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Ethiopia: A Rising Economic Power In Africa Under Constraint

Ethiopia: A Rising Economic Power In Africa Under Constraint

In a continent where missed opportunities for growth are commonplace, Ethiopia has been somewhat of an exception. The economy of country expanded in excess of 10% from 2004 to 2009. It was the fastest growing nation in Africa during 2007 and 2008, that was not dependent on oil. By 2012 the growth rate had moderated […]

The Consequences Of The Coming Crash In The Chinese Stock Market

The Consequences Of The Coming Crash In The Chinese Stock Market

Investors often worry about the high valuations of the stock market in the United States. Share values are far higher in China, well beyond what can be accepted as normal growth. The excessive exuberance in the Chinese markets will have dire consequences in both the short and long term. Signs of overvaluation are everywhere, with […]

A Global Addiction To Debt With The West Leading The Pack

A Global Addiction To Debt With The West Leading The Pack

Global debt is now at 286% of GDP (Gross Domestic Product). Although debt like investment serves a purpose in the development of an economy, beyond a certain level it brings diminishing returns. The Bank for International Settlements an organization that has within its membership the world’s central banks, has calculated the threshold where debt becomes […]

The Boom In Global Trade For Northeastern Asia Finally Ends

The Boom In Global Trade For Northeastern Asia Finally Ends

For decades analysts and investors gauged the health of the world economy based on the value and amount of exports that originated from Northeast Asia. The region has been one of the most dynamic in the arena of trade for almost 2 generations. China by far the most important economy in the region, has seen […]

The Transatlantic Trade And Investment Partnership

The Transatlantic Trade And Investment Partnership

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is a proposed free trade agreement that is being negotiated between the European Union and the United States. This commercial pact has become quite controversial between those groups who fear the loss of more national sovereignty and other elements of society, who favor widening opportunities for trade and investment […]

Saudi Arabia Finally Opens Up Stock Market To Foreign Investment

Saudi Arabia Finally Opens Up Stock Market To Foreign Investment

Investors will finally have the opportunity to enter the largest stock exchange in the Middle East. At $590 billion USD (United States Dollar), Saudi Arabia will partially open up the market on June 15th. The new regulations will come into force on June 1st in time before the inaugural change that takes place two weeks […]

The Ongoing Controversy Over The Trans-Pacific Partnership

The Ongoing Controversy Over The Trans-Pacific Partnership

The Trans Pacific Partnership known as TPP involves 12 nations and will constitute 35% of global trade, when and if it is fully implemented. The negotiations have been ongoing for almost 10 years, among the nations that straddle the Pacific Rim. If one were to add the GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of these nations, it […]

Investing In France Becomes More Challenging With Florange Act

Investing In France Becomes More Challenging With Florange Act

At the beginning of the 21st century, France was still considered a leader in the world of business. As the 2nd largest economy in Europe, the country was able to greatly influence the biggest trade bloc in the world. Investing in France for the long term, seemed to make sense as it was recognized that […]

Corporate Debt In The United States Is Growing Rapidly

Corporate Debt In The United States Is Growing Rapidly

The issuance of corporate debt in the United States is expanding at an alarming rate, if investors consider the mediocre economic growth that has been the rule since the end of the Great Recession in June 2009. In 2015 it is growing faster than at any other time. This is on top of three record […]

An Economic Recovery In Russia?

An Economic Recovery In Russia?

There are quite a few analysts and some investors that are insisting that Russia has finally turned the corner and that real economic growth will return soon. They point to the recent action by the Russian Central Bank in lowering the benchmark interest rate from 14% to 12.5%. The reduction in the cost of borrowing […]