolio For The Next 20 Years: Gold
The seventh article in this series exploring stocks and ideas to build a core investment portfolio will take a slight twist. This article won't focus on one stock as a core holding, but rather one idea to hedge your portfolio against market weakness ...
Medina County investment scheme targeted elderly investors, Mike DeWine says
"Our investigation found that this suspect specifically targeted vulnerable, elderly residents who were likely to either forget about their investment or die before it was time to collect," DeWine said in a statement Tuesday. "Those who prey on our ...
China Expresses 'Genuine' Interest in EU's New Investment Plan
BRUSSELS— Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission's new president, won an early boost for the €300 billion ($371.49 billion) investment plan he launched last week, with Chinese officials telling their European counterparts Tuesday they were ...
Innovation Investment Tracker | November 2014
Banking was the leading area for VC and strategic retail investment, taking down 70 percent of the total. Data analytics related to retail, shopping, commerce ($19.4 M), Alternative Finance ($10 M), P2P ($6.6 M), P2P ($-) and prepaid ($ 1.5 M) saw the ...
Apollo Investment Corp.: Problems in the Oil Patch?
It's no secret that Apollo Investment (NASDAQ: AINV ) has big oil and gas exposure. Some 13.2% of its overall portfolio was dedicated to debt and equity investments in oil and gas companies as of Sept. 30. Naturally, many are starting to wonder if ...
Emir appoints new CEO at Qatar Investment Authority
DUBAI, Dec 3 (Reuters) - Qatar appointed a new chief executive of its sovereign wealth fund on Wednesday, naming ruling family member Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohamed bin Saud al-Thani as the new head of the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA), one of the ...
Oregon's state investment leaders add environmental, social provisions to ...
Oregon's state investment leaders add environmental, social provisions to ...
See How Long It Takes To Triple an Investment with the Rule of 115
If you're just getting into investing and fast math isn't your strong point, you can quickly see how long it will take to triple your investment with the rule of 115. When determining how long it will take to double your investment quickly, you would ...
If only investment decisions were rational
•I want to delay drawing down on my investment portfolio until I absolutely have to act. When you delay Social Security, you will have to draw income from your portfolio. It is important to understand that the stock market is subject to volatility ...
Prokhorov's Investment Firm Renews at Seagram Building
Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov's private investment firm ONEXIM Group signed a six-year renewal to remain on the 26th floor of RFR Realty's Seagram Building, Commercial Observer has learned. The majority Brooklyn Nets owner's company, which ...
The value of (truly) active investment
While some questions are unanswered, the active versus passive investment debate is more complex than the aggregate data showing active underperformance shows. “We find that active mutual funds perform better after trading more. This time-series ...
BNDES sees $16.1bn Brazil wind, solar investment through 2018
The biggest investment is expected to be in hydroelectric projects, which is estimated at R$65.3bn. BNDES says that wind power has become competitive with 4.1GW in operation and more than 10GW in construction. “Consequently, wind should account for ...
All the ways investment banks are cozying up to Uber ahead of a possible IPO
Morgan Stanley's research department (entirely separate from the investment banking arm that would be involved in underwriting an initial public offering, of course) earlier this year issued a lengthy and highly upbeat report on the global livery ...
Softbank Fuels Uber Rival GrabTaxi with $250 Million Investment
The investment decision by Softbank, which is known for the early investments that it made in Alibaba and Yahoo!, comes after the company's October announcement that it will be investing over $800 million in two startups from India, namely the e ...
And the top collectible investment of 2014 is...
And the top collectible investment of 2014 is...
Investment banking Trading places
So-called “boutique” investment banks have gained a much larger share of the lucrative business of advising on mergers and acquisitions (M&A) since the financial crisis (see chart) and are gaining other footholds. Their flourishing has put paid to the ...
Plan to divert EU research cash into investment fund gets chilly response from ...
Plan to divert EU research cash into investment fund gets chilly response from ...
EU companies must boost R&D investment to stay globally competitive
Investment in research and development by companies based in the EU grew by 2.6% in 2013, despite the unfavourable economic environment. However, this growth has slowed in comparison to the previous year's 6.8%. It is also below the 2013 world ...
Bill Gross Muses on Nursery Rhymes and Domestic Abuse in Latest Investment ...
Bill Gross Muses on Nursery Rhymes and Domestic Abuse in Latest Investment ...
Wonderloop Attracts Investment From One Of Africa's Wealthiest Investors
Tony O. Elumelu, one of Africa's wealthiest magnates (who recently launched a $100 million program to support entrepreneurship in Africa) is understood to have put an undisclosed sum into Silicon Valley-based mobile startup Wonderloop. Prior to this ...
JPMorgan continues run as top ranked investment bank
Coalition, which only reports revenue figures for the top-ranked banks, said that total investment bank revenue earned so far this year was 6 percent lower than a year earlier, driven largely by a downturn in fixed income, currencies and commodities ...
Trade and investment with Australia
In the past state-owned firms looking for big energy or mining deals dominated southerly investment flows—and, in the process, provoked wails of a takeover by China of Australia's crown jewels (Australia's natural resources are in huge demand in China ...
Oregon's public sector shifts investment priorities
The Oregon Investment Council decided Wednesday to include these factors in its investment principles. This decision followed a November council decision to allow a socially conscious investment portfolio for public employees who have accounts in the ...
Eurozone Investment Fell in Third Quarter
LONDON—Falling investment continued to weigh on the eurozone in the third quarter, partly offsetting an acceleration in consumer spending to leave the economy close to stagnation. Investment has fallen sharply since the onset of the financial crisis ...
British Construction Giant Balfour Beatty Rejects Bid for Its Investment Arm
LONDON — The British construction and services company Balfour Beatty said on Friday that it had rejected a takeover bid for its investment arm by the John Laing Infrastructure Fund, a European investor in schools, hospitals and transportation. The ...
5 Ways Millennials Can Beat An "Unbeatable" Investment
What's the best investment for Millennials? According to this article in Bloomberg, paying down student loan debt is an “unbeatable investment.” Paying down any debt is certainly a way to grow your net worth, but is paying down student loans always an ...