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Why it doesn’t pay to underestimate the economic power of women “Who run the world?” If you’re a fan of Beyoncé, it’s ‘girls’, but while we’re nowhere near achieving global gender parity, the potential influence and impact of women on the world economy is undeniable. Women’s participation in the global economy could add as much…

Re-surging Chinese capital in 2018

Chinese Capital Controls? The year 2017 saw Beijing simultaneously tightening and ‘relaxing’ its outbound foreign direct investment (OFDI) protocols. In a somewhat confusing move, following a strew of disastrous Chinese investment decisions, and set against a background of politicking among the People’s Party and an ongoing battle against capital flight, Beijing began to scrutinise many…

The A-Z of AI

Once the stuff of sci-fi, today Artificial Intelligence (AI) is everywhere from our mobile phones to our household appliances and cars. In a nutshell, AI is the simulation of human intelligence in machines, achieved through machine learning, Natural Language Processing techniques (NLP), reasoning and correction. These techniques together make it possible for machines to learn…

The future’s marvelous medicine – how big data will change healthcare

This year, the World Economic Forum was dominated with talk of healthcare’s high-tech revolution, from lab bench to bedside… and not a “robot” in sight. The digital revolution is commonly associated with communications and information, characterised by the internet, digital coms, social media and the industries these have created and supported. Now change is happening…

Creating an investor’s playground

With reform at the top of the agenda, Saudi Arabia is building the ultimate investor’s playground¸ creating opportunities as well as the financial instruments and incubators necessary to realise them. In the modern economy, efficiency is everything and its impact is measured in units of profit. According to Deloitte, a 1% increase in productivity can…

The reasons every investor should understand blockchain

Secure, transparent and efficient, blockchain is the breakthrough that is transforming equity, capital and investment management. In 2008, a financial crisis unprecedented since the Great Depression caused banks around the world to collapse and threatened to wipe out the global financial system. While many governments approved huge taxpayer-funded bailouts to stabilise the failing markets, economic…