In today’s world, talk of tariffs is part of daily news headlines. Politicians use terms like “free” and “fair” almost interchangeably in discussing trade to justify their position for or against tariffs. Maybe it’s time to review the difference between the two concepts.
Last week’s spur of the moment announcement by President Trump that he plans to implement a 25% tariff on steel and 10% on aluminum imports sent the world into a tail-spin. This week, the world fired back and everyone from the Republican Party to the European Union is threatening dire consequences if the President follows through with his proposal.
The markets are in a funk. Concern that Trump’s tax cut will be too much, too late, has investors riled up. But there may be a flip side to this argument that bears watching.
If you were watching television this Thursday, you may have caught the launching of a low-orbit Spanish government-commissioned satellite launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The difference between today and 25 years ago is that it was a private company called Space X, rather than NASA, that made it happen. For old guys like me, space exploration was a big deal while growing up. Americans my age cheered and cried as the U.S. raced for space from the tragic death of the crew of Apollo One in 1967, to the first moon walk in 1969 (and no, I…
Earlier this week, three of the country’s most influential corporate titans sounded a call to battle. Given the inaction of our government, these modern-day musketeers are preparing to storm the battlements of sky-rocketing health care costs.
It is the guiding principle behind the Trump Administration, but to “Make America Great Again” the U.S. may have to break some eggs. Are you ready for that?
The deadline looms. There is no deal in sight. Various political factions are jockeying to get their demands met. It is all part of an annual compromise to fund the government for another year. So what else is new?
One no longer needs to imagine a post-apocalyptic world where humans are hunted into extinction by intelligent robots. While a shooting war may not break out between the two sides before 2030, a new study by the McKinsey Global Institute indicates that as many as 375 million human workers will be replaced by automation.
As we approach the end of the year, most investors are both dumb-founded and pleased at the stock market’s performance. President Trump and his followers would like us to believe it is all because of them. Hog wash.
We are about half way through President Trump’s twelve day visit to Asia. The main event, another meeting between Trump and President Xi Jinping, underscores the importance of how both nations view China-U.S. relations.
Over the weekend, the government of Saudi Arabia announced multiple arrests of royal family members as well as other governmental officials. The official explanation was a new campaign to root out corruption, but many believe the raid was a power grab by the reigning Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Employers have had it all their own way for a decade or more. They have been able to freeze wages, cut benefits, force overtime and even deny vacations with impunity. Now, for many, it’s time to pay the piper. There is a saying, “what goes around, comes around,” which means in this case that if you have spent years abusing your employees, the first company that offers them even the slightest uptick in benefits or salary will pick off your best workers in the time it takes to sign on the dotted line. I can walk into a company…
Over the past four weeks, just two hurricanes have cost the country upwards of $300 billion. This has easily surpassed the 2005 hurricane cost of $200 billion, which included Katrina, Wilma and Rita combined. The cumulative cost of weather continues to escalate and with good reason.
Extreme weather and other climate disasters appear to be occurring far more frequently than we would like. The loss of life and economic damage also seem to be increasing. But does the data support those opinions, and if it does, what price do we pay for all of these perfect storms?
Amid hurricanes, floods and missiles, President Trump is trying to ramp up public support for a massive overhaul of the American tax system. However, it is not the public that needs convincing, it is Congress.
Inventory, inventory, inventory! They say there’s not enough to fill buyers’ demand. As a result, prices continue to soar, and as they do, the numbers of new sales flatten out. How long will this continue?