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CHART: America Is No Longer The World's Most Connected Economy

James Manyika | Posted 05.28.2014 | World
James Manyika

America is no longer the world's most connected economy--those laurels go to Germany. Germany ranks first, and the U.S. third, with two smaller economies--Hong Kong and Singapore--coming in second and fourth. The index shows that the trade intensity of the U.S.--the value of flows relative to the size of its economy--is only one-third the intensity of Germany and half that of China.

Alibaba Can Go Public, But Can It Go Global?

Josh Green | Posted 07.12.2014 | Technology
Josh Green

The world is littered with the carcasses of foreign companies that have tried and failed to enter China. But, similarly, how many Chinese companies have succeeded in making the leap beyond China's borders?

Without Coordination, U.S. Fed Policy Can Hurt Global Growth

Raghuram Rajan | Posted 06.28.2014 | World
Raghuram Rajan

As the world struggles to recover from the global economic crisis, the unconventional monetary policies that many advanced countries adopted in its wake seem to have gained widespread acceptance. In those economies, however, where debt overhangs, policy is uncertain, or the need for structural reform constrains domestic demand, there is a legitimate question as to whether these policies' domestic benefits have offset their damaging spillovers to other economies. The disregard for spillovers could put the global economy on a dangerous path of unconventional monetary tit for tat. To ensure stable and sustainable economic growth, world leaders must re-examine the international rules of the monetary game, with advanced and emerging economies alike adopting more mutually beneficial monetary policies.

Accompany Is The Whole Foods Of Fashion

The Huffington Post | Chanel Parks | Posted 02.19.2014 | Style

Online shopping has become one of those things you do on your lunch break, during lectures or at night before you go to bed. At any given time, you pr...

Where in the World Will China Invest Its Billions?

Ding Xuedong | Posted 03.23.2014 | World
Ding Xuedong

After the 2008 international financial crisis, global trade and investment protectionism has again been resurgent. Policy barriers are becoming more covert, populism and provincial politics are causing greater disruption and policies are increasingly being made in a self-centered way. This trend deserves our high alert.

Big Pharma Could Win International Price Monopoly, Unlimited Profits in 'Free Trade' Deal

Ethan Rome | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Ethan Rome

Big Pharma has a new tool to make turbo-charged profits and insulate itself from efforts to rein in skyrocketing health costs.

Maritime Silk Road

Peter Neill | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Peter Neill

Interestingly, today, the phrase "silk road" is being revived in China as a centerpiece of an emerging shift in Chinese foreign policy in support of the nation's arrival as a global economic power, again a dominant player in world trade.

5 Things Small Businesses Learned During the Government Shutdown

Annie Jie Xu | Posted 12.24.2013 | Small Business
Annie Jie Xu

The recent government shutdown won't be the last storm that small businesses have to weather. Those who kept their heads above water will take the lessons they learned and put them to use in future storms.

The Debilitating Currency War

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 10.02.2013 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

We haven't heard much about currency manipulation lately, but according to my friend C. Fred Bergsten of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, it was and remains a major threat to the international monetary system.

Global Trade: The Fierce Urgency Of Today

Suresh Kumar | Posted 03.17.2013 | Politics
Suresh Kumar

Government support for globally engaged American businesses is required now, not sometime in the future. The reality of our times is that all exporting countries are targeting the same faster-growing markets and an emerging middle class today, not in the future.

Bangladesh Fire Shows Why We Can't Trust Walmart to Green Its Supply Chain

Stacy Mitchell | Posted 02.19.2013 | Business
Stacy Mitchell

Achieving Walmart's stated goal of an "environmentally and socially responsible supply chain" entails phasing out Walmart itself and bringing an end to its inherently unaccountable and unsustainable system of production and distribution.

Globaloney, 19th Century Edition

Ian Fletcher | Posted 02.10.2013 | Business
Ian Fletcher

Everyone knows we live in a brave new world of globalization. And like a lot of things that everyone knows, it isn't so. Not only was the globalization of the late 19th century, just as profound as today, it generated a similar class of professional sophists to justify it all.

L.A. Has a Dog in the Valley's Congressional Hunt

Rob Asghar | Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles
Rob Asghar

The race between Rep. Howard Berman and Rep. Brad Sherman for the newly configured 30th congressional district, in the San Fernando Valley, is a demonstration of raw human tribalism and our eager propensity to fight over most everything.

Global Trade Grinds To A Halt

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 10.01.2012 | Business

Thing One: Importing Recession: This economy would be great if it wasn't for the customers. The U.S. economy may be a sputtering depression factory...

John Allison: Trade Unlocks Economic Growth

Job Creators Alliance | Posted 10.10.2012 | Business
Job Creators Alliance

American greatness relies on our relationships with neighbors, both near and distant. The way out of the Great Recession is not economic isolationism, but an embrace of our nation's heritage as a global trade leader.

Is Global Trade About to Collapse? Where Are Oil Prices Headed? A Chat With Mike Shedlock

James Burgess | Posted 09.30.2012 | Business
James Burgess

As markets continue to yo-yo and commentators deliver mixed forecasts, investors are faced with some tough decisions and have a number of important questions that need answering.

Hundreds March Against Globalization As Russia Gears Up To Join WTO

AP | Associated Press | Posted 07.01.2012 | Business

MOSCOW -- More than 1,000 people waving communist and imperial flags have protested in central Moscow against Russia's upcoming entry into the World T...

Is it Just Corn? Food, Energy and Global Trade

Fabio Parasecoli | Posted 07.24.2012 | Food
Fabio Parasecoli

This year, thanks to a mild spring, corn farmers are hoping for a bumper crop. The impact of this will be felt around the world. Here's what you need to know.

Collaborative Border Management: A New Approach to an Old Problem

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 06.06.2012 | Business
Otaviano Canuto

Tough decisions are needed on where to spend limited resources to pursue border management reform. To this end, a well defined business case -- weighing costs and benefits -- needs to be prepared.

Lets Talk About Trade

Efraim Chalamish | Posted 05.29.2012 | Business
Efraim Chalamish

Trade policies are not a sexy business. Customs, anti-dumping, subsidies are just some of the concepts international investors are trying to avoid. Yet, recent weeks reminded all of us that trade can make headlines.

U.S-China: Headed for Trade War?

Ann Lee | Posted 05.09.2012 | Business
Ann Lee

Rather than protect American jobs, punitive duties will make products more expensive to American consumers and companies.

How to Keep U.S. Exports and U.S. Jobs Growing

Amy Liu | Posted 04.18.2012 | Business
Amy Liu

Exporting is simply not in the American DNA. We need a massive culture shift. While President Obama's national export challenge has garnered much support and attention, the results remain sobering on the ground.

Lynne Peeples

Still Deadly After Death: 'Bushmeat' Trade May Import Disease

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 01.12.2012 | Green

Thousands of pounds of primate parts, rodents and other dry, smoked or raw animals -- so-called "bushmeat" -- are smuggled into the United States as f...

U.S. Manufacturing Competitiveness in Global Trade

Jared Bernstein | Posted 02.27.2012 | Business
Jared Bernstein

While we continue to run large deficits in manufactured goods annually, there are lots of advanced economies with long records of positive net exports. If you think the difference is prices, you're thinking like an economist... and you're wrong.

A Second Life for Unwanted Clothing

Mattias Wallander | Posted 10.01.2011 | Green
Mattias Wallander

Fashions change every season and when we buy new things we have to get rid of the old, outgrown and out of style. Americans consume 65 pounds of new clothes per person each year and discard a total of 25.4 billion pounds of textiles annually.