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Infographic: Here’s How the Global GDP Is Divvied Up

Spoiler alert: The United States gets the biggest slice of the pie.

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Forget Dow 20,000 — the Boom Times Are Over. Is Democracy Next?

Liberal democracy and market capitalism are taken for granted as the best form of government. That bubble may be about to burst.

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Why We Should Remain Optimistic in 2017

New York Times’ columnist Thomas Friedman argues that despite all the disruptions in today’s world, we should instead look to opportunity and growth, and stay positive.

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08:  Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on December 8, 2016 in New York City. Stocks began today higher following yesterday's rally, the best day for the market since the presidential election.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Why the Trump Economic Boom Will Never Come

Yes, the markets are looking good (for now). But subsidized deal-making and tax cuts for the rich are the surest sign of a bubble.

A man stands and smokes a cigarette alongside a board diplaying the price of Euro and US dollars against British pound Sterling, outside a currency exchange store in central London on October 13, 2016.
Dutch food giant Unilever, reportedly caught up in a pricing war with a British supermarket chain, warned Thursday the falling pound will likely hike its prices in Britain. The British pound has faced turbulence recently, last week plummeting against the dollar to its lowest level for 31 years, amid uncertainty over the impact of the country's planned Brexit from the European Union. / AFP / Adrian DENNIS        (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Britain Is Becoming an Emerging Market

With a plunging pound and deep economic uncertainty, one of Europe’s most robust markets is now looking a lot like the developing world.

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The Weird New Normal of Negative Interest Rates

The United States, Germany, and other economic powerhouses haven't learned the dire lessons of Japan's lost decades.

WENZHOU, CHINA - NOVEMBER 12:  (CHINA OUT) STO express crew deal with express packages at assembly line on November 12, 2014 in Wenzhou, Zhejiang province of China. Online shopping websites offered massive discounts on Singles' Day (November 11) every year, which brings huge pressure to China's express delivery business during that day. The e-commerce giant Taobao reached a sales volume of 57.1 billion RMB (about 9.3 billion USD) during Singles' Day in 2014.  (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)

The China Market Status Dilemma

The vexing question of how to deal with a rising China in the midst of an uncertain economic transformation is one with which the European Union, Japan, and the United States are struggling to come to terms.

Ali Bin Ibrahim al-Naimi, Saudi Arabia's petroleum and mineral resources minister, arrives ahead of the 168th Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) meeting in Vienna, Austria, on Friday, Dec. 4, 2015. Oil headed for its fourth decline in five weeks as the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries looked set to leave its production ceiling unchanged at a meeting in Vienna on Friday. Photographer: Lisi Niesner/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Saudi Arabia’s Destructive Oil Freeze

Riyadh has positioned global oil markets for a never-ending series of boom-and-bust cycles.

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Stock Markets Yawn at North Korea’s Nukes

Pyongyang's nuclear tests rattle everyone in the world — except investors.

UFA, RUSSIA - JULY 9:  In this handout image supplied by Host Photo Agency / RIA Novosti, President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin (C) during the group photograph of BRICS leaders, (R-L) President of the Republic of South Africa Jacob Zuma, President of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping, Prime Minister of the Republic of India Narendra Modi and President of the Federative Republic of Brazil Dilma Rousseff during the BRICS/SCO Summits - Russia 2015 on July 09, 2015 in Ufa, Russia. (Photo by Alexey Filippov / Host Photo Agency/Ria Novosti via Getty Images)

The Emerging-Market Beauty Pageant

From China to Mexico, investors are increasingly looking not for deals, but strong macroeconomic policy.

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 26:  Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on the morning of August 26, 2015 in New York City. After a volatile week of fluxuations the Dow Jones opened 400 points higher this morning.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in the Global Market Turmoil

Could the latest chaos in commodities and equities markets be an impetus for better policies?

An investor gestures as he checks share prices at a securities firm in Shanghai on August 26, 2015. Shanghai stocks closed down 1.27 percent in volatile trading on August 26, extending days of falls despite a central bank interest rate cut aimed at boosting the flagging economy and slumping shares, dealers said.     CHINA OUT    AFP PHOTO        (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

China’s Stock Market Crash and Beijing’s Worst Impulses

For too long, the Chinese government has been protecting investors. It's time to allow the market to self-correct.

An investor looks at screens showing stock market movements at a securities company in Beijing on July 28, 2015. Chinese shares sank on July 28, a day after Shanghai's steepest one-day slide in eight years, defying renewed government vows of support that analysts warned were not enough to soothe nervous investors.       AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR        (Photo credit should read FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)

What Can We Learn From the Chinese Stock Market Crash?

The recent debacle is a good reminder that China still needs more reforms.

An investor looks at screens showing stock market movements at a securities company in Beijing on July 14, 2015. Hundreds of firms were expected to resume trading again on July 14, adding to the more than 400 that returned July 13, after they were suspended over the past few weeks to prevent a market meltdown. Authorities intervened after the Shanghai index plunged 30 percent in three weeks, wiping trillions of dollars from market capitalisations, spreading contagion in regional markets and raising fears over the potential impact to the real economy. AFP PHOTO / GREG BAKER        (Photo credit should read GREG BAKER/AFP/Getty Images)

Setting the Record Straight on China’s Stock Market Bubble

China’s wild bull market has staggered to a halt. But the debate about its causes and consequences is still raging.

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