Expert Author: George Leong
The world economies are slowing. Japan's credit rating was just downgraded to Aa3 from Aa2 by Moody's due to slow growth and credit issues. My global economic analysis is that problems are brewing globally and there is a real possibility that the stalling will impact global growth and perhaps lead to another recession. In Europe, Greece is in a major sinkhole and expects its recession to worsen.
Expert Author: Michael Lombardi
'U.S. inflation rises by most since March,' flashed the headlines across the newswire last Thursday. Turns out, consumer prices in America are rising at an annual rate of 3.6 percent - sharply higher than the Federal Reserve's 'target rate.' Hold on a minute. Didn't the Fed say last week that it will keep short-term interest rates near zero until at least mid-2013? How can they keep interest rates low and fight rising inflation?
Expert Author: George Leong
While the European Union deals with austerity measures and debt relief for Greece, Ireland, and Portugal, the region has not been able to focus on turning its economic engine around. Germany, the top country in the European Union, managed only a tiny 0.1 per cent rise in its second-quarter gross domestic product (GDP). The results followed on the heels of disappointing flat results from France, another key European country.
The Venture Capital industry drives job creation and economic growth by helping entrepreneurs turn innovative ideas and scientific advances into products and services that change the way we live today. Venture capitalists do this by providing the funding and guidance - and by assuming the risks necessary to build high-growth companies capable of bringing these innovations to the marketplace.
As we know, venture capital lies on the opportunity of investing. It involves high risks and it can be very time consuming. However, if the ventured business grows it can reap a very huge reward. A few years ago some venture capital investors are holding back their expenditures amid the financial downturn, according to some financial blogs. This financial crisis made it harder for investors to get funding for startup businesses or business expansion but those who prove themselves during this period of financial crisis will be better positioned to flourish when the economy recovers.
Today's economic situation creates ideal opportunities for angel investors and venture capitalists. It was reported that the world's economy today may appear to be improving statistically but many believe that the global economic conditions are only getting worse. When a high intensity earthquake and ensuing tsunami devastated Japan last Friday - March 11, 2011, the world was shocked and in great turmoil.
Expert Author: Dezan Shira
China's central bank said on Saturday that it would allow a more flexible yuan, signaling an end to the currency's two-year peg to the U.S. dollar. The statement, posted on the web site of the People's Bank of China, said the decision to increase the RMB's exchange rate flexibility was made because of the improving economy but that any large-scale appreciations had been ruled out. The RMB's 0.5 percent daily trading band will remain the same.
Expert Author: Jamie S Hanson
Offshore outsourcing is the common thing that we hear these days. When do we say that we are living in a Global Economy? When huge business organizations and establishments from all over the world work in collaboration with one another, for the betterment of the world, it is said that we are living in a Global Economy.
Expert Author: Ocean Gebhardt
In the wake of the recent controversy surrounding Free Markets, and more specifically, the "How could we be so stupid as to believe markets could work?" statements, we feel it is time to clear the air and make a couple blanket statements regarding market efficiency. Specifically, we address the idea that Efficient Markets means continuous growth, that Free Markets are "Free" (as in no cost, as opposed to free of intervention), and that stock prices should always rise in the long term.
Expert Author: Alex Vitti
In Quebec, housing starts rose 18 per cent in December to 44,400 units, its highest level of the year. For all of 2009, starts fell 12 per cent, the smallest regional decline in Canada (starts fell by one-third in Ontario and the prairies and by over one-half in BC). Manufacturing sales in November edged up after a 7 per cent jump in October, as increases for chemicals (notably medicinals) and petroleum offset a drop in aerospace.
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