Author Archives: John Thomas

Is owning a National Football League Team a Good Investment?

While the article specifically speaks to about 32 people who own National Football League (NFL) teams, there are millions of interested fans and observers who are wondering how such ownership works and profits from them. As we embark upon a new football season, and a new television contract for the NFL just down the road, how exactly are today’s franchises ...

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Amazon and Big Tech Face Anti-Trust Hearings

Determining whether a company exerted monopolistic power use to be much simpler. In broad terms it was essentially based upon the welfare of the consumer, meaning that if prices were low and favorable, the company was not considered a monopoly. The crux of the argument was really about price. Monopolies can be considered an extreme result of free-market capitalism in the absence of ...

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Mandated Wage Increases Doom 40 Percent of Venezuelan Businesses

Another day, another terrible economic woe befalls the people of Venezuela at the hands of the Maduro regime. The latest in failed attempts to reduce starvation and utter poverty were to increase the minimum salary by nearly 3,500 percent in one fell swoop, according to the National Council of Commerce and Services of Venezuela. The strong-arm tactics of President Nicolas ...

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U.S. China Trade War Real or Rhetoric

The power play of threats and media coverage is on again in the U.S v. China trade war, pitting the world’s two largest economies against each other. Each nation has thrown out financial tariff numbers and has made return volleys. Experts speak all day-every day on how this will affect everything from sliced bread to nuclear missiles. The latest back-and-forth ...

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The Moral and Economic Woes of Sweden Widen

One could take a look at the recent economic figures released in Sweden and be convinced that the economy is on sound footing. Swedish GDP increased by 1 percent quarter-on-quarter in the three months up to June, according to data from Statistics Sweden, twice the pace analysts in a Thomson Reuters’ survey expected and the largest increase in a year. ...

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Inverted Yield Curve Could Signal Recession

The most important chart you need to know today is the yield curve. But don’t yawn, it has huge implications for the economy and your portfolio. Financial markets are nervously watching the slope of the yield curve, specifically from the 2-year treasury to the 10-year treasury. These are the bellwether federal debt securities that lie at the slope of the yield ...

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Gen Z will enter Workplace with a Bang

As the parent of a child who is considered “Gen Z” as well as a child who is a “Gen Y” (also known as “millenials”) there are differences in the space of just 5 years between them. However, the landscape is dominated by the millennials. The workplace is salivating to push the millennials up the corporate ladder, while actively recruiting ...

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Emerging Markets Falling like Dominoes

In the never-ending desire for an increased rate of return, investors will follow the money trail around the globe to catch the rising stars before they nova out. The celestial reference may be more of a supernova perhaps, as there is nowhere left to hide for these nations whose currency is falling, inflation is rising, and GDP is in levels ...

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Small Businesses are Fed up with Facebook?

Uncertainty in the financial markets creates volatility. Volatility can create wild fluctuations and price swings in securities. Uncertainty and lack of control is never really a good thing. Especially when it comes to your business. If you have a presence on Amazon, eBay, Facebook or the like, you know what I am talking about. Amazon and eBay can be grouped ...

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Should Catastrophe Bond Holders be Nervous?

This is the world where high risk investors meet high risk insurance companies, and in recent years it has been a win-win scenario for both. This is an investment vehicle you probably won’t find on TDAmeritrade or the like, as it is beyond the risk/reward profile of all but the very well-funded and those who live on antacids during hurricane ...

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