Monthly Archives: January 2014

Can a Man From the Cloud Be Microsoft’s Star?

(Originally published here.) After speculation that Microsoft Corp. might pick Alan Mulally orHans Vestberg (or even bring back Bill Gates) as chief executive officer, Bloomberg News reported last night that the company’s board is poised to select Satya Nadella, the company’s enterprise and cloud chief. … Continue reading

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Australia Looks Like an Emerging Market

(Originally published here.) Here’s a question? Is Australia a developed nation? By all appearances it is, or at least it seemed that way until this past year. By way of background, emerging markets had a great run after the developed … Continue reading

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Seeing What’s Behind Lenovo’s Motorola Deal

(Originally published here.) Less than two years after buying Motorola Mobility Holdings LLC for more than $12 billion, Google Inc. isselling the smartphone manufacturer to Lenovo Group Ltd. for about $3 billion. The division has cost Google hundreds of millions of … Continue reading

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Are Harvard and Yale Overpaying Their Money Managers?

(Originally published here.) Money managers who handle university endowments tend to be the highest-paid employees on campus. (Executives at Harvard Management Co. earn multiples of what Harvard University’s president takes home, for example.) Now a new report from the National Association of College and … Continue reading

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Did Women’s Lib Cause Rising Income Inequality?

(Originally published here.) Birds of a feather flock together, so it shouldn’t be surprising that, when given the choice, intelligent and successful women tend to marry intelligent and successful men. But until recently, most women in the U.S. didn’t have … Continue reading

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Obama’s Savings Plan Fights the Fed

(Originally published here.) According to the Associated Press, tonight’s State of the Union address will include a plan sure to bother several Federal Reserve officials: “Eager not to be limited by legislative gridlock, Obama on Tuesday is expected to announce executive actions … Continue reading

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What Shopping Tells Us About the Middle-Class Recovery

(Originally published here.) Stock performance among retailers that target different income classes has diverged a lot since the recession started. Why?   Sellers of luxury have done well; companies that target people with limited budgets have prospered, while retailers that … Continue reading

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