Here you will be informed about how we are building bridges between America and Europe
With our publications service we would like to provide opinions for thought and orientation on Trans American concerns on both side of the Atlantic.
Within this section, you can find current news, articles, expertise, reports, trends and market analysis about Trans American matters regarding such better understanding of mutual interests between America & Europe and all opportunities in the fields of business, culture and social life; and our annual report as well, which will be published annually by end of the year.
Access to all publications like expertise, reports, market analysis and more etc. will be available when click on link below of each report.
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Survey of Best States for Doing Business in either America or Europe
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Are You fooled by Facebook ?
Beware of been fooled by Facebook !
Published: October 28th, 2020
Why do you find more and more people on the Internet who call Facebook a Fakebook or even Fraudbook, because they feel of having been treated unfairly? Yes, we haven't made good experiences either with Facebook,
although we were never able to publish a posting since our FB account was blocked or disabled right after we had created a page for the Association (ATAF).
Facebook always said you can't use your account anymore because we didn't follow their Community Standards. All attempts to clarify this with Facebook remained unanswered or were ignored.
We have tried to set up a Facebook account about three times in the last two years and each time the same was happened and the Association (ATAF) was blocked again.
All this cannot happen just by coincidence and very obvious the Facebook censorship certainly did not like our America-friendly article,
because we really cannot find any other reason for this decision. Upon these circumstances we did an extensive research on the Internet and found,
there are a lot of people who have the same fate with Facebook and then we have decided to use other messenger services.
The following article by Selwyn Duke confirms actually the practices of Facebook and the direction in which Facebook or Fakebook manipulates.
In the wake of reports that Facebook censors conservative voices, a well known media figure met with company chairman Mark Zuckerberg and emerged from the meeting, as he put it, "convinced that Facebook is behaving appropriately and trying to do the right thing." But nothing to see here, move along. Unfortunately, this is nonsense!
Very obvious the Facebook censorship in the news isn't about artificial intelligence but human intelligence, and its biases. In fact, the focus on technology could be an effort at Machiavellian misdirection:
"Watch what the machine is doing, watch the machine, so you don't see the man behind the curtain."
I'll get right to the point. Facebook, further named as "Fraudbook," employs a group of young journalists, known as "news curators," who are empowered to manage the algorithmic results and "refine" what qualifies for the site's "Trending Topics" section. As company vice president of search Tom Stocky put it, the curators "audit topics surfaced algorithmically: reviewers are required to accept topics that reflect real world events, and are instructed to disregard junk or duplicate topics, hoaxes, or subjects with insufficient sources."
Say Goodbye to Globalization as the World has been disordered in 2020
Say Goodbye to Globalization as the World has been disordered in 2020
Published: October 02nd, 2020
The last four-decade era of globalization may be coming to an end and the world would be
heading into an "Age of Disorder", which might will reshape both economies and politics, according to economic research analysts.
One of the key characteristics of the new era will be the reversal of unfettered globalization, as a team of analysts predicted. While they believe "the best combined asset price growth of any era in history,.....with equity and bond returns very strong across the board" since 1980, the "Age of Disorder" is likely to break this trend.
The deteriorating of U.S.-China relations is another theme (out of eight) that will define the next distinct era of modern times, "which is hastened, but not caused by, the pandemic." The analysts note that the Chinese economy will be closing the gap with the U.S. and could finally outperform it by the end of the decade.
"A clash of cultures and interests therefore beckons, especially as China grows closer to being the largest economy in the world," the report says.
Fortunately, this economic standoff is unlikely to trigger a real military conflict between the two states, as usually happens when a rising power tries to challenge the ruling one. Economic war - with tariffs, sanctions, and attacks in the technology sphere - will go on instead, the analysts believe. No matter who wins the 2020 presidential election in the U.S., the rift between the two superpowers will grow.
America is very, very bullish on the Economic Recovery from Coronavirus
America is very, very bullish on the Economic Recovery in 2020/21
Published: July 10th, 2020
Business leaders predict the United States will swiftly dig itself out of the deep economic impact by the Coronavirus pandemic.
