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Top 5 Reasons to Love Yoga in the Philippines

James Brown | Posted 11.21.2014 | Healthy Living
James Brown

From the design of the facilities and choices for in-house props to the all-important standards for teachers, Manila is presenting a more grown-up version of the yoga scene than I've seen anywhere else.

The Shift From Promotion to Pragmatism in Impact Investing

Randall Kempner | Posted 11.18.2014 | Business
Randall Kempner

I'm in the midst of an exciting and exhausting round on the conference circuit which has taken me across the continent and back. This week I'm in South Africa participating in Global Entrepreneurship Week festivities. Luckily, I have had plenty of reading material for the plane rides.

Alibaba, the Golden Child of China's Globalization Strategy

Roselyn Hsueh | Posted 10.15.2014 | World
Roselyn Hsueh

With the world increasingly and economically beholden to China and Chinese business, China's globalization strategy has won dividends at home and abroad.

Smart Fiscal Policy Will Help Jobs

Vitor Gaspar | Posted 10.08.2014 | Business
Vitor Gaspar

In some countries, particularly in Europe, reform of labor markets may be necessary to remove persistent rigidities. Fiscal policy cannot substitute for such reforms. But fiscal policy can work in tandem with broader structural reform efforts to support job creation.

The Emerging Market That's Not on the Map

Peter Hubbell | Posted 10.01.2014 | Business
Peter Hubbell

While it's sometimes convenient to ignore advancing age, it's nonsensical to ignore global aging. Those who "break new ground" in the emerging market of aging will be joining the likes of a modern day gold rush which we call The Old Rush.

Markets, Aging and Solutions

Michael Hodin | Posted 10.22.2014 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

As these BRICS establish their bank in Shanghai -- the only noticeable outcome of the summit -- they'd be wise to heed the market needs and opportunities of a silver economy.

Pay-as-You-Go Solar Financing Can Finally Eliminate the Kerosene Lamp

Victoria Arch | Posted 10.18.2014 | Technology
Victoria Arch

Today in Africa over 600 million people live without access to electricity; that's between 60 - 65% of the continent's population. To meet basic energ...

How Tech Innovation Leads To Sustainable Solutions In Developing Nations

Lauren Woodman | Posted 10.14.2014 | Impact
Lauren Woodman

It seems as if the days of manually doing routine tasks such as shopping and health care are slowly fizzling into obsolescence. People in both developed and developing countries are reshaping their daily lives and interactions as digital technology becomes intertwined with their everyday activities.

The Slow Recovery Continues

Olivier Blanchard | Posted 09.23.2014 | Business
Olivier Blanchard

The recovery continues, but it remains weak, indeed a bit weaker than we forecast in April. We have revised our forecast for world growth in 2014 from 3.7 percent in April to 3.4 percent today. This headline number makes things look worse than they really are.

Stacking Up the BRICS

Julia E. Sweig | Posted 09.22.2014 | World
Julia E. Sweig

For now, the BRICS Bank is a global statement certainly, and one with the ability to score each of these leaders some political capital domestically. Whether or not it crashes and burns is an entirely different conversation.

Fashion and the Market for Curated Identities

Lottie Ntim | Posted 09.16.2014 | Business
Lottie Ntim

The concept of a curated identity is nothing new, but increased connectivity and consumer conscience has certainly paved the way for what is now a burgeoning market, that ultimately serves to give us more choice, control and flexibility when it comes to what we wear.

World Cup Hangover: Brazil Coming Of Age Through Heartbreak

Andres T. Tapia | Posted 09.13.2014 | Sports
Andres T. Tapia

As the World Cup crowned Germany champion while host Brazil was left out of its own party, this South American nation was left to contemplate if something good can come through heartache in the wake of its World Cup devastation.

Philippines' Infrastructure Conundrum: Prematurely Hosting the World Economic Forum?

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 07.23.2014 | Business
Richard Javad Heydarian

Despite several years of above-average economic growth, lack of inclusive development is a huge concern. Without proper infrastructure, the Philippines will continue to struggle to attract high-quality investment from abroad.

Sheep, Goats and Re-starting Emerging Markets' Growth

Michael Hodin | Posted 07.08.2014 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

The "emerging markets" have become shrouded behind a huge question mark. As corporate earnings season underscores, Morgan Stanley expects recent good performance to turn south, noting that emerging markets have made little "improvement in fundamentals."

5 Things You Need to Know to Profit in Europe

Gemma Godfrey | Posted 06.28.2014 | Business
Gemma Godfrey

As an investor, misunderstandings and overreaction can offer some of the best opportunities to profit. Here, five widely held beliefs are challenged and attractive investment strategies revealed.

For Africa, Good Policies Bring Good Prospects

Antoinette Sayeh | Posted 06.24.2014 | Business
Antoinette Sayeh

The issue of rising fiscal imbalances is worth dwelling on. A number of economic observers have asked the question: Are countries heading back to the bad old days of rapid debt accumulation that may need to be forgiven down the line? Are these fears well grounded?

Algerian Elections: The End of the Arab Spring?

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 06.18.2014 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

As Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika secured his fourth term in office, many are wondering whether the 2010-11 Arab uprisings have had any lasting imprint on the region at all.

This Is The Next Generation Of Global Cities

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 04.15.2014 | World

Cities in lower-income countries are rapidly catching up with the world's top business capitals, according to a new report. Chicago-based consulti...

The G20 Nations: Tracking the Globalization of Science and Innovation

Christopher King | Posted 06.14.2014 | Science
Christopher King

With the global landscape shifting and new national and regional powerhouses emerging, countries long established as eminent in science have begun to cede their shares of worldwide research output as well as their dominance in producing the most influential results.

Public Finances Are on the Mend, but No Clean Bill of Health

Martine Guerguil | Posted 06.09.2014 | Business
Martine Guerguil

We've had a spate of good news on the economic front recently. Does this mean that we are finally out of the fiscal woods? According to our most recen...

Global Financial Stability: Beginning to Turn the Corner

José Viñals | Posted 06.09.2014 | Business
José Viñals

Global financial stability is improving -- we have begun to turn the corner. But it is too early to declare victory as there is a need to move beyond liquidity dependence -- the central theme of our report -- to overcome the remaining challenges to global stability.

As Demand Improves, Time to Focus More on Supply

Olivier Blanchard | Posted 06.08.2014 | Business
Olivier Blanchard

The dynamics that were emerging at the time of the October 2013 World Economic Outlook are becoming more visible. Put simply, the recovery is strengthening.

Frustration in Brazilia, Mumbai and Even Ankara Is Palpable

Joao Gomes | Posted 05.25.2014 | Business
Joao Gomes

The U.S. economy and its financial markets continue to plow ahead, ostensibly immune to any effects of monetary tapering. Instead, the financial gods seem to be directing their fury towards emerging markets.

International Corporate Volunteering: Profitable for Multinational Corporations

Alice Korngold | Posted 05.07.2014 | Business
Alice Korngold

People from multinational corporations head off and volunteer for weeks or months in another country, leaving their work behind for others to do. Building a better world is good for business.

The Trillion-dollar Question: Who Owns Emerging Market Government Debt?

Serkan Arslanalp | Posted 05.05.2014 | Business
Serkan Arslanalp

There are a trillion reasons to care about who owns emerging market debt. That's how much money global investors have poured into in these government...