Emerging Markets

Why North American and European Small Businesses Need To Start Exporting Now

Eric Quon-Lee | Posted 12.10.2014 | Canada Business
Eric Quon-Lee

Recently there is an increasing need for exports to be built into the growth strategy of any business. Without exports, businesses, whether they are small businesses or multinationals, increasingly risk their long term health and prosperity by ceding rapidly growing markets and brand awareness to up and coming competitors over the long term.

A Step Towards Ending Global Forest Loss

Ian Lifshitz | Posted 11.24.2014 | Canada Impact
Ian Lifshitz

The New York Declaration on Forests represents an unprecedented effort by developed and developing countries to partner around a shared goal of ending global forest loss and committing to a concrete timeline to realize their goal to accomplish this goal.

How Canadian Companies Are Adding Emerging Markets To Their Export Strategy

Peter Hall | Posted 10.21.2014 | Canada Business
Peter Hall

The tech wreck, the thickening border with the U.S. and the soaring loonie in the mid-2000's turned the attention of Canada's exporters to fast-growing emerging markets. In a relatively short time span, our trade with this rapidly-rising part of the global economy has risen from less than 5 per cent to almost 13 per cent of our merchandise exports.

Don't Believe Gloomy Headlines - The Global Economy Is Picking Up

Peter Hall | Posted 10.07.2014 | Canada Business
Peter Hall

We expect developing markets to re-emerge. They've gone quiet in the past couple of years, weary of waiting for the world's large economies to get going again. Their recent record has persuaded pundits to throw them into the 'new normal' soup.

Currencies Are Another Casualty of Quantitative Easing's Final Act

Peter Hall | Posted 07.28.2014 | Canada Business
Peter Hall

Just over a year ago, markets went into a tailspin. At that time then-Fed Chairman Bernanke made what was supposed to be a benign announcement that gave new meaning to the word "taper." Currencies were thrust into the mayhem well ahead of the statement becoming action, as markets tried to anticipate the pricing effects of this new monetary regime. Tapering is now well underway; how are currencies weathering the storm?

This Economic Cycle's Oxymoron: More Growth, Less Cash

Peter Hall | Posted 07.08.2014 | Canada Business
Peter Hall

Cash has been plentiful in emerging markets. Between 2009-2012 as quantitative easing ramped up, there was a massive expansion in borrowing on global bond markets by emerging market (EM) sovereigns, banks and companies. As a result, EM economies are now closely integrated into global debt markets, and thus more affected by actions taken in Developed Markets (DMs), particularly the withdrawal of quantitative easing (QE).

Can Canadians Handle the Economic White Water Ahead?

Peter Hall | Posted 06.24.2014 | Canada
Peter Hall

Canada will see timely benefits as global trade picks up. Prospects for the domestic economy are not strong, but exports are already rising nicely. Domestic weakening should help to free up capacity for exports, which is running pretty tight in some industries. In others, there is capacity to absorb growth.

The World Is Getting Hungrier

Peter Hall | Posted 05.06.2014 | Canada Impact
Peter Hall

The world is getting hungrier. It has been said many times, but it bears repeating: the rise of emerging markets over the past three decades is now vaulting millions into the ranks of the middle class every year.

Canadian Trade: Pros and Cons for 2014

Peter Hall | Posted 04.20.2014 | Canada Business
Peter Hall

When international trade collapsed in 2009, the Canadian economy turned inward, and for a change, discovered a steady source of growth. That source is now tapped out, and economy-watchers have for some time turned their eyes back to trade. So far, the view has been uninspiring. Will Canadian trade carry growth forward, or is our hopeful gaze in for a big disappointment?

Why Colombia's is the Next Economy to Watch

Peter Hall | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada
Peter Hall

Canadian investors are well-known in Colombia, particularly in the oil and gas sector. The crisis proved to be a setback to impressive investment activity, but it has since rebounded. Canadian direct investment in Colombia is now over 70 per cent higher than at the 2008 peak, at just under $1.8 billion.

Canada's Small Businesses Are Taking on the Big World

Peter Hall | Posted 02.12.2014 | Canada Business
Peter Hall

Exporting. Globalization. Diversification. These are big terms, and we usually associate them with big business. This overlooks one key fact: that all businesses start off as small affairs, and the same is generally true for export ventures. So, how are Canada's small exporters doing?

Why Are So Many Emerging Markets Taking Protests to the Streets?

Peter Hall | Posted 11.11.2013 | Canada
Peter Hall

Mass protests have become an all-too-common post-crisis occurrence in major cities around the world. The sheer number of them elicits key questions. What is making them so prevalent? Where will the movement strike next? And more personally, how will protests affect our international business operations?

Export Growth Predictions: See How Canada's Provinces Stack Up

Peter Hall | Posted 07.16.2013 | Canada Business
Peter Hall

International trade will be a key growth driver for the Canadian economy this year and next. However, the distribution of export growth in Canada's provinces is anything but even. Some are leading the charge, while others are steady at the national pace. Others are lagging behind, some quite seriously. What are the key factors influencing the different growth patterns?

Amid the Gloom of the Economy, There's a Silver Lining

Peter Hall | Posted 06.25.2013 | Canada Business
Peter Hall

Jitters about the economy's near-term future shroud the planet. The latest data aren't helping. But quietly, amid the gloom, there's a different story. Lending activity is beginning to improve.

Fast Facts on Trade in 2012

Peter Hall | Posted 05.01.2013 | Canada Business
Peter Hall

Normally, this column is forward-looking, but occasionally, it pays to reflect on recent events. Annual merchandise trade data for 2012 are hot off th...

Rachel Mendleson

When It Comes To Globalization, 'Resistance Is Futile'

HuffingtonPost.com | Rachel Mendleson | Posted 05.02.2013 | Canada Business

With the loonie near parity, transportation costs climbing and protectionist trade provisions on the table in Washington, Canadian businesses can be f...

What Will Christine Lagarde Need to Put on Her Agenda at the IMF?

Bessma Momani | Posted 09.19.2011 | Canada Business
Bessma Momani

Christine Lagarde needs to do more to improve countries' confidence in the IMF's ability to contain and predict the kinds of financial and economic crises that have continued to challenge the international financial system for over two decades.