These countries are getting killed by cheap oil prices

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The Best and Worst Places in the World to Run a Business, Ranked by the World Bank

Korea doesn’t make any sense. Korea has the smallest portion of SMEs in the OECD. One of the main reasons is the amount of corruption in Korea (one of the highest in the OECD) highly favors the Chaebols. No one will attempt to set up a business because the Chaebols will simply copy the idea and then put the entrepreneur out of business. Uber is a great example, as are a dozen other international start ups that were “kicked out” of Korea. I mean, how can an economy that has one company with 25% of their GDP consider themselves friendly to doing business. It just does not pass the “sniff test”

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100,000 Gazans Still Homeless as Winter Approaches, Says U.N.

Gazans Displaced by the Israeli-Hamas Conflict This Past Summer Brace for a Cold Winter With Little Hope of Finding Permanent Housing Soon.

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Bank of Japan Unexpectedly Eases Policy

TOKYO—The Bank of Japan on Friday unexpectedly announced additional stimulus measures, bolstering its asset purchases for the first time in over a year and a half, as its 2% inflation target looks increasingly untenable.

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Citigroup Cuts Third-Quarter Earnings by $600 Million

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Where will activist investors strike next?

A new study, released Wednesday by law firm Schulte Roth & Zabel and data firm Mergermarket, predicts activist investing will see a sharp uptick in the next 12 months. It found that 98% of the senior corporate executives and hedge funds surveyed expect activism will rise, with more than half predicting a “substantial” increase.

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Young Adults Are Living With Their Parents, But Not As Much As (Or Why) You Think

As an ex-residential loan officer I can say this – there are millions of Americans in their 30′s, 40′s and 50′s who still live with their parents. The statisticians considered young adults who live in dorms to be still living with their parents. Millions of adults get economic outpatient care from their parents and grandparents for their car payments, mortgages and their children’s tuition.

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Fight Over Abortion Dominates Tennessee Election

In Tennessee an antiabortion referendum is turning into this state’s most contentious fight, The Journal’s Cameron McWhirter explains.

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Canadian gold stocks crushed amid bad earnings, bad prices

With the Federal Reserve announcing an end to quantitative easing, investor sentiment for the precious metal is at its lowest point in months. So when a few of the large miners reported disappointing results, they got absolutely no sympathy from the market.

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Why Oil Prices Went Down So Far So Fast

Consumers, on the other hand, have cause to celebrate. A 20 percent drop from the average oil price of the past three years amounts to a $1.1 trillion annual stimulus to the world economy, Citigroup Inc. estimates. In the U.S., gasoline continuing at the current level would add 0.4 percent to annual economic growth, according to Joseph LaVorgna, New York-based chief U.S. economist at Deutsche Bank Securities Inc.

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Economists React to GDP: ‘Broadly Constructive’

“ Looking ahead, with growth abroad either slowing or already considerably slower than that of the U.S. , it is highly unlikely that the net export deficit will continue to narrow. To the contrary, some retracement of third-quarter move is likely, and therefore trade ought to weigh on growth in the fourth quarter. Also, federal defense spending is unlikely to replicate its third-quarter strength in the fourth quarter. On the other hand, inventory accumulation will probably not subtract from growth as it did in the third quarter. Consumer and capital spending, meanwhile, are unlikely to vary substantially in terms of their contributions to growth. Net, net, it probably still seems reasonable to expect fourth-quarter growth in the 3.0%-3.5% range, although we will fine-tune our estimates in the coming days after having had a chance to go through today’s report in more detail.” – Joshua Shapiro, MFR

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‘Game of Thrones’ Author George R.R. Martin Reveals Secrets of ‘Ice & Fire’ (Exclusive)

“Game of Thrones,” “World of Ice & Fire” author George R.R. Martin at the WSJ Cafe with WSJ senior editor C.J. Farley.

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If Everything Moves at the Speed of Light, Why Is My Money So Slow?

New fiber optic wires can carry a two-hour movie in 31 millionths of a second. Hedge funds already make trades in a fraction of that time. And when you pay a bill online, money disappears from your account at high velocity.

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Consumers not spending as fast as their incomes are growing

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Consumers didn’t go wild in September, but spending could pick in the final quarter of the year if income growth continues to edge higher.

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5 Things To Watch in the U.S. GDP Report

The nation on Thursday gets its first look at how the U.S. economy fared in the third quarter, a period in which fears of a global growth slowdown steadily mounted, even against a backdrop of firm domestic demand. Gross domestic product advanced at a seasonally adjusted pace of 4.6% during the second quarter, offsetting the 2.1% contraction during the first quarter.

