Regional blocs, or proprietary trading blocs?

Regional blocs, or proprietary trading blocs?

The EU appears to be trying to build a “proprietary trading bloc” to advantage members and disadvantage outsiders. In such a trading arrangement, the bloc is dominated by a leading member, and can be used in mercantilist contests against other major economies. Read more on

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The Month of March for Trade Relations

Uncertainty about the future of the global economy has roiled stock markets in recent weeks (not to mention the operations of global companies), but what’s scheduled to hit in March could be worse than anything we’ve seen so far. To start, a last minute reprieve just...

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Is “industry benchmarking” even possible?

Is “industry benchmarking” even possible?

Companies often want to know how they compare to their peers, especially when they suspect they are leading or lagging.  For example, perhaps you want to know how your performance metrics compare to others’ in the industry — if yours are better than the industry norm,...

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In US-China Trade War, Is India the Winner?

In US-China Trade War, Is India the Winner?

US-China trade tensions are mounting, with fears of a trade war roiling markets.  Yet so far, tariffs have mostly been threatened but not yet imposed, except for some US steel, aluminum, and solar panel tariffs.  It’s reminiscent of the “Phoney War” of the late 1930s,...

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