Week in Review: Facebook’s New Offerings, Kraft + Heinz, China Buying Italy, New York’s Grossest Groceries
By Alex Plough March 27, 2015
Facebook this week announced a series of new features; Private equity firm 3G backed a merger of Kraft and Heinz; China National Chemical bought Italy’s Pirelli tire maker; journalists investigate the freshness of New York produce.
Week in Review: Eyeing Rate Hikes, China Rival to World Bank, Frankfurt Protests Violent, Apple TV Launch
By Alex Plough March 20, 2015
US Federal Reserve slowly losing its patience; China launches development bank to rival IMF and World Bank; Anti-austerity protests in Frankfurt turn injure police and protestors; Apple launches TV streaming service; Bloomberg tracks NCAA college basketball picks and money trails.
Week in Review: Stress Test Failures, IMF Props Up Ukraine, Apple Watch Launches, Australia’s Jails Inc.
By Alex Plough March 13, 2015
Two European banks fail the stress test; IMF drops Ukraine a life line; Apple Watch inspires admiration, fear and trembling; Australia profits from imprisoning asylum seekers.
Week in Review: Silicon Valley Harassment on Trial, Citigroup Exits Subprime, Alibaba Uncut, Corporate Tax Avoiders
By Alex Plough March 6, 2015
Silicon Valley gender discrimination on trial; Citigroup sells its subprime business OneMain Finacial; Damaging disclosures hurt Alibaba stock; Data interactive on corporate tax avoiders shows cost to the U.S.
By Alex Plough February 27, 2015
Walmart will raise it’s minimum wage to $10 an hour by next February; Google is rolling out a mobile wallet to compete with Apple Pay; businesses are preparing to take advantage of thawing relations between Cuba and the U.S.
By Alex Plough February 20, 2015
Negotiations between Greece and the Eurozone collapse; Swiss authorities raid HSBC’s Geneva headquarters as scandal grows; More fodder for Apple electric car rumor mill; calling the Oscars.
By Alex Plough February 13, 2015
A giant investigative report on HSBC’s Swiss branch revealed tax evasion schemes and scores of clients who are alleged criminals; Apple closed the biggest solar power deal ever; Tesla CEO Elon Musk has big plans for his electric cars; Mark Zuckerberg gets into a tussle with a neighbor over privacy.
By Alex Plough February 6, 2015
Google, a big investor in Uber, is planning to launch a similar and competing ride sharing app; Radioshack prepares to declare bankruptcy; Petrobas resignation amid corruption allegations.
By Alex Plough January 30, 2015
The election win of Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras pits Greece agains the EU; McDonald’s got a new CEO this week after brand and profit struggles; Apple surpassed bullish earnings expectations; UK bank robbers are blowing up ATMs.
By Alex Plough January 23, 2015
The European Central Bank unveiled a $1.3 trillion bond-buying program this week; S&P settled with the SEC for $80 million over charges of inflated ratings; oil prices continue to crash.
By Alex Plough January 16, 2015
The Swiss National Bank dropped a three-and-half-year policy that capped currency exchange at 1.20 franc per euro; US banks reported fourth quarter profit declines; Trump and Gross settle scores in public.
By Alex Plough January 9, 2015
The fall in oil prices continues to transform the global economic landscape; Both Britain and Greece are considering leaving the EU; The Wall Street Journal has created an interactive ranking of the most influential business leaders in history.
By Alex Plough December 29, 2014
Alex Plough interviews Rob Barry, an award-winning investigative reporter who specializes in the art and science of data mining, about how he does his best work.
By Alex Plough December 26, 2014
It wouldn’t be Christmas without cringe-inducing corporate holiday videos; Russia pushed through legislation to head off a crisis in its banking sector; turf war between the world’s biggest oil producers set to last into 2015.
Week in Review: Russian Ruble Crisis, U.S. Cuba Embargo Ends, Citigroup Sneaks Surprise into Spending Bill
By Alex Plough December 19, 2014
The Russian government was forced to take dramatic measures to stem a dangerous slide in the ruble this week; U.S. president Barack Obama announced normalized relations with Cuba for the first time in 50 years; Congress just managed to pass a spending bill to fund the government through the end of the fiscal year.
By Alex Plough December 12, 2014
Five-year low in oil prices has some US producers scaling back; Uber faces fresh criticism on drivers; some economists predicting a booming U.S. economy in 2015; Sony Pictures emails reveal ugly spat over Steve Jobs biopic.
By Alex Plough December 5, 2014
The European Union is calling for a possible break-up of Google; in the wake of a second non-indictment of police responsible for the death of an unarmed black man, U.S. president Obama pledged to invest $75 million in body cameras for police; hackers stole and have begun leaking sensitive data from Sony Pictures.
By Alex Plough November 28, 2014
Pope Scolds EU for anti-immigrant policies and high youth unemployment, ECB weighs stimulus measures, including sovereign debt purchase; Oil markets volatile ahead of OPEC meeting.
By Alex Plough November 21, 2014
Uber VP under fire for threats against journalist; Keystone pipeline blocked by Senate Democrats; oil prices plunge, producers have few options; the name of Bob Marley, who was staunchly anti-capitalist while he was alive, will be used to sell the dope he once loved to consumers.
By Alex Plough November 14, 2014
Obama supports net neutrality; Amazon and Hachette finally strike a deal, and some say Hachette won this round; YouTube’s new paid subscription music service may mark the beginning of the end of free music.
By Alex Plough November 7, 2014
Exploding rockets mark setback for space tourism industry; Tesla’s earnings continue to defy market wisdom; the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists uncovered a giant corporate tax scheme in Luxembourg.
By Alex Plough October 31, 2014
US retailers’ e-wallet product hacked; A tour of Mars Inc.; a map of firms under scrutiny for currency rate rigging.
By Alex Plough October 24, 2014
Do we over-obsess about jobs data? Tesco overstates earnings by $422.1 million. Truffle glut knocks prices down 37 percent.
By Alex Plough October 17, 2014
An unnerving drop in a range of global indicators this week rattled confidence in a sustained economic recovery; Lockheed Martin Corp announced a breakthrough in developing a power source based on nuclear fusion; Anti-corruption NGO Global Witness this week launched ‘The Great Rip-Off: anonymous companies and their victims.’