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LEED-INDIA: Innovation in Real Estate June 13, 2008

Posted by Andrew Myers in Real Estate Development in Global Economy.
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Innovation in real estate is moving in the direction of sustainable development, also known as green-building. Although this is a relatively new concept to much of the world, Europe has been leading the way for decades. The United States followed, and the United States Green-Building Council (USGBC) emerged in 1993 and began to formalize a process of sustainable design and construction. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) process has become the standard and benchmark for sustainable development in the US and now abroad. In terms of commercial development, the construction and certification processes extend from New Construction to Core & Shell to Commercial Interiors to several others, with many new programs coming to market.

India is following suit. They have established the India Green Building Council (www.igbc.in) and implemented LEED-INDIA. Currently LEED-INDIA programs include LEED for New Construction and LEED for Core and Shell. India has vast opportunity for sustainable development as infrastructure and real estate development grows at impressively high rates. The IGBC has the following: 306 members, 230 registered buildings, and 23 certified buildings. Expect to see these numbers increase significantly in the near future as the country hopes to be a world leader in green buildings by 2010. It is the wave of the future, and emerging economies are beginning to see the value and benefits associated with sustainable development.

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Andrew Myers
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Offshoring – Key element of business strategy in global economy June 12, 2008

Posted by Bipin Agarwal in Global Economy, IT Offshoring - Future Direction.
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Ask the question “What is offshoring” answer will depend on who you ask.

somebody from China – Move manufacturing to China, India – Move your IT work to India, Germany – Move your engineering to Germany, Russia – Move your satellite Launch to Russia, USA – Move your innovation to Silicon Vally and investment banking to Newyork.

Offshoring has been used for thousands of years. East India company went to India and started trading spices and cotton, etc. that is the situation where offshoring was used as part of business strategy.

How can global company use offshoring as a competitive advantage. Leverage the core competency of people in different part of the wold and also the natural resources that are available in different part of the world. However, that is the entry point. From there, learn the local culture, build operation and sell them your product and services customized for them. Future of offshoring will be defined by the companies that will use this as a entry point in a country and expand from there. Those who will use offshoring just for leveraging the cost differential, will continue to chase the cost advantage and be marginaly successful.

Currently some of the large technology company, Dell, HP, Financial services company such as HSBC, Citi, DB, consumer company, P&G, Sony are using offshoring the right way, others are just working on the cost differential. True offshoring strategy should be a long term competitive advantage.

If you have a question, about offshore strategy, feel free to ask.

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Global Economy .vs. US economy and Financial services June 11, 2008

Posted by Bipin Agarwal in Global Economy.
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There is sub-prime associated with housing, there is CDO linked to construction, and commercial real estate. Financial services company made money along every step. Derivatives, futures, and all other kind of fancy products. Now that curtain has been lifted, we can see there are kind of manipulation and incompetence. Rating agency, insurance company all participated and money. Just about sixty days back, every CEO, government official and fed were saying, things are under control, and now there is new wave of write off, followed by the right issue, debt etc. Was this another wrong judgment or intentional posturing so that at least the financial services company were able to raise significant money at better valuation. High oil price are related to demand .vs. supply or rest of the world is being made to pay for their sin of providing the subsidy to poor people who could not get enough fuel to cook a meal at home or is it another manipulation to make sure that the inflation for rest of word is high when we are trying to get our house ?in order.

We all know that we have a pretty significant financial exposure related to overvalued financial papers. When we will get to the bottom of it so rest of world can live in peace. You have an insight? share it with the world.

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Bipin Agarwal
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US economy, stock market .vs. BRIC economy, stock market June 3, 2008

Posted by Bipin Agarwal in Global Economy.
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How linked is US economy to US stock market .vs. BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China) economy and stock market and everything in between. There are so many factors beyond anybody control that it is hard to predict. However, there are some macro issues that are going to effect everything. 1) US Sub-prime and real estate market – financial institutions may be able to get their act together in next year or so, effect at the consumer level will be felt for three to five years across the world, 2) US current account and trade deficit, 3) Impact of subsidy in BRIC countries and its effect on inflation, interest rate, current account deficit, and currency reserve will take a lot of courage to solve the problem. Europe and middle east have their own problem with oil, absence of critical mass of consumers, educated work force, and currency.

One theory is that high oil price and food price are good for America. America controls lot of middle east money, abundance of food, media control, and defense superiority, that will make US a winner. Other theory is that China, India, USSR, some middle east combination will re-shape the global economy. I am sure there are lot of other theory out there. Do not hesitate to share one.

Will US stock market do well because of US economy or global economy? What about the stock market in BRIC country? It depends on which theory you believe and then make the prediction based on the analysis of that reality. Until then, stay tuned.

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Bipin Agarwal
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