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gE Blog Series: South Africa Part 3 - Ostrich Farming BusinessOpen in a New Window

Oudtshoorn, the capital of ostrich industry, has been enjoying prosperity from ostrich farming since the 1880s. These big-eyed birds provide jobs to the locals and attract tourists from all over the world. Before I went on this trip to South Africa, I never knew ostrich farming could be turned into a profitable business. During the visit, I observed several advantages and disadvantages of ostrich farming. One of the greatest advantages to the ostrich farmer is that very little...

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Central Banks and the Implications for the Global EconomyOpen in a New Window

This coming week will provide several indications of the recovery of the global economy, amid increasing concerns of another economic downturn. A major point of worry for economists is that there are limited tools that Central Banks can use globally to avoid another recession. China is expected to release data that is leading to expectations of an increase in stimulus measures to avoid a sharp downturn. The European Central Bank has been attempting to raise inflationary pressure to...

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OECD Publishes New International Corporate Tax ReformsOpen in a New Window

On Monday, October 5, the OECD published a new package of international corporate tax standards that is expected to be approved by the G-20 nations. One of the main goals of the new standards is to limit “profit shifting”, which occurs when companies develop legal structures to report profits in the lowest tax jurisdictions available. If the new standards are enacted by the G-20, it is estimated that governments around the world will recover between $100 and $240 billion in lost...

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The EU Overturns 15-year Safe Harbor Agreement with the United StatesOpen in a New Window

The European Court of Justice declared the 2000 “Safe Harbor” agreement between the United States and the European Union invalid on October 6. This is important because the agreement allowed U.S. tech firms to transfer large amounts of data from European users to American servers. The lawsuit first came to light when Max Schrems, an Austrian law student, noticed that “Facebook transfers his personal data to the U.S., where it can be accessed by authorities with...

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We May Have Cinched TPP, but is U.S. Trade a Lost Cause?Open in a New Window

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement has been a focal point in international business news over the last few days. Tomas Hult, Director of Michigan State University’s International Business Center, wrote an article discussing the ramifications of the TPP for the United States regarding trade with the rest of the world. The United States’ share of imports in the Asia-Pacific region has been declining as of late, but the TPP could provide the U.S. with the spark it needs to...

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China's View on the Trans-Pacific PartnershipOpen in a New Window

On Monday, October 5, 2015, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was officially signed into existence by the twelve Pacific Rim nations.The countries involved in the deal include the United States, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Peru, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, and Brunei. China, the world's second-largest economy and the biggest trading partner for over half of the countries involved in the TPP, was not included in the list, and they are hesitant about showing...

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Impacts of the Trans-Pacific Partnership on the U.S.Open in a New Window

After years of negotiation, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal was finally reached on Monday. This means that a new trade bloc has been created with reduced trade barriers among the 12 countries that signed. Since these countries together are responsible for 40% of the world’s GDP and 26% of total trade, the impacts of TPP are far-reaching and significant to the world economy, as well as to the U.S. economy. Surprisingly, China, the world’s largest economy, is...

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gE Blog Series: Perspectives from South Africa Part 2 - Internet Business OpportunitiesOpen in a New Window

The Internet has become an indispensable element in peoples' lives in the 21st century. South Africa is no exception. The Internet user base in South Africa increased from 2.4 million in 2000 to 12.3 million in 2012. The increasing number of internet users presents great opportunities for online businesses. A photographer I met at the Apartheid museum in Johannesburg told me that since products are cheaper online than in physical stores, he bought his Canon...

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Ad Blockers Impacting the Business of the WebOpen in a New Window

The Internet’s impact on international business has been incredible. Nowadays, companies invest large sums of money to grow their business through the internet, and it is normal for a business to be based solely on the web. The Internet has allowed companies to market their products to consumers halfway across the world and has helped connect employees situated around the globe. One of the major features of the internet has been its openness and free content, a business model...

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Volkswagen and Its Effect on the German EconomyOpen in a New Window

Volkswagen, one of the world's largest automobile makers, was recently exposed as having cheated on diesel emissions tests as far back as 2009. The Environmental Protection Agency said that Volkswagen could face penalties of up to $18 billion for their wrongdoings. Potentially worse is the fall out from a class-action lawsuit, as anyone who bought one of the affected cars now owns a vehicle that is illegal to drive in the United States.  Along with severe repercussions to...

