Doing business in an international context

All these models give us a comprehensive and useful set of tools to evaluate and understand not only other cultures, but also our own. As Pellegrino Ricardi said in this TED talk, across borders culture is not about pointing differences but extending your own borders: that's a global mindset. 


Bitcoins: how do they work?

What you think money is? Money is just an accounting system, a way of recording who owns what, who has what, who owes what to whom. In this system you need a third part that stand and guarantee that the money was real. For thousands of years, that figure was the government. Bitcoin is just … Continue reading Bitcoins: how do they work?

What is a mutual fund?

A mutual fund is a professionally-managed investment vehicle, made up of a pool of money collected from many investors for the purpose of investing in securities such as stocks, bonds, derivatives and other assets. Mutual funds are usually operated by professional money managers, who allocate the fund's investments and attempt to produce profits for the fund's investors. Mutual funds are divided into "units", which are similar … Continue reading What is a mutual fund?

What is a stock exchange?

A stock exchange or stock market is the physical or virtual place where the issuing and trading of shares takes place. The stock market is one of the most important components of an economy, as it provides companies with capital in exchange for giving investors partial ownership of the firm. Stock markets can be split into two … Continue reading What is a stock exchange?

What is the Securities and Exchange Commission?

The Securities and Exchange Commission, better known as SEC, is a US independent, federal government agency responsible for protecting investors and maintaining fair and orderly functioning of securities markets. Created in 1934 with the Securities Exchange Act, after the Great Depression started in 1929, as the first federal regulator of financial markets in the United States, … Continue reading What is the Securities and Exchange Commission?

What is a hedge fund?

A hedge fund is an alternative investment vehicle that employs numerous different strategies in order to achieve a positive return, called "alpha", for its investors. These kind of funds are actively managed and they usually make use of derivatives and high leverage with the goal of enhancing profits from trades. Hedge funds are generally only accessible … Continue reading What is a hedge fund?

What is a Ponzi scheme?

A Ponzi scheme is a fraudulent investing system promising high rates of return with little risk to investors. In brief, a Ponzi scheme generates returns for older investors by acquiring new investors. In this, a Ponzi scheme is similar to a pyramid scheme, since both are based on using new investors' funds to pay the earlier ones. Companies that engage … Continue reading What is a Ponzi scheme?