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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 a diminution of 6.4% in exports over the last year. South Korea is reporting a 8.1% decline over last year and Taiwan is expecting exports to shrink […]

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 on both sides of the Atlantic. As the individual economies of Europe and the United States continue to struggle to return to more normal growth, the public […]

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 later. Investment will be limited to qualified foreigners that have at least $5 billion USD in assets under management. This will give a distinct advantage to banks, […]

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 would add up to $28 trillion USD (United States Dollar). Together this represents nearly 40% of global GDP. The new partnership will bring massive new opportunities for […]

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 there were a number of French companies considered world class. The country’s stock market at that time, (CAC-40) contained 5% of the global total of shares traded. […]

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 breaking years of additional debt. Much of this financial activity is being funded by the excessively low rates of interest, that were put in place by the […]

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 came in addition to the success of the government in auctioning bonds in April, after months of suspension. Earlier in the month the Governor of the Central […]

Will Elections In The United Kingdom Bring About A European Exit?

Will Elections In The United Kingdom Bring About A European Exit?

  The national elections in the United Kingdom on May 07th is a crossroads for the future of the country. There are not only enormous economic implications, but political ones as well at stake. One is the future of the nation and its role within the European Economic Community (EEC). Will Mr. Cameron the incumbent Prime Minister, be able to renegotiate the role of of his country within the EEC or will he end up being the navigator of a long feared […]

Japan: A Case Study In The Limits To Quantitative Easing

Japan: A Case Study In The Limits To Quantitative Easing

Economists and politicians that become addicted to quantitative easing, often fail to realize when it is no longer working. Touted as a panacea for economies caught in a malaise, it is supposed to deliver new economic growth and stave off the harmful effects of deflation. Based on a theory that if a dose of quantitative easing (QE) is good for a stagnating economy, more of the same should be even better. The best modern example of this in the 21st century, is […]

China’s Latest Efforts At Monetary Stimulus

China’s Latest Efforts At Monetary Stimulus

In an effort to encourage investment within China, the government has further relaxed bank reserve requirements. It is another attempt to maintain the Chinese rate of economic growth to at least 7%. The latest industry wide cut, is the second one in less than 3 months. The last one was on February 04th, when a 50 basis points reduction was made. That was the first across the board decrease made since 2012. It highlights the determination of the Chinese leadership, to fight […]