A Family Office for the Superrich, and Lessons for the Less Wealthy

A Family Office for the Superrich, and Lessons for the Less Wealthy

FEB. 14, 2014

Wealth Matters

By PAUL SULLIVAN

STEVEN A. COHEN, the billionaire hedge fund manager, has been in the news for a string of insider trading convictions of current or former portfolio managers at his SAC Capital Advisors. But less attention has been given to his decision to convert his hedge fund into a family office to free himself fromSecurities and Exchange Commission regulations. Read more of this post

Lego Builds an Empire, Brick by Brick

Lego Builds an Empire, Brick by Brick

By GREGORY SCHMIDTFEB. 14, 2014

In this week’s top-grossing children’s movie, not only skyscrapers but actors built of tiny bricks inhabit a rather dystopian world known as “Lego-verse.”

That new realm, in “The Lego Movie,” which earned a near record-breaking $69.1 million when it debuted last weekend, represents the Lego Group’s first foray onto the big screen. Read more of this post

Politics, Fed could whip up new emerging markets storm

Politics, Fed could whip up new emerging markets storm

Fri, Feb 14 2014

By Natsuko Waki

LONDON (Reuters) – A stabilization in emerging marketsafter January’s rout may turn out be the calm before the storm if political flare-ups and Fed policies provide the spark for the next round of selling. Read more of this post

Rent-seeking culture dampens entrepreneurial spirit

Rent-seeking culture dampens entrepreneurial spirit

Saturday, Feb 15, 2014

The Straits Times

SINGAPORE – Property developers and agents should refrain from using words and phrases like “unnerving” and “not sustainable” when referring to the current state of the property market (“CDL chief calls for review of property cooling measures”; last Saturday). Read more of this post

Medicines Made in India Set Off Safety Worries

Medicines Made in India Set Off Safety Worries

By GARDINER HARRISFEB. 14, 2014

NEW DELHI — India, the second-largest exporter of over-the-counter and prescription drugs to the United States, is coming under increased scrutiny by American regulators for safety lapses, falsified drug test results and selling fake medicines.

Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg, the commissioner of the United States Food and Drug Administration, arrived in India this week to express her growing unease with the safety of Indian medicines because of “recent lapses in quality at a handful of pharmaceutical firms.” Read more of this post

Over-enthusiasm for emerging markets is just one fashion I have seen in the past 16 years, says Mohamed El-Erian

February 14, 2014 6:10 pm

Emerging-world fashions that change with the seasons

By Mohamed El-Erian

Over-enthusiasm for emerging markets is just one fashion I have seen in the past 16 years, says Mohamed El-Erian

As I prepare to step down from Pimco at the end of March, emerging markets are once again in the news for all the wrong reasons. In Argentina the currency has collapsed, Thailand and Ukraine are riven with political conflict, and Turkey is shaky. Read more of this post

Brazil housing bubble fears as economy teeters

February 14, 2014 4:48 pm

Brazil housing bubble fears as economy teeters

By Samantha Pearson in São Paulo

Thalita de Jesus Moreira had just given birth to her fifth child when she moved to New Palestine, a vast squatter settlement on the outskirts of São Paulo.

Her landlady had left her with little choice, she says – late last year the monthly rent for her family’s bedsit nearby was increased to R$500 ($207), almost as much as the minimum wage her husband was earning as a caretaker at a factory. Read more of this post

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