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United States

Cuba Policy Exposes Tensions To Come In Trump Presidency

The death of Cuba's Fidel Castro offers an early glimpse at how U.S. President-elect Donald Trump will need to balance his pro-growth economic plans and allegiance to business with the hard-line ca...


Draghi, Yellen And Central Banks In The Age Of Trump


The Sun May Be Setting On Solar Energy Boom

PARIS — Solar has become the new energy El Dorado. With the price of solar panels plummeting, solar energy has developed spectacularly in recent years. Less than 10 years ago, there were only a few...

United Kingdom

Why Black Friday Makes No Sense In Britain

Neither Thanksgiving nor the Friday after is a day off for British workers-shoppers. But there are even more reasons that the imported retail ritual is pointless.


In Japan, A Troubling Link Between Samurai Spirit And Workaholics

A stressful Japanese work culture is deeply ingrained in the country's mindset, with historical roots and very modern health risks.


Serious Risks Of Trump Presidency For The Asian Economy

HONG KONG — Just when China's economy


China’s Growing Companies Need Maturity, Not Just Money

Chinese business leaders should learn lessons from Japanese firms' spending sprees of the 1980s and 1990s.


China, From Shrinking Exports To Currency Devaluation

-Analysis- BEIJING — The numbers are decidely mixed. Year-on-year, China's exports fell in September by 10%, which was a 0.5% further drop over August. Meanwh...

United Kingdom

Political Intrusion, The Eternal Poison For Central Banks

LONDON — In most of the developed world, central banks are free to set monetary policy without the interference of those who depend on voters for their employment. That independ...


Why Energy-Rich Bolivia Is Mired In Economic Crisis

Like other Latin American countries, Bolivia has squandered commodity revenue and failed to make the hard reforms necessary to bolster the economy for the long haul.


"Upcycling" — Turning Trash Into Products To Create Zero Waste

PARIS — Can we one day live in a world where there's zero trash? A German chemist named Michael Braungart believes it is possible. He encourages companies to put a com...


How Agribusiness And Corruption Swallow Small Farmers In Russia

Millions of Russians were given plots of land when the former USSR collapsed. Now, as land rises in value, small farmers are the targets of intimidation of powerful forces.


Will Algorithms Make Financial Advisers Obsolete?

Financial advice from computers could help private investors make more rational, efficient and profitable decisions. But even if a human element is irreplaceable, the humans in the industry must ad...

United Kingdom

No Post-Brexit Vote Apocalypse For UK Economy — Yet?

PARIS — So far, so good. The collapse of the British economy predicted by the former Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, in a case of a


Legal Services Go “Uber” In France

PARIS — Technology is changing the way people secure legal services, turning clients into "consumers" by allowing them to bypass traditional law firms. Need help drafting that s...


Juncker's Irony, EU Leads Fight Against Tax Evasion As Apple Gets Hit

The EU Commission is taking a tough stance on tax evasion, as shown with the 13 billion euro bill leveled at Apple.

United States

How Robert McNamara And The Whiz Kids Invented Big Data

History mostly knows him as the disgraced architect of the Vietnam War, but McNamara first made his mark in the corporate world with his mastery of numbers before it was as fashionable as it is today.


Cuba Embraces Free Market, China-Style

Whatever the hopes for Cuba, the country's regime seems keen to follow the profit model for the economy to shore up its political grip. Just like China and Russia.


Can Latin America's Economy Rebound? Keep An Eye On Brazil

Capital flows back into Latin America suggest Brazil's economic free fall may have stopped.


Why The Internet Giants Can't Crack The Chinese Market

No, it's mostly not about censorship ...


Is The Big Mac Index Obsolete?

Japan's Nomura company thinks technology prices tell us more about currency comparisons than fast food.


Darknet, Inside An Illicit German Weapons Ring On The Internet

Criminals of the 21st century do not have to go to clubs to sell their drugs or drive across the border to buy their weapons. They only have to smuggle malware onto someone's computer or sell their...