Monthly Archives: September 2011
Mainland China’s bank lending typically spikes in the first quarter of each year. These banks make much less money from fees than their international peers, so lending volume is the main determinant of their profit. Interest on loans accounted for … Continue reading
The Yen can benefit from a quirk in the markets. Because it has such low rates, traders and investors typically take out loans in Japan and exchange the proceeds for higher-yielding bonds from nations such as Australia, New Zealand, and … Continue reading
3 commodities that are particularly tied to China’s growth: copper, above all; then soybeans; and oil.
Correctly choosing how much to adapt a business model is certainly important for extracting value from international operations. But to forcus exclusively on the tension between global scale economies and local considerations is a mistake, for it blinds companies to … Continue reading
Expand along the value chain. This is one of hte most difficult adjacency moves – De Beers extended its diamond business from wholesaling into retailing. Grow new products and services – IBM moved into global services, which now constitutes for … Continue reading
Learn about the competitive landscape – Tweets about product that include the names of rival brands can reveal a lot about market positioning. Look for unexpected themes – Persistent words point to persistent ideas. Dip deeper into the stream – … Continue reading