Free exchange: The benefits of Brentry

THIS week the Institute for Economic Affairs, a British think-tank, awarded a prize of €100,000 ($138,000) for the most compelling plan for a British withdrawal from the European Union. The winner, a British diplomat named Iain Mansfield,

China economic growth slows to 18-month low in first quarter

By Adam Rose BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s economy grew at its slowest pace in 18 months in the first quarter of 2014, official data showed on Wednesday, with signs of waning momentum already prompting limited government action

5 myths about the ER, debunked

Editor’s note: Dr. Anwar Osborne is an emergency room physician and a public voices fellow at the OpEd Project at Emory University. (CNN) — The hospital emergency room is the front door of the health care system.

Asian shares edge higher on solid U.S. data

By Shinichi Saoshiro TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares edged higher on Tuesday after upbeat U.S. data helped Wall Street bounce from a sharp selloff in recent days, though tensions in Ukraine tempered demand for riskier assets. The

Obama honors LBJ’s ‘Great Society’ legacy

Austin, Texas (CNN) — Honoring the legacy of a former president he’s barely mentioned previously, President Barack Obama on Thursday cast Lyndon B. Johnson’s push to end legal segregation as a factor in his own ascension to

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac: The ugly twins of finance

YOU could argue that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, two “government-sponsored enterprises” (GSEs) in the mortgage business which received the biggest bail-out of the financial crisis, have paid their debt to society. At any rate, the revenues

Tech Protesters Get Personal, Target San Francisco Landlord

Jeff Chiu/The Associated PressHousing activists gather outside of City Hall in San Francisco on Jan. 21 to protest tech-worker shuttle buses. By Sarah McBride Demonstrations against the grip on San Francisco held by wealthy technology workers took

EU to approve bank rules before May election slows legislative machine

By Huw Jones LONDON (Reuters) – The European Union will sign off on a slew of major reforms this week to allow failing banks to be wound down without public money, clearing its desk before elections in

Good earnings could turn around markets

The Nasdaq took a dive last week amidst a broad market selloff. Can earnings save the day? That’s the question on investors’ minds heading into this week, as corporate earnings results from the first quarter get into

Palladium rises to 32-month high on supply concerns

Palladium advanced to the highest in more than two years as the U.S. threatened more sanctions against Russia, the world’s largest supplier of the metal used in pollution-control devices for cars. Gold fell. Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew said