Archive for China SmartBlogs

For the astute listener, second- and third-order effects were the golden nuggets of information that could be gleaned from the presentation of CME Group Chief Economist Blu Putnam this week at the 41st Annual International Futures Industry Conference in Boca Raton, Fla. Putnam’s high-level perspective on the 2016 outlook for the global economy was overall strong, but he noted differentiators in the data, which could be of concern going forward.[…] Continue Reading »

A collection of stories from SmartBrief publications and around the web…

Regulators move to soften Dodd-Frank rule on mortgages makes waves: The decision by U.S. regulators to soften a proposed rule regarding the kinds of loans banks can parcel out to investors without having to keep any ‘skin in the game’ has sparked a good amount of chatter.[…] Continue Reading »

A collection of stories from SmartBrief publications and around the web…

Among the bevy of regularly released U.S. statistics available to economists for forecasting purposes, three stand out, according to a study by Goldman Sachs assessing in particular their effect on the yields of 10-year Treasurys. “The Philly Fed index, the Chicago PMI, and initial jobless claims contain a statistically significant and economically meaningful amount of information for growth,” the study says.[…] Continue Reading »

Another article on mergers and acquisitions? And cross-border deals at that! Why bother, given that so much literature has been published on cross-border M&A, especially with respect to why some transactions — particularly cross-border ones — often crash and burn?

This article, however, looks at such deals from another angle.

In addition to the more typical corporate law and organizational structure discrepancies, geopolitical and sociocultural differences endemic to different countries (or even regions within the same country) should be added to the long list of challenges that routinely occur when two business organizations, located in separate countries, try to merge.[…] Continue Reading »

CHEMTREC, or the Chemical Transportation Emergency Center, “provides immediate, 24/7 critical response information for incidents involving hazardous materials” to 24,000 companies as a division of the American Chemistry Council. On Monday, CHEMTREC announced that a memorandum of understanding of mutual assistance with China’s National Registration Center for Chemicals had taken force. I asked CHEMTREC’s G. R. “Randy” Speight about what this agreement means for chemical safety, the industry and beyond.[…] Continue Reading »