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June 29, 2016 Imagining The U.K. And The EU 3 Years After Brexit

Source: Seeking Alpha

It's the summer of 2019, three years after British voters stunned the world by voting to leave the European Union. The U.K. has regained its economic and financial footing, as well as its national confidence. A smaller and more...

June 29, 2016 Opinion: Brexit’s impact on these 3 issues is what really matters for the rest of the world

Source: MarketWatch

Many of those who voted “Leave” on Thursday reportedly already regret it, either because they didn’t really expect to prevail and merely wanted to register a protest vote, or because of the sharp sell-off in financial markets and...

June 29, 2016 Why Brexit Is Tearing British Politics Apart

Source: Slate

But it turns out you can’t reduce huge questions of foreign policy to 27 words. We have a result now, by which voters have opted to make a radical change to their country’s relationship with the rest of the world, but it’s a...

June 29, 2016 Can You Hear Me Now!?

Source: Larry Checco, featured columnist

Can you hear me now? That’s not a catchy line from a campy Verizon cell phone service commercial. It’s people around the world sending out a very strong, clear message to the powers that be.[more]

June 28, 2016 Is Europe superior on sustainable business?

Source: GreenBiz

With the future of the European Union at the top of the headlines these days, I’ve been thinking about the differences between European and American companies on sustainability

June 28, 2016 Why Brexit Might Not Happen at All

Source: The New Yorker

For the sake of Britain, and also of Europe, I hope that my countrymen and countrywomen rediscover their modest virtues before it’s too late. Watching from afar, it’s clear that a mistake has been made, and that it’s time for a...

June 28, 2016 Learning From Volkswagen’s $10 Billion Sustainability Mistake

Source: Huff Post

As Volkswagen continues to struggle in the aftermath of their deceptive emissions reporting scheme, they are starting to pay for some of the costs of their mistake

June 28, 2016 Bank of America and Brexit: What Investors Need to Know Right Now

Source: Motley Fool

As investors in Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) watch its stock continue to drop in the wake of the U.K.'s vote to separate from the European Union last week, known as Brexit, it's tempting to get scared and flee. Let me explain why...

June 27, 2016 Another Step Backward for Nuclear and the Environment

Source: Geoffrey Styles, Energy Outlook

I don't normally do breaking news, but today's announcement by PG&E and a coalition of environmental groups on retiring the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant in California within 8-9 years merits immediate comment.

June 27, 2016 What British, European, and American Policymakers Need to Do Now

Source: Harvard Business Review

News of the United Kingdom’s vote to Leave the European Union shook financial markets Friday, and signaled the start of potentially years of economic uncertainty for Europe. What can policymakers do in response? I asked Adam...

June 27, 2016 The Surprising Evolution of House Republicans on Taxes

Source: RollCall

The corporate tax rate of 35 percent would drop to 20 percent and the top individual rate of 39.6 percent would go down to 33 percent under the GOP plan. And small businesses organized as pass-through entities like partnerships,...

June 27, 2016 Is Coca-Cola About To Get Expensive?

Source: Seeking Alpha

Philadelphia City Council Committee last week approved a tax of 1.5 cents per ounce on the sugary drinks. In an article, I mentioned some points which help explain why Philadelphia soda tax is not a big deal for PepsiCo...

June 27, 2016 Brexit: Why Most Commentaries Miss The Point

Source: Huff Post

What was the narrow British vote to leave the European Union really about? In recent days, you have read commentaries with variations on the following themes, ad nauseam. All of them contain pieces of the truth, but all miss...

June 21, 2016 What is socially responsible investing?

Source: Nooga

We have a lot of options for how we spend or invest our money, and as previously discussed, many people have interest in making a positive difference in the world around them.

June 20, 2016 What Financial Markets Are Saying About Inflation

Source: Seeking Alpha

The Federal Reserve has scaled back on its interest rate forecast for the next several years. Official projections indicate that FOMC members still believe that the effective federal funds rate will be at 0.9 percent by the end...

June 17, 2016 Exxon asks U.S. court to throw out subpoena in climate change inquiry

Source: Reuters

Exxon Mobil Corp asked a federal court on Wednesday to throw out a subpoena that would force the oil company to hand over decades of documents as part of a wide-ranging inquiry into whether it misled investors about climate...

June 17, 2016 Beware the Arc of History

Source: Larry Checco

Since time immemorial civilizations and empires have existed on finite arcs of history—rising from humble beginnings, soaring to pinnacles of glory then slowly or rapidly declining into extinction or, if lucky, into more benign...[more]

June 17, 2016 Caroline Baum: Have businesses really run out of people to hire?

Source: Stock Transcript

Throughout the seven-year old U.S. expansion, as the unemployment rate tumbled from a peak of 10% in 2009 to a low of 4.7% last month, policy makers have been focused on the slack in the labor market. Yes, slack.

June 17, 2016 First the Government Went After ExxonMobil. Now They're Going After Me.

Source: Forbes

My company, the Center for Industrial Progress, is one of the 10 cited in the new subpoena of Exxon, meaning that Exxon is supposed to release any private or confidential correspondence any of its employees have ever had with...

June 16, 2016 Climate change, not population growth, plays the main role in predicting extreme droughts, study reveals

Source: Science Daily

According to a new study, it's climate change -- not population growth – that plays the main role in predicting future exposure to extreme droughts.

June 14, 2016 The Guardian view on business ethics: decency needed

Source: The Guardian

While parliament’s chief preoccupation is the letter of the law, it also has a duty to uphold the law’s spirit. That role is especially important in business and finance, where a tension exists between a raucous commerce that...

June 14, 2016 Four Ways To Heal Our Broken Healthcare System

Source: Forbes

Healthcare has been broken for some time. It’s been broken by misaligned incentives, by endemic inefficiencies and redundancies, by thousands of well-intentioned regulations and guidelines that have stifled market dynamics, and...

June 14, 2016 With LinkedIn, Microsoft looks to get back to the heart of the enterprise

Source: Computerworld

With LinkedIn under its belt, Microsoft will own one of the largest social networks in the world. The move could help the company reconnect with both business and individual customers.

June 10, 2016 Sustainability key to future of farming

Source: Standard Media

Sustainability in farming is about the adoption of a more holistic philosophy and effective approach to the way you farm. It is really also the only way that any farmer can secure the future of his farm.

June 8, 2016 The 3 C’s of Sustainability and Supply Chain

Source: Pamela Styles,principal of Next Level Investor Relations LLC

Supply chain management is a key factor for many companies — growing in sophistication and scrutiny. I recently used AlphaSense to look at supply chain in context with ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) / Sustainability,...

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