Venice, Italy Is Where the Really Rich Go to Find Art’s Next Big Thing

Venice, Italy Is Where the Really Rich Go to Find Art’s Next Big Thing






Venice, Italy Is Where the Really Rich Go to Find Art’s Next Big Thing The Venice Biennale has emerged as the place where curators, collectors, advisers, and artists come to a consensus on what art is important. “It’s been interesting to understand what the art world thinks is relevant,” said Maria Guilia Maramotti, the senior […]






Box Office: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2’ Debuts to $145-M

Box Office: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2’ Debuts to $145-M






Box Office: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2’ Debuts to $145-M $DIS, $IMAX, $CMCSA The Superhero sequel has earned $427.6-M globally; elsewhere, TG teen drama ‘3 Generations’ and Julian Assange documentary ‘Risk’ both DOA at the specialty box office. For the 5th year running, a Superhero entry from Marvel and Disney (NYSE:DIS) has kicked off the […]






Ivanka Trump to Review Climate Change as US Considers Paris Pullout

Ivanka Trump to Review Climate Change as US Considers Paris Pullout






Ivanka Trump to Review Climate Change as US Considers Paris Pullout Though US President Trump’s inclination has been to leave the agreement, he has asked his daughter, White House adviser Ivanka Trump, to set up an extensive review process Don’t you hate being called a ‘denier?” Me neither. In fact, I view this appellation as […]






Doing Business in Asia Requires Expertise

Doing Business in Asia Requires Expertise






Doing Business in Asia Requires Expertise There is no reason to compromise high standards when it comes to production and/or personal interactions, Harmony is Key. This is an outline some of HeffX’s expertise in Asia business dealings. Whether you operate in the businesses of manufacturing, services, or in the for-profit education industry arenas, growth brings opportunity. […]






Box Office: ‘Fate of the Furious’ Clocks $100.2-M in US & $532.5-M Globally

Box Office: ‘Fate of the Furious’ Clocks $100.2-M in US & $532.5-M Globally






Box Office: ‘Fate of the Furious’ Clocks $100.2-M in US & $532.5-M Globally $CMCSA, $AMZN, $FOX, $DWA, $DIS, $SNE The 8th installment in the franchise surpassed the previous worldwide record launch of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens.’ Universal’s Fast and the Furious, aka Furious 8, franchise is showing no signs of running out of gas […]






Thailand’s “Elite Ultimate Privilege” Residency Program

Thailand’s “Elite Ultimate Privilege” Residency Program






Thailand’s “Elite Ultimate Privilege” Residency Program The Thai government has started offering “elite” residency visas for wealthy foreign citizens, allowing them to live in the country for around $3,000 (£2,403) a year, aimed at capitalizing on increased global uncertainty over borders and immigration. There are 7 different packages, with the most expensive being the “Elite […]






President Trump Unwinding Obama’s Global Warming Initiatives

President Trump Unwinding Obama’s Global Warming Initiatives






President Trump Unwinding Obama’s Global Warming Initiatives Paris Climate Accord a “Bad Deal” US President Donald Trump in the coming days will sign a new executive order that unwinds Mr. Hussein Obama’s plan to curb global warming, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said Sunday. EPA chief Scott Pruitt said the executive order […]






Dubai Ruler Forms World Happiness Council

Dubai Ruler Forms World Happiness Council






Dubai Ruler Forms World Happiness Council The council will meet 2X a year and publish the UN-backed Global Happiness Report Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has announced the creation of the World Happiness Council to increase global efforts to improve happiness. The council, […]






Box Office: Disney’s (NYSE:DIS)’Beauty and the Beast’ Posts $350-M Globally

Box Office: Disney’s (NYSE:DIS)’Beauty and the Beast’ Posts $350-M Globally






Box Office: Disney’s (NYSE:DIS)’Beauty and the Beast’ Posts $350-M Globally $DIS,$TWX,$FOXB,$CMCSA,$LGF,$SNE Disney’s (NYSE:DIS) Beauty and the Beast opened at the weekend to $170-M from 4,210 theaters at the North American box office. Overseas, the update of the classic musical earned $180-M for a global take of $350-M The $160-M tentpole is another win for Disney, where […]






