UK Only Article:  standard article Fly Title:  Poor statistics Rubric:  The number of poor people is declining, but the data are fuzzy Main image:  20151017_FNP503_0.jpg “THIS is the best news story in the world,” said Jim Yong Kim, the president of the World Bank, of the announcement this month that the proportion of the world

UK Only Article:  standard article Fly Title:  Everything but the mail Rubric:  The postal service is set to sell 40% of itself in Italy’s biggest privatisations in 16 years Main image:  20151017_WBP501.jpg AS POSTE ITALIANE, which runs Italy’s postal service, starts its privatisation road show today, it is selling more than a 40% stake in

UK Only Article:  standard article Fly Title:  The Fed and the crisis Rubric:  The former chair has penned a lucid account of the crisis and its aftermath Main image:  20151017_BKP562.jpg The Courage to Act: A Memoir of a Crisis and its Aftermath. By Ben Bernanke. Norton; 610 pages; $35 BEN BERNANKE is known for his

UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  Eradicating disease Fly Title:  Health spending Rubric:  A new study suggests the current hiatus in spending will be temporary THE recent slowdown in American health spending has attracted much attention. Some have dared to hope that a decades-long trend has been broken, in part because of cost-saving measures within

Latin America’s economies: Grey days

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UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  Eradicating disease Fly Title:  Latin America’s economies Rubric:  A slow road to recovery Location:  LIMA Main image:  It used to gallop It used to gallop IN 2012, when Latin America was enjoying a burst of rapid economic growth and social progress, the IMF and World Bank decided to hold

UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  Eradicating disease Fly Title:  Aid in the Middle East Rubric:  Even if they have enough money, it is hard for aid agencies to be effective Location:  GAZIANTEP AND GAZA Main image:  20151010_MAP002_0.jpg IMPOVERISHED Jordanians in the northern city of Mafraq have learnt to curse the arrival of foreign aid

UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  Eradicating disease Fly Title:  Corporate taxation Rubric:  A plan to curb multinationals’ tax avoidance is an opportunity missed Main image:  20151010_WBD001_0.jpg IN 2013 investigators from America’s Senate shone a harsh light on a highly profitable unit of Apple that was registered in Ireland, controlled from America—and not paying tax

THE developing world is catching up with advanced economies, but no longer as quickly as they would like. That has spooked investors. The slump in commodity prices and fears of an increase in interest rates in America led to 2015 being the first year since 1988 in which there will be a net capital ouflow from

UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  Dominant and dangerous Fly Title:  A slowdown among Asian economies Rubric:  The region is not in crisis, but slower growth is hurting Location:  SEOUL, SHANGHAI, SINGAPORE AND TOKYO THAT Asian economies are in much better shape than in 1997-98, when the region was caught up in an unprecedented financial

Buttonwood: The vultures circle

Thursday, 01 October 2015 by

UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  Dominant and dangerous Fly Title:  Buttonwood Rubric:  Rising credit spreads are the latest bad omen THERE is no shortage of bad omens for the global economy at the moment. To name a few: plunging commodity prices, wobbly equity markets, weak world trade, reduced profit forecasts for American companies and

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