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Barron’s: Picking Up the Pieces; Our investment experts see little growth for the market averages, but plenty of opportunities among stocks

Picking Up the Pieces

Our investment experts see little growth for the market averages, but plenty of opportunities among stocks.

LAUREN R. RUBLIN

June 14, 2014

Say goodbye to sunny skies and ditch the rose-colored glasses.

That’s the collective advice of the investment seers who populate the Barron’sRoundtable, and whose market forecasts for the back half of 2014 range from meh to feh. Specifically, the bulls in the bunch see a meager 5% gain in the Standard & Poor’s 500 in the months ahead, while the rest see a volatile rout in late summer that could leave stocks 10% lower, at least. Read more of this post

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Why Clay Christensen is abandoning the traditional approach to academic research

Why Clay Christensen is abandoning the traditional approach to academic research

BY MATT MCFARLAND June 12

Professor Clay Christensen is trying something new on the Harvard Business School campus. (Kevin Ma/Bloomberg)

Clay Christensen, the Harvard Business School professor and godfather of innovation, fittingly has some fresh ideas about academic research. He scrapped the traditional academic approach for his latest paper, theCapitalist’s Dilemma, which was published in the June issue of the Harvard Business Review. Read more of this post

Indonesian property developers shaken by housing-loan regulation

Developers shaken by housing-loan regulation

Anggi M. Lubis, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Business | Sat, June 14 2014, 1:02 PM

The central bank’s policy of tightening the loan-to-value (LTV) for property purchases, introduced late last year, has made the country’s publicly listed property developers more pessimistic about sales this year, as buyers are now required to pay a strict minimum down payment. Read more of this post

Ignore the market rally; Modi has limited room to turn things around

Ignore the market rally; Modi has limited room to turn things around

By Sunil B.S. @sunilbs_tweets June 13, 2014

Not so fast, bull market.

Earlier this week, president Pranab Mukherjee laid out Narendra Modi’s plans to reignite investment into India. But it is easier said than done.

A recent report by Credit Suisse says that markets have overestimated the powers of the central government. It pointed out that of the projects worth $1,391 billion that are under implementation, only those worth $351 billion have reached the central government for approval. The rest are stuck because either there are problems within respective organizations or these projects come under purview of state governments. Read more of this post

Uber is offering helicopter rides over Mumbai and Bangalore for $85

Uber is offering helicopter rides over Mumbai and Bangalore for $85

By Shruti Chakraborty June 13, 2014

While the cab-hailing app Uber is in the news elsewhere as traditional taxi drivers rise in protest in European capitals, the company, recently valued at $17 billion, looks set to enjoy a weekend of buzz around the brand in India.

In Mumbai and Bangalore, Uber is offering a one-time service this weekend–users can “hail” a chopper. Effectively, they can book a chopper ride from within the app. For Rs5,000 ($85) for two people, an Uber cab will pick you up and take you to a helipad, from where a chopper service operated by a commercial operator will take you on a 20- to 30-minute ride around the city. This will be followed by brunch and a ride back home. Read more of this post

Does the advertising business that built Google actually work?

Does the advertising business that built Google actually work?

By Tim Fernholz @timfernholz June 13, 2014

What if the advertisers who pay Google most of the money it earns are getting a negative return on their investment, to the tune of -63%?

That’s the question raised by a new paper that uses internal eBay data to assess whether the company’s investment in search-engine marketing is actually paying off. When major brands spend to make sure their results are at the top of a Google search page for certain keywords, they like to think they’re effectively targeting the customers looking for their products. But what if they are paying for something that they could be getting for free?

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Transcript of Full Commencement Address by Jim Carrey at Maharishi University of Management

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V80-gPkpH6M

Transcript of Full Commencement Address by Jim Carrey    

Official Commencement Address Graduating Class of 2014
from Maharishi University of Management, May 24th, 2014
by Jim Carrey

Thank you Bevan, thank you all!

I brought one of my paintings to show you today. Hope you guys are gonna be able see it okay. It’s not one of my bigger pieces. You might wanna move down front — to get a good look at it. (kidding)

Faculty, Parents, Friends, Dignitaries… Graduating Class of 2014, and all the dead baseball players coming out of the corn to be with us today. (laughter) After the harvest there’s no place to hide — the fields are empty — there is no cover there! (laughter) Read more of this post

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