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Economic crime in Thailand

We examine the growing threat of fraud, hacking and other economic crimes that pose risks to today's organisations. Our interviews with CEOs and industry leaders found that nearly half of organisations face fraud; often from inside the organisation. This second-ever survey in Thailand is an essential tool for any individual or organisation hoping to profit in Thailand's challenging environment.

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South East Asia - Investment Opportunities, Tax & Other Incentives

In a new collaborative effort, the PwC firms in the Asean countries have produced this first-of-its-kind guide to investing in the region. The new publication provides a detailed analysis of the tax and other incentives offered to investors in all of the Asean countries. This publication is a useful tool for both foreign investors and ASEAN investors seeking to expand in the region in advance of the Asean Economic Community (AEC) in 2015.

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Living & Working in Bangkok

The contents of this guide have been drawn together from the experiences of our expatriate clients and staff over the years and we hope we’ve compiled a useful reference book for expatriates and their families who have recently arrived in Bangkok.

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Doing Business and Investing in Thailand

This Guide has been prepared for the assistance of those interested in doing business in Thailand or planning to do so.

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19th Annual Global CEO Survey: Redefining business success in a changing world

How to lead in complicated times? That’s the question all CEOs are seeking to answer at a time of prolonged and continuing uncertainty. We launched the main findings of our 19th Annual Global CEO Survey on the eve of the Annual Meeting at the World Economic forum in Davos, Switzerland. More than 1400 CEOs from 83 countries shared their perspectives on more gloomy prospects for 2016. Explore what’s on the minds of CEOs around the world.

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Paying Taxes 2016

Paying Taxes 2016, the tenth edition of a unique study from PwC and the World Bank Group, investigates and compares tax regimes across 189 economies worldwide and ranks them according to the ease of paying taxes. The study provides valuable insights into issues that developing countries are facing, i.e. how to enhance the administrative capacities of tax authorities, reduce the informal economy and corruption while promoting growth and investment. Explore more in our Paying Taxes 2016 report.

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Global economy watch: Predictions for 2016

Understand what lies ahead is important for your business planning. At the start of the New Year, our macro-economics team look at predictions for 2016. In addition to making our latest projections for the leading economies of the world, our economists set out the key themes we think will prevail in the global economy in 2016.

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Circumnavigation: HELM (PwC’s Worldwide Economy of the Sea Barometer)

The seas have always been one of mankind's biggest and most significant natural resources. PwC Portugal has been assessing the usage of the seas for 10 years, as part of the international HELM project. It's a unique barometer of the health of the various industries that depend on the oceans, and captures the new and emerging trends affecting them. In this report we look in particular at the challenges and advantages of taking an integrated approach to the oceans: the issues that arise, the practicalities that need to be addressed, and the size of the prize if this can be achieved.

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Food fraud vulnerability assessment

Recent food fraud incidents have increased the need to protect consumers by strengthening the food industry’s ability to detect and combat fraud across supply chains. PwC and Safe and Secure Approaches in Field Environments (SSAFE) have collaborated to release a food fraud vulnerability assessment tool that companies can use free-of-charge to help identify vulnerabilities and reduce fraud threats. Learn how you can put yourself in a stronger position to fight fraud here.

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Industry perspectives 2016

Our annual collection of industry perspectives addresses major trends, challenges, and opportunities for companies to consider in 2016 and beyond. Our strategy& experts developed their views from industry discussions, observations of shifting market dynamics, and skilled analysis of data in the following sectors: Oil & gas, Utilities, Industrial manufacturing and Wealth management.

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Global Economic Crime Survey 2016

Economic crime continues to be a major concern for organisations of all sizes, across all regions and virtually every sector. More than a third of organisations have been the victim of economic crime in the past 24 months, as reported by over 6,000 respondents to PwC’s Global Economic Crime Survey 2016. As cybercrime climbs to 2nd most reported economic crime affecting organisations, what can you do to proactively counter economic crime? Find out in PwC’s Global Economic Crime Survey 2016.

