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How Google Fiber is Disrupting Infrastructure Thinking

How Google Fiber is Disrupting Infrastructure Thinking

To most people the idea of infrastructure investment denotes visions of water systems, highways and bridges, and basic general services usually relegated to municipal authorities. Recently, however, at the Canadian Council for Public Private Partnerships Conference in Toronto, a new model for infrastructure was discussed – that of the “intelligent city.”

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Cost of Living Worldwide

Cost of Living Worldwide

The OECD defines a cost of living index (COLI) as an index that measures the change in the minimum expenditures that would be incurred by a utility-maximizing consumer, whose preferences or tastes remain unchanged, in order to maintaining a given level of utility (or standard of living or welfare).

The Poorest Countries in the World

There are two standard methods of measuring the wealth of countries and how rich or poor its inhabitants are. The measure most often used is Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which represents the size of a country’s economy. A refinement of ...

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Global Finance Names The World’s Best Global Insurers 2015

Global Finance Names The World’s Best Global Insurers 2015

Global Finance today announced the winners of its 2015 World’s Best Global Insurers awards, drawing on responses from more than 1,500 readers around the world, as well as the expertise of the editors and reporters of Global Finance. 

From the Wires

Dollar Rises Ahead of U.S. Data

By James Ramage The dollar gained against the yen Monday as calmer markets reduced demand for the haven Japanese currency and as traders prepared for the arrival of the last significant U.S. economic numbers for the year. The dollar rose ...

Barclays to Buy Out CNP Assurances in Spanish Joint-Venture

By Max Colchester Barclays PLC has bought out French insurer CNP Assurances' 50% stake in their Spain-based joint-venture, CNP Barclays Vida y Pensiones, for EUR453 million ($554 million), including a special dividend. The deal, which remains subject to regulatory approval, ...

Canada's Budget Deficit Rises on Tax-Relief Measures

By Paul Vieira OTTAWA--Canada in October recorded its biggest monthly budget deficit since last March after taking a 1.6 billion Canadian dollar ($1.38 billion) charge to cover the year-to-date costs of new tax-relief measures. Canada's federal government posted a budget ...