business / finance

India

Dire States: Does India Have A Hidden Debt Bubble?

The western state of Maharashtra, home of Mumbai and the biggest regional economy of India, announced this month that it will waive farmer loans worth 1,140 billion rupees, or nearly $18 ...

Saudi Arabia

Why Saudis Swapped Crown Prince: It's The Economy, Stupid

The latest big news out of the Middle East is that Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has ousted the crown prince and installed his 31-year-old son, Mohammed bin Salman, in that ...

Greece

Greek Debts: Is It Time To Let The Venus De Milo Go Home?

PARIS — Every day, tourists in the Louvre crowd around the Venus de Milo. The two-meter high armless marble lady is one of the museum’s most renowned pieces of art. But the statue, recovered by a ...

United Kingdom

Car Shopping On Amazon? Still A Long Road Ahead

You don’t need a brain like Jeff Bezos to figure out why he began selling books online and not cars. Books are a cheap and easily-shipped commodity product. By contrast, people rarely buy a car ...

Saudi Arabia

How Will Gulf Crisis Play Out? Watch Asia's Energy Markets

Forget the Strait of Hormuz. The real place to watch the simmering diplomatic battle between Saudi Arabia and Qatar is 5,500 kilometers to the southeast, in the Strait of Malacca between ...

China

Warning To The West: Don't Let China Hijack Global Capitalism

The U.S. has a long history of inhibiting Chinese expansion in Asia. Now, Donald Trump is handing...

China

New Slick Road: Europe Doesn't Buy China's Free-Trade Claims

European companies complain of trade hurdles in Beijing, but China presents itself as the defende...

United States

Republicans Are Still Clinging To "Anglo-Saxon Virtue" Myth

WASHINGTON — In 1965, not long after his assertion that adopting Medicare would mark the death of freedom, Ronald Reagan, that great sunny-side optimist of the American right, explained the ...

Germany

Trump v German Auto Industry, Bad Lessons In Basic Economics

-Analysis- BERLIN — When they want Donald Trump to grasp a topic, his advisers have learned to keep things simple. Visual aids help. Unfortunately, global economic imbalances -- the massive ...

Chile

How Latin America Can Rise From The Sinkhole Of Corruption

Led by Brazil, much of the region is mired in deep corruption scandals. But revelation also shows...

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

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

Protectionism, A False Promise For France's Future

In France's presidential campaign, like last year's race in the United States, protection...

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 ...

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...

France

Lunar Glow, What's Driving The New Space Race To The Moon

PARIS — Even as the global economy struggles to recover, investment in space activities is flying high. The overall public expenditure in the sector — approximately $70 billion today — has been ...

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...

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...

China

Chinese Health, Not Just A Matter Of Economics

-Analysis- As China opened its markets and rose to become the world's second-largest economy, foreign media focus has shifted from tales of political repression and exotic outposts to largely a ...