About 70% of US executives surveyed are expecting the American economy will recover from the current recession within one year, according to a survey of some 400 economic decision makers.
Approximately 80% of those CEOs, founders and other high-level executives are very confident in the US economy despite the pandemic impact.
The findings paint a surprisingly bullish view from those executives given the impact in the US economy and even warnings from some health experts of a supposed second wave of Coronavirus infections. If that optimism translates to fewer layoffs and more investment, it could help limit the economic damage during the current crisis.
"They see a successful path through the crisis," and "You can argue that sense of fighting spirit is what made the economy great."
COVID-19: The perfect Incubator for International Corruption and Financial Crime
Did corruption or the latent recession cause the Coronavirus outbreak in 2020 ?
Published: July 21st, 2020
During COVID-19 outbreaks we see health systems struggle as they handle the increased pressure on resources. In recent days many have flagged how this brings to light weak points within a health system, such as workforce shortages and poor access to medicines. As we have observed that corruption is another of these weak points.
A recent market research has highlighted the true extent of the cost of corruption in Europe, with new estimates showing that up to
€990 billion in GDP terms is lost annually.
It's like, the chicken or the egg: Which came first ?
What came first and has caused or affected the world economy, the latent economic recession (2018 - 2019) in Europe or the COVID-19 impact in 2020 ? Obviously there is a close link between the EU recession and COVID-19 !
A Global survey on fraud and COVID-19 found links between corruption and virus impact
An international anti-fraud consulting group found several concerned issues while surveying 56 countries around the world in April/May 2020 to understand fraud in healthcare services which had affected COVID-19 response negatively in those countries.
Transparency International complains insistently
"Governments must urgently address the corrupting role of big money in political party financing and the undue influence it exerts on our political systems."
Market Report: E.U. Trade Balance with the USA & China in 2019
Published: August 06th, 2020
In 2019, the
United States (U.S.A.) was the largest partner for E.U. exports of goods (€ 384 billion) and the second largest partner for E.U. imports of goods (€ 232 billion).
The following data sheets are providing a picture of the international trade in goods between the European Union (E.U.) and the
United States (U.S.A.) compare to
China. It analyses the exports and imports of goods between those economies and the shares of each E.U. member state in those exchanges.
Further it shows which country is the beneficiary and has a comparative advantage of Trade Surplus on international trades for each country while an advantage occurs, when goods are either more imported or less exported by one of these countries.
This market review is part of an online publication providing recent statistics on international trade in goods, covering information on the U.S.'s and E.U.'s main partners, main products traded, specific characteristics of trade as well as background information.
Market Report: The Influence of State Bureaucracy on Economic Growth 2020
Comparison of Legislatures - United States vs European Union 2020
Published: September 16th, 2020
The bureaucracy of a state or country depends beside other matters strongly on the size of the parliaments and their number of members, and thus influences the inertia of the bureaucracy. A good overview shows a comparison of legislatures (= national parliaments and congresses) and the number of population or GDPs between the USA and the countries of the E.U.
The growing bureaucracy inhibits economic growth and the start-up behavior of companies. Experience from other countries have shown that less bureaucracy is possible.
Bureaucracy actually affects the economy like a badly running engine with sand in its gears.
Especially the E.U. suffers from regulations and higher bureaucratic burdens more than any other western countries. That is the result of a bureaucracy check based on 16 indicators observed by international organizations.
The USA and Canada are among the first three ranks of 51 checked countries, while Germany as the best E.U. country, ranks only in the middle with rank 25.
The question arises whether higher bureaucratic burdens are really economically relevant and have demonstrable negative consequences. The answer is clearly YES.
Bureaucracy inhibits economic growth, in particular due to higher expenditure for regulations and regulations as well as increasing costs like compliance costs of business start-ups. The effects are very obvious and considerable.
