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Foreign Affairs Magazine Presents the Global Economy’s “Up-and-Coming Markets”

Foreign Affairs Magazine Presents the Global Economy’s “Up-and-Coming Markets”

The January-February issue of Foreign Affairs magazine, which is published by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), presents a special package on the new “Up-and-Coming Markets” in the global economy. The six markets featured in this special issue are Mexico, South Kroea, Poland, Turkey, Philippines, and the Mekong region. The …

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High Frequency Trading: A High-Profile Target Once Again

High Frequency Trading: A High-Profile Target Once Again

High frequency trading (HFT) of securities has become a high-profile target on both sides of the Atlantic in recent weeks.
On September 2, Italy began imposing a tax of 0.02 percent on many order changes and cancellations that occur within 0.5 seconds of the …

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Aspiring Entrepreneur? Then Go East, Young Man (or Woman)

Aspiring Entrepreneur? Then Go East, Young Man (or Woman)

 
Singapore is the easiest place in the world for small- and medium-sized domestic companies to do business, with Hong Kong and New Zealand trailing immediately behind, and Malaysia and South Korea rounding out the Asia-Pacific region’s representation in the top 10, according to a World …

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A Candid Discussion with Steve Rhodes

A Candid Discussion with Steve Rhodes

 
As the Middle East continues to plunge in a multi-faceted and what appears to be an increasingly regional crisis, there are debates and even hope about the future of entrepreneurship in the region in the face of the Arab Spring. Corruption, the status of women, the Israeli Palestinian conflict, Iran’s nuclear program, and …

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Attracting FDI: Openness Helps, But Opportunity Rules

Attracting FDI: Openness Helps, But Opportunity Rules

 

 
If a country had the most-restrictive regulations on foreign direct investment (FDI) of 55 nations studied, where do you think it would rank among those nations in terms of actually attracting investment from abroad?
If you said “First,” you obviously would be flaunting conventional economic theory and engaging in …

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SWF Accountability, Transparency: Improvements Noted; More Needed

SWF Accountability, Transparency: Improvements Noted; More Needed

 
Sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) have made progress in improving their accountability and transparency over the last five years, but more can and should be done. That’s the assessment of Dr. Edwin M. (Ted) Truman, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics and …

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Bean Counters Battle over Sovereignty

Bean Counters Battle over Sovereignty


This week the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charged China-located affiliates of the big five U.S. accounting firms with breaking securities laws by failing to provide documents from their audits of nine U.S.-listed Chinese firms under scrutiny. The SEC and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) …

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