-Mart Stores Incorporated (WMT.N) on the 7th of April, 2014 made known it plans to open 50 additional wholesale outlets in India. It also announced it will be commencing online operations to sell to small shopkeepers, many months after it decided not to open its own retail stores in India.Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, stated it would operate the stores over 4 to 5 years.
The company presently has twenty Indian wholesale outlets. These wholesale outlets sell goods to small shopkeepers, who are the people that dominate the Indian $500 billion retail market. It does not sell directly to consumers hence Wal-Mart has no retail stores in the country.
How the Retail-Consume Sector Influence the U.S. Economy?
Unemployment is usually a concern for any economy. The U.S. announced this week about an improved economy that saw the lowest level of its citizens looking for jobs. According to market sources, this year has revealed the U.S. record the lowest people requesting for unemployment benefits. The U.S. economy is unique in that, it has a Federal Budget allocation to compensate its citizens who are unemployed. When unemployment is high in the U.S. the burden does not remain with its citizens but spread to the Federal government too.
Why The U.S. is Ranked First In the World’s Highest Financial Asset Ownership?
The world’s economies and wealth are more precisely measured in terms of financial assets. Financial assets are intangible assets that are valued in terms of contractual claims. When talking about these liquid assets, we are talking about the three notable financial assets, which include bank deposits, bonds and stocks. The International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) allow financial asset reporting as Cash, equity property, contracts that allow cash reception and contracts that can be settled in equity or cash equivalents.
In the world wealth list, the U.S. is ranked as the leading economy with the highest financial asset. This country has an extremely high gap between it and the second ranked county. In 2013, Allainz Global Wealth Reported the Unites States as having 42,169 billion Euros of financial assets. According to this report, Japan was ranked second with financial asset worth 13,991 billion Euros. Clearly these recent figures and the gap between the first ranked country and the second country are significantly large. China ranks third with an approximate 8,463 billion Euros while United Kingdom follows in fourth position with 5,605 billion Euros.
The UK Economic Recovery, the U.S. Stable Economy and Income Inequality in Knocking the Door as an Economic Threat
The second quarter of economic reporting of 2014 has begun with good news for the UK. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has admitted that the UK will be announced as the best performing Economy of 2014. Britain is expected to outdo any other economy this year in terms of growth because it has already registered a significant 2.9% growth in just under 3 Months. There are three significant economic improvements that have been going on in the UK, which can assume credit for this impressive performance. This economy has recorded a steady fall in the rate of unemployment, low inflation and the general consumer spending has increased.
Britain present an example of a country with economic policies aimed at benefiting its citizens while remaining assertive in government budgetary and spending. Consumer spending happens when they are happy with the Country’s’ monetary and economic policies that makes them remain with credit after earning and spending on contingencies. Employment on the other hand does not only benefit citizens but also the country’s economy grows in all sectors. The government can get back its tax either directly from employment or indirectly from high end consumption. Additionally, low or reducing inflation encourages consumer spending hence earning and spending reaches equilibrium.
The world’s economic development in the 21st century has been characterized by regional economic formations and partnerships. Regional economies are coming up together in an economic reform agenda to open up their borders for trade partnerships aimed at helping economic development. While regional economies are growing, more formation and two, three or several countries are coming together to form a common economic calendar and policies especially the import/export relationship.
Regional economies are thought to steer economic development for member countries because of the reducing tariffs and taxes on imports and exports. However, some protected economies such as Japan seem to have hard time joining regional economies and opening up its borders for specific imports. Japan is known as a protected economy when it comes to Automotive and Agricultural sectors. With economic protection policy, Japan has struggled to enter into a trade agreement with Australian to embrace free trade for agriculturally related trade agreement.
Germany on Greece’s Economy
The Finance Minister of Germany, Wolfgang Schaeuble Sunday supported Europe's handling of the Greece's debt crisis, he said there was no better means to save the debt-laden nation from its deep economic crisis.
