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Emerging Markets

Where Are the Most Promising Megacities of Tomorrow?

Dr. Paul Philipp Hermann | Posted 08.26.2015 | Business
Dr. Paul Philipp Hermann

While megacities in the more developed world are becoming saturated in terms of population, their counterparts in the emerging markets are really showing progress. Cities including Jakarta, Manila, Karachi and Mexico City are becoming drawcards for young, tech-savvy and mobile adults.

Empower Your Youth, Solve Your Ills: Cultivating Innovation in the 21st Century with IBM

Maya Horgan | Posted 08.20.2015 | Technology
Maya Horgan

For developing nations in particular, opportunity lies in the minds of its inhabitants. Most importantly, youth inhabitants.

Why Emerging Markets Have Stopped Emerging

Bill Emmott | Posted 08.19.2015 | World
Bill Emmott

LONDON -- The main determinants of an emerging economy's ability actually to emerge, sustainably, are politics, policy and all that is meant by the institutions of governance. More precisely, although countries can ride waves of growth and exploit commodity cycles despite having dysfunctional political institutions, the real test comes when times turn less favorable and a country needs to change course.

The 10 Most Troubled Global Currencies and Tesla

Phil Davis | Posted 08.17.2015 | Business
Phil Davis

Currencies are melting down all over.   For a long time, Morgan Stanley (MS) has kept a list of emerging market currencies that were running ...

Why Investing in Infrastructure in Developing Countries Will Benefit Us All

Alexis Crow | Posted 08.11.2015 | World
Alexis Crow

Investment in infrastructure projects are more than just a bright spot for the global south. It may actually encourage investment in real assets that would boost output back in the old "rich" countries -- a welcome monsoon rain amidst a sea of paper.

Emerging Markets: Still Not Cheap, and Still Not Pretty

Sara Zervos | Posted 08.07.2015 | Business
Sara Zervos

Most emerging markets need to borrow from the rest of the world. They are known for being the fastest growing countries, with rich resources and young populations. However, by definition they are poorer than other developed countires, and as such have little savings to finance their growth

Why Can You Uber it to Someone's Home in China But You Can't Google or Facebook Them?

Bhaskar Chakravorti | Posted 07.29.2015 | Business
Bhaskar Chakravorti

While there is disagreement about its numbers -- its own estimates of a million rides a day are disputed -- what is not in dispute is that Uber may have achieved the seemingly impossible: as a tech company in the business of consumer data collection, it has cracked the Chinese market.

How Do We Get Businesses Working Towards the Sustainable Development Goals?

Bhaskar Chakravorti | Posted 07.21.2015 | Business
Bhaskar Chakravorti

One of the most significant changes since the declaration of the Millennium Development Goals, set to conclude this year, is that the private sector is now seen as a key stakeholder. With governments reneging on prior commitments, and given the projected $3 trillion to $4.5 trillion price tag to achieve the SDGs, corporate participation is essential.

5 Misconceptions About Doing Business in Emerging Markets

Kosta Petrov | Posted 07.14.2015 | Business
Kosta Petrov

What still fascinates me is people's reaction when I tell them about the countries that we work with. I am convinced that some of them, no matter what I say, still think that I am a spy for some secret organization, which would be really exciting, but is far away from the truth.

Proudly Small: The Frugal City

St. Gallen Symposium | Posted 07.01.2015 | Impact
St. Gallen Symposium

Forget the smart cities full of technologies and monitoring: let's live in frugal cities.

Longevity Changes Everything...or Should

Michael Hodin | Posted 06.25.2015 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

As the 2016 American presidential campaign gets rolling, it will be interesting to see how the candidates outline their strategies for population aging.

Closing the Financial Inclusion Gender Gap

Tilman Ehrbeck | Posted 06.17.2015 | Impact
Tilman Ehrbeck

The gender gap challenge persists in most countries even as overall financial inclusion increases. While inclusion is growing for everyone, women tend to lag men by seven percentage points globally when it comes to having access to financial products.

The "Latinization" of Public-Private Partnerships

FOMIN | Posted 06.11.2015 | Business
FOMIN

Although most of the investment in Latin America and the Caribbean has been in larger countries -- especially Brazil -- a significant number of smaller countries are improving their readiness for PPPs, establishing new management agencies and gaining specialized experience in implementation.

