Nate Payne

Nate Payne

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9 years 10 months ago

For centuries, governments have taxed natural resource companies in an effort to ensure that the profits from resource development were equitably shared. Unsurprisingly, the imposition of taxes created antagonistic relationships between national governments and exploration corporations who believe the profits they make on uncertain commodity markets should not be aggressively taxed. Over the last 5 years, Australia’s mining sector has surged. Companies such as Billiton and Rio Tinto PLC have pushed aggressively into West, South, and Northern provinces, hoping to capitalize on inflated commodity...


9 years 10 months ago

On Tuesday June 6, France’s new anti-hero and former Societe Generale trader Jerome Kerviel, accused of breach of trust, forgery and manipulation of computer data, strode into the courtoom in Paris. Kerviel is accused of masterminding a $4.9 billion loss in futures markets, severely damaging SocGen’s reputation, while ushering in the 2008 global financial meltdown. As Kerviel entered the courtroom, accompanied by his lawyer Olivier Metzner, the 33-year-old former trader broke an occasional smile. Behind Kerviel, two rows of lawyers sat crowded in the Palais de Justice, ready to attack the...


9 years 10 months ago

On June 7, 2010, Apple founder Steve Jobs unveiled Apple’s newest family member: the iPhone 4. Part phone, part phenom, the predictable set of features, which includes a slimmer handset, sharper picture quality, and on-board video chat, left some fans struggling to stay attuned. As investors, should we be concerned about the lack of hype regarding the iPhone’s introduction? Has Apple’s market capitalization peaked? More importantly, has Apple taken enough steps to insulate itself from the growing cast of rivals (such as Google) anxious to break apart is market? Thankfully, the initial answers to these...


9 years 10 months ago

In emerging markets around the world, the winds of change continue to blow. For countries including Russia, China, Brazil, and India, worker tolerance for sub-par working conditions is fading. Growing hordes of migrant workers continue to flood cities, redistributing bargaining power and increasing labor complexity. As these issues compound, organizations operating in emerging markets must answer new questions. What will these changes mean for governments? How will these changes impact capital investment, financial risk, and market capitalization? What do sustainable labor...


9 years 10 months ago

In emerging markets, access to cheap labour is one of the most important competitive advantages. Unfortunately, discontent within the labour pool, showcased by the recent strikes at Honda’s Chinese parts manufacturing plant and suicides at Foxconn, has threatened the stability of labour markets in emerging countries including China, India, Russia, and Brazil. Over the...


9 years 10 months ago

For emerging markets including Brazil, Russia, India and China, access to cheap labour has been a key factor driving their economic growth. Unfortunately, the dependency on cheap labour has brought with it a larger set of challenges; namely, increased pressure on manufacturers to lower production and labour costs. These pressures have intensified as many global industries have moved production and procurement operations to emerging market locales. In response to these pressures, many manufacturers, have opted to reduce labour standards or stretch production beyond acceptable...


9 years 10 months ago

As a global finance, investment & emerging markets researcher, education manager, and author with a passion for writing, teaching, and research, I am tremendously honored to have the opportunity to write for Justmeans.com. In addition to my fiction & non-fiction portfolio, I actively research, teach, and write about emerging markets, strategy, banking, capital investment, venture capital, financial risk, trade, investments, social responsible investing, market capitalization, micro-finance, real-estate, cap & trade, the publishing industry, non-profit business, ethics...


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