China’s Growth an Example for the World

China’s Growth an Example for the World






China’s Growth an Example for the World China’s growth has benefited from innovation, people-centered ideology, stability, infrastructure upgrades and globalization, which can serve as an example for other economies, experts said. “China’s economy has stabilized and showed more signs of warming, thanks to new growth policies, structural reform and policy innovations,” said Cai Jiming, professor […]






Carbon Dioxide Not Primary Cause of Global Warming

Carbon Dioxide Not Primary Cause of Global Warming






Carbon Dioxide Not Primary Cause of Global Warming The new boss of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said Thursday he does not believe that CO2 (carbon dioxide) is a primary contributor to global warming. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said measuring the effect of human activity on the climate is “very challenging” and that “there’s tremendous […]






Chicago Agriculture Commodities Finished Mixed

Chicago Agriculture Commodities Finished Mixed






Chicago Agriculture Commodities Finished Mixed $CORN, $WEAT, $SOYB Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) agriculture grains futures finished mixed Monday with wheat futures rallying for the 5th day running as investment funds continue to add the grain to their portfolio despite ample global supplies. Corn futures also firmed on a technical bounce and signs of strong […]






Box Office: ‘Lego Batman’ Tops $55.6-M, ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ At $46.8-M

Box Office: ‘Lego Batman’ Tops $55.6-M, ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ At $46.8-M






Box Office: ‘Lego Batman’ Tops $55.6-M, ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ At $46.8-M $TWX, $IMAX, $LHF  ‘John Wick: Chapter 2’ wins with the Men with a $30-M debut. S&M themed ‘Fifty Shades Darker’  Driven by the  Ladies Warner Bros.’ The Lego Batman Movie won the Valentine’s Day weekend box-office race with $55.6-M from 4,088 theaters, the Top […]






Free Trade Key Driver for Canada’s Economic Growth

Free Trade Key Driver for Canada’s Economic Growth






Free Trade Key Driver for Canada’s Economic Growth Two public-sector reports issued here over the past two days have both identified free trade as a key driver to Canada’s economic growth. In a report released on Tuesday, Canada’s Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade acknowledged that free trade agreements are an essential […]






From the Detroit Auto Show: Toyota (NYSE:TM) to Spend $10-B in USA

From the Detroit Auto Show: Toyota (NYSE:TM) to Spend $10-B in USA






From the Detroit Auto Show: Toyota (NYSE:TM) to Spend $10-B in USA $TM Toyota Motor (NYSE:TM) will spend $10-B in US capital investments over the next 5 years, matching the Japanese automaker’s investments over the prior 5 years, North America CEO Jim Lentz said Monday. The automaker has come under fire from President Elect Donald […]






Box Office: ‘Rogue One,’ ‘Hidden Figures’ Each Take $22-M

Box Office: ‘Rogue One,’ ‘Hidden Figures’ Each Take $22-M






Box Office: ‘Rogue One,’ ‘Hidden Figures’ Each Take $22-M $DIS, $FOXA, $CMCSA, $LGF, $SNE ‘Underworld: Blood Wars’ underwhelms in its debut as a major Winter storm strikes the Deep South and Northeast, as Disney’s (NYSE:DIS)’Rogue One’ races past the $900-M mark globally. Rogue One, which has stayed at No. 1 since its 6 December open. […]






China’s WTO Membership Brought Beijing a Very Active Role in Global Trade

China’s WTO Membership Brought Beijing a Very Active Role in Global Trade






China’s WTO Membership Brought Beijing a Very Active Role in Global Trade In November China marked 15 years since becoming a World Trade Organization (WTO) member, a WTO official applauded not only the progress made since Y 2001 but also Beijing’s active role within the global trade body and increasing leadership and vision on multilateral […]






