Economy & Policy

Ireland’s Economy is Soaring Thanks to a Pot o’ Corporate Taxes

You’ve heard of the luck of the Irish, but did you know the expression has nothing to do with four-leaf clovers or trapping Leprechauns? It comes from the 19th-century gold and silver rush when many of the most successful and…


Are Rising US Lottery Sales an Economic Indicator?

Economists turn to lots of peculiar things when trying to make sense of the world. Alan Greenspan, the Oracular US Federal Reserve Chairman from 1987 to 2006, famously looked at dry cleaning and men’s underwear sales. Others skip closets and…


Uber Reported Positive Cash Flow for the First Time Ever

When Dara Khosrowshahi sits down for dinner tonight, he won’t be eating his words for a change. In May, the Uber CEO vowed to be “hardcore about costs across the board.” Less than three months later, on Tuesday, his company…


Billions in Corporate Taxes Piling Up Under New Executive Pay Rules

What happens when you tax sky-high executive compensation? Companies prove willing to hand over hundreds of millions in cash to pay for it. That’s a key takeaway from new analysis by The Wall Street Journal, which shows how tax overhauls…


Bloomberg Turns Its Eyes to the World With Global Growth Ambitions

Bloomberg Media’s CEO Justin Smith left earlier this year to launch a global news publication called Semafor with former BuzzFeed News head honcho Ben “Unrelated” Smith. But the company he left behind is not going to let him run away…

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Ten Thousand Rich Chinese Are Trying to Pull Their Wealth Out of the Country

Ironclad, seemingly never-ending lockdowns of financial capital and quixotic, brutal crackdowns on major industries don’t inspire confidence among high-income earners? Who would’ve guessed? China’s President Xi Jinping tried the experiment anyway. Now, investment migration consultancy Henley & Partners estimates that…


Tens of Thousands Ask Italian PM to Stay on Amid Economic Turmoil

Usually politicians resign in shame, but this one tried to do it amid acclaim. Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi tried to resign last week but was rejected by the country’s president. Now, the Italian political class is practically begging him…


Google Gets Rebuffed by US Regulators, Amazon Plays Nice With EU’s

In this game of Monopoly, both players are set out to convince everyone that they are nothing like Rich Uncle Pennybags. On Thursday, regulators considered proposals from two of the world’s biggest tech titans to sort out concerns about their…


Fed Could Entertain Full Point Rate Hike in the Wake of Inflation Scorcher

Would the US Federal Reserve actually raise interest rates this month by a full point (or one hundred basis points, depending on which sounds more dramatic)? Markets are very suddenly saying yes. On Wednesday, the Fed Funds Futures probability priced…


The Euro Zone Adds First Nation in Seven Years

Europe’s hottest club is also one of its most exclusive. And, for the first time since 2015, it’s about to admit a new member nation. On Tuesday, European Union finance ministers formally voted to approve Croatia’s entrance into the euro…

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