Economy Seen Posting Best Performance in Four Years: U.K. Credit

The UK economy probably expanded
at its fastest pace in four years in the first quarter as the
Bank of England maintained record-low interest rates to cement
the recovery.
Gross domestic product rose 0.9 percent, up from 0.7
percent in the final three months of 2013, according to the
median of 39 estimates in a Bloomberg News survey. It would be
the strongest performance since the second quarter of 2010.
The rebound has put Britain on course to be the fastest-growing Group of Seven nation this year, fueling speculation

Co-signed loans flunk your credit

That’s because co-signing can hurt your credit if the borrower defaults, and leaves you stuck repaying someone else’s debt. But a new report from the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau finds that getting a parent or grandparent to co-sign a school loan can also get responsible student borrowers in trouble.Go it alone on loans

Yip: New red flag on risky credit card users

As if you really need it, here's another reason not to carry a balance on your credit card.Credit bureaus have started using "time series payment data" -- basically a record of your payments over the past several years -- that potentially could raise a red flag with lenders."Traditionally, credit card accounts on credit reports have contained balance information only as recent as your prior month's statement," said John Ulzheimer, a credit expert, who's president of consumer education at CreditSesame.com."The addition of time series payment data to credit reports now allows for the reportin

TMZ slam-dunks Clippers owner: Gossip site exposed racist rant

The website broke one of its biggest stories over the weekend, a stunning racist rant by the owner of the LA Clippers that has created a crisis for the NBA and even drew negative comment from President Obama.

The audiotape shows Sterling, who owns a team that employs African-American stars, urging his now-former girlfriend not to bring blacks to the games, not to be seen with blacks, and not to post pictures of herself with blacks such as Magic Johnson. This is a particularly virulent form of racism.

Here's the Instagram shot that prompted the tirade.

Top Five Men's Style Trends For Spring 2014

Formality takes a back seat this season where men's fashion is concern. Yes there were suits on the runway, but these were mostly paired with slouchy t-shirts, even at the most luxurious of houses like Hermes. Call it the Relaxed Formal, a way of injecting a bit of freedom to strict dress codes. Go ahead and wear your double-breasted suit with a relaxed tee. While you're at it, leave the buttons open for a truly nonchalant approach.

Private Investors Seen Curbing Local Debt Blowout: China Credit

Premier Li Keqiang's invitation for
private investors to help finance railways, ports and waterworks
will help curb a blowout in regional debt, supporting a rally in
local-government financing vehicle bonds.
China will open up bidding for 80 projects in industries
now dominated by the state, according to an April 23 government
statement citing a meeting chaired by Li. The yield on 2017
notes of Chifeng City Infrastructure Investment amp; Development
Co., a road-building LGFV in Inner Mongolia, fell 124 basis

10 Mind-blowing Food Trends Already Dominating 2014

Quite a few new food trends have made the news over the last year. Between deep-frying your spam into fries and shot glasses made from chocolate chip cookies, this is truly a time to enjoy food. Our friends over at PopSugar compiled a list of 10 of the top mouthwatering food items you absolutely need to try. We couldnt agree more with the list.10. The Monkey Style BurgerAnimal Style Fries stuffed into your In-N-Out burger. A Monkey Style Burger is loaded with gooey gooey deliciousness and totally real.

Unhealthy Trends in Nation Beg for Conservative Leadership

A new, sweeping demographic snapshot of the United States, "The Next America," has been produced by the Pew Research Center.

The data and graphs present a stunning picture of how dramatically the United States has changed and how dramatically it will continue to change.

The big themes that one walks away with is that America is getting older, less white, less religious, less traditional, and less patriotic. These trends suggest big questions regarding the future of the country and what the implications are regarding our politics and public policy.

Toyota to move U.S. headquarters to Plano, sources say

Worldwide automotive giant Toyota plans to move a significant portion of its US headquarters from California to West Plano.The company is negotiating to buy an office site in Legacy business park, where it would locate more than 4,000 workers.The manufacturer has been in talks for months with property owners and developers in Plano, real estate brokers familiar with the project say.Toyota plans to seek incentives from Plano and Texas for the move, which is scheduled to be announced Monday.Plano officials "could not confirm anything regarding Toyota," city spokesman Steve Stoller said.Plano

How To Embrace The Season's Colour And Interiors Trends So They Don't Go ...

Just like the catwalks influence what we wear season after season (don't think so? Just listen to Meryl-Streep-as-Miranda-Priestly opining on the 'lumpy blue sweater' Anna Hathaway's wearing in The Devil Wears Prada and you'll know what we're talking about), they also influence how we live, with designers' colour palettes and pattern choices trickling down into our interiors and home decor style.

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