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The Philippine Peso Squeeze      

April 19, 2017 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, Asia - Pacific, Dan Steinbock, Special Feature on Duterte and the PhilippinesComments (0)

By Dan Steinbock In the first quarter, the Philippine peso depreciated against the US dollar. Internationally, this was attributed to President Duterte’s policies. In reality, it has a lot to do with the expected US rate hikes. But there is a reason why misguided geopolitics now overshadows Philippines.   In the recent quarter, the Philippine

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Syria – Trump may just have started WWIII

April 12, 2017 • Middle East & AfricaComments (0)

By Peter Koenig The conflict in Syria continues to haunt not only the media but also the minds and hearts of people who have witnessed the horrendous effects of the recent chemical attack on Syrian ground. Peter Koenig bravely calls to the world, “People

The Trump-Xi Summit Paves the Way to New Realism in US-Chinese Trade

April 12, 2017 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, World Politics, International Relations, Americas, China, Dan SteinbockComments (0)

By Dan Steinbock                  Despite preliminary pessimism, the Trump-Xi Summit showed greater trade pragmatism than initially expected, even though it was overshadowed by a raw display of US military power.   President Donald

Trade is Slowing Down: What Does This Imply for Globalisation and Public Policy?

April 9, 2017 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, EMERGING TRENDS, Editor’s ChoiceComments (0)

By Danny Leipziger The phenomenon of slower world trade growth coincides with new protectionist sentiment and challenges to the view that globalisation is welfare-enhancing, fair, and consistent with national economic objectives. Public policy will need to

Return of Sovereign France

April 9, 2017 • World Politics, Editor’s Choice, In-depth, Dan Steinbock, EuropeComments (0)

By Dan Steinbock In France, President Hollande’s utter failure to foster broad consensus for structural reforms has paved the way for a contested election. While public debate focuses on Emmanuel Macron as the saviour of France, the real story is that

Salespeople: A Canary in the Economic Coal Mine

April 9, 2017 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, BUSINESS & INNOVATIONComments (0)

By Ben Laker and Nicholas Read Since 2008, sales performance was restored to a modicum of health. But the metrics are starting to backtrack again. Solving the problem requires a reboot of interdependencies across a wide gamut of sales, marketing, support,

Why Trump’s Anti-Globalisation Agenda is Bad for America

April 9, 2017 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, EMERGING TRENDS, Capitalism in the 21st Century, Americas, On US Election 2016Comments (0)

By Devashish Mitra The Trump administration has been capitalising on the “dark-side of globalisation”. However, Devashish Mitra advances that an anti-globalisation campaign might not be the best for the United States. The article is both a critique to

China Down: The Weight of the Past on China’s Struggle for Development

April 5, 2017 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, ChinaComments (0)

By Richard Westra Dr. Richard Westra historically contextualises China’s 21st century meteoric growth in terms of its post World War II socialist development and the particular modalities of the post 1978 market reform process. It is argued that no state

What Does the New US Administration Mean for Business?

March 28, 2017 • Editor’s Choice, Americas, On US Election 2016Comments (0)

By William Hobbs, Head of Investment Strategy, UK and Europe, Barclays How much of this new US administration’s often fluid and sometimes contradictory agenda should we assume makes it through to policy? How powerful is the POTUS? We look at some of the

Currency Depreciation Can Save an Economy in Crisis

March 28, 2017 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, FINANCE & BANKING, Global Capital MarketsComments (0)

By Ivan Illán Amongst political and business leadership, there’s a popular bias that domestic currency depreciation and/or devaluation is negative for a nation’s economy. Instead, downward currency movements present a positive GDP benefit due to