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Tax Function of the Future

With the advancement of technology, data and analytical capabilities, the Tax Function of the Future will look surprisingly different from todays. Organisations will continue to transform their finance functions and the tax function will have to be at the forefront of this change Check out our global predictions for future data flows and the global regulatory environment which we think will inspire Tax executives to forge a new future vision for their Tax function

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Total Retail Survey 2016

How do consumers shop? Our Total Retail survey asked about shopping behaviours ranging from social media participation to mobile purchasing, from interacting with store employees to what would get Millennials to buy locally more often. Discover the results of our Total Retail Survey 2016.

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Metals Deals: Forging Ahead 2016

Global deal making is breaking record levels but mergers and acquisitions (M&A) has all but stalled in the metals industry. While sectors such as healthcare, consumer products, retail, technology and industrials reach new highs, metals deal making has moved in the opposite direction from an already low base. See our annual analysis to get behind what’s curbing deal activity in the metals industry and how to spot the signals of better prospects in the year ahead.

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Government and the Global CEO

Over-regulation remains the top concern for business while geopolitical uncertainty, exchange rate volatility, skills availability, fiscal deficits/debt and an increasing tax burden are also clouds on the horizon for government leaders. . The challenge remains for public sector organisations to ‘do better for less’ and strategically manage their costs in the face of budgetary pressure and ever increasing demands on public services. Find out how Government leaders are facing these challenges in Government and the Global CEO, redefining success in a changing world.

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New Energy Futures

Global demand for affordable, reliable energy will continue to grow for the foreseeable future, but there is a new longer-term backdrop as the world transitions to a low carbon system. Companies in the oil and gas sector need to reconsider their portfolio and related capabilities to not only survive, but thrive, in this new future. Find out our perspectives on the transformation of the oil and gas sector.

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Global Technology IPO 2015 Review

2015 was the second best year for tech IPOs in five years in terms of amounts raised and number of listings. The Internet Software & Services subsector continued to drive the global tech IPO market in Q4 2015 and Europe had its biggest year in a decade, delivering big-ticket IPOs and broad market participation. Can momentum be sustained into 2016? Find out here.

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New energy futures - Perspectives on the transformation of the oil and gas sector

Part of our series on how industries are transforming in response to disruption, we look at the future for the global oil and gas sector. The industry is facing a difficult environment, with historically low commodity prices, among other factors. The future will likely bring even greater uncertainty, given potential disruptive forces. This report analyses four perspectives, highlighting some of the fundamental trends reshaping the sector, and viewed through a medium term lens of five to fifteen years.

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Streaming the future

Also as part of our series on how industries are transforming, we look at how technology, media and telecoms (TMT) companies are preparing for further disruption. The Internet has had a profound impact on the transformation of the business landscape. We share our contextual assessment of the forces of change affecting TMT companies, explore two uncertainties that will impact how TMT companies grow and compete in the next decade and then describe the implications of these uncertainties for industry players now.

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Emerging Trends in Real Estate: The global outlook for 2016

PwC’s Emerging Trends in Real Estate series takes the measure of the key indicators of property investor sentiment around the globe. The report includes interviews with industry leaders from some of the most respected organisations around the world. We examine the changing nature and target of capital flows from a country-level approach to investment in favour of a highly selective strategy for cities. Also we analyse the disruptive combination of rapid urbanisation, new technology and social change, which is fostering a more consumer focused property industry. Explore our global findings.

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PwC Next Generation Survey 2016: The Female Perspective

The gender gap in all forms of businesses continues to make headlines, whether that’s a gap in pay, a gap in participation, or a gap in the numbers of women on boards. For this year’s Next Gen Survey, we are looking at the women working in family businesses. Find out how the next generation of female leaders are represented in family businesses and how they feel about the prospect of leadership.

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Modern mobility: Moving women with purpose

Also this month, female demand for mobility has never been higher with 71% of female millennials wanting to work outside their home country. Despite this, only 20% of current international assignees are female. PwC has conducted research that brings together the views of 134 global mobility executives and 3,937 professionals from over 40 countries. Explore how you can prepare to respond to the global mobility gender gap.

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Customer engagement in an era of energy transformation

Technology is eclipsing competition as the single biggest transformational force affecting customer relations for power utility companies. The combination of digital technology and power technology puts power more firmly in the hands of the customer, whether business or residential. So what are the implications for power utility companies and what can they learn from other sectors?

