Hitachi Goes Global With Sale

The deal is part of Hitachi’s ongoing strategy to de-emphasize lines of business outside its core focus of information technology.


Airbnb Plans IPO During Pandemic

Airbnb Plans IPO During Pandemic

While Airbnb has done better than most of its competitors in the pandemic, it still faces a challenging road ahead. 





Newsmakers | Argentina
Argentine president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner in early October triggered the resignation of the head of the country’s central bank, Juan Carlos Fabrega, by criticizing him for not reducing manipulation of the country’s currency. His replacement, Alejandro Vanoli, formerly the head of the country’s securities regulator, CNV, doesn’t look likely to set Argentina on a better path.

Zimbabwe: Mugabe Woos Foreign Investors

Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe is one of Africa’s last old-school dictators. But he’s proving that he may be able to change—for the better. In the decade ending in 2008, Zimbabwe’s economy shrank at an annual rate of 6.1%. Then, in 2009, the country adopted the US dollar. Since then, growth has averaged nearly 8% per year...


Russia: Arrest In 'Potash War'

EMERGING MARKETS ROUNDUP   By Kim Iskyan   Russian potash giant Uralkali in late July unexpectedly withdrew from an export delivery arrangement with Belarus Potash, the marketing agent for the Russian company and for Belaruskali, the Belarus national potash company. ...

Emerging Markets Roundup: Russia

PUTIN NIXES CALLS FOR POLITICAL REFORM   By Kim Iskyan   During his annual state-of-the-union address in mid-December, president Vladimir Putin focused on social spending priorities, including raising salaries for teachers, doctors and other professionals.   He also underscored the need ...


Emerging Markets Roundup: Russia

GOVERNMENT SOFTENS STANCE ON LEBEDEV PRISON TERM By Kim Iskyan A local court reduced the prison term of Platon Lebedev, the business partner of jailed former oil oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky, in what some analysts interpreted as a slight moderation of ...

Emerging Markets Roundup: Russia

PRIVATIZATION PLAN COULD STUMBLE BEFORE LEAVING THE GATE   By Kim Iskyan   In early June, Russia's largest bank, Sberbank, agreed to buy DenizBank of Turkey from French-Belgian lender Dexia, for $3.5 billion. The deal marked Sberbank's second-largest transaction in recent ...

Emerging Markets Roundup: Russia

GROWING POLITICAL UNCERTAINTY HITS RATINGS OUTLOOK   By Kim Iskyan   In mid-January, ratings agency Fitch cut its outlook on Russia from positive to stable, citing increased domestic political uncertainty and potential damage to the Russian economy from deterioration in ...