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Debt, GDP, Interest Rate Shock

October 24, 2016
David R. Kotok
David R. Kotok

Business Insider has compiled a colorful depiction of the largest debtor countries in the world. Here is the link: http://www.businessinsider.com/wef-countries-with-highest-level-of-government-debt-vs-gdp-2015-10. Does debt to GDP mean anything? The answer is maybe. And perhaps the second part of that answer is that it means a huge economic burden if there is intent to pay the debt back. […]

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If You’re Lucky Enough to Be Irish…

October 20, 2016
Jill Fornito
Jill Fornito

‘…then you’re lucky enough,’ as the saying goes. Having grown up in a proud Irish household, with ancestors stemming from County Mayo and County Meath, I was pretty excited to plan GIC’s conference in Dublin. Our program in Ireland, held September 28-30, was the seventh out of our eight international events held in celebration of GIC’s 40th Anniversary in 2016, with the final event taking place in Madrid the following week on October 2-4.

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Trade has been the Antidote to War in Europe

October 6, 2016
Eamonn McKee
Eamonn McKee

Business men and women, trade officials and EU bureaucrats don’t often see themselves as peace builders. Yet that is the real outcome of their professions. Without the trade they foster and make possible, the continent would not just be poorer but more violent. This might sound like a bold claim but let’s briefly put the achievement of EU trade and the single market in context.

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Zika, Cuba, American Politics

October 4, 2016
David R. Kotok
David R. Kotok

Why is Zika so important that you write about it often?” I have gotten that question many times. An update on the Zika situation follows. But first let me offer an explanation as to why I write about it. I believe that health issues and disease threats offer us the chance to assess the functioning of a political system. SARS, Ebola, bird flu, and now Zika show whether or not the political system can be proactive. The quality of governance of a country is revealed, and its functionality [...]

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