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President Trump: Math Is Hard

Since 1990, when his landmark Taj Mahal casino and hotel defaulted on interest payments to its bondholders, businesses owned by Donald Trump have filed no less than six times for bankruptcy. In fact, asking the courts for protection against duped

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Otaviano Canuto & Matheus Cavallari, World Bank: Bloated Central Bank Balance Sheets

Central banks of large advanced and many emerging market economies have recently gone through a period of extraordinary expansion of their balance sheets and are all now possibly facing a transition to less abnormal times. However, the fact that one

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France: Touch and Go

So far this year, Europe’s centre ground has held firm – sort of. After Dutch populist Geert Wilders in March failed to significantly expand his following, French voters on Sunday rejected Marine Le Pen in the decisive round of the

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Article 50 Invoked: For All the Wrong Reasons

Driving a wedge right down the middle of British society and shattering a disconcerting number of endearing stereotypes, Brexit has now been served – fully nine months after a slim majority of voters expressed a wish to leave the European

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The 45ᵗʰ US President In His Own Words

In The Art of the Deal, first published in 1987, Donald Trump, the 45th president of the United States of America, sums up his modus operandi: “My style of deal-making is quite simple and straightforward. I aim very high, and

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Davos: Seizing the Moment – Or Not

The man himself was unable to attend the proceedings in Davos – he has other commitments, including an appointment with destiny next Friday. In his stead, the future disruptor-in-chief dispatched his wingman Anthony Scaramucci to Switzerland to make comforting noises.

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Davos 2017: Globalists Hail President Xi Jinping

This week, China debuts on the world stage as the unlikely saviour of globalism. President Xi Jinping, an ardent nationalist at home, is expected to remind all who care to listen that free trade must be preserved in order to

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Gavin Wilson, CEO IFC AMC: Mobilising Private Capital for Sustainable Development

Building and upgrading the infrastructure to underpin sustainable development in emerging markets and elsewhere requires additional investments estimated at around one trillion dollars annually. To support expected economic growth rates, and meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the McKinsey

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IFC: Addressing Climate Change Can Unlock $23 Trillion-Dollar Investment Opportunities in Emerging Markets

By Christian Grossmann and Thomas Kerr The historic Paris climate change agreement entered into force in record speed last November, committing countries to a decarbonized future.  This means that new markets for climate-smart investments are set to grow, as governments

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Fidel Castro: An Antagonist Remembered

The last Marxist-Leninist to hold a place on the world stage has left, signalling the end to an era that saw revolutionists taunt empires and topple autocratic regimes. A charismatic romantic to the very end, Fidel Castro died on November

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