Nate Payne

Nate Payne

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9 years 8 months ago

Over the last 6 months, global equipment manufacturers have pushed hard to secure their place in the ever expanding Chinese nuclear power industry; an industry, that is set to boil and explode. Currently, analysts estimate that the Chinese nuclear power industry has a total potential market size in excess of $11 trillion yuan ($148 billion USD). This figure does not include investments in subsidiary industries...


9 years 8 months ago

In the long and tumultuous battle against climate change, everyone seems to have an answer. Whether it means changing our commuting habits, switching fossil fuels, adapting a new type of cap and trade policy, and even using pressure to coerce support for sustainability, everyone has an opinion. While the array of ideas, ideologies, and solutions is remarkable (and encouraging), one problem with the discussion is that too many of the solutions are prescriptive. Rather than building and promoting self-reliance, many policy makers would rather support policies that promote dependence. The problem...


9 years 8 months ago

If anyone has questions about the viability of the publishing industry, I would encourage them to stop and review the Penguin Group and Pearson Publishing's 2010 Interim financial results. Sales at Penguin for the first half of the year rose 9 percent, breaking 493 million pounds. Sales at Pearson, Penguin's parent, also rose 9 percent in the first half of 2010, with adjusted operating profit increasing by 79% to £178m. Overall, the operating profit at the book publisher more than doubled, hitting 44 million pounds (up from 21 million pounds a year ago). To understand the driving factors behind this...


9 years 8 months ago

If there were any concerns regarding growth in the renewable energy sector, one needs to look no further than the recent statistics released by the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP). According to their review, despite the widespread global economic contraction that took place in 2008 and 2009, the renewable energy sector grew faster than conventional energy markets over that time. Wind generated power grew at an annual average rate of 27 percent between 2005 and 2009. Similarly, solar energy generation grew 21 percent over this time, while ethanol and bio-diesel...


9 years 8 months ago

If there is any doubt that China's e-commerce sector is alive and well, one needs to look no further than the Chinese website www.meituan.com. Recently, on Meituan, over 50,000 brand name condoms sold out within hours of going on sale. The condoms were sold for a price of one yuan (15 cents) each, reduced to a third of their normal market price. While few predicted that such an offering would be attractive, the success of this, as well as the online sale of other similar branded goods, reflects the continuing surge in Chinese e-commerce activity....


9 years 8 months ago

For decades, China has led the world in manufacturing and labor capacity by volume, a position that few believed China would ever cede. In 2009, China exported over $1.7 trillion of goods, 80 percent of which were manufactured in domestic Chinese factories. In fact, China is set to usurp the United states as the world's leading manufacturer, a position that it has held for the last century. Unfortunately, while the Chinese middle class continues to rise, recent labor strikes and labor mobilization have ruffled China's manufacturing industry. Foxconn, which makes iPhones and iPads for Apple at its factory in...


9 years 8 months ago

In a world where change is chronically slow, sustainability and sustainable investment champions have 23 reasons to cheer. On every continent, investment in large scale, sustainable green projects continues to accelerate, providing evidence that humanity is slowly  awakening to the importance of sustainability, sustainable development, sustainable investment, and green energy. Is there more work to be done? Most certainly! Still, it is important to recognize and share the rewards that these projects have rought, using their successes as catalysts for even brighter ideas and bigger investment.

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9 years 8 months ago

In an effort to boost sagging sales and lure low-income smokers into its supermarkets, Coles, the Australian grocery giant, has begun importing cigarettes from Germany and selling them at discount prices. Coles has priced the "home-brand-style" packs of 25 cigarettes at around $11, almost $4 a pack less than Australian-made Winfield and other leading brands. The cigarettes, labeled "Made for Australia", are believed to be the cheapest on the market since the federal government introduced a 25 percent cigarette tax increase in April. The packs carry unfamiliar names such as Bayside, Deal, Harvest and...


9 years 8 months ago

HSBC has a reputation for doing things differently. In India, HSBC has emerged as one of the country's s strongest banks, thanks largely to its innovative approach to retail banking. Currently, HSBC is working through the acquisition of Royal Bank of Scotland’s Indian retail and SME operations. This acquisition will give HSBC over 27,000 employees within India alone. Despite this, while others have been patient, HSBC has has dove into the Indian market, investing significantly in infrastructure, information processing, software, and transaction support systems. Many...


9 years 8 months ago

In a surprising and controversial move, China has confirmed that a new tax on sales of primary resources will be rolled out nationwide. The 5% tax is currently being tested in the western province of Xinjiang, with revenues going to the local government. The new tax reforms are part of a larger basket of policy changes designed to increase the fiscal income of the poor, but resource-rich western regions. The tax, which will be extended to coal sales, is being implemented to meet demands from local government for more fiscal autonomy, while enabling Beijing to meet is stated mandate for proactive economic...


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