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July 24, 2014 Market Structure Map - Take and Make

Source: Tim Quast, President, ModernNetworks IR LLC

What if exchanges stopped paying fast traders to set prices? Oh, you didn’t know? Read on. Off Salt Island in the British Virgins is the wreck of the HMS Rhone, a steamer that sank in an 1867 hurricane. Even if you’re a...[more]

July 24, 2014 Euro-Area PMI Surveys Signal Economic Activity Is Picking Up

Source: Bloomberg

Euro-area manufacturing and services activity strengthened in July in a sign that a recovery in the 18-nation region is gathering pace. A Purchasing Managers Index for both industries jumped to 54 from 52.8 in June, matching a...

July 23, 2014 9 key trends in corporate sustainability reporting

Source: GreenBiz.com

Nearly three-quarters of sustainability professionals ranked CSR above seven out of 10 in relation to their business objectives (with one being low and 10 being high.) Meanwhile, most organizations dedicate between $34,000 and...

July 23, 2014 US SEC poised to adopt reforms for money market funds

Source: Economic Times

US regulators are expected to adopt rules on Wednesday that force "prime" money market funds used by large institutions to float their share price. Proponents have suggested that moving from the current stable $1 per share net...

July 23, 2014 9/11 Commission: Americans can’t be complacent about new security threats - text/video

Source: PBS

A decade since the release of a major report on the nation's preparedness and response to the September 11th attacks, the original bipartisan commission reconvened to produce a new assessment of current threats and challenges....

July 23, 2014 NY Fed found serious problems at Deutsche Bank's U.S. arms: source

Source: Chicago Tribune

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York has found serious problems in Deutsche Bank's U.S. operations, including shoddy financial reporting, weak technology and inadequate auditing and oversight, a person close to the matter told...

July 23, 2014 The Factory in the China Food Scandal Is Foreign-Owned. That Could Have Made It a Target

Source: Time

No company should be allowed to get away with unsafe products, but the harsh spotlight shone on multinational enterprises in China could be part of an effort to undermine them in favor of local businesses

July 22, 2014 Missed targets: when companies fail to keep their key sustainability promises

Source: The Guardian

When the Walt Disney Company reached out to Rainforest Action Network for help in crafting a new sustainable paper sourcing policy in 2012, the nonprofit was all ears. As the world's largest publisher of children's books and...

July 22, 2014 The World Just Had Its Hottest June On Record

Source: Huff Post

The globe is on a hot streak, setting a heat record in June. That's after the world broke a record in May. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Monday that last month's average global temperature was 61.2...

July 22, 2014 China food scandal spreads, drags in Starbucks, Burger King and McNuggets in Japan

Source: Reuters

The latest food scandal in China is spreading fast, dragging in U.S. coffee chain Starbucks, Burger King Worldwide Inc and others, as well as McDonald's products as far away as Japan. McDonald's Corp and KFC's parent Yum Brands...

July 22, 2014 Why targeting 4 human emotions is key to marketing sustainability

Source: The Guardian

While brands have been remarkably successful at feeding universal human drives, such as the desire for adventure, power or status, sustainability has not been seeing the same success in its messaging. What sustainability needs to...

July 22, 2014 Report: Hedge funds escaped billions in taxes

Source: USA Today

Two large banks used a complex financial scheme to help 13 hedge funds avoid paying billions of dollars in taxes and evade federal borrowing limits on brokerage accounts over a 15-year period, according to the findings of a...

July 21, 2014 Sonic cannons for E. Coast: Obama approves oil exploration despite ‘threat to sea life’

Source: RT

The Obama administration has announced it is reopening the US Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil and gas exploration, clearing the way for the use of sonic cannons to locate energy deposits - despite the threat to sea life.

July 21, 2014 Wall Street reform law only half done

Source: CNN Money

Four years have passed since Congress passed a reform law aimed at limiting the fallout of another Wall Street collapse. Only half of the intended rules are in place

July 21, 2014 Take sustainability seriously if you want to attract 'Generation Y'

Source: TTG Digital

This is the generation that was brought up to be the “Green Generation”; they choose the products they buy and the companies they buy from very carefully. These potential employees were taught about sustainability at school. ...

July 21, 2014 Commodities: Water should be traded on financial markets to avoid global crisis

Source: The Telegraph

Britain, as the rest of the world, is facing a water crisis, leading some experts to predict that by the end of the decade H2O will be traded on financial markets like other finite commodities such as crude oil, or iron ore....

July 18, 2014 Germany is most energy efficient major economy, study finds

Source: The Guardian

Germany is the world's most energy efficient country with strong codes on buildings while China is quickly stepping up its own efforts, an environmental group said Thursday. The study of 16 major economies by the Washington-based...

July 18, 2014 Report: Climate changing more rapidly than at any point on record

Source: Science Magazine

A new look at the “vital signs” of Earth’s climate reveals a stark picture of declining health. As global temperatures rise, so do sea level and the amount of heat trapped in the ocean’s upper layers. Meanwhile, mountain glaciers...

July 18, 2014 Why sustainability requires leadership training

Source: GreenBiz

Sustainability is now firmly on the radar screen of business. Along with their ongoing focus on economic issues, two-thirds of executives and managers now consider social and environmental issues as significant or very...

July 18, 2014 BitRegulation! NY plans new rules for virtual currencies

Source: CNBC

The State of New York is weighing a raft of new rules to regulate bitcoin and other virtual currencies, the state's financial regulators announced on Thursday, proposing to issue a "BitLicense" that would protect consumers,...

July 18, 2014 FedEx Indicted for Shipping Drugs for Online Pharmacies

Source: Bloomberg

FedEx Corp. (FDX:US) was accused in a federal indictment of delivering prescription pain pills, sedatives, anti-anxiety drugs and other controlled substances for illegal Internet pharmacies.

July 17, 2014 U.S. Treasury urges Congress to act on corporate tax dodge deals

Source: Reuters

Calling for a new sense of "economic patriotism," U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew urged Congress on Wednesday to take steps quickly to discourage U.S. companies from moving their tax domiciles abroad to avoid federal...

July 17, 2014 California's Drought Is 'The Greatest Water Loss Ever Seen,' And The Effects Will Be Severe

Source: Business Insider

California's current drought will cost the state $2.2 billion and 17,000 jobs, researchers announced at a press conference July 15 in Washington, D.C. The findings are from a new report from the UC Davis Center for Watershed...

July 17, 2014 Harness these forces to transform your sustainability practices

Source: GreenBiz

Sustainability is no ordinary change-management challenge. An entire economic system is in transition. That’s why forces beyond the ordinary are so badly needed. Over the past two years, while doing research for my new book,...

July 17, 2014 Market Structure Map - CYNK Me

Source: Tim Quast, president, ModernNetworks IR LLC

Movie tip: Karen and I took our visiting teenaged nephew to see Edge of Tomorrow, starring Tom Cruise. Hysterically entertaining. Appropriate for teens (scary monsters but no gore), and gripping for adults! There was a 1982...[more]

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