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Economics International

Political risk to watch in 2014

Turkey, China and Brazil face a difficult year ahead in more ways than one: economic growth forecasts, political stability and foreign direct investment prospects are likely to take a hit.

Finance International

Western and Islamic bank compliance a two-way street

With the Islamic financial sector growing rapidly in recent years, Western banks and their Islamic counterparts must make legal and regulatory compliance a top priority. As transnational trade realizes the

Economics International

Central banks rely on forward guidance

As interest rates remain low among developed economies, shaping expectations through communication is proving to be an effective monetary tool. Communicating the taper At its last monetary policy meeting, the

International Security

3 unexpected risks posed by transnational organized crime

As globalization eases the flow of finances, goods, and ideas, political risk expands the opportunities and scope for criminal activity, which can have severe consequences for businesses. Organized crime is

Finance International

Ruble to spread in global market

Russia is facing many economic problems and has seen its currency, the ruble, drop to record-low levels. Nevertheless, policy makers in Russia and abroad may help to strengthen the Ruble’s

Economics International

What to watch for in the TPP trade negotiations

An ambitious free trade agreement between twelve Pacific Rim countries could mirror NAFTA negotiations, with added wrinkles from China and new technologies. U.S. trade delegations are currently reaching across both

Economics International

Is risk management a part of competitive advantage?

Competitive advantage is dead!  Long live competitive advantage! GRI continues its series on risk management Several previous posts argue that strategic risk management creates value for a corporation by operating within

International Politics

Ukraine’s EU rejection harmful to business environment

Ukraine’s regrettable choice of rejecting the EU Association Agreement could prove particularly harmful for the country’s business environment and future economic development. Ukraine’s back-pedalling is putting a stop to what

Economics International

WTO gets back to work, providing trade increase of $1 trillion

The World Trade Organization (WTO) has remained more or less docile for the past 20 years until it passed a critical agreement last Saturday. The agreement shows that the WTO

Finance International

Companies shouldn’t risk how they manage risk

To quote UCLA Coach John Wooden, “Never mistake activity for achievement.” Integrating risk management into the corporate value chain is a daunting proposition. Policy is not enough. Execution is critical.