For Detroit, Gas-Powered Engines Linger Prominently

Ford rolled out its 2024 Mustang in mid-September. The iconic car has an enviable pedigree in America with the original model dating to 1964. But this was no ordinary auto pageant. The buzz centered on the...

India Sprints, Like a Cheetah

Prime Minister Modi celebrated his birthday on September 17 by re-introducing a group of cheetahs to Kuno National Park, an outsized wildlife refuge in central India. The Asiatic cheetah, a subspecies of the...

Texas Developer Constructs New-Era Student Housing

Cranganore Inc announces its market-development and investor-positioning mandate with Global Student Housing, a Houston-based real-estate company focused on university projects in the American South. “As we...

US Patent Office Sidelines AI as Inventor

Artificial intelligence is not a person. Or so claims America’s top patent court. The argument is important because of the potential impact on intellectual-property protection. If an AI does the heavy lifting...

Saudi Arabia Chases Indonesian Deal Flow

Riyadh is set to become one of the largest venture-capital players in Indonesia with a co-investment stake in a national startup fund. The other fifty percent will be held by a consortium of Indonesian...

For Starbucks, UK Market Loses Appeal

The UK was once Starbucks’ beachhead in Europe. But its European invasion may be crumbling as weak economic prospects call into question a consumer-discretionary business surrounded by thug-like competition...

UAE Signs Trade Pact with Indonesia

Abu Dhabi and Jakarta implemented their free-trade agreement this month, harboring important implications for the Gulf nation. The UAE economy is about one-fifth the size of Indonesia. The announcement is also...

Washington Set to Constrain ‘Nearly Every Sector of US Economy’

Hidden behind the January 6 proceedings, something else extraordinary is happening on Capitol Hill. And many American businesses seem unaware of its implications. Congress is batting around legislation that...

Miami Just Earned a Major Corporate Win

Ken Griffin is a prominent financier. His estimated net worth is some $29 billion, according to Bloomberg. He is also a notable South Florida resident. In addition to a Palm Beach estate, he has committed some...

Will Business Travel Return to Pre-Covid Levels?

A quick scan of the trade press spotlights an aspirational outlook for business travel. Headlines read “Execs Choose (Real) Face Time Over Zoom” and “Business Travel Ignores Inflation.” But a less selective...

Taliban Focuses on Economy, Cancels Poppy Cultivation

A strange thing happened in Afghanistan this month. The Taliban outlawed poppy cultivation. On the surface, that decision would appear to be a bold, counter-narcotic move. Many argue that the policy will send...

Semiconductor Capex Soars. Is It Misdirected?

Legislation now in play in Washington aims to provide as much as $52 billion in loans, guarantees, and other incentives to technology companies for retrofitting US-based chip manufacturing. That seems logical...

Florida Commerce

Miami Just Earned a Major Corporate Win

Ken Griffin is a prominent financier. His estimated net worth is some $29 billion, according to Bloomberg. He is also a notable South Florida resident. In addition to a Palm Beach estate, he has committed some $100...

Greater Caribbean

In Colombia, Coal Is New-Found Priority

The war in Ukraine has jolted Colombia, at least economically. We are struck by news that Bogota is trying to accelerate coal output, as well as identify mining surpluses, to fill at-hand and oversized shortfalls in...

Emerging Markets

Global Industries

Scarlett Johansson Sues Disney

The actor playing the lead character in the hit movie Black Widow has sued Disney for breach of contract. The lawsuit is more than another Hollywood actor fussing about their oversized payout. Rather, it will set the...

Hospitality Finance

Islamic Wealth

UAE Signs Trade Pact with Indonesia

Abu Dhabi and Jakarta implemented their free-trade agreement this month, harboring important implications for the Gulf nation. The UAE economy is about one-fifth the size of Indonesia. The announcement is also...

Economic Diplomacy

Investment Strategy

US Patent Office Sidelines AI as Inventor

Artificial intelligence is not a person. Or so claims America’s top patent court. The argument is important because of the potential impact on intellectual-property protection. If an AI does the heavy lifting for an...

Is Your City the Next Palermo?

The Sicilian capital of Palermo came to a standstill in early June, when hackers shut down the municipal computer network in a ransomware attack. Aside from reporting the incident, local officials have offered scant...

Private Placement

Venture Development

India Sprints, Like a Cheetah

Prime Minister Modi celebrated his birthday on September 17 by re-introducing a group of cheetahs to Kuno National Park, an outsized wildlife refuge in central India. The Asiatic cheetah, a subspecies of the African...

Company Valuation

Due Diligence

For Starbucks, UK Market Loses Appeal

The UK was once Starbucks’ beachhead in Europe. But its European invasion may be crumbling as weak economic prospects call into question a consumer-discretionary business surrounded by thug-like competition. Rumors are...

Benchmark Portfolio

Take-Away Wisdom

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