Chapter 1_Blades, Inc.Case Q1: Thailand has cheaper raw materials such as rubber and plastic, so Blades could save the costs and increase their profit, company’s product become more competitive. Exporting to Thailand could prolong Blades product life. According to the case, demands of company’s product in the US is gradually decreasing. But Thailand is in its infancy economy, they have high demand of Blades product. Import and Export to other countries such as Thailand, could reduce dependence on one certain country or one certain market to reduce their business risk. Blades has met the business operating problem because it has highly depended on the US market. But if the company export their product to Thailand it could avoid this risk. Q2: In short run, Blades may face the foreign exchange risk. If Thailand currency, Thai Baht, is weaken against the US dollar, then Blades may receive lower revenue than it expected. Blades should customize their product according to the preference of foreign countries’ people. In long run, Blades may face the global risk and country risk. Foreign trade is highly depended on the international economic condition and political strategies. On the one hand, during the economic recession, there is low demand of consumption, it makes company hard to make profit from it. On the other hand, if the foreign country increases import taxes or impose barriers, Blades have to increase the price of goods or cut of the profit. It causes their product lose the competitiveness in the foreign market. Chapter 16_Questions and Applications Q10: Q14: Political risk factor Assigned rating Assigned weight Weighted value of factor Blockage of fund transfers Bureaucracy 5 3 40% 60% 100% 2 1.5 3.5 Financial risk factor Assigned rating Assigned weight Weighted value of factor Interest rate 1 4 5 4 5 10% 20% 30% 20% 20% 100% 0.1 0.8 1.5 0.8 1 4.2 Weigh assigned by company to each risk category Weighed rating 20% 80% 100% 0.7 3.36 4.06 Inflation Exchange rate Competition Growth Category Political risk Financial risk Rating as determined above 3.5 4.2 According to the calculation above, the overall country risk rating is 4.06, it is more than 4.0. So, Assauer should not consider the investment of the Glovanskia.