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Private companies – Old-style strengths, new-style challenges

The business environment has never been more complex, or more volatile, but private companies are still confident about their prospects. In this deep-dive into findings from our 19th Annual Global CEO Survey we look at the private company sector in more detail, through the three interrelated perspectives of progress, perceptions, and people. In all three areas there are significant opportunities for private businesses, as well as emerging issues which they will need to address.

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Industry 4.0: Building the digital enterprise

With over 2,000 companies surveyed from 26 countries and nine areas of the production industry, this is the biggest global study on the subject of Industry 4.0 to date. Industrial companies from all sectors across the globe are getting down to business with Industry 4.0, they need to act now to secure a leading position in tomorrow’s complex industrial ecosystems. About one third of companies already rate their level of digitisation as high, and this value is expected to rise on average from 33% to 72% within the next five years. Learn more about Industry 4.0 study.

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Next Generation Survey 2016

This new research by PwC is talking to 268 next generation family members likely to take over the business from 31 countries worldwide. The Survey shows next gens are experiencing more challenges, both inside the firm, and in the wider business landscape. At the same time they are confident, and above all they have great ambition – both for themselves and for their firms. 88% want to do something special with the business, not just bigger and stronger, but more international, more diversified, and more modern. Explore our research here.

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CEO Success study: from the outside in

What are the world’s largest companies looking for in their leaders? Strategy&’s 16th edition of CEO Success Study looks at succession patterns at the world’s 2500 largest public companies. In the last four year period an increasing number of boards have chosen CEOs from outside the organisation. We look at why more companies are looking beyond their own ranks to find new leadership and the circumstances in which outsiders are being hired to drive transformation. Discover what companies look for in their new CEOs.

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Blurred lines: How FinTech is shaping financial services

FinTech is changing the Financial Services (FS) industry from the outside in. We estimate within the next 3-5 years, cumulative investment in FinTech globally could well exceed $150bn, and financial institutions and tech companies are stepping over one another for a chance to get into the game. The result is a new competitive landscape and playing field. As the lines between traditional finance, technology firms, e-commerce and telecom companies are blurring, many innovative solutions are emerging and there is clearly no straightforward solution to navigate this FinTech world.

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Women of the world: Aligning gender diversity and international mobility in financial services

Building on two previous pieces of PwC research looking at the importance of diversity in a fast-changing financial services (FS) industry and the aspirations of female working in FS, we explore further the intersection between the aims to achieve gender diversity and international mobility in financial services. With 77% of women polled in Women of the World saying the opportunity to complete an international experience is a key factor in remaining with an employer, our findings highlight the importance of the appointment of women to international assignments to talent retention. The results also challenge the stereotype that women’s attitudes to mobility are more likely to be influenced by having children, than men. Find out why mobility matters to women in FS and how to make opportunities more inclusive.

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Global Economy Watch: The co-dependence of governments and the financial sector

Has the link between the financial sector and governments been broken? Subdued growth in some emerging markets and low commodity prices have led to renewed interest in the link between governments and the financial sector. An important policy issue, but how successful has it been? This month we also explore the impact of policymaker’s new growth target for China and share our latest projects for GDP growth globally and in key markets. All in this month’s Global Economic Watch.

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Spotlight on: Innovation

The fact that we have always hungered for innovation is evident from the history of human kind. This hunger for progress also explains why innovation is the driving force behind economic growth. As innovation transforms the way we live, work and do business, what can we learn from organisations that are harnessing its power most effectively? Find out more in our latest Spotlight, which curates some of the best PwC content around the theme of innovation.

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2016 Global Investor Survey: Redefining business success in a changing world

This new global survey from PwC reveals the differing views between investors and chief executives on key issues such as performance incentives, the availability of key skills and value creation. Over 400 investment professionals gave us their views on the threats and opportunities facing the companies they follow and where they see areas for improvement in strategy and communication. Investors’ views on bonuses, talent pools and value creation poles apart from CEOs- but they agree on cyber threats and key markets. Learn more in 2016 Global Investor Survey.

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Connecting the world: Ten mechanisms for global inclusion

Despite the ongoing digital revolution, some 56 percent of the world is still not online. The number of new Internet subscribers grew only in single digits since 2013. Global inclusion in the Internet could bring seven percent of the world’s population – 500 million people - above absolute poverty levels, and add US$6.7 trillion to global economic output, according to this new study by Strategy&. Explore 10 mechanisms to address the structural challenges in these markets and generate faster Internet growth.

