How to Make Money on the Pandemic

Oct 16, 2020

Anyone who knows how Wall Street works will not be surprised to learn that when the novel coronavirus epidemic began to turn into a full-fledged pandemic in the first two months of 2020, people in the know saw a major opportunity to play Monopoly. Any major shift affecting society and people’s...

Will China’s Digital Currency Revolutionize Global Payments?
Oct 05, 2020

Will China’s Digital Currency Revolutionize Global Payments?

Banking Takes the Fun Out of Spoofs
Oct 01, 2020

Banking Takes the Fun Out of Spoofs

Buzzfeed Reveals a Banking Virus That Could Become a Pandemic
Sep 23, 2020

Buzzfeed Reveals a Banking Virus That Could Become a Pandemic

The Unintended Economic Impacts of China’s Belt and Road Initiative

The Unintended Economic Impacts of China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Sep 04, 2020

China’s footprint in global foreign direct investment (FDI) has increased notably since the launch of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in 2013. That served to bring Chinese overseas FDI closer to a level that one would expect, based on the country’s weight in the global economy. China...

Can the Dollar Continue to Dominate in a Changed World?

Can the Dollar Continue to Dominate in a Changed World?

Aug 25, 2020

An article written by Henry M. Paulson Jr. should attract the attention of anyone trying to keep pace with the evolution of a battered global economy in a rapidly shifting geopolitical environment. Paulson is not some lightweight journalist. He served as the United States secretary of the...

The World Has Reserves About Its Reserve Currency

The World Has Reserves About Its Reserve Currency

Aug 07, 2020

In a Reuters article dated August 5, with the title “As dollar slides, some investors fret about its status as world's reserve currency,” Saqib Iqbal Ahmed signals what may be the indicator of a looming seismic shift in the global economy. The article highlights the ever more visible fragility...

Beijing’s BRI Hubris Comes at a Price

Beijing’s BRI Hubris Comes at a Price

Aug 03, 2020

Despite more than 3,000 years of Chinese history, many of the world’s countries had little to no direct experience with China or Chinese investment prior to the launch of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). There was a presumption on the part of many governments that international best practices...

Morocco Looks to a Future After COVID-19

Morocco Looks to a Future After COVID-19

Jul 29, 2020

Many countries are facing declining growth rates due to the coronavirus pandemic, and Morocco is no exception. Given lockdowns and flight restrictions implemented worldwide from March, the tourism and hospitality sectors — usually the third-largest component of GDP — have suffered enormous...

Is the Search for a COVID-19 Vaccine a Ponzi Scheme?

Is the Search for a COVID-19 Vaccine a Ponzi Scheme?

Jul 27, 2020

Some news items manage to sum up in a simple and succinct narrative the entire madness of a phase of human history. We are now living in the era of hyperreality, in which everything that appears superficially ordered by logical principles is in reality structured by forces we have been trained not...

What Has COVID-19 Done to Small Businesses?

What Has COVID-19 Done to Small Businesses?

Jul 27, 2020

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are businesses with revenues, assets or employees below a certain threshold. SMEs are important to the health of any country as they tend to form the backbone of the economy. When compared to large enterprises, SMEs are generally greater in...

Only Losers Pay Taxes: Apple and the Ingenuity of Tax Avoidance

Only Losers Pay Taxes: Apple and the Ingenuity of Tax Avoidance

Jul 24, 2020

July 15 was a very good day for Apple. Not so much for the European Commission, nor for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). What happened? In 2016, the European Commission (EC), following a lengthy investigation, ruled that Ireland had granted Apple “illegal tax...

The Wirecard Debacle Calls for a Rethink

The Wirecard Debacle Calls for a Rethink

Jul 01, 2020

Wirecard AG, the Munich-based payments and financial services company that was a member of the DAX index of Germany’s 30 leading blue-chip stocks, collapsed spectacularly and filed for insolvency on June 25. Among many lessons, this disaster has revealed major gaps in audit...

How Will COVID-19 Impact Our Economy?

How Will COVID-19 Impact Our Economy?

Jun 26, 2020

Editor’s Note: These are unprecedented times. A global pandemic has changed life as we know it. In recent months, Fair Observer has examined the crisis through political, economic and social lenses, publishing articles from around the world. The result is three 360° series that we urge you to...

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