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Recent Trends in Securities Class Action Litigation: 2014 Full-Year Review

March 27, 2015 Comments off

Recent Trends in Securities Class Action Litigation: 2014 Full-Year Review
Source: NERA Economic Consulting

Securities class action settlement amounts plummeted in 2014 according to new analysis from NERA. In the latest edition of this annual study, Recent Trends in Securities Class Action Litigation: 2014 Full-Year Review, co-authors Dr. Renzo Comolli and Svetlana Starykh examine a wide range of data and draw from more than 20 years of NERA research on case filings and settlements in the US.

Measured by median amount, settlement amounts have been the lowest in 10 years. Measured by average amount, settlements have dropped 38-61 percent, depending on which types of class actions are considered. Moreover, average settlement amounts were actually lower after Halliburton II as compared with the previous part of 2014.

On the other hand, filings of 10b-5 cases increased 14 percent post Halliburton II compared to when the case was before the Court. Filings alleging violations of Rule 10b-5, Section 11, or Section 12 totaled 168 in 2014, an 11 percent increase over 2013 and a 30 percent increase over 2010 (the recent trough).

See also: Trends in Canadian Securities Class Actions: 2014 Update

Education Technology and the Twenty-First-Century Skills Gap

March 26, 2015 Comments off

Education Technology and the Twenty-First-Century Skills Gap
Source: Boston Consulting Group/World Economic Forum

Today’s fast-changing world requires students who not only possess strong skills in areas such as language arts, math, and science but must also be adept at skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, persistence, collaboration, and curiosity. The requisite twenty-first-century skills fall into three broad categories: foundational literacies, competencies, and character qualities.

All too often, however, students in many countries are not acquiring these skills. A study that included nearly 100 countries reveals large gaps in selected indicators for many of these skills. For example, the U.S. performs relatively well on many skills when compared with the entire world. But when compared with high-performing peers such as Japan, Finland, or South Korea, the U.S. shows significant skills gaps in numeracy and scientific literacy. Some countries display gaps between our broad categories of skills. For example, relative to other OECD countries, Poland and Ireland perform well on a range of indicators representing foundational literacies but lag behind other OECD countries in areas such as critical thinking and curiosity. Gaps such as these are clear signs that too many students are not getting the education they must have to prosper in the twenty-first century, and countries are not finding adequate numbers of the skilled workers they need to compete.

Numerous innovations in the education technology space are beginning to show potential for helping address skills gaps. These technologies could both lower the cost and improve the quality of education.

A new report by the World Economic Forum, written in collaboration with The Boston Consulting Group and titled New Vision for Education: Unlocking the Potential of Technology, examines ways that education technology can enhance learning as one tool in a portfolio.

The Net Neutrality Order: It’s Worse Than We Thought

March 25, 2015 Comments off

The Net Neutrality Order: It’s Worse Than We Thought
Source: NERA Economic Consulting

On 12 March 2015, the FCC released its much anticipated Report and Order on Remand, Declaratory Ruling, and Order (Order) that reclassified providers of broadband Internet access service (BIAS) as providers subject to Title II regulation as stipulated in the Telecommunications Act of 1996. In the Order, the FCC took note of a September 2014 NERA White Paper on the economic repercussions of Title II Reclassification. CALinnovates, a California-based technology group, had commissioned the NERA White Paper in submitting its comments to the FCC for the then-pending Order.

On 17 March 2015, Dr. Christian Dippon and Jonathan Falk responded to the FCC’s comments on their paper in “The Net Neutrality Order: It’s Worse Than We Thought.”

The Digital Density Index: Guiding Digital Transformation

March 25, 2015 Comments off

The Digital Density Index: Guiding Digital Transformation
Source: Accenture

Leaders of businesses and countries are being told that “going digital” is the pathway to growth and prosperity. Now they have a new way to understand, measure, and manage digital strategies to drive growth and competitiveness.

New research from Accenture empirically links the adoption and use of digital technologies with quantifiable improvements in productivity that can boost competitiveness and economic growth.

More importantly, it shows where and how to invest in digital technology to achieve results. Using an index that emerged from our research, decision makers can measure and track the “digital density” of economies and industries—that is, the extent to which economies or industries use digital technologies for economic activity. Decision makers can also determine how shifting or emphasizing different indicators can boost economic performance. Doing so is a vital first step for governments looking to take a broader view in fostering the digital transformation of their economies, and for businesses seeking to use digital technologies to drive growth.

Gaming Careers: Gateway to the Middle Class

March 24, 2015 Comments off

Gaming Careers: Gateway to the Middle Class
Source: Oxford Economics/American Gaming Association

This new report produced by Oxford Economics in partnership with the American Gaming association explores how the United States’ casino gaming industry creates jobs and opportunities, promotes educational opportunitites, and supports the middle class.

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Preparing for the inevitable: The path to physician success in a value-based world

March 23, 2015 Comments off

Preparing for the inevitable: The path to physician success in a value-based world
Source: Deloitte

The evolution of the U.S. health care system from volume- to value-based care (VBC) is under way, spurred by unsustainable costs, a push for improved outcomes, and the desire for more value for money spent. While this evolution impacts all health care stakeholders, VBC cannot work without the participation of physicians.

How are physicians faring in the inevitable shift to a value-based world? What resources, capabilities, and skills do they think could help put them on a path to success in VBC?

The Deloitte 2014 Survey of U.S. Physicians examines physicians’ current and expected levels of VBC engagement and what physicians feel they need to be more confident about their participation.

No End to the Perfect Storm Hitting Container Shippers: It’s Time to Transform and Collaborate in Radically New Ways

March 20, 2015 Comments off

No End to the Perfect Storm Hitting Container Shippers: It’s Time to Transform and Collaborate in Radically New Ways
Source: Boston Consulting Group

Container lines must accelerate their internal-transformation efforts and extract more value from their alliances in order to restore profitability, according to a new report by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). The report, titled The Transformation Imperative in Container Shipping: Mastering the Next Big Wave, is being released today.

Drawing on analysis of data from proprietary benchmarking databases and other tools, BCG anticipates continued overcapacity in the container-shipping industry, with no market recovery in sight. Carriers—especially midsize global players—are struggling to generate returns sufficient to cover the cost of capital. Their attempts to turn the situation around by investing in new, ultralarge vessels is creating only temporary competitive advantage. Worse, such moves are accelerating the vicious cycle that initially spawned the excess capacity and low returns plaguing the industry.

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