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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.

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

Investing Tips

Before starting any project it’s often worth checking in with the experts.  People who have already done the background work; have had successes and failures; know what works and doesn’t work and are now efficiently engaged in the project upon which you are about to embark. Here we look at quotes from people in the investment world:… Continue Reading

Best Tips for Stock Market Investments

When it comes to learning how to invest in the stock market, who better to take tips from than “one of the world’s most powerful investors….Warren Buffet.” Over the years, the Berkshire Hathaway CEO has given his tips for stock market investors: 2017 “The best thing with stocks, actually, is to buy them consistently over… Continue Reading

Hedge Fund Industry: 2019

For the first time since the 2018 fiscal crisis, the hedge fund industry is contracting.  According to BlackRock CEO Larry Fink, this has resulted in the occurrence of a “mini 2008-2009 . . . We saw a massive amount of deleveraging” from hedge funds.” HFR President Kenneth Heinz said: “Hedge fund outflows in Q4 were driven by several factors,… Continue Reading

General Electric: Looking Ahead

According to Miller Tabak Equity Strategist Matt Maley, the company is now “roaring back” from its fiscal crisis of $6.66.  He said: “We were able to hold that 2009 low and that should … limit the downside at least over the near term. However, we’re going to have to see a lot more work and… Continue Reading

Powell on US Economy

If we are to trust Jerome Powell, Chairman of the Federal Reserve, then we will be able to believe there is a “remarkably positive outlook” for the US economy. With  unemployment at 3.9 percent and inflation at 2% which is pretty much the Fed’s goal, Powell explained: “While these two top-line statistics do not always… Continue Reading

America’s Top Entrepreneurs

It was written a year ago but it’s still completely relevant for today.  An article in Forbes by Abram Brown: 75 Quotes on Business From America’s Top Entrepreneurs Entrepreneurs quoted include: Martha Stewart, Marc Benioff, Dan Gilbert, Eric Schmidt, Sara Blakely and many more. A snippet of the quotes: “No business school graduate would recommend… Continue Reading

Warren Buffet’s “Fundamentals of Investing”

Investment tycoon Warren Buffet recently shared an exclusive clip from his letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders, in which he lists the “fundamentals of investing”. Fortune Magazine shared Buffet’s points with the following bullets: You don’t need to be an expert in order to achieve satisfactory investment returns. But if you aren’t, you must recognize your… Continue Reading

Outlook for the US Stock Market in 2014

US stocks had an extremely positive year last year, but 2014 has already begun to shows signs of unpredictability. Reactions are mixed, with some claiming a correction is imminent while others believe the market can still improve. A more recent concern is of contagion from emerging markets. CIO at JP Morgan Private Bank Richard Madigan… Continue Reading