It has been long time since Harry Markowitz propounded his well-known theory on portfolio selection in 1952 from Rand Corporation. Dozens of academics have developed his model and criticised its limitations over the years.
2016 started off as one of the worst years on record for the stock market. As investors scrambled around dreading that the bull market might be over, the Federal Reserve and Central Banks from the around have continued to pacify fears that despite the jerky start, economic indicators were positive.
The One-Belt One-Road initiative has significantly come up with the manifold opportunities enabling China to connect with the rest of the region through the railway and road networks. Particularly, in the aftermath of lifting sanctions from Iran, the cargo train started the ride to transport the business good from the Yiwu town of eastern China and arrived in Tehran on the 15 February 2016.
The discussion about the theories that determine the foreign exchange rate is a recurrent issue in the economic literature. Theoretical and empirical approaches achieved to outline a shaky framework in the past decades.
Today many countries suffer from high and rising inequality with many citizens unable to fully benefit from economic progress. Of course this is a major concern for governments around the world, but business also has an important role to play in addressing these challenges. A new report provides an important tool for our discussions on how businesses can support a growth process that is both inclusive and sustainable.
The newly inaugurated “One Belt, One Road” initiative had its first trip with a shipment arriving in Tehran from China . China has undertaken the endeavor to revive the ancient trade network that once helped connect the Orient with Europe.
Six decades after the first thought of creating a Union of European countries, the dominant debate on the supranational and intergovernmental EU structuring and virtue, seems to return and to push to policy differentiation.
Economic downturn; recession of plans and initiatives; €-crisis; Brexit and irredentism in the UK, Spain, Belgium, Denmark and Italy; lasting instability in the Euro-Med theatre (debt crisis of the Europe’s south – countries scrutinized and ridiculed under the nickname PIGS, coupled with the failed states all over the MENA); terrorism; historic low with Russia; influx of predominantly Muslim refugees from Levant in unprecedented numbers and intensities since the WWII exoduses; consequential growth of far-right parties that are exploiting fears from otherness which are now coupled with already urging labor and social justice concerns, generational unemployment and socio-cultural anxieties… The very fundaments of Europe are shaking.