Economics & Policy

Too Big to Fail? The Major Financial Risk We Need to Examine Now

Apr 2017

Too Big to Fail? The Major Financial Risk We Need to Examine Now

This FTI Q&A explores the explosive growth of one of the safeguards of Dodd-Frank — central counterparties clearinghouses — and asks: have they become too big to protect the system?

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Is America Ready for the Coming Trade Wars?

Feb 2017

Is America Ready for the Coming Trade Wars?

President Trump’s anti-trade policies, if enacted, could have severe economic consequences for the United States. That’s something the majority of the public doesn’t understand. The time to get America up to speed is right now.

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One Continent. One Market. One Click?

Dec 2016

One Continent. One Market. One Click?

The European Commission’s plan to create a digital single market that cuts across the national boundaries of the continent and boosts competition is gaining momentum. Now if the EC can just overcome those annoying regulatory hurdles...

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Are We Dialing Down Nuclear Power at Precisely the Wrong Time?

Jan 2017

Are We Dialing Down Nuclear Power at Precisely the Wrong Time?

When it comes to the future of nuclear energy, the EPA’s mandate to reduce CO2 emissions from power plants is well intentioned but could result in cost hikes for consumers. Here’s why.

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China M&As Eye Western Tech: Tense Times Follow

Nov 2016

China M&As Eye Western Tech: Tense Times Follow

Chinese companies are trying to scoop up Western tech companies in M&A mega deals, with big rewards for all. But suspicions on both sides continue to scuttle some of the deals. Here’s why.

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Hurry Up and Wait, Argentina!

Nov 2016

Hurry Up and Wait, Argentina!

Argentina’s new President, Mauricio Macri, came into office in December 2015 with a mandate to evolve the nation towards a more market-oriented economy. The result has been limited progress mixed with pain. Will the people stick by him and allow him to reach his goals?

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Dead Malls Give Rise to New Town Centers

Oct 2016

Dead Malls Give Rise to New Town Centers

With a soft consumer economy and rise in online shopping, the majority of U.S. malls are struggling. But a new, innovative solution for reinvention holds promise for both investors and local communities.

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How to Get the Best Bounce for Your Buck When Starting Up a Business in Asia

Oct 2016

How to Get the Best Bounce for Your Buck When Starting Up a Business in Asia

When Senior Managing Director Michael McCreadie wanted to open a trampoline fitness center in Asia he discovered all sorts of cultural roadblocks. It took a ton of patience and a sense of humor to get the job done. Here are his hard-won lessons.

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Retail Executives Go on a Shopping Spree for Solutions

Oct 2016

Retail Executives Go on a Shopping Spree for Solutions

A bespoke playbook for success in the retail industry? Our exclusive FTI survey of 100 C-Suite retail executives reveals their individual concerns and strategies for battling back in a troubled industry.

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New Tax Inversion Rules: Good Politics; Bad Business.

Sep 2016

New Tax Inversion Rules: Good Politics; Bad Business.

The new anti-inversion rules may be politically appealing, but they will cause unintended consequences that could actually undermine U.S. businesses. Here’s why.

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The Survey Says: Detroit is Flexing its Financial Muscles Again

Sep 2016

The Survey Says: Detroit is Flexing its Financial Muscles Again

Detroit’s Kresge Foundation engaged FTI Consulting to survey national business leaders about their impressions of the city’s potential for financial growth post-bankruptcy. The resulting Detroit Reinvestment Index shows a bullish attitude towards investment.

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The New Age of Political Discontent: Hammering Hard on Global Businesses

Sep 2016

The New Age of Political Discontent: Hammering Hard on Global Businesses

Intense public unrest is driving global politics in new and unique ways from East to West. Here’s what global executives must know to navigate the risks

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The Brexit Effect: Worried Investors Advised to Stay Nimble & Informed

Jul 2016

The Brexit Effect: Worried Investors Advised to Stay Nimble & Informed

An FTI Consulting survey conducted immediately after the Brexit vote reveals concerns among institutional investors about economic fallout . . . with a glimmer of optimism.

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Let’s Get Rio: There’s Money to Be Made in Brazil if You Know Where to Look

Jun 2016

Let’s Get Rio: There’s Money to Be Made in Brazil if You Know Where to Look

As odd as it may seem, Brazil’s economic and political crises offer reasons for optimism—and potential investment. This FTI infographic highlights four diamonds in the rough for investors.

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Today's Derivatives Industry: Q&A with Walt Lukken

Mar 2016

Today's Derivatives Industry: Q&A with Walt Lukken

An insightful conversation with the President and CEO of the Futures Industry Association.

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From Change Weary to Change Ready

Mar 2016

From Change Weary to Change Ready

The anxious tenor of recent conversations among the leaders and staff at a large, global technology company is not unusual.

