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Kenneth Rapoza August 6, 2019
A trade war and US tariffs have eroded the value of China’s currency. The US president announced tariffs and global stock markets declined. The US Treasury Department designated China as a currency manipulator, and China’s central bank announced removing about 30 billion yuan, or $4.2 billion, from the Hong Kong market. China denies the currency manipulation charge. “Many emerging market central...
Eric Platt, Arash Massoudi and Don Weinland June 27, 2019
The United States is dominating in what the Financial Times calls a record-breaking boom in global mergers and acquisitions. “Ambitious deals by large companies ranging from drugmaker AbbVie to defence contractor United Technologies, to oil group Occidental Petroleum, have driven US activity,” reports a team for the Financial Times. “Buoyant stock markets and cheap financing in the debt markets...
June 7, 2019
The world’s major economies agreed in a draft statement to accelerate tax collection from multinational digital companies like Google and Facebook. “The G-20 finance ministers and central bank governors will also warn that the world economy continues to face downside risks from trade conflicts between leading economies, while calling for accommodative monetary policy to ensure the economy is...
Vitor Gaspar, John Ralyea, and Elif Ture April 15, 2019
The International Monetary Fund warns that public debt combined with slowed economic growth could constrain future government spending on education, employment, healthcare, infrastructure and retirement. The IMF advises policymakers to encourage more inclusive growth by reducing debt and investing in the futures of their citizens by reducing tax exemptions and improving tax administration. “The...
Robert Freeman April 8, 2019
The United States prepares for the 2020 presidential election and Republicans as the party in power insist that their opponents, the Democrats, are increasingly socialist and want to upend the capitalist system. Proper economic governance cannot rely on all capitalism or all socialism, and the definitions suggest that successful and prosperous countries rely on a combination of both. “Tools of...
March 21, 2019
The June 2016 vote for the United Kingdom to withdraw from the European Union, with faulty information distributed throughout the campaign, was the nation remains divided over how to leave. EU leaders agreed on a plan for delaying the Article 50 deadline of March 29: UK can have until 22 May if parliament approves a plan already negotiated with the EU. If the parliament rejects that plan the UK...
Susan Lund, James Manyika, Jonathan Woetzel, Jacques Bughin, Mekala Krishnan, Jeongmin Seong, and Mac Muir February 26, 2019
Trade increases in absolute terms though overall percentages are slowing, explains analysis from McKinsey Insights. Services like research, finance, engineering and more are growing at a faster pace than trade in goods,” creating value far beyond what national accounts measure,” the article reports, adding “services already constitute more value in global trade than goods. In addition, all global...