Category Archive: 5) Global Macro

Learning to code will help you prepare for the jobs of tomorrow

Tech firms are going back to school. Find out what middle-school kids have got to do with populism—and why “learning to learn” will be key to many people’s futures, whatever their age. Click here to subscribe to The Economist on YouTube: http://econ.trib.al/rWl91R7 THE AGENDA explores the defining questions of our time and seeks out the …

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Italy’s Five Star Movement holds a rally in Turin

Beppe Grillo—a former stand-up comedian and leader of Italy’s populist Five Star Movement—knows how to appeal to the emotions of frustrated Italians. Despite lacking political experience and obvious solutions, his surge is mirrored by other populists throughout the West. Click here to subscribe to The Economist on YouTube: http://econ.trib.al/rWl91R7 THE AGENDA explores the defining questions …

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The Agenda: Arianna Huffington on the media | The Economist

Arianna Huffington, founder of The Huffington Post, shares her views on the role of journalism in a political world transformed by populism. Click here to subscribe to The Economist on YouTube: http://econ.trib.al/rWl91R7 In recent years the media has transformed politics. What role is there for journalism in this changing environment? Arianna Huffington founded The Huffington …

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Hong Kong: pro-independence v pro-China | The Economist

Hong Kong society is divided between those who want independence from the mainland and those who want to remain close to it. Holden Chow, of Hong Kong’s pro-China DAB Party, and Edward Leung, an independence activist, discuss their opposing visions for the territory’s future. Click here to subscribe to The Economist on YouTube: http://econ.trib.al/rWl91R7 Hong …

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The Agenda: Minouche Shafik discusses education and inequality | The Economist

Minouche Shafik, deputy governor of the Bank of England and the next director of the London School of Economics, discusses the role of education in a world coloured by populism. Click here to subscribe to The Economist on YouTube: http://econ.trib.al/rWl91R7 At a time of political upheaval, many believe that jobs are under threat. In a …

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Populism is reshaping our world | The Economist

From the streets of Turin to Silicon Valley, people power is taking the world by storm. With frustrations rising and the old order apparently crumbling, who really has the answers? Click here to subscribe to The Economist on YouTube: http://econ.trib.al/rWl91R7 December 2016 Italy’s populist opposition is shaking up the establishment. They’re days away from a …

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The dangers of hyperinflation by our cartoonist KAL | The Economist

In Yugoslavia in 1993 prices rose 20% a day. In Zimbabwe in 2008, inflation reached 231,000,000%. Our cartoonist KAL looks at how hyperinflation can lead to the collapse of a country’s economy. Click here to subscribe to The Economist on YouTube: http://econ.trib.al/rWl91R7 When the prices of goods and services rise rapidly, families and businesses suffer. …

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Will Our Grandchildren Wonder Why We Didn’t Build a Renewable Power Grid When It Was Still Affordable?

Anyone seeking clarity on the energy picture a decade or two out is to be forgiven for finding a thoroughly confusing divide. On the one hand, we have reassuring projections from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) that assume current production of fossil fuels will remain steady for decades to come.

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How will ride-sharing shape the future of transport? | The Economist

Ride-sharing could transform the concept of car ownership and even the very fabric of our cities. We take a behind-the-scenes look at how Uber and Lyft are helping to shape a global transport revolution. Click here to subscribe to The Economist on YouTube: http://econ.trib.al/rWl91R7 The meteoric rise of ride-hailing apps is part of a global …

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Emerging Markets: Week Ahead Preview

EM FX ended the week mixed. Markets continue to grapple with the outlook for the so-called Trump Trade, which we believe is intact. MXN and TRY recovered from the relentless selling of recent days, but both remain vulnerable. Indeed, if the jump in US yields on Friday continues this week, most of EM should remain under pressure.

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Dear Self-Proclaimed “Progressives”: as Apologists for the Neocon-Neoliberal Empire, You Are as Evil as the Empire You’ve Enabled

Dear Self-Proclaimed "Progressive": I love you, man, but it has become necessary to intervene in your self-destruction. Your ideological blinders and apologies for the Establishment's Neocon-Neoliberal Empire are not just destroying your credibility, they're destroying the nation and everywhere the Empire intervenes.

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Emerging Markets: What has Changed

China’s government has asked banks to balance their yuan inflows and outflows. Indonesia partially lifted a ban on exports of nickel ore and bauxite. Czech President Zeman picked two new central bankers as the end of the koruna cap looms. Turkish central bank is taking limited measures to support the lira. Turkey’s parliament voted 338-134 to discuss proposed constitutional changes that would increase the power of the presidency.

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What’s Truly Progressive?

What's progressive? Pushing power, agency, skills, capital and solutions down to the individual, household, community, enterprise, town and city levels and focusing on doing more with much less.

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Behind the cover: lifelong learning | The Economist

Innovation in robotics and artificial intelligence means that workers now need to acquire new skills in order to compete during their careers. Our deputy editor Edward Carr discusses our cover story this week on why governments need to support lifelong learning and why, ultimately, this is good for society. Click here to subscribe to The …

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The Eight Forces That Are Pressuring Profits

If there is any economic assumption that goes unquestioned, it's the notion that profits will remain robust for the foreseeable future. This assumption ignores the tidal forces that are now flowing against profits. Any discussion of corporate profits must start by noting the astonishing rise in U.S. corporate profits since the heyday of the late 1990s dot-com boom. From $800 billion to $2.4 trillion in a few years is not just extraordinary--it's...

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Kal draws… Assad’s bombshell announcement

Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad claimed this week that the bombing of Aleppo was justified. Our cartoonist Kal interprets the dictator’s brazen rhetoric Click here to subscribe to The Economist on YouTube: http://econ.trib.al/rWl91R7 Daily Watch: mind-stretching short films every day of the working week. For more from Economist Films visit: http://films.economist.com/ Check out The Economist’s full …

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“I, Daniel Blake” is very real | The Economist

“I, Daniel Blake”, a BAFTA-nominated film by the veteran director Ken Loach, tells the fictional story of an unemployed man facing his benefits being cut. For Stuart, a real-life version of Blake, the process is all too real. Click here to subscribe to The Economist on YouTube: http://econ.trib.al/rWl91R7 For over 50 years, Ken Loach’s films …

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Why Don’t the U.S. Dollar and Bitcoin Drop to Their Tangible Value, i.e. Zero?

I have covered the many reasons why the U.S. dollar (USD) has strengthened in dozens of posts over the past 5 years, (Could the U.S. Dollar Rise 50%?, January 12, 2011), and I described the positive dynamics of bitcoin last summer in An Everyman's Guide to Understanding Cryptocurrencies (June 13, 2016), back when bitcoin was under $600.

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Why Profits Are Faltering

Profits are faltering for structural reasons that are not easily resolved. The bedrock assumption of the Bull market is that corporate profits will keep rising indefinitely. Hiccups are allowed, but current stock market valuations are implicitly based on profits expanding.

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We Can Only Afford One, So Choose Wisely: Social Security/Medicare, Cartel Cronyism or Inflation (a.k.a. Central Banking)

Here's the problem with central banks seeking higher inflation: costs go up but wages don't. It's easy to quantify the annual cost of Social Security/Medicare, and not so easy to calculate the cost of Cartel Cronyism and Central Bank-created inflation.Cartel cronyism is a hidden tax on the entire economy, as is Central Bank-created inflation.

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