"The lack of jobs in Greece is not as a result of European policy. That assertion is a fallacy," he stated in an interview with a Greek newspaper, Kathimerini.
"Do not pay attention to those who say that there was an easier solution to the crisis," he said, while referring to the stringent austerity measures put in place by the International Monetary Fund & European Union when they bailed out Athens from its debt crisis.
A Look at the Fastest Growing Regional Economy: The East Asia Economy
The East Asia economy is emerging as the most successful and most energized and fastest growing economy of the regional economies of the 21st century. This region comprise of China, Singapore, Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea. While this group’s economy emulates that of the Eurozone and the U.S. in terms of regional trade agreements and tariffs on imports and exports, it does not have a common currency. Neither is there a proposal to have one currency. While regional economies are known to prosper, a common currency does not seem attractive either. This could be the reason why East Asia has had little crisis since inception of their organization as compared to the European Union.
The United State job openings leaped to the apogee in 6 years in February & there was a notable reduction in layoffs which are considerable indications of a steadily improving labour market.
Job openings which is a measure of the nation’s labour demand, went up by 299,000 to a seasonally adjusted 4.17 million, the Labour Department stated in its monthly Job Openings & Labour Turnover Survey last Tuesday. It was noted to be the highest level since January, 2008.
Hiring got an advance of 1.6 % and layoffs reduced by almost 5 %. Even more encouraging is the fact that more people are quitting their jobs willingly, an indicator of the populace’s confidence in the labour market.
The U.S. has yet again warned the Chinese government on Monday that the recent devaluation of its currency could escalate "serious concerns" if it is a signal of policy shift away from allowing market-determined exchange rates.
The White house has been pressing Beijing for the past years to allow its currency to trade at stronger values. A weak yuan makes Chinese exports cheaper for American consumers at the expense of American manufacturers. The weak currency also bars Chinese customers from buying foreign goods especially those from the U.S.
The world number one currency’s, dollar, share of central bank reserves may reduce by as much as 10 to 15 % points in the coming years. This is however least probable to threaten the currency’s role as the world's main reserve currency, this was revealed by a senior official from the Bank of International Settlements. The head of the banking department at the central banks' central bank, Peter Zoellner, also told one of 2014 largest gatherings of foreign exchange dealers that the role of China's renminbi would not stop to grow.
He further stated that there were indications that moves by China to weaken the yuan and put a halt to a decade of constant appreciation were pressing some interests towards its solidly controlled onshore market & it might grow and evolve further in months to come.
U.S. stocks are falling in Monday 24/03/2014 afternoon as tensions with Russia continue to move on the upward slope. Eight of ten industry sectors in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index slumped, the fall by health care is most noticeable however Apple & Herbalife rose. The Dow Jones industrial average went down by 0.1 % or 20 points to 16,282 with an just 60 minutes of trading left. The S&P 500 fell 9 points, or 0.5 %, to 1,857. The Nasdaq composite had a loss of 50 points or 1.1 %, to 4,227.
The drama was most felt in the healthcare sector hence the sell-off in drug makers continued. The iShares Biotech ETF went down by 2.5 %, continuing a decline that started on Friday after the Congress made serious inquiries into the pricing of a Hepatitis C medicine manufactured by Gilead Sciences. The biotech ETF has risen 53 % over the past 12 months.
OTHER LOSERS: Netflix fell $27.46 nothing less than 7 % to $378.53. Pfizer fell close to 2 %, they are the biggest losers in the Dow index.
As of the first quarter of the year 2014, American consumers owe nothing less than $11.52 trillion in debt, which is a remarkable increase of 1.6 percent from last year. The average American household owes $7,115 on their credit cards & the average indebted household owes $15,252. In addition American citizens owe more than 8 trillion dollars in mortgages, the average mortgage debt being owed is $152,209 & they also owe $1.08 trillion in student loan debt. When all these are combined with corporate debts, the United State collectively owes about a whooping sum of 28 trillion dollars in private debts.
