2016

Corporate Finance In Retreat

Corporate Finance In Retreat

Global banks may be de-risking, but what are the implications for their corporate customers in those markets deemed undesirable as a result of the growing regulatory burden?

New Economy Minister Faces Rocky Path

New Economy Minister Faces Rocky Path

With Japan still struggling to achieve economic lift-off, longtime Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) hand Nobuteru Ishihara took over as the country’s Economy minister in late January.

‘SIFI’ Label For Nonfinancial Firms In Jeopardy

‘SIFI’ Label For Nonfinancial Firms In Jeopardy

Trends | Financial Regulation 
American insurance giant MetLife has doubled down on its efforts to skirt the heavier regulatory burden that comes with being labeled a Systemically Important Financial Institution.

Business Gets An App For That

Business Gets An App For That

Smart corporates are using mobile apps to collect real-time data, analyze it and feed it to employees, who can respond immediately. Companies that neglect these tools could find themselves at a disadvantage.

2015

Best Global Brands 2015

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.

Household Saving Rates

Household Saving Rates

Household saving is defined as the difference between a household’s disposable income (wages, income of the self-employed and net property income) and its consumption (expenditures on goods and services.)

Unemployment Rates Around the World

Unemployment Rates Around the World

Unemployment is an economic condition in which individuals actively seeking jobs remain un-hired. While this would seem to be straightforward, there are several complications in both measuring unemployment within a country and in comparing unemployment rates from country to country.

Composition of Foreign Exchange Reserves 2015

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

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

World’s GDP Growth by Region 2015

The gross domestic product (GDP) of a country can be defined as the value of the total final output of all goods and services produced in a single year within a country's boundaries. The growth is expressed as a percent.

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.

Countries with Lowest GDP Growth 2015

The gross domestic product (GDP) of a country can be defined as the value of the total final output of all goods and services produced in a single year within a country's boundaries. The growth is expressed as a percent.

The Most Peaceful Countries in The World 2015

The Most Peaceful Countries in The World 2015

Despite living in the most peaceful century in human history, the world has become less peaceful over the last seven years. Since 2008, 111 countries’ peace levels deteriorated, while only 51 have increased.

Countries with Highest GDP Growth 2015

The gross domestic product (GDP) of a country can be defined as the value of the total final output of all goods and services produced in a single year within a country's boundaries. The growth is expressed as a percent.

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.