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U.S. consumer spending weakest in eight months, savings jump

The Commerce Department said on Friday that consumer spending, which accounts for more than two-thirds of U.S. economic activity, slipped 0.2 percent last month after rising 0.5 percent in August. The decline was the first since January.

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Goldman: Global Slowdown to Take Bite Out of S&P 500 Earnings

Even with strong growth at home, “investors are concerned about a slowing world economy and the impact on S&P 500 EPS growth,” the Goldman team writes. Foreign sales accounted for 33% of S&P 500 revenue last year, they say. They expect global GDP to grow 3.3% in 2015 and 3.8% in 2016.

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Microsoft says its new Band gizmo can make you a 'better human'

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Why Is There Unrest in Burkina Faso? – The Short Answer

Burkina Faso’s army has seized power in the landlocked West African nation after protesters burned government buildings in the capital Ouagadougou over President Blaise Compaore’s plan to extend his 27-year rule. Why is the unrest happening?

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Feds fine dating site for making fake profiles

The Federal Trade Commission has fined UK-based JDI Dating for using fake, computer-generated profiles to trick users into upgrading to paid memberships.

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What to look for in Starbucks earnings

NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- Starbucks Corp. is scheduled to report fiscal fourth-quarter earnings after the close of trade on Thursday. Investors will be keen to see if the coffee-house chain can again post same-store sales growth of at least 5% , as it has for each of the past 18 quarters.

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Burkina Faso Parliament Stormed by Protesters

Burkina Faso’s capital was plunged into disarray Thursday as protesters burned government buildings and stormed the presidential estate, enraged by President Blaise Compaore’s plan to extend his 27-year rule of the West African country.

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Fewer Americans Filed for Jobless Benefits in Last Month

Fewer Americans filed applications for unemployment benefits over the past month than at any time in more than 14 years, a sign the strengthening U.S. economy is buoying the labor market.

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FSC DIGITAL SHORT - “The Thing That Kills Jobs!”

HORROR! SHOCK! DEVASTATION! Top-down regulations from Washington make it harder to have a growing economy on Main Street that creates good jobs. Yet each year Washington churns out page after page of new regulations, rules and red tape in the Federal Register. It’s become a MONSTER terrorizing Main Street! See for yourself…IF YOU DARE!

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Wal-Mart Weighs Matching Online Prices

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is testing a program to match online prices from rivals like Amazon.com Inc. this holiday season, a move that could make the discounter more competitive but cut into profits.

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Fear & Greed Index - Investor Sentiment - CNNMoney

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10 most miserable cities in America

The Huntington metro area was the worst rated in the nation by a number of measures. Respondents were the most likely Americans to report physical health problems, with exceptionally high rates of diabetes, cancer diagnoses, and chronic pain. More than 34.4% reported high cholesterol, and 46.9% reported high blood pressure last year, both the most of any metro area and perhaps leading to the high rate of heart attacks reported. Nearly one in 10 people surveyed stated they had previously suffered a heart attack, more than in any other area. Nearly 40% reported they were obese last year, the highest rate in the nation. Similarly, no metro area scored worse for emotional health than Huntington, where residents were more likely to say they felt worried or depressed than anywhere else in America. Residents also had lower overall evaluations of their current lives and future prospects than respondents in any other metro area.

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Can anything save Sony?

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10 things billionaires won’t tell you

In 2013, the wealth of the world’s billionaires reached a record high — helped by 200 newcomers like Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. The 2013 Forbes Billionaires List names 1,426 billionaires with an aggregate net worth of $5.4 trillion, up a whopping 17% from $4.6 trillion last year. And that doesn’t include royalty or, um, dictators. Of those, some 442 make their home in the U.S. (there are 386 in the Asia-Pacific region, 366 in Europe, 129 in the rest of the Americas and 103 in the Middle East and Africa combined, according to Forbes). The average net worth of each U.S. billionaire: $10.8 billion, up from $9.1 billion last year, according to a separate survey released this month by private wealth consultancy Wealth-X and UBS.

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Chevy Social Media Turns Botched World Series Presentation Into a Hashtag

Poor Rikk Wilde. The Chevrolet regional zone manager was tasked with presenting World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner with a brand new Chevy truck, and came off as a nervous wreck, stopping to catch his breath and stumbling over his lines (he kept glancing down at a notecard). Then, to plug the truck's virtues, he uttered the instantly immortal words: "It combines class-winning and -leading, um, you know, technology and stuff."