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Due Diligence and Caution: The Keys to Investing in Iran

Mar 2016

Due Diligence and Caution: The Keys to Investing in Iran

Western businesses are rethinking the Islamic Republic of Iran now that two decades of restrictions are slowly being lifted. But how should companies proceed?

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Measuring the Future of Healthcare

Feb 2016

Measuring the Future of Healthcare

The need for healthcare transformation has been widely recognized for some time and was a driving force behind the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("ACA").

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The Big Drop: How the Low Price of Oil Is Affecting the Oil and Gas Industry

Feb 2016

The Big Drop: How the Low Price of Oil Is Affecting the Oil and Gas Industry

The price of oil has ebbed and flowed, often erratically, over the years in response to geopolitical events and changes in supply and demand.

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Omnichannel for Retailers: It’s a Rocky Road to ROI

Feb 2016

Omnichannel for Retailers: It’s a Rocky Road to ROI

When Amazon.com, the online retailing pioneer, celebrated its 20th anniversary in July of 2015 with its Prime Day sales, we were reminded that despite its youthful glow, the online channel for retail goods has reached middle age ...

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The Cautious Investors’ Guide to Brazil

Dec 2015

The Cautious Investors’ Guide to Brazil

It’s no secret that Brazil has been going through hard times and that investors — with good reason — regard the country as a high-risk environment.

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The End of Traditional Holiday Shopping?

Dec 2015

The holiday season is in full swing, and it comes with the usual prognostications from retail pundits about how it will go.

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Why Wind and Solar Shouldn’t Be Spooked by Tumbling Oil Prices

Nov 2015

If you’ve filled up your car lately, you surely will have noticed that gasoline is dirt cheap (in relative terms). In June 2014, WTI crude peaked at $115 a barrel. In mid-October 2015, it was about $49.

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Britain & India: Old and Future Friends

Nov 2015

Britain & India: Old and Future Friends

Following his landslide victory in May 2014, newly elected Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the United States the following September. He packed New York City’s Madison Square Garden.

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How (and Why) to Value a Coal Mine

Oct 2015

How (and Why) to Value a Coal Mine

The world’s focus of late has been on the tumbling price of oil. However, coal, which gets far less media attention (except for talk of greenhouse gas emissions and climate change), still is critical to the world economy.

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AS THE WORLD TURNS

Sep 2015

AS THE WORLD TURNS

A great many people suffered during the Great Recession of 2007-2009. Unemployment soared in both the United States and Europe. Millions lost large chunks of their savings. Who was to blame? In the court of public opinion, big, “financialized” business was placed in the dock.

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The Middle Kingdom at the Crossroads

Jul 2015

China looms large in the West’s imagination. The Middle Kingdom spent much of mankind’s history as the world’s most prosperous nation. Today, in terms of the sheer size of its economy, it is back on top.

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UK Supermarket Wars Get Nasty

Jun 2015

UK Supermarket Wars Get Nasty

As the British media enthusiastically reports on the conflict, the ongoing supermarket war in the United Kingdom is taking its toll on small food and drink suppliers.

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What Are More Than a Billion Insured Patients Worth?

Jun 2015

What Are More Than a Billion Insured Patients Worth?

China’s population suffers from a debilitating lack of access to healthcare. To improve it, the government last year opened up the sector to foreign investors who are rushing in despite daunting challenges.

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Winners and Losers When Oil is $50 a Barrel

May 2015

Winners and Losers When Oil is $50 a Barrel

Major technological advances in horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing (fracking) have dramatically expanded U.S. oil and gas production.

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The ACA and Big Pharma After the 2014 Mid-Term Elections

Jan 2015

The ACA and Big Pharma After the 2014 Mid-Term Elections

Shortly after the Republican sweep of the November mid-term elections, FTI Consulting’s Strategic Communications segment held a panel to discuss the election’s...

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Mexico’s Energy Reform: How to Meet the Risks and Seize the Opportunities

Jan 2015

Mexico’s Energy Reform: How to Meet the Risks and Seize the Opportunities

The Mexican opportunity comes into sharper focus. Mexico’s energy reform, passed in 2013, has generated unprecedented global economic interest.

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It Takes a Community to Improve Healthcare

Dec 2014

It Takes a Community to Improve Healthcare

The Affordable Care Act was designed to lower the cost of healthcare while improving its quality. One requirement for achieving both goals is to have individuals make better decisions about their own health and for the health of their community.

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Clinical Integration: Collaborating for Value-Based Care

May 2014

Clinical Integration: Collaborating for Value-Based Care

Bringing together physicians, hospitals and clinics under one umbrella can bring real benefits to patients, doctors and payers.

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The Life Science Boom

May 2014

The Life Science Boom

Last year was the Year of the Deal in life sciences. There were 43 U.S. healthcare initial public offerings (IPO), triple the number in 2012.

