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Fintech Is The New Oil In The Middle East And North Africa

In the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), the financial technology sector, or fintech, is coming of age with regulators and governments across the region thinking more deeply about the impact that fintech companies will have on the broader economy.<br>Over the past decade, fintech startups in the …

Financial Services

New York mayor unveils $20bn flood defence plan

New York City's mayor has unveiled an "incredibly ambitious" $20bn proposal to transform how America's largest city protects itself from global …

Venezuela’s grand plan to fix its toilet-paper shortage: $79 million and a warning to stop eating so much

Venezuela’s lawmakers are rolling out plans to import toilet paper and allot a $79 million trade credit to help alleviate the country’s shortages on many basic goods.<p>Last week, commerce minister Alejandro Fleming promised he’d import 50 million rolls of toilet paper, but the recent overture comes …

Venezuela

Mexico: investors curb their enthusiasm | Financial Times

Mexico was one of investors’ favourite emerging markets last year.<p>Foreign investors poured a record $73.2bn into Mexican bonds and stocks in 2012 – a …

There’s no substitute for government disaster relief

<b>Leah Hill (L), of Shawnee, Oklahoma, is hugged by friend Sidney Sizemore, as they look through Hill's scattered belongings from her home which was destroyed by a tornado, west of Shawnee, Oklahoma May 19, 2013. (Reuters/Bill Waugh)</b><p>The Oklahoma tornado is just the latest reminder that we rely on the …

Argentines seek financial refuge in art | Financial Times

Print this page<p>Picasso famously had his blue period. Argentina has its blue dollar – as the black market exchange rate is known. And that’s good news …

Oil futures extend gains to four sessions

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Oil futures rose on Monday, buoyed by weakness in the U.S. dollar and optimism about the outlook for energy …

Oil

Turkey’s economy comes of age with a prized investment-grade rating

Moody’s Ratings agency upgraded Turkey’s long-term credit rating to Baa3 for the first time today, giving the country an investment-grade rating at two out of the three major credit ratings agencies. In a post-financial crisis world, Turkey has leveraged an important geopolitical position with …

Why CSR? The Benefits Of Corporate Social Responsibility Will Move You To Act

Recently, I connected with dozens of corporate executives of large and small companies in an effort to understand the benefits of corporate social responsibility (CSR) to the corporation.<p>The question, I learned, is harder to answer than you might expect, principally because most corporate …

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Social Media

Investments in Mexico pay off for Japanese carmakers | Financial Times

Japanese carmakers have been pouring money into Mexico in recent years.<p>Squeezed by higher production costs as a result of the weak yen, many have set …

Argentina mulls opening its banks to money launderers

Have some dirty money you need to launder? You may want to consider Argentina as an option. Lawmakers there are considering a measure that would give amnesty to anyone who wants to pull undeclared cash out of tax havens and deposit it in Argentinian banks.<p>The government of President Cristina …

Money Laundering

Peru: a new kind of corporate tax | Financial Times

As Google, Starbucks and Amazon have learned to their detriment, companies that take advantage of legal tax-avoidance schemes such as the “Dutch …

Egypt 'suffering worst economic crisis since 1930s'

Egypt is suffering its worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, a former finance minister of the country and one of its leading economists …

Insurers Aren't So Worried About Climate Change That They're Preparing for It

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p><b>See full coverage</b><p>There are few industries more exposed to financial risk from climate change than …

The worse off Argentines’ currency gets, the more cars they buy

Normally a nation as economically challenged as Argentina would find its consumers keeping their wallets closed. But instead, rampant inflation is leaving people with no choice but to buy brand new cars.<p>Never mind that most cars are the antithesis of an investment—since they almost unequivocally …

Argentina

Natural Disasters Have Cost The Global Economy $2.5 Trillion Since 2000

The U.N. Office for Disaster Risk Reduction warned in the 246-page report that economic losses from floods, earthquakes and drought will continue to escalate unless businesses take action to reduce their exposure to disaster risks.<p>U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched the report saying the …

Globalization