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IS BITCOIN GOOD FOR BUSINESS?

COVER STORY: CRYPTOCURRENCIES
Still in their infancy, cryptocurrencies could change the way that companies manage payments for the goods and services that are the essence of global trade. As the bitcoin surge picks up momentum, corporate financial executives are wondering what it means for their business and how they can manage the risk of adopting—or not adopting—digital currencies.

WANTED: DOUBLE-DIGIT GROWTH IN AGRIBUSINESS

SECTOR REPORT: AGRIBUSINESS
As the world’s population expands and diets improve in some of the most populous countries, agri-businesses must grow at a strong clip to keep up with demand.

A NEW SUNRISE FOR SPAIN?

COUNTRY REPORT: SPAIN
Although the hardships are far from over, the Spanish economy and banking system may finally be on the mend.

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The Poorest Countries in the World

There are two standard methods of measuring the wealth of countries and how rich or poor its inhabitants are. The measure most often used is Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which represents the size of a country’s economy. A refinement ...

Global Equity Index % Change, 2003-2012

Standard & Poor’s (S&P) Global Equity Indices measure the US dollar price change in the stock markets covered by the S&P Global Broad Market Index (BMI) and the S&P Frontier Broad Market Index (BMI).   The Global BMI consists of ...

The Richest Countries in the World

There are two standard methods of defining the richest countries in the world. One takes into account the economies that are the largest, as measured by total gross domestic product (GDP). However, the most commonly accepted definition of the wealthiest countries is to determine how rich the average resident of a country is. For this reason, the best method is to use GDP data per capita. Moreover, using a PPP (purchasing power parity) basis is arguably more useful when comparing generalized differences in living standards on the whole...

Awards & Rankings

BEST BANKS 2014: EUROPE

BEST BANKS 2014: EUROPE

The region battled continuing recession or, at best, slow growth, a tightening regulatory environment and country-specific banking taxes or fines for past misdemeanors.

BEST BANKS 2014: NORTH AMERICA

BEST BANKS 2014: NORTH AMERICA

The banks of North America as a group are fundamentally strong. Of 30 US banks that participated in the Federal Reserve’s second round of stress tests, 25 passed with flying colors, according to results released in March.

From the Wires

CURRENCIES: Loonie Drops On Weak Canada Jobs Data

By Joseph Adinolfi, MarketWatch NEW YORK (MarketWatch)--The loonie came under pressure Friday following a weaker-than-expected Canadian jobs report. In June Canada lost 9,000 jobs, falling far short of the expected 20,000 increase. The country's unemployment rate rose to 7.1% from ...

Peru, Chile Seek Ways to Boost Growth, Attract Investments

By Robert Kozak LIMA, Peru--Both Peru and Chile are using easier monetary policies to boost growth, while also seeking ways to attract more investments, especially in the key mining sectors, as the countries have seen their respective economies experience slow ...