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Russia Dismissing Dollar after U.S. Imposed Sanctions

Recent U.S. sanctions against Russia for, among other things, its actions in the Ukraine, have led President Putin to attempt to downplay the role of the dollar in the domestic Russian economy. While on the surface it may not seem significant that the Treasury Department announced sanctions against two individuals and one entity for “serious human rights abuses” and sanctions ...

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I Wouldn’t Look for Oil to Move Too Much Lower

One of the big stories in the investment world over the last week or so has been the sharp decline in oil prices. The commodity has seen prices fall for 12 straight days and that is longest losing streak ever. There is also a weekly losing streak of six straight weeks, but that isn’t a record. While the financial news ...

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Japan Opening Immigration Doors to Confront Labor Shortage

The Japanese economy is a microcosm of immigration and labor shortages that are hindering our own economic growth in the United States. With U.S. unemployment at a point that is believed to be normalized, the ability to obtain skilled labor is difficult to find, especially for small businesses. This is a moderation of epic proportions for the Japanese, who possess ...

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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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Mandated Wage Increases Doom 40 Percent of Venezuelan Businesses

Another day, another terrible economic woe befalls the people of Venezuela at the hands of the Maduro regime. The latest in failed attempts to reduce starvation and utter poverty were to increase the minimum salary by nearly 3,500 percent in one fell swoop, according to the National Council of Commerce and Services of Venezuela. The strong-arm tactics of President Nicolas ...

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U.S. China Trade War Real or Rhetoric

The power play of threats and media coverage is on again in the U.S v. China trade war, pitting the world’s two largest economies against each other. Each nation has thrown out financial tariff numbers and has made return volleys. Experts speak all day-every day on how this will affect everything from sliced bread to nuclear missiles. The latest back-and-forth ...

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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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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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