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Franchisors should do more to accommodate investors from overseas, study recommends

Australian franchises and small businesses are increasingly favoured by overseas investors, especially from China, according to a recent report. The study also highlighted the benefits of pursuing Gen Y franchisees.

From Rio to Freo: are we going nuts for Brazil?

From soccer to samba and Carnival to Copacabana, Brazil is seen as an exotic country of liberal excess and partying. However, beyond the beaches and the tourist hedonism, Brazil’s most promising leader to date, President Lula da Silva, has been powering on with economic reform and international strategic alliances that have seen the country emerge relatively unscathed from the GFC. Tim Harcourt reports what this means for the future and where trade with Australia may fit into Brazil’s promising economic outlook.

The hottest market opportunities in Japan for entrepreneurs located elsewhere (part 2)

In my previous letter I looked at two trends in Japan that may turn into “hot’ opportunities for those outside the country. Here are two more trends that will provide opportunities for an entrepreneurial soul.

The hottest market opportunities in Japan for entrepreneurs located elsewhere (part 1)

Which trends in Japan will turn into hot opportunities for entrepreneurs located outside the country? I gave this some thought while sliding down Japan’s best powder ski slopes as Australia was sweltering over summer. Here are the first two of four “hot” sectors at the top of my list.

Macquarie’s shadow: International investment is Australia’s Achilles Heel

Foreign investment and domestic jobs have been inextricably linked since Australia’s convict days. Austrade’s Chief Economist Tim Harcourt explains.

Legal: Flipping up

Business people love to use jargon, but what exactly does it mean to do a "flip-up"? Not to be confused with "two-up", our national...

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New Zealand’s Xero eyes US IPO, further disruption as subscribers increase...

Xero recently held its annual meeting in Wellington, during which the company revealed some interesting details about its future. As has been widely suspected, the...

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