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Shrinking public markets limit the playing field for Main Street investors

Shrinking public markets limit the playing field for Main Street investors

Finance
Today's public markets, which were first designed to fill the capital-raising needs of the 19th century, are out of step with capital formation in the 21st century. It's essential to move the markets forward to provide adequate access to investment opportunity for all, and not just a few, investors. Right now, the average investor has little or no access to where the real action is. Why is this happening? Because the public capital markets continue to shrink in the Western world. In the last 20 years, the U.S. stock market has undergone an alarming ch...
Swedish election: Main blocs neck and neck as nationalists gain

Swedish election: Main blocs neck and neck as nationalists gain

World
The Swedish general election has left the two main political blocs almost tied, with the anti-immigration party making gains on its previous results.With nearly all ballots counted, the governing centre-left coalition is marginally ahead of its centre-right Alliance rivals, with around 40% each.The nationalist Sweden Democrats (SD) have won about 18% of the vote, up from 12.9% in the previous election.A protracted battle to form a working coalition now looks certain.Is Europe seeing a nationalist surge?Both of the main blocs have refused to govern with the SD, although its leader said he was prepared to talk with all other parties."We will increase our seats in parliament and we will gain huge influence over what happens in Swed...
Denmark amateurs beaten 3-0 by Slovakia as country’s main stars remain in stand-off

Denmark amateurs beaten 3-0 by Slovakia as country’s main stars remain in stand-off

Sports
INEVITABLE DEFEAT The Danish senior players are refusing to play over a dispute with their FA over commercial rights Denmark fell to a 3-0 defeat while fielding amateur players for their friendly against Slovakia on Wednesday night. The nation’s first choice stars are currently refusing to sign a new national team agreement with the Danish Football Association as they are in a stand-off over commercial rights. Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen was among the group not playing As such, the country were forced to select eleven little-known players for their friendly against a strong Slovakian side in Trnava. Premier League stars Christian Eriksen, Andreas Christensen and Kasper Schmeichel missed out while Christian Offenberg, a salesman,...
Who bit Beyonce? The internet's main suspects

Who bit Beyonce? The internet's main suspects

Entertainment
Social media is gripped by the latest celebrity real-life whodunnit story: Who bit Beyonce? According to actress Tiffany Haddish, the pop superstar was bitten in the face at the after-party of a Jay Z show last December - the same night Haddish and Beyonce took a selfie together."There was this actress there," the Girls Trip star told GQ. "That's just, like, doing the mostest. She bit Beyonce in the face."Haddish said Beyonce went over to Jay Z and told him what happened and they apparently disappeared to the back of the room.Image:Haddish has not named anyoneHaddish said she later asked Beyonce what happened, and told her she was ready to "beat somebody a** at your party".The Single Ladies singer responded: "Tiffany, no. Don't do that. That b**** is on drugs. She not even drunk. The b****...
Trump expected to be a main attraction at Davos meeting of the world's elite

Trump expected to be a main attraction at Davos meeting of the world's elite

World
Next week thousands of the world’s richest and most powerful players will gather in the tiny Swiss town of Davos. Each year the town high in the Alps hosts the World Economic Forum, attended by global political and business leaders, philanthropists, celebrities and media. It is a gathering epitomizing and promoting the global elite that President Trump has railed against throughout his presidency so far. So it took the world by surprise when Mr Trump announced he would be attending the summit this year. The message for the 2018 forum is “Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World” and strong calls for global cooperation are likely to be focused on issues such as climate change and global instability. Who is going? A record 70 heads of state or government are said to be participatin