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INF.- Global Powers of Retailing 2016

In the world of retailing, much attention has lately been focused on the competitive threat to stores coming from online retailing, the challenge of cybersecurity, and the difficulty in deciphering the tastes and price sensitivities of an increasingly fragmented consumer market. Yet through all of these and other issues, one thing remains constant. That is the considerable impact on retailers of economic strength and weakness, of inflation and deflation, and of currency and asset price movements. This section examines the current and anticipated economic environment, with the goal of distilling what it means for the world’s leading retailers and their...

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INF.- The Missing Entrepreneurs 2015

The economic crisis has left us with a number of challenging legacies, including high unemployment – particularly for youth. In many European countries, youth unemployment averages  around twice the adult rates. Other groups are also affected. Women, immigrants and seniors all have higher levels of labour market inactivity or poorer labour market outcomes. OECD projections suggest that these challenges are unlikely to be resolved soon. We need an “all on board” approach to ensure a future built on both inclusion and growth. The OECD’s Inclusive Growth initiative has pinpointed a number of policy areas that can achieve this, including skills and entrepreneurship. This book focuses on inclusive entrepreneurship, i.e. ensuring that people from all backgrounds have the opportunity to start up in business or self-employment. Government policy can help people who are unemployed or disadvantaged in the labour market to create their own jobs by helping them gain entrepreneurship skills and motivations, access to  finance and entrepreneurial networks so that they can have a chance to create their own job. At the  same time, it is important that policy makers complement such efforts by continuing to support the development of entrepreneurial attitudes and...

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INF.- Global Wealth 2015: Winning the Growth Game

The wealth management industry has arrived at an inflection point. While one group of players seems to be guarding the status quo, another group is seizing the moment. These proactive institutions are doing more than their competitors to raise their game in ways that will ensure profitability and market-leading positions over the next five years and beyond. Given the current market dynamics, we have placed special emphasis in this year’s Global Wealth report on what the most successful players in today’s wealth-management industry are doing right. Using data gathered from benchmarking studies carried out over the past three years, we have identified those organizations whose performance has consistently surpassed that of their peers. For example, although robust asset performance drove growth for most players in 2014, some institutions were able to gain higher revenues per relationship manager, acquire greater amounts of new assets, and achieve leading revenue and cost margins. What drives such significant...

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