Richard Vague, the chair of the Governor’s Woods Foundation once commented that “Every major crisis of our lifetime has been caused by a rapid increase of our private debt”. He commented further that “They all were a function of runaway private lending.”It has been noted that more than 90 percent of the people focus a lot on government debts, when they should be making attempts to quell their own private debts. A typical biblical case of the person with the log in his eyes while worrying on the specks on another person eyes.
The labor market is part of the economic health of any country’s GDP. The current unemployment rate in the European Union is thought to be one of the factors that drag its economic growth. The EU labor market was heading in the right direction until the EU economic crisis of 2008-2009 when jobs owners begun communicating the effect of this crisis. Since then, 2013 recorded the highest unemployment rate of approximately 12.1% and 11.9% for January 2014. This figure is high and worrying compared to less than the expected 10%.
According to Eurostat, the last economic crisis subjected businesses and industries into volatility. There was no industry that was confident about the economic recovery and these worries gave birth to loss of jobs and the effects are felt today. Although years have passed since the last European Economic crisis, this period is enough to have shown recovery in the labor market but it’s not what we see today.
The first quarter of the World’s financial market or the world’s stock market has closed. This market is preparing for the second quarter, which has inherited several major economic developments from the first quarter. Additionally, the world’s major economies including the US, the Eurozone, China, Russia and India are notably making major significance decisions in their economies. These changes will influences the second and subsequent quarters in the stock market. On the other hand, the Airline industry is yet to feel the impact of the Malaysian Jet tragedy. This industry is expected to experience several significance changes, which will affect its stocks in the long run. In general, the stock market is busy putting up with changes in financial policies, political standards and other significant crises around the world.
When talking about country’s debts, what come into everybody’s mind are the less developed countries. This should not be the case and it’s not the case even now. The world’s largest economies have depts. The U.S. has approximately $28 trillion in dept in what economists call private debt. As if the U.S. is not alone, China is also thought to have as much as $223 billion of hard currency debt not to mention liquidity debt. Whether these debts mean anything to these two economies, China is experiencing foreign investors overlook because of these debts.
Apparently, nobody is worried about U.S. debts because this economy seems to be able to handle its issues. However, significant World market players are worried about China’s economic health. Perhaps nobody expects that top world economies could be battling with both internal and foreign owed money. Debts are not healthy for any country regardless of its economic status in world’s ranking. Emerging market players smell and try to avoid countries that owe too much. China is not different with emerging markets investor’s observations.
Bitcoins, now a virtual currency, would be the new development in the money market. Although the US Dollar is the largest territorial currency followed by the European Union Euro, the Bitcoin idea was to be the currency acceptable in the whole world. It could have assumed the status of the world currency. The dream of making Bitcoin the world currency has come into a near end and economists clearly draw a thick line between it and the any currency. Although Bitcoin is a medium of exchange, it does not qualify as a currency or as money because it does not have a store of value and its unit of account is not clearly outlined. In addition, it is highly volatile in market, which makes economists try to ignore its currency status.
The word Russia in March 2014 hit all headlines news and media in the world. The most oblivion person will remember about this country this year for the evasion of Crimea. Russian is thought to proudly send its troops to Crimea. A country, which Russia and Ukraine have interests in. The West and parts of Asia are divided over this new political or crisis development in the world. Whether this crisis and interests will go on for a long time or a short time, we cannot tell now but time will tell.
The most recent and important supervisory role of the European Central Bank (ECB) is the birth of a Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM). Its main aim is to make sure that there is safety and soundness of the European Banking systems, strengthen the economic and monetary union as well as increase financial stability and financial integration in the Euro area. The SSM targets all the Eurozone members without exception. The Euro Zone through the ECB is trying to use whatever strategy to bring its monetary assets and currency into the world’s renowned.
