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August 3, 2015 Now 60% Chance Of A Government Shutdown

Source: Forbes

The chance of a federal government shutdown increased dramatically and precipitously last week from 40 percent to 60 percent. It’s now more likely than not that a shutdown will result from the craziness going on in Washington.

August 3, 2015 Who wins and loses under Obama’s stricter power plant limits

Source: Washington Post

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is mandating even steeper greenhouse gas cuts from U.S. power plants than previously expected, while granting states more time and broader options to comply.

August 3, 2015 Brazil: From Bad to Worse?

Source: The Market Mogul

Recently, Standard & Poor’s indicated that it is considering removing Brazil’s coveted investment-grade credit status on its long-term sovereign debt. In the company’s statement on Tuesday, it has revised the outlook on Brazil’s...

August 3, 2015 A retirement storm is coming. Are you prepared?

Source: Washington Post

As with a Category 5 hurricane, Americans are in for catastrophe if we fail to address the looming retirement crisis. Retirement planning cannot be shoved down on your to-do list.

July 22, 2015 The Dodd-Frank Act at 5: Examining progress and pushback

Source: Devex Impact

Since officially being inked into U.S. law on July 21, 2010, as the most sweeping set of financial reforms since the Great Depression, the landmark bill’s efforts to promote good governance in developing countries have indeed...

July 22, 2015 Are countries legally required to protect their citizens from climate change?

Source: Reuters

On June 24, 2015, a court in The Hague ordered the Dutch government to act faster in its duty to protect its citizens against the effects of climate change. This marks the first time the issue has been legally declared a state...

July 20, 2015 Why Shell had the worst week ever

Source: MSNBC

This should have been one of Shell’s best weeks ever. Instead, it shaped up like the corporate equivalent of “The Hangover Part III.” And a happy ending is nowhere in sight.

July 17, 2015 How China's Slowdown Is Worse Than You Think

Source: Bloomberg

Skepticism over Chinese economic data isn't new and economists frequently question whether quarterly GDP accurately captures what's happening on the ground.

July 17, 2015 This Is How Quickly Greece's Future Is Deteriorating

Source: Bloomberg

The forecasts show Greece is edging closer to Japan's debt-to-GDP ratio, which is the highest in the world. Not only are the countries both archipelagos with storied histories, but they also seem to share a high and growing...

July 17, 2015 Cleaning up politics

Source: Washington Post

The role of money in politics challenges states worldwide, both rich and poor. Its abuse raises problems of graft, corruption and cronyism, which undermine legitimacy and governance. In recent years, financial scandals have...

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