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A blueprint for better state investment

Until recently, the Irish State did not have to be good at investment. That’s because, before the 1990s, Ireland quietly dwindled. It didn’t have to get good at building homes and transport systems for a growing population because it had a shrinking population.


Hawala or hewala (Arabic: حِوالة ḥawāla, meaning transfer or sometimes trust), originating in India as havala (Hindi: हवाला), also known as havaleh in Persian,[1] and xawala or xawilaad[2] in Somali, is a popular and informal value transfer system based on the performance and honour of a huge network of money brokers (known as hawaladars).

99% of big projects fail

An economist who spent decades studying ’megaprojects’ has some advice for getting them right: Think slow, act fast and build brick by tiny plastic brick.

Investopedia dictionary

Investopedia was founded in 1999 with the mission of simplifying financial decisions and information to give readers the confidence to manage every aspect of their financial life.

OEC World

The Observatory of Economic Complexity (OEC) is an online data visualization and distribution platform focused on the geography and dynamics of economic activities.

Duty Calculator

Use this quick tool to calculate import duty & taxes for hundreds of destinations worldwide.

Can banks individually create money out of nothing?

This paper presents the first empirical evidence in the history of banking on the question of whether banks can create money out of nothing.

Princes of Yen

“Princes of the Yen: Central Banks and the Transformation of the Economy” 『円の支配者』reveals how Japanese society was transformed to suit the agenda and desire of powerful interest groups, and how citizens were kept entirely in the dark about this.

my personal debt crisis

Ed Andrews, economics commentator for the New York Times, charts his own personal financial crisis.