The Paradox of Trust

“We have listened to the wisdom of an old Russian maxim, doveryai, no proveryai – trust, but verify.”   — Ronald Reagan Trust is the foundation of society. Without a basic level of trust regarding the intentions and expected behavior of other human beings, our modern civilization would very quickly disintegrate into total chaos. If you

Avoid Relegating Investment Errors to the “Memory Hole”

No one enjoys dwelling on past errors whether we are talking about investments, career choices, or poor decisions in personal relationships. It is far more pleasant to think about what has worked well in the past and to relegate unpleasant memories to what George Orwell referred to in 1984 as the “memory hole”. Read this article for a case study in faulty investment decision making.

Wal-Mart’s Upscale Strategy for Growth in China

Companies that attempt to expand from their home base into foreign countries must adapt their operations to suit the preferences and peculiarities of each local market. In the “Tea with the Economist” interview shown below, Wal-Mart’s head of China operations provides some insight into how Wal-Mart has adapted the familiar model we are used to in the United States to suit local preferences in China. Read this article for more details and a video.

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