Nearshoring Tide Rises In Europe

LOCATION TRENDS | Technology allows all sorts of work to be done anywhere. Many companies are taking advantage of this power to "nearshore" European operations from pricey major capitals to lower-cost locales.  

US Execs Flock To China—Then Flee

When Alibaba announced in May that it was hiring former Goldman Sachs managing director Douglas Feagin to run the international unit of its finance arm, Ant Financial, many observers had a sense of déjà vu.

Activist Investors Target Banks

Management | Shareholder Activism
Activist investors are knocking more loudly at banks’ doors. According to Thomson Reuters data, in 2015, activists launched 97 campaigns aimed at the US financial sector, 22 of them targeting banks.



Israel–Palestine Gas Accord

MILESTONES By Luca Ventura When in early January the US secretary of state John Kerry traveled to the Middle East, newspaper headlines mostly focused on his attempt to push yet another peace deal between Israel and Palestine. His efforts, however, ...



The Fate Of Europe In The Balance

NEWSMAKERS: FRANCE   By Luca Ventura   French president-elect François Hollande is a flag-bearer for adding growth incentives to a European fiscal agreement, rather than just doling out austerity measures.   Hollande elated at defeating Sarkozy Photo Credit : SKPHOTOGRAPHY / Shutterstock.com ...

Profumo Starts With A Splash At Monte Dei Paschi

NEWSMAKERS: ITALY   By Luca Ventura   When Tuscan bank Monte dei Paschi di Siena appointed the charismatic Alessandro Profumo as its new chairman in late April, the news made headlines around the world.   Profumo is ready for the challenge ...

Thorsten Heins Hits First Stumbling Block At RIM

NEWSMAKERS: CANADA   By Luca Ventura   On March 29, telecoms company Research In Motion posted its first loss in seven years.   Tough road ahead for RIM chief Thorsten Heins Photo Credit : REUTERS/EDUARDO MUNOZ It was not what shareholders had ...

Nigerian Candidate Breaks The World Bank Mold

NEWSMAKERS: GLOBAL   By Luca Ventura   When Robert Zoellick announced in February that he would leave the World Bank in June, at the expiration of his five-year term as president, initial speculation over his possible successor revolved around the usual ...