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New Technology = New International Business Opportunities

In today’s world, the old saying “money talks” is truer than ever. But sometimes it really isn’t that easy to understand.

International business opportunities have long been hindered by language barriers. When people and platforms struggle to communicate, it is no surprise that they can’t do business with each other.

Thankfully, this problem is being solved more and more by machine-based translation programs that are becoming sophisticated enough to enable people around the world to communicate as if they spoke the same language. While translation programs are not (yet) being tracked by economists, they are showing tremendous potential to boost international trade.

E-commerce giant eBay, for example, knows too well that the internet is good at connecting buyers and sellers, but international expansion would be all but impossible if shoppers weren’t able to understand product listings from abroad. So they developed a system that allows shoppers to make search queries in their preferred language and receive translated product listings, while also taking into account the context of a customer’s request.

Sanjeev Katariya, an eBay vice president who focuses on artificial intelligence explains,

“anything that supports cross-border trade so that someone from outside the U.S. is capable of engaging in e-commerce is where the power of global trade lives.”

EBay’s inclusion of machine translation has grown the company’s Latin American exports by nearly 20%, according to researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and illustrates the potential for increased commercial activity as translation technologies gain wider adoption in business.

NYC Companies Merge to create Wall Street’s largest woman- and minority-owned firm

The merger of the Siebert Cisneros Shank & Co. and the Williams Capital Group investment banks are merging to form Wall Street’s largest woman- and minority-owned firm. The new entity will be led by Chief Executive Suzanne Shank, who is describing the move as a merger of equals. Shank is the only African-American woman to run a… Continue Reading

Importance of Architectural Design in Property Value

When it comes to real estate Architectural design in buildings has always been extremely important.  Resell and real estate value can really be impacted by poor/quality architectural design.  In addition, when purchasing for one’s own use, with bad design the problems are endless.  Looking for solid, aesthetically pleasing designs with the use of high quality… Continue Reading

New Jersey Gets Boost to Increase Small Business Exports

The New Jersey Office of Export Promotion announced that it has been awarded $900,000 in federal funds, for a program that supports small-business owners looking to export goods. This is the largest in the program’s history, from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) through the State Trade Expansion Program (STEP). The program has assisted hundreds… Continue Reading

U.S. Companies Hiring More Experienced Finance Chiefs

Big companies are picking seasoned veterans for the most senior financial positions as they face challenges related to changing technologies, shifting consumer tastes, and economic outlooks. Corporate recruiters say the average age of CFOs has increased significantly this year: Finance chiefs at Fortune 500 and S&P 500 companies averaged 52.8 years in 2019. That’s five… Continue Reading

Bitcoin: The Global Appeal

Bitcoin – that was launched anonymously in 2008 – is today widely becoming an acceptable and attractive currency.  In its early days it was used primarily for east-west trade routes, today it has established an “almost universal appeal.” Today with the increasing concern attached to cyber security and online payments, people are becoming more interested… Continue Reading

Women: Quotes on Investments

Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, board chair and president of Charles Schwab Foundation, senior vice president of Charles Schwab & Co., and board chair of Schwab Charitable said: “For women, financial independence is a matter of necessity. [She has] “long been a champion of women taking control of their finances as a means of being individually strong, as… Continue Reading

Are Hedge Funds Still Profitable?

While there have unquestionably been some negative yields indicating poor hedge fund performance, the word on the street is that some of this is, “misleading.” According to Legal & General Investment Management head of asset allocation, Emiel van den Heiligenberg: “There are ways of making money from it.”  The question is, how?  Outside of Europe, hedge fund… Continue Reading

Woodline Partners

Woodline Partners has just started trading.  For 2019 to date, it is the largest hedge fund startup.  Debuting with $2billion in investor commitments, it is headed by Michael Rockefeller and Karl Kroeker, both former traders of Citadel. Ilana Weinstein, founder and CEO of IDW Group said that this amount is very “significant” for a startup… Continue Reading