The shifting global business landscape

Where and how the world does business is changing. For the last thirty days,emerging markets have been a source of low-cost but increasingly skilled labor. Their fast-growing cities are filled with millions of new and increasingly prosperous consumers, who provide a new growth market for global corporations at a time when much of the developed world faces slower growth as a result of aging. But the number of large companies from the emerging world will rise, as well, according to a new report from the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI). This powerful wave of new companies could profoundly alter long-established competitive dynamics around the world.

 

 

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Joseph Stiglitz Explains Why We Have To Change Capitalism

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Joseph Stiglitz

In an exclusive extract from his new book, Freefall, the former World Bank chief economist, Joseph Stiglitz, reveals why banks should be split up and why the West must cut consumption. 

In the Great Recession that began in 2008, millions of people in America and all over the world lost their homes and jobs. Many more suffered the anxiety and fear of doing so, and almost anyone who put away money for retirement or a child’s education saw those investments dwindle to a fraction of their value.

 

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Investors Racing Back Into The Bond Markets

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The swift rally in stock markets this year caught everyone’s attention. But with far less fanfare, a frenzy has been taking place in the market for corporate bonds.  When credit markets practically shut down last year, businesses had to pay huge premiums to raise money from investors, offering returns of 10 to 20 percent to anyone who would buy a company’s debt. Now, investors are the ones paying higher prices as they race back into the bond markets, where companies and governments go to raise money for new projects and mergers, and to finance their daily operations.

 

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Altering Our Dependencies… one snip at a time

Altering Our Dependencies… one snip at a time 

My granddaughter, Dez, and I rarely see eye to eye. But we have a relationship where we are heavily dependant upon each other

I’m a bit like film director Robert Zemeckis who co-wrote the screenplay Back to the Future. I notice those little things that have disappeared, fond memories of my chilldhood, like service stations that actually had people who provided service.

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Envysion: Innovator In Web-Based Video Management

Envysion:  Innovator In Web-Based Video Management

Featured Invention at the Colorado Inventor Showcase

Envysion is an innovator in web-based video management that is redefining video surveillance. The company is driving the development of Managed Video as a Service (MVaaS), which builds on the concept of the Software as a Service (SaaS) model. With the MVaaS platform, Envysion centrally manages software upgrades and version control and addresses the scaling challenges of managing distributed video systems across multiple locations.

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U.S. Weighs Takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

 U.S. Weighs Takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

Henry Paulson, left, and Ben Bernanke at a House hearing.

Alarmed by the growing financial stress at the nation’s two largest mortgage finance companies, senior Bush administration officials are considering a plan to have the government take over one or both of the companies and place them in a conservatorship if their problems worsen, people briefed about the plan said on Thursday.

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How the Bear Stearns Bailout Saved You, the Little Guy

How the Bear Stearns Bailout Saved You, the Little Guy

Since the Bear Stearns crisis first hit the news, we have been trying to find more information about what was taking place behind the scenes. This piece by John Mauldin puts it into perspective on a level that most everyone can understand. While this doesn’t give the blow by blow details, it does give some great insight into situation, and what could have happened if the bailout did not take place.
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