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This class guide assist in obtaining historical exchange rate and macroeconomic data necessary to develop a regression model for forecasting currency movements.
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  • Orbis  Icon
    GREAT resource for Marketline Industry Reports which are generally current and focus on specific geographic areas around the world and can be searched by industry codes. Access a 40 page, comprehensive industry report on alcoholic beverages in Argentina, for instance... Invaluable information.
  • Passport GMID
    The Global Marketing Info Database is a great place to learn about not only the economic environment, but the consumers themselves, in a particular country or countries.
  • Value Line Investment Survey Plus  Icon
    Solid company profiles including financial structure information, peer comparisons, industry analysis and (sometimes) beta.
  • Mintel Market Sizes
    Doesn't have a terribly robust offering of countries, but if they do happen to include reports on your market and/or country of interest, this is great information on market sizes/segmentation etc.
  • Product Launch Analytics  Icon
    A fascinating database where you can explore down to the individual product level what might be your competition in your chosen nation. For instance, look up the recent launches of new cookies in France. Download an excel document including their prices etc. for your positioning and targeting considerations.
  • IBISWorld
    A great resource for understanding some background about your industry. Focused exclusively on the US, but discusses the supply chain and key economic drivers for the industry, demand and related industries, a small section on existing international trade for this industry, and other sections that may be useful to you.
  • Gale Business Insights: Global
    Very brief industry reports, but of global scope, and offering links to follow to learn more about market share, top competitors and more.

Internet Resources

  • U.S. Department of State
    This is the homepage for the U.S. Department of State and a jumping off point for a wide range of international and U.S. information sources.
  • Investment Climate Statements  Icon
    These are a specific publication put out by the U.S. Department of State to " provide U.S. firms with country/region and economy-specific information and assessments prepared by the State Department’s posts abroad on investment laws, measures, and other factors that may be useful to them in making business decisions." A great summary PDF of relevant country-specific information.
    Take a look at the 'Library' specifically and "The World Factbook". The Factbook allows you to browse a list of countries A-Z and each country report includes information on the government, economy, infrastructure, etc.
  • U.S. Commercial Service: Market Research Library  Icon
    "Country Commercial Guides" can be found searching by country and include such sections as 'Political and Economic Climate', 'Leading Sectors for U.S. Export and Investment', 'Trade and Project Financing' and more. Some reports are available only to registered users, but many are available to all. Note: These are extensive documents, sometimes 100 pages +, but it's invaluable information.
  • GlobalEDGE  Icon
    This site from Michigan State University's Broad College of Business includes various data and tools, a Global Resource Directory and their own globalEDGE Database of International Business Statistics.

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