January 8th, 2013
04:08 PM GMT
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London (CNN) - Remember Bowie Bonds?

I barely remembered that David Bowie was one of, if not the first, celebrity to securitize his intellectual property to raise cash, through bonds.

In Bowie’s case, he and Prudential Insurance raised funds (Wikipedia says $55 million) in 1997, giving investors interest based on revenue from his catalogue from the 1960s through 2000.

Did it work? It’s hard to say given the story seemed to fizzle out, though it’s fair to say other names have used bonds in a similar manner since then. FULL POST

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October 12th, 2012
05:44 AM GMT
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Editor's note: The Outlook series spotlights a country to give a deeper understanding of the business, industry and consumer trends that fuel its economy. While exploring the current challenges and opportunities facing a country's economic progress, Outlook also seeks to provide an insight into its future development.

(CNN) Laua Oyu looks younger than her 88 years as she sings and claps with her sister Yungeh. She smiles as she recalls the words of indigenous songs of her tribe and as her two year old great grand-niece looks up at her with wide eyes.

Dressed in the traditional clothes of Taiwan’s Atayal tribe, Oyu is determined to pass on the culture and language of her ancestors to the young of the village of Kayu, an hour outside of Taipei. FULL POST



October 10th, 2012
08:10 AM GMT
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Editor's note: The Outlook series spotlights a country to give a deeper understanding of the business, industry and consumer trends that fuel its economy. While exploring the current challenges and opportunities facing a country's economic progress, Outlook also seeks to provide an insight into its future development.

(CNN) Flying to and from Taiwan is a highly competitive business. Paula Hancocks looks at how Taiwan’s air carriers are updating their images, competing for customers and trying to win a slice of the growing tourism business coming from mainland China.

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September 21st, 2012
05:50 PM GMT
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London (CNN) – When you read that something from Apple may not be working, the frenzy in the blogosphere is amazing to watch.

Especially when there are hundreds of people lined up 50 meters from where I write, in order to get a new iPhone complete with the problem. They are ignoring us!

Can Windows 8 compete with iPhone?

This time around, it's not the antenna or a silly voice command system still in beta. It's the very reason people like me love a smartphone - the map.
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August 30th, 2012
11:12 AM GMT
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London (CNN) – From the budget, to economic benefits, to the legacy: No-one is talking about the Paralympics’ bottom line.

Perhaps it’s because Team GB and the London 2012 organization were so impressive, leaving the country revelling in the medal haul rather than totting up the bill.

The nation has gone sports-mad, now embracing the lesser-known (but I’ll bet just as exciting to watch), paralympic sports, from Murderball (think of it as wheelchair rugby) to Boccia (like bowls, but for athletes whose disabilities impact on their motor skills).

But - despite all this goodwill - the UK economy is refusing to play ball.
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August 15th, 2012
02:38 PM GMT
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(CNN) – The markets seem to be on summer shut-down, the likes of which I can barely remember in my career lifetime.

From eurozone data that showed growth shrinking everywhere bar Germany, to Greece saying they'll need to extend the terms of their bailout - the market reaction is barely more than a shrug.

I doubt everyone is lounging by a pool with a cocktail, but it does seem the markets have embraced a relaxed summer mode.

Give it a week of two and the panic mongering will no doubt begin again, because Europe’s problems have not gone away.
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August 2nd, 2012
03:25 PM GMT
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London (CNN) – British Prime Minister David Cameron has made no secret of the spoils he hopes that hosting the Olympics will bring to London - and the UK.

The estimated $20 billion of investment over the next four years would offset some of the $14.5 billion splurge of staging the Games.

Last week he helped launch a $1.6 billion investment drive to drum up business for UK plc.
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August 1st, 2012
06:57 PM GMT
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London (CNN) – Did London 2012 Olympic organizers scare off too many people?

It started to occur to me last week that I was getting seats on trains and buses at times that I shouldn’t. I had the fastest commute home in 22 years. I beat my best by ten minutes and now compare myself to a certain female swimmer.

Transport For London (TFL) warned us for years that there would be a 20% increase in travel during the Games and that certain stations would be "exceptionally busy."

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July 26th, 2012
04:28 PM GMT
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London (CNN) – The British economy is shrinking far faster than expected. The latest figures - showing a 0.7% contraction - are a huge shock.

The rotten weather, extra days off for the Diamond Jubilee and contagion from the eurozone crisis have contributed: Now even UK Chancellor George Osborne is conceding the country has “deep-rooted economic problems.”

Jeremy Cook, chief economist at foreign exchange company World First, points to the eurozone’s hoovering up of government cash as one issue. Government spending is meant to be dropping but is instead increasing, he says. “We’ve said the situation would get worse before it gets better, anything worse than this and we are risking depression,” he warns.

Oh dear, what a gloomy picture. But at least London is hosting the Olympics, right? British Prime Minister David Cameron has declared the games in London will bring great spoils: Around $20 billion, we’re told. Banks, restaurants and retail outlets have staffed up, helping nudge unemployment to a nine-month low.

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July 21st, 2012
09:36 AM GMT
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(CNN) –The newly appointed CEO of Yahoo is finding out something expectant moms quickly learn – you get a lot of unsolicited advice. All manner of well-meaning people have jumped on twitter and blogs to tell Marissa Mayer how she is going to feel after birth and how much maternity leave she should take. It makes me feel vaguely queasy.

For the record I have two small children. I took three months maternity leave for each and it wasn’t even close to enough. I struggle every day to balance work and children and many days feel I am failing. But that is my experience. It is personal to my life, my kids and my work ethic. I wouldn’t imagine telling anyone else how it is going to be for them or how they should conduct themselves.
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