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Rising corporate debt: Peril or promise?

– Corporate bond issuance has increased 2.5 times over the past ten years, creating a broader and deeper market in many countries. But there are rising risks.

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Where companies with a long-term view outperform their peers

– Our new Corporate Horizon Index provides systematic evidence that a long-term approach can lead to superior performance for revenue... and earnings, investment, market capitalization, and job creation.

India’s economy: Why the time for growth is now

– The driving forces of the country’s growth—including urbanization, a rising middle class, and increasing consumer spending—are... ripe for companies to seize upon.

South Africa’s bold priorities for inclusive growth

– Sluggish growth has left many pessimistic about the country’s economic outlook, but five actions could add 1.1 percent ($87 billion)... to annual GDP and create millions of jobs by 2030.

A window of opportunity for Europe

– The region could achieve economic growth of 2 to 3 percent annually by undertaking supply-side reforms and boosting investment... and job-creation efforts.

Switzerland’s competitiveness in a Europe of conflicting priorities

– The main focus of attention in Switzerland in recent months has been on the strength of the Swiss franc. In this white paper,... McKinsey Switzerland explores why the economic development of Europe and Switzerland’s own competitiveness will be more decisive for the Swiss economy.

Debt and (not much) deleveraging

– Global debt has grown by $57 trillion and no major economy has decreased its debt-to-GDP ratio since 2007. High government debt... in advanced economies, mounting household debt, and the rapid rise of China’s debt are areas of potential concern.

How the world could better fight obesity

– If the prevalence of obesity continues on its rising trend, almost half of the world’s adult population could be overweight or... obese by 2030, imposing even greater personal, social, and economic costs. Effectively combating obesity around the world may require a comprehensive strategy of 44 interventions as part of a potential Obesity Abatement Program.

The flow of governance: An interview with Don Tapscott

– Many of the world’s problems often seem intractable. Yet as strategy consultant Don Tapscott explains, there are also new... ways of solving them.

China’s e-tail revolution

– The rapid path from retailing to e-tailing is encouraging consumption and reshaping the industry.

Financial globalization: Retreat or reset?

– Cross-border capital flows remain 60 percent below their precrisis peak, and growth in financial assets around the world has stalled.... Continued retrenchment could jeopardize investment and recovery unless policy makers can "reset" the financial system for a healthier flow of financing that supports economic growth.

Growth and renewal in the Swedish economy

– Sweden's economy is faring better than many of its peers, but to compete in the long term, the nation must address five key issues.
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