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Online courses aren’t living up to their promise to disrupt higher education. That’s one conclusion from a pair of studies released this week analyzing trends and outcomes of different types of online learning opportunities. The first, which focused on Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, offered by Harvard University and MIT, found that the majority […]

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London Markets: FTSE 100 inches up after China data; May to outline latest Brexit proposal

London markets inched up Monday, as investors weighed up the latest China growth data and waited for Prime Minister Theresa May to outline her latest Brexit proposal to parliament. Bookmaker William Hill PLC WMH, -1.68%  and home improvement retailer Kingfisher PLC KGF, -4.37% struggled on Monday. How are the markets trading? The FTSE 100 Index […]

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Market Snapshot: U.S. stock futures fall in shortened session as China data reinforces global slowdown fears

U.S. stock futures fell Monday in a shortened session, as the weakest Chinese growth data in three decades weighed on investors, and the International Monetary Fund cut its outlook for global expansion citing trade issues. Regular trading for U.S. markets will be closed Monday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Markets will resume […]

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Brexit Brief: Will parliament take back control?

The U.K. government wants to postpone its March 29 exit from the European Union, but Prime Minister Theresa May cannot say so openly, according to one of the senior parliamentarians. Yvette Cooper, the chair of parliament’s Home Affairs committee, is leading a new effort within the U.K. legislature to get a postponement. She told the […]

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Europe Markets: Slow annual growth for China pulls European markets down

European markets fell on Monday, after China announced its economy had expanded at the slowest annual pace since 1990. How are the markets trading? Most of Europe’s major indexes were down on Monday, with the Stoxx Europe 600 SXXP, -0.30% falling by 0.3% to 356.03, after finishing up 2.25% for the week on Friday. Leading […]

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Therese Poletti's Tech Tales: Tech is ready to respond to Wall Street’s doubts, but don’t expect a holiday miracle

The most important earnings season for tech since the dot-com boom went bust is about to begin, but don’t expect a holiday miracle, especially for the companies that are used to a victory lap at this time of year. The first round of quarterly earnings every year is normally an exuberant time for tech companies, […]

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The Conversation: 3 smart ways Trump can disrupt health care and drive down costs

Since his winning presidential campaign, Donald Trump has been repeatedly billed as a disrupter. From trade and foreign policy to immigration, Trump has consistently tried to shake up the status quo. As experts in health-care management and policy, we believe the president should now focus his talent for disruption in our sector. And unlike the […]

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Outside the Box: These 3 leading economic indicators show no recession is coming

The late singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen once lyricized that “there is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.” That’s sort of how we feel about financial markets right now. After a dismal stock-market performance in the fourth quarter of 2018, market participants were clearly panicked and seeing a “crack in everything.” However, we […]

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World’s wealthiest saw their fortunes increase by $2.5 billion a day in 2018: Oxfam

While the poorest half of the world was scraping by on less than $5.50 a day in 2018, the world’s billionaires saw their wealth increase by $900 billion — or $2.5 billion a day. That’s according to a new report released Monday from Oxfam a day ahead of the start of the World Economic Forum […]

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Asia Markets: Asian markets rise despite slower economic growth in China

Shares in Asia rose Monday, extending gains on Wall Street last week. Buying enthusiasm has been spurred by renewed hopes for progress on resolving the trade standoff between the U.S. and China. Shares rose in Shanghai and Hong Kong early Monday despite news that China’s economy grew at its lowest pace in three decades last […]

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