Whither Emerging Markets Foreign Exchange Reserves

Whither Emerging Markets Foreign Exchange Reserves

After a exponential rise in foreign exchange reserves accumulation by emerging markets from 2000 onwards, the tide seems to have turned south since mid-2014. Changes in capital flows and commodity prices have been major factors behind the inflection, with the new direction expected to remain, given the context of the global economy going forward. Although […]

Emerging Markets Attract Record $126 Billion in Clean Energy Investment

Emerging Markets Attract Record $126 Billion in Clean Energy Investment

photo: Peder Sterll With climate change an increasing concern, clean energy technologies are an attractive alternative. What’s more, development of these new, low-carbon technologies—including biomass, geothermal, hydro, solar, and wind—can help reduce poverty in developing countries and enhance their energy security. In this context, a new report has some encouraging news: new investment in clean power […]

China’s Aspirations to Expand Beyond Its Boundaries

China’s Aspirations to Expand Beyond Its Boundaries

photo: SarahTz It does take a real entrepreneurial spirit and some imagination, to vision that China’s influence and access could now stretch to the Indian Ocean, but it is what will happen, with the new project, announced in these days of the new China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) which will run from Gwadar in Pakistan to […]

India’s Outlook Positive, with Caveats

India’s Outlook Positive, with Caveats

photo: Thangaraj Kumaravel Economists see benefits from policy reforms, but foreign investment remains below potential An interest rate cut by the Reserve Bank of India boosted business confidence in October, according to the MNI Business Sentiment Indicator. But the trends as tracked by the Deutsche Börse Group market news unit have not been uniform – except […]

Growth in the Emerging Market Economies

Growth in the Emerging Market Economies

photo: The.Rohit In recent decades the global economy has been transformed by the rise of the emerging market economies. Their growth lifted millions out of poverty and gave their governments the right to call for a larger voice in discussions of international economic governance. Therefore it is of no small importance to understand whether recent declines […]

C-Suite and Beyond: Chile Sets the Trend for Women

C-Suite and Beyond: Chile Sets the Trend for Women

From the Multilateral Investment Fund Trends blog  If women make up half of the population and almost half of professionals in Latin America and the Caribbean, why are not more women represented in senior management positions in businesses in the region? A study recently published by McKinsey & Co., Women in the Workplace 2015, estimated that in […]

What Joint Ventures Can Do for Africa

What Joint Ventures Can Do for Africa

photo: jbdodane While the world’s attention has been fixed on economic crises in America, Europe, and Asia for most of the past decade, Africa has quietly emerged as one of the planet’s main economic engines. Although the past several years have proven extremely fruitful for foreign investment, Africa’s rapidly growing economies have also seen financial outflows […]

Equal Potential, Unequal Paths: Gender Gaps & Entrepreneurial Success

Equal Potential, Unequal Paths: Gender Gaps & Entrepreneurial Success

photo: Entrepreneurial Finance Lab At the annual summit of the Global Banking Alliance for Women (GBA) that took place from September 29th through October 1st, it is was evident that we’ve learned much over the past few years on how to fashion effective approaches to help women entrepreneurs. GBA is a group of financial institutions, […]

The External Debt of the Emerging Market Economies

The External Debt of the Emerging Market Economies

The outflow of money from emerging markets this year will most likely surpass inflows for the first time since 2008, and net capital outflows may total $541 billion according to the Institute of International Finance. The flows have been accompanied by currency depreciations, stock market collapses, and in the case of Brazil, a downgrade in its credit rating […]

Is the Pope Anti-Capitalist, or Even … Communist?

Is the Pope Anti-Capitalist, or Even … Communist?

Pope Francis recent Encyclical “Laudato Si” has given new emphasis to the debate over whether Pope Francis is some sort of crypto-Socialist, or even Communist, with varied references to being a “populist,”  a “statist,” and the like.  Although his successful visit to the U.S. last week seems to have abated somewhat this debate, it will […]