These unambiguous empirical studies alone make it clear how important strategies are for reducing bureaucracy and for better regulation.
High Demand ... Low Supply: Investing in a Better Future
Senior Living Community & Life Care Services
Published: May 14th, 2020
Historically a fragmented market, Senior Housing is fast becoming a highly desirable asset class for all kind of investors. Our real estate developer partners seek opportunities to enhance the resident experience and level of care for those enjoying their golden years of life.
Their senior housing model is to partner with experienced developers and operators on projects in urban and suburban markets that enjoy attractive demographics and a limited supply of
class-A senior housing communities.
The Baby Boomer generation is emerging into the age of retirement. The number of Americans aged 65 and older will increase to more than 79 million by 2035. Today there are many varieties of senior housing options. As the market seeks to meet this demand, senior housing will be one of the greatest investment opportunities over the next 30 years.
The mission is to build top quality, private-pay senior living communities that offer a luxurious and caring environment in the independent living, assisted living, and memory care.
If you or your loved one is considering a retirement or senior living community, it is essential to do your research. The more informed you are up front, the more comfortable and satisfied you'll be with your decision. The link below will give a great overview to show you what life is like at a community managed with life care services and how every decision is focused around making a positive experience in the lives of community's residents.
• If you have any further questions, please contact us, and one of the community representatives will get in touch with you.
COVID-19 Update according to U.S. immigration status and applications
Published: April 25th, 2020
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic the uncertainty may have a severe impact upon your immigration status or pending immigration petitions or applications.
In this brief overview, we intend to provide you with a few issues that are prompted by the U.S. President's most recent Executive Order ("EO"). These reflect a variety of questions and concerns from the ATAF community regarding the EO, dated April 23, 2020, which temporarily suspends entry by immigrants into the U.S. The information in the FAQs is valid as of April 27, 2020.
Advice for a positive life:
Think positive and be optimistic, because in the end everything will come to a good end.
When COVID-19 is over, everything will come to a good end as usual and our life will come back to normal. That's for sure and people don't have to be worry about it. It's only a matter of a few months.
Then America will have a booming economy as before, because America is best able to fully recover from this current crisis.
Therefore, we should look into a positive future and be optimistic, as many experts from science and economy are already saying and predicting.
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SRCS uses a professional team approach to address the clients' risk management needs. Each client relationship is coordinated by a client executive, who draws from our many industry and risk specialties to assemble the resources to analyze, measure, and help manage multiple risks.
To further support the clients' strategic, operational, and risk management goals, SRCS provides consulting, brokerage, and claims advocacy services through dedicated global risk specialties and industry practices. A professional consulting team applies deep experience and knowledge of clients' industries to provide broad-based risk coverage and reduce the clients' total cost of risk.
“It is a proud privilege to be a citizen of the Great Republic, to hear its songs sung, to realize that we are the descendants of 40 million people who left other countries, other familiar scenes, to come here to the United States to build a new life, to make a new opportunity for themselves and their children.”
Why should you move to or live in the United States of America?
Published: January 16th, 2020
America … the country of dreams and opportunities, where anyone can hit the big time if they work hard enough. It's a place where success is celebrated, positivity is a way of life and opportunity is a reality.
If you're reading this article, then there's every chance that living in America has been a lifelong dream for you and a dream that you'd finally like to turn into reality.
Sure, there are a significant amount of reasons one may want to move to America. It is common for individuals to move based on a job opportunity, a loved one, or simply because they are seeking to live out the 'American Dream'. The United States has a long tradition of welcoming people from all backgrounds and cultures and is a great place for people that are looking to live out of their home country.
The time is right to move and to live in the United States of America
Published: January 14th, 2020
America … the country of dreams and great opportunities, where anyone can enjoy the good time of life.
It's a place where success is celebrated, positivity is a way of life and opportunity is a reality.
If you're willing and ready to move to the United States, then there's every chance that living in America will come true and for real.
Sure, there are some good new alternatives to move to America.