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Mexico's Oilfields of Dreams

May 2014

Mexico's Oilfields of Dreams

By opening up its oil and gas reserves to foreign investment, Mexico hopes to boost production and GDP. Foreign energy companies and investors hope to profit from new, rich and logistically convenient sources of gas and oil.

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A Roadmap for Healthcare Convergence

May 2014

A Roadmap for Healthcare Convergence

The U.S. healthcare industry is undergoing a wave of radical change and disruptive innovation.

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The Long Road to Improved Utility Storm Planning Begins Here

Apr 2014

The Long Road to Improved Utility Storm Planning Begins Here

Hurricane Sandy made it obvious that electric distribution utilities were ill-prepared to prevent large-scale power outages or quickly restore power to businesses and households.

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Searching for Value: Equity Market Valuations Home and Away

Feb 2014

Searching for Value: Equity Market Valuations Home and Away

U.S. equity markets have bounced back, and market valuation metrics now appear stretched even as prospective returns on investment are being compressed. Are U.S. equities overvalued?

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The Affordable Care Act and Beyond: Winners and Losers in the New Era of Healthcare

Jan 2014

The Affordable Care Act and Beyond: Winners and Losers in the New Era of Healthcare

Bruised, bloodied but still standing, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is moving forward, bringing the most sweeping changes to the American healthcare system since the establishment of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965.

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Calling Dr. Data

Nov 2013

Calling Dr. Data

Many hospitals and physician groups in the United States are confronting new forms of reimbursement that seek to curb the upward spiral of healthcare costs. These forms of reimbursement are putting revenues at risk.

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Rx for Transformation

Sep 2013

Rx for Transformation

Strategies and tactics to succeed in the turbulent U.S. healthcare market

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Is The Price Right?

May 2013

Is The Price Right?

By simulating the competitive purchase scenarios that consumers face in real life, discrete choice analysis enables companies to gauge the price elasticity of demand. Such market response simulations allow companies to find the prices for their products and services that will best maximize revenue.

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Africa Booms & Multinationals Take Notice

May 2013

Africa Booms & Multinationals Take Notice

Chinese firms have a head start in many of Africa’s booming economies, but now other multinationals are increasingly competing for opportunities in Africa. Going forward, both Chinese and non-Chinese firms will have the best chance to win African contracts by emphasizing high-quality deliverables, ethical business practices, community relations and a commitment to creating good local jobs.

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China Plus One

Feb 2013

China Plus One

For the last 20 years, many Western companies have invested in China, drawn by its low production costs and enormous domestic consumer market. But in recent years, the cost advantage has diminished, while other business challenges have emerged. As a result, many companies are looking to exploit opportunities in other growing Asian markets both to hold down costs and to reduce overdependence on China.

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The Next China

Apr 2012

The Next China

Business leaders with deep experience in Latin America discuss how to overcome infrastructure and security pitfalls to seize opportunities in countries whose collective GDP is on par with China’s.

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Expanding Through Exports

Apr 2012

Expanding Through Exports

U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk talks about the importance of the multilateral Trans-Pacific Partnership, explains how global trade can help Main Street prosper and gives a progress report on the five-year plan to double U.S. exports.

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The CEO As Statesman

Apr 2012

The CEO As Statesman

To keep investors happy and protect their own interests, companies and CEOs will need to play a more active role in policy and regulatory debates.

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Global Trade And Its Discontents

Apr 2012

Global Trade And Its Discontents

With protectionist sentiment on the rise and World Trade Organization disputes growing, advocates of free trade must defend the benefits of an open global trading system.

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After The Crisis

Dec 2011

After The Crisis

Regulators have done much to prevent a recurrence of the 2008 banking crisis. But will it be enough?

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Brazil's Fortunes

Dec 2011

Brazil's Fortunes

Brazil’s burgeoning middle class is pushing for stronger corporate governance to protect its investment interests.

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Prescription For Integration

Sep 2011

Prescription For Integration

Many U.S. hospitals and physicians are waiting on the sidelines to see if healthcare reform legislation will become a reality. But such hesitancy will put their economic health at risk — regardless of what shape the legislation finally takes.

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Executive Compensation: A New Solution to an Old Problem

Apr 2010

Executive Compensation: A New Solution to an Old Problem

Contrary to media “noise,” the issue of executive compensation is not a modern dilemma: economist Adam Smith analyzed it more than 200 years ago. Weak boards, dispersed ownership and an ill-informed financial community all contribute to the problem. But is there a solution?

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Show Me the Money

Apr 2010

Show Me the Money

Non-investment grade companies needing to refinance maturing debt or seeking new money loans are still facing a tough lending environment despite the overall improvement in credit market conditions. This is especially true for middle market companies. FTI Consulting shares some practical insights on how best to find favor with lenders in these challenging times.

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