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December 11, 2017
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Proposed merger would create biggest hospital chain in US
Proposed merger would create biggest hospital chain in US
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Two nonprofit Catholic hospital chains, Ascension Health and Providence St. Joseph Health, are discussing a possible merger that would create the biggest hospital system in the US, people familiar with the talks said. Together, the two institutions have 191 hospitals in 27 states and $44.8 billion in annual revenue.
Reuters (12/10),  The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (12/10) 
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Get ready for higher interest rates, economists warn
Get ready for higher interest rates, economists warn
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Wall Street economists are advising investors to prepare for the sharpest increase in interest rates since 2006. Next year, interest rates are set to rise to at least 1% in advanced economies, economists say.
Bloomberg (free registration) (12/11) 
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John Dacey to become CFO of Swiss Re
Dacey will replace David Cole, who is stepping down after four years in the position.
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Airline menus offer a side of sound
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Food tastes differently in flight, so airlines such as Finnair and British Airways have adapted their offerings to align with the sounds passengers experience. Research has shown airplane noise boosts savory tastes, such as tomato juice, while dulling sweet flavors.
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Without US leadership for a positive agenda, there is a clear risk that energies of [World Trade Organization] members could dissipate across the fragmented set of issues and that few policy proposals will advance to conclusion.
Douglas Lippoldt, chief trade economist at HSBC, as quoted by Bloomberg
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