The Korean Quotient: Hedging Bets in Asia

With just 22 percent of its topography composed of arable land, South Korea is a nation of hills and mountains. Island nations and nations with little arable land must often balance between domestic production and international imports to feed its citizens and maintain prudent import/export levels. While rice is the Republic of South Korea’s (ROK)…

EdCheck: The Value of a College Education

Every year millions of youth around the world graduate from college or matriculate to an institution of higher learning. According to the NCES figures, there are close to 8000 universities and institutions of higher learning in the US, we can guess that number goes up decidedly throughout the world. However, the value of that education…

A Trade War of the Worlds

In 2014, China held over a third of U.S. debt, amounting to nearly 18 trillion USD.  In just four years, that number has dwindled to a paltry 1.18 trillion, due in large part to China’s rapid sell-off of American currency.  In the past, nations sought U.S. dollars as a guarantee to ensure fiscal stability due…

UK Refocusing on Farming and Agriculture

While the push toward agricultural development in recent times has been thought to be the domain of developing economies, the United Kingdom has begun its own investment in the sector.  According to a UK government press release in February, a £60 million grant scheme has been introduced to bolster and support dairy farming in the…

Nigeria, Rebuilding Momentum in the World Economy

In 2012 Nigeria generated nearly 150 billion in exports; but in just a over a year, trade had dropped by nearly half, at 90 billion.  Few know that the United States is Nigeria’s largest export destination receiving much of its revenue from oil and crude.  While many Nigerians blamed the precipitous drop that rocked the…

Congo: The Sleeping Giant Battling Back to Relevance

In 2016, the Democratic Republic of the Congo had a GDP of just over $32 Billion USD.  These numbers are staggering for a nation with a population of 83 billion souls and a 800 GDP per capita.  The horror is that the nation leads the world in some of the most precious metals and timber…

In the Eyes of the Beholder: Perception Marketing

Perceptions about regions, groups and populations often shape who we will and will not do business with and where we choose to visit or vacation. In essence, perception adds up to dollars and cents.