Thursday, June 21, 2018
Caracas.- Mucho alardeó el Gobierno nacional el aumento del salario mínimo a 1 millón de bolívares y del bono de alimentación en 1 millón 550 mil bolívares, el pasado 30 de abril para “proteger” el salario de los trabajadores en medio de la crisis económica por la que atraviesa el país. Lea también: “Hay que ajustar el precio”: Marquina dice que “es un...
Foto: Archivo El proceso de recepción de remesas desde el extranjero, para los residentes en Venezuela, es más fácil de lo que se esperaba. Los ciudadanos de este país estamos acostumbrados a largos procesos burocráticos de registro e inscripciones en plataformas tecnológicas para poder acceder a moneda extranjera: Cadivi, Cencoex, sitme, simadi, dipro, dicom, dólar fronterizo. En el caso de las...
Foto: Archivo Caracas.- En los últimos meses, el mercado de las remesas se ha movido intensamente en Venezuela de la mano de la diáspora. Estimaciones de empresas de análisis económico señalan que el ingreso de las remesas al país osciló entre 1,200 millones y 1.600 millones de dólares en 2017 y se espera una cifra similar para 2018. El de las...
THE canteen of Stockholm University could scarcely be more Swedish. Young blond students sip coffee and tap away on Macs. In room 3.89, an outpost of the campus, is another, newer Sweden. Refugees, all of them teachers, from lands far to the south and east are preparing for the classrooms of their new home. Several keep their coats on...
THERE is a type of footballer who inspires the affection of fans and the ire of coaches. He is talented, usually extravagantly so. But he is also wayward to the same lavish degree. Discipline seems beyond him, on or off the pitch. It was said of one of this kind, Stan Bowles of Queens Park Rangers and England, that...
THE teller at ICBC, China’s (and the world’s) biggest bank, ushers a new, well-heeled customer into a private room. It is not for VIP treatment but a stern warning. The customer wants to invest in products offering higher returns than a basic savings account. The teller fixes a camera on her and reels off a series of questions. Are...
IF THERE is a single example of how dramatically the regulatory environment has changed for American banks in the past 18 months, it may be the trickle of information that has recently emerged about an inquiry into their sales practices. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), a banking watchdog, began it in 2016 after widespread malpractice...
ON JUNE 13th the Federal Reserve raised its benchmark interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point, the seventh such increase since it began shouldering rates away from zero in December 2015. Markets shrugged—a rather different reaction from the one that followed a policy adjustment made five years ago this month. The chairman then, Ben Bernanke, dared advise...
ADE AYEYEMI’S office in Lomé, the capital of Togo, is a good place to think about crossing borders. Ghana is ten minutes’ drive away. From his window the boss of Ecobank can watch trucks rumble along the seafront, some bound for Burkina Faso, a day’s journey, or Mali, perhaps another day on. At night, cargo ships twinkle offshore. From...
IMAGINE the tale of Sisyphus, the mythical king doomed to spend eternity pushing a boulder up a hill only for it to roll back down, retold by Kafka. The result would be very like the tortuous story of Andreas Georgiou, Greece’s former statistics chief. Since 2011 Mr Georgiou has faced several criminal charges. One is that he inflated budget-deficit figures,...