Refusal to Grant China Market Economy Status Violates Contract Spirit

Refusal to Grant China Market Economy Status Violates Contract Spirit






Refusal to Grant China Market Economy Status Violates Contract Spirit The Japanese government early this month broke its own promise made 15 years ago by refusing to grant China MES (market economy status) showing once again to the international community that Tokyo simply cannot keep its word. According to the Article 15 of the Protocol […]






Box Office: ‘Rogue One’ Tales $290.5-M Global Bow; ‘Collateral Beauty’ DOA

Box Office: ‘Rogue One’ Tales $290.5-M Global Bow; ‘Collateral Beauty’ DOA






Box Office: ‘Rogue One’ Tales $290.5-M Global Bow; ‘Collateral Beauty’ DOA $DIS, $IMAX, $LGF, $VIA ‘Collateral Beauty’ came DOA, marking a career-worst for Will Smith,  ‘La La Land’ zooms into the Top 10, and is playing in just 200 theaters. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story captured $155-M in its domestic box office debut from […]






Commodities Outlook

Commodities Outlook






Commodities Outlook Commodities increased in November due to higher economic growth expectations and announced crude production cuts, according to Credit Suisse Asset Management. The Bloomberg Commodity Index Total Return performance was positive for the month, with 13 out of 22 Index constituents posting gains. Credit Suisse Asset Management observed the following: Industrial Metals increased the […]






Money Flowing Out of Emerging Market ETFs

Money Flowing Out of Emerging Market ETFs






Money Flowing Out of Emerging Market ETFs In the week ended 16 November $6.6-B flowed out of EM (emerging-market) debt, according to the data, halting 18 consecutive weeks of inflows. In the 2nd full week of November, ETFS (exchange-traded funds) that buy emerging-market securities saw withdrawals around the world worth $1.4-B. While the rising USD […]






Financial Markets Love Donald Trump, as Obama Fades to Black

Financial Markets Love Donald Trump, as Obama Fades to Black






Financial Markets Love Donald Trump, as Obama Fades to Black $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX The stock market’s rise to record highs after Donald Trump’s Presidential victory shows that investors are optimistic that the economy will improve as President Barack Hussein Obama leaves office. “His promise to cut both corporate taxes and red tape will translate […]






Iran is open for business, what does it mean for GCC companies?

Iran is open for business, what does it mean for GCC companies?






Iran is open for business, what does it mean for GCC companies? In January this year, senior diplomats from around the world formally announced the lifting of sanctions against Iran. In principle this put a definitive end to 37 years of various degrees of sanctions imposed on the country. Boardrooms of global Fortune 500 companies […]






Huge Risk Facing the Global Economy

Huge Risk Facing the Global Economy






Huge Risk Facing the Global Economy Global economy continued to face uncertainty and rising risks, Lou Jiwei, China’s Finance Minister, said on behalf of the G20 economies Friday. Uncertainty and risks, including elections in major economies, uncertain fallout of Brexit, rising expectation for rate hikes by the Federal Reserve, increased geopolitical risks and terrorist attacks, […]






Just 2 of the World’s 10 Greatest Cities are in the US

Just 2 of the World’s 10 Greatest Cities are in the US






Just 2 of the World’s 10 Greatest Cities are in the US Most great cities have access to quality education, a variety of public transportation choices, disaster preparedness, and affordable housing options, to name a few important qualities. In a new report, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) evaluated the Greatness of 30 major cities across the world, as […]






The WB and BRICS’ NDB Bank Align for Expanded Development

The WB and BRICS’ NDB Bank Align for Expanded Development






The WB and BRICS’ NDB Bank Align for Expanded Development Friday, the World Bank Group and the New Development Bank (NDB) set up by the BRICS nations signed a MOU (memorandum of understanding) to strengthen their cooperation in addressing global infrastructure needs. The memorandum, signed by World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim and NDB […]






