Tag: Business Intelligence

Venezuela business: At the bottom of the heap

FROM THE ECONOMIST INTELLIGENCE UNIT Venezuela is becoming an increasingly more challenging place to do business. Tough operating conditions include weak contract rights and government interventionism, shortages of foreign exchange and a growing bureaucratic burden—not least because of the introduction…

BAE Systems plc agreement raises ITAR Part 130 compliance issues for international defense/arms trade

Steptoe & Johnson LLP Ed Krauland, Andrew D. Irwin, Jack Hayes and David Lorello As we previously described on February 22, 2010, BAE Systems plc (“BAES”) of the United Kingdom entered into anagreement with the US Department of Justice (“DoJ”) to plead…

China/USA economy: The renminbi row – pushing the wrong buttons

FROM THE ECONOMIST INTELLIGENCE UNIT The row over China’s exchange-rate policies is once again heating up ahead of the US Treasury’s April 15th decision on whether or not to brand China a “currency manipulator”. China invariably bristles at being lectured…

Russia finance: How to keep the rouble in check?

FROM THE ECONOMIST INTELLIGENCE UNIT Russia’s central bank has intervened heavily in current markets and widened the rouble’s trading band recently, in response to strong appreciating pressure on the currency. With oil prices now above US$80/barrel and interest rates high,…

Corporate expectations continue to rise: EIU report

When the Corporate Expectations Barometer was launched, it was anyone’s guess how an online survey of business perceptions would fare in predicting the future. The May 2009 baseline survey, conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit and sponsored by SAP, showed…

Caspian Sea: The Headache of Sharing It Out

By Lieutenant Colonel (ret.) Renaud FRANÇOIS ESISC Research Associate Ever since 1991, the Caspian Sea Basin has been considered as one of the largest energy reserves awaiting major development. According to the U.S. Energy Agency, the subsoil of this immense…

Business Intelligence Briefs

Société Générale Société Générale spooked investors by issuing a profit warning for the fourth quarter because it had to write down a further €1.4 billion ($2 billion) in assets related to American property debt. The French bank still expects to…