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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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New Electric Sports Cars may Shake up Automotive MarketOpen in a New Window

The world electric car market could get a shake up soon as Porsche unveiled a concept for a four door electric sports car known as the Mission E. This so called “Tesla Killer” won’t hit the streets until at least 2019, but it puts a statement out there that other companies have put a target on Tesla’s back. This is all part of Porsche’s parent company, Volkswagen (VLKAY), push to have a greater presence in the electric car market. The impact this could have the...

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The Impact of Workplace Equality on International BusinessOpen in a New Window

It has been nearly a year since Emma Watson, the United Nations Women Goodwill Ambassador, gave a revolutionary speech introducing the HeForShe campaign. HeForShe is a solidarity movement for gender equality that encourages men and boys around the world to step up and pledge to be advocates for change. Because education is a major determining factor in job positions and opportunities, HeForShe is calling to involve businesses, universities, and governments to help establish...

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The Effects of Refugees on Host CountriesOpen in a New Window

People are always the ones who suffer the most in war, especially this time in Syria. Half of the country’s population has been displaced and 4 million people have fled as refugees to neighboring countries since the country’s civil war began in 2011. The majority have ended up in Jordan, Turkey, and Lebanon, and new refugees are now seeking “new homes” in Germany and Hungary. Some countries refuse to take refugees because they are considered...

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Celebrating 25 Years at the MSU International Business CenterOpen in a New Window

The Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University recently published an article celebrating the 25th anniversary of Michigan State University's International Business Center (IBC). The article pays tribute to Tomas Hult, the director of the center, and provides a look into the operations that take place within the IBC. Click here to view the article!

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Draghi's Dilemma: Expansion of Quantitative Easing in the EUOpen in a New Window

Since the financial crisis, the economic situation in the European Union has been stagnant. Years of low growth and low inflation have left the Eurozone seeking answers. In January 2015, the ECB sought to find these answers through a massive bond purchase program similar to the quantitative easing program that the Federal Reserve carried out in the United States. The plan entailed the creation of €1 Trillion, or approximately €60 billion per month, by September 2016 to carry...

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China's Slowdown Affecting Asian ManufacturingOpen in a New Window

China’s economy has been all over the news recently, as stock prices in Shanghai crashed and worries of an economic slowdown in the world’s second biggest economy troubled investors around the world. One of the most important sectors of China’s economy in recent decades has been the manufacturing industry, and reports on the industry have not helped quell investors’ fears. China’s manufacturing sector has been contracting since the beginning of the year, and...

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Brazil Faces Financial Crisis After DowngradeOpen in a New Window

A year into her second term as the President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff faces an economic crisis in a country that was once a rising star on the global stage. On Wednesday, Standard & Poor’s downgraded Brazil’s credit rating to junk status causing a sell off of Brazilian financial assets. Political leaders in Brazil were quick to cast the blame for this crisis on slumping markets such as China, however this crisis was more self-inflicted than anything else....

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The Future of Virtual RealityOpen in a New Window

The commercialized use of virtual reality is on the horizon, and it offers numerous opportunities beyond just video game enhancement. Virtual reality is defined as an environment that stimulates physical presence in places in the real world or imagined worlds and lets the user interact in that world. It gives users artificial sensory experiences such as sight, sound, touch, smell, and taste.  Imagine a world where one could virtually go to a conference overseas without leaving the comfort...

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India's Economic Growth Amid Current Global TurmoilOpen in a New Window

India and China are both among the fastest-growing economies in the world. Despite the global economy being in financial turmoil after China's projected lower economic growth, India is trying to project itself as a safe investment with continued economic growth. Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Indian business leaders and economists for a three-hour summit to discuss how to steer India’s economy in a positive direction after China’s slowdown was announced.  ...

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