Innovation Revisited

The word innovation has become firmly embedded in our vocabulary. Countries from the US to China and firms from Fortune 500s to Startups continue to develop innovation strategies with varying success. Yet we tend to forget innovation’s original meaning and why it’s important to our competitiveness. Innovation is not just a new technology or an invention. It’s a process beginning with new combinations of knowledge and resources and ending with market entry. Its impact on economic change can be either disruptive or incremental. The key, emphasized by the Austrian economist Alfred Schumpeter [...]

By |2019-09-04T19:00:26-04:00September 3rd, 2019|Insights|0 Comments

The US-Canada Innovation Ecosystem

The US-Canada bilateral trade and investment relationship is the largest in the world with $714.1 billion worth of goods and services traded in 2018. No wonder trade tariffs and the still to be approved, US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) continue to make headlines. Disrupting supply chains and an economic partnership of this size forces firms and consumers to make costly adjustments, but under the radar is a vibrant innovation ecosystem between the two countries. Organizations from both the US and Canada are teaming up in ways that positively impact value chains of R&D partners, [...]

By |2019-09-04T19:07:35-04:00August 24th, 2019|Insights|0 Comments

Managing International Payables

Managing International Payables In today’s global economy, small-to-medium sized companies increasingly source goods and services from international suppliers. These suppliers offer a wide range of high-quality products that are in great demand all over the world, including French cheese, Australian wine, Italian tile, Danish furniture, German precision equipment, Japanese electronics, and Swiss watches. Without the negotiating leverage of larger companies, paying international suppliers in a timely and cost efficient manner can be challenging, especially for smaller companies. In today’s global economy, small-to-medium sized companies increasingly source goods and services from international suppliers. [...]

By |2019-09-04T18:50:57-04:00August 23rd, 2019|Insights|0 Comments

Savvy CFO Strategies for Hedging Foreign Exchange Risk

To some, the word “hedging” has a negative connotation, maybe because it brings to mind high-risk or complicated hedge fund strategies. But currency hedging is a straightforward management practice for reducing or eliminating foreign exchange (FX) currency risk, like an insurance policy a company can buy to protect its profits from FX movements. When a U.S. company commits to a future transaction where foreign currency is paid or received, that company runs the risk of losing money if the value of the currency changes before payment is made or received. Savvy chief [...]

By |2019-09-04T18:52:53-04:00August 23rd, 2019|Insights|0 Comments

The Yield Curve Inverted… Now What?

Much has been discussed lately how close we may be to a recession. This week, one of the major signs of trouble according to precedent from previous economic crises came in the form of the inverted yield curve. Yield is usually the return that you hope an investment gives you in return for your risk-taking, but ultimately charts are showing that putting faith in bonds out in the long-term, say 10-year U.S. treasury bond, for example, does not pay you more than the short-term investment into a 2-year treasury bond. Ultimately, in [...]

By |2019-09-04T19:32:58-04:00August 23rd, 2019|Insights|0 Comments
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