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BRICS New Development Bank Evidence of Global Development

BRICS New Development Bank Evidence of Global Development

BRICS  (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) announced Tuesday, July 15,  that they have plans to establish the New Development Bank (NDB) at the sixth annual summit meeting. The purpose of the bank is to facilitate infrastructure development in the participating, underdeveloped, countries. Globally the NDB is evidence that  underdeveloped countries, particularly BRICS, are growing economically. […]

Missouri Revenue Falls With Lobbyist Contributions

Missouri Revenue Falls With Lobbyist Contributions

After both sides of the political aisle predicted at least two percent growth in Missouri revenue for 2014, figures indicate that revenue actually fell about one percent. Further, lobbyist contributions to state lawmakers fell even more dramatically. Whether one had any impact on the other is unsure but money is definitely not flowing in the state […]

Bees Vital to Survival of Crops and Economy

Bees Vital to Survival of Crops and Economy

Bees are absolutely vital to the economy, as well as to the survival of crops. Upon these minute creatures, whole ecosystems depend for the transfer of pollen between plants. Evidence points to a steep decline in the number of honey bee colonies in the United States between 1947 to present. The number of managed beehives […]

Eurozone Still in Trouble

Eurozone Still in Trouble

The European economy has been struggling for several years now. Doubting the effectiveness of the recent reforms and industrial rebounds, many analysts are claiming that the Eurozone is still in trouble. They remain skeptical of the latest measures taken by the European Central Bank, and fear the fallout could affect other countries as well. The European Central Bank […]

England Small Businesses Feeling Pinch

England Small Businesses Feeling Pinch

England’s business model was besieged Friday as loans to small business fell by over $700 million during the first quarter in 2014. Ongoing efforts to boost credit and credit availability have been unsuccessful and the economy is taking a hit as Threadneedle Street’s latest focus failed to encourage small business lending. Overall, financial lending to […]

U.S. Recovery Stumbles Again as Economy Contracts in First Quarter

U.S. Recovery Stumbles Again as Economy Contracts in First Quarter

According to the U.S. Commerce Department for the first time since the first quarter of 2011, the U.S. economy has contracted. Although it is projected to be a temporary setback, the economic stumble represents a bleak start to the year. Government economists had originally projected an estimated 0.1 percent sluggish growth rate, and blamed the […]

Sales in Retail Shockingly Weak

Sales in Retail Shockingly Weak

According to Census data, retail sales in April were described by economists as “shockingly weak,” hinting at a questionable future for the marketplace. Expectations were for a 0.3 percent increase, yet import prices fell 0.4 percent. Capital Economics contends that although the GDP (Gross Domestic Product) growth in the second quarter was not as large as […]

Jobs Growth Spurts Again…Or Did It?

Jobs Growth Spurts Again…Or Did It?

March was a good month for jobs growth in the United States and, now that April is in the books, it appears that the job growth spurt is continuing to stoke the economy, spurred by the improvement in the housing market. There is, however, some dark cloud looming on the horizon that could put a […]

Dow Jones Breaks All Time High

Dow Jones Breaks All Time High

The Dow Jones Industrial Average has pierced its all time high water mark today, closing at an unofficial 16,580.84, up 45 points from the previous closing, and breaking the previous record of 16,576.66, set on December 31, 2013, by $4.18. The good news spread to the Standard & Poors, which gained five points, and the NASDAQ, which […]

Stay-at-Home Mothers: Shifting Trends for Women at Home

Stay-at-Home Mothers: Shifting Trends for Women at Home

In 1999, the percentage of women who were stay-at-home mothers had reached an all time low of 23 percent. Fast forward almost a decade-and-a-half later and that trend is beginning to reverse itself. The Pew Research Center, a fact tank that focusses reporting information on issues and trends that are shaping the U.S and the […]

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