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Mon, 29 Aug 2011 00:00:00 -0400The 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.
Wed, 24 Aug 2011 00:00:00 -0400'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?
Fri, 19 Aug 2011 00:00:00 -0400While 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.
Thu, 09 Jun 2011 00:00:00 -0400The 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.
Mon, 09 May 2011 00:00:00 -0400As 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.
Thu, 24 Mar 2011 00:00:00 -0400Today'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.
Mon, 21 Jun 2010 00:00:00 -0400China'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.
Fri, 18 Jun 2010 00:00:00 -0400Offshore 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.
Mon, 12 Apr 2010 00:00:00 -0400In 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.
Tue, 06 Apr 2010 00:00:00 -0400In 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.
Thu, 25 Mar 2010 00:00:00 -0400You might think that during times of economic recession consumers are in no mood to experiment with, or purchase inventive products. Counter-intuitively, starting a business or launching an invention during a recession can be one of the smartest moves to make- depending of course, on if you take certain factors into account. Looking at past recessions and consumer psychology can give us ideas on the types of inventions that can succeed during an economic downturn. Let's walk through some of these themes that appear on the psychological landscape during a recession.
Mon, 22 Mar 2010 00:00:00 -0400There are projected to be jobs opening up in areas of education, health services, and professional and business services; however, these new jobs will only fill the space of many times more jobs that were lost in the last couple of years, not to mention the jobs in other areas that are forecasted to still be lost this year.
Mon, 08 Mar 2010 00:00:00 -0500There were further indications that the economic upturn was gaining strength. Real GDP rose 0.4 per cent in November, matching its average increases in the previous two months. Employment grew by 0.3 per cent in January, its fourth advance in six months.
Mon, 25 Jan 2010 00:00:00 -0500Canada's consumer prices and factory sales accelerated less than economists expected, government figures showed, giving Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney room to honor his pledge to keep interest rates at a record low through June.
Thu, 26 Feb 2009 00:00:00 -0500Accepting the recession trend is the easiest way to rationalize the pay cuts. The liquidity crunch and low capital is the reason for stalling new expansions or diversifications in various fields. Read this article and find out how recession has hit the commoners.
Thu, 26 Feb 2009 00:00:00 -0500On Tuesday, February 17, President Obama signed the Stimulus Package in law at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science saying that today marks the beginning of the end of the recession. The article looks at the Stimulus Package passed into law by the new Administration. There may still be a time of need when you have to borrow but, hopefully, the new Package will make that less likely.
Wed, 25 Feb 2009 00:00:00 -0500If nothing else, Obama's address to Congress was a much needed band aid applied to the wounds of the American public, along with a kiss on the forehead, and the promise that "things will be better tomorrow". He acknowledged that the economy was in crisis and he was aware of the challenges that every American was facing. His message was built around hope and the promise that "We will rebuild, we will recover, and the United States of America will emerge stronger than before."
Fri, 30 Jan 2009 00:00:00 -0500We have all heard plenty of talk, both positive and negative, about the $700 billion bailout plan, and there are now rumors of similar plans in the works. The discussion dominated the recent election, and it continues to be a primary concern both on Wall Street and Main Street.
Fri, 30 Jan 2009 00:00:00 -0500We have seen a number of dark days for stock markets all around the world in the past months. But how frightened should we be? Is the next Great Depression upon us? How can we distinguish a small crisis from a huge one? One way to deal with these questions and to calm our feelings of panic is to look closely at a single bad day. When we do that, the details can show us that the bigger picture may not be as bad as we fear, and, hopefully, quell our feelings of panic.
Sat, 17 Jan 2009 00:00:00 -0500America and Europe face a pretty bleak 2009 as the world starts to feel the recession biting, and millions of people could be made unemployed. And as unemployment rises and politicians see their poll ratings slip, part of the blame for the economic downturn will be put on tax havens, with astronomical sums being banded around of how much each country would benefit if tax havens didn't exist.
Tue, 21 Oct 2008 00:00:00 -0400South Africans would be best advised to dust the cobwebs off that bicycle or head for the bus terminus as local fuel prices are not predicted to drop any day soon. After a fortnight of turmoil on the world stock markets and the threat of a global recession looming ever closer, South Africans and consumers world-wide have been hit where it hurts most in the pocket.
Sun, 19 Oct 2008 00:00:00 -0400When the United States of America was found to be suffering from deep economic problems, many analysts commended European companies and their relative strengths in view of emerging global crisis. European companies function in an Anglo-Saxon free market model which is considered to be safe and secure because of over the top government regulations.
Sun, 19 Oct 2008 00:00:00 -0400The truth is, we are going through the most severe global financial crisis since the days of Great Depression. Originated in USA, economic recession is affecting all the major players of world economy. Governments and major policy makers of world economy have taken notice of the urgency of the situation and frantic steps are undertaken to stem the rot. At the core of the term recession, spirals of several financial mistakes are intermingled.
Fri, 08 Aug 2008 00:00:00 -0400All of us are hit hard by high and rising Crude Oil prices. Since the grains are being used to produce bio-fuels, food prices too has risen sharply. Due to rise in both food and fuel prices the inflation is scaling new heights across the globe. I have a powerful action plan to bring down crude oil prices which in turn will not only reduce food prices but will also soften the inflation levels.
Thu, 03 Jul 2008 00:00:00 -0400The prospect of peak oil production having already been reached or waiting in the very near future must prompt us to consider how we are going to replace fossil fuels as our primary sources of energy. This action needs to be taken immediately to avoid severe economic and social repercussions.