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The future of cities

November 15th, 2018 at 2:25 am » Comments Off

Cities may occupy just 2 per cent of the earth’s land surface, but they are home to more than half of the world’s population and generate 80 per cent of all economic output. And their dominance is growing: by 2045, an extra 2 billion people will live in urban areas. At Pictet, we think it […]



How Puerto Rico became the newest tax haven for the super rich

September 22nd, 2018 at 10:13 am » Comments Off

A year after the tragedy of Hurricane Maria, the 51st state has become the favorite playground for extremely wealthy Americans looking to keep their money from the taxman. The only catch? They have to cut all ties to the mainland (wink, wink).



Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent (BAT) are now valued at a combined $1 trillion USD.

August 14th, 2018 at 9:56 am » Comments Off

Alibaba and Tencent alone now account for almost one-third of the MSCI China Index, fueling its 47 percent gain in 2017. As of this past March, China had skyrocketed to 164 unicorns, worth a combined $628.4 billion USD. Roughly 50 percent are controlled or backed by BAT. But BAT isn’t keeping ambitions local. Worldwide, BAT […]



How artificial intelligence could kill capitalism

July 17th, 2018 at 9:39 am » Comments Off

If you believe the hype, then Artificial Intelligence (AI) is set to change the world in dramatic ways soon. Nay-sayers claim it will lead to, at best, rising unemployment and civil unrest, and at worst, the eradication of humanity. Advocates, on the other hand, are telling us to look forward to a future of leisure […]



A new way to think about solving the world’s biggest problems

July 12th, 2018 at 8:47 am » Comments Off

How to build global cooperation. It’s SIMPOL! A while back I received a book in the mail titled “The SIMPOL Solution: A New Way to Think About Solving the World’s Biggest Problems” by John Bunzl and Nick Duffell, who were unknown to me. I get sent a lot of books with grandiose titles and don’t […]



Why the Crypto market will be trillions

July 9th, 2018 at 9:46 am » Comments Off

Public embarrassment is a horrible feeling. We’ve all experienced in one form or another. Predicting the future of technology is daunting enough but mix that with the future of money and markets – forget about it. The effort was to convey a whole worldview in less than ten minutes. Needless to say, it required a […]



A record number of folks age 85 and older are working. Here’s what they’re doing

July 7th, 2018 at 11:34 pm » Comments Off

Bob Blocksom, 87, is interested in becoming a truck driver to help pay for medical expenses for his wife. Seventy may be the new 60, and 80 may be the new 70, but 85 is still pretty old to work. Yet in some ways, this is the era of the very old worker in America. […]



Ryan Van Wagenen discusses how cryptocurrency will play into digital currency going forward

May 29th, 2018 at 9:36 am » Comments Off

Ryan Van Wagenen has been with Global Private Equity for nearly a decade and is no stranger to the cryptocurrency movement. Since being promoted to Director within GPE in 2011, Van Wagenen has been covering the firm’s technology coverage and has seen a lot of growth in the sector. The question one must ask about […]



This is America’s hottest job

May 19th, 2018 at 11:26 am » Comments Off

Uber, Airbnb managers say ‘I’m hiring’ on LinkedIn profiles. Job postings up 75 percent in past three years on Indeed.com. Murray Webb had been a lackluster student more interested in sports than schoolwork while attending a small Virginia college. Then he transferred to Kennesaw State University in suburban Atlanta to pursue a master’s degree in […]



The rise of the rural creative class

May 15th, 2018 at 7:06 am » Comments Off

Richard Florida:  One of the most persistent myths in America today is that urban areas are innovative and rural areas are not. While it is overwhelmingly clear that innovation and creativity tend to cluster in a small number of cities and metropolitan areas, it’s a big mistake to think that they somehow skip over rural […]



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