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Panama Papers Leak and the Growing use of Tax Havens

Panama Papers Leak and the Growing use of Tax Havens

Over 11 million leaked financial documents related to offshore tax havens has shed light on a large network of corruption and embezzlement that involves 12 current or former world leaders and some 130 politicians from around the globe.

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Why We Should Not Abandon Saudi Arabia

Why We Should Not Abandon Saudi Arabia

Beset by challenges ranging from the collapse in oil prices, to the spreading instability in the region, to criticism from its longtime allies in the United States, Saudi Arabia is facing its most difficult test in decades. But the kingdom has the means to overcome these difficulties, and also has the will to seize a unique opportunity to carry out important reforms.

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U.S. Presidential Candidates are Wrong on the TPP

U.S. Presidential Candidates are Wrong on the TPP

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, put together at the end of last year and signed at the beginning of last month, has not come into effect yet. Nonetheless, presidential candidates have spared no effort decrying it, turning the issue into a political piñata used to score points.

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The Five Oil Exporters Most Affected by Currency Devaluation

The Five Oil Exporters Most Affected by Currency Devaluation

Devaluation is the word of the day in oil exporting countries. Whether it is the Nigerian naira, the Venezuelan bolívar, or the Russian rouble, low oil prices are wreaking havoc in oil exporting economies and on their national currencies.

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How Will The Saudi-Iranian Conflict Affect Oil Markets?

How Will The Saudi-Iranian Conflict Affect Oil Markets?

The recent Saudi-Iranian clash is unlikely to affect oil markets for now, but the redistribution of political power between Saudi Arabia and Iran, along with the US disengagement from the Middle East might have long-term consequences for the region’s stability and global oil supply trends.

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Greece’s Forgotten Recovery

Greece’s Forgotten Recovery

After negotiations between the Greek government and the Troika finally came to an end last August, the gaze of the world drifted away from Athens.

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Finding the Silver Bullet to Jump Start the EU’s Economy

Finding the Silver Bullet to Jump Start the EU’s Economy

While the U.S. is inching closer to pre-crisis unemployment and GDP growth figures, the picture across the pond is much, much darker.

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Industry Must Be Part Of The Solution At COP21

Industry Must Be Part Of The Solution At COP21

In the U.S., any discussion involving climate change tends to deteriorate into an argument between two factions—those who feel that climate change is a very real threat to the planet, and those who say it is nothing but a scare tactic.

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Is the China Model Doomed?

Is the China Model Doomed?

Is the Chinese economic model doomed or is the Western business press making much ado about nothing?

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China’s Relationship with Germany and the High Euro

China’s Relationship with Germany and the High Euro

China’s economy is slowing down. What does that mean for Germany?

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What fate for the EU-U.S. trade deal?

What fate for the EU-U.S. trade deal?

With all the attention turned to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), currently negotiated by the U.S. with 12 Asian countries, few seem to notice anymore the equally important Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the European Union and the United States.

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Ben Bernanke’s Monetary Policy: Bubble Double Toil and Trouble ?

Ben Bernanke’s Monetary Policy: Bubble Double Toil and Trouble ?

Bernanke’s speech back in 2002 can help shed some light on the question of how asset prices have been taken under consideration in the past by the Fed. It also helps explain how these prices will affect monetary policy in the future.

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Investing in Emerging Markets with Consumer Protection in Mind

Investing in Emerging Markets with Consumer Protection in Mind

The concept of the fair market and protection for consumers is based on the idea that inefficient and corrupt practices by large private companies and wayward government officials increases the cost to the consumers and the public.

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Corruption Always Foreshadows a Future Economic Downgrade

Corruption Always Foreshadows a Future Economic Downgrade

For both Russia and Brazil, though, it seems like corruption isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

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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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