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Sometimes the children and grandchildren of the superwealthy aren’t so good at maintaining the wealth they inherit. Professionals now advise the superwealthy on how to increase the odds that their descendants wisely use their inheritances.
Strong demand from China drove high prices and robust investment in commodity materials for over a decade. Now China’s slowing economy has the increased supply meeting lower demand, and many industries are awash in materials.
In some countries, economic development is negatively impacted by a corrupt educational system that does not allow the brightest poor students to reach their potential. Instead, wealthier students (or their parents) pay to get into prestigious schools, receive inflated test scores, and/or receive bogus degrees. As a result of this corruption, deserving students are denied educations, and some who receive degrees may not have skills that are consistent with their educational credentials. Multinational corporations must adapt hiring and training practices in these environments and thus bear some of the costs of educational corruption. The costs borne by society and individuals, however, may be much more substantial.
The IRS is going after counties that issued tax-free bonds to build jails used by federal agencies. Counties had been urged to build jails with capacities larger than needed for local inmates as a source of new revenue.
Due to corruption around the world, the sale of degrees is hurting economies. This form of corruption—called educational corruption—creates negative repercussions in the societies where it operates.
The prices of commodity metals, such as copper and aluminum, are driven by a combination of fluctuating demand and much less volatile, large-scale production that adjusts slowly. When the Chinese economy was booming in the earlier part of this century, it generated strong demand for metals, causing prices to substantially rise. Companies such as Glencore and Alcoa were incentivized to invest in new mines and processing facilities. This additional supply is now coming into the market just as Chinese demand is dropping, causing commodity prices to fall.
With Oakland offices a third cheaper than San Francisco’s, landlords are preparing for a tech influx. The city is poised to develop as an intersection of culture and commerce.
Indian casino investments helped an Och-Ziff fund return almost 23 percent from 2011 through June 2015. The hedge fund offers expensive loans to tribes with limited options. It leases slot machines and gets as much as 20 percent of net revenue.
Burger King is relying more heavily on data to make sure its marketing is cost-effective as it reaches customers through digital and social media. Franchisees say the resulting buzz has translated into higher restaurant sales, and the company is doing it for about one fourth of what McDonald’s spends on advertising.
The deadline to have all credit and debit cards chip-equipped has passed. Many cards still use magnetic strips that aren't as secure.
A new spinal insert can enhance the outcomes of spinal damage victims.
In some countries, the education system has been undermined by corruption. Wealthy families can bribe teachers and school officials to fudge test scores, provide documentation for unearned degrees, or admit unqualified students. Concern over the training of doctors has led the European Union and United States to not recognize the medical degrees of graduates from Ukrainian schools, for example.