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Secret Formula

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Business Strategy

Leading apparel retailer Zara rejects the label fast fashion because of the company's focus on design. Yet its designers are driven by sales and consumer data as they deliver fresh styles to stores twice weekly.

Fences of Fear

Derek Abrams  |  Economics

For three decades, Europe has had borderless travel between countries. Due to increased security threats, several countries have installed temporary border checkpoints at some locations. If these border checkpoints become permanent, the European economy would lose billions of euros in GDP growth.

Portuguese Shoemakers Get Fancy

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  International Business

Shoemaking companies in Portugal are performing well financially as they move up-market. While they can not compete on price with Asian manufacturers, they can compete on quality and have found a profitable market position between high-end Italian shoes and lower-priced Asian models. Some have also added their own brands while continuing to operate as contract manufacturers for more famous labels.

Tax-Averse French Discover Portugal

Brian Kench, Ph.D.  |  Economics

Lisbon is not Paris. But Portuguese taxes have their allure.

Another World Cup Surprise: TV Ratings

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Marketing

After tremendous doubt about Brazil’s ability to make it happen, the World Cup wins. The match between the U.S. and Portugal on ESPN drew 18.2 million viewers, a record for soccer. Brave World Cup sponsors could not be happier.

The Euro Zone Loses Its Raison D’Etre

Brian Kench, Ph.D.  |  Economics

Foreign ownership of debt in euro-area countries is dropping.

A Spanish Starbucks For Sandwiches

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  International Business

Spain's 100 Montaditos intends to open 4,000 stores in the USA at a pace far faster than Starbucks' early growth. Analysts are skeptical.

The Long Shadow of Credit Default Swaps

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Business Fundamentals

Sellers of credit swaps are on the hook if a nation defaults. Regulators have reined in risk, but have they gone far enough? Are weak or fragmented clearinghouses making matters worse?

The Long Shadow of Credit Default Swaps

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  International Business

Sellers of credit swaps are on the hook if a nation defaults. Regulators have reined in risk, but have they gone far enough? Are weak or fragmented clearinghouses making matters worse?

The Long Shadow of Credit Default Swaps

Delvin D. Hawley, Ph.D.  |  Finance

Sellers of credit swaps are on the hook if a nation defaults. Regulators have reined in risk, but have they gone far enough? Are weak or fragmented clearinghouses making matters worse?

The Debt Crisis Could Shift to Paris

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Business Fundamentals

France's debt woes are less well known but, over the long run, may be no less severe than those of Greece.

Join the Euro? Whose Idea Was That?

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  International Business

Before the economic crisis, many Eastern European countries were excited about joining the monetary union in Europe. Now, some aren't so sure.

How to Save Greece

Robert A. Clark, MBA, Ph.D.  |  Finance

What will it take to save Greece?

A Downfall's Fallout

Robert A. Clark, MBA, Ph.D.  |  Finance

What does Europe lose in the IMF chief's downfall?

Message From Vienna, 1931

Robert A. Clark, MBA, Ph.D.  |  Finance

Can Europe avoid a repeat of its 1931 economic failures?

It's Portugal Against the Bond Traders

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Business Fundamentals

Is Portugal the next Greece? Some bond traders seem to think so.

Global Inflation Is Low—and Falling

Robert A. Clark, MBA, Ph.D.  |  Finance

Why it is important not to let deflation take hold.

Greece's Weakness is its Strength

Robert A. Clark, MBA, Ph.D.  |  Finance

Will the EU support Greece's bailout?


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