Sloane Ortel publishes The Sloane Zone, an email newsletter that comes when you least expect it and makes more sense than it should. She joined CFA Institute's staff as a sophomore at Fordham University, and was instrumental to the global growth of Enterprising Investor as a collaborator, curator, and commentator over the subsequent eight years.
The top 10% of firms account for 80% of all profits, Sloane Ortel observes. This leaves us with two seemingly conflicting truths: Winners win bigger than ever, but Amazon, one of the world’s biggest winners, is not making much in the way of profits.
Across the globe, it has been a summer of storms, both real and figurative. Good luck tuning out the thunder. But Sloane Ortel has a suggestion for this weekend — a long one in the United States: Spend some time on the slower-moving tempests.
Can luck be multiplied through language? Picking a name for your firm that is both pronounceable and memorable would seem to play some role in the overall success of your effort. After all, you are unlikely to be the only game in town.
The EU still lacks details needed to address libra, according to a memo from European Commission Executive Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis. "[A]s Libra is still a project, and thereby a moving target, the information provided remains insufficient for determining the precise nature of Libra and, by extension, its relation with existing EU law," the memo states. CoinDesk (UK) (19 Feb.)
Lawyers for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange say they have evidence former US Rep. Dana Rohrabacher offered a pardon in return for cooperation on leaks of Democratic National Committee emails. The lawyers have requested a London court allow a witness statement that describes "Mr. Rohrabacher going to see Mr. Assange and saying on instructions of the president, offering pardon or some other way out if Mr. Assange played ball and said the Russians had nothing to do with" the leaks. BNN Bloomberg (Canada) (19 Feb.)
China has decreased the one-year loan prime rate by 10 basis points, to 4.05%, and the five-year rate by 5 basis points, to 4.75%, to reduce corporate borrowing costs. Meanwhile, manufacturers are struggling against logistical and planning challenges to restart operations after an extended Lunar New Year break. Reuters (20 Feb.)
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