Investment in American infrastructure is falling

Investment in American infrastructure is falling

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Investment in American infrastructure is falling
IT IS not a number to tweet about. President Donald Trump plans to plough $1trn of spending into America’s crumbling infrastructure. And a dearth of capital is not a problem: investors are keen on such assets. But investment seems to be falling. Government infrastructure spending in the second quarter fell to 1.4% of GDP, the […]
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Internship

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Internship
Applications are invited for a Marjorie Deane internship in our New York bureau. The award is designed to provide work experience for a promising journalist or would-be journalist, who will spend three to six months at The Economist writing about economics, business and finance. Applicants are asked to write a covering letter and an article […]
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The case for reforming airport-slot allocation

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The case for reforming airport-slot allocation
GULLIVER is back from the 141st Slot Conference in Madrid, a meeting of airlines and airport co-ordinators run by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), an airline lobby group. In this week’s issue, he opened the lid on how landing and take-off slots are allocated at congested airports around the world: Instead of letting airports […]
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5 Things to Look for in a Small-Business Phone System

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5 Things to Look for in a Small-Business Phone System
Learn how you can help your small business improve communications, simplify IT management, and save money through a better communications and telephony setup. Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Buffer WhatsApp
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The rich get richer, and millennials miss out

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The rich get richer, and millennials miss out
Early contender for the 2047 list BUOYANT financial markets meant that global wealth rose by 6.4% in the 12 months to June, the fastest pace since 2012. And the ranks of the rich expanded again, with 2.3m new millionaires added to the total, according to the Credit Suisse Research Institute’s global wealth report. The report […]
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What annual reports say, or do not, about competition

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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 two-thirds of American industries were more concentrated in the hands of a few firms in 2012 than in 1997. Research by AXA […]
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Nine reasons to use WordPress for an online business

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Nine reasons to use WordPress for an online business
Here, we explore why WordPress could be the right content management system for your small business. Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Buffer WhatsApp
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ABP, a Dutch pension giant, is more admired abroad than at home

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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 six families and manages nearly one-third of pension wealth, it is suffering a crisis of confidence. By international standards, Dutch pensions are extremely […]
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Criticism of index-tracking funds is ill-directed

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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 (those tracking a benchmark like the S&P 500) than into “active” funds that try to pick the best stocks. In […]
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Japan’s top two lavatory-makers are at last making inroads overseas

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Japan’s top two lavatory-makers are at last making inroads overseas
WHEN staff at the Louvre in Paris head to the bathroom, the toilet lid opens as they approach, a warm seat heats their derrières, and, once done, their nether regions are washed and dried precisely. Selling the equipment is a coup for Toto, Japan’s biggest producer of “shower toilets”. Toto and its rival Lixil carve […]
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Proposed changes to frequent-flyer programmes may be bad news for budget travellers

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Proposed changes to frequent-flyer programmes may be bad news for budget travellers
ALONGSIDE Eurocrats, straight bananas and anyone who opposes Brexit, Britain’s tabloid press has found something new to hate this year: British Airways (BA). Britain’s flag carrier has been criticised for cutting legroom in economy, axeing free food and drink on short-haul flights and—horror of horror—the amuse bouche that used to be served before dinner in […]
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Trouble for the AT&T-Time Warner deal

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Trouble for the AT&T-Time Warner deal
In the eye of a storm THE titans of media in America have decided this is an opportune moment to join together in mega-mergers, the better to take on the giants of Silicon Valley. The problem for them is that the Department of Justice (DoJ), and President Donald Trump himself, are less keen. On November […]
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NCR and Samsung Team Up for Small Business Commerce Station

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NCR and Samsung Team Up for Small Business Commerce Station
As an all-in-one system, the NCR Silver Quantum is sleek, easily portable and full of POS and business management features. Get the details after the jump. Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Buffer WhatsApp
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Publishers are wary of Facebook and Google but must work with them

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Publishers are wary of Facebook and Google but must work with them
IN RECENT months Google and Facebook have made changes that may escape the notice of most of their billions of users, but not of news organisations. Facebook began displaying the logos of publishers in some of its posts, so readers can identify the news source. And Google for the first time gave publishers the ability […]
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A German hardware giant tries to become an ultra-secure tech platform

