At least 6bn people around the world live in corrupt countries, according to Transparency International’s (TI) latest ranking of perceptions of corruption in the public sector. Based on surveys with analysts and business folk, TI found 69% of countries scored less than 50 (100 being “very clean”) in its index for 2017.
PROFESSIONAL investors are often portrayed in popular culture as aggressive, hyper-competitive alpha males: think Gordon Gekko in the 1987 film “Wall Street”, or the “Big Swinging Dicks” in Michael Lewis’s “Liar’s Poker”.
THE WINTER Olympics have always been dwarfed by their older summer counterparts. This year’s games, which opened in Pyeongchang on February 9th, are no exception.
THE technology industry is the crowning glory of America’s economy. It supports 7m well-paid jobs at home, and allows America to set standards globally. Silicon Valley generates almost $200bn of profits from abroad each year, several times the benefit that America gets from having the world’s reserve currency.
It should not be difficult to love Amazon. To consumers, it offers choice and convenience. Countless internet ventures have relied on its cheap, flexible cloud computing services to start and scale up. Amazon makes titans such as Walmart work hard for their revenue, offers a shopping search engine that is Google’s only serious rival, raises […]