Trends and decisions affecting your wallet.
First state-licensed marijuana retailers to open Jan. 1 in Colorado
Operators of the first eight marijuana retailers in Denver are anticipating a surge in demand on Wednesday morning.
The top 10 most-read GlobalPost stories in 2013 prove you hate America, among other things
You also like weed. And you really can't believe how much pollution there is in China.
The world in 2014: Balancing the rebalancing act
Analysis: Global risk is lurking for Joe CEO.
The 2013 Currency of the Year
Bitcoin is the Best Currency of 2013 because it kind of took over the world.
2014: A year of electoral fireworks
A big year ahead for Dilma, Modi, Jokowi and Barry, too.
EU seeks to overcome banking disunion
Decision on common bank rules seen as the most important since launching the euro.
The most expensive place for expats? You'll never guess
Not Tokyo. Not London. Think south, and left.
The US can learn something about minimum wage from the rest of the world
Los Angeles will raise its minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2020. The United States' federal minimum wage is $7.25. Mexico's is $5. Per day.
EU nations agree rules on bank bailouts
EU nations agreed new rules for bank bailouts or "bail-ins" late Wednesday, to save taxpayers from paying for the rescue of ailing financial institutions.
Spain hopes to export its way out of recession
Overseas sales are surging, but recovery could take years.
WTO approves global trade deal for first time in two decades
The new deal, approved by 160 nations in Bali, could potentially boost the world economy by as much as $1 trillion.
Don't fear the global economic jargon. We've got you covered
Here’s the latest need-to-know from Wall Street, from tapering to the Volcker Rule and beyond. In plain English.
US jobless rate hits a five-year low
Unemployment in the US has fallen to 7 percent, a five-year low, according to figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Biden time in Asia
Commentary: China is the looming superpower, but with a tradition of taking the long view.
Turns out almost 70 percent of the world's nations are seriously corrupt
Transparency International's new Corruption Perceptions Index is out, and it doesn't look good. Here are the winners and losers.
What's the best airport to be stuck in?
Well that depends what you're into.
Dubai wins Expo 2020, first Middle Eastern nation to host event (VIDEO)
Dubai projects 277 jobs and $22.9 billion worth of revenue from hosting the event, which is organized around a theme of “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future.”
If you think US debt is bad, consider China
Provincial governments have been spending like mad, all on borrowed money.
New Zealand's government sides with Texas oil giant, Anadarko, bans protests around its oil rig
Earlier this year, multinational oil companies convinced lawmakers to restrict demonstrators who oppose oil drilling surrounding the island nation.
Why Israel and Saudi Arabia really hate the Iran deal
Analysis: Israeli and Saudi condemnation of the current first steps on the agreement with Iran goes beyond cynicism.
Jellin’ for Yellen
Analysis: In emerging markets, Bernanke’s replacement atop the Fed is seen as a reprieve — for now.
A boom in floating vacations is presenting a dilemma for coastal communities around the world.
The world's food supply depends on Morocco. Here's why
If hostilities renew between Morocco and Western Sahara rebels, production of a key mineral used in fertilizer would stall. Farmers on every continent could feel the pain.
Oil prices rise after Iran nuclear talks stall
Oil prices rose in Asian trade Monday after talks aimed at convincing Iran to halt its disputed nuclear programme ended without agreement.
America is losing its allure
Analysis: A disturbing new trend suggests foreign investors may be falling out of love with the US economy.
Meth seizures hit record high in Asia in 2012
The United Nations reports that seizures of crystal meth and methamphetamine pills hit a record high in 2012.
Attention shifts from Gaza, but silence won’t make this disaster disappear
Commentary: As aid is diverted to Syria, Gaza is known for little more than terrorists and tunnels.
5 things Rouhani can do to show Iran is serious about rapprochement
Commentary: Despite a show of courtesy, President Hassan Rouhani gives no sign of moderating Iran’s ideology.
Improving nature’s 'living infrastructure' can limit the impact of big storms
Commentary: The increasing threat of catastrophic storms coincides with an era of global austerity. But investment in coastal ecosystems will reduce risks.
Food shortage in Zimbabwe: 'We have a crisis here'
Drought and a surge in supply costs have rural Zimbabweans competing for food.
US prosperity ranked below Canada's and Australia's: Legatum Institute
But the think-tank's annual prosperity index indicates the situation may improve.