business / finance

China

China Eyes Latin America In Ashes Of Monroe Doctrine

First with Obama and now with Trump, the U.S. is making space for a second imperialist power on t...

China

Inside The Global Zipper War

Japanese and Chinese rivals battle for dominance in this billion-dollar industry, a tale of a wor...

United States

Trump Protectionism Is True Peril For Markets

-Analysis- NEW YORK — Investors are ignoring Donald Trump's trade rhetoric at their own peril. That's the warning coming from a rising cohort of erstwhile Trump bulls who've gone weak in the ...

Switzerland

A Trump-Era Brain Drain? U.S.-Based Scientists Eye Switzerland

Foreign scientists working in the U.S. are seeking job prospects in Switzerland as they contempla...

Germany

How Germany Can Profit From Trump's Protectionism

Trump has threatened to levy punitive duties on German car imports. Companies like VW, Mercedes a...

Mexico

Donald Trump Tears Down Old Right-Left Divide On Free Trade

Trump's vow to end NAFTA and bring back factories to the U.S. isn't typical right-wing id...

China

What Companies Get Hit If Trump Aims Protectionism At China

If Washington cracks down on Chinese imports, Beijing is sure to respond in kind. Companies that ...

Russia

Life In Norilsk, A Frozen Gulag Turned Mining Town

NORILSK — The belly of Mother Russia is most fertile 1,000 meters underground and 300 kilometers north of the polar circle. Outside, the temperature can drop as low as -60 degrees Fahrenheit. But ...

India

Spotlight: India’s Big Bet On New Banknotes

India’s startling announcement last month to swap out most banknotes in circulation — possibly the biggest currency change in decades anywhere in the world — went largely unnoticed outside the ...

Mexico

Mexico Reacts To "Trump Effect" After Ford Scraps Plant

The Ford Motor Company’s decision not to open an auto plant in Mexico — in a swift reaction to Donald Trump’s offhand threat to slap tariffs on all imported vehicles — is another sign that when ...

Japan

In Fukushima, An Electronics Maker Bets On Farming Inside Factories

FUKUSHIMA — In 1970, electronics company Panasonic inaugurated a factory in the Japanese city of Fukushima to assemble radio sets. In the 1980s, when Japanese electronics were at their peak, the ...

Venezuela

What's Really Behind Venezuela's Vanishing Banknotes

Venezuela is not running out of banknotes due to criminal or speculative hoarding.

United States

Goldman Sachs, The Singular New York-To-Washington Path To Power

After bashing the investment bank during the campaign, why Donald Trump could not resist picking ...

Denmark

Hard Questions For Denmark’s Soft Unemployment Cure

"Flexicurity," the Danish labor approach, where it's easy to be fired but also rehired, has h...

Iran

In Iran, The Meaning Of An Airplane Fleet

TEHRAN — Since Boeing's announcement Sunday that Iran Air would buy 80 new planes, the deal has been dissected for both its economic and geopolitical significance. The $16.6 billion purchase ...

Germany

Export-Dependent Germany Faces Reckoning As Protectionism Spreads

The entire German business model, based on exporting its goods and services, may have to change a...

France

The Sun May Be Setting On Solar Energy Boom

PARIS — Solar has become the new energy El Dorado. With the price of solar panels plummeting, solar energy has developed spectacularly in recent years. Less than 10 years ago, there were only a ...

Mexico

A Post-NAFTA Plan B For Trump Era? Mexico Must Get Serious

-OpEd- MEXICO CITY — Mexico's President Enrique Peña Nieto recently told a gathering of CEOs at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit that his country sees no need to renegotiate ...

United States

Cuba Policy Exposes Tensions To Come In Trump Presidency

The death of Cuba's Fidel Castro offers an early glimpse at how U.S. President-elect Donald Trump will need to balance his pro-growth economic plans and allegiance to business with the hard-line ...

United States

Populism Is Bad Economics, Lessons For Donald Trump From Latin America

-Analysis- Populists sometimes have good ideas. Taking advantage of historically low interest rates to launch a stimulus plan, for example, is a good idea. Standing up to China, which is ...

United Kingdom

Why Black Friday Makes No Sense In Britain

Neither Thanksgiving nor the Friday after is a day off for British workers-shoppers. But there ar...

India

Long Lines, Black Markets: How India’s Cash Crunch Looks On Street Level

NEW DELHI — I am outside the Reserve Bank of India building in New Delhi. It’s 8 a.m. The bank opens at 9 a.m. but more than 300 people have already queued up here. Among them is 60-year-old ...