Real Depreciation in Brazil

Real Depreciation in Brazil

photo: Justin Kiner What a difference a year makes! For visitors to Brazil, a steak lunch in a top restaurant would have cost USD $120 per capita in October 2014 (not including caipirinhas or wine). Today the same meal costs roughly USD $65. The Brazilian real has experienced one of the most dramatic depreciations among currencies […]

Tackling Corporate Raiding in Ukraine

Tackling Corporate Raiding in Ukraine

photo: dmytrok Ukraine, together with Syria, are today’s geopolitical hotspots, where battles of influence between Russia and the West have been raging for years. Almost 2 years ago, Ukrainians opted for the Western path of development, following the‘Euromaidan’ protests that ousted the ruling Yanukovych government. Since turning away from Russia at this pivotal moment, Ukraine has […]

Toward Asia-Pacific Free Trade

While the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership has potential to split Asia Pacific, it could be used as a foundation for truly free trade, along with other free trade plans in the region. Recently, the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement has been greeted with great fanfare by the U.S. foreign policy elite and mainstream media. In typical […]

Germany Is Not Volkswagen, but the Wake up Call Should Not Be Ignored

Germany Is Not Volkswagen, but the Wake up Call Should Not Be Ignored

photo by: Adam Clarke Dalia Marin recently published a Project Syndicate column titled “Germany is not Volkswagen”, which basically tries to portray the fraud by Volkswagen that was recently uncovered by the US authorities as an isolated case and stress the strength of the German manufacturing culture. Germany is not Volkswagen, indeed. BMW, for example, passed […]

Bailouts Lead to Weaker Economies

Bailouts Lead to Weaker Economies

photo: Bridget Coila Government bailouts of banks may have made Europe’s fragile economic stability worse rather than better, according to new large-scale research. In addition, a widespread expectation of government support makes banks more vulnerable to collapse. The research, led by Dr Renatas Kizys, an economist at the University of Portsmouth, is the first to suggest […]

New Five-Year Plan to Promote Reforms, Consumption

New Five-Year Plan to Promote Reforms, Consumption

photo: Thomas Depenbusch As China’s growth is decelerating, Chinese purchasing power is accelerating. The next five-year plan will boost the change. Only a few years ago, China still enjoyed double-digit growth. According to third-quarter data, the Chinese economy grew 6.9 percent year-on-year. As a result, some observers have concluded that the Chinese economy is in trouble, Chinese […]

Will the Renminbi Take Over the US Dollar?

photo: 401(K) 2012 Every year I choose a book that deals with an important aspect of globalization, and award it the Globalization Book of the Year, also known as the “Globie.” Unfortunately, there is no cash prize to go along with it, so recognition is the sole award. Previous winners can be found here and here. The winner […]

C-Suite and Beyond: Chile Sets the Trend for Women

C-Suite and Beyond: Chile Sets the Trend for Women

From the Multilateral Investment Fund Trends blog  If women make up half of the population and almost half of professionals in Latin America and the Caribbean, why are not more women represented in senior management positions in businesses in the region? A study recently published by McKinsey & Co., Women in the Workplace 2015, estimated that in […]

What Joint Ventures Can Do for Africa

What Joint Ventures Can Do for Africa

photo: jbdodane While the world’s attention has been fixed on economic crises in America, Europe, and Asia for most of the past decade, Africa has quietly emerged as one of the planet’s main economic engines. Although the past several years have proven extremely fruitful for foreign investment, Africa’s rapidly growing economies have also seen financial outflows […]

Equal Potential, Unequal Paths: Gender Gaps & Entrepreneurial Success

Equal Potential, Unequal Paths: Gender Gaps & Entrepreneurial Success

photo: Entrepreneurial Finance Lab At the annual summit of the Global Banking Alliance for Women (GBA) that took place from September 29th through October 1st, it is was evident that we’ve learned much over the past few years on how to fashion effective approaches to help women entrepreneurs. GBA is a group of financial institutions, […]

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