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Corporate inversions: back from the dead

May 4, 2015
If you thought Congress put an end to corporate inversions, think again
Democratic lawmakers held a news conference to announce legislation to tighten restrictions on corporate tax inversions, making it more difficult for American companies to lower their U.S. taxation by combining with a smaller foreign business and moving their tax address overseas.
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The activists are coming!

Apr 21, 2015
Spring is shareholder meeting season — and primetime for activist investors.
A photo from  February 2006, where activist investor Carl Icahn, right, was pictured with former Viacom and Universal Studios CEO Frank Biondi, left. At the time, Icahn sought to overthrow Time Warner's board, break up the media conglomerate into four companies, and have Biondi take over as Time Warner chief executive.
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HBO's Silicon Valley nails VC deal details

Apr 17, 2015
The show is the best explainer of how venture capital works anywhere on the web.
Actors Kumail Nanjiani, Zach Woods, Thomas Middleditch, Amanda Crew, Josh Brener, T.J. Miller and Martin Starr attend the Premiere of HBO's 'Silicon Valley'
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Explaining stock buybacks

Apr 9, 2015
Stock buybacks are popular with some, but others say they're a waste of money.
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Why a rising dollar (sometimes) means cheaper oil

Mar 31, 2015
Dollar up, oil down. Why on earth...?
An oil well in North Dakota.
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How a poison pill works

Mar 23, 2015
Want to deter a company from buying you out? Use a poison pill!
People shop in a mall on in New York City. 
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How hostile takeovers work

Mar 10, 2015
Hostile takeovers are all about applying extreme force in the form of cash.
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Explaining deflation: Why falling prices can be bad news

Feb 25, 2015
Falling prices can be great for the economy ... until they turn into deflation.
dictionary definition of deflation
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Herd immunity, explained

Feb 10, 2015
Vaccination only works if most of the population has been inoculated.
Miami Children's Hospital pediatrician Dr. Amanda Porro, M.D prepares to administer a measles vaccination to Sophie Barquin,4, as her mother Gabrielle Barquin holds her during a visit to the Miami Children's Hospital.
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Net neutrality: Whole lot of drama in those two words

Jan 27, 2015
Here's what the term means and why Americans are lobbying the FCC to keep the policy in place.
Protesters rally in support of "net neutrality" outside Federal Communications Commission in Washington, D.C.
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