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Forget PowerPoint: Improv Is the New (Old) Way to Sell

Forget PowerPoint: Improv Is the New (Old) Way to Sell

Nobody likes being sold, which is a problem living in a culture that barrages us with sales pitches and promotions. We all know the statistics -- the average adult sees something like 3,572 advertisements during a typical day. Whatever the number, it's so big that our built-in BS detectors have become finely...

huffingtonpost.com (4 minutes ago)

Zynga Proves It's Positioned For Profits

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Quarter by quarter, Zynga is destroying the short-seller bear thesis. Shares in the game maker were recently trading around $4 Thursday, down 4% but up 11% for the year to date after reporting better-than-expected earnings. Based on the latest earnings report, I maintain my strong bull bias....

thestreet.com (4 hours ago)

To Smuggle Antiquities Out of China, Traders Make Them Look Cheap

A master's thesis reveals how Chinese exporters may skirt controls on selling ancient art

businessweek.com (17 hours ago)

Flash Boys Has Been Dethroned At The Top Of The Amazon Bestseller List By This Book

From a critique of pure capitalist algorithmic frontrunning (which was at the top Amazon bestseller spot until a few days ago)... ... we go to a critique of pure capitalism. Which of course, is merely a rehash of a critique of all capitalism as expounded some 150 years ago by this book. And to think all it took was...

zerohedge.com (1 day ago)

Matthew d'Ancona: A warm-up gig for the big Dave and George Show

Matthew d'Ancona: A warm-up gig for the big Dave and George Show

If you look at the way No 10 and No 11 are arranged,” David Cameron often observes in private, “it is almost set up for disagreement.” The long list of prime ministers who have fallen out with their chancellors certainly supports his thesis. But - thus far - Cameron himself and George Osborne have conspicuously...

standard.co.uk (1 day ago)

Netflix (NFLX) Still "Overweight," Says JPMorgan

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Netflix  stock has been reiterated as "overweight" with a $500 price target, JPMorgan said Tuesday.  The firm said strong first-quarter results with domestic subscriber growth inline with expectations, international subscriptions growth and higher-than-expected earnings supporting their...

thestreet.com (2 days ago)

To Smuggle Antiquities Out of China, Make Them Look Cheap

A master's thesis reveals how Chinese exporters may skirt controls on selling ancient art

businessweek.com (2 days ago)

Clans, Cults, and Tribes: From Family to Deaf Culture

The Berkeley Repertory Theatre, dedicated to provocation, has produced an excellent version of Nina Raine's Tribes. It might appear to be a play about an "issue," deafness in this instance. But it is a drama about the subject of drama since Greek tragedy, which is our inability to communicate with one another....

huffingtonpost.com (4 days ago)

The 5 Faces Of Income Inequality

Submitted by Lance Roberts of STA Wealth Management, Since Easter is a time of family, compassion, forgiveness and resurrection, I thought this would be a good weekend to think about the income inequality/wealth gap which will be part of the mid-term election debate. There are many questions that must be answered...

zerohedge.com (4 days ago)

Algerian Elections: The End of the Arab Spring?

Algerian Elections: The End of the Arab Spring?

As Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika secured his fourth term in office, many are wondering whether the 2010-11 Arab uprisings have had any lasting imprint on the region at all. Soon to be an octogenarian, Bouteflika -- once the world's youngest and most dashing foreign minister -- has been frail and largely...

huffingtonpost.com (5 days ago)

Russia's new culture policy a weapon against West

Russia's new culture policy a weapon against West

The Kremlin is preparing a new culture policy for Russia focusing on its distinctive civilisation and traditional values, which observers say has political ends amid Moscow's standoff with the West. At the end of four hours of questions Thursday in his annual call-in, President Vladimir Putin waxed philosophical on...

yahoo.com (6 days ago)

Investors Are Leaving Apple For Microsoft. Should You?

NEW YORK (TheStreet) - An iPhone price increase, sub-$1,000 laptops (iPad with keyboard?) and iWatch rumblings provide plenty of exciting fodder for Apple shareholders and potential investors to visualize renewed growth.But the market isn't buying it. Investors are taking money off the table ahead of next week's...

thestreet.com (6 days ago)

America in Afghanistan: Misjudgments

Time to declare The Wrong Enemy: America in Afghanistan, 2001-2014. By Carlotta Gall. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 329 pages; $28. Buy from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.ukFEW observers are better placed than Carlotta Gall to judge what has gone so badly wrong in Pakistan and Afghanistan since 2001. She spent more than a...

economist.com (8 days ago)

Guest Post: The Slow Death Of The Old Global Order

Submitted by Robert Merry via The National Interest, In the spring of 2012, The National Interest produced a special issue under the rubric of “The Crisis of the Old Order: The Crumbling Status Quo at Home and Abroad.” The thesis was that the old era of relative global stability, forged through the crucibles of the...

zerohedge.com (8 days ago)

Catich Show will feature St. Ambrose senior thesis art

Press release submitted by St. Ambrose DAVENPORT, Iowa-The senior thesis work of two student-artists will be on display at the latest St. Ambrose University Catich Gallery show. "White Noise," featuring the work of Brittney Allen,

qconline.com (9 days ago)

The Amazing Life And Career Of Wall Street's Favorite Writer, Michael Lewis

The Amazing Life And Career Of Wall Street's Favorite Writer, Michael Lewis

This month, Michael Lewis retook Wall Street by storm with "Flash Boys," his new book about a group of traders who banded together to understand the damage that high-frequency trading (HFT) was doing to markets. Whether or not you agree with the premise that HFT is harmful, there's no question that it's sparked some...

businessinsider.com (10 days ago)

"Hardware IS Dead" Thesis Has Now Torn Through All Handset Providers & Now Everyone Can Act...

