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The strengthening dollar makes it a good time to book a trip to Europe.

How does the strong dollar affect U.S. consumers?

Mar 11, 2015
The dollar remains strong against other currencies. What's the effect on consumers?
Posted In: dollar, euro, yen
Police officers observe a minute of silence to commemorate of the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that claimed more than 18,000 lives, and subsequent nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant on March 11, 2015 in Fukushima, Japan.

Japan struggles to build a new electricity network

Mar 11, 2015
The expansion of solar power to replace nuclear has hit a wall: The capacity of Japan's grid.
Posted In: Japan, electricity, solar, power, fossil fuels
An increasing number of English-speaking Mexicans that return home from the U.S. are working in call centers where the pay is better than any other typical Mexican job for those without formal qualifications.

For returnees to Mexico, English is a lucrative skill

Mar 10, 2015
Mexicans who have lived in the U.S. are finding good-paying jobs in call centers.
Posted In: Mexico, Immigration, outsourcing
So many clocks, so little time.

Daylight Savings, a thing that exists for no discernable reason

Mar 9, 2015
There's not much evidence that Daylight Savings Time actually cuts down on electricity use.
Posted In: daylight saving time, apple watch, electricity

Your Wallet: Where are the products that you buy made?

Mar 6, 2015
Is it important to know where what you buy comes from?
Posted In: China, manufacturing, bbc

Don't worry too much about productivity

Mar 5, 2015
An explainer on the relationship between what labor productivity numbers can reflect.
Sundown in Wasteland, China

The Chinese villages of Wasteland, Mud Town and Lonely Outpost

Mar 5, 2015
Michael Meyer spent three years in Chinese villages that are nothing like their names.
Posted In: China, Quiet Village, tradition

The informal economy collides with India’s boom

Mar 5, 2015
A street vendor and a manufacturing success story reveal the limits of India's economy.
Posted In: India, Royal Enfield, exports, manufacturing, street vendors

Ukraine raises interest rate to 30 percent

Mar 4, 2015
The hike comes as Ukraine's central bank seeks to tackle rampant inflation.
Posted In: ukraine, Ukrainian economy, Europe
Pedestrians walk past the skyline of the city's financial district in Shanghai.

The buying power of the Chinese middle class

Mar 3, 2015
“Aspirational luxury” is the sweet spot Chinese investors are trying to target.
Posted In: China, middle class, private equity

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