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Seven Elements of International Marketing

You’ve heard of the Chevy “Nova” brand debacle in Latin America (who’s going to buy a car which is named ‘doesn’t run’) and possibly the Clairol “Mist Stick” curling iron market flop in Germany (where ‘mist’ translates approximately as manure). Both are great examples of the mischief in which even marketing powerhouses can find themselves when selling internationally.

11 Stages of the Crash

With all the study and thought that are required to make sense out of how the Great Unraveling will play out, we seldom take time to think of what it will be like on the other side. Those of us who are, by nature, long-term thinkers and/or optimistic, have a vague picture in mind of a rebirth of libertarian thinking, and a vibrant economy.

Spotting New Trends: Knowing When to Go Against the Grain

It is said that hindsight is 20/20. It’s easy to think, “If I had just bought apartments in Paris in the 80s, or tech stocks before the bubble, or gold in 2000 or 2001, I’d be sitting on a fortune right now.” The thing is, kicking yourself for lost opportunities doesn’t do you much good. A better strategy is to start focusing on not missing “home run” type investments like these in the future.

Weimar Greece

In 1919, the Treaty of Versailles was signed as a peace agreement after World War I. Under the treaty, Germany accepted that they had caused the war and therefore were obligated to pay reparations to the tune of US $31.4 billion (US $442 billion in today’s money).

God Save (Your Privacy From) The Queen!

On May 9th, 2012, Queen Elizabeth II addressed the British Parliament and dealt a blow to the privacy of every person living in or visiting the UK.

Update from Uruguay: The consequences of ending bank secrecy with Argentina

The Argentine boom/bust cycle is happening again, as it does nearly every decade. This time is no different, despite what Keynesian economists might say.

Last Exit Coming Up

Departure from one’s country may not be the ideal answer for every person who is experiencing an increase in tyranny in his country. Conditions will vary from country to country, and situations will vary as to how each individual is likely to be affected by those conditions. However, if the individual’s negative future prospects are extreme enough to warrant relocation, the greatest enemy is procrastination.

How to Survive Long Haul Flights

Confession: I hate to fly, and that hatred hasn’t diminished one single iota in my years of hauling myself around the world. This abhorrence doesn’t stem from anxiety, or from fear of crashing. It’s the almost unbearable hassle involved at every step in the process.

What Type of “Flation” is Coming?

Will hyperinflation come to Europe and the US in the near future? Predictions are all over the board on this question, ranging from, “Yes, it is unavoidable at this point,” to, “It’s not possible. They simply can’t allow it to happen.”

What Type of “Flation” is Coming?

Will hyperinflation come to Europe and the US in the near future? Predictions are all over the board on this question, ranging from, “Yes, it is unavoidable at this point,” to, “It’s not possible. They simply can’t allow it to happen.”

Wheels on the Ground in Central America

In the last few years my husband and I have driven from Panama to Mexico and back a number of times. For anyone who might be considering car travel in this part of the world, here are some observations to make for a better trip.

Six Elements to Starting a Business Overseas

Starting a business in a foreign country might be easier than you think, provided you keep in mind six things when planning your start-up. Long ago, taking advantage of market anomalies in distant parts of the globe usually involved sailing across oceans, battling storms and deadly illnesses, but these days, starting a business overseas might actually be much easier, less risky, and more economically sound than setting up a business in your home country.

New Uruguay Tax Law to Attract Foreign Residents

Nearly two years after enacting tax laws that made certain foreign-source income taxable to all residents of Uruguay, the Uruguayan Government finally followed through on promises to provide tax relief for foreign residents in order to encourage their continued immigration into the country.

When Will The Gold Mania Begin?

Like a handful of others a decade ago, I believed that the damage that governments were doing to their economies at that time would end in disaster. I also believed that one biproduct of these actions would be a dramatic rise in the price of precious metals.

How to Gain Business Savvy from a Crosswalk

Traffic and pedestrian behavior, and particularly the interaction between the two, offer two international business insights that are invariably valid. In every market they will be different and distinct. And therefore, fundamentally, they serve first to provide an important glimpse into a market’s “mentality,” and second as a consistent, gentle nudge to remember you’re out of your natural zone, no matter how comfortable you become. Sounds simple, but here’s why it’s important.

Understanding the Federal Reserve

Looking at the title, the reader may conclude that he has begun to read an article that he might better save until he has a holiday weekend in which to read it. And there can be no doubt that volumes could be written describing the Fed and its inner-workings.

Tips to Manage your Money While Traveling

When traveling, there are many things to plan and to keep in mind, money being one of the most important. With a little preparation and planning, you can relieve much of the stress involved. Colleen Murphy considers several options for managing one’s liquidity overseas.

Gold can’t solve everything…

Fitzroy Drkavic comes from an Austro-Hungarian family that has lived through some of the worst the world has to offer. Now, he sees some of the same factors that caused so much hardship for his relatives emerging in his new homeland of Canada – and has decided to do something about it.

Gold can’t solve everything…

Fitzroy Drkavic comes from an Austro-Hungarian family that has lived through some of the worst the world has to offer. Now, he sees some of the same factors that caused so much hardship for his relatives emerging in his new homeland of Canada – and has decided to do something about it.

There Was Shrinkage

What does a classic American sitcom have to do with the troubles of Europe? Jeff Thomas tells us.

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