International Business Sources

This post was written by Shirl Kennedy, senior editor at ResourceShelf 

Resources of the Week: International Finance and Investing

We are offering this week’s compilation of resources in conjunction with a review of EIU’s World Investment Service, which will appear in the June issue of VIP, another Free Pint publication. While EIU’s service is subscription-based, the selection of sites here provide — in the ResourceShelf tradition — mostly free information.

One of our all-time ResourceShelf favorites is globalEDGE, from the Center for International Business Education and Research at Michigan State University.

globalEDGE(TM) is a knowledge Web-portal that connects international business professionals worldwide to a wealth of information, insights and learning resources on global business activities. Partially funded by a U.S. Department of Education Title VI B grant, globalEDGE(TM) is your source for global business knowledge. The site offers:

* Global Resources – more than 5,000 online resources

* Country Insights – a wealth of information on all countries

* Industry Profiles – in-depth analysis of selected industries

* News & Views – latest issues in international business

* Academy – extensive research and teaching resources

* Diagnostic Tools – decision-support tools for managers

* globalEDGE Network – connect with 30,968 registered users

For obvious reasons, we have a special fondness for resources that are created and maintained by libraries. An excellent example is VIBES (Virtual International Business & Economic Sources), from the J. Murrey Atkins Library, University of North Carolina-Charlotte.

VIBES provides over 3,000 links to Internet sources of international business and economic information that are in English and available free of charge.

Browse at the comprehensive, regional or national level. Sites with a little American flag icon are from the U.S. government. Sites with a little EU flag icon are from the … You get the picture.

Also near the top of our list is Site-By-Site!, which self-identifies as “The International Investment Portal & Research Center.”

Essentially, this is an aggregator of links and information from a wide range of other sites; you’ll find daily market data, news,economic statistics, research, analysis and commentary. The site is generally well-organized — basic navigation down the left-hand side, news and information about the G8 countries down the middle, and world economic information down the right-hand side. The site is searchable via Google.

Speaking of the G8 countries, the University of Toronto Libraries — along with the G8 Research Group at the university’s Munk Center for International Studies — provides a comprehensive G8 Information Center. You’ll find news, conference and meeting announcements, official documents, papers and reports, etc. Besides English, the site is available in French, Russian, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish and Chinese.

Yes, the recent Wolfowitz scandal is juicy. Nonetheless, if you’re interested in investments in developing countries, you’ll want to visit the World Bank site for its Investment Climate Research. You’ll find publications and datasets here, among other information. We also commend your attention to the Bank’s Knowledge Services for Financial and Private Sector Development:

This site offers best practice public policy advice for private sector led growth and financial market development in developing countries.

Find expert analysis, powerful databases, quick solutions and comprehensive “how-to” guides.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) offers its own reports and publications covering most of the world’s nations, and an excellent assortment of data and statistical information. What is this organization?

The IMF is an international organization of 185 member countries. It was established to promote international monetary cooperation, exchange stability, and orderly exchange arrangements; to foster economic growth and high levels of employment; and to provide temporary financial assistance to countries to help ease balance of payments adjustment.

Now you know.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) “is a unique forum where the governments of 30 market democracies work together to address the economic, social and governance challenges of globalisation as well as to exploit its opportunities.”

The OECD groups 30 member countries sharing a commitment to democratic government and the market economy. With active relationships with some 70 other countries and economies, NGOs and civil society, it has a global reach. Best known for its publications and its statistics, its work covers economic and social issues from macroeconomics, to trade, education, development and science and innovation.

The U.S. Commercial Services’s Market Research Library, one of Gary’s favorites mentioned in last week’s ROTW, offers an extremely useful set of Country Commercial Guides. (Note to Mac users; the site is not Safari-friendly, but it seems to work OK with Firefox.)

Don’t overlook Yahoo! Finance Worldwide. You’ll find links to localized sites for many different countries, in the native languages.

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