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MarketWatch 
The U.S. economy appears to be experiencing another early-year hiccup, but the longer-term outlook is sound. One reason: strong hiring. Trying to figure out how the U.S. economy is doing early in a new year if often an exercise in frustration because ... See more..
Investopedia 
The views expressed by columnists are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Investopedia.] I've written before about the spread of basic economy class, which is now in place – or on the way – at the big three legacy carriers ... See more..
U.S. News & World Report 
Andrew Soergel is an Economy Reporter at U.S. News. You can connect with him on LinkedIn, follow him on Twitter or email him at asoergel@usnews.com. Recommended Articles. The 10 Worst Presidents · Andrew Soergel, Jay Tolson | Dec. 31, 2014. See more..
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Bloomberg 
Immigration is the topic of the day. The political right, after once embracing a laissez-faire policy toward immigration -- President Ronald Reagan signed an amnesty for undocumented immigrants and President George W. Bush tried unsuccessfully to do ... See more..
Christian Science Monitor 
Flattening energy-related emissions (which make up two-thirds of all human-generated greenhouse gases) is “very, very good news,” says Laura Cozzi, an IEA official, because they have leveled out even as the world economy grew by 3.1 percent. See more..
Forbes 
For the past six decades, the U.S.-Saudi partnership could be summed up as “security for oil.” Today, with oil prices on a five-year slide, the Kingdom recognizes that our own security rests on an unsustainable economic model, and so we embarked on an ... See more..
Quad City Times 
On Monday, William A. Strauss, senior economist and economic adviser at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, will give a presentation on the economy and provide an economic outlook. His presentation will include an analysis of the Midwest economy. See more..
Crain's Cleveland Business 
“Recent economic data releases are very encouraging about the near-term outlook for the U.S. economy, and (we) should in turn have a similar expectation for economic activity in Northeast Ohio,” said Jack Kleinhenz, the Cleveland Heights economist who ... See more..
Business Insider 
President Donald Trump and other proponents of scrapping the post-financial-crisis regulations imposed on Wall Street argue that red tape is preventing banks from lending and hurting the economy. It's true that firms have been borrowing less in a sign ... See more..
Bismarck Tribune 
“For the economy, I can't imagine this wouldn't be a positive thing,” said Don Gion, operator of the Crocus Inn bed and breakfast operation in Regent. Along with Mott, the town is ground zero for good bird hunting, which a year ago amounted to more ... See more..
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Income inequality is very high across the world—20% of the world’s population control nearly 70% of the world’s wealth.1 The Gini coefficient refers to income distribution across a country; the higher the Gini coefficient for a country the higher the income inequality, and the lower a country’s Gini score the more equitably wealth is distributed in the country.2  Latin America is the region with the highest Gini score, indicating high levels of inequality.3 While sub-Saharan Africa is also highly unequal, the region has reduced its Gini score by several points since the 1990s.4

The International Labor Organization estimates that nearly 202 million people are currently unemployed worldwide.5 In 2012 6% of the world’s total workforce was without a job.6 About 35% of the world’s unemployed have been out of work for six months or longer, and 13% of the world’s population under the age of 24 is currently without work.7 The 2008 economic recession significantly increased the global unemployment rate, and in 2007 around 178 million people were unemployed, as opposed to over 200 million in 2014.8

Only 10% of the global population has access to traditional banking or means of attaining loans, savings accounts, credit, or other financial services.9 Poverty, service fees, and travel distance all inhibit over 2.5 million adults around the world from accessing banks or financial institutions.10  Microfinance is becoming an increasingly popular model in developing countries as a means of boosting local economies and the global market. Microfinance institutions enable low-income individuals, who would otherwise be unable to utilize a traditional bank loan, to attain loans for their businesses. The loans are then repaid to the individual lenders, rather than a bank.11 These financial services can lead to increased income, improved health, and improved education for many families.12 An estimated 500 million individuals have benefited from microfinance worldwide.13 However, the success of microfinance initiatives rests heavily on regulatory policies including interest-rate caps and pricing transparency to protect borrowers from exploitation and exorbitantly high interest rates.14

 
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1 http://www.unicef.org/socialpolicy/files/Global_Inequality.pdf
2 Ibid
3 Ibid
4 Ibid
5 http://www.theguardian.com/business/2013/jan/22/ilo-unemployment-numbers-rise-2013
6 Ibid
7 Ibid
8 https://www.gfmag.com/global-data/economic-data/worlds-unemployment-ratescom
9 http://www.forbes.com/sites/dell/2012/07/24/microfinance-as-a-tool-to-alleviate-poverty/
10 http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/NEWS/0,,contentMDK:20433592~menuPK:34480~pagePK:64257043~piPK:437376~theSitePK:4607,00.html
11 http://www.forbes.com/sites/dell/2012/07/24/microfinance-as-a-tool-to-alleviate-poverty/
12 http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/NEWS/0,,contentMDK:20433592~menuPK:34480~pagePK:64257043~piPK:437376~theSitePK:4607,00.html
13 http://www.forbes.com/sites/dell/2012/07/24/microfinance-as-a-tool-to-alleviate-poverty/
14 http://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2014/oct/08/developing-countries-informal-economies-microfinance-financial-inclusion
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Microfinance
Microfinance is becoming an increasingly popular model in developing countries as a means of boosting local economies and the global market. Only 10% of the global population has access to traditional banking or means of attaining loans, savings accounts, credit, or other financial services.1 Poverty, service fees, and travel distance inhibit over 2.5 million adults around the world from accessing banks or financial institutions.2 Microfinance institutions enable low-income individuals, who would otherwise be unable to utilize a traditional bank, to attain loans for their businesses. The loans are then repaid to the individual lenders, rather than a bank.3 These financial services can lead to increased income, improved health, and improved education for many families.4 An estimated 500 million individuals have benefited from microfinance worldwide.5 However, the success ...See More of microfinance initiatives rests heavily on regulatory policies including interest-rate caps and pricing transparency to protect borrows from exploitation and exorbitantly high interest rates.6 Microfinance consists largely of offering small business loans to individuals who cannot afford or do not have physical access to a traditional bank. However, interest rates on these loans are often prohibitive—sometimes as high as 100% or more—raising questions of how ethical or beneficial microfinance and other practices of financial inclusion actually are.7 Additionally, particularly in countries such as Mexico, some applicants for microfinance loans already hold loans from other institutions. In Mexico, nearly a third of all microfinance loan applicants already hold at least three other loans.8 In order for microfinance and other financial inclusion initiations to be effective, government regulation, such as interest caps, must be implemented to avoid over indebtedness and financial burdens that outweigh the benefits of microfinance loans. Show Less