Global Economy

How Hong Kong protests are impacting business

Thousands of workers are unable to get to their offices due to the protests in Hong Kong. Will the protest have a long-term impact on China’s economy?

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Advanced economies face “permanently weak demand” warned the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Tuesday, which argued “the time may be right for an infrastructure push”. According to the organization, infrastructure investment is “one of the few remaining policy levers available to support growth” – especially in the euro zone where despite accommodative monetary policy “there …

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Oilfield workers at a drilling platform near the Iraqi city of Badra, south of Baghdad.

Geopolitical tensions between Russia and the West and troubles in Middle East have dominated headlines all summer, but investors so far have managed to shrug off fears, with the market reaction remaining fairly contained. The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) basket of 12 crude oils slid to $94.31 on Tuesday, the lowest level since …

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A series of damning espionage revelations and other developments have damaged the way Germans view U.S. corporations—so much so that they now regard American companies about as negatively as Russians do, according to research to be released Monday. Fifty-seven percent of German business executives surveyed by market research firm Penn Schoen Berland for CNBC and Burson-Marsteller said a corporation’s …

China cracking down on western companies

China is cracking down on a number of western companies for what it calls “monopolistic behavior.” But is Beijing just pressuring foreign manufacturers that have become too attractive to Chinese consumers, at the expense of Chinese firms?

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Armed pro-Russian separatists stand guard near the village of Hrabove, Donetsk region, Ukraine.

As pro-Russian militants intensify fighting in eastern Ukraine, the U.S. and European Union have stepped up an ongoing economic and trade war to pressure Moscow to back down. Now what remains to be seen is whether the moves provoke President Vladimir Putin to unleash a wider retaliation—including an energy embargo on European countries heavily reliant on Russian …


There are several ways to track the ups and downs of the value of the U.S. dollar in relation to other currencies around the world. At The Economist magazine, they head down to the nearest McDonald’s and order a Big Mac. And according to the latest reading of the Big Mac Index, the value of the dollar is …

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has downgraded its global growth forecast for 2014, citing a weaker-than-expected first quarter, particularly in the U.S., and a “less optimistic” outlook for several emerging markets. The global economy will likely expand 3.4 percent this year, a cut of 0.3 percentage points from April’s estimate, but still an improvement from …

The impact of geopolitical events on the insurance industry

How will escalating violence in places like Tel Aviv and Ukraine impact the aviation insurance industry?

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The U.K. is set to be the fastest growing economy among the world’s seven leading industrialized nations this year, according to a leading economic think tank, who predicts the country would move from recovery into expansion in 2014. The U.K.-based EY ITEM Club, a forecasting group of non-government economists, predicts the country’s economy could expand by 3.1 …


U.S. stock-index futures pointed to a higher Wall Street open on Friday, rebounding some from a downturn in global stocks and other risky assets after a passenger plane was shot down over Ukraine. The crash of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777, with 298 people aboard, followed new U.S. and European Union sanctions on Russia. U.S. officials …

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Slums on the outskirts of Luanda, Angola

Poverty-stricken, traffic-clogged and crime-ridden aren’t characteristics you would typically associate with costly cities. However, these are frequent words used to describe Luanda, which has been named the world’s most expensive city for expatriates for a second year in a row, according to Mercer’s 2014 Cost of Living Survey released on Thursday. The high cost of …

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Indian stocks have been on a “Modi high.” But experts told CNBC that it’s new Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first budget, due to be released Thursday, that will tell investors whether the market has more room to run. So far in 2014, Indian stocks have been on fire as investors bet on newly elected Modi’s ability to deliver …

Global hot spots

How will political and security risks impact your investments in the second half of the year?

Second half outlook: going global

Michelle Caruso Cabrera spans the globe for hot spots that could have an impact in the second half of the year.