Michael Pettis: Money Is Not Created Out of Thin Air

A recurring conversation I have with clients concerns the ability of banks to create credit, and of governments to monetise debt, and whether this...

Robert J Schiller: Fighting the Next Global Financial Crisis

What do people mean when they criticise generals for fighting the last war? It’s not that generals ever think they will face the same...

UNCTAD Investment and Enterprise Division: An Investment Perspective on International Taxation

Tax avoidance practices by multinational enterprises (MNEs) often depend on corporate structures that are built by routing investments through offshore investment hubs or conduits...

Anders Åslund: The Submerging Market Threat

It is time to put the rise of the emerging economies in perspective. The rapid economic growth in much of the developing world since...

Americas: The Global Reach of US Justice Cleans Up Sports

Whilst the assault on personal freedom and civic liberties perpetrated under the guise of the ill-defined and open-ended war on terrorism has become one...

Ben Silbermann: Modest Creator of the First Global Noticeboard

Ben Silbermann tapped into the primal hunter-gatherer instinct when he first experimented with an online pinboard product. Together with Paul Sciarra and Evan Sharp,...

Scott Eckert: Robots to the Rescue

Daniel H Wilson, the writer of humorous fiction like How to Survive a Robot Uprising and Robopocalypse says, tongue-in-cheek: “Someday mankind must face and...

Africa: Tech Giants in the Making

Emboldened by the success of its home-grown M-PESA mobile payment framework, Kenya is now set to become Africa’s tech giant with even Google taking...

John and Patrick Collison: Two Lads in Silicon Valley

Deciding to drop out of Yale University half-way through the curriculum requires a good reason. A privileged Ivy League education is not dispensed with...