• Featured and Exclusive, Opinion  |  NOVEMBER 25, 2015 3:30PM

    HSBC should say ‘cheerio’ to London and ‘hello’ to HK

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    HSBC is in the final stages of deciding where it hangs its hat. Headquartered in the UK for more than two decades, the country’s biggest bank is considering a return to its birthplace 150 years ago, when it was the Hong …

  • Featured and Exclusive, Opinion  |  NOVEMBER 25, 2015 1:30PM

    A future-oriented US fiscal policy

    NEW YORK – At last, Republican candidates in the US presidential campaign have begun focusing on the economy. At a time of rising anxiety among middle-income voters about wealth inequality, and growing awareness of the unsustainability of Social Security and …

  • Opinion  |  NOVEMBER 24, 2015 6:37PM

    Want innovation? Try raising minimum wages

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    I’ve spent some time talking about the downsides of minimum wage laws. But there is a big possible upside that I haven’t mentioned, in part because it’s pretty speculative. It’s the idea that minimum wages improve productivity and innovation over …

  • Featured and Exclusive, Opinion  |  NOVEMBER 24, 2015 1:00PM

    A hard look at a soft global economy

    MILAN – The global economy is settling into a slow-growth rut, steered there by policymakers’ inability or unwillingness to address major impediments at a global level. Indeed, even the current anemic pace of growth is probably unsustainable. The question is …

  • Opinion  |  NOVEMBER 23, 2015 9:00PM

    You’re not the yuan that I want

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    In its ongoing quest for glory and global influence, China appears to have won a notable victory. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is set to anoint the renminbi – the “people’s currency”, also known by the name of its biggest …

  • Featured and Exclusive, Opinion  |  NOVEMBER 23, 2015 12:00AM

    The Colombian experience

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    During my time at Shell in Holland some 25 years ago, I made visits to Colombian cities of Bogota and Cartagena for work purposes. At the time, it struck me that the country was still grappling with throes and challenges of …

  • Featured and Exclusive, Opinion  |  NOVEMBER 18, 2015 10:00PM

    Pre-judging Paris

    COPENHAGEN – The United Nations (UN) Climate Change Conference in Paris later this month is being billed as an opportunity to save the planet. It is no such thing. As I show in a new peer-reviewed paper, even if successful, …

  • Featured and Exclusive, Opinion  |  NOVEMBER 18, 2015 12:15PM

    Yet another convoluted deal by 1MDB

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    It seems that almost anything touched by 1MDB’s tentacles becomes poisoned with controversy and questions. Its entry into solar power in Malaysia is no different and leaves in its trail more questions than answers – and a link to an Obama fund raiser to boot.

  • Opinion  |  NOVEMBER 17, 2015 9:00PM

    Wall Street opens its war chest

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    This December could be Wall Street’s best chance in a while to roll back financial regulation. Judging from the amount of money the industry has been spending on lobbying, it’s preparing for battle. The catalyst is a deadline that President …

  • Opinion  |  NOVEMBER 13, 2015 6:37PM

    Shareholders should love Allergan insider trading

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    We talk from time to time about insider trading, and one pretty consistent theme is that it’s not always illegal to trade on nonpublic information. There is another element to insider trading, which asks how you got the information. Insider trading, I like …