WTO at a crossroads
The World Trade Organisation faces a series of challenges, from vaccine nationalism to carbon tariffs and rising US-China trade tensions. Can it adapt to the post-pandemic era?
Light within the darkness
As we head towards the worst global recession in 75 years – we look into some of the biggest downturns over the past 150 years – and the billion-dollar companies that were born out of them
Sea of debt
When the global pandemic struck in 2020 the world was brought to a standstill. Government lending and support was swift and unprecedented in its levels but at what long-term cost?
A money evolution
Cash usage is falling at unprecedented rates in economies across the world, and many believe the pandemic may have hastened the trend. But are we prepared to do away with paper money altogether?
The Zoom Boom
Few entrepreneurs profited in 2020 quite like Eric Yuan, founder and CEO of Zoom. But having poured his life’s work into the video conferencing platform, Yuan’s success had been a long time coming
Gold is reigning supreme
2020 proved to be a record-setting year for both gold and gold-backed financial products. From looking at historical trends and patterns some predict that a new golden era has just started
Investment platforms like Robinhood are making it easier for ordinary people to invest. But their mission has left many novice traders navigating complex markets without sufficient protection
Taxing times lie ahead
Continued concerns over inequality coupled with a need for a post-pandemic economic recovery are putting the discussion about international corporate tax reform to the top of the agenda
Shaking the status quo
As customers search for better ways to manage their finances and make savings in the midst of the COVID-19 recession, the answer may be found within inclusive and forward-thinking fintechs
The significant impacts an EU recovery fund would have
Once taboo, debt mutualisation has come to the fore of European politics courtesy of the COVID-19 pandemic
The important lessons that China need to learn quick
China’s impressive economic growth masks a country of great inequality. In its rural towns and villages, education remains rudimentary at best, which could cause problems for the Communist Party in years to come
Cooking on gas: why is the IMF bullish on Qatar?
Qatar’s huge reserves of liquefied natural gas have helped it manage price volatility, an economic blockade and now a pandemic, but the strong leadership of Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani should not be overlooked
Hacking away at the system
Once the punchline of every cyberattack joke, North Korea has since become a global hacking power. Cyberattacks on financial institutions and cryptocurrency exchanges are now a major source of income for Kim Jong-un’s regime
Businesses must do more to support their employees’ mental health
As they begin to recognise the implications of not taking action, businesses and governments have pushed the issue of Mental health up their agendas. But are they doing enough?
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