New research reveals simmering misunderstanding under the tree

IS THERE any other time of year when good intentions and materialism converge so tightly? The caring, the artistic and the diligent spend their days before Christmas wrapping gifts. Whatever lies inside, their love for the recipients will also be expressed through paper, tape, bows and ribbon. Then it all goes horribly wrong. New research*… Continue reading New research reveals simmering misunderstanding under the tree

America’s Department of Commerce imposes a tariff of 292% on Bombardier’s C-Series jets

Flying away from Boeing A YEAR ago Dennis Muilenburg, the chief executive of Boeing, the American aerospace giant, had a big problem. Tweets written by Donald Trump, America’s newly elected president, were hitting Boeing’s share price. Their value was initially lifted by the new president’s promise of extra spending on defence. But in December last… Continue reading America’s Department of Commerce imposes a tariff of 292% on Bombardier’s C-Series jets

Behind the Investment Platform: The LendingClub Borrower

Fall 2017 is the second installment of our seasonal Marketplace Insights series. The series is designed to share periodic insights directly with our audience regarding how LendingClub’s marketplace works and performs. In this issue, we focus on the borrower characteristics of those receiving loans through the LendingClub platform and how investors may leverage that information… Continue reading Behind the Investment Platform: The LendingClub Borrower

Russia’s dysfunctional funeral business gets a makeover

Stiffer competition is coming THE calls began shortly after Yulia’s grandmother died. The undertaker offered help arranging the funeral, for 47,000 roubles ($800) in cash. She then travelled to Moscow’s Khovanskoe Cemetery, where she was offered a discount on a gravesite—150,000 roubles off—if she could bring cash within three hours and sign a receipt saying… Continue reading Russia’s dysfunctional funeral business gets a makeover

An experiment with in-home deliveries is under way

AFTER staying at home one afternoon for a delivery of discounted toilet disinfectant that never came, Valentin Romanov, a Stockholm IT manager, installed a special lock on his flat’s entrance. When no one is in, deliverymen unlock the door and slip packages inside. Four months on, Mr Romanov has doubled his spending online and says… Continue reading An experiment with in-home deliveries is under way

Combustible cigarettes kill millions a year. Can Big Tobacco save them?

BESIDE a serene lake in Switzerland sits a modern glass building called the Cube. Wide-leafed tobacco plants grow in the lobby. In one room machines that can “smoke” more than a dozen cigarettes at a time dutifully puff away, measuring the chemicals that consumers would inhale. The research centre is run by Philip Morris International… Continue reading Combustible cigarettes kill millions a year. Can Big Tobacco save them?

A vote on “net neutrality” has intensified a battle over the internet’s future

A DAY before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to rescind “net neutrality” regulations designed to ensure that internet-service providers do nothing to favour some types of online content over others, Ajit Pai, its chairman, tweeted a short video reassuring Americans. “You can still post photos of cute animals,” he says in it, posing with… Continue reading A vote on “net neutrality” has intensified a battle over the internet’s future