Recent news

Latest items of recent news relevant to Global as reported in our fortnightly newswire ‘Dernières nouvelles’. 

Global: Recent rise in high profile CEO dismissals

There has been a curious spate over the last two months of sudden departures from multinational Boards, with often dramatic aftermaths …

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Global: Meeting operational overloads increases stress and reduces productivity

If there is one thing that can be done now in most organisations to become more effective it is to reduce the time spent by staff attending internal meetings …

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Global: The longer-term perspective

During the next decade the economies of advanced countries will transform and numerous jobs disappear as dependence on all fossil fuels ends, oil companies are forced to diversify and – most visible of all – petrol (gas) filling stations disappear from roadsides …

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Global: Negatives greatly outweighing the positives

The world economy is currently in the throes of rising unemployment, falling stock markets, emerging deflation, volatile oil prices, high interest rates and mortgages ‘through the roof’ – all against a backcloth of major military conflicts in Eastern Europe and the Middle East …

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Global: Food prices should no longer be a driver for consumer price inflation

World food prices continue their downward path and in August 2023 were 24% below their peak recorded in March 2022 …

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Global: Standard Chartered enhances global parental leave benefits

Employees of this international banking group may now access a minimum of 20 weeks paid parental leave, irrespective of gender, relationship status or how a child comes to permanently join an employee’s family …

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Global: Inflation rate falling rather than rising in most jurisdictions/countries

Annual rates of consumer prices have been recently most frequently falling across the World – where the latest annual rates for the year to July 2023 have been: Lebanon 251 …

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Global: Amazon extends family-building benefits to 50 countries

Amazon company’s ‘family-building’ benefits started in the United States in 2019 – before expanding, early this year, into Canada …

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Global: Double digit declines in business confidence

Double digit declines in business confidence exist in many economies around the World and are particularly evident in manufacturing …

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Global: University drop-out rates

These rank as a huge waste of resources and say as much about the quality of the institution as the suitability of candidates to follow degree-level courses. Levels in many countries are improving, although this took something of a knock during the period 2020-22 because of the pandemic. Overall, the UK (6.4%) and Japan (7%) have the lowest dropout rates, in Germany (14.7%) and Spain (16%) the rate is much higher and in Australia (37.4%) and USA (40%) the rates amount to a national educational disaster. However, graduation rates differ significantly between institutions, with the lowest in the USA – the Southern University of New Orleans having only 4% of students completing with a degree. At the other end of the scale is Harvard with a graduation rate of 98% and MIT with a rate of 95.4%. In the UK 99% of Cambridge University entrants leave with a degree and 98.8% of Oxford graduates. One reason for high retention is not only because these institutions attract the strongest candidates, but that they also can demonstrate a high employability rate after graduation.

Global: Countries with the worst economic omens

We at FedEE are unashamedly monetarist in our approach to the global economy and that is largely why our predictions easily outperform IMF, World Bank, the OECD, EU and most individual country central bank forecasts …

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Global: Law firm Clyde & Co extends parental leave to 26 weeks for all

Policy forefront – Enhanced parental leave and broad family-friendly package …

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Global: Long COVID-19 – The impact on labour markets

The World Health Authority (WHO) has estimated that as many as one in five people who contract COVID-19 are left with longer-term symptoms – such as fatigue and breathing problems …

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Global: Taxing wages – multiple penalties for the average taxpayer

According to the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development), the tax wedge for an average worker now ranges from zero in Colombia to 53% in Belgium …

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Global: Trends in participation constant over time

According to the International Labour Organisation (ILO), relative gender job and pay differences around the globe haven’t changed significantly in 20 years …

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