Global food prices reach all-time high

Apr 8, 2022
The United Nations’ index of global food prices rose 12.6% in March, increasing the risk of hunger in the developing world.
In Egypt, the government subsidized bread so much that it costs consumers less than the value of the grain it's made with, leading to waste.
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Could the U.S. have weakened its financial clout by using it to sanction Russia?

Apr 4, 2022
Probably not, but Russia and China are likely to keep looking for ways to avoid U.S.-controlled financial infrastructure.
The U.S. has a lot of leverage in the global financial system — at least for now.
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How Russian sanctions could speed up the corrosion of globalization

Mar 23, 2022
Adam Posen of the Peterson Institute says that could lead to less varied, costlier goods and a more divided and politically uncertain world.
As globalization corrodes, Adam Posen argues, American consumers could see a smaller variety of goods at higher prices.
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Trade deals improve relations with U.S. allies — gradually

Mar 23, 2022
A new trade deal with the U.K. will erase Trump-era tariffs on steel and aluminum imported into the U.S., and motorcycles and whiskey exported to the U.K.
Shipping containers at Seaforth Dock in Liverpool. In the latest trade deal, U.S. tariffs are being replaced with import quotas.
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Central Asia suffers collateral economic damage from Russia's war in Ukraine

Mar 22, 2022
These neighbors of Russia played no part in Putin’s invasion, but they are caught in the economic crossfire triggered by sanctions.
Kazakhstan's president, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, left, meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in February. The value of Kazakhstan's currency has fallen since Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
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After 2 years in the pandemic economy, businesses still face uncertainty

Mar 7, 2022
But it's not necessarily the pandemic that's driving it. Three businesses on three continents share what they're seeing.
Small businesses have been through a lot of stress and uncertainty in the last two years, and the war in Ukraine is creating new challenges.
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Higher prices, more risk: How Russia's war on Ukraine is likely to affect the global economy

Feb 24, 2022
The invasion has introduced a lot of unknowns for global trade, financial markets and national economies. It's also a blow to the pandemic recovery.
People carrying bags walk on a street in Ubla, Slovakia, after crossing the Slovak-Ukrainian border on Feb. 24. Russia began a large-scale attack on Ukraine overnight, with explosions reported in several cities and outside the regions held by Russian-backed rebels.
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IMF downgrades global economic growth in its latest report

Jan 25, 2022
The IMF's Gita Gopinath talks about the challenges facing the global economy as the world enters its third year of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"The global economy did rebound quite strongly in 2021," says the IMF's Gita Gopinath. "The problem is that countries have recovered at very divergent paces." Above, Gopinath at a 2021 interview.
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Forecasting the biggest challenges facing companies in 2022

Jan 5, 2022
Corporations will have to navigate an increasingly polarized world — and economy.
Corporations will have to navigate an increasingly polarized world — and economy.
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Has Brexit boosted London’s financial center?

Sep 22, 2021
British financial services exports to the EU rose in the first few months after the U.K. left the bloc.
The City of London financial district. Data from the first quarter after Brexit took effect shows a small increase in the U.K.'s financial exports to the European Union.
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