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All signs are that it is starting 2017 with more of the same sluggish growth the U.S. experienced during President Obama's term. But as with the final years of Obama's presidency, there's reason to be optimistic about the current state of the economy ... See more..
Wall Street Journal (subscription) 
SEOUL—South Korea's economy is off to a strong start in 2017, growing at a faster pace than expected in the first three months on a sharp recovery in exports and construction. Exports account for about half of Korea's economy, Asia's fourth largest ... See more..
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TOKYO The Bank of Japan kept monetary policy unchanged on Thursday and offered its most optimistic assessment of the economy in nine years, signaling its confidence that a pick-up in overseas demand will help sustain an export-driven recovery. But the ... See more..
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Key to President Trump's tax plans announced today is accelerated economic growth. That's probably one reason the president took to Twitter this morning to complain about modest growth in 2016. He said trade deficits were to blame. "Trade deficits hurt ... See more..
CNBC 
Cash has been flowing fast and free in the nascent Donald Trump presidency, even if some of the economic data points haven't caught up yet. See more..
ABC News 
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, right, joined by National Economic Director Gary Cohn, center, and White House press secretary Sean Spicer speaks in the briefing room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, April 26, 2017. President Donald ... See more..
CNBC 
Marc Faber has a warning for investors buying U.S. stocks. See more..
Seeking Alpha 
There is something occurring in the economy that is not getting the attention it may deserve. Loan rates for businesses are declining. Simultaneously, consumers are spending less but are taking on more and more debt. This is a sign of an economy that ... See more..
Wall Street Journal (subscription) 
TOKYO—The Bank of Japan left unchanged its ultraeasy monetary policy Thursday, saying inflation is lagging behind an earlier forecast, though it offered a more upbeat tone on the economy. The decision followed a campaign by officials to highlight ... See more..
Townhall 
Reducing taxes on all businesses down to 15% will turbocharge the economy," ATR President Grover Norquist said in a statement. "The Trump administration has made it clear that spending on infrastructure will be kept separate from tax reform. This will ... See more..
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Income inequality is very high across the world—20% of the world’s population control nearly 70% of the world’s wealth.1 The Gini coefficient refers to income distribution across a country; the higher the Gini coefficient for a country the higher the income inequality, and the lower a country’s Gini score the more equitably wealth is distributed in the country.2  Latin America is the region with the highest Gini score, indicating high levels of inequality.3 While sub-Saharan Africa is also highly unequal, the region has reduced its Gini score by several points since the 1990s.4

The International Labor Organization estimates that nearly 202 million people are currently unemployed worldwide.5 In 2012 6% of the world’s total workforce was without a job.6 About 35% of the world’s unemployed have been out of work for six months or longer, and 13% of the world’s population under the age of 24 is currently without work.7 The 2008 economic recession significantly increased the global unemployment rate, and in 2007 around 178 million people were unemployed, as opposed to over 200 million in 2014.8

Only 10% of the global population has access to traditional banking or means of attaining loans, savings accounts, credit, or other financial services.9 Poverty, service fees, and travel distance all inhibit over 2.5 million adults around the world from accessing banks or financial institutions.10  Microfinance is becoming an increasingly popular model in developing countries as a means of boosting local economies and the global market. Microfinance institutions enable low-income individuals, who would otherwise be unable to utilize a traditional bank loan, to attain loans for their businesses. The loans are then repaid to the individual lenders, rather than a bank.11 These financial services can lead to increased income, improved health, and improved education for many families.12 An estimated 500 million individuals have benefited from microfinance worldwide.13 However, the success of microfinance initiatives rests heavily on regulatory policies including interest-rate caps and pricing transparency to protect borrowers from exploitation and exorbitantly high interest rates.14

 
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1 http://www.unicef.org/socialpolicy/files/Global_Inequality.pdf
2 Ibid
3 Ibid
4 Ibid
5 http://www.theguardian.com/business/2013/jan/22/ilo-unemployment-numbers-rise-2013
6 Ibid
7 Ibid
8 https://www.gfmag.com/global-data/economic-data/worlds-unemployment-ratescom
9 http://www.forbes.com/sites/dell/2012/07/24/microfinance-as-a-tool-to-alleviate-poverty/
10 http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/NEWS/0,,contentMDK:20433592~menuPK:34480~pagePK:64257043~piPK:437376~theSitePK:4607,00.html
11 http://www.forbes.com/sites/dell/2012/07/24/microfinance-as-a-tool-to-alleviate-poverty/
12 http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/NEWS/0,,contentMDK:20433592~menuPK:34480~pagePK:64257043~piPK:437376~theSitePK:4607,00.html
13 http://www.forbes.com/sites/dell/2012/07/24/microfinance-as-a-tool-to-alleviate-poverty/
14 http://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2014/oct/08/developing-countries-informal-economies-microfinance-financial-inclusion
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Microfinance
Microfinance is becoming an increasingly popular model in developing countries as a means of boosting local economies and the global market. Only 10% of the global population has access to traditional banking or means of attaining loans, savings accounts, credit, or other financial services.1 Poverty, service fees, and travel distance inhibit over 2.5 million adults around the world from accessing banks or financial institutions.2 Microfinance institutions enable low-income individuals, who would otherwise be unable to utilize a traditional bank, to attain loans for their businesses. The loans are then repaid to the individual lenders, rather than a bank.3 These financial services can lead to increased income, improved health, and improved education for many families.4 An estimated 500 million individuals have benefited from microfinance worldwide.5 However, the success ...See More of microfinance initiatives rests heavily on regulatory policies including interest-rate caps and pricing transparency to protect borrows from exploitation and exorbitantly high interest rates.6 Microfinance consists largely of offering small business loans to individuals who cannot afford or do not have physical access to a traditional bank. However, interest rates on these loans are often prohibitive—sometimes as high as 100% or more—raising questions of how ethical or beneficial microfinance and other practices of financial inclusion actually are.7 Additionally, particularly in countries such as Mexico, some applicants for microfinance loans already hold loans from other institutions. In Mexico, nearly a third of all microfinance loan applicants already hold at least three other loans.8 In order for microfinance and other financial inclusion initiations to be effective, government regulation, such as interest caps, must be implemented to avoid over indebtedness and financial burdens that outweigh the benefits of microfinance loans. Show Less