Politics & Government

The Economy vs. Stay-at-Home Guidelines

Many people – especially the medical world – are happier now that President Trump has extended the stay-at-home guidelines. The travel restrictions have been extended until April 30 – just under one month away. As before, gatherings should be limited to 10 people and older people should stay home. It certainly will have a large economic impact on a lot ...

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Oil Prices Rise on Hopes of Reduced Output

President Trump announced today that he had talked with Putin and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia and said that they agreed to cut back on oil production. Both of them consented to a reduction of a 10-million barrel cut per day. This amount of oil is equal to 10 percent of the global supply. The cuts could go as ...

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A Regulatory Break for Ethanol

Earlier this week, the EPA decided against pursuing an appeal of a federal court decision that curtailed the ability of the EPA to grant exemptions to oil refineries regarding legislatively mandated amounts of ethanol to be included in their refined products.  Rather, the EPA is expected to follow the ruling of the 10th Circuit nationwide.  This should provide some needed ...

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The Economic Stimulus Package Has Passed in the Senate

Once again, the stock market has continued to move upward. The key factor was the completion of the $2 trillion economic stimulus package in the Senate. The next step is for it to go to the House for their approval, where it is expected to be quickly passed. President Trump has already said that he will sign it. The Distribution ...

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Hand Sanitizer as Industrial Lemonade

When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.  Globally, companies in the alcoholic beverage, perfume and ethanol industries have taken this aphorism to heart by swiftly moving into the market for hand sanitizers. Pernod Ricard (the maker of Jameson Whiskey and Absolut Vodka), LVMH (the maker of Christian Dior and Louis Vitton perfumes, among other things), and Aemetis Advanced Fuels Keyes ...

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All of a Sudden Share Buybacks are Bad?

When the Trump Administration was able to get the tax reform bill passed in late 2017, one of the key components of the bill that was supposed to help boost the domestic economy was the clause that allowed corporations a one-time opportunity to bring money back from overseas with a significantly reduced penalty. Personally, I wrote several articles regarding the ...

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Markets Surge, but the Picture is Mixed for Tuesday

The stock market continues to act like the weather – good one day and bad the next – unpredictable. It continues to defy prediction and even great news has little lasting effect. At least, there is still some hope left. Hopes seem to have been buoyed by President Trump’s statement that we cannot stay closed forever, and that we don’t ...

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COVID-19: How to Social Distance (now a verb)

“Social distancing” is a public health strategy that helps populations slow the transmission of contagious diseases. As the coronavirus continues to spread throughout the United States, authorities have urged communities to suspend school and cancel large events. Individuals are urged to stay at least six feet from others when moving through public spaces. Authorities recommend stocking up on food, water, ...

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