Endangered Species: America’s Dwindling Global Influence

A year ago, Donald Trump was elected president. Many people predicted that American foreign policy would take a disastrous turn. Trump had suggested that...

Token Resistance: Regulators Eye Initial Coin Offerings

"I’m gonna make a of money on August 2nd on the Stox.com ICO.” Written in July on Instagram, these words made boxer Floyd Mayweather...

The Other Side of Paradise

The week of November 6-10 was uncomfortable for a host of well-heeled figures. In the frame were U2’s Bono, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross of...

Is Social Media a Threat to Democracy?

In 1962 a British political scientist, Bernard Crick, published In Defense of Politics. He argued that the art of political horse-trading, far from being...

Whatever Happened to Inflation?

A few years ago the news about the euro-zone economy was uniformly bad to the point of tedium. These days it is the humdrum...

Shuffle & Deal: The Future of American Express

He is leaving with the share price rising and the October 18 announcement of earnings that were largely well received. Better still, Kenneth Chenault,...

A Tsar Is Born

Seventeen years after Vladimir Putin first became president of Russia, his grip on the country is stronger than ever. The West, which still sees...

Not an Endangered Species: The MBA

The MBA is both revered and reviled. To boosters it has advanced the science of management and helped companies, and countries, to grow. Detractors...

Land of the Giants: Commerce in the Age of Amazon and...

Shoppers will spend record sums online in the next few weeks—in China for Singles Day on November 11, in America on Black Friday and...

Helping Globalization’s Losers

POPULISM'S wave has yet to crest. That is the sobering lesson of recent elections in Germany and Austria, where the success of anti-immigrant, anti-globalization parties...

Big Blue Yonder: Can IBM Bounce Back Again?

TECHNOLOGY giants are a bit like dinosaurs. Most do not adapt successfully to a new age—what is known in the industry as a “platform...

Making It in America: The Problem Is Finding Skilled Workers

"We are always short 10 to 20 people,” said Jack Marshall, manager of PPG’s plant in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. The company makes coatings, paint and...

The World’s Most Powerful Man

American presidents have a habit of describing their Chinese counterparts in terms of awe. A fawning Richard Nixon said to Mao Zedong that the...

Beware the app trap

The new app for an upmarket British department store certainly looks the part. Released on Google Play, a shop for Android software, on September...

The Bull Market in Everything

In his classic The Intelligent Investor, first published in 1949, Wall Street sage Benjamin Graham distilled what he called his secret of sound investment...

Buried Treasure: How Much Is Hidden in Tax Havens?

Switzerland, which developed cross-border wealth-management in the 1920s, once was in a league of its own as a tax haven. Since the 1980s, however,...

Investing and Gender: The Power of Daughters

Richard Nesbitt, former chief operating officer at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, has long been an evangelist for women in business. In Results...

Silicon Valley on the Moskva

Arkady Volozh, the bearded cofounder of Yandex, Russia’s largest search engine, bristled at hearing his company branded “the Google of Russia.” Far from emulating...

Three Tests for Trump on Trade

In 1845 Frédéric Bastiat, a French economist, wrote an open letter to his national parliament, pleading for help on behalf of makers of candles...

America Holds the WTO Hostage

Eight months into Donald Trump’s presidency, the rules-based system of global trade remains intact. Threats to impose broad tariffs have come to nothing. Some...