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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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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

Brexit and the Banks: Fight or Flight?

April 9, 2017 • FINANCE & BANKING, Governance & Regulation, Special Focus on BrexitComments (0)

By Barbara Casu This article discusses the key implications of Brexit for the UK financial services industry, looking at the differences between: membership vs. access; passporting rights vs. equivalence principle; customs union vs. free trade agreement.

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

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

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

Tourism and the Modern World

March 28, 2017 • CULTURE & LIFESTYLE, Editor’s Choice, In-depth, World DevelopmentComments (0)

By Eric G. E. Zuelow Tourism is among the largest industries in the world and many people assume that humans engaged in leisure travel from earliest times. In reality, tourism emerged much more recently. It developed as a product of modernisation but also

Changing Tides in International Trade

March 28, 2017 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, EMERGING TRENDS, Frontier Markets, International Relations, Asia - PacificComments (0)

By Victor Andres Manhit Although trade has played an important role in advancing economic growth, it has since lost its dynamism. Asian economies, however, have continued to liberalise its markets. Asia will now serve as the backbone of stability amidst the

Pentagon Wars and US Hegemony at the Root of Instability and Dislocation

March 25, 2017 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, World Politics, International RelationsComments (0)

By Abayomi Azikiwe Pentagon wars and capitalist exploitation at the root of instability and dislocation. Members of the United States government spoke in Germany at the Munich Security Conference (MSC) held from February 17-19 in an effort to assuage growing

SADC Region Seeks to Accelerate Industrialization amid Challenges in Mining and Energy

March 20, 2017 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, Middle East & Africa, World DevelopmentComments (0)

By Abayomi Azikiwe Swaziland summit discusses economic crises in the sub-continent The Republic of South Africa, the most industrialized state in the region, is still undergoing an economic recession. King Mswati III emphasised the necessity for regional