The dangerous growth of shadow banking
Since the global financial crisis, regulators have restricted the lending abilities of traditional banks, leaving the riskier bits to non-bank financial institutions. The policy may have gravely backfired
What happens when a country runs out of money?
Sri Lanka offers a sobering lesson on the perils of sovereign debt and the political bacteria that thrive in a power vacuum
The most successful leaders in history
What do history’s most inspiring business leaders have in common, and what qualities helped them to succeed?
Brazil is back
The last four years have taken Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva from a jail cell to Brazil’s presidential palace. In a political comeback of unparalleled proportions, the nation’s new president-elect is now returning to finish the work he started two decades ago
Privacy versus Profits
The future-defining fines that initially made the headlines have yet to materialise, but experts say the GDPR’s true potential just has not been recognised yet.
Is the alcohol industry drying up?
From Japan to the United States, global drinking habits have shifted dramatically in recent years. With people increasingly drawn to a more sober lifestyle, is the alcohol industry heading towards the last chance saloon?
Can we tame inflation?
With inflation rates rising and interest rates remaining stubbornly low, policymakers have some tough decisions to make
Betting on a meta future
Many believe the metaverse is set to take off in a big way. That brings with it substantial opportunities for businesses as well as investors – but only if it can be successfully regulated
Events, such as the Russia-Ukraine war, spiraling global debt and the looming climate crisis, are exposing a systemic failure to appropriately analyse geo-political risk
End of the line?
China has unveiled plans to cut financial commitments to Africa by a third over the next three years from $60bn to $40bn. What will be the impact of this?
Hollywood vs. Streaming
Movies were producing revenues of over $100bn a year before the pandemic. But a series of lockdowns and a streaming boom has threatened to topple Hollywood’s reign.
Sustainable eating trends
From vegan products to cellular meat startups, the alternative meat market is booming, creating huge opportunities for investment.
New era for the crypto age
Does El Salvador’s decision to adopt bitcoin as legal tender move cryptocurrency out of the financial shadows and into the mainstream?
Pensions reworked: finding the sweet spot
Romi Savova, founder and CEO of PensionBee, spoke to World Finance about demystifying retirement in a post-pandemic world.
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