(Kitco News) - U.S. gold futures have been on a roller-coaster ride Wednesday, first rising sharply when it appeared Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke remained dovish but then giving up its gains when subsequent remarks were construed to mean policymakers conceivably could begin withdrawing some of their monetary accommodation in the coming months.
Perhaps our adoption of cloud is now only limited by our imaginations. With the emerging so-called Internet of Things, there are ever-abundant clouds of data being emitted from the devices and appliances that surround us.
Boeing is progressively getting better at making its marquee 787 Dreamliners, but they are still way above breakeven estimates, which call for cash costs to fall to about $110 million, compared with the current $200 million figure.
Sergio Garcia, longtime foil of Tiger Woods?, finally crossed a line yesterday. At the European Tour player of the year event in England, Garcia was asked if he would be having Woods over for dinner at the upcoming U.S. Open. ?We?ll be having him ?round every night,? he responded. ?And serving him fried chicken.?
Speaking before Congress, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke admitted the economy is improving, but made it clear that he has no intention of tapering quantitative easing. The Chairman attributed much of the recent improvement, particularly in housing, to the Fed?s ultra-accommodative monetary policy, but considered it was still too early to begin tightening.
There are startups, and then there are startups that skyrocket into the stratosphere and exceed $100 millon in annual revenue. While most startups are 1-person businesses and not designed for massive growth, a select few -- between 125-250 -- are founded each year that will become major sources of new jobs and new wealth.
Yesterday afternoon, Microsoft debuted their new console, the Xbox One, at long last. We saw the controller, the box itself, a redesigned Kinect and some new features and games over the course of an hour. But afterward, it was what we did not see or hear about that became the story.
When Apple CEO Tim Cook testified before a U.S. Senate panel yesterday about allegations that the technology giant had engaged in massive tax evasion, there was no sign on Apple?s corporate website of this headline-making news story. Though Apple had released advanced copies of Cook?s 17-page testimony to members of the press, it did not post the testimony online. Instead Apple?s homepage displayed a giant glossy photo of two iPads. Even if you clicked through the tiny ?Hot News? and ?Media Info? links at the bottom of the page, there was zero information about the Cook testimony. Instead the latest news listed was a promotional press release from May 16 about the App store?s 50 billionth download.
Have you seen what?s been dubbed ?the greatest car commercial ever?? If you haven?t, don?t bother looking for it on TV. It?s online . . . and it?s racking up millions of viewers. Audi?s latest spot pits the ?Old Spock? (Leonard Nimoy) vs. the ?New Spock? (Zachary Quinto) in a promotion for the new Audi S7. (Watch the video below.) It?s engaging. It?s persuasive. It?s relevant. And it?s a great example of the impact and reach of video marketing.
The goal of every organization is to maximize the value of every employee?although putting it in those terms sounds like we?re optimizing the fuel to air mixture in the carburetor of an old Harley. People aren?t carburetors; and creating an atmosphere that enables people to perform at their best doesn?t just happen.
Over the past 40 years, who are the best MLB managers and general managers? I recently explored this question in an academic piece published in Managerial and Decision Economics. Of course, one could just take winning percentage or championships won, but where managers have taken over successful teams, continuing that success is not as impressive as turning a team around. In addition, some franchises, such as the Yankees, are located in large metropolitan areas and given league revenue sharing practices, can turn this population base into a big financial advantage. Finally, managerial relationships are hierarchical -- the owner answers for everybody, the general managers, typically, makes roster decisions with managers making on-the-field decisions. The methods that I employed took account of all of these issues using data from 1970-2011.
Almost every retailer is struggling with ?showrooming,? when customers browse a retailer?s product only to purchase the product elsewhere for a lower price. This phenomenon extends beyond the obvious big-box retailers ? even e-commerce sites that curate items find that users will leverage the site?s expertise and effort before they eventually buy from Amazon.com or another vendor.
Bill Belichick's two-year run as America's highest-paid coach has come to an end. That title now belongs to Sean Payton, the fellow NFL coach who will be paid around $8 million per year to lead the New Orleans Saints for the next five seasons.
Microsoft took the wraps off the Xbox One, its next-generation console today in a multimedia event that offered something thrilling for everyone. And it threw down the gauntlet at rival Sony in a major way, promising not only a state-of-the-art gaming experience, but a device designed to be at the
Another Premier League season has come-and-gone. While the league?s quality might have regressed versus others in Europe and the title race a bit too predictable by mid-season, there were many storylines that proved compelling enough through the final weeks of the season.
David Williams at the Fishbowl Day of Service, 2012 Today, I would like to share the principles that have transformed me and our company and a growing number of people across the globe. They are simple and powerful and I promise you that if you make the time to learn and