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  • Editor’s Picks / 27 April 2015 at 6:26 GMT

    Indonesia moves up happiness ranks, Swiss top the list

    The Jakarta Globe
    Indonesia improved in its ranking in happiness, making it the 74th happiest country in the world in the 2015 World Happiness Report, published by by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network – a global initiative under the UN. Switzerland topped the list, followed by Iceland and Denmark. China came in at 84th place, while India was 117th. The report measures happiness using six variables to quantify happiness including GDP per capita, perception of corruption, healthy life expectancy and perceived freedom to make life choices. The report also measured social support variables by asking whether respondents have someone to count on in times of trouble. The generosity variable, on the other hand, is measured by recent donations.
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  • Editor’s Picks / 06 February 2015 at 8:23 GMT

    In defence of activist investors

    The Economist
    ETFs are still on the rise, meaning the share of passive stakeholders is increasing. In that light, The Economist praises activist investors, that is funds holding a smaller stake in a listed company and using it to influence the management. While "a few will no doubt go too far, harming a decently run firm" one should be aware that "they often seek to improve firms’ boards rather than strip companies of assets", it says. Hence, those activists might be needed to counteract the growing chunk of "lazy capital" as ETFs.
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