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a Greek American engineer, physician, and entrepreneur best known for being founder and chairman of the X Prize Foundation, co-founder and executive chairman of Singularity University and coauthor of The New York Times bestsellers Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think and BOLD: How to Go Big, Create Wealth, and Impact the World. He is former CEO and cofounder of the Zero Gravity Corporation, cofounder and vice chairman of Space Adventures Ltd., founder and chairman of the Rocket Racing League, cofounder of the International Space University, cofounder of Planetary Resources, founder of Students for the Exploration and Development of Space, vice chairman and cofounder of Human Longevity, Inc.
Here is an email sent to me with encouraging news on the Coronavirus pandemic. This information is entirely Dr. Diamandis’ content sent to me and I thought it to be of interest to the visitors / readers of the Business Thinker, LLC .
How about some good news for a change?
There have been A LOT of facts going around regarding COVID-19, and a flurry of “positive news” items to lift our spirits.
Here are a number of major victories from the Pandemic line. I’ve had my team fact-check these wins with links you can follow up on.
Continue reading Some Good News About The COVID-19 Pandemic
|Dr. Periklis Gogas
Professor, Dr. Periklis Gogas
Anna Agrapetidou, Ph.D. Candidate
|Professor, Dr. Theophilos Papadimitriou,
Department of Economics
DEMOCRITUS UNIVERSITY OF THRACE
The health and stability of the banking sector is crucial in modern economies. Failures of systemically important financial institutions and generalized distress in even less significant banks can propagate to the whole sector very fast. These issues of distress, if not addressed swiftly and directly by the regulators (usually the central banks to associated specialized entities) may lead to wide-spread full economic crises and even international financial crises.
The U.S. banking sector
From 2000 to 2018 the total number of banking institutions in the U.S. decreased from 9,904 to 5,406 (more than 40%). This significant decline was the result of: a) an increased number of bank failures (more than 500 banks went bankrupt), b) a lack of new financial institutions entering the U.S. banking sector and c) a consolidation process through mergers and acquisitions. The financial crisis of 2007 highlighted the systemic effects of a banking crisis propagated in national (to other sectors of the U.S. economy) and international level (to other national economies around the world). Moreover, it raised serious concerns on the appropriate regulatory policies in effect and led to significant supervisory and regulatory reforms in an international scale (the Dodd-Frank Act and Basel III). Banking institutions are supervised, and their performance is monitored and evaluated by regulatory authorities through i) periodic stress testing, ii) the imposition of minimum capital requirements (Basel III), and iii) the implementation of prompt mandatory corrective actions when their financial position deteriorates significantly.
Continue reading Artificial Intelligence in Banking
Dr. John Psarouthakis
On the Power Distance dimension-Confucian Ethics
This is a short summary of a report of research conducted by
JP Management Center, LLC.
Chinese society is seen by the Chinese as composed of people who are inherently unequal in rank and standing, and differences in rank are signaled and reinforced by the style of the interaction between the parties involved. As a visiting foreign business professional, you will be respected and shown deference, and in turn you will be expected to show deference and formality, especially in your relationships with Chinese who are superior in rank to you within their own organizations.
Continue reading Chinese Cultural Values