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8 Essential Elements of an Attractive Urban Place

The lost art of urban design and the essential elements that make an urban place attractive, as ‘re-discovered’ in this dated video by a then pioneer of urban space design, are refreshingly and equally, if not even more so, applicable in today’s new towns and suburbs.

August 23, 2015
In-depth topic: Urban planning
Urban development

There Is Still Hope

Fox news anchor storms off set and refuses to talk about Kardashian.

August 13, 2015
Misc

ISDS: Obscure Free Trade Rules Turn Malignant – Part 2

Part 2 of the series lays out the major flaws of the ISDS regime and key liabilities faced by sovereigns, along with real cases faced Canada, Australia and other developing countries.

ISDS: Obscure Free Trade Rules Turn Malignant – Part 1

From being an obscure clause originally designed to protect foreign investors from weak local legal systems, the Investor-State Dispute Settlement provisions embedded in many trade agreements are increasingly used by multinationals to bypass domestic legal systems.

When protecting the environment gets expensive: Romania sued by mining company in new ISDS case

Romania sued by Canadian mining company for failing to approve open-pit gold mine.

Liquidity: Setting the Stage for the Hunt

Sensing the ripening opportunity for shorting in the illiquid high yield bond and ETF markets, the lead wolves amongst the hedge funds are preparing for the kill.

July 26, 2015
In-depth topic: Monetary reset
Finance & Economy

Will Robo Cars Ever Be Intelligent Enough, Or Is That the Right Question?

The debate over whether software equipped robo-cars will ever become intelligent enough to handle the complex interactions on our streets and replace human drivers misses the opportunity to reframe the question and try to solve a simpler problem.

July 19, 2015
In-depth topic: Automation
Transportation

Liquidity – the Next Deadly Buzzword Part 2

Concerned by the dearth of liquidity, the investment community is quietly engaged in disaster preparation. How should an individual investor prepare also for the eventuality?

July 4, 2015
In-depth topic: Monetary reset
Finance & Economy

Liquidity – the Next Deadly Buzzword Part 1

This series explores how market liquidity has been drying up in recent years, sowing the seeds for a much more violent rout when the next financial crisis arrives, how the investment community is quietly preparing for the eventuality and what you should do about it.

July 4, 2015
In-depth topic: Monetary reset
Finance & Economy

Bail-In Mechanism to be Implemented Across All EU

EU banks are given two months to put in place bail-in mechanisms

June 20, 2015
In-depth topic: Bank bail-in
Finance & Economy