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Will China’s Big Techs Overtake Silicon Valley?

Tencent and Alibaba are names you need to know. They are leaders among China's five Big Tech firms. They are growing fast and starting to rival American giants Apple, Amazon, Alphabet, Microsoft, and Facebook. Whoever among these giants acquires the most consumer information on habits, preferences, spending patterns, and financial behaviors stands to win in our growing global digital economy.

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Toward a Global Cashless Economy

At some point between the start of the Thanksgiving holiday and Cyber Monday, did you reach for your credit card or use another secure payment system like PayPal to make a purchase online? You’re in good company: 259 million Americans routinely buy online. Last year, internet sales in China on “Single’s Day” reached $25.3 billion -- $6 billion more than what Americans purchased online over the entire Thanksgiving weekend. In the future, the whole world just might be cashless.

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Trade Trends in 8 Charts

Which Countries Export and Import the Most? Top two exporters? Top two importers? #1: China #1: United States #2: United States #2: China   Where is the Most Economic Dynamism? It’s in Asia. In terms of purchasing power parity, two things are clear from this chart. Over 25 years, China’s growth has been profound, reshaping […]

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Kardashians Kash in on the App Economy

The Kardashians continually extend their dynasty, promoting their own products while recommending others on social media using Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter. They've also created their own apps, in their own images, to push their own line of products. Love them or hate them, the Kardashians' countless business ventures are stimulating both the global app economy — and the larger world economy.

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Driving Demand

One result of the widespread acceptance of e-commerce and home delivery is a growing and urgent demand for drivers – at least for now.

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Etsy’s Growth Illustrates That Even Local is Global

Etsy, the online marketplace for handmade, vintage, or other unique items, is one of many popular Internet platforms where individual creators can sell their works. Nearly 15 million Americans earned a collective $6 billion using just nine of these platforms. Millions more did the same worldwide. And now many of these creators are also global traders.

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“Disco Kitten” and Bunny Lip Gloss: The K-Beauty Obsession

In the wake of Psy and other K-Pop stars comes the next South Korean culture wave in the form of a 12-step regimen known as K-Beauty. Thanks to trade, more Americans every day are slathering exotic ingredients such as snail mucus, starfish extract, and donkey milk on their faces.

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Global Trade Ministers Retreat

WTO Ministerial Conferences are held every two years. They aren’t really strategy retreats, like the management team off-sites that companies hold, but maybe they should be.

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DIY Slime Stretches Global Sales of Glue

The trend to make your own slime is driving a surge in demand for gallons of school glue. It’s not just an American obsession, slime is having its day around the world. It’s a fun reminder that we can find trade stories in everything.

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The Growing Ranks of American Solopreneurs

More than one-third of Americans work for themselves. There's no stereotype. Independent workers are spread almost evenly across generations, gender, and geographies from cities to suburbs to small towns and rural America. Will you join their growing ranks?

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