Analysts Give Average Recommendation of "Strong Buy" to Huron Consulting …

Huron Consulting Group (NASDAQ:HURN) has received a consensus broker rating score of 1.00 (Strong Buy) from the six analysts that cover the company, Zacks Investment Research reports. Six analysts have rated the stock with a strong buy rating.

Brokerages have set a 1-year consensus price target of $78.80 for the company and are predicting that the company will post $0.63 earnings per share for the current quarter, according to Zacks. Zacks has also assigned Huron Consulting Group an industry rank of 62 out of 265 based on the ratings given to its competitors.

Several analysts have recently commented on the stock. Analysts at William Blair reiterated an outperform rating on shares...

Many Women Sacrifice Retirement Savings to Care for Family

Most Americans are not faring well when it comes to retirement savings. Roughly 66% of working households miss conservative retirement savings targets for their age and income, according to the National Institute on Retirement Security.  And when taking a closer view of the retirement outlook for women, the situation doesn’t look rosy.

A recent study conducted by Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies analyzed the retirement prospects among women in the United States. The results show that many women are not ready for what lies ahead. About 54% of the 2,172 women surveyed say they plan to retire after the age 65 or not at all. What is even more troubling is that 64% of female...

The Case For Not Currency Hedging Foreign Equity Investments: GMO

The Case for Not Currency Hedging Foreign Equity Investments: A US Investor’s Perspective by Catherine LeGraw. GMO.
Executive Summary

Investors often ask about GMO’s approach to currency hedging, even more so recently as the US dollar has strengthened. We hedge currency for fixed income investments as they represent a nominal stream of cash flows in the local currency, but we do not typically hedge currency for equity investments. In the age of globalization, most companies have multi-currency costs and revenues; shorting the local currency on top of the equity investment does not hedge an exposure, but rather adds new risks to the investment. Therefore, as a rule we do not hedge...

Demanding Divestment Of Fossil-Fuel Investments, Protesters Block Harvard …

Students and climate change activists will gather in Harvard Yard in Cambridge all this week, demanding that nations oldest — and the worlds wealthiest — university drop its stocks in fossil fuel companies. Hundreds of alumni and dozens of students say theyre willing to be arrested.

Beginning Sunday night, the student-led group Divest Harvard is planning to block Massachusetts Hall, preventing President Drew Faust from entering her office.

Organizers say they wont move until Faust commits to divest the universitys $36-billion-dollar endowment from top fossil fuel companies, such as Exxon Mobil, and Chevron.

The week of protests commenced Sunday evening at the First...

Sustainable cotton in China


China is now the worlds largest producer, importer and consumer of cotton, holding around 58% of the worlds total stockpile of the raw material (International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC)). Since Chinas accession to the World Trade Organization in 2001, its textile and apparel exports have grown by 50% and the nation has doubled its share of global exports in less than a decade, to around 25% (Global Trade Analysis Project).

However, in a story that we see repeated for an increasing number of commodities across Asia, (see the CSR Asia paper Inclusive business in Asia. A case study...

Resolving Zimbabwe’s Debt Crisis

Another consequence of high public debt is the crowding-out effect. High debt service payments put great pressure on budgets, leading to rising fiscal deficits in the highly indebted countries. The stiff demand of high debt service payments on the budget results in forced reductions in public spending, thus crowding out spending on education and health care. Servicing of external debt also crowds out domestic investment.

Multilateral institutions and creditor countries have come up with several debt management initiatives. In 1987, the Venice terms were introduced for the poorest countries that were undertaking adjustments.

Several countries benefited from this rescheduling arrangement,...

Re-assessing US Trade Policy on the Eve of the TPA Debate

With the anticipated introduction in Congress this week of legislation that would give President Obama the authority to conclude massive regional trade agreements in Asia and Europe, the issue of trade and its impact on the American economy is about to take center stage in Washington.  To help shine some light on the issues at stake, we have substantially updated and revised, and are re-releasing today, the Renewing America infographic Scorecard and Progress Report on US Trade and Investment Policy.

This report, like others in the series on education, corporate taxes, worker retraining and other issues, is intended to assess how the United States is doing against its peer competitors...

China’s startups can now raise investment from the crowd on JD’s new equity …

JD, Chinas second-biggest ecommerce company, announced today it is launching an equity crowdfunding platform. As opposed to traditional rewards-based crowdfunding, like Kickstarter or Indiegogo, backers of projects on JD Equity Crowdfunding will actually be able to buy a slice of equity in the company theyre supporting.

As of press time, nearly 20,000 investors have signed up.

The new site expands the range of offerings from JD Crowdfunding, which has become the biggest site in China for crowdfunding gadgets since rival platform Demohour pivoted to pre-sales. It falls under the JD Finance umbrella, which includes small loans for its merchants, insurance, and credit lines...

March Madness Makes Millions For Burgeoning Collegiate Licensing Business

The three weeks of the NCAA Tournament are estimated to generate $10 million in licensing revenue, with a peak inMarch Madness centered around the Final Four. The $10 millionestimate has been provided by the Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC),which works withnearly 200 schools, including Final Four participants Duke and Wisconsin, by promoting, protecting and growing the schools’ brands. It demonstrates that there is a lot for the institutions to gain outside of the obvious thrill of competing in the NCAA Tournamentandmaking the Final Four.

March Madness is the apex of a burgeoning collegiate licensing business that accounted for $4.6 billion in retail sales in 2013-14. According...

For millions, retirement savings reality fails to match plans

You know you should be putting money away for retirement but there are bills to pay. Incomes have been stagnant since the financial crisis but costs have continued to climb.

Gasoline prices may seem relatively low now but between 2011 and 2014 the average US price at the pump fluctuated between $3.50 and $4.00 a gallon. Rents have been steadily climbing since 2009.

Significant disconnect

So its little wonder that a new study by financial service firm Edward Jones uncovered a rather significant disconnect between what people say they plan to save for retirement and what they actually save.

Young consumers in the survey between ages 18 and 34 said they know they need...