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The UK’s first Bitcoin ATM
Buying coffee and scones with cryptocurrency: A coffee shop in London opened the country’s first Bitcoin ATM.
The world’s most expensive stamp
Auctioned off at a record-breaking price of $9.48 million, the British Guiana remains the envy of stamp collectors around the world.
The Importance of Picking the Right Investor with Carl Showalter
Chris McKnett: The investment logic for sustainability
Sustainability is pretty clearly one of the world’s most important goals; but what groups can really make environmental progress in leaps and bounds? Chris McKnett makes the case that it’s large institutional investors. He shows how strong financial data isn’t enough, and reveals why investors need to look at a company’s environmental, social and governance structures, too.
Chris McKnett helps institutional investors put money toward sustainable and socially-forward assets.
WHY YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO HIM?
At State Street Global Advisors, Chris McKnett thinks deeply about how large investors, like banks, pension funds and endowments, can put their money in the right places — not just for better business, but for a better world. In his role as the head of State Street Global Advisors’ Environmental, Social and Governance Investing (ESG), McKnett develops sustainable-strategic products and integrates sustainability thinking directly into the investment process.
Luke Syson: How I learned to stop worrying and love “useless” art
Luke Syson was a curator of Renaissance art, of transcendent paintings of saints and solemn Italian ladies — serious art. And then he changed jobs, and inherited the Met’s collection of ceramics — pretty, frilly, “useless” candlesticks and vases. He didn’t like it. He didn’t get it. Until one day….
As a curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Luke Syson accesses the richness of European history through sculpture.
WHY YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO HIM?
Luke Syson joined the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2012 as the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Curator in Charge of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts. This year, he co-curated the small but innovative exhibition “Plain or Fancy? Restraint and Exuberance in the Decorative Arts.” Before joining the Met Syson was Curator of Italian Painting before 1500 and Head of Research at the National Gallery, London. While at the National Gallery, he was curator of the exhibition “Renaissance Siena: Art for a City,” and in 2011 he organized the groundbreaking “Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan.”
Syson was also one of the curators who organized the acclaimed Enlightenment Gallery at The British Museum and was part of the team that planned the new galleries for Medieval and Renaissance Art at the Victoria & Albert Museum.
Black Gold The Secrets of Oil
The more you own, the more you know you don’t own – Aristotle Onassis
The next gold? Diamonds lure investors
Gemstones and jewelry are fetching record prices at auctions, while gold falls and stocks remain volatile. The combination is boosting the appetite for diamonds as investments.