business / finance

United States

Why Amazon's Runaway Growth Doesn't Sit Well With Seattle

SEATTLE — Strolling through the bustling construction zone of Amazon’s urban campus in Seattle, you instantly recognize the charm offensive the company has aimed at its hometown. "Banistas" at two ...

China

China Speeds Toward A Cashless Economy

BEIJING — Two events this spring, seemingly unrelated, together offer a snapshot of where China has arrived in finance-related technology, commonly referred to as "fintech." On April 17, the Bank ...

United States

How "Standard" Pricing Became A Thing Of The Past

NEW YORK CITY — The 19th-century French sociologist Gabriel Tarde defined the marketplace as a war between buyers and sellers. He called price "a truce" obtained by haggling. It was because of ...

United States

Ag-Tech Accelerator? How Trump Is Pushing Farmers To Silicon Valley

President Trump's hard line on immigration is spurring a surge of high-tech investment, as fa...

France

France's Future, Rural Heartland Struggles To Reinvent Itself

Ahead of the high stakes of next week's French presidential election, a visit to "la France p...

United States

Deconstructing The Crisis Of The American Middle Class

NEW YORK — If you're a middle-class American baby boomer or Gen Xer, you might have spent much of the past decade wondering what went wrong. If you're a boomer, there's a good chance you're still ...

Egypt

Delivering Amazon To The Middle East

CAIRO — Amazon announced this week that it had acquired Souq.com, the major e-commerce website in the Middle East, in a deal that has long been speculated over and whose final value came in at ...

China

Traditional Chinese Medicine? 100% Made In Japan

More and more Japanese, South Korean and other foreign manufacturers of TCM are not even using Ch...

Mexico

If Trump Kills NAFTA, "Modern Mexico" May End Up Dead Too

For the ordinary Mexican, the free-trade agreement has been a chance to build a modern country ba...

France

How To Stop Trump From Creating The World's Biggest Tax Haven

With its new president, the United States may now become a massive new fiscal haven for global co...

France

Middle East, Of Political Dead-Ends And Scientific Hopes

-Analysis- Will the world's oldest conflict ever be resolved? There have been a few fleeting occasions over the past 25 years when both Israelis and Palestinians appeared eager to negotiate, ...

United States

Hedge Funds v. Silicon Valley, The Battle For Quant Talent

Talent is distributed around the globe, opportunity is not. Visit to a finance-sponsored "datatho...

Switzerland

Beards, Windows, Chinese Migrants: A History Of Bizarre Taxes

Hipsters beware: beards have been on the list of unusual taxes.

Luxembourg

How Luxembourg Could Cash In On Brexit

The tiny European country has improved its position as a post-Brexit business destination by refo...

Netherlands

Universal Basic Income, 5 Experiments From Around The World

Imagine receiving a check from the government every month. The concept of guaranteed basic income for all citizens has been gaining prominence around the world, leading to referendums and national ...

United States

Uber Ugliness, From San Francisco To Sao Paulo

Uber is a company built around maximizing customer service and experience — sometimes at any cost. Critics note that the price is paid by those providing the labor, the army of modestly paid ...

Greece

Euro Crisis Redux: Greek Austerity And Collective Depression

ELEFSINA — Greece must repay 7 billion euros of debt by July. But, as has been the case since 2011, the country will not be able to honor its debt without first receiving the credit promised by ...

China

China Eyes Latin America In Ashes Of Monroe Doctrine

First with Obama and now with Trump, the U.S. is making space for a second imperialist power on t...

China

Inside The Global Zipper War

Japanese and Chinese rivals battle for dominance in this billion-dollar industry, a tale of a wor...

United States

Trump Protectionism Is True Peril For Markets

-Analysis- NEW YORK — Investors are ignoring Donald Trump's trade rhetoric at their own peril. That's the warning coming from a rising cohort of erstwhile Trump bulls who've gone weak in the ...

Ireland

Inside Cork, Apple's Controversial European Headquarters

CORK — On a December morning, as my plane pierces the ceiling of clouds and begins its descent toward the airport of Cork, my eyes are drawn to the flocks of sheep spread across the green fields ...

Germany

How Germany Can Profit From Trump's Protectionism

Trump has threatened to levy punitive duties on German car imports. Companies like VW, Mercedes a...