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How Alibaba turned a fake holiday into a $25 billion shopping extravaganza

China has their own Google, even their own internet. So, Alibaba figured they should have their own holiday too. They dubbed it Single’s Day, a festive occasion to celebrate yourself by buying nice things … for yourself. In Chinese, the direct translation for Single’s Day is ‘bare sticks’. It refers to unmarried men who in China are sometimes described as ‘bare branches’ because they’re not adding any branches to the family tree.

Why the US remains the most coveted market

That said, the bulk of US revenues come from non-American markets. They’re multinationals, so up to 43% of their profits are earned in foreign lands, according to stats in 2016. Also, a good number of companies listed in 
US exchanges are global. This means both in the literal and metaphorical sense, adding US shares to your portfolio offers instant diversification benefits. In these discussions, US investment is often pitted against China.

Why Indonesian companies are getting some love from analysts

In 2015, 70% of Indonesians on the web were using their phones for access. Back then, the figure was projected to reach 99% by 2018. Also, for many Indonesians – especially in rural areas, their smartphones are their only internet source. In 2015, Indonesia had 63 million active Facebook users, making it the largest national block in the world.