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The Growth of CybersecurityOpen in a New Window

Cybersecurity remains one of the largest concerns for many of today’s largest institutions. Hackers have become more prevalent than ever and are always finding new ways around the latest internet security precautions. There are many different kinds of information that these hackers seek. It can range from medical information from hospitals, staff and donor information from universities, or inside information from public or private companies. Whatever the targeted material may be,...

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Adjusting to Foreign MarketsOpen in a New Window

It takes much more than a simple name change to integrate an existing product into foreign markets. Many established companies are attempting to expand their global presence by moving into new foreign markets, specifically emerging markets, but are finding it a much more arduous process than they initially anticipated. The classic case study on this issue is the attempts by both McDonald’s and Burger King, Forbes #1 and #6 global fast food chains respectively, to expand into the...

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India's Growing Internet OpportunityOpen in a New Window

Following Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s election in 2014, many had hoped that the leader would speed up market reforms in order to attract foreign capital and grow the economy. However, rampant political and social problems throughout the country have caused these reforms to materialize much more slowly than initially anticipated. Many are additionally uncertain on the state of India’s economy due to modest GDP growth and little manufacturing output. In order to combat these...

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gE Blog Series: Perspectives from South Africa Part 1 - IntroductionOpen in a New Window

Sitting at the southernmost point of Africa, South Africa is a land of diamonds, gold, and fine wine. It has overcome racial challenges, as well as many other cultural and economic hurdles. Now, South Africa is emerging as one of the most prominent, potential business markets in the world. Apartheid, a racial segregation policy introduced by the all-white constituency in 1948, created an isolated economy in South Africa. As a result of economic sanctions and inefficient...

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United States Loosens Sanctions on CubaOpen in a New Window

As part of the normalization process that began a little less than a year ago, the United States has taken additional steps in renewing full relations between itself and Cuba. On September 18th, the U.S. government announced revisions to its sanctions against Cuba that would make business and travel between two countries much easier. On top of this, President Obama may be working to end the embargo that the United States has on Cuba. Insistence on removing the...

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gE Blog Series: Emerging Markets in Focus Part 5 - Trouble Ensues for Emerging Markets as Fed Holds Rate HikeOpen in a New Window

Although it’s been a long time coming and an even longer time expected, the Fed decided not to raise rates at the most recent FOMC meeting. This news comes as a bit of a disappointment to investors and economists, especially after the past week of downturn in American stock markets. However, it is the emerging markets that have experienced notable distress. Although some of the issues many of these nations face are chronic or fundamental inadequacies, the currencies have taken the hardest...

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gE Blog Series: Emerging Markets in Focus Part 4 – Emerging Market Resources on globalEDGEOpen in a New Window

Under the new economic classification section of globalEDGE, the emerging markets classification has an abundance of resources to offer to users. These resources range from internally generated indices to Bloomberg’s Emerging Markets News site. Taking a deeper look into some of the emerging market resources provided, we first look at the MSU-CIBER: Market Potential Index (MPI). The MPI is an internally generated study performed annually by MSU-CIBER. This resource is...

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gE Blog Series: Emerging Markets in Focus Part 3 - Is South Korea an Emerging Market or a Developed NationOpen in a New Window

South Korea is in uncharted waters. Amid recent economic turmoil in Asia, South Korea has become a safe haven for foreign assets. Some have speculated that emerging market investors have gotten smarter, and therefore can identify countries within the space that are better long term investments. Another school of thought, however, is that South Korea has transcended from an emerging market to a fully developed nation, and therefore presents more security in the face of economic...

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gE Blog Series: Emerging Markets in Focus Part 2 - Emerging Markets versus Frontier MarketsOpen in a New Window

There are several factors that differentiate an emerging market from a frontier market. These factors can vary from liquidity in the markets, to risk intensity, to return on investments in the future. An emerging market is a market that shows progress towards becoming further advanced, and typically has a physical financial infrastructure, which includes banks, a stock exchange, and a unified currency. In addition, these economies have good liquidity, and there...

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gE Blog Series: Emerging Markets in Focus Part 1 - IntroductionOpen in a New Window

As of late, most news related to emerging markets has been overwhelmingly negative. China’s economic growth rate is dropping, and Brazil and Russia are mired in economic recession. To make matters worse, the 19 largest emerging economies have seen an outflow of more than $900 billion in investor capital over a thirteen-month period ending in July. Despite all of the negativity surrounding emerging markets, there are indicators that suggest emerging economies will be just fine. The...

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