Author Archives: John Thomas

Is there a Slump in Start-Up Companies?

Say it isn’t so. The little engines that could, which are small businesses across America, may be on a slight demise. Economists say big businesses like Amazon, Google, and Facebook are hurting entrepreneurship and creating a startup slump in America, according to a report in The New York Times. Let’s look at the numbers. In 2015, some 414,000 new businesses were ...

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The Future of Bitcoin Futures

The mad frenzy that was Bitcoin at the turn of the calendar year has not evolved quite as expected. The cryptocurrency enthusiasts sat glued to their computer screens anticipating the start of trading on the Chicago Board of Options Exchange (Cboe) at 5:00 o’clock central on December 10th. This was the climax of nirvana pursuant to the Cboe’s statement in ...

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Big Techs Race to be your One-Stop Shop Content Provider

I of low maintenance have one remote. I recently visited a friend and sat down and noticed multiple remote devices on the coffee table. She began to explain to me what duty each one performed. “This one is for Netflix, but not volume. This one gets Hulu and will do the volume, but you have to press this button to ...

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Netflix Spending Spree Raises Eyes in the Bond Markets

Michael Milken and his fellow junk bond brethren would be salivating at the markets current appetite for high yield bonds. The roaring 80’s are back led again by the big names like Uber and Netflix. The lack of supply has big investment banks jumping at the chance to bring these issues to market. Let’s look at the details of what ...

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President Trump Critical of Fed Rate Hikes

Harsh rhetoric from President Donald Trump to Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell regarding interest rates and the state of the economy. The banter between the two has been rather one-sided, with the President hitting Twitter, and Powell staying relatively under the radar with comment. The Fed will be sticking to its plans to continue gradual rate hikes, according to the ...

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Student Loan Debt may take a turn for the Worse

Who would have thought the day would come when a young man or woman would have more educational debt than mortgage debt in their home. For most Americans, the mortgage is still the main debt load, but in Pittsburgh, for instance, 12.6 percent of borrowers owe more for their educations than they do for their homes, according to Magnify Money. ...

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You should be Thankful for the One Percenters

The Supreme Court hearings and the mid-term elections seem to have redirected the hate away from the one percenters for the moment. The alpha to the omega to the deplorables, the rich are just as despised by the liberal left. Except those who are themselves one percenters, of course. The numbers put out by the Congressional Budget Office might have ...

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U.S. Tightens Grip on Foreign Investments

The Trump administration will broaden reviews of foreign investments in critical U.S. technologies in an attempt to protect American ingenuity from foreign powers including China.  The Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act, which took effect in August, empowers the government to scrutinize and block even small minority foreign investments into sensitive technologies. The “America First” attitude brought forth by President ...

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Bond Market Braces for Mid-Term Elections

Regardless of which side of the aisle is triumphant in November, the U.S. bond market is likely to suffer either way. A democratic congress is likely to push through a GOP style trillion dollar infrastructure package.  A Republican legislature will likely advocate for tax cuts part 2. Both of which spell one word loud and clear: debt. While the Fed ...

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Brick and Mortar Vacancies Rates at 7 Year Highs

The malls of yesterday are no longer the same. Perennial anchors such as Sears, Lord & Taylor and J. Crew are vanishing. The Q3 vacancy rate in enclosed regional malls jumped to 9.1%, the highest rate since Q4 2011, according to real estate research firm Reis in a study released Wednesday, October 4th. As one would expect, the rental rates ...

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