Author Archives: John Thomas

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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Trump’s Booming Economy: Retail Sales up, Unemployment Rates Down

In the month of May, the retail sales spiked to $502 billion, a .8 percent increase from the month before, according to the Commerce Department. May’s retail sales beat expectations. Economists polled by Reuters predicted that retail sales would increase by .4 percent in May. The Commerce Department also said that April’s retail sales were revised from the .2 percent ...

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FED Under Pressure to Balance the Economy

There have been only two times in the last 50 years that unemployment has gone below its current level at 3.8 percent. In the late 1960’s and for a month in 2000. The latter was a blip due largely to the dot com bubble bust. The 1960’s led to over a decade of soaring inflation, culminating with the stagflation of ...

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Drain the Cesspools of Tenured Academia

The demands on a tenured professor are rough. Four or five hours of coursework a week, a modicum of office hours, and well, thoughts about it. One finds the professor often bitter over the lower salaries they garner in the “Ivory tower” compared to those of their real-world brethren. Ah, tenure, intended to ensure that faculty aren’t penalized for having ...

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Economics and Americans Migrating Less

According to the latest information published by the U.S. Census Bureau the percentage of people that move every year equates to 14 percent of the population, or roughly 40 million people. There are various reasons why people move each year; jobs, family, retirement, etc. Migration patterns can be of interest as it relates to business and economics. Everything from real ...

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