In recent days, the Indian Rupee (the official currency of the Republic of India) has made headlines in the World’s stock market. The current Rupee development is good news for the Indian economy but seem a shocking development for rivalry currencies. The stock news headlines of half the Month of March 201 reported the increased gain of this currency over the US in approximately 8 months. The world’s stock market reported that the Indian Rupee hit its highest/strongest level in 2014 and nobody expected this occurrence if normal business was taking place in the Republic of India.
Most businesses fail because of lack of knowledge on how to manage cash. Most people who are in their initial stage of their business stumble because of this.
It is important to understand the basics of cash flow which will help you to face any unforeseen challenges.
Opportunities or Threats for Foreign Firms
Economic enthusiasts are constantly concerned about trends in their home country economies. Economies in at local and international scale have vast characteristics. They can be going up and promising or they can be deteriorating and worrying. The former is often realized and is what everybody wants. The Country’s economic performance means a lot to investors. It has an impact to private, public and foreign investors. However, economies ride on different media. Political health and governance are the main candidates that may cause a country’s economic changes. Economic change may present an opportunity or a threat to foreign investments firm.
The discipline of life coaching is fascinating. Humans have a constant hunger for knowledge. However, since no one person know it all and no one person has time to know it all without practicing what they already know, emerging disciplines such as life coaching assists in transforming any human in any career in any engagement. Every one of us is defined through personal economies. Although we don’t all strive and wish we became finance managers of some institutions, we want to manage our own finances regardless of the career at hand.
The way binary options works it is quite basic, you have the opportunity to profit on the spot by deciding of the direction of the market, select the endpoint ( Expiry) and invest the amount. You as a trader do not need allot of tools to get started, just a basic finance and ready to invest like you are going to invest in your own business.
Why Trade Binary Options
One investment scheme that continues to garner increasing popularity in the financial market is trading binary options. Aside from the simplicity of the trading process and ease of entry across markets, it offers a wide array of assets to choose from and the rewards are earned in a short period of time. Additionally, binary options trades allow you to invest as little or as much as you want which means that you can put your investment knowledge and strategies to test without spending more than what you can afford.
One of the primary reasons why binary options trading have experienced tremendous growth over the past years is due to the high and fast payouts. Imagine getting at least 75% of your investment as profits every time you win a wager. That’s definitely astounding and attractive which eventually led to a growing number of investors expanding their investment portfolio through binary options.
For a long time, risk-averse investors have stayed out of trading because of its high risk nature and complexity. But that’s not the case anymore ever since a relatively new trading platform established a stable footing in the market. Binary options or also categorized as exotic options has become a popular alternative to traditional trades for the past years. New binary option trading systems continue to increase year after year attracting a slew of investors, both beginners and seasoned pros, who want to earn high returns in a short period of time at minimal financial risks.
If you’re determined to make money from options trading both the short and long term, one of the key things that you need to ensure is the right broker to partner with. A ton of binary options brokers are available nowadays and they continue to increase by the day. Some are genuinely reliable while many are out to scam you. It’s important to be extra careful when searching for one. As much as possible, find the best binary options broker around to ensure that you’ll go a long way with your trading adventure.
Finding the best options trading platform in a world full of scammers can be tough. Seldom will you see a reliable platform or provider that will help in your endeavors to earn high returns. In fact most of these option trading platform services offer exorbitant fees for mediocre services. With a long list of online brokers offering their services, it may entail a lot of time and work to find the best among the lot. Just take your time, ask around and read reviews to ensure that your investment is in good hands.
Binary forex options have had a great run for the past couple of years. Traders saw the potential of huge earnings at reduced risks that it has become an excellent alternative to traditional options especially for novice traders. As the word binary suggests, there are only two outcomes possible for traders. Either you profit a predetermined amount or you lose everything upon expiry. It’s as simple as that which why the investment medium continues to draw investors from around the world.