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 […]

Redefining Property: The Sharing Economy

Redefining Property: The Sharing Economy

From the Multilateral Investment Fund Trends blog The world’s largest taxi company, Uber, doesn’t own a car; the fifth largest lodging company, Airbnb, doesn’t own a room; the biggest social network, Facebook, doesn’t produce content. These platforms allow a massive sharing of resources. Today’s combination of disruptive information technologies and globalization has achieved the death of distance. […]

Strange Bedfellows: Europe’s Innovations, China’s Capital

Strange Bedfellows: Europe’s Innovations, China’s Capital

photo by AK Rockefeller In March 2015, the China-led International University Innovation Alliance Start-up Competition UK held its inaugural session in London, with UK startups pitching innovations specifically to Chinese investors.[1] Sun Wansong, Deputy Director of China’s Investment Promotion Agency of Ministry of Commerce, explained in his opening speech that China is proactively turning itself from […]

The External Debt of the Emerging Market Economies

The External Debt of the Emerging Market Economies

The outflow of money from emerging markets this year will most likely surpass inflows for the first time since 2008, and net capital outflows may total $541 billion according to the Institute of International Finance. The flows have been accompanied by currency depreciations, stock market collapses, and in the case of Brazil, a downgrade in its credit rating […]

Oil Prices and the Future of Petrocaribe

Oil Prices and the Future of Petrocaribe

On June 2005, upon the initiative of late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, the governments of Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Belize, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Venezuela, agreed on the creation of Petrocaribe, a Cooperation Agreement to strengthen energy security in […]

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