The United States is living through an inequality crisis which is distorting and weakening its society, says renowned economist Jeffrey Sachs.
Total wealth held last year in the United States was almost $US63 trillion, almost treble the second richest nation - China with $US23 trillion. Despite that, one highly regarded economist says the US has regressed to "developing nation" status.
Poor productivity is behind New Zealand's most persistent economic problems - and high levels of immigration aren't helping, says economist Michael Reddell.
Change to our economic systems will only be possible when the general public are entrusted with the real facts, says Ann Pettifor, one of the few economists to predict the 2007-2009 Global Financial Crisis.
The career of Professor Richard Thaler blossomed when he realised people do weird things not allowed for by economists. Last year he won the Nobel Prize for his contributions to behavioural economics, recognising the importance of the follies of human behaviour.
Blockchain-based privacy technology is the next big thing and New Zealand is well positioned to be a world leader, industry leader Aaron McDonald says.
We consider China an economic juggernaut, but much of its growth has been debt-fuelled. The Chinese economy now faces a number of threats, says financial journalist Dinny McMahon.
The profits made by the big four banks in New Zealand is a smoking gun for a market with not enough competition, an economist says. Some $5 billion flows from New Zealand to Australia every year, ANZ alone has made $2 billion from its New Zealand operation in the past year.
Fonterra’s next chair will need to tackle poor performance and capital spending problems, business commentator Rod Oram says, by changing the co-op’s culture.
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