Globalization may be all the rage, but the giants get all the tasty cookies. Smaller players, on the other hand, not only have to resign themselves to crumbs from the big table, but also have to pay high prices for them.

An example: Foreign trade deals entail foreign exchange (forex) transactions, which, unless you're a big bank or a Fortune 100 company, means acting through third and fourth parties and paying hidden taxes to the bank actually handling the trade in the form of a spread over the true cost of currency-sometimes upwards of 300 basis points for a small deal. The alternative: No export-import deal-bad news for an average-size bank trying to accommodate a client building an export business.

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