Global

U.S. Treasury Building
It was a confident, high-powered investment firm with credit lines at top financial institutions. It made big bets using borrowed money to buy assets and generate higher returns. But when the market for those assets went south, lenders demanded more collateral until the firm suddenly collapsed....
Chinese stock market
To flip an old adage on its head: If something sounds too bad to be true, then maybe it isn’t. That may have been the case with the boom and bust in Chinese companies that went public in the United States through “reverse mergers” or “backdoor listings.” That boom in Chinese reverse mergers, in...
Students and teacher in a school
It may seem like common sense that if you want to lure better workers, you should pay higher wages. Yet employers and economic theorists alike aren’t sure that’s true, since high pay might attract job applicants who are in it just for the money. So what’s an employer to do? A recent field...
Solar panels
Top solar-industry leaders believe their sector, now in flux, is likely to consolidate around a handful of global companies, and that which countries win and lose will depend on how the consolidation plays out, according to a report from Stanford University’s Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy...
Stanford GSB Reliance Fellows
Reliance Industries Limited and Stanford Graduate School of Business today announced the renewal of the Stanford Reliance Dhirubhai MBA Fellowship Program to support promising Indian students with financial need in obtaining an MBA at Stanford. Launched as a 5-year pilot in April 2008, the program...
Stanford Ignite - Bangalore Class
On the heels of the successful completion of the first 9-week certificate program in innovation and entrepreneurship outside its California campus, Stanford Graduate School of Business is now accepting applications for Stanford Ignite - Bangalore 2014. Classes will meet on extended weekends from...
SINA CEO Charles Chao
Almost every major Chinese internet company has opened an office in the San Francisco Bay Area within the last year, said venture capitalist Raymond Yang of China-based WestSummit Capital at the fourth China 2.0 tech conference held in early October. These companies are looking to learn from the...
Debate in Sierra Leone
In the weeks leading up to the November 2012 elections in Sierra Leone, villagers gathered to watch a 45-minute debate among candidates for parliament. The debaters were not there in person, but rather in a video projected on the outside of the local polling center. For Katherine Casey, an...
art exhibit in Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts
Art has been emerging as a new asset class for the well-diversified portfolio. The reported returns are enough to catch anyone’s eye: the index of fine art sales, used by art advisors to sell art funds, shows an average annual return of 10% over the past four decades. Investors are eager to buy:...
A euro banknote
Average wages grew faster than worker productivity in southern European countries during a decade when investors were willing to accept similar interest rates across the eurozone. Source: Stanford GSB Economics Professor Chad Jones, using data from the Federal Reserve Economic Data database....

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