Labor Day Box Office: ‘Light Between Oceans”Hands of Stone’, ‘Morgan’ DOA

Labor Day Box Office: ‘Light Between Oceans”Hands of Stone’, ‘Morgan’ DOA






Labor Day Box Office: ‘Light Between Oceans”Hands of Stone’, ‘Morgan’ DOA $SNE, $DIS, $VIA, $TWX, $LGF In North America, Summer 2016 domestic revenue ends in unchanged from last year’s $4.48-B, thought attendance is down 3%. The victor of the weekend overseas was Paramount’s Star Trek Beyond. The sci-fi franchise installment topped the foreign chart with […]






This Year’s Wildfires From Space

This Year’s Wildfires From Space






This Year’s Wildfires From Space Fire seasons are an average 78 days longer than they were in Y 1970, and the number of acres scorched each year has doubled since 1980, according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) If the start of this wildfire season is any indication, this alarming trend won’t be extinguished anytime […]






China’s Alibaba (NYSE:BABA) Targets Australia in Global Expansion

China’s Alibaba (NYSE:BABA) Targets Australia in Global Expansion






China’s Alibaba (NYSE:BABA) Targets Australia in Global Expansion Tuesday, Chinese online retailing giant, Alibaba (NYSE:BABA) announced that it will open its 1st local office in the Australian city of Melbourne later this year, after flagging its intentions to expand outside of China. Alibaba’s global President Michael Evans said Australia was a “huge part” of the […]






The World’s Largest Sovereign Wealth Funds

The World’s Largest Sovereign Wealth Funds






The World’s Largest Sovereign Wealth Funds In the midst of collapsing Crude Oil prices, Oil-funded sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) are under pressure to liquidate assets, according to political risk advisory firm GeoEconomica. There was roughly a 20% fall over the past year in the deposits and reserves stored in the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA) […]






Global Stock Markets “Bouncing” Off Of Hefty Losses

Global Stock Markets “Bouncing” Off Of Hefty Losses






Global Stock Markets “Bouncing” Off Of Hefty Losses $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX, $GLD, $SLV Wednesday, Global stock markets continued to recover after last week’s losses and the USD was down 0.5% Vs a basket of peer currencies. Gold rose Wednesday on the USD’s retreat and investor appetite for safe assets remained strong because of longer-term […]






Box Office: ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Tops with $80-M; ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’ DOA

Box Office: ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Tops with $80-M; ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’ DOA






Box Office: ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Tops with $80-M; ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’ DOA $DIS, $SNE, $CMCSA, $AMZN Globally, ‘X-Men’ takes $265.8-M at the box office Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse won at the Memorial Day box-office, crushing Johnny Depp’s family-friendly Alice Through the Looking Glass. Apocalypse grossed $65.3-M for the 3-day weekend, putting its 4-day holiday […]






Setting Up Business in Dubai Design District

Setting Up Business in Dubai Design District






Setting Up Business in Dubai Design District With world class facilities and smart initiatives, d3 is calling creative people across world Dubai is known for its unique sky scrapers, beautiful beaches and luxurious hotels. Now Dubai wants to become the design capital of the world. Dubai Design District, popularly known as d3, is calling designers […]






Box Office: Disney (NYSE:DIS) Dominates World Wide

Box Office: Disney (NYSE:DIS) Dominates World Wide






Box Office: Disney (NYSE:DIS) Dominates World Wide $DIS, $SNE, $AMZN Disney (NYSE:DIS) dominated the weekend box-office chart between Captain America: Civil War taking $72.6-M domestically and $941-M worldwide, and The Jungle Book crossed the $800-M mark at the global box office. Civil War came in # 1 at the weekend with $84.2-M. Among the others: Neighbors 2: Sorority […]