Category Archives: Market Entry into Asia

CollegeHill Asia Paves the Way for WFE Meeting Success in Taipei

Balmoral Advisory’s public relations partner, College Hill, has continued to support the international media relations of the global exchange industry. In October, its Hong Kong-based team worked closely with industry body World Federation of Exchanges to support the 52nd General Assembly and Annual Meeting in Taipei, Taiwan. With 2012 being…

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Looking Beyond the Obvious: Opportunities in the ASEAN Region

There is a lot of focus around the world on China. Recently, I heard a report that wine producers in Europe are looking to China for quick sale and that Barrick Gold is looking to sell their South African assets to China National Gold Group. The IMF has forecasted China’s…

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Dollars and Sense: Manage your Expenses and Expectations in Asia

This year we have seen tremendous uncertainty in financial markets across the world. In August, the U.S. nearly defaulted on its enormous debt obligations and had to raise its debt ceiling to keep their books afloat. Now, European markets are going through their own financial crisis as countries such as…

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Solid Sales and Marketing Strategy + Army of Advocates = Business Success

Taking an idea and building it into a viable product or business requires a lot of planning, analysis, development and testing to ensure that it both meets the standards and exceeds the expectations of the marketplace and the users of the product However, building a good product or business does…

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On the Outside Looking In – The Value of an Objective Third Party

It is human nature to seek and value opinions. We all do it in many different types of situations – we seek recommendations for restaurants, our next holiday destination, tax and legal advice, the best schools for our children. We do this because we feel a level of uncertainty and…

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A Deal Maker – Why Your Presence is Required in Asia

Prior to my work in product development, I covered the Benelux region as an institutional bond salesperson for TD Securities. In this role, I learned very quickly that there was a certain protocol that needed to be followed to successfully sell into this region. There was an unmistakable standard for…

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The Idea is Only Part of the Journey – The Balmoral Research Approach

I am a big fan to Thomas Alva Edison’s way of thinking.  I used one of his famous quotes on the home page of my website; “Good Fortune is what happens when opportunity meets with planning.”  Another one of his famous quips is “Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration”….

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Balmoral Advisory – The Vision behind the Venture

Most new products and businesses come from an idea, passion or opportunity. They may also result from dissatisfaction with the status quo or a desire to increase profits, remain competitive and expand market share. There is that eureka moment, “I can do this better”. The success of the Virgin Group…

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About The Author

Donna Bales
is a product development professional with a proven track record of managing complex capital market industry initiatives during times of significant market change and market structure reform. Donna is the founder and managing director of Balmoral Advisory, a boutique advisory firm that works with exchanges, regulators, technology firms, market participants and market data vendors to identify and evaluate business opportunities, understand and respond to changing industry/market dynamics and develop and implement strategies and solutions that make sense now and in the future. In addition she acts as a strategic advisor to an international consultancy firm, CollegeHill Asia and sits on the Board of 3Q Innovation, a non-profit focused on retaining and replacement of older workers who face protracted unemployment. Originally from Canada, Donna holds a bachelor degree in Economics from the University of Western Ontario.