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Iran’s Sanctions Surprise: 35 Million Barrels of Oil

It appears that the US and its four global partners in the UN Security Council (China, France, Russia, and the UK) and Germany are close to lifting UN economic sanctions […]


Sales of Italian Brands Continue amid Sluggish Growth

The sale of Italian tire maker Pirelli to China National Chemical Corp. in March is just the latest in a series of acquisitions of prestigious Italian companies by foreign bidders. […]

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Economic Fortunes of US and Canada Diverge over Oil

The US and Canada are not only neighbors, but they are also each other’s most important trading partners. The strong trade-based interlinkages have meant that traditionally their economies follow the […]


Political Risks Cloud UK’s Upcoming Parliamentary Elections

Companies with business interests in the United Kingdom may want to pay attention to the run-up to the May 7 parliamentary elections. With less than two months to go, it […]


Emerging Markets Face Risks as Fed Moves toward Interest Hike

The Fed’s finger is on the trigger. The Federal Reserve will hike interest rates in the not-too-distant future, most likely in third quarter 2015. The interest rate shock to emerging […]


Big Spending in the Oil-Rich Gulf Countries

Companies looking to do business with oil-rich Gulf countries are usually drawn by the region’s high per-capita income, but dissuaded by threats from jihadi groups and an uncertain business environment. […]


Money Sent Home by Migrants Fuels Global Economy

Cash earned by migrant workers helps fuel the global economy. And in some of the poorest countries, money sent home by migrants pays for the roof overhead and puts food […]


Foodfellas: Organized Crime Takes Root in Italy’s Agriculture Sector

The global olive oil market is being flooded with counterfeit products distributed by organized crime groups, which now control as much as one-third of Italy’s agricultural sector. The mafia reaped […]


Trade with Cuba: Much More than Cigars

US companies in sectors including agriculture, telecommunications, tourism, and construction are welcoming normalization of trade and diplomatic relations with Cuba. Many companies have long eyed the untapped economic potential of […]


Changing Demographics: The Elephant in the Room

The supply of labor — and hence demographics — drives economic growth, in addition to availability of land and capital. And while central banks have developed detailed models to predict responses to […]