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Solar Energy Poised To Hit Mass Adoption Phase

With the twin benefits of cost reduction and technology improvements, solar energy has achieved grid parity in many global markets. The next few years will witness worldwide mass adoption of this renewable energy.

March 14, 2015
In-depth topic: Renewable energy
Energy

ExxonMobil’s NAFTA win over oil R&D called ‘corporate bullying’

Newfoundland/Canada sued by ExxonMobil under NATFA ISDS for asking for R&D money to be spent locally, and lo

Choose Your Broker Wisely – A Lesson from MF Global

What happened to MF Global clients’ money when it famously ‘vaporized’ in the wake of its $40 billion bankruptcy three years ago? As it turns out, it depends on which country you live in – a first person account and lessons learned.

March 6, 2015
Finance & Economy

A Primer on Re-hypothecation

Hypothecation happens when a borrower pledges collateral to secure a debt. Even though the borrower retains ownership of the collateral, the lender has a right to seize said collateral should the borrower default. This way, the creditor ‘hypothetically …

March 6, 2015
In-depth topic: Monetary reset
Finance & Economy, Primers

The Trans-Pacific Partnership clause everyone should oppose

Elizabeth Warren, one of the few US senators not captured by monied interests, speaks out against the TPP ISDS in this WaPo op-ed.

Vibrant Centers – The Changing Landscape of Office Space Preferences

Companies seeking young, educated Millenial talents are driving a growing demand for office space in compact, connected and mixed-used environments, resulting in an office rental renaissance in urban centers and presenting a unique opportunity to suburban town centers to play host to these companies.

February 24, 2015
In-depth topic: Urban planning
Urban development

Conventional Oil Production Snapshot

A latest snapshot of oil production of the OPEC-12 nations, majority producers of the world’s cheap conventional oil.

February 1, 2015
In-depth topic: Peak oil
Energy

Syriza Alexis Tsipras Uttered Voldemort

In his open letter published in a German newspaper prior to the Greek election, now prime minister Alexis Tsipras let loose a fusillade of Voldemorts, laying bare what has been obvious to many but which seemingly everyone was afraid to utter in public.

January 29, 2015
In-depth topic: Monetary reset
Finance & Economy

Financial Productivity – How Urban Land Use Affects A City’s Wallet

See how a blighted and run-down block built in a traditional pattern compars against a shiny and new auto-oriented block built for a drive-through fast food chain restaurant when it comes to tax revenues to the city.

January 24, 2015
In-depth topic: Urban planning
Urban development