Either for individuals or business people you can take this great opportunity, especially nowadays.
The United States has very good opportunities of welcoming people with skilled backgrounds and good business experiences or investing in new enterprises.
Please check advantages and requirements of resident visa
The great American jobs creation machine is booming like never before, just this February's jobs figures showing far more strength than expected and previous months January and December have been raised higher than forecasted.
America's economy under the current administration is booming on an historic high, perhaps the greatest it's ever been.
How is a nation’s ease of doing business measured?
Each year the World Bank publishes
"Doing Business Index", an index measuring the ease of doing business in a given country.
The higher a country’s Doing Business Index, the friendlier or easier its regulatory environment for doing business.
The measurement is based on the following ten factors like
starting a business,
dealing with construction permits,
enforcing contracts and
World faces Worst Economic Recession since Great Depression
Coronavirus: 'World faces Worst Economic Recession in 2020 since Great Depression'
Published: April 07th, 2020
The world has changed dramatically in the four months since the last update of the World Economic Forecast in January. A rare disaster, a coronavirus pandemic, has resulted in a tragically large number of human lives being lost.
As countries implement necessary quarantines and social distancing practices to contain the pandemic, the world has been put in a Great Lockdown. The magnitude and speed of collapse in activity that has followed is unlike anything experienced in our lifetimes.
The topic of "Euro Crash" has long been hidden by the media. But ten years after the collapse of the U.S. investment bank Lehman Brothers, the global financial system is more shaky than ever.
The EU and Germany are still strucked and a new crash is imminent, which could overshadow everything that has happened before!
Please click on link below and check those possible reasons why the EU is about to crash.
Market Report: America's Top States for Business in 2020
List of America's States for Doing Business, January 2020
Published: February 11th, 2020
The rankings of Doing Business in the U.S. by States, based on measures of competitiveness in several categories.
Each category is weighted according to how frequently each state use them as a selling point in economic development marketing.
The criteria was developed with guidance from a diverse array of business and policy experts and official government sources, along with input from the states themselves and based on publicly available data from a variety of sources.
America's Business Etiquette - Tips for Doing Business in the U.S.
Published: January 19th, 2020
The United States is a global leader in business, particularly in the high-tech sector. Thanks to the tech boom and a pervasive startup culture, the U.S. is living up to its values of innovation, entrepreneurship, and outside-the-box thinking.
Since the country offers promise and opportunity to innovators around the world, it's no surprise companies and entrepreneurs around the world are flocking to the U.S. to do business. Whether you're thinking about moving your company to America or seeking professional connections in the states, here are some important tips to keep in mind.
Market Report: Communication and Behavior in the U.S.
Communication and Behavior when doing Business in the U.S.
Published: January 18th, 2020
The United States offers promise and opportunity to innovators and investors around the world for doing business in America, therefore is no surprise that companies and entrepreneurs around the world are doing business in the U.S.
Whether you're thinking about moving your company to America or seeking professional connections in the states, here are some important rules about communication and behavior you might to keep in mind.
The Global Financial Centres Index (GFCI) - City Ranking 2020
Published: February 20th, 2020
The Global Financial Centres Index (GFCI) provides evaluations of future competitiveness and rankings for 112 major financial centres around the world.
The GFCI serves as a valuable reference for policy and investment decision-makers.
The GFCI quantitative measures are provided by third parties including the World Bank, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), the OECD and the United Nations (UN).
Market Report: Best Countries for Education in 2020
List of World’s Best Countries for Education in 2020
Published: July 29th, 2020
Which countries have the best education system in the world in 2020 ?
In order to determine the rankings; researchers have analyzed and compared 195 countries across two key categories of
quality (like public education system, willingness to attend university, number of research institutions,
university funding and endowment, specialization expertise, industrial linkage, academic educational professionals effectiveness, institutional output by research, higher education
institutions perform in the various global rankings) and opportunity (like adult literacy rates, graduation rates, primary school completion rate, secondary school completion rate, high school completion rate, collegiate-level school completion rate, government expenditure on education in total % of GDP).