Your Best Bond Strategy. Interview with Bond Strategist Kathy A. Jones.

Natalie Pace | Posted 06.05.2015 | Business
Natalie Pace

For years, pundits have debated about the timing of a rise in interest rates, pouring over the Federal Reserve Minutes and analyzing every new comma in the press releases.

Philippine Economy and Elections: How Political Cycles Shape Emerging Markets

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 05.22.2015 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

Soon, the Philippines will be engulfed by an election fever. And in promising emerging markets like the Philippines, electoral cycles are extremely crucial to shaping the short-to-medium term growth trajectory of the country.

Capital Ideas That Can Best 'Isms'

Elizabeth L. Littlefield | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics
Elizabeth L. Littlefield

The victorious nations of World War II emerged from their searing experience with several conclusions about how the world worked. Most of these prov...

The Hard and Necessary Work of Investing in the World's Most Vulnerable Places

Elizabeth L. Littlefield | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics
Elizabeth L. Littlefield

When I first visited Afghanistan in 2002, the country was boldly opening a new chapter in its history. Ashraf Ghani was Minister of Finance, the Taliban had been toppled and the initial pillars of a democratic government were being put in place.

Flying Cars or Flying Toilets: What Is the Best Way to Measure Innovation?

Bhaskar Chakravorti | Posted 06.25.2015 | Business
Bhaskar Chakravorti

Commenting on the state of innovativeness, Peter Thiel, founder of PayPal and legendary Silicon Valley investor, remarked, "We asked for flying cars. Instead, we got a hundred and forty characters." Really, Peter? Who asked for flying cars?

China: 1; U.S.: 0. Don't Let the Asia Pivot Turn Into the Asia Peeve

Bhaskar Chakravorti | Posted 06.22.2015 | World
Bhaskar Chakravorti

No doubt there has been much for the U.S. to focus on elsewhere in the world recently, from Russia to Iran. But in past weeks, it seems that the movie in Asia has been on fast-forward around global development and financing. And once again, the U.S. is scrambling to catch up.

Infographic: How to Respond to an Outbreak - Success Factors for Fighting off Ebola

Yana Watson Kakar | Posted 06.16.2015 | Impact
Yana Watson Kakar

Over a year has passed since the Ebola outbreak in West Africa began. In that narrow window of time, the disease has claimed more than 10,000 lives, stalled economic growth, and hampered -- if not reversed -- gains the region had made in strengthening public health infrastructure and service delivery.

Four Forces Facing the Global Economy

Olivier Blanchard | Posted 06.14.2015 | Business
Olivier Blanchard

Behind the numbers lies an unusually complex set of forces shaping the world economy. Some, such as the decline in the price of oil and the evolution of exchange rates, are highly visible. Some, from crisis legacies to lower potential growth, play more of behind-the-scenes role but are important nevertheless. Let me briefly review them.

When Doing Well While Doing Good Could Be Bad For You

Bhaskar Chakravorti | Posted 06.12.2015 | Business
Bhaskar Chakravorti

Inclusive business, or business that pursues opportunities in traditionally unattractive market segments, ought to be a strategic imperative for corporations and investors.

Why Are Businesses Shifting Focus to Emerging Markets?

Kian Moini | Posted 06.08.2015 | Business
Kian Moini

In 2013, McKinsey & Company predicted that by 2025 almost 230 Fortune Global 500 companies would be based in cities in the emerging markets. Whilst I can't yet comment on whether this prediction is likely to come true, it is interesting to look at how companies are shifting their focus to these developing countries.

The Real 'Iran Prize': The Next Great Emerging Market

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 06.06.2015 | Business
Richard Javad Heydarian

The expected removal of Western sanctions, particularly the targeted measures against Iran's oil and financial sector, could pave the way for a huge and much-needed inflow of foreign investors and recovery of Iran's oil sector and heavily-battered currency.

The Role of the Internet in Real Estate

Kian Moini | Posted 05.25.2015 | Business
Kian Moini

Having an online presence is now a must-have for real estate agents, developers and sellers, as the sector begins to acknowledge that the Internet is an integral part of the modern house-hunting process for emerging markets.