Shoring Up the Supply Chain Mix Reduces Risks

Shoring Up the Supply Chain Mix Reduces Risks

Much has been made of the rush to reshore manufacturing operations by US and European companies over the past couple of years, but very few have brought significant production back home, and those that have, to much fanfare, have also done so in China, India and other markets.

Local Terrorism Coverage Beats Global

Local Terrorism Coverage Beats Global

Although there have been no attacks or payouts in the 12 years since its original passage, the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act in the US is set for renewal again, despite the fact that it was only intended as a temporary measure to protect the commercial insurance market and its customers following the attack on the Twin Towers.


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.

Beale Takes Helm At Lloyd’s

Beale Takes Helm At Lloyd’s

NEWSMAKERS By Gilly Wright One of the world’s oldest insurance markets, Lloyd’s of London, has appointed the first female CEO in its 325-year history. But as the London market confronts one of the most challenging periods in its development, new ...

Westerner To Run Japan’s Takeda?

NEWSMAKERS   By Gilly Wright   Japan’s largest pharmaceuticals firm, Takeda, has appointed Frenchman Christophe Weber as COO in a highly unusual move designed to groom him for the role of CEO. Weber will join the firm in April 2014, ...


Gibraltar: A Rock In A Hard Place

MILESTONES   By Gilly Wright   The ongoing spat between Spain and Britain over Gibraltar (a British-dependent territory that borders with Spain at the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula) has drawn attention to the continued lack of commitment to ...

Mexico: Peña Nieto's Energy Reform

NEWSMAKERS   By Gilly Wright   The proposal by Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto to reform Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex), the state-owned oil and gas monopoly, could have far-reaching consequences for the country’s troubled economy. The proposal, which requires a constitutional ...


Country Report: Israel

RESPONSIBILITY AND REFORM   By Gilly Wright   Responsible fiscal and monetary policies and a host of reforms aimed at liberalizing the economy have allowed Israel to become one of the world’s most attractive places for foreign investment. But change ...


Emerging Markets : Rush To Modernize Is Matched By The Race To Invest

CHINA Competition between Beijing and Shanghai to become China’s financial center intensified as Beijing officials launched a road show to lure European financial institutions to the capital. Although Shanghai is home to one of China’s two stock exchanges, Beijing contains ...


Features : The perils of prosperity

ECONOMIC UPDATE / CHINA As the dust settles after the Olympic games, China is facing a less certain economic future. Relentless progress: Construction work in Beijing's booming central business district. China opened the 29th Olympic games on August 8 with ...