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Hi my name is Sam, thanks for checking out my page! Writing is my passion and I find it to be a good outlet as I have a wide array of interests. A lot of people would say I am opinionated, I'd have to say I agree, but it isn't to belittle anyone; it's just to spark intelligent conversations. My favorite subjects are sports, animals, specifically marine life and human impact on our earth, finance issues, real estate and the latest entertainment frenzies. These are just a few things that you will see in my articles to come. Please enjoy and once again thanks for checking out my page!  

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Business & Money
by writer1
7 years ago
Regional Economic Integration

What would happen if countries around the world formed several different trading blocs? How would this affect tariff and non-tariff barriers when these blocs want to trade with one another? Would the WTO be able to police such a scenario and would the blocs listen? As more trade blocs are set up the WTO has a long way to go in terms of what type of policing they will have to do internationally. A potential problem may be that one bloc is more efficient than the other, so, the least-efficient blocs may put up protectionist measures and thus, support inefficient economies and create a more isolated world. Furthermore

Business & Money
by writer1
7 years ago
Foreign Direct Investment- What the heck does it mean?

At a basic level we could use the example of champagne that comes from champagne, France; or the wines that come out of Napa. The grapes in these locations are specific to the region, and without being located in those regions, it is impossible to create the same quality, and in the case of champagne, if it was produced elsewhere it would be considered sparkling wine. Champagne is widely accepted as a territorial brand that cannot be produced anywhere in the world but Champagne France. These indigenous raw materials, combined with the experience local producers have (Champagne has been produced in France since the medieval times) a firm wishing to produce champagne would be best off locating in France.

Business & Money
by writer1
7 years ago
Government Intervention in International Trade

Many developing countries lack the needed authority to implement stringent laws on unfair labor practices, and even if they do, authorities often abuse their power. The poor in these nations view the enforcement of labor laws as a trade barrier. While to a westerner this may seem peculiar, as we see fair treatment of the person next to us an inherent right; this is not always the case the world over. By shutting down a plant in China due to unfair labor practices, hundreds of poverty stricken Chinese workers may be unemployed. Is this fair to the workers? It's a catch-22, while on one hand it forces governments to rethink their stance on labor issues; it also hurts the economy and puts people out of work. While I think certain people view not doing something right now as negligent, from history we see that as a country's economic levels increase so does the standard of living per person. Personally, if I was a manager or CEO of a company I would have a hard time locating in an area where inhumanities go on, but I haven't been able to decide to what extent it is acceptable; and I probably won't know until I am put in that situation. However, to attempt to push offending nations of labor rights to adopt new practices, it needs to be exposed. The more international pressure that is put on these issues, particularly through Western News Outlets, the more likely offending nations will adopt stricter policies to protect workers.

Business & Money
by writer1
7 years ago
International Business & Trade Theory

Michael Porter took international trade theory a step further and introduced the national competitive advantage theory , otherwise known as the diamond theory, which takes into account factor endowments, domestic demand conditions, relating and supporting industries and firm strategy, structure and rivalry all impact the positive sum game of trading. Thus, understanding these theories can help a firm's manager know where to base their location of the different components of their products, gain a first mover advantage and even help dictate government policy to help spur international trade.

Business & Money
by writer1
7 years ago
Is the Groupon Phenomenon Over?

Originally, I was obsessed with Groupon, and after talking to a few of my friends we found that there were two reasons that we didn't like it anymore. First, is, when I search for deals they are often redundant. For example, I haven't logged onto my Groupon account for about three months, today I did; and the same deals are there from three months ago. I live in New York City, so there really is no excuse for this because there are a million different things to do including dining, outdoor activities, museums, plays and theater entertainment, comedy clubs and so much more. Secondly, some of the deals seem boring and just not worth it regardless of the price.

Business & Money
by writer1
7 years ago
Ethics & International Business

There have been more than several instances when the news media covered the poor working conditions across borders. Most recently, there has been an impending investigation against Foxconn's (Apple's largest manufacturer, they also supply Dell and Hewlett and Packard)Taiwanese factory, accusing them of using student "interns" as young as fourteen years old to work in their factories with substandard conditions. While they are not breaking Chinese law per se, Foxconn's is going against the ethical values that it promises its partners when supplying them. Since then Foxconn has sent the workers back to school, but the question still remains, who is responsible?

Business & Money
by writer1
7 years ago
Culture & International Business

There is no doubt that the United States has the best higher education system in the world, so then, why are we only offering student visas to the foreign graduates of our best universities? I have a serious problem with this because I don't see the point in giving someone an education, essentially to send them home. I think that a percentage of graduates based on educational achievements should be granted citizenship to the United States. I am not trying to be racist, but we have a million unskilled workers from down south living within our borders, not paying taxes; and yet we let them stay, however we won't grant the graduates and experts from our best school citizenship? If we grant citizenship to these young, ambitious and intelligent individuals, we can capture a part of each country's specialization; and thus help America get back on its feet by creating businesses, which in turn creates jobs, that creates room for economic growth. Getting jobs into America, starts with our education system.

Auto
by writer1
7 years ago
Macro-environmental Factors Affecting Today's Auto Industry

Marketers can no longer assume that if a 40 year old women walks into an establishment that she will want a minivan for her kids. Instead, she may be working and might not have children and is keen to buying a sports car.

Business & Money
by writer1
7 years ago
Risks Associated with Conducting Business in a Foreign Market

As more and more of these countries see financial incentive to switch to market based economies and adopt more democratic practices, there are still major challenges that firms face to protect their assets and maintain ethical business practices abroad. Thus, the attractiveness of a nation to invest or do business with is dependent upon the political economy of that particular nation and to what extent, if any, bribery, piracy and product safety and liability laws are enacted and enforced.

Business & Money
by writer1
7 years ago
Globalization- Is it good or bad?

His genius, humane or not, was the exploitation of immigrants to mass produce his product, the T-model car. Globalization today is not too much different, except that we have replaced immigrant workers; with foreign workers who are not on our "turf."

Business & Money
by writer1
7 years ago
Risks & Benefits Associated with Online Banking

Completely understanding the benefits and risks of online banking is imperative, so that a user can take full advantage of all services offered through e-banking, while also protecting his or her financial accounts.

Lifestyle
by writer1
7 years ago
The Issue With War On Drugs

This is a controversial topic amongst many people, and these are my views on marijuana today. I can hear the cynics already. Marijuana is not the problem, the fact that it is not regulated by our government is the actual issue here. Teenageers can get their hands on a...

Sports
by writer1
7 years ago
Gabby Douglas; An Inside Look At Her Success

There is no such thing as perfection in any sport, but this sixteen year old Virginia native came pretty close during the 2012 Olympics in London. While the press swarms around the first African American gymnast to win gold in both the all around individual and team competitions, one can't help but wonder, what is going through Gabrielle Douglas' mind?

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