Market Intelligence

Market Intelligence gives you a quick look at news and trends around the world that reflect four broad themes influencing today’s global marketplace. We call these themes The Infinite Loop.

Raw Materials & Resources / 10.04.18

Reconsidering rare earths

Innovation & Transformation / 09.27.18

Managing waste of food

As organizations grapple to find solutions to the twin problems of resource shortages and food waste, technology used by NASA could provide a timely solution, reports CNBC.

Innovation & Transformation / 09.20.18

Mercedes unveils its first battery-powered model

Global Rebalancing / 09.12.18

A European railway revolution?

The European Union has ordered countries to open all commercial train services to competition by 2020, reports Bloomberg.

Great American Companies / 09.05.18

New standards for medical info access proposed

In August, several U.S. technology giants, including Amazon, Google-parent Alphabet and Microsoft, announced a new proposal to establish common standards for exchanging health information electronically among doctors, especially those working in different hospitals, reports CNBC.

Innovation & Transformation / 08.29.18

An air-powered auto

A group of Egyptian students has developed a vehicle they say will promote clean energy and take on rising energy costs by running on nothing but air, reports Reuters.

Raw Materials & Resources / 08.22.18

Straw prices hurting EU farmers

Livestock and dairy farmers across northern Europe are paying soaring prices for straw used in food and bedding for cattle, as hot, dry weather takes a toll on regional crops, reports Reuters.

Global Rebalancing / 08.07.18

Hong Kong embracing virtual banks

Hong Kong, a global leader in banking and finance, is bracing for the arrival of so-called virtual banks — financial institutions without physical branches where all transactions are online – reports CNBC.

Innovation & Transformation / 07.31.18

A Rolls-Royce robot?

Rolls-Royce announced in July that it is developing tiny “cockroach” robots that can crawl inside aircraft engines to spot and fix problems, according to CNBC.

Raw Materials & Resources / 07.17.18

LNG not on tariff list

China’s omission of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from its vast list of U.S. products that face hefty import duties has preserved a potential weapon should the trade war with Washington deepen, reports Reuters.

Global Rebalancing / 07.17.18

Boeing, Embraer join forces

Boeing and Embraer announced a joint venture in July as a way for the U.S. manufacturer to produce regional jets, reports USA Today.

Global Rebalancing / 07.12.18

China hands the world a 111 million ton trash problem

For years, China has been the world’s biggest importer of used plastic, buying 106 million tons of old bags, bottles, wrappers and containers annually, according to Bloomberg. So last year, when the country announced it would cease buying the world’s trash, other governments knew they had a problem, but were unsure how big of a problem.

Innovation & Transformation / 07.06.18

Traditional journalists are using blockchain for media startup

A new Colorado media startup using blockchain to move away from the ad-based media model and reward journalists for the quality of their work could revolutionize the news industry, reports CNBC.

Innovation & Transformation / 06.27.18

A slice of Pi

Technology plays a crucial role in modern life. However, for many, obtaining access to cutting-edge devices in order to develop skills and knowledge is no easy task.

Raw Materials & Resources / 06.20.18

Pushing for oil production

The U.S. government has quietly asked Saudi Arabia and some other producers in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to increase oil production by about 1 million barrels a day, reports Bloomberg.

Innovation & Transformation / 06.14.18

Farming in warehouses?

A start-up called Bowery Farming is putting an urban twist on agriculture, raising leafy greens and herbs in a high-tech warehouse a few miles outside of New York City, reports CNBC.

Raw Materials & Resources / 06.06.18

Wild for wild salmon

Prices for Norwegian salmon have surged as faltering supply combines with booming global demand, according to Bloomberg.

Global Rebalancing / 05.30.18

Aviation talent war

Chinese airlines are buying foreign flying schools and poaching pilots, which is amplifying a talent shortage that has affected airlines in other regions, reports the Financial Times.