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A German hardware giant tries to become an ultra-secure tech platform
Bosch mobilises BOSCH is everywhere. It has 440 subsidiaries and employs 400,000 people in 60 countries. Its technology opens London’s Tower Bridge and closes packets of crisps and biscuits in factories from India to Mexico. Analysts call it a car-parts maker: it is the world’s largest, making everything from fuel-injection pumps to windscreen wipers. Consumers […]
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Why Qatar Airways has bought 9.6% of Cathay Pacific

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Why Qatar Airways has bought 9.6% of Cathay Pacific
THIS morning’s news that Qatar Airways, a national carrier with global ambitions, has bought nearly 10% of Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong’s flag-carrier, came as a shock for financial markets. Shares in Cathay Pacific dropped in value by around 5% in the minutes after trading resumed first thing today. But the fact that Qatar Airways was […]
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Small Business Digital Marketing

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Small Business Digital Marketing
Small Business Digital Marketing, affordable SEO and Facebook management for your small business. Digital Marketing Company Sydney Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Buffer WhatsApp
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In Japan, the move from cash to plastic goes slowly

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In Japan, the move from cash to plastic goes slowly
BIC CAMERA, a Japanese electronics retailer, accepts payments in so many ways that the list nearly obscures the till: credit, debit and pre-paid cards; mobile wallets; ApplePay and Alipay; and, in some stores since April, bitcoin too. Efforts are under way to wean Japan off genkin, or cash. Handling notes and coins is expensive for […]
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Asian households binge on debt

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Asian households binge on debt
ONE of the more persistent beliefs about the global economy is that Asians are more frugal than others. Explanations have drawn on culture (the self-discipline of Confucianism), history (memories of privation) and public policy (flimsy social safety-nets forcing people to save). For Lee Kuan Yew, the founding father of Singapore, and other theorists of “Asian […]
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As the global economy picks up, inflation is oddly quiescent

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As the global economy picks up, inflation is oddly quiescent
A FEW years ago, the news about the euro-zone economy was uniformly bad to the point of tedium. These days, it is the humdrum diet of benign data that prompts a yawn. Figures this week show that GDP rose by 0.6% in the three months to the end of September (an annualised rate of 2.4%). […]
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Catalonia and the perils of fiscal redistribution

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Catalonia and the perils of fiscal redistribution
POPULISM is the weapon not just of the downtrodden. As the crisis in Catalonia demonstrates, the rich have economic anxieties of their own. Catalonia has an identity distinct, in important ways, from that of the rest of Spain. But the recent drive for independence has been energised by anger over the flow of fiscal redistribution […]
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Microsoft 365 Business Is About to Disrupt a Whole Lot of SMB Apps

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Microsoft 365 Business Is About to Disrupt a Whole Lot of SMB Apps
Microsoft’s new all-in-one, small business-focused offering combines full admin management and security tools with pared-down apps for email marketing, invoicing, and listings. Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Buffer WhatsApp
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How leading American newspapers got people to pay for news

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How leading American newspapers got people to pay for news
Past … SOMETIMES it feels like the 1970s in the New York Times and Washington Post newsrooms: reporters battling each other to break news about scandals that threaten to envelop the White House and the presidency of Donald Trump. Only now their scoops come not in the morning edition but in a tweet or iPhone […]
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A black-rights group warns would-be passengers about American Airlines

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A black-rights group warns would-be passengers about American Airlines
TRAVEL advisory notices, which alert passengers to the risks of going to certain places, are standard business for frequent flyers. But last week brought an unusual one. The National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP), America’s oldest civil-rights organisation, warned black flyers about the dangers of travelling with American Airlines. The NAACP says […]
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5 Data Management Tips for Small Businesses

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5 Data Management Tips for Small Businesses
There’s a common misconception that continuously floats around the business world. This is that only large, global corporations should carry out and implem Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Buffer WhatsApp
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Firms should make more information about salaries public

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Firms should make more information about salaries public
SWEDES discuss their incomes with a frankness that would horrify Britons or Americans. They have little reason to be coy; in Sweden you can learn a stranger’s salary simply by ringing the tax authorities and asking. Pay transparency can be a potent weapon against persistent inequities. When hackers published e-mails from executives at Sony Pictures, […]
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Local social media business is one of the nation's Small Biz 100 winners

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Local social media business is one of the nation's Small Biz 100 winners
Naturally Social, the Wiltshire-based social media company which provides social media management, mentoring and training workshops has been chosen as one of the UK’s Small Biz 100 2017.   Founder … Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Buffer WhatsApp
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