Category Archives: Global Economy

Year of the monkey
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Year of the monkey

Two extremes – how the rich and poor spend their Chinese New Year.

Why is China devaluing its currency?
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Why is China devaluing its currency?

Why the Chinese yuan took its biggest one-day loss in two decades.

China’s banks – boom and bust
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China’s banks – boom and bust

Shadow banking has helped fuel continued Chinese economic growth. But it could come back to bite if not brought into line.

Game Theory explained
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Game Theory explained

Game theory – making the best decision based on predicting those of others – is connected with both poker and George Orwell.

Next banking wave
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Next banking wave

Peer-to-peer lending was supposed to put savers and lenders in touch without the middle man. But there is a key advantage which has brought the big players into the game.

Wine investing isn’t worth it
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Wine investing isn’t worth it

The data show that investing in rare wines won’t often return more than common stocks – and is a lot more risky.

Book Review – Bad Banks by Alex Brummer
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Book Review – Bad Banks by Alex Brummer

Alex Brummer’s demolition job on banking scandals of the last ten years is a work of controlled menace.

Citizen Murdoch lectures the G20
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Citizen Murdoch lectures the G20

Rupert Murdoch used an invite to address the G20 to further his commercial interests.

Economists, the new rock stars
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Economists, the new rock stars

Since the global financial crisis, media-savvy economists are becoming the world’s latest “rock stars”.

The “ethics” on Wall Street
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The “ethics” on Wall Street

Hedge funds operate with nearly free rein and on murky ethical ground. A former Wall Street trader spills the beans.

Currency rivalry
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Currency rivalry

While unhappy with the US dollar’s status as the world’s reserve currency, there are no credible rivals.

Tax justice
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Tax justice

Tax justice campaigns can be effective, if they’re aimed at the right targets.

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