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Greece’s policy mix: austerity failure and unfairness

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In the 1980s, Europeans and Americans started to get hooked on debt to afford their lifestyle. Newly available bank loans, a wide range of mortgages and credit cards suddenly became a necessity. At that time Robert Dall, a mortgage trader at Salomon Brothers, started to mix two or more types of mortgages together and re-sell them in the global financial markets. In an interview with BBC Panorama in 2015, Dall pointed out that “some mortgages were real and others were phoney” and “the market did not understand the difference between… Read more

Russian e-commerce market presents significant business opportunities for those able to overcome its challenges

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With 84.4 million internet users and 27 million online shoppers Russia is already the largest online community in Europe and growing rapidly. With a skyrocketing number of Internet users, but a still underdeveloped commercial environment, the opportunity to build a successful online selling business in Russia is huge. The biggest growth areas are mostly in the remote regions, where growth is 50% higher than in central cities. Even amid a slowing economy, the country’s online shopping kept increasing at a double digit rate in 2013, making it the fastest expanding… Read more

Consumer Electronics – Industry Analysis

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Introduction The global consumer electronics market contracted from 2011 to 2013 and has performed poorly in recent years in most regions throughout the world with the exception of some. In general, consumer electronics are deemed as a non-essential item and is sacrificed at the cost of more essential items in times of austerity. However, the market has had some form of redemption from a strong performance from countries within emerging markets such as China and India leading the way. With the economy turning the corner, the consumer electronics market will… Read more

Can Apple’s next big innovation be the ‘one box for TV?’

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Apple’s purchase of Israeli technology company PrimeSense for $360 million is perhaps an indication of where-next the technology king is headed. Given that PrimeSense is a global pioneer in ‘gesture technologies’; seen in smart phones and gaming consoles, it may be more than just an indication. The Israeli company has previous success in this market as it provided some of the technology behind Microsoft’s hugely successful, Xbox, motion-sensing device; Kinect. Despite this Apple finds itself in slightly uncharted territory as it plays ‘catch up’ in the TV devices market. The… Read more

Are smart watches a smart move for Samsung and Sony?

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Now that Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Samsung) has officially unveiled its Galaxy Gear smart watch at IFA 2013, and with new offerings from other major manufacturers, such as Sony Corporation (Sony), also set to hit shelves within the next couple of months, it appears that wearable technology is about to step into the limelight. Whether the smart watch will enable such tech players to genuinely diversify their product offering, however, remains to be seen. Crucially, Samsung’s Galaxy Gear is only compatible with its own-branded line of smartphones and tablets, and… Read more

Xbox One-80: Microsoft backs down on controversial DRM policies

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Microsoft’s U-turn on its Xbox One DRM and Internet connectivity policies has completely changed the dynamics of the upcoming battle for next generation console dominance. The decision to go back on previously asserted policies has meant that many of the competitive advantages held by competitor Sony’s machine, the PlayStation 4 (PS4) have been negated. However, the decision has also confused Microsoft’s strategy, and the Xbox One’s higher price tag remains an issue. One step forward, two steps back: Microsoft’s initial DRM policies, which placed restrictions on the lending of physical… Read more

Sony Profitable Again after Five Years

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Following a weaker yen (the dollar and euro have both appreciated almost 20% against the yen in recent months), the giant electronics, entertainment, and technology exporter has recorded a net profit of Y43bn ($435m), a remarkable turnaround from the Japanese firm’s Y475bn loss a year earlier. Indeed, currency market trends, largely brought about by the consequences or perceived future consequences of the Bank of Japan’s monetary, fiscal, and regulatory easing (what has been deemed Abenomics, after the incumbent Premier’s pushing for the changes), have been necessary for the turnaround, the… Read more