How Everyone Gets the 'Sharing' Economy Wrong

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Uber, Lyft, Instacart and other ‘sharing economy’ startups aren’t just remarkably efficient marketplaces, they’re remarkably efficient machines for producing near minimum-wage jobs.

African Economies to Gather Pace

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African economies will gather pace this year and next year, in their fitful and uneven economic ascent, three prominent organizations said in a joint report.

Japan Slides Back Into Trade Deficit

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Japan slipped back into a trade deficit in April as crude-oil imports rose, but stronger-than-expected exports provided a bright spot for the economy.

Why Peltz Didn't Have Icahn's Apple Touch

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Nelson Peltz’s failure to win a board seat at DuPont might have had something to do with the incentives of passive investors.

Amazon Targets Etsy With 'Handmade' Marketplace

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Having vanquished scores of brick-and-mortar retailers, Amazon has a new target: Etsy. The retailer is prepping a marketplace for artisan goods that it is calling Handmade.

This Week: News Digest

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Items of interest to investors.

Huatai Collects More Fuel for China Stock-Market Fire

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China’s $20 billion barrage of brokerage fundraising is looking long in the tooth, as Huatai Securities launches its Hong Kong IPO.

The Core of the Fed's Inflation Problem

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Rising oil prices and a weaker dollar should feed through to higher core inflation. But not for a while.

How to Differentiate the Rates

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Two types of rates quoted by mortgage lenders may be confusing, but they’re designed to help potential borrowers shop for the best mortgage.

Student Debt Is Hot Topic for 2016 Field

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The rise in college costs—and student-loan burdens—is breaking through as a hot issue in the 2016 presidential race as contenders float proposals that rethink what college should cost and who should foot the bill.

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