Europe proceeds with massive investment scheme
Leaders of the world's biggest trading bloc have endorsed a major new investment program. The aim is to boost growth across the European Union. The European Fund for Strategic Investment could trigger spending of over 315 billion euros, if all works out as planned.
Investors pull out of Russia as ruble falls
Only a few years ago Russia was considered a high-growth market, a must-have for portfolio builders. But oh, how times have changed. With the ruble falling, the value of products sold there diminishes every day. And consumers are concerned that it could be a while before Western brands restock the shelves.
Designing for the developing world
Many manufacturers are discovering that stripped-down versions of sophisticated electronic products sold in the West are often a boon for countries in Africa and Asia. Computers, mobile telephones, and diagnostic devices that are easy to use and cheap to produce are perfect for struggling economies.