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Outsell Report: The Future of Money – Transacting and Trading the Bitcoin

BIIA co-founder issued a report on the current BITCOIN market.  To order this report click on this link With the bitcoin solution market gaining momentum, solution providers have ample opportunities to capitalize in the marketplace. However, the controversy around governance and regulation of the digital currency market prevents many providers from participating. This report examines the bitcoin solutions market to ... Read More »

Alibaba.com Helps SMEs Build Trust in Cross-Border Trade with Trade Assurance

Alibaba enters trade assurance business as a free service to buyers who trade with Alibaba Trade Assurance suppliers Alibaba.com launched Trade Assurance, a free service designed to create trust in trade by giving businesses peace of mind when trading with China.  The ‘ultimate payer’ for the service are customers of Alibaba (suppliers) who qualify as Trade Assurance Suppliers. Through the ... Read More »

Anti-Money Laundering: Russian Tax Authorities to Access EU Country Central Registers

Russian Tax Authorities will get access to an EU Central Register of ultimate “beneficial” owners of corporate and other legal entities, as well as trusts.   A “beneficial” owner is defined as a person who actually owns or controls a company and its activities and ultimately authorizes transactions, whether such ownership is exercised directly or by a proxy. Russia has joined the ... Read More »

Gartner Predicts Three Big Trends for Business Intelligence

Being an Introvert versus an Extravert:  Big data has given businesses a window into valuable streams of information from customer purchasing habits to inventory status.  However, internal data streams give only a limited picture, especially with the growth of digital business. Gartner has identified three trends which describe information’s ability to transform business processes over the next few years.  Gartner’s ... Read More »

CoreLogic Expands Building Permit Database

Extensive Database Links with Public Record Data from CoreLogic to Provide Crucial Insight on Property Conditions and Aid in Risk Analysis CoreLogic® (NYSE: CLGX) announced that its nationwide Building Permit Database has surpassed over 28 million residential, commercial and industrial building permits and now tracks more than 35 permit types, covering 65 percent of the U.S. residential and commercial market. The Building Permit ... Read More »

Country Risk Climates:  Trends to Keep an Eye On

Denmark – more controls on immigrants, more plebiscites; Jamaica – the bond rating agencies are optimistic; Moldova – a staggering level of graft and corruption; Tanzania – borrowing to replace aid. ANGOLA:  Now that the impact of the global fall in oil prices is being fully felt, dollars are scarce, which has led to remittance delays, and the government has ... Read More »

Arvato Invests in Brazilian Financial Services Provider Intervalor

Arvato Enters Brazilian Financial Services Sector Arvato financial solutions (Bertelsmann) acquired a 40% equity stake in the Brazilian financial services provider Intervalor.   Following the acquisition of the Gotha financial group in 2013 Arvato intends to widen its geographic footprint.   Arvato plans a step by step increase in its financial stake in Intervalor. Intervalor employs 3,000 people in in São Paolo, ... Read More »

Connexity Buys PriceGrabber

Marketing services company Connexity Inc. said it has acquired price-comparison shopping site PriceGrabber for an undisclosed amount to form one of world’s largest sources of “high-intent” shopping leads. Connexity said the combination of the two Los Angeles-based companies will form the second-largest product listing lead generation channel for retailers after Google and more than twice as large as similar channels or ... Read More »

Baidu Plans Expansion in Latin America

According to media reports, leading Chinese-language Internet search provider, Baidu, has plans to further expand its business in Latin America following the launch of its search engine in Brazil last year. Baidu has reportedly identified Argentina, Chile or Mexico as possible locations to set up the company’s next Latin American operation. Baidu will also aim to position itself as a ... Read More »

Trade Credit Insurance Demand on the Increase

Improved global economic conditions lead to increased demand for trade credit insurance and surety Trade credit insurance Insured exposure increased by + 11,9% to € 2.21 trillion ($ 2.47 trillion) Premium increased by + 2,95% to € 6.07 billion ($ 6.79 billion) Claims decreased by -/- 1% to € 2.85 billion ($ 3.19 billion) Claims ratio 2014: 46.9% (2013: 48.8%) ... Read More »

Alibaba Choses India Based TDI as Channel Partner

Alibaba Group has roped in advertising agency TDI International as its first official channel partner in India.  The partnership will allow TDI’s mobile and internet vertical to sell alibaba.com’s gold membership packages to the small-and-medium sized businesses in the country. “We have been the leader of Outdoor Advertising in India since 1986 and the tie-up with Alibaba.com is a natural progress in the digital ... Read More »

Cyber Security: Insurance Experts Say Adequate Cover Is Now Available.

Cyber insurance is becoming broader and more affordable, although it’s worth shopping around for the policy that best meets an organisation’s individual needs, according to a panel of industry experts speaking during a webinar organised by Advisen. There has never been a better time to buy cyber insurance, according to David Derigiotis, Head of Professional Liability at broker Burns & ... Read More »

USA Risk Climate: Small Business Optimism Reaches ‘Normal’ Level

The G20, the EU and other SME institutions bemoan the fact that SMEs have difficulties in accessing finance and thus retarding growth.  The surprising fact is that in the US only 4% of owners of businesses had problems in financing their operations.  The majority stated that they did not need access to finance! The National Federation of Independent Businesses’ (NFIB) ... Read More »

BIG DATA and the Securities Skill Shortage

Finding a security analyst with the data discovery experience to combat modern threats is like searching for the mythical unicorn. The person does not exist. Recent high profile, high-impact data breaches across industries, including financial, healthcare, and retail, prove that today’s cybercriminals are adept at finding and fully exploiting even the smallest security gaps. Detection of their malicious activity often ... Read More »

Alibaba’s Jack Ma Lays Out U.S. Strategy

Alibaba’s U.S. strategy is about getting more American companies on its platform to sell to Chinese consumers — not about trying to market to U.S. consumers, the company’s founder and executive chairman, Jack Ma, emphasized on Tuesday. “We need more American products to go to China,” Ma said at Tuesday’s Economic Club of New York gathering at the Waldorf Astoria ... Read More »

LexisNexis India Acquires Universal Law Publishing

LexisNexis has acquired its Delhi-based rival Universal Law Publishing for an undisclosed amount.  LexisNexis India is the domestic arm of the USD 9-billion Anglo-Dutch Reed Elsevier group and claims to be the leader in the around Rs 500-crore legal publishing industry in India. While LexisNexis India employs around 200 people here, Universal Law Publishing has a headcount of around 50 ... Read More »

Alibaba launches Korea Pavilion on Tmall.com

Alibaba Group, has announced the launch of a Korea Pavilion on its Tmall.com platform.  Tmall.com’s Korea Pavilion opened on 18th May and allows any Korean retail goods to be listed. Tmall.com’s Korea Pavilion was introduced in a ceremony at the aT Center by Jack Ma, founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group, and Choi Kyunghwan, Deputy Prime Minister of Korea. ... Read More »