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GLOBALIZATION – World Trade
In his excellent recent works on the themes [of the] nature of globalization and expanding world trade – “The World is Flat,” and the earlier “The Lexus and the Olive Tree” – The New York Times Foreign Affairs columnist and book author Thomas Friedman brilliantly describes and elegantly frames the boundaries and frontiers of the new era that corporations and capital market players have entered, beginning in 1989.
News & Updates
February 12, 2016 Can China Cope With the Stampede From Its Currency'
News Week - This article first appeared on the Council on Foreign Relations site. Last summer, U.S. lawmakers were condemning China for pushing down its currency, arguing that it was still â??terribly undervalued.â??...
February 9, 2016 India to soon ratify WTO trade pact
Rediff India Abroad - India has completed most of the consultation process related with the World Trade Organization's trade facilitation agreement and the government is expected to ratify it at the earliest. Trade Facilitation...
February 4, 2016 Six Oil Producers Agree on Emergency Meeting, Iran's Shana SaysSource: Bloomberg
Six OPEC member states and two non members would be open to attending an extraordinary meeting if one is called, Venezuela’s oil ministry said after oil minister Eulogio Del Pino held talks in Iran on Wednesday.
Research & Insights
In just 15 trading days, oil prices have managed to plunge another 20%, after a fall of 29% in 2015 and 44% in 2014. While markets took these drops in stride in the past few years, something seems different about the volatile...
January 27, 2016 Morgan Stanley Analyzed 43 Bear Markets and Here's What It FoundSource: Bloomberg
U.S. stocks may be looking a bit better after one of the worst starts to the year on record, but a number of markets, especially the emerging kind, have already entered or come within points of a bear market
Source: The Telegraph
The IMF has released its latest healthcheck on the state of the eurozone economy - it makes for grim reading
Commentary & Opinion
February 12, 2016 Is the WTO's 20th Anniversary Worth Celebrating'
News Max - The World Trade Organization was formed Jan. 1, 1995, replacing the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade Treaty (GATT) which was created in 1947. The WTO is the only global international organization dealing with the...
February 9, 2016 Why All Americans Should Support the Trans-Pacific PartnershipSource: Reason.com
Quick question: could you manufacture all by yourself the computer on which you’re reading this opinion piece? Could you source and create the thousands of inputs that go into what on its face is fairly simple? If so, you’re in...
February 4, 2016 Excellent: Goldman Sachs Says Brexit Could Cause 20% Sterling SlumpSource: Forbes
Brexit is the idea that Britain will vote to leave the European Union when and if the referendum vote happens. I am not impartial on this matter: I think we should never have joined, the EU itself should not exist and that we and...
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