In recent years, real estate markets have become more international and the global flows of foreign investment make local markets more susceptible to real asset volatility.

The world is witnessing a rise in geo-economics, where the main global battlefield is economic rather than military. And with sanctions, competing trade regimes, currency and price manipulation increasingly taking the place of conventional warfare, the implication of these forces could be an unravelling of the global economy, a new report by the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Geo-economics finds.

While the wealthy evade billions in taxes, ordinary citizens continue to bear the burden of budget cuts. Meanwhile, those who resist are punished for it. Is our austerity world an upside-down normalcy and reality? Je Suis(se) HSBC!! Isn’t it odd, or it’s just another (unintentional) ad?

The Greeks have received all the blame for the crisis, but the bankers in Frankfurt deserve the lion’s share of the culpability for making such ill-advised loans in the first place.

“Trade not Aid”: this used to be the slogan of third-worldist movements in the mid-1960s, an epoch when intellectual figures in the Third World were denouncing the unequal exchange between the capitalist Center and the Periphery.

Escalating inequality is the work of a global elite that will resist every challenge to its vested interests. Even the extremely asocial CEOs and bankers are fretting about the capitalist threat to capitalism.

Latin America’s lagging competitiveness must be addressed by increasing the level and efficiency of investments and by fostering intra-regional and private public collaborations, recommends a new report, Bridging the Skills and Innovation Gap to Boost Productivity in Latin America, published by the World Economic Forum.

The World Economic Forum launched the Industrial Internet of Things: Unleashing the Potential of Connected Products and Services. The report demonstrates that the industrial internet of things will dramatically change manufacturing, energy, agriculture and other industrial sectors of the economy that, together, make up two-thirds of the global gross domestic product (GDP).

The World Economic Forum’s Partnering Against Corruption Initiative (PACI) is to expand the work of its PACI Vanguard community of global chief executive officers in 2015, to help implement the action plan created by the B20 Working Group on Anti-Corruption.

With the price of oil rock-bottom, now is the perfect opportunity to cut $2 trillion worth of energy subsidies across the world and invest it equally in job creation and education, with a special focus on women, said Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund (IMF), Washington DC. She was speaking at a panel debate examining global economic growth, inequality and the role of technology at the 45th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting.

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