Politics & Government

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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Amazon and Big Tech Face Anti-Trust Hearings

Determining whether a company exerted monopolistic power use to be much simpler. In broad terms it was essentially based upon the welfare of the consumer, meaning that if prices were low and favorable, the company was not considered a monopoly. The crux of the argument was really about price. Monopolies can be considered an extreme result of free-market capitalism in the absence of ...

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The *Real* Chinese Threat: Trump Tariffs Address Decades of IP Theft

If there has been one Trump administration policy that fellow Republicans at large have been unabashed about loudly questioning, it’s the populist president’s crusade for what he describes as “fair trade” in the form of tariffs on a myriad of imports from countries purported to be killing US exports with their own trade barriers and policies. It’s certainly not a ...

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Consumers, the Fed, and the President

It has been an interesting week in terms of economic news. The economic reports have included information about consumers, the Fed Open Market Committee and the President. Coming in to the week, the Fed meeting was expected to be the highlight of the economic calendar and it didn’t disappoint—even though it did just what everyone expected. Before we get to ...

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The Moral and Economic Woes of Sweden Widen

One could take a look at the recent economic figures released in Sweden and be convinced that the economy is on sound footing. Swedish GDP increased by 1 percent quarter-on-quarter in the three months up to June, according to data from Statistics Sweden, twice the pace analysts in a Thomson Reuters’ survey expected and the largest increase in a year. ...

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Proven Political Bias in High Tech – The White House Considers Executive Action

If you’ve been keeping up with the current buzz, regardless of partisan loyalties, you’ve undoubtedly noted at the forefront a barrage of questionable policies and leaked communications from Silicon Valley juggernauts like Facebook and Google. Be it Facebook packaging and selling customer data en masse to political buyers or the Alphabet Corporation’s Google executive’s considering search engine censorship on company ...

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My Theory on the Trade Tensions and the Midterm Elections

Over the last couple of weeks, I have read several articles about the midterm elections and how they might impact the stock market. I have also been asked by friends what I thought would happen if the Democrats take control of Congress. I have seen articles that argue that if the Democrats take control of the House, it will increase ...

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Bernie Sanders Takes Aim at King of Capitalism: Amazon

As the 2020 rumor mills again circulate the likely presidential run of socialist Bernie Sanders, he takes a big step to solidify his comrades with attacking the pinnacle of capitalism; Amazon. Will wonders never cease? The fiefdom of college students and other “safe space” lemmings will again be out in droves to support free college, free healthcare, free condoms, etc. ...

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