A Flash of Insight (Part 3)

Why do people develop new ideas?

Source: NOAA

It’s not enough to have folks who are able to innovate and who are encouraged to innovate. They have to want to innovate. When we look at the geography of innovation, we see dramatic disparities:

Source: Cityam.com

Last year over 15,000 new companies were started. The vast majority were founded in the US; a good number were sited in Europe and Britain; and then various cities around the world like Tel Aviv, Santiago, and Bangalore accounted for the rest. Why is it so different here?

An economist looks at incentives. What encourages innovation? Taxes, property rights, and regulation have a huge impact. If you can’t keep the fruits of your labor; if someone else can confiscate your work; or if potential competitors can enact legal barriers–these all stop people from branching out. We even see this with employment agreements: do you own their own labor, or can a former boss sue you for using your skills?

Lightning strikes when the conditions are right. And when the conditions are really right, it can strike in the same place. Again and again and again.


Douglas R. Tengdin, CFA
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Mr. Tengdin is the Chief Investment Officer at Charter Trust Company and author of “The Global Market Update”. The audio version of each post can be heard on radio stations throughout New England every weekday. Mr. Tengdin graduated from Dartmouth College, Magna Cum Laude. He received his Master of Arts from Trinity Divinity School, Magna Cum Laude and received his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 1992. Mr. Tengdin has been managing investment portfolios for over 30 years, working for Bank of Boston, State Street Global Advisors, Citibank – Tunisia, and Banknorth Group. Throughout his career, Mr. Tengdin has emphasized helping clients manage their financial risks in difficult environments where they can profit from investing in diverse assets in diverse settings. –
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