Author Archives: John Thomas

Bankruptcy Filings Increase among Senior Citizens

The safety net for Americans that is Social Security retirement has been forecasted to dissipate for decades now, with the advent of such coming to fruition through probable decreased deductions beginning in 2023. This is due to basic population demographics, which change over time. The baby boomers are retiring in numbers that can’t be kept up with by the current ...

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President Trump Considering Additional Tax Cuts for Small Business

The initial wave of tax cuts has been trumpeted for their success by small business owners around the nation. Linda McMahon of the Small Business Administration has heard this time and time again in her travels across the country. Trump tax cuts have helped what otherwise might have been a more difficult time for businesses. While optimism about the economy ...

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Chinese Small Businesses Seek Necessary Financing from Government

Small business growth in China is not so different from that of their U.S. counterparts. In order to grow, they both need financing. This is almost always at the top of the list of problems bothering American entrepreneurs, albeit pushed aside temporarily by their inability to find skilled labor. China, on the other hand, is attempting to be proactive with ...

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Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) for your Individual Investments

As long as there will be sell-side bankers, there will be new investment products ushered in to attract the individual investor to the pot of gold. We must begin with the requisite disclaimer that whatever is printed in this article is not investment advice, so check with your broker before making any investment decisions. Okay. Now we are ready. ETFs ...

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Business Owners are becoming more Tech Savvy

Large companies are at the forefront of artificial intelligence and robotics in their need to stay competitive in a tech-savvy workplace. This thought process is now trickling down to small business owners who have come to a fork in the road in automation. The crux of the issue is time. Small business is starting to go digital, as smartphone apps, ...

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Trump Gets Support from EU in Trade War with China

The sand is shifting again in relation to allegiances between global powers in an effort to secure free trade and point tariffs in one direction; China. President Trump’s recent swing through Europe left many wondering whether relations with Europe were dinged, as Trump launched his financial attack on NATO countries not holding up their monetary weight. Other than Larry Kudlow, ...

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Where to Invest Cash in Times of Tariffs

The million dollar question for investors trying to navigate the trade waters is where to place their cash to safely sail through this storm. Wall Street has been sifting through the typical safe havens, as spat after spat of trade wars began this spring. We first have to examine the current economic climate to see what makes sense. It happens ...

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Market Keeps Close Eye on Chinese Yuan as Trade Spats Continue

The invisible hand of Adam Smith and free market economics is not exactly what politicians and traders are referring to when speaking of the movement of the Chinese yuan.  Strong election rhetoric by President Trump regarding Chinese currency manipulation is gaining traction again. In a tit-for-tat struggle between the world’s two largest economies, nothing is being left off the table. ...

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China Attempts to Stimulate Economy through Central Bank

China is taking a proactive position by utilizing monetary policy to steer its economy in uncertain climates for growth and trade. The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) Governor Yi Gang is allowing China’s central bank to reduce the percentage of funds banks must keep on reserve with it, in order to free up money for lending. The cut in reserve ...

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