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Why Hollywood Loves ‘Interstellar’ Director Christopher Nolan

The movie was for many years set up at Paramount, where Mr. Nolan’s brother Jonah had written it with the idea that Steven Spielberg would direct. When Christopher Nolan came on board, Warner, which had long been the filmmaker’s home base, offered its rival a set of sweeteners to become involved. For the opportunity to co-finance “Interstellar” and release it overseas, Warner gave Paramount rights it controlled to make future “Friday the 13th” sequels and a new “South Park” film.

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Quirky Mansions Make a Tough Sell

Then the children grew up and moved out, and Mr. Nugent no longer needs as much space. The 56-year-old CEO of software company Visibility Corp. has been trying to sell his roughly 20,000-square-foot home—which also has a batting cage and pitching machine, an outdoor putting green and two locker rooms—for the past few years. The house cost about $6 million to build, Mr. Nugent said, so he put it on the market for $6.5 million—far more than most homes in this Boston suburb, where a house priced over $3 million is unusual. He is now trying to sell the property in a sealed-bid auction through the firm Madison Hawk Partners.

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Former Android Leader Andy Rubin Leaving Google

Andy Rubin, co-founder and former leader of Google Inc.’s Android mobile business and the current head of its nascent robotics effort, is leaving the Internet giant, the company said Thursday.

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Big Banks Brace for Penalties in Probes

Big banks in the U.S. and Europe are stockpiling billions to pay for a potential trans-Atlantic settlement of allegations that they manipulated foreign-exchange rates as talks heat up with regulators on both continents.

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India-China Border Standoff: High in the Mountains, Thousands of Troops Go Toe-to-Toe

China's expansionist mindset is pushing its neighbors away in All of Asia and against US. And the recent issues it's facing with India, Japan, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Taiwan and terrorists in its Xinjiang region (supposedly trained by China's fair weather friend Pakistan) is due to its own misgivings and excessive aggression. Many countries, despite being China's so-called friends (dependent of Chinese money), fear China too as being overpowering. Soon, there will be a day when China will not be left with any friends or even peace on its borders and will have to struggle as its economic muscle weakens.

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MarketWatch Earnings Wall

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Tainting love

IN THE argot of human rights, LGBT means lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender—a catch-all term for sexual minorities. But Yahya Jammeh, president of Gambia for 20 years, has a different reading. “As far as I am concerned,” he thundered during a televised speech in February, “LGBT can only stand for leprosy, gonorrhoea, bacteria and tuberculosis.” He compared gay people to vermin, and said his government would fight them as it does malaria-bearing mosquitoes, “if not more aggressively”.

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6 Last-Minute Tactics for a Cheap Halloween - US News

Save extra candy for next year. If you choose to go the candy route and find yourself with a bunch of leftovers, save that candy for next year. Don’t leave it out where you can mindlessly gobble it down. Instead, stick it in a dark space, like a drawer or a cabinet somewhere, in a well-enclosed package so that it doesn’t get stale. (This works best with nonperishable candy like suckers.) Since I tend to forget about things like this, I’ll add a reminder to my personal calendar that last year’s candy is stowed away in the tall cabinet in the garage and set that reminder on next Oct. 25 or so.

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After Gaza War, Tensions Shift to Jerusalem

JERUSALEM—Israel is careening into a new crisis on the heels of the Gaza war—an escalation of violence in East Jerusalem unseen in more than a decade that could pit U.S. allies against each other over Jewish settlements and holy sites.

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Photos of the Day: Oct. 30

Buster Posey, right, and Madison Bumgarner, left, of the San Francisco Giants celebrate on Wednesday after defeating the Kansas City Royals to win Game 7 of the 2014 World Series by a score of 3-2 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

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Map of ‘Haunted’ Homes Is Landlords’ Nightmare in Japan

I once read a narrative by an American who had been a POW in one of the infamous Japanese WW2 camps.  The maltreatment of our soldiers in those camps is well known.  This American soldier got into some kind of dust-up with the Japanese camp commander, who had him dragged outside and then took out his long sword from its scabbard and prepared to decapitate him, as he had done to other Americans before, with less provocation.  Witnesses reported that the American soldier stared him down and told him that his spirit would remain in the camp and haunt the commander for the rest of his life, he would never again enjoy a single night's sleep.  The camp commander hesitated, and then put his sword back in the scabbard.  Never had he ever done that before.  He was genuinely frightened.

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Members of the world’s richest club make half-a-million bucks per minute

“If Bill Gates were to cash in all his wealth and spend $1 million every single day, it would take him 218 years to spend it all. In reality though, he would never run out of money: even a modest return of just under two percent would make him $4.2 million each day in interest alone,” said Oxfam.

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Samsung profit plunges 60% amid smartphone troubles

Samsung earnings plunged in the third quarter as the company's smartphone business was squeezed by competitors at both ends of the cost spectrum.

