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The Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement: Threats and Opportunities, Winners, and Losers

A global deal 8 years in the making, The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) sets the 21st century standard for international trade in goods, services, ideas, and investment. The TPP countries—Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam—possess 40 percent of global gross domestic product and conduct 26 percent of world trade, ensuring that this deal will have profound effects on businesses and economies around the world. So how could this new deal affect your business going forward? What are the positives and negatives for industry in Canada and across North America? Join us for this special session and gain a unique perspective on the implications of the TPP from someone who knows both sides of the Canada-U.S. border. Our speaker, Dr. Laura Dawson, is the Director of the Canada Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC, and a former Senior Economic Analyst at the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa. Dawson will use her expertise and perspective to describe the new trade advantages brought on by the TPP; the impact on North American sectors such as manufacturing, the key trade-offs among the negotiating partners; areas for improvement and refinement in the agreement; the road ahead, and recommended next steps. Directly or indirectly, your organization will be affected by the TPP, so you will not want to miss this important session.

Recorded Webinar | February 2016 | Laura Dawson | The Conference Board of Canada

World Outlook: Winter 2016

This quarterly examination of the short-term economic outlook for the world's major economies also contains an in-depth analysis of a number of issues that are relevant for understanding world economic trends and developments.

Report | 12 pages | January 2016 | Kip Beckman | The Conference Board of Canada

The Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View—January 2015

The US consumer should drive the economy early in 2016, but there's little firepower from other growth drivers.

Economics Watch Reports | 9 pages | January 2016 | Kenneth Goldstein, Eliza Winger | The Conference Board, Inc.

The Conference Board Economics Watch® European View—January 2015

Euro Area outlook remains positive, despite rising concerns about global growth outlook

Economics Watch Reports | 6 pages | January 2016 | Klaas de Vries, Oliver Henrich | The Conference Board, Inc.

Handbook on Corporate Governance in India: Legal Standards and Board Practices

Recently introduced legal requirements are explained in light of the specific characteristics of India’s business ownership structures and put into the historical context of corporate governance reforms in the country.

Report | 264 pages | January 2016 | The Conference Board, Inc.

A World of Opportunity: How to Leverage Global Commerce Trends in 2016

Are Canadian businesses ready to take advantage of opportunities available around the world? Faced with a relatively weak domestic economy and the end of the commodity super-cycle, Canadian firms have to look for new opportunities to sell their goods and services to international markets. The American economy is rebounding, and firms need to be ready to capitalize on rising U.S. demand. Canadian exporters need to pick spots in Asian and global value chains, and look beyond the usual markets. Free trade deals, such as the Trans Pacific Partnership and the Canada-Europe trade deal, will open up new opportunities, but firms need to adapt and innovate to seize full benefits. Join us at this webinar with Danielle Goldfarb to find out where the best opportunities are available in 2016 and the risks that need to be managed to have success in this environment.

Live Webinar | January 2016 | Danielle Goldfarb | The Conference Board of Canada

Emerging Markets View December 2015

Emerging economies are likely to have another challenging year in 2016.

Report | 7 pages | January 2016 | Jing Sima | The Conference Board, Inc.

The Conference Board Economics Watch® European View December 2015

The European Commission’s investment plan is unlikely to change the subdued investment outlook in the short term.

Report | 6 pages | January 2016 | The Conference Board, Inc.

The Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View December 2015

As the expansion proceeds, demand-side constraints are giving way to supply-side constraints.

Report | 9 pages | December 2015 | Kenneth Goldstein, Eliza Winger | The Conference Board, Inc.

BRIConomics: The Emerging Economies Outlook

The BRICS are breaking. The most symbolic signal that the economic foundations of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa are cracking is from the recent actions of Goldman Sachs, which practically invented the concept at the turn of the millennium. Goldman Sachs recently closed its BRIC fund (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) because of years of losses. Each of the BRICS has its own challenges. This summer's downturn in the Chinese stock market shook the global economy, and as a result, China will struggle to grow by 7 per cent over the next two years. China's next five year plan, to be released in 2016, will have a significant effect on the global economy. The economic situation in India is more optimistic, but it is going through a period of structural reform. Brazil has frequently been referred to as the “country of the future”, but many Brazilians fear that that future may never materialize. The country, along with Russia, is in recession due to low commodity prices, political corruption and geopolitical entanglements. And South Africa is suffering from its worst drought in 30 years, which is punishing its agricultural output. So how will the outlook of the BRIC countries affect the global marketplace, and your business, this year? Don’t miss this chance to find out how the diverging economic and geo-political outlooks for these countries affect your decision-making in this 60-minute webinar by Kip Beckman, Principal Economist, The Conference Board of Canada.

Recorded Webinar | December 2015 | Kip Beckman | The Conference Board of Canada

The Conference Board Economics Watch® European View—November 2015

The Euro Area recovery proves resilient, and should continue to mature in 2016.

Report | 6 pages | December 2015 | Klaas de Vries | The Conference Board, Inc.

The Conference Board Economics Watch® Emerging Markets View—November 2015

A modest recovery for emerging markets is projected for 2016, but downside risks remain significant.

Report | 7 pages | December 2015 | Jing Sima | The Conference Board, Inc.

The Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View—November 2015

The US economy is in good shape heading into the holiday season; the 2016 outlook and beyond remains modest.

Report | 8 pages | December 2015 | Kenneth Goldstein, Eliza Winger | The Conference Board, Inc.

No More Tiers: Navigating the Future of Consumer Demand across China's Cities

Despite a slowing economy, China continues to present significant opportunities for consumer-facing multinational corporations. The question is where exactly to find them.

Report | November 2015 | Louise Kelly, Andrew Polk, Ethan Cramer-Flood, Brian Anderson, Ben Cheng, Xiaohui (Janet) Hao, Siqi Zhou | The Conference Board, Inc.

Global Economic Outlook 2016: How to Support Profits in a Slow Global Economy (CFO Strategic Implications)

With slowing growth in emerging markets and lackluster growth in mature economies, CFOs should prepare for increasing costs, especially labor costs. Making productivity one of their core business strategies can offset some negatives.

Report | 8 pages | November 2015 | The Conference Board, Inc.

Global Economic Outlook 2016: The Global Economy in a Holding Pattern

The global economy remains in a holding pattern, with weak productivity and slow investment growth playing against technology opportunities. Major improvement is unlikely anytime soon, but some economies may provide growth prospects.

Report | 44 pages | November 2015 | The Conference Board, Inc.

StraightTalk® Global Economic Outlook 2016: Escaping the Global Economy's Holding Pattern

In 2016, the global economy will continue on a slow growth track for the fifth consecutive year, as mature economies continue to fly at a low altitude and emerging markets slow.

Report | 16 pages | November 2015 | The Conference Board, Inc.

World Outlook: Autumn 2015

This quarterly examination of the short-term economic outlook for the world's major economies also contains an in-depth analysis of a number of issues that are relevant for understanding world economic trends and developments.

Report | 12 pages | November 2015 | Kip Beckman | The Conference Board of Canada

The Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View: October 2015

Report | 7 pages | October 2015 | The Conference Board of Canada

The Conference Board Economics Watch® European View: October 22, 2015

Report | 6 pages | October 2015 | The Conference Board, Inc.

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