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Finance and Investment
China’s Gravity-defying Economy: How Hard Will It Fall?

As China’s high-octane economy shifts into lower gear, virtually everyone agrees that the double-digit, super-charged boom years are drawing to a close. Speculation over the possibility of a so-called “hard landing” for the country flourishes with each boom and bust cycle, only to die down as China’s growth revs up again. This time, however, both external and internal factors are reinforcing the downturn, and experts warn that without some painful reforms, there will be worse trouble to come.

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Human Resources
Why External Hires Get Paid More, and Perform Worse, than Internal Staff

Here is some research sure to rankle every employee who has applied for an internal promotion and been passed over in favor of someone brought in from the outside. According to Wharton management professor Matthew Bidwell, “external hires” get significantly lower performance evaluations for their first two years on the job than do internal workers who are promoted into similar jobs. They also have higher exit rates, and they are paid “substantially more.” His research is presented in a paper titled, “Paying More to Get Less: The Effects of External Hiring versus Internal Mobility.”

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Finance and Investment
The End of the 30-year Bond Bull Market?

Is the great 30-year bull market in bonds coming to an end? Yes, perhaps — or maybe not: It depends on whom you ask and how flexible your timing is. While many people think of bonds as conservative holdings, they have produced stellar returns for decades, thanks to the taming of inflation and other factors. But some experts say economic recovery could now reverse the process by driving interest rates higher, causing bond prices to fall.

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