Global Business: The Financial Side of Trade

When were talking about trade, you’ll probably hear the words “investments”, “portfolios”, “capital”, “debit and credit”, and BOP (thats balance of payments). These words to global trade advisors and financial aficionados are like second nature, but to those just breaking into the world of International Business, they can be daunting words. Let’s use an example  that will give you a visual picture of just how everything comes together to understand how countries measure international business activity, balance payments, and look at exchange rates and altered trade prices.

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Politics of Iceland-UK Relations

The effects of politics on international marketing is determined by both the bilateral political relations between home and host countries and the multilateral agreements governing the relations among groups of countries.

The government-to-government relationship can have a profound effect, particularly if it becomes hostile. Numerous examples of the linkages between international politics and international marketing exist. One such example involves British-Icelandic relations, following the Icelandic government’s 2008 decision to assume control of three of the country’s largest banks hit hard by the global credit crunch.

Iceland initiated a deposit freeze that affected deposits of approximately 4.5 billion pounds from British citizens.

The British government promptly used its anti-terror law to seize and estimated 4 billion of Icelandic resources, which, in turn, forced Iceland to cover the losses of British depositors at a cost to Icelandic taxpayers of more than 2.2 billion pounds. With a population base of only 300,000 people, such new debt was huge.

While the U.K. chose to adopt this “stick” approach, the Dutch government secured a commitment from Iceland to pay back its savers using a different tactic, perhaps more conducive to long-term good neighborly relations. It offered to loan Iceland the money.

Excerpt from the 9th Edition of International Marketing by Michael Czinkota and Ilkka Ronkainen.