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It's all about women, and less developed countries, and women in less developed countries
The leaders of 20 of the world’s major economies all got together in China this week to discuss the big economic and political issues of the day, in what’s known as the ‘G20 summit’. With such important stuff on the agenda, we’re still a little confused by one newspaper’s obsession with UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s red dress. The big takeaway from the whole thing was a rather long 48-point document which set out what was said and what needs to happen next. So you don’t have to read the whole thing, we’ve done that for you - take a look at our summary which explains everything point by point. The main outcome - more growth please, but make sure it’s sustainable.
Your Facebook account looks pretty cool - here, have a loan
A new way of deciding whether someone can have a loan based on their social media profile is helping to change personal finance across Africa. Apparently, 80% of the continent’s 1.2 billion people don’t have access to formal
or other financial services. This makes it really difficult to grant credit when lenders have no idea whether a person will be able to pay back a loan. Now mobile and social technology is filling this gap. Firms like Social Lender in Nigeria are basing credit scores on social reputation, while Jumo in South Africa rate phone users’ creditworthiness on their data usage. This could revolutionize access to credit and provide a real boost to small businesses, which will in turn help economies grow. Check out the BBC’s full article which explains all.
Meat still top of the food chain for millennials
Despite their concerns over health and the environment, turns out millennials are still hungry for meat, according to new research. In fact, meat consumption by this group has increased 5% since last year. But why? Well, it seems eating out and buying convenience foods has a lot to do with it, as well as the fact that fewer people cook their own food these days. Plus, the meat industry’s lobbying efforts are also having an impact. This comes as other figures suggest that global meat consumption is expected to double by 2050, which may not be so great for the planet or our health. Look out for Economy Explores: Food next week where we’ll look into these issues and a lot more.
Trump says one thing, economists say another (as usual)
Donald Trump claimed last week that America was losing a significant number of jobs to Mexico, but turns out imports from China are causing far greater problems for US workers. Wait, politician exaggerates truth to fit media narrative? Shocker. As the latest reports suggest jobs growth has stalled in the US overall, Trump claimed that the “outflow of jobs” to Mexico was “tremendous”. A lot of economists disagree, saying only a net average of around 15,000 jobs are lost in this way (a tiny fraction of the market). This is nothing, they say, when compared to the effect of Chinese imports on homegrown US industry and workers. This piece in the Wall Street Journal outlines why.
Toilet Tax. A college in China has started charging its students if they go over their quota of toilet flushes. They’re allocated 3,000 liters of water a month and if they go over this, the charge kicks in. Better stay off the Bran Flakes then.
Golden eyes, golden fingers, golden gun, golden wallet
Producers of the James Bond film franchise have reportedly offered actor Daniel Craig $150m to continue in role for two more movies. This comes after weeks, no sorry months, of speculation about who the next Bond might be. Fans were reportedly shaken, and stirred, when they found out rumours of possible replacements, so many will be glad to hear that they may be getting ‘Craig Another Day’. Sorry. It’s’ now up to Daniel to decide whether he’s Dr No or Dr Yes. Really sorry. We’ll just have to wait and see if he never says never again. I’ll get my coat. Oh, but in a final twist, other reports suggest this may be all hot air.