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Google’s Newest Search: Cancer Cells

Google Inc. is designing tiny magnetic particles to patrol the human body for signs of cancer and other diseases, in the latest example of the Internet giant’s sweeping ambition. Google said its nanoparticles, less than one-thousandth the width of a red blood cell, would seek out and attach themselves to cells, proteins or other molecules inside the body. The company also is working on a wearable device with a magnet to attract and...

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The journey of a virus

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Why is Switzerland Voting on Its Gold Holdings? – The Short Answer

The Swiss voters aren’t voting on a law. They’re voting on instructions to the parliament to draft a law, in this case one governing the SNB’s gold holdings. Both a majority of the voters and a majority of the country’s 26 cantons have to approve the initiative for it to pass. If it does, the government begins drafting a law in consultation with the initiative’s organizers. If the Federal Council believes the law resulting from the initiative will be harmful to the country, it can in some cases organize another vote to confirm the citizens actually want to do what they voted to do.

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These real-estate agents walked into real-life houses of horror

Strange boarding house: Something about the house in Santa Clara, Calif., looked not quite right from the outside. But when Janelle Boyenga, with the Boyenga Team of Intero Real Estate Services, entered the place with her client, they discovered it was, in essence, a boarding house. Bedroom after bedroom had locks that needed to be accessed with a key, and even more rooms were carved out in the attic, garage and storage shed spaces. Some rooms they could get into, some they couldn’t. “It was kinda creepy — every nook and cranny was occupied by someone,” Boyenga said.

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Buy your own ghost town. Starting bid: $800,000

He said he doesn't buy into the supernatural, hocus-pocus although a couple of recent incidents -- one that left a reporter with a twisted knee when she fell off some stairs and another when the long-time caretaker stepped on a nail -- gave him pause: Were these just everyday accidents that happen when people trudge around in decaying buildings? Or is Schmitt's ghost trying to sabotage the sale?

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Men are buying up these $1,200 designer sneakers

Luxury spending is slumping this year, but one area continues to have a strong foothold: shoes. And while designer shoes tend to conjure up images of red-bottomed stilettos and pointy leather heels, much of the current demand is for men's sneakers in flashy styles.

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What's innovative about your city? - CNNMoney

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51 Hong Kong Students Consider Taking Protest to Beijing
52 U.S. Inflation Undershoots Fed’s 2% Target for 29th Consecutive Month
53 Credit-Card Firms Ride Wave of Electronic Payments
54 Godzilla Was Very Different 60 Years Ago
55 The First Years of Your Startup Are Nonstop Work, Nonstop Worry
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59 Don’t give gifts to your heirs until you’ve answered this question
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62 The revolution is over
63 Tokyo Markets Soar on Stimulus, Japan Pension Fund Moves
64 Wasabi Toothpaste Offers Extreme Dental Hygiene
65 This New Pomplamoose Video Is a Reminder That the Internet Really Is Awesome
66 A modest proposal for the equitable treatment of the taller passenger
67 Ballmer: Clippers' opener is a 'product launch'
68 GPRO investment information - GoPro ideas on StockTwits
69 Japan’s Inflation, Job Creation Slowdown a Blow to Abenomics
70 Premarkets: 5 things to know before the open
71 Last-Minute Halloween Shopping? You May Find Cheaper Candy
72 What's the best credit card for retirees?
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75 Burkina Faso Protests Resume After Army Takeover
76 Consumer Spending in U.S. Unexpectedly Drops as Incomes Cool
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78 Microsoft Employees Are “Worn Out” Over So Much Change
79 Hungary Drops Internet Tax Plan
80 Can anything save Sony?
81 Few Ebola Cases Found by Airport Checks
82 1,000 Flavors of Banana: the New Science of Food Additives
83 Grand Central: Behind BOJ’s Halloween Treat, A Scary Slip Back Toward Deflation
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90 Investors get set for a treat -- new record highs at the open
91 Wal-Mart to expand discounts as retail price war heats up
92 China Eases Monopoly on Handling of Credit-Card Payments
93 How the Economy Is Stoking Voter Anger at Incumbent Governors
94 How American Meb Keflezighi Is Shaking Up the Marathon World
95 Not made in China: Garment manufacturing Part II
96 The Bill for Cybersecurity: $57,600 a Year
97 Headed into middle life, Alberta couple need budget help to tackle debt that is swallowing almost half their monthly income
98 U.S. Stock Futures Surge After BOJ Eases Policy
99 Sony Corp trims loss with higher sales of smartphone parts, but its own devices keep dragging it down
100 Ruble Takes No Comfort From Russia’s Bullish Move