Central bank independence, a totem of economic respectability, is being challenged in some key emerging markets as the Covid-19 pandemic rages toward its second anniversary.
Autonomy in setting interest rates has become almost holy writ the past few decades. Countries whose policymakers can act without political encroachment are widely considered to be better managed, with superior long-term growth and inflation that’s under control. The idea is that central bankers can act in a nation’s long-term interest without deference to government leaders; the latter by instinct tend to shy away from tough decisions.
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Big Sky's Moment of Glory
The most rugged resort in Montana gets speedy lifts, luxury hotels, and fine dining to match its extreme slopes
Black Hairstyles Need Protection
In most U.S. states, employers and schools are allowed to discriminate against box braids, locs, and other traditional styles. A coalition of activists and legislators has started to change that.
High Stakes On the Lake
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Natalie Grams believed—really believed—in the healing power of homeopathy. Then a health crisis of her own forced the German physician to question her faith
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DE-radicalizing the Extremists
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The Hunt for the Most Lucrative Patients
Privately run Medicare Advantage programs get paid more when members look sicker—even if they don’t receive more care
Wall Street's Toughest Turnaround
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When it comes to elections in the United States, it’s pretty certain that most people will be voting on a Tuesday. The custom of voting on a Tuesday in November was established when many Americans were farmers. By November, the growing and harvesting seasons were over making it easier for farmers to leave their work and go vote.
One Child Fund
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TRAVEL TIPS: INDONESIA
Get the most out of your next dive trip
Two sailors with a thirst for voyaging
Into the Wild
Connect with Borneo’s orangutans and the people dedicated to conserving them and their habitat.
In Defense Of Traffic Jams
Gridlock is the bane of all commuters. But when congestion reaches pure, unadulterated chaos, the effect can be sublime.
Panasonic Leaves Semiconductor Business With Taiwan Sale
Japanese electronics manufacturer Panasonic Corp. is abandoning the semiconductor business with the sale of its last business in that sector to a Taiwanese company.