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Thank You for a Great Semester

As the academic semester comes to an end for the globalEDGE team, we would like to thank our users for your continued support. From technology to international relations, we hope that our blogs were able to provide readers with exciting perspectives on current international business topics. The globalEDGE team will be taking a break from posting on our blog section over the coming winter break but will be back in action at the start of the next semester on January 6th. We hope everyone has a...


Is Commercial Space Travel the Next Big Business?

Commercial Space Travel has been a dream for years. Most science fiction media would tell you that it’s all aliens and fantasy—but it has become the dream of many humans to walk on the moon. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), while usually in the spotlight when talking about space travel, is not the top organization researching private flight.


Unrest in Chile Affects International Trade and Global Climate Change Initiatives

Since the subway protests began in Chile on October 18th, 2019, the country has stayed in a state of unrest, with some cities in a state of danger. The protests that initially started from a proposed increase in subways fairs are now a range of grievances over education, health services, economic equality, and improved social services overall. These protests are said to be interfering with president Sebastian Piñera’s vision of the country being a prosperous and peaceful nation to foreign...


How Advertising Changed Christmas

With the happiest time of the year just around the corner, people around the globe are beginning to prepare for their holiday traditions. Some plan trips to see family, while others are out shopping for gifts. Decorations are springing up, and joyous Christmas songs echo across the radio. Throughout many countries, people are beginning to prepare for Christmas and other holidays with dinners and meals. This might be through reservations at restaurants or orchestrating intricate meal plans.


The Global Rise of Technology

Technology has always been a common interest for many people across the globe. It crosses physical and cultural barriers to create common interests or goals among individuals and groups. Technology is always changing and will only continue to evolve in the future. The constant evolution of technology has created some impressive economic effects in recent years. S&P 500 technology sector has seen a 41% gain for the year, and this number is only expected to grow in the future. Despite the...


Global Debt Reaches New High - What It Means for World Economy

According to a report released by the Institute of International Finance on November 14th, global debt reached a staggering high of $250 trillion, rising $7.5 trillion in the first half of 2019. The expectation is that global debt will reach $255 trillion by the end of 2019. The primary contributors to this statistic are the U.S. and China, who account for 60% of the increase.


Forbes 2000 Corporations Update

The Forbes Corporations update has been completed on the globalEDGE website. The site now has the most recent Corporations from Forbes World’s Largest Public Companies List. The new information is located in the Corporations tab in the sidebar of each country. Countries can be located by selecting "By Country" from the "Global Insights" drop-down menu. The Corporations are separated into sections by country. For example, the United States corporations are located here. The Corporations tab...


How Chinese Censorship Influences Hollywood

Movies are a universally loved medium. Since the early creation of the moving image, crowds have gathered to watch immersive stories unfold upon the screen. With technological advancements, the accessibility of movies has drastically expanded. What formerly had to be seen at theaters can be viewed at home through DVDs and streaming platforms. It has never been easier to view a large variety of films, both from native and foreign countries. For those in China, however, the selection and...


Authenticity of Food and Globalization

As cultures collide, people are becoming more tolerable of changes and foreign ideas. During the past few decades, the variety in every aspect of life has been increasing, especially in the food industry. People are becoming more adventurous and willing to try different tastes and spices. However, some of these so-called "authentic" restaurants are not as authentic as they may seem.


Updated Country and State Trade Statistics

The Country and State Trade Statistics sections of the globalEDGE website was recently updated to reflect the most recent 2018 data. This data includes global exporter and importer rankings, total trade statistics, rankings of top trade partners, and the leading goods imported and exported from an area. Be sure to check out these pages at the links below to learn more about how trade is played out around the world.


Big Tech Breakup?

In the culmination of technology’s expansion, four companies have been placed above the rest as a result of their substantial growth: Apple, Amazon, Google, and Facebook. Due to each companies’ vast role throughout our world’s markets, the four businesses have been labeled as Big Tech when referenced to. Although the expansion of these companies may seem positive for the global economy, their industry dominance is perceived by many as the exact opposite. By becoming market leaders throughout...


Major Shopping Days Around the World

With the holidays quickly approaching, shopping for holiday parties, friends, family, and even yourself will begin soon. Around the world, shopping for the holidays looks a bit different, but they all contribute to a country’s economic growth.


Overview of Streaming Services Industry

Cable television was the staple of entertainment for over 50 years until the arrival of streaming services was introduced at the start of the 21st century. The introduction of this concept revolutionized our accessibility to television, making ‘on-demand’ video readily available from any electronic device (phone, laptop, or T.V.). While cable television continues to diminish, with 19% of households already having "cut the cord," streaming methods continue to evolve with new companies...


Updated Economic Classifications Risk Assessments

The globalEDGE team has updated the risk assessments for each country within the website's Economic Classification section to reflect the most recent data available. Here, users can explore countries by their classification in either the emerging market, frontier market, or mature market. Within each of these markets, the risk comparator tab allows for the comparability of countries based on six risk factors: country, political, currency, sovereign, the banking sector, and the economic...


Ocean Cleanup is Becoming Profitable

The state of our environment has become a hot button topic as many companies are turning to environmental sustainability. Each year there are approximately 14 billion pounds of trash dumped into the ocean. While many small non-profit organizations are setting out to try and fix this problem, it does not seem to be getting substantially better. China has 6 rivers in the “Plastic Ocean Input top 20”, 3 of which are in the top 4. This means these rivers are the top polluted rivers due to the...


Updated International Business Knowledge Quiz on globalEDGE

The International Business Knowledge Quiz, located in the Tools and Data tab on the globalEDGE website, has been recently updated. Questions more accurately reflect the most up to date information and statistics, in addition to some minor grammatical fixes. The quiz is a great way to learn about numerous countries and global business partnerships. With a test bank of around 100 different questions, the quiz can be taken multiple times while still offering new information.


Updated Community College Conferences on globalEDGE

The Community College Conferences section was recently updated by the globalEDGE team. These conferences usually occur from March until May every year at locations worldwide. This is a valuable destination that guides community college educators who are looking to refine or develop new programs. In addition, it also provides people interested in international business the opportunity to learn and connect.


An Exploration of the Global Meat Industry

The global pork market is currently facing a major obstacle: African swine fever. This disease has severely cut China’s hog population, which is predicted to drop around 40 percent from the beginning of 2018 to 2020. This will consequently reduce global pork production by 10 percent in 2020 and is especially consequential because China is the world’s leader in pork sales, yielding a value of 118.2 billion dollars in 2018. The disease and its negative effect on the ability of the pork...


Global Growth—Who Will Rise to the Top?

With the rapid changes in our world, it can be difficult to predict how our economy will change in reaction to international and domestic events. Despite a multitude of negative factors and events in the world today, the global economy is set to grow by about 3% in the next few years.


How Boeing-Airbus Feud Impacts Trade Between U.S. and EU

On October 1st, the United States was authorized by the World Trade Organization (WTO) to impose $7.5 billion in tariffs on EU goods, primarily aircraft and agricultural items. The Trump administration’s justification for this measure is due to claims that countries within the EU were illegally subsidizing the European owned aircraft producer, Airbus. Since the aircraft industry is dominated by two companies—Boeing, a U.S. company, and Airbus—the move to impose tariffs was to protect the...