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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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India and the Internet Billionaire

Statistically speaking, with over 460 million internet users, India is the second largest online market, ranked only behind China. By 2021, it is estimated there will be about 635.8 million internet users in India. Despite the large base of internet users in India, only 26 percent of the Indian population accesses the internet. This could be about to change, if ...

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Japan: The Forgotten Asian Market

Over the past year, investors have had plenty to distract them from actual market news. You have the ongoing trade disputes between the U.S. and China, the U.S. and the European Union, and the U.S. and its NAFTA partners. There have also been meetings between the U.S. and North Korea and between North Korea and South Korea. There is the ...

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Global Stocks Shake Off Escalating Trade Dispute

The U.S. and China have traded their latest barbs in the trade dispute with President Trump announcing new tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods and China firing back with new tariffs on $60 billion in U.S. goods. But global equity markets shrugged off the latest round of tariffs with indices around the globe moving higher. This suggests that either ...

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Emerging Markets Falling like Dominoes

In the never-ending desire for an increased rate of return, investors will follow the money trail around the globe to catch the rising stars before they nova out. The celestial reference may be more of a supernova perhaps, as there is nowhere left to hide for these nations whose currency is falling, inflation is rising, and GDP is in levels ...

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Argentina is in a State of Emergency

While the list of countries with overdue loans to the IMF is long, noting that almost all of those loans were issued in times of war. Defaulting on loans to the IMF is unheard of. Argentina is the latest in the list of fiscal losers to come to the IMF for help. Harsh rhetoric, but unlike the others on the ...

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Italy and the EU on Deficit Collision Course

One wonders why this is an issue, when nations of the European Union freely gave up sovereign control of their fiscal affairs. Does it come as any surprise that a nation would want to put the well-being of its people before the politics of a coalition? That is exactly what is happening in Italy at this moment. The leaders of ...

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