Ballmer: If I could ‘redo the last 10 years,’ Microsoft wouldn’t be behind on mobile | VentureBeat | Business | by Harrison Weber 

“We would have a stronger position in the phone market today if I could redo the last 10 years.” — Steve Ballmer

Former Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer spoke candidly at the Saïd Business School in Oxford, U.K, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. The retired CEO, replaced by Satya Nadella, emphasized his faith in Microsoft’s pending acquisition of Nokia’s devices and services unit and shared vague opinions on Facebook’s WhatsApp deal.

Is 2014 The Perfect Time To Invest In More Staff? 

When is the right or wrong time to invest in staff? There isn’t really a right time to invest in new people but there are plenty of wrong times, especially when your business isn’t financial stable before the new recruits.
Although, one thing is for certain, employing the ‘right’ people is much more important than when you employ them. Your workforce is the foundation of your business, so it is important to invest in people who are going to drive your company in the right direction.

8 cheapest stock markets in the world – Brett Arends’s ROI 

Buy Austria! Buy Greece! As global markets tumble, throw some of your hard-earned cash at Italy, Spain, Hungary, Russia and Turkey too!

Sound crazy? It might not be.

These unusual picks make sense based on some proprietary research conducted by Wellershoff & Partners, a financial advisory in Zurich, Switzerland.

(The exclamation marks are mine)

Wellershoff has taken the money-making insights made famous by Yale finance professor Robert Shiller and applied them, not merely to the U.S. stock market, but also to the rest of the world.

How To Invest In A Start-Up Strategy Offered by Harmel Rayat 

According to Harmel Rayat, there are many reasons to consider investing in a start-up. In fact, the benefits can be not only financial, but also deeply personal. By investing in a start-up company, you are effectively investing in creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship. You are playing a direct role in the cultivation of a new business and of new jobs—all of which can be immensely satisfying.

Study Puts Price Tag on ‘Too Big to Fail’ 

LONDON – An analysis commissioned by the Green Party in the European Parliament estimates that the cost of the implicit guarantee that governments will back large financial institutions, known as “too big to fail,” was about 234 billion euros in 2012.

Private Investment and the Business Cycle

The following is an update to graphnd analysis that I started posting in 2005.  In 2005 I was bearish on residential investment, and I used these graphs to argue that the then coming housing bust would lead the economy into a recession. 

Why Houses Aren’t Designed to Be Good Investments

Conventional wisdom says that houses are a lifelong investment. While it might not be true, that’s also a source of some controversy. When compared with other investments, though, houses don’t seem to stack up very well.

How to Spot an Investment Con (So You Don’t Fall for the Next Madoff)

How to Spot an Investment Con (So You Don’t Fall for the Next Madoff) He may be festering in prison for the rest of his life under a 150-year sentence, but Bernie Madoff is still in the news. This week, we learned that JPMorgan Chaseis

A New Fed Study Destroys One Of The Central Tenets Of Monetary

New research by Federal Reserve staff economists Steve Sharpe and Gustavo Suarez suggests that the outlook for business investment — a notably lacking aspect of this economic recovery — has little to do with changes in interest rates.“>…

Why 2014 Could Be The Best Year For Growth Since Bill Clinton Was President

Note: Near the beginning of each year, I find it useful to jot down a few thoughts on how I expect the economy to perform. This isn’t to test my forecasting skills – sometimes I learn more when I miss a forecast (As an example, I’ve spent a

On Defensive, JPMorgan Hired China’s Elite

In a series of late-night emails, JPMorgan Chase executives in Hong Kong lamented the loss of a lucrative assignment.

“We lost a deal to DB today because they got chairman’s daughter work for them this summer,” one JPMorgan investment banking executive remarked to colleagues, using the initials for Deutsche Bank.