Politics & Government

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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The Fed is in a No-Win Situation

When the Fed raised rates on Wednesday and changed its outlook to include two more rate hikes for 2018, the decision was met with some concern. The market sold off after the decision and statement as investors feared the rate hikes could be too much and the possibility that the action would cause the yield curve to invert. While those ...

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HORIST: Post-,Pre-summits Reports

First, let’s look at what happened – and did not happen – in Quebec.  The failure of the summit was foreshadowed by three events – although the media could only see two. The most significant event was President Trump’s announcement of planned tariffs on a number of nations that are traditionally thought of as allies – and they are.  On ...

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Trump Trade Policies Creating Stronger Alliances Overseas and Weakening Some Domestically

President Trump has continued his goal of reshaping international trade agreements and he has stepped up his proposed tariffs in order to get cooperation from other countries. The most recent targets have been some of America’s biggest allies—Canada, Mexico and the European Union. The Trump plan does seem to be creating some cooperation abroad, but not cooperation with the U.S., ...

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Trump Administration Continues to Hammer China and Others

The Trump administration continues to hammer China and other countries with tariffs or at least the threat of tariffs. At this point there are three fronts where the President has focused his efforts to change trade: NAFTA, China and Steel. The newest tariffs were announced on Tuesday and they were aimed at China. Specifically on Chinese technology and they could ...

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HORIST: Will Democrats snatch disaster from the jaws of defeat?

It is only natural that we should be focusing on the November election.  For the past five months, there has been lots of talk about the “blue wave” that is going to hand over the U.S. House of Representatives to the Democrats – and maybe even the Senate. Until recently, the Democrats and their friendly pundits were predicting such an ...

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Trade War Truce Just What the Doctor Ordered

So far in 2018, the choppy up and down moves have been based on one thing: President Trump’s tweets about trade issues with China. After an announcement was made on Sunday that the two parties are agreeing to a truce in the trade wars, U.S. and Chinese stocks jumped sharply higher. The details of the agreement still have to be ...

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HORIST: Does Trump negotiate WITH or LIKE the Asians?

There is a great difference between negotiating WITH Asians and negotiating LIKE Asians. In dealing with both China and North Korea, Trump maybe using the Asian approach to maximum advantage.  It is a distinction worthy of exploring. Having been involved in scores of negotiations with the Chinese – government and business leaders, as well as street vendors – I think I ...

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