Reverse factoring can raise the risk profile of supply chains to dangerous levels, and could even cause a systematic financial failure.
But Amazon unit's taxable profits are underestimated, giving it “an economic advantage," European Commission says.
Geopolitical risk is expected to roar back in 2015, says a new report on global risks.
Once again, the World Bank chops some basis points off global economic growth projections, describing the euro zone and Japan as "sputtering."
A 17% interest rate may stabilize the ruble, but a Russian banking official says it has to be cut to forestall business bankruptcies.
Over the 10 years of the study, tax preparation time has fallen by a total of nearly a week and a half.
The region's finance chiefs are still too often bogged down in details, research finds.
This is reportedly the first time a Chinese developer has defaulted on dollar-denominated bonds.
The European Central Bank might unleash its long-awaited quantitative easing program in early 2015.
Economists expect further drops in exchange rates, but say lower commodity prices could limit how far the currencies fall.