<p></p><p>U.S. stocks rose, after the biggest drop in three weeks for the Standard &amp; Poor’s 500 Index, as China’s central bank cut lenders’ reserve requirements and Morgan Stanley earnings topped forecasts.</p>

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Public pension funds in New York and New Jersey are indirect owners of ACE Cash Express, the nation's second-largest payday lender. It's not illegal, but it sure borders on hypocritical.

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BP (BP.L) has been lifting more crude oil cargoes in the past couple of months as payment for its work in southern Iraq, and is comfortable with that level of shipments, a senior executive of the oil company said on Monday.

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Well, this isn't good: Corporations now spend about $2.6 billion a year on reported lobbying expenditures – more than the $2 billion we spend to fund the House ($1.16 billion) and Senate ($820 million).

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Oppenheimer's Ari Wald says the chart of crude reminds him strongly of 2009. And that's good news for the oil bulls.

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One of the unusual things about Forward Partners is that we invest in business at the idea stage. Often that means we are backing a single entrepreneur with nothing more than a slide presentation. One of our slogans is “No product, no traction, no team. No problem.”

Consequently we often get asked “How do you assess ideas?”

These three questions which came from the Y C application form and were on Founders Notebook this morning are a great guide:

1. What’s new about what you’re making?
2. How do you know people need what you’re making?
3. What substitutes do people resort to because it doesn’t exist yet (or they don’t know about it)?

The other major thing we look at is the market – is the opportunity large enough to build a business worth £100m+ (taking into account market size and margin).

If the answers to these four points are strong, we feel the entrepreneur has the right stuff, and it’s’ a UK based ecommerce company then we are going to be very interested.



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Fifty years ago, in mid-April 1965, the trade magazine Electronics published an article by an obscure scientist making a seemingly preposterous prediction: The number of electronic components (transistors, resistors, capacitors) that could be squeezed onto integrated circuits - what we now call computer chips - would double every year for a decade. The author was Gordon Moore, and his forecast, subsequently slightly modified, is now known as Moore’s Law. We have been living with the consequences ever since.
Moore’s Law is a quiet rebuke to those who think we control our destiny. The…

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While the overwhelming majority of the responses on social media and elsewhere were positive, there were also a number of skeptics and naysayers.

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<p>The world economy is about to discover if to be forewarned by the Federal Reserve is to be forearmed.</p>

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In the years following its 2004 IPO, Google needed a way to continue its impressive growth without losing its best people to hot startups like Facebook and Twitter. Laszlo Bock, who became the SVP of Google's…

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(Bloomberg) — The potential collapse of Comcast Corp.’s merger with Time Warner Cable Inc. wouldn’t just be a setback for those two companies. It would…

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California almonds are becoming one of the world's favorite snacks and creating a multibillion-dollar bonanza for agricultural investors. But the crop extracts…

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By April 15th, all American taxpayers should have filed their taxes with the Internal Revenue Service. This year, two issues gained prominence in the filing process.
First, this year’s tax returns included a new section addressing the individual health care mandate created in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Second, between budget cuts and internal issues, the IRS claims it is woefully understaffed and underfunded, making it difficult for the agency to complete its statutory duties with respect to revenue collection.
In reality, both problems are the result of an overly…

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Over an adult lifetime you collect your stuff, family stuff and legal stuff. Here are some ideas on what to do with it.

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