Great American Companies / 05.16.18

UPS explores a new delivery service

United Parcel Services (UPS), the world’s largest package deliverer, is in talks with at least one U.S. trucking firm to launch an in-home delivery service for large, heavy goods like couches and treadmills, according to Reuters.

Raw Materials & Resources / 04.30.18

Technology fuels growing demand for cobalt

Cobalt is rapidly rising in price and could face possible shortages in the future, reports CNBC. Why? The once little-known element is a key ingredient in lithium-ion batteries, which are in high demand because of their use in a wide array of technological devices, including mobile phones and electrified vehicles.

Innovation & Transformation / 04.30.18

China’s “intelligent highway”

The road to China’s autonomous-driving future is paved with solar panels, mapping sensors and electric-battery rechargers, according to Bloomberg.

Raw Materials & Resources / 04.25.18

Plant soybeans or corn?

Planting season, a critical time for farmers, just became more nerve-wracking for U.S. growers of soybeans and corn, reports Bloomberg. In a move that caught many in U.S. agriculture by surprise, China, on April 4, announced planned tariffs on American shipments of the two crops.

Global Rebalancing / 04.18.18

Movie attendance slumps in U.S., Canada but strong overseas

An April 4 report from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) reports that worldwide box-office revenue grew 5% to $40.6 billion in 2017, even as movie-going slumped in the U.S. and Canada, according to Bloomberg.

Global Rebalancing / 03.29.18

Cleaner fuel – or fuel cleaner?

The Wall Street Journal reports the owners of 60,000 cargo ships are bracing for tighter emissions rules that are forcing them to make a multibillion-dollar choice: Start buying cleaner-burning fuel or invest in a device that treats the ship’s exhaust before letting it out.

Innovation & Transformation / 03.29.18

A 10-second cancer diagnosis

A team of scientists and engineers from the University of Texas at Austin may have figured out a fast and accurate way to diagnose tumors using a pen-sized device, according to CNBC.

Innovation & Transformation / 05.03.17

Water ball-ttles

Small transparent spheres filled with natural or flavored water could help provide a solution to London's plastic waste problem, reports Reuters.

Global Rebalancing / 01.17.17

Japan dethrones China

According to Reuters, China will soon be dethroned by Japan as the top holder of U.S. government debt. Why? The Chinese central bank has been dipping into its foreign exchange reserves to support the yuan, while its Japanese counterpart has been content to allow the yen to weaken.

Great American Companies / 11.21.16

Your ‘stache means cash

Movember is the month to let facial hair grow, but is the razor industry feeling the burn? Get the hairy stats with our infographic.

Innovation & Transformation / 11.01.16

A new virtual payment platform

A blockchain platform developed by a group that includes more than 70 of the world's biggest financial institutions is making its code publicly available in what could become the industry standard for the nascent technology, according to Reuters.

Global Rebalancing / 10.18.16

An aging base

Japan's small firms, many of which are “mom-and-pop” operations, are dying out as their aging owners struggle to find successors, according to Reuters.

Global Rebalancing / 08.30.16

An Indian engineer shortage

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Make in India” program, designed to bring more high-grade manufacturing to the subcontinent, is facing a labor shortage, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Global Rebalancing / 09.15.15

Iron Ore Woes

Indian Railways has slashed the cost of transporting iron ore exports for the first time since March of 2012, according to The Economic Times.

Raw Materials & Resources / 08.13.15

Shale, Propane and Fleets

Sales of propane-powered vehicles are on the rise in the U.S., according to Bloomberg. The increase is especially noticeable among companies that operate fleet vehicles that would normally be powered by diesel.

Innovation & Transformation / 06.09.15

Pregnant? There’s An App For That.

Doctors and would-be parents receiving in vitro fertilization (IVF) will soon have access to a new app to monitor the growth of embryos in a lab, according the Wall Street Journal. Typically, once IVF begins, a five-day incubation process is required for fertilized eggs. The app – still nameless – would allow parents to monitor the progress of the zygote.