Intellectual property is generally the most valuable asset held by technology companies and many other businesses across all sectors of the economy. Generally speaking, if sales attributable to IP will be used only in the United States, it's likely to be more tax efficient for such rights to remain here.
Even though world merchandise trade growth is expected to rise just one percent through the end of this year, U.S. businesses are optimistic about trade over the next six months, buoyed by the prospect of changes to government trade regulations, and momentum in the current U.S. domestic economy, according to the latest findings from the U.S. HSBC Global Connections Trade Forecast.
LPG shipping rates are expected to decline from the second half of 2016 as a bloated orderbook for VLGCs - very large gas carriers - fuels fleet growth that will far exceed shipping demand, according to the latest edition of the LPG Forecaster, published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.
Tanker shipping rates are set to decline from current highs in 2016 as the trade in crude oil is forecast to decline due to ample stocking, and the fleet is expected to expand briskly, according to the latest edition of the Tanker Forecaster, published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.
The gloomy outlook for the dry bulk shipping market continues to afflict shipowners, and the market is not expected to return to profitability before 2017, according to the Dry Bulk Forecaster report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.
New U.S. and Middle East methanol production capacity being added over the next two years will have serious implications for chemical shipping trade flow patterns, according to the latest edition of the Chemical Forecaster, published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.
For the sixth month in succession, the Stifel Logistics Confidence Index declined. This trend resulted in the November Index score falling to the lowest registered for three years. The monthly decline registered in airfreight was more moderate than that witnessed in sea freight; the former was down by 0.4 points to 48.9, whilst the latter dropped 2.8 points, amounting to 46.1.