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Pound foolishness

Pound foolishness

After earning my PhD in 1982, I spent the first 20 years of my professional career immersed in the tumultuous world of foreign-exchange markets. Today, current events are bringing back both happy and embarrassing memories.

Swift help needed for people hit by global food crisis

Swift help needed for people hit by global food crisis

Food insecurity has been rising since 2018. Even before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the increasing frequency and severity of climate shocks, regional conflicts and the pandemic were all taking their toll, disrupting food production and distribution, and driving up the cost of feeding people and fa

Why populists  don’t concede

Why populists don’t concede

In the run-up to Brazil’s presidential election next month, President Jair Bolsonaro is crafting his own version of former US president Donald Trump’s “Big Lie”: the claim that a loss at the ballot box is fraudulent.

Alzheimer’s drug trial breakthrough boost for Roche, Eli Lilly

Alzheimer’s drug trial breakthrough boost for Roche, Eli Lilly

The results of a key Alzheimer’s drug trial on Wednesday have reignited decades-old hopes that targeting a particular protein helps arrest the progression of the fatal brain disease, giving a big boost to similar studies being run by Roche and Eli Lilly.

Core dangers for  the Fed and China

Core dangers for the Fed and China

It is tempting to give America’s Federal Reserve great credit for its recent about-face in tackling inflation. It is equally tempting to give Chinese President Xi Jinping great credit for his stewardship of a rising and strong China. But neither deserves it – and for a similar reason.

The cost of the Fed’s challenged credibility

The cost of the Fed’s challenged credibility

Financial markets’ reaction to the US Federal Reserve’s latest policy move was reminiscent more of developing countries than of the world’s most powerful economy. Given that the Fed is the world’s most systemically important central bank, this is more than just a curiosity. It has implications for A

Could an indigenous  funding boost revive  stuttering forest pact?

Could an indigenous funding boost revive stuttering forest pact?

Ramping up funding for indigenous and local communities — rather than just governments — to take the lead in protecting threatened forests could be key to boosting a stuttering global deforestation pact, according to green groups.

Hopes and fears of the employees across Qatar

Hopes and fears of the employees across Qatar

Employers in Qatar are addressing many aspects to retain and develop their highly talented workforce, however there are still changes organisations can make to help employees reach their full potential.

In search of a  development  plan for Asia

In search of a development plan for Asia

Can a region as complex and fast-changing as Asia devise and implement a comprehensive development plan? The Jakarta-based Economic Research Institute for Asean and East Asia, which just released its third “Comprehensive Asia Development Plan” (CADP), thinks so.

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