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What to Expect After the Swiss Currency Shock

What to Expect After the Swiss Currency Shock

Will the global economy remain global? Are we about to see the global economy fracture into smaller pieces as it was in the past? The latter possibility might sound outlandish at the moment, but it could become a reality at least to a certain extent. The key is to listen to the messages the markets […]

When does vertical integration reduce transaction costs?

A:As a business technique, vertical integration first emerged in the 19th century. It was a term coined by Andrew Carnegie to describe the structure of his company, U.S. Steel. He had purchased almost every aspect of the supply and distribution chain that his company relied on. The primary reason for this was to ensure consistent […]

General Electric: Good News/Bad News

General Electric: Good News/Bad News

General Electric Co. (GE) is a massive, diversified conglomerate with a market cap of $259 billion. With a company that size and so much diversification, nothing could go wrong, right? A Different Kind of Diversification Having a diversified portfolio is always a good idea. It protects you from downswings in specific sectors. Investing in a […]

Is Goldman Sachs Still A Winner?

Is Goldman Sachs Still A Winner?

Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (GS) has always been associated with success. Not everyone is a big fan of what is sometimes referred to as the “evil empire,” but if you’re looking for an investment that’s likely to be a long-term winner, then Goldman Sachs has to at least be part of the conversation. What is Goldman […]

A Quick Guide for Futures Quotes

Contract-based trading, better known as the futures market, has a long history going back to rice traders in pre-industrial Japan. Despite the long history, the futures market is still evolving. Cattle and other commodities mostly move through the futures market, but they are now joined by market indices and single stocks. This growth has led […]

Google Translate upgrades help you translate signs, conversations

Google Translate upgrades help you translate signs, conversations

Travellers who don’t know the local language can now get extra help from their smartphone to read street signs and chat with the locals, via Google. The updated Google Translate app for Android and iOS rolling out in the next few days includes two enhanced features, Google announced on its Translate blog today: Word Lens, which […]

Cuba’s Economy: Nowhere To Go But Up

Cuba’s Economy: Nowhere To Go But Up

It only took five-plus decades, but Cuba has begun intermittent steps toward joining the world community and putting a dent in the collectivism that turned one of the Caribbean’s most vibrant economies into a static charity case of historic duration. Before La Revolución, Cuba was as developed a nation as any in the Caribbean. Sugar […]

Canada’s mining sector braces for another challenging year

Canada’s mining sector braces for another challenging year

Japan approves $29B economic stimulus plan

Japan approves $29B economic stimulus plan

Japan’s cabinet approved 3.5 trillion yen ($29 billion US) in fresh stimulus Saturday for the ailing economy, pledging to get growth back on track and restore the country’s precarious public finances. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is wrapping up his second year in office hard-pressed to salvage a recovery that fizzled into recession after a sales […]

Is a current account deficit good or bad for the economy?

A:The current account deficit, also referred to as the “balance of payments deficit” or simply “trade deficit,” represents a fiat currency imbalance between the imports and exports of a country. Whenever the dollar value of tangible consumer goods, such as cars from Sweden or electronics from Japan, purchased from foreign nations exceeds the dollar value […]

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