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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...

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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

Italy's Industrial Output Drops

ROME--Italy's industrial production unexpectedly fell in May, in what was the biggest decline since November 2012, as output of all products except energy slipped. Industrial output in the euro zone's third-largest economy shed 1.2% on the month in seasonally adjusted ...

UK Goods Trade Deficit Bigger Than Expected in May

By Ilona Billington and Nicholas Winning LONDON--The U.K.'s trade in goods deficit widened in May due to unusually high levels of import activity of aircraft, and serving as a reminder more work is need to rebalance the economy away from ...

Euro-Zone House Prices Fell For Second Quarter

By Paul Hannon Euro-zone house prices fell for the second straight quarter in the three months to March, underlining the weak nature of the currency area's economic recovery. House prices across the 18 countries that share the euro fell by ...