Best Global Brands 2015

The American Marketing Association defines a “brand” as “a name, term, design, symbol or any other feature that identifies one seller's good or service as distinct from those of other sellers.” Some marketing researchers assert that brands are one of the most valuable assets that a company has.

Composition of Foreign Exchange Reserves 2015

According to the OECD, foreign exchange rate reserves are the stocks of foreign currency denominated assets plus gold, held by a central bank. More simply, they are the assets of the central bank held in currencies outside the home country currency.

World’s Largest Companies

World’s Largest Companies

There are many ways to measure the world’s largest companies and there are countless rankings, which do just that. We have chosen three of the most respected and renowned rankings to give a fuller picture - the Global Fortune 500, Forbes Global 2000 and the FT 500. All rankings are for 2014.

Household Tax Rates

The tax wedge is the ratio of total labor taxes to total labor costs. It is often lower for families with children and single parents with children than for individuals or couples without children. The tax wedge has an impact on employment growth.

Personal Income Tax Rates

The OECD defines tax as a compulsory unrequited payment to the government. A taxable base is the base amount on which the tax rate is applied—such as corporate income, personal income, or property.

Countries by Income Group

Major international organizations classify countries by different factors. One criterion that is often used is gross national income (GNI) per capita – the dollar value of a country’s final income in a year, divided by its population

Outstanding OTC Derivatives Volumes

According to the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA), a derivative is a risk transfer agreement, the value of which is derived from the value of an underlying asset. More simply, a derivative is a contract between two parties where one party agrees to take on the risk of losses associated with a particular asset—such as a physical commodity or an agreed amount of currency.

Corporate Tax Compliance Regime

In addition to tax rates, another factor of importance to companies is the amount of time and effort spent on tax compliance and reporting.

Percentage of Public Debt in GDP Around the World

Public debt is the total amount of money owed by the government to creditors. It is usually presented as a percent of gross domestic product (GDP). Because of the global financial crisis and the euro zone sovereign debt crisis, Advanced Economies have followed a particularly dangerous trajectory of indebtedness in recent years.

Largest M&A Deals 2013

The term Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) refers to the buying, selling, dividing and combining of different companies and similar entities by corporations, with the goal of growing more rapidly and efficiently.

Life Expectancy By Country

Life Expectancy By Country

Data on life expectancy offers insight into the health of countries around the world and, as such, into their citizens' chances and ability to prosper.


Corporate Tax Rates by Country 2015

Taxes paid by corporations can be measured in a number of ways, including the marginal corporate tax rate and the total taxes paid as a percentage of profits.


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Internet Users By Country & Gender

The term "Internet users" includes subscribers who pay for Internet access (dial-up, leased line and fixed broadband) and people who have access without paying directly, either as a member of a household or from work, school, a public library or Internet café.