Yuan currency

Yuan tumbles to lowest level in a decade as US tariffs imposed

THE US has accused Beijing of currency manipulation after the Chinese yuan dropped to its lowest level in more than 10 years. The rate now...
Facebook Libra cryptocurrency

Born under a bad sign? Libra seems set to face opposition

THE TRUMP administration’s all-encompassing “national security concerns” have been invoked once more, this time in relation to Facebook’s plans to launch its own cryptocurrency,...
Adam Smith bust

How Adam Smith became a (surprising) hero to conservative economists

By Glory M Liu* PEOPLE like to fight over Adam Smith. To some, the Scottish philosopher is the patron saint of capitalism who wrote that...
Venezuela Flag

Venezuela’s cash crisis, coupled with blackouts, leaves country’s population in the direst of straits

VENEZUELA has the world’s largest oil reserves — and no money. Rampant inflation and depleted reserves of almost worthless bolivar banknotes have created a nightmare...

Consequences of trade tariffs can be far-reaching — and detrimental to all

A report launched at the World Economic Forum in Davos provides global policymakers with an evidence-based overview of the far-reaching economic and social consequences...
Blackboard Unemployment Benefits

Do dole payments really prolong unemployment? Google knows!

Most of us have come to rely on Google to answer… well, pretty much anything. Now economists are thanking Google for helping to answer...
Coal Mining

Carbon cuts — or crash: investors’ warning at Poland climate summit

UNLESS coal burning is phased out and drastic cuts made to carbon emissions, the world faces a financial crash that will dwarf the 2008...
Gibraltar Border

Let’s talk about Gibraltar: tobacco, land-reclamation and environment are in focus for Spain...

BREXIT has induced the UK and Spain to talk, once again, about Gibraltar. The two nations will negotiate the largest bilateral agreement on the Rock...
Irish Border Protest

Glue-shoe syndrome for Brexit: a step forward… or sideways?

An analysis of the latest Brexit developments shows that just beneath the surface of the mud… is more mud. BV’s Jason Agnew reports. THE Eagles’...
TPP-11 signatories

To TTP or not to TTP

BV staffer Richard Thomas peruses the latest development in the on-going saga of Britain’s EU-exit — and discovers new potential for UK trade In an...