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Sep 30
2010

Latin America beckons growing number of firms

Posted by Karen1 in tradetariffsLatin Americaexports

Karen1

While China and India capture many of the headlines in the business press, a number of American firms are finding opportunities further south. In fact, US companies responding to the recent HSBC Trade Confidence Index picked Latin America as the most promising region for growth over the next six months; China came in second.

Perhaps that's not surprising, given the rate at which trade between the US and Latin America has been growing over the past few years. "Latin America is far from the largest US regional trade partner, but historically is the fastest growing one," according to the June 2010 report by the Congressional Research Service, (CRS) "US-Latin America Trade: Recent Trends and Policy Issues." Between 1998 and 2009, total trade - that is, both imports and exports - between the US and Latin America jumped 82 percent; in comparison, trade with China grew by 72 percent. The only region with which trade grew faster was Africa, and that was starting from a tiny base.

Sep 27
2010

Commodity traders gone wild

Posted by dbedell in volatilitysupply chainNicolas Sarkozyhedgingexportsenergycurrency volatilityCommodity Futures Trading CommissioncommoditiesChristine Lagardeagriculture

dbedell

 With French president Nicolas Sarkozy set to take over the G-20 leadership in November, he and French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde are clearly focused on an overhaul of commodities speculation practices in major developed economies.

On Monday, Lagarde reiterated this message in an interview on Europe 1 radio, calling on G-20 leaders to coordinate efforts to reduce speculation on commodities and currencies in order to better manage the extreme volatility seen in recent months—and indeed to reduce the wave of highs and lows that often drive these markets.

Sep 23
2010

Exports are the key to healthy growth

Posted by annearf in SpendingexportsconsumersCareers/Management

annearf

Increasingly our economy is becoming bifurcated. And the essential dividing line is between companies that are exporting to faster-growing countries and those that aren't.

Specifically, large companies that derive a significant portion of revenues from exports are growing pretty nicely. On the other hand, corporations with a smaller level of sales from international business are not faring as well.  The 10 companies in the Dow Jones Industrial Average with the most revenues from international sales will grow an average of 8.3 percent over the next year, according to the Wall Street Journal. The 10 with the smallest portion of revenues from exports will grow 1.6 percent.

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