Category: Financial Times

China’s courtship of Latin America tested

January 8th, 2015 in 2015, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Financial Times, Kevin Gallagher, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Kevin Gallagher, College of Arts & Sciences

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has announced $20bn worth of investment from China. But left unsaid was whether he got what he came for: a financing lifeline from his largest creditor

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“Everyone is watching to see how they deal with defaults. The Chinese have not experienced it yet.”

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Hopes rise for release of US contractor Alan Gross in Cuba jail

December 1st, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Financial Times, Newsmakers, Paul Webster Hare 0 comments

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Paul Webster Hare, College of Arts & Sciences

Alan Gross completes his fifth year in a Cuban jail on Wednesday for alleged spying, and the 65-year old US contractor insists it will be his last behind bars. The signals sent in the US and Havana in recent months suggest he may be right…

Expert quote:

“With Venezuela in ever more desperate straits, [Cuban president Raúl Castro] may soften his position. On the US side . . . polls show the Cuban issue no longer counts for as much and a majority of Americans favour free travel, the opening of embassies and other measures.”

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Difficult jobs market drives applications to top law schools

November 14th, 2014 in 2014, Financial Times, Maureen O'Rourke, Newsmakers, School of Law 0 comments

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Maureen O’Rourke, School of Law

Aspiring law students have more to consider than ever before…

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“We hope applications catch up with general improvements in the economy.”

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Test results can define young careers

September 25th, 2014 in 2014, Financial Times, Fred Foulkes, Newsmakers, School of Management 0 comments

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Fred Foulkes, School of Management

As the graduate recruitment season gets under way, it is time to buff up your CV, line up your referees and dredge up some of those results from school tests you took years ago…

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“The supply of people looking for jobs is greater than the demand and asking candidates to submit their test scores and grades is a way for companies to cut the pile [of applicants] in half.”

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The creative approach strikes a chord with students

March 31st, 2014 in 2014, Financial Times, Jack McCarthy, Newsmakers, School of Management 0 comments

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Jack McCarthy, School of Management

It started out like any ordinary business school lecture…

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“In jazz, there are chords and notes but the performance requires improvisation: the musicians play off each other and play off the audience. That’s a metaphor for the work we do today in organisations. Yes, there are structures for how we get things done but to truly be creative and extend ourselves in business today, we need to build from and with others in the ways that jazz musicians do.”

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Cuba cuts taxes for foreign investors

March 30th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Financial Times, Newsmakers, Paul Webster Hare 0 comments

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Paul Webster Hare, College of Arts & Sciences

Foreign investors, who have weathered a difficult decade in Cuba, will see their profits tax fall from 30 per cent to 15 per cent and stop paying a labour tax and income tax under a new foreign investment law approved by the National Assembly on Saturday…

Expert quote:

“The law will be viewed by potential investors in a much wider context than simply new tax or employment provisions. Cuba has a scarred track record in foreign investment since the 1990s. Of the 400 foreign investment joint ventures a decade ago dozens have left or been forced out of business.”

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A company embroiled in tragedy must display tact

March 26th, 2014 in 2014, Financial Times, Newsmakers, School of Management 0 comments

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Shuba Srinivasan, School of Management

General Motors and Malaysia Airlines are both in trouble but one is giving a lesson in how to handle a fatal crisis while the other is offering a masterclass in how not to. There is a glaring contrast in the behaviour, and ability to cope with public criticism, of Mary Barra, GM’s chief executive, and Ahmad Jauhari Yahya, the chief executive of Malaysia Airlines – although Ms Barra has a simpler task…

Expert quote:

“If you do not communicate clearly and often, someone else will do it for you. By taking a personal stand, she changed the narrative from the product recall to how she was handling it.”

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A dangerous mistake lies at Bitcoin’s intellectual core

February 11th, 2014 in 2014, Bitcoin, Financial Times, Mark Williams, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, School of Management 0 comments

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By Mark Williams, School of Management

This weekend Russia became the latest country to crack down on Bitcoin. China has already banned its citizens from buying the “cryptocurrency”, which functions like cash in that it can be transferred anonymously from one person to another without the involvement of a central clearing house. Western regulators are also watching nervously…

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Letters: Regulate capital outflow from emerging markets

January 30th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Financial Times, Kevin Gallagher, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors 0 comments

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By Kevin Gallagher, College of Arts & Sciences

Sir, You report that emerging markets are coming under increased pressure to raise interest rates as capital flees in a “taper tantrum” (“Brazil warns on ‘vacuum cleaner’ of rising rates”, January 28)…

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UK vote on Syria leaves Obama all but alone on military action

August 31st, 2013 in 2013, Andrew Bacevich, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Financial Times, Newsmakers, Syria 0 comments

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Andrew Bacevich, College of Arts & Sciences

There was a time in Washington 10 years ago when US leaders loved to turn the television on to watch the British parliament, as Tony Blair made the case for the Iraq war with an eloquence that always eluded George W. Bush…

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“Whether you think we are in the Middle East to stabilise the region, to take the oil, to spread freedom and democracy. Whatever rationale you choose among the many that American presidents have articulated, it ain’t working.”

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