Author Archives: John Thomas

Protectionism in the American Auto Industry

President Donald J. Trump didn’t wait long to act on his campaign rhetoric moments after being sworn in as the country’s 45th president of the U.S., by reiterating his intent to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership and that he will renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. In an attempt to keep auto manufacturing jobs in the U.S., President Trump ...

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How the Chinese Obtain our Tech Secrets

An interesting dichotomy has surfaced of late in regard to how our world-dominant technology sector has been infiltrated by, among others, China. Both willingly and unwillingly on our part. Let us begin by examining how this intellectual property transfer/theft is ostensibly given to the Chinese by American corporations looking to tap a new market of 1.4 billion consumers. What is ...

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Manufacturing Jobs Hit 3 Year High

“The job market is rip-roaring,” says Mark Zandi, Moody’s Analytics’ chief economist. The economic report released by ADP and Moody’s Analytics on April 4, 2018, beat analyst expectations for manufacturing job growth for the month of March.  Private sector payrolls were anticipated to increase by 205,000, but rose a whopping 241,000, the largest single month increase in 3 years. In ...

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The Ali-Frasier Battle of Tariff Heavyweights: China versus the U.S.

The U.S. landed the first punch in what is now a heavyweight title bout with China over trade tariffs. President Trump unleashed $50 billion of tariffs on Chinese goods to begin round one, and finished with accusations of the Chinese theft of intellectual property from U.S. companies. The Chinese government counterpunched by striking the U.S. with tariffs on about $3 ...

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While Tech Stocks Drop, Bonds may be Real Problem

We’ve seen this movie before. Blockbuster Amazon, starring Jeff Bezos and his then yet to be profitable company, perhaps rescued from insolvency by the credit market. This epic saga co-stars convertible bonds, which won an academy award for financial solvency. Despite Amazon alone losing $53 billion in market value of late, FAANG’s largest loser, it is the bond market that ...

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Volatility Returns to Markets after Long Hiatus

The shoe that is volatility has dropped on a different foot in 2018. Investors had rarely seen a market like that of 2017, where returns were so abundant, and volatility was at its lowest levels in over half a century. An obscure financial tool that was reserved primarily for professional traders, has become a household name at the likes of ...

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Why the U.S. Economy Will Stay Strong

Fear and extreme volatility have swung into the marketplace of late. President Trump is at the crux of several major issues, including tariffs and political drama in Washington.  However, if consumer sentiment is any indicator, short-term financial growth will remain strong in the short term, as shown in the latest University of Michigan economic survey: A couple of things to ...

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Who is John Bolton?

There will be a changing of the guard on April 9, as former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton replaces Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as President Trump’s new national security advisor. Bolton is a native of Baltimore, MD and attended Yale University, where he received both his undergraduate and juris doctorate degrees. While many recognize Bolton as a commentator ...

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Only Time Will Tell if Trade Tariffs ‘MAGA’

For better or worse, President Trump has taken another step to “Make America Great Again.” Trump has given the green light to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to levy tariffs on at least $50 billion in Chinese imports. A specific list of who and what will be targeted will be unveiled in the upcoming days.  As a result, Chinese President ...

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