Articles tagged with:
economics

  • Construction safety equipment such as a hard hat and harness

    Cautious corporates to blame for weak capex?

    Corporates are holding unprecedented levels of liquidity on their balance sheets. In such a challenging investment environment, why are they not more eager to splash the cash?

  • Reading the signs

    Slowing growth and rising interest rates in the global economy could be important signals for things to come. ECR takes a look at how diverging monetary policies, amongst other factors, across the world’s various regions are having a knock-on effect on each other’s economies – but not always in the best way.

  • Container terminal at dusk with work cranes and forklifts

    The trouble with preferential treatment

    While free trade agreements continue to proliferate at a remarkable pace in Asia, the utilisation rates are on the whole negligible. Is this because governments have not effectively communicated the benefits? Or are FTAs simply not all they are cracked up to be?

  • Beautiful Te hoho rock at cathedral cover marine reserve in New Zealand

    Oceania: a sea of potential

    Made up of thousands of islands, Oceania is a region many would consider to be a veritable paradise. But, as many countries within Oceania have never been connected to a continent by land, economic development faces some tough challenges – as do businesses operating there.

  • David Blair, Acarate

    Averting the next crash

    As a follow up to his article in the last edition of Treasury Today Asia, our treasury insider looks at four potential ways to strengthen the current fragile banking system, and considers their likely effectiveness.

  • China to pull up a chair or overturn the conference table?

    As China continues its march to reclaim the top spot on the global power pyramid, can it really co-operate with the US, or will it simply rub the West up the wrong way? Also, what are the implications for free trade and globalisation if China is no longer content to play second fiddle? ECR answers these questions and more.

  • Colourful hot air balloons flying at sunset

    When prices rise

    After a period of little or no inflation in many of the world’s leading economies, it appears we could now be approaching the point where prices finally begin to tick higher. What type of inflation environment can we expect going forward, and how should corporates analyse and quantify their explicit and implicit inflation risk? In this article, experts from banks and leading risk consultancies discuss these and other important questions.

  • Skyline of Tallinn, Estonia at sunset

    Estonia: a digital economy

    Situated in Northern Europe, Estonia has gained recognition for its resilience throughout both the Eurozone crisis and ongoing periods of weak regional growth. Treasury Today takes a look at how the country has achieved this stability, whilst embracing digital innovation, to become an attractive business location.

  • Two business men shaking hands in trade agreement

    The futility of trade agreements

    While free trade agreements continue to proliferate at a remarkable pace in Asia, the utilisation rates are on the whole negligible. Is this because governments have not effectively communicated the benefits? Or are FTAs simply not all they are cracked up to be?

  • Famous ancient achaeological attraction, La Ciudad Pedida lost city

    Colombia: top of the class

    Economic growth in Colombia has exceeded the world’s average growth rate every year – bar 2010 – this century. Although impressive growth rates have sometimes been attributed to ‘good fortune’ in rich natural resources, this article explores the role that robust economic management has played in helping the nation successfully cope with external shock factors. We also examine what the future holds for the country’s economy and those corporates operating in and out of Colombia.