To evaluate those dimensions, researchers looked at 16 indicators that fell into one of the three categories. Each attribute was graded on a 100-point scale.
Nelson Mandela said: "Edcuation is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
Here you can check which countries have the best education system in the world !
The index, which ranks 195 countries and territories by their health care system, is based on a study that surveyed health security
and capabilities across six categories and 65 different metrics.
The average overall Global Health Index (GHI) score is 40.2 out of possible 100.
Although 86% ......
of countries invest local or donor funds in health security, few countries pay for health security gap assessments and action plans out of national budgets.
The higher a country’s scores, the more healthy a country is working !
Here you can check the country ranking of Global Health Index results.
The international ATAF Market Research Team of Alain Josse (France), Fernando Santos (Spain), Ron Smith (UK), Wolfgang Radermacher (Germany), Massimo Camerano (Italy), Tadeus Michalski (Poland), Ference Puska (Hungary) and Willem de Klerk (Netherlands) have done a specific market research in most European
countries about how Europe likes America. This market research was done in co-operation with professional market research companies in the fields of business, trade, economy and future relationship with America. The market research team has travelled across all over Europe and has asked some 4,000 to 6,000 people in each European country over the last two years. The results have been put in "pros" and "cons" America by the people's view of each European country as following:
Market Report: List of Countries by Credit Rating 2019
List of Countries by Credit Rating, October 2019
Published: November 12th, 2019
The country's credit rating, is an evaluation made by a credit rating agency (like Standard & Poor's, Moody's, Fitch and the Sovereign Rating Index) and evaluates the credit worthiness of the country or government of debt.
The credit rating is used by individuals and entities that purchase debt by governments to determine the likelihood that will pay its debt obligations.
The World GDP Rankings by Country shows the world GDP in total and per capita based on US dollars. Countries are ranked by their projected figures in 2019.
The world GDP is the added total of the gross national income for every country in the world. Gross national income takes a country’s GDP, adds the value of income from imports, and subtracts the value of money from exports.
Market Report: Comparison United States & European Union 2020
Comparison of United States & European Union, February 2020
Published: February 20th, 2020
The Comparison shows the difference between the United States and the European Union.
The comparison is based on the following factors like
Market Report: Best Countries for Business in Europe for Investors 2019
Best Countries for Business in Europe for Investors in 2019
Published: March 27th, 2020
The rankings of Doing Business in Europe by countries for investors is based on measures of competitiveness in several categories.
Each category is weighted according to how
frequently each country use them as a selling point in economic development marketing.
The criteria was developed with guidance from a diverse array of business and policy experts and official government sources, along with input from the countries themselves and based on publicly available data from a variety of sources.
Market Report: Top Ten Risks for Doing Business in Europe 2020
Top Ten Risks for Doing Business in Europe 2020
Published: February 05th, 2020
The following risks are identified as biggest risk for doing business across Europe, with economic and political risks increasing.
Those main risks are like cyberattacks,
energy price shock,
data fraud or theft,
failure of national governance,
unemployment or underemployment,
large-scale of involuntary migration, and
profound social instability.
Each year all countries are scored on how corrupt their public sectors are seen.
The index, which ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of
public sector corruption according to experts and businesspeople,
uses a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean. More than two-thirds of all countries are scored below 50 in 2019, with an average score of just 43.
Here you can check which country you better don't deal with !!!
Market Report: List of Countries by Unemployment Rate 2020
List of Countries by Unemployment Rate, January 2020
Published: March 06th, 2020
Unemployment (or joblessness) occurs when people are without jobs and they have actively sought work. Therefore, the unemployed in a country are those with age, ability and desire to work (labor force) but do not have a job.
The number of unemployed in a country usually was expressed in terms of the labor force, and it is called unemployment rate. The unemployment rate is a percentage and it is calculated by dividing the number of unemployed people by all individuals currently in the labor force.