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Country Risk Climate:  TRENDS TO KEEP AN EYE ON

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Canada – lower interest rates, lower CAD; Denmark – a leaf out of the Swiss book; European Union – full steam ahead with QE; Portugal – paying off IMF debt early; Saudi Arabia — nervousness about the royal succession; Yemen – chaos in a failed state. CHINA:  The widely advertised slowdown was not exactly big news when details were announced. ... Read More »

Who are the TOP Online B2B Marketing Businesses in Asia?

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BIIA co-founder member recently issued a report the Top 30 online B2B businesses in Asia.  This report provides a ranking, based on website traffic, of the Top 30 online B2B businesses in Asia. The companies broadly fall into two categories, online sourcing platforms and online trade publications. In addition to ranking the companies, this report also includes profiles of companies new ... Read More »

First Private Sector Consumer Credit Bureau Launched in China by Alibaba Affiliate

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Sesame Credit, heralded as China’s first private sector consumer credit information company, was launched by Ant Financial Services Group, the parent company of Alipay.  Called Sesame Credit, the new agency leverages big-data technology and customer behavior analytics to assess creditworthiness, which is expected to make it easier for companies to extend credit to millions of Chinese consumers, according to Sesame Credit officials. ... Read More »

Nielsen Buys Digital Content Specialist Brandbank

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Nielsen has announced the acquisition of Brandbank, which collects, manages and distributes FMCG product and brand image content, via digital means, for retail syndication across in-store, print promotional and e-commerce platforms. The deal includes the integration of Brandbank teams across the UK, France and seven other European nations, plus China, Thailand and Malaysia. Nielsen is also talking to Brandbank clients ... Read More »

Ex-bankers Suspected of Business Intelligence Hack on Wall Street

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A new approach to profiting from cyber-crime has seen confidential company information being syphoned from corporate communications then used to ‘game’ the US stock market, possibly by former traders.   The cyber-espionage ring – dubbed FIN4 – has been targeting individuals who have access to insider company data including executives, consultants, legal counsel and analysts for the past year, in a ... Read More »

Cyber Security:  Do You Qualify for Insurance?

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Cyber Security Insurance Underwriters Demand their Clients Understand the Threat Landscape Insurance underwriters aren’t looking for companies impervious to risk. They want clients that understand the threat landscape and have demonstrated abilities to mitigate attacks. With security breaches on the rise, IT professionals spend a lot of time questioning what kinds of cyber risk their companies’ insurance policies will cover. However, as ... Read More »

CRIF Decision Solutions Merges into CRIF to Provide an Integrated and Holistic Approach to Credit Management

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As of January 1, 2015, CRIF Decision Solutions is incorporated as a business line into the parent company CRIF S.p.A. The merger will provide an ever more robust offering of know-how, predictive analytics and technology to enable banks, financial institutions, telco, media, energy and utility firms to achieve sound & optimized decision-making and compliant processes in every phase of the ... Read More »

Chinese Slowdown Really Starting to Hurt

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The Chinese are slipping towards what might be called a recession despite the fact the economy is growing at a 7.4% pace.  Anywhere else in the world these numbers would be hailed as a major accomplishment but for China this is close to disastrous. The ability of the country to keep pace with the demands of a billion and half ... Read More »

Techstars to Launch in Berlin in September

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Techstars is announcing a new program in Berlin that will kick off in Summer 2015 according to Managing Director Jens Lapinski.  His full profile can be found here. Applications open today, with a program start date in June and Demo Day in September. The program will run like other Techstars city programs in Austin, Boston, Boulder, Chicago, Cloud (San Antonio), London, New York ... Read More »

Cyber Security: Huge Raid Shuts Down Over 400 Dark Net Sites

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Silk Road 2.0 and 400 other sites believed to be selling illegal items including drugs and weapons have been shut down. The sites operated on the Tor network, which is a more secure software for Internet search – a system that also gives access to otherwise hard-to-reach parts of the net. The joint operation between 16 European countries and the ... Read More »

IHS Inc. Q4 2014 Revenues Up 4% – Fiscal 2014 Up 21%

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IHS Inc. reported revenues of $582 million, up 4 percent from the prior-year period for its 4th Quarter ending November 30th 2014.  Total organic revenue growth of 4 percent, anchored by 6 percent subscription organic revenue growth.  Adjusted EBITDA was $186 million, up 10 percent from the prior-year period, resulting in a margin expansion of 170 basis points.  Adjusted earnings ... Read More »

Cerved Group and Creval in Strategic Alliance

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Credito Valtellinese S.c. (“Creval”) and Cerved Information Solutions S.p.A. (“Cerved Group”; MTA: CERV), parent holding company of the largest credit information player in Italy, via its subsidiary Cerved Credit Management Group S.r.l. (“CCMG”), have signed an agreement for the development of a long term industrial partnership for the management of non-performing loans (NPLs). CCMG has 670 dedicated employees is the ... Read More »

Exciting new Tools for B2B Prospecting

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Finding new customers is a lot easier these days, what with innovative, digitally based ways to capture and collect data.  Early examples of this exciting new trend in prospecting were Jigsaw, a business-card swapping tool that allowed sales people to trade contacts, and ZoomInfo, which scrapes corporate websites for information about business people and merges the information into a vast ... Read More »

Country Risk Climates:  Trends to Keep an Eye On

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Argentina – a new government confrontation with farmers; Ecuador – massively growing indebtedness to China; India – the long-awaited interest rate cut; Madagascar – the government resigns; Switzerland – a shock decision by Nationalbank; Uganda – heavy pressures on the shilling. CROATIA:  President-elect Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic will have to accept a possibly contentious cohabitation with the incumbent Social-Democrat-led government at least ... Read More »

Experian: Sixty Percent of Marketers are Unsure of the Cost of Fraud to their Organization 

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41st Parameter®, a part of Experian, surveyed 250 marketers to understand the relationship between omnichannel retailing, fraud prevention and the holiday shopping season.  The findings show that few marketers understand the full benefit of fraud-prevention systems on their activities as 60 percent of marketers were unsure of the cost of fraud to their organization. The survey also indicated that 40 ... Read More »

Network Protection / Fraud Detection: FICO Awarded Four New Patents

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Network Protection, Fraud Detection, Personalized Marketing and Real-Time Analytic Discovery FICO (NYSE: FICO) has been awarded four new patents related to fraud detection and advanced analytics. FICO now holds 170 US and foreign patents, and has 93 pending patent applications. Members of FICO’s fraud analytics team patented a network assurance analytic system that monitors telecommunications networks with real-time, streaming, self-calibrating analytic ... Read More »

HG Data and EverString Form Strategic Partnership

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Combining EverString’s powerful predictive analytics with HG Data’s vast install datasets will help clients precisely identify, target, prioritize, and engage with their top customer prospects HG Data and EverString, a predictive marketing and sales intelligence SaaS provider, announced that they have entered into a strategic partnership and reseller agreement. As part of this agreement, EverString’s algorithms for predictive lead scoring ... Read More »

Australian Risk Climate: Business Credit Demand Levels Out, with a Modest rise in the Fourth Quarter of 2014

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Overall business credit applications rose 1.5% for the December quarter 2014 (vs December quarter 2013) Modest growth in business loans (+2.9%) and trade credit (+1.8%), although the rate of growth eased Asset finance declined slightly (-1.1%)  (vs December quarter 2013) The Veda Quarterly Business Credit Demand Index, measuring applications for business loans, trade credit and asset finance, rose at an annual ... Read More »