posts tagged with Financial

Smarter, Modern Global Policies That Cut Trade Barriers Are the Answer – Reporting Back From the APEC CEO Summit

apec-sq.jpg I had the pleasure of participating in the 2013 CEO Summit for the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in Bali, Indonesia earlier this month. This gathering took place alongside APEC’s annual meeting of leaders from 21 of the world’s most dynamic economies. They made important progress to advance the future of global trade – the underpinning of innovation, entrepreneurship, jobs and sustainable growth.

While the last five years have been difficult in the wake of the global financial crisis, more people are back to work and small and medium-sized businesses are beginning to grow again. Still, businesses today, and especially smaller businesses, continue to confront a complex spaghetti bowl of overlapping rules and competing regulation that hinders innovation and development, including expensive tariffs and confusing and lengthy customs approval processes to get their products into consumers’ hands.

Building a Bipartisan Tax Reform Bridge to Economic Growth

washdc-capitol-190-9009_IMG.jpg In the last few remaining months of 2013, Congress is facing a wide range of issues requiring action. Corporate tax reform should be right at the top of the list.

Our woefully outdated U.S. corporate tax code puts American companies at a global competitive disadvantage and is holding back the full potential of the U.S. economy. Done right, revenue-neutral corporate tax reform can reduce distortions in our current tax code and the competitive disadvantages U.S. companies face overseas. And, most importantly a simpler tax code will grow our economy and create jobs.

Davos in 2013 – the Future of Value Chain

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Four years ago when I attended the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, the theme of the program was “Shaping the Post-Crisis World” as the financial crisis continued to unfold in the developed world. Back then I wrote a blog titled “From Davos with Hope” to call for courage as key decision makers faced new challenges. Those were the final days of January 2009 when snow fell heavily in the tallest city in Europe, and when fear, anxiety and hope were all mixed among the meeting participants.

Shipping Trends Match Up With FedEx Strengths

Global Trade.jpg The long-term future for global trade remains solid, and we are committed to providing solutions for businesses — large and small — to effectively compete in this important market.

FedEx Showed Real Grit in FY12

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We committed to a strong performance, and we delivered — no small feat, given the year’s challenges. Our earnings per share increased, and annual revenues exceeded $42 billion, a 9 percent increase, despite political gridlock in the United States, financial turmoil in Europe, a slowing Asian economy and volatile fuel prices.