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Germany Is the Most Attractive Real Estate Market Now - 03/16/2016

Germany deprived the UK of the title of the most attractive market for investment in commercial real estate in Europe. The UK had been considered the most attractive market during the previous two years, according to an annual survey of real estate investors held by CBRE company. However, the UK housing market lose its appeal and yielded the position to the Germany this year. About 17% of...

BuzzFeed's Creator: Media Can't Survive Without Adjusting to Mobile Versions - 03/15/2016

The creator of the portal BuzzFeed Jonah Peretti is not an authority for the "serious" media. However, his view of the monetization of information resources is really interesting. It is necessary to listen to the man who has promoted a website, estimated at $ 1.5 billion, from a scratch. Let’s see what he thinks. Peretti asserts that modern media are difficult to survive without a competent...

IMF: Demographic Catastrophe Undermines the World's Economy - 03/11/2016

Mankind is shaken by the consequences of demographic change. The most significant of them are rapid population growth in some developing countries and changes in the proportion of adolescents and young people in other countries, as well as the increase in life expectancy and aging of the population all over the world. Above that, there is urbanization and international migration. All of them...

Superyacht Sales Are Growing - 03/07/2016

Last year, the super-rich bought up most incredible and huge yachts in the world according to Knight Frank Wealth Report, which noted that the superyacht sales rose 40% in 2015 compared to 2014. The study conducted by Wealth-X experts was attended by about 45 thousand people with the highest status in the world; their total fortune is estimated at more than half a trillion dollars. By Knight...

Why Do Counterfeiters Like 5-Franc Coins So Much? - 03/04/2016

Banknotes are not the only kind of money attractive to counterfeiters in Switzerland. While the SNB is fighting off allegations that their one thousand francs bills facilitate illegal activities, their colleagues from Swissmint also face problems. Number of counterfeit five-franc coin has increased over the past 2 years. The counterfeiters are trying to make hay forging one of the most precious...

Mexico to Axe Oil Production - 03/01/2016

Mexico axed its oil production by 100 thousand barrels per day. This is stated in the report of the local oil company Petroleos Mexicanos, also known as Pemex. Last year was the worst in the company’s history: the loss amounted to about $ 30 billion. Consequently, the government announced a reduction of expenditures by $ 5.5 billion. This will lead to a drop in production. Of these, $ 2.58...

Africa's Struggle to Bring Its Own Free Trade Zone Into Play - 02/29/2016

Two of the largest in the history regional trade associations were created last year. One of them, Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which includes 12 countries in Asia, South and North America, has received great attention from the world media and experts. Yet only few people have heard about Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA), which covers 26 African countries and is the largest trade union of...

The Worst Economies in 2016 - 02/26/2016

What economies will have the most difficult time in 2016? Where the recession risk is greatest and when to expect recovery of the economic "losers"? Economists surveyed by Bloomberg answered these questions. According to the forecast of experts, the most problematic would be Venezuela (-3.3%), Brazil (-2.5%) and Greece (-1.8%) and Ecuador (0.5%). The top ten worst also features Argentina, whose...

A Potentially Dangerous Pesticide Found in German Beer - 02/25/2016

Munich Environmental Institute tested 14 popular brands of beer in Germany and found a pesticide glyphosate in all of them. According to the institute, it can be dangerous to human health, since glyphosate refers to "probably carcinogenic to humans" according to the WHO classification of substances. Other experts believe that the risk is exaggerated, since glyphosate’s content in the beer is too...

What Five Largest Banks Think of Oil Production Freeze - 02/22/2016

The key oil producing countries have already commented on the oil agreement of Saudi Arabia and Russia. Now, it’s the major banks’ turn. In general, financial institutions are skeptical: they would like to reduce the quotas immediately, rather than just freezing oil production at current levels. Goldman Sachs The agreement to freeze production at the level of January is unlikely to have a...
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