Globalization and Spatial Mobilities
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Globalization and Spatial Mobilities

Commodities and People, Capital, Information and Technology

Aharon Kellerman

Presenting a comparative examination of five major voluntary global movements: commodities, people, capital, information and technology, this book traces and develops discussions of globalization and spatial mobility. The book further covers the means and media used for these mobilities: ports and ships, airports and airplanes, international banking electronic media, and the Internet, telephony and TV. Two concluding chapters focus on the mobile globe, highlighting present and future global mobility in general, and the relationships among the five global mobilities, in particular.
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Chapter 7: The global mobility of capital

Aharon Kellerman

Abstract

This chapter outlines the global mobilities of the several classes of capital, by their volumes, as well as by their global geographical directions of mobility. Thus, the chapter begins with an exposition of payment cards and e-wallet services, both of which have become the most widely used payment methods by individuals, and frequently also by businesses, all in exchange for the international purchase of goods and services. The chapter then moves to an elaboration of venture capital (VC) and its global mobility. VC is shown to be a leading source for capital as resource, notably in the expanding high-tech and biotech industries. The elaboration of VC is followed by an exploration of foreign direct investment, yet another, sometimes governmental, global source for capital as resource. Finally, the chapter looks at capital flows as deposits, by focusing first on portfolio stock market investments, and followed by some highlighting of investments in foreign exchange.

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