I called the Apple short before it became vogue! I called the Blackberry short beforethey became the industry whipping boy! I warned about Nokia and made clear that Samsung Will Be Ready To Do That Fruit Thing! How'd I know all of this? It's quite simple, I explained it all in 2012...

zerohedge.com (13 days ago)

Senior thesis collection showcases young creators at University of Memphis

The problem with “Longing, Not Loathing,” the senior thesis exhibition at the Martha and Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art, is that each of the 10 artists deserves a separate review. These graduates of the University of Memphis Department of Art have mounted a show that’s diverse, sophisticated and...

gomemphis.com (14 days ago)

How to Make Coin on JPMorgan and Wells Fargo Into Earnings

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo report earnings Friday and they face unique headwinds into the summer months. I'm extremely bullish with one while more or less neutral with the other and I'll explain why. I also like Citigroup . Wells Fargo is a diversified financial services company providing...

thestreet.com (16 days ago)

Will This Downgrade Hurt KLA-Tencor (KLAC) Today?

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- KLA-Tencor was downgraded to "sector perform" from "outperform" by Pacific Crest Tuesday. Analysts Weston Twigg and Daniel Baksht said that stock in the semiconductor company is up 7% year-to-date despite the prospect of lower expected market demand. "KLAC flirted with our $72 price target...

thestreet.com (16 days ago)

The Day That BTFD Failed

We noted on Friday that something happened in the US stock market that day that has not been seen since the Fed unveiled QE4EVA. It went quietly under the radar of the mainstream media; talking-heads did not mention it; and strategists shrugged it off. What happened? BTFD Failed... and, as BofAML's Macneil Curry...

zerohedge.com (17 days ago)

Guest Post: The Screaming Fundamentals For Owning Gold

Submitted by Chris Martenson via Peak Prosperity, This report lays out the investment thesis for gold. Silver is mentioned only where necessary, as a separate report of equal scope will be forthcoming on that topic. Various factors lead me to conclude that gold is one investment that you can park for the next ten or...

zerohedge.com (19 days ago)

Asking the Hard Questions about Israel

In 1948, the village of Tantura fell within the borders of the newly created state of Israel. It was a small, seaside village of approximately 1,200 residents, most of them Arab farmers and fishermen. As the war between Israel and its Arab neighbors escalated, Tantura became an important transit point for smuggling...

huffingtonpost.com (20 days ago)

This Simple Trailer Has Everything You Need to Deal With Disaster

A Penn State grad student's thesis project is a roving tool shed that will help show communities flattened by disaster how they can rebuild for themselves.    

wired.com (20 days ago)

The Stock Market Is Rigged. So What!

The Stock Market Is Rigged. So What!

Wall Street is rigged. That’s the thesis behind Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt by Michael Lewis. It’s the story of high-frequency traders (HFTs), who use a combination of algorithms, super computers, fat internet plumbing and even geography to gain microsecond advantages on other traders. In Wall Street terms, the...

time.com (21 days ago)

Will This Price Target Increase Help BE Aerospace (BEAV) Today?

Story updated at 10 a.m. to reflect market activity. NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- KeyBanc raised its price target for BE Aerospace to $108 from $94 Thurday. Shares of BE Aerospace gained 0.5% to $88.71 in morning trading. The bank maintained its "buy" rating for the stock." Analysts Michael F. Ciarmoli and Kevin...

thestreet.com (21 days ago)

9 Signs You're an MFA Grad

9 Signs You're an MFA Grad

In my new novel The Art of Floating, protagonist Odyssia Dane is a successful novelist who grieves in a way only a writer could when her husband, Jackson, disappears without a trace. She locks up her house, banishes her mother, stuffs her heart into a cage in which the bars are set so close together that "nothing...

huffingtonpost.com (21 days ago)

Initial Claims Miss By Most In 5 Weeks; Rises Most In 10 Weeks

Despite hope that this time is different, and after a few weeks of improvement that was extrapolated as back-to-the-status-quo for us all, initial jobless claims rose by their most week-over-week in 10 weeks, missed expectations, and hover just below the average of the last year. Not exactly the positive trend that...

zerohedge.com (21 days ago)

Value Stocks to Shine: Banks, Energy and Materials Ripe For Rally

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Value stocks are poised to catch the next wave of investor interest as growth plays fall from favor amid a strengthening economy. Strategists and fund managers say the mature market rally and economic backdrop have set the stage for value stocks to shine, overshadowing sectors that...

thestreet.com (21 days ago)

It Was The Best of Times, The Most Indulgent of Times

It Was The Best of Times, The Most Indulgent of Times

Young Americans have gotten a fair share of criticism in recent decades. College students in particular -- and those leaving college to enter the work force -- have been described as self-absorbed and entitled, grandiose in their sense of their own importance. For the harshest critics, it's a generation of...

huffingtonpost.com (22 days ago)

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