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Questioning Banking

Bankers have accepted that FinTech is here, reports The Daily FinTech in its SIBOS 2016 wrap-up story. Realism in FinTech among both banks and startups, the move to realtime payment, and (naturally) semi-real blockchain topped its list of takeaways.

Myanmar walks a fine line between the US and China

YAP KWONG WENG AND SUN XI

Last month, American President Barack Obama pledged to lift all sanctions against Myanmar during its leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s visit to the United States. Such an apparent thawing of ties between the two nations must be of some concern for Myanmar’s long-time ally, China.

Nepal's urban water crisis

There is an ongoing water crisis in Nepal’s urban areas, and it is mainly man-made. From 2000 to 2012, Nepal’s urban population with access to improved water source suffered a continuous and outstanding drop from 94.2 percent to 90.3 percent.

Nepal's urban water crisis

There is an ongoing water crisis in Nepal’s urban areas, and it is mainly man-made. From 2000 to 2012, Nepal’s urban population with access to improved water source suffered a continuous and outstanding drop from 94.2 percent to 90.3 percent.

Making Gender Diversity a Business Normal in Asia

3 steps to get started and the #1 mistake you should avoid

Co-authored with Thais Compoint

The gender gap has been a long standing topic around the world. According to the World Economic Forum, it would take 117 years away from now until 2133 to achieve global gender parity. In the business world, across regions and industries, the large majority of senior leadership positions are dominated by men. For example, only 4.4 per cent of S&P 500 CEOs are women.

Econvue Weekly Spotlight

This week we bring you some of the best discussions of the evolution of macroeconomic theories post-2008. What seemed so certain before is now being questioned at a fundamental level by leading economists. Negative interest rates, which alter rational expectations of inflation, have also provoked some of this soul searching. But will new models and new theories be any better at predicting the next crisis?

STORIES IN OUR SPOTLIGHT

What Would Einstein Do? Embedded Dilemmas in Disrupting Markets

Earlier this month, Ford CEO Mark Fields made two head-scratching announcements. Ford acquired San Francisco-based Chariot, a popular crowd-sourced shuttle-van service that uses algorithms to adjust routes and increase transit efficiency. The company simultaneously announced a partnership with Motivate, the nation’s largest bikeshare company, to implement a 10-fold expansion of the Bay area’s bikeshare program under the “Ford GoBike” banner.
 

Payments Milestones

Trading Down: Is the TPP Making the United States a Less Benign Hegemon?

Foreign Affairs just published a piece by me regarding TPP in its online edition at https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/americas/2016-09-21/trading-down.

It is entitled: Trading Down: Is the TPP Making the United States a Less Benign Hegemon?

Here is the excerpts:

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