Oil, Lithium, and the Global Energy Situation

The energy sector was certainly a bargain in January, but no one really knows where oil will be around Christmas. While we may have already seen the bottom, stock prices are not the bargain they were.  There are other plays. Think electric vehicles and even driverless cars. Find what's undervalued now and get in on some of the games that will dictate glorious future wealth.

Hitting the (Pay) Wall

Despite the shift to digital newsrooms, it is fair to say that Australian newspapers are still reliant on print for their advertising revenue.

Turning to Businesses to Close the Pay Gap

In recent months, debates about global economic inequality have reached boiling point. In Britain, voters will soon decide whether to exit the European Union against the backdrop of a growing Brexit movement fuelled by perceptions of an unfair European trading system.

If Trade Costs Rise, SMEs will Suffer

Small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) exporters have the potential to change the world. They are innovative, they are often young, and they are competitive. Yet globally, they can expect more than half (52%) of their proposals to finance trade transactions to be rejected by banks.

The 'Glass Half Full' Part of New Overtime Rules

The Obama Administration issued new rules this week that will allow millions more Americans to qualify for overtime pay.  The Labor Department regulation, which will take effect in December, will double the annual threshold that helps determine who qualifies for overtime when they work more than 40 hours in a week.

Under the new rules, anyone who makes less than US$47,476 will be eligible for overtime pay (the old threshold was $23,660).

Would You Pay Up for Something that Will Last Longer?

From fashion to food and electronics, many industries are facing a backlash against cheaply made products that do not last. Sick of printers that break within two years, or suitcases that fall apart the second time you use them, there is a growing appetite for long-life guarantees – from the promise of the 30-year jumper to the rise of shopping sites dedicated to products that last a lifetime.