Tuesday, March 16, 2010

China Defends Currency Policy

China has launched a public defense of its currency policy, speaking clearly about why they feel the RMB should remain close to the current value. Some argue that the RMB is kept artificially low to increase Chinese exports.




Sunday, March 14, 2010

Google vs. Apple

Apple and Google are going to war in the mobile phone market. Google's Android operating system competes directly with the iPhone, and Apple feels that they have infringed on their trademarks. These two companies have gone from allies to enemies in a very short time.

Here's the full article:



Thursday, March 04, 2010

Economcis of Happiness

In Macroeconomics we spent a little time talking about alternative measures of economic and social welfare. Included in this discussion we looked at the concept of Gross Domestic Happiness.
Here are a couple recent article discussing the concept:




Tuesday, March 02, 2010

China's Exports Keep Growing

China's exports keep growing. They are now the world's leading exporter. Even during the world wide economic slowdown China's exports grew. How long will this last?

Here's a great article discussing that:



Sunday, February 28, 2010

Domino's Pizza Turnaournd

Domino's has suffered from a bad reputation in recent years and it culminated with a viral video last year made by two employees doing some gross things to the pizza. They are launching a turnaround by completely changing their products - all new ingredients and everything. They are using social media to help spread the word. The advantage of YouTube and video sharing online is that you can use more than 30 seconds to share something important. Here is what Domino's did:



Friday, February 26, 2010

The Price of Water in China

Will increasing the price of water lower consumption and help China deal with water shortages and environmental concerns?

Find out here:



Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Revolutionary Toilets in Haiti

Here's a great story about a group that is working to install toilets in Haiti. This is interesting demonstration of how addressing one problem can also allow you to address a second problem.

Full story:



Monday, February 22, 2010

Financial Aid Done Right

Just over five years ago the world mobilized in aid after the Asian Tsunami. Recently the New York Times shared an article about a situation where the aid from the tsunami was used to revitalize a region.

Check out this encouraging article:


Saturday, February 20, 2010

US's Largest Trading Partner

What country do you think is the largest trading partner of the United States? Take your best guess and then check out the answer in this article:


Did you get it right?


Thursday, February 18, 2010

Unique Marketing Efforts

Here are a couple of videos demonstrating and explaining a unique marketing ideas.

1. For a toothpaste company launched in Israel.

2. And this one for an eye wear company, also in Israel.



What do you think? Which idea is better?