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Negative Outlook for Barbados Economy in 2018

There are many downside risks impacting on our outlook for the Barbados economy in 2018. Barbados is currently facing a number of economic challenges: it has one of the highest debt to GDP ratios in the world, it recently defaulted on its external debt obligations, the fiscal deficit remains stubbornly high and its stock of international reserves (in months of imports) is below international benchmarks.

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Understanding IMF Programmes

The Articles of Agreement of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) propose that one of the fundamental objectives of the IMF should be to make the pooled resources of its members temporarily available to other member states in order to address any balance‐of‐payments disequilibria. To ensure the loans that they provide to members are repaid, the IMF also asks borrowers to enter into a programme. These programs usually specify performance criteria for key macroeconomic variables, such as ceilings on the fiscal deficit, the central bank’s lending to government, as well as a floor on net international reserves.

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Snapshot of Consumer Confidence 2018H1

Antilles Economics conducted a survey of Barbadian consumer’s perceptions of economic conditions in May 2018, around the time of the general election. Respondents were pessimistic about their households’ current conditions, with 45% saying that their household’s situation was worse today than one year ago.

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Social Media Penetration in Barbados

The use of social media has become commonplace in Barbados. In a survey conducted by Antilles Economics in May 2018, we confirmed that 84.4% of Barbadians are active on at least one social media platform.

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Making the Invisible Visible, Presentation at HRMAB Conference 2018

HR professionals across the globe all face a similar challenge. While CEOs, CFOs and CMOs all know how to measure visible indicators such as ROI, sales and revenue, to be effective, HR professionals typically have to track ‘invisible assets’ such as employee engagement, job satisfaction and the impact of company culture. It’s hard to manage something you cannot see, cannot accurately measure and cannot purchase. But it’s not impossible. This workshop was designed to provide HR professionals with the tools and methodologies they need to unearth their company’s invisible assets and suggest practical tips for leveraging them.

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The Difference Between Contented and Engaged Employees

In an effort to improve their eNPS, many talent management professionals focus on improving the proportion of Promoters and/or decreasing the proportion of Detractors. Few target the Passives, or what we call the Contented, even though in many cases, the Contented make up the majority of their team. In analysing the differences between employees that were Promoters and those that were Passives, three reasons emerged from our study of the Employee View of the Employer Brand that underscored why companies should care that their employees are merely content.

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Core Values and Corporate Culture

One of our beliefs at Antilles Economics is that you can’t execute a winning strategy without an enabling corporate culture. And you can’t develop an enabling corporate culture without engaged team members that buy in to the core values that underpin the culture. The root, therefore, is core values. In this article, we explore the relationship between core values and corporate culture.

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We’ve revamped our website. We’re really excited about it. We’ve tried to make it easy to navigate. We’ve added tons more information. We’ve made it …

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Ron Johnson, MD Blueprint Creative Inc, on Customer Experience in Barbados

Ron Johnson is the Managing Director of Blueprint Creative Inc, a brand development firm based in Barbados. Blueprint Creative Inc and Antilles Economics recently collaborated …

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Last Chance to Have Your Say in Our Customer Experience Survey

We’re closing our Customer Experience Survey for Barbados on May 31, 2015. If you haven’t already completed the survey, you only have a few days left! …

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Forecasting the future of the Barbadian Insurance Industry

Aim of the Project The great recession that began in 2007 was a period of significant uncertainty. Economic activity in most Caribbean countries contracted, resulting …

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Our Work in the Consumer Finance Industry

Consumer finance is one of the biggest industries in the Caribbean, encompassing commercial banks, credit unions, finance houses, insurance companies, auto dealerships, store cards, hire …

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Data Limitations – What to Do When the Data You Need Isn’t There

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Impact of Legislative Change on Demand for Medicines in Barbados

Aim of the Project In early 2011, the Government of Barbados introduced a dispensing fee for prescriptions filled at private pharmacies. This fee, the equivalent …

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Our Work in the Tourism Industry in Barbados

The tourism industry in Barbados faces many challenges: declining visitor expenditure, low tourist arrivals, changing visitor preferences, climate change, tighter financial budgets and increased competition from …