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People and purpose: Talent strategy in an unpredictable world

Talent strategy in an unpredictable world stresses that changing expectations of key talent force CEOs to redefine their corporate purpose. CEOs increasingly believe that the very best talent will only join and stay with organisations that have strong values, ones that mirror their own and are focused on benefitting society. And 75% of CEOs are making changes to values, ethics and codes of conduct in response to wider stakeholder expectations. Discover more here.

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Clarity from above: valuing the market for drones

The drone revolution is disrupting industries ranging from agriculture to film-making. We could be looking at a potential global market for business services using drones of over $127 bn. This new study explores the many commercial applications of drone technology and predicts the commercial value of new applications across different industries. Register to see this global report on the future market value of drone technology.

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Sharpening the focus: Business through a new lens

We’ve explored the thinking of over 1,400 CEOs from our 19th Annual Global CEO Survey to uncover their approach to today’s sustainability issues. As the global population grows and everyone seeks a better lifestyle, pressure on the planet and its finite resources grows too. It’s an agenda that will have a significant impact on business and start to shape its strategy. But are the business models of today equipped to deal with this? Explore our research here.

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Global Economic Watch: Could infrastructure be the panacea for global growth?

The global economy is facing a growth challenge. In this month’s Global economy watch, we look at the short and long-term benefits of infrastructure investment and the extent to which policy makers can use it to boost economic growth. We also review the sizeable negative output gaps (spare capacity) of many large economies and the costs of corruption for nations and businesses. . All this plus GDP growth forecasts for the top global markets.

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The UK and the EU

The UK public have voted to leave the EU which will have significant implications for businesses. Visit pwc.com to access the latest from our experts to help you navigate the aftermath of the result. Here you’ll find links to our related thought leadership and expert opinion.

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Global entertainment and media outlook 2016-2020

What five shifts are set to shape the entertainment & media future? The 17th Annual Global entertainment and media outlook outlines the key industry trends and tipping points around the world and offers a single online source of five-year forecast and five-year historic consumer and advertising spending data for 13 industry segments, across 54 countries. Discover more here.

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Central banking 2020: Ahead of the curve

Central banks are trying to keep pace with the complexity of the rapidly evolving financial services market, from the rapid transformation in societies, economies and communications to the systemic risks this generates. In this new paper Central banking 2020: Ahead of the curve, we explore three hypotheses and the implications for central banks that PwC’s Central Bank Group has identified.

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Tomorrow's leaders today

For the past 19 years, PwC’s Annual Global CEO Survey has been talking with the world’s CEOs about how the business landscape is changing. But what of the leaders of tomorrow? How do they see these global trends, and do they have the same priorities as previous generations? Explore our new report to know if CEOs are in touch with what millennials and Gen Z want.

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Golden Age Index

OECD countries could add $2.6 trillion to their total GDP if the employment rate for workers aged over 55 was equal to Sweden. Our Golden Age Index is a weighted average of seven indicators that reflect the labour market impact of workers aged over 55 in 34 OECD countries, including employment, earnings and training. See how your country measures up in PwC’s Golden Age Index.

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Financial services technology 2020 and beyond: Embracing disruption

The financial services industry has seen some dramatic technology-led changes in the past few years. It is now becoming obvious that the accelerating pace of technological change is the most creative force—and also, the most destructive one—in the financial services ecosystem today. Our new report explores ten competitive technology-driven influencers for 2020 and looks at the real-world implications of these changes.

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The right CDO for your company’s future: The five archetypes of a chief digital officer

What type of Chief Digital Officer does your company need? Every company must carefully decide on the type of digital leader that best fits its strategic goals, its digital business model, and the current and future state of its digital capabilities and operations From the ‘Progressive Thinker’ to the ‘Universalist’: Strategy& PwC’s strategy consulting business defines five archetypes of a CDO. Choosing the right digital leader is critical to true digital success.

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PwC’s Global Economy Watch: The Eurozone’s Unbalanced Recovery

In this month’s Global economy watch, we look at the kaleidoscopic recovery in the Eurozone. Find out what has been driving the variation observed in real GDP growth and unemployment across the Eurozone. Also we look into labour productivity across sectors and countries. Explore all these in June’s Global Economy Watch report.

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