Dancing with Growth

Dancing with Growth

photo: OnInnovation In a recent event in London, during the Thinkers50 Gala night, a number of Big Ideas and concepts were celebrated. While we need to take it more as a mundane event than anything else, Thinkers50 can gather some of the most acute business minds of the planet into one event at one venue in […]

US Fed Rate Hike Will Test Emerging Markets

US Fed Rate Hike Will Test Emerging Markets

photo: Future Atlas In the multipolar world economy, the Fed’s unilateral actions contribute to diminishing global growth prospects. The US Federal Reserve raised interest rates by 25 basis points last week, taking the first step away from its near-zero interest rate policy. Led by its chairman Janet Yellen, the Fed sought to defuse market tensions by […]

Systematic Sustainability Is the Goal of New Fair-Trade Initiative

Systematic Sustainability Is the Goal of New Fair-Trade Initiative

It used to be that coffee and bananas were among the few products that carried a fair trade label, and made people feel good about their purchases during trips to the local supermarket. Nowadays, there are a vast number of products with some kind of standard or certification that guarantees a fair price, ensures that […]

Europe’s Fake Recovery

Europe’s Fake Recovery

photo: Chris Goldberg Investors were disappointed when they undid the wrapping on the European Central Bank’s (“ECB’s) early holiday present.  The package was not insignificant: a cut in deposit rates by 0.10% from negative 0.20% to 0.30%; an extension of the €60 billion per month bond purchase program by six months (additional €360 billion in liquidity); […]

Hunt for Alpha Succeeds if the Entrepreneur Attracts the Right Investors

Hunt for Alpha Succeeds if the Entrepreneur Attracts the Right Investors

From a speech given at the Olivetti day: “How to finance innovation and why it needs to be done.” Brescia, Italy, 16 October 2015 Italy is experiencing a period of extraordinary importance for its future. If current developments have positive outcomes, a virtuous circle could be created with the potential to launch a new and much […]

How Much Oil Is Needed To Power Santa’s Sleigh?

How Much Oil Is Needed To Power Santa’s Sleigh?

photo: solyanka Every year around the world, hundreds of millions of children wait anxiously for Santa Claus to arrive and bring presents and good cheer. But what if Santa never came? What if this year the reindeer all fall ill, perhaps due to Crazy Reindeer disease (the analog to Mad Cow) and Santa is forced to […]

New Funding Source for Social Innovation: The ‘Crowd’

New Funding Source for Social Innovation: The ‘Crowd’

In the journey from a revolutionary idea, to a start-up business, to an expanding business, it’s difficult for entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises to access the finance they need through the traditional channels of private capital markets. A new way to address this gap is crowdfunding—an innovative tool that enables entrepreneurs or enterprises in […]

ZIRP Ends Unanimously

The Federal Reserve ended its zero interest rate policy today with a unanimous vote by the FOMC to raise the federal funds rate. From the Fed statement:“The Committee judges that there has been considerable improvement in labor market conditions this year, and it is reasonably confident that inflation will rise, over the medium term, to its 2 […]

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