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Lebanon's resilience will see it through instability

January 5, 2015

Political instability is keeping Lebanon from achieving its potential, according to central bank governor Riad Salameh, who is targeting three major sectors as engines of economic growth. 

Polanyi’s paradox and the shape of employment growth

January 5, 2015

Are robots going to render the human worker obsolete? These claims are inaccurate and misleading, says MIT economics professor David H Autor, as the role of the computer will typically be to complement, not compete with, the human touch.

A world of failures? The inclusive route to prosperity

January 5, 2015

'Failure' has been a common theme of the introspective assessments made in the banking sector and of economies more generally since the onset of the global financial crisis. The authors of Why Nations Fail examine the differences between those countries that sink and those that swim.

Liveable, clean, green and resilient: reshaping Asia’s booming cities

January 5, 2015

Better urban planning, being cleaner, greener and more resilient, and sourcing more innovative financing are needed if Asia's cities are to cope with and benefit from a rapid phase of urbanisation, says the Asian Development Bank president Takehiko Nakao.

The Islamic microfinance challenge

The Islamic microfinance challenge

January 5, 2015

That there is a need for microfinance in predominantly Islamic countries is taken as a given by most, yet providing sharia-compliant microfinance seems to be beyond many financial institutions. So what can be done? James King investigates.

Silver service

Silver service: how to cope with the financial demands of an ageing population

January 5, 2015

As the world’s population ages, the challenges for wealth managers, economists and governments are significant if countries are to maintain productivity and generate growth. 

Asean crossed paths

The Asean Economic Community's many layers

January 5, 2015

Progress towards the integration of the economic community of the Association of South-east Asian Nations in 2015 has been impressive, but challenges remain as member countries attempt to bring together very different values. 

Viewpoint: Italian Minister of Economy and Finance

January 5, 2015

With the eurozone flirting with deflation, solutions to this problem are urgently needed. One of them – the integration of markets and institutions – offers hope, according to Italy's minister of economy and finance, Pier Carlo Padoan.

Why Brazil is still a land of global opportunity

January 5, 2015

Brazil is still a land rich with opportunity, as its educated workforce, sophisticated capital markets, ever-growing private companies and large infrastructural needs show, writes the country's new finance minister, Joaquim Levy.

Bob Diamond

Bob Diamond's African journey

January 1, 2015

Former Barclays chief executive Bob Diamond wants to shake-up African banking and his investment vehicle Atlas Mara has already bought three banks. Brian Caplen assesses his efforts so far based on an interview at the recent FT Banking Summit in London.

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