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What is a yield curve?

 

              There has been a lot of talk recently in the business and economic media about the “inverted yield curve” and what it means with respect to economic conditions.  This post will try to explain what a yield curve is for those of you who aren’t finance majors.

              Consumers, companies and governments all borrow money, lots of it.  Car loans, credit cards, mortgages, CD’s and bonds are all forms…

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Challenges Faced from Automation

This article dives into a new report done by the Economist Intelligence Unit, and discusses how the changing landscape of business, specifically automation, digitization, and new trade operations, are creating challenges for businesses. To me, the one that is going to have the biggest impact on global trade is automation. As technology advances to lengths many people once did not see possible, it is able to work alone on specific tasks and completely eliminate the need for humans from…

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       Within the Bloomberg articled titled "Trade War Has Intel Reviewing Global Supply Chain, CEO Says" we get an insight into the mind of a CEO of a major Tech company especially in these current economic times. The article begins by speaking to the fact that Intel along with many international corporations have been forced to review many of their business decsions including their supply chain due to the ongoing Trade War between the United States and China.…

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Wirecard and Doka!

On June 5th, 2019, PR Newswire published to Yahoo Finance an article titled, “Wirecard Supports the Digitalization of Leading Construction Company Doka.” This article addresses the company Doka, which is part of the Umdasch Group, which is one of the most leading formwork companies which has successfully implanted its internationalization strategy with the help of Wirecard. Doka’s’ headquarters are located in Austria and over time, this online…

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U.S./China Trade Relations

            An article from Bloomberg titled, “Forced or Not? Why U.S. Says China Steals Technology” discusses how China’s technology laws and trading secrets have been in question in the past, leading to a doubtful future. The article explains when China entered the WTO, the current laws they had were not strictly enforced or fine-tuned. Although the passing of new laws has been completed quickly, it still raises doubt that the new laws will be enforced.

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Trade Wars in the Digital Economy

The article “Trade Wars are Growing Over the Digital Economy – and Developing Countries are Shaping the Agenda” published by Christopher Foster And Shamel Azmeh on PHYS.org summarizes the current, shifting state of the digital economy. As a result of digitization, global companies and firms in all sectors of the economy are now incorporating E-commerce, E-trade, AI, and cloud computing services into their business models, and the leading global companies in today’s economic environment are…

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            On May 31, 2019, The New York Times published an article by David Streitfeld and Don Clark entitled “As China Takes Aim, Silicon Valley Braces for Pain.” Last week, China released a statement regarding the creation of an “unreliable entities list.” This comes in retaliation against the United States “for denying important technology to Chinese companies” (Streitfeld & Clark, 2019). While no specific companies were named, the fear of the derailing relationship between the two…

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Sea to Sea: Trekking the Israeli Highlands

When people hear the word Israel, it is natural for many to have this image of a barren desert with little shrubbery. After all, is this not the land where Jesus famously wandered the desert? If you look at a satellite image of the Middle East, it looks almost all yellow and brown, contrasting against the lush green of neighboring Europe and Central Asia.  Well, as often is the case, that perception of a barren…

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Who Does the President Listen To?

By Donald (Donnie) Willyard

Earlier this year, President Donald J. Trump’s personal schedule was leaked to media which has revealed exactly how much “Executive Time” the Nation’s Chief Executive is taking at the White House. Now while to some this may seem a non-story, this is in-fact a case study of any behavioral economist looking for “Confirmation Bias.”

               In the leaked schedule, President Trump routinely has five hours of…

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No.

 

Earlier this week, 26-year old third baseman Manny Machado signed with the San Diego Padres for a record breaking 10-year $300M contract, which has been months in the making. He, along with 26-year-old outfielder Bryce Harper, have been talking with teams since October about acquiring his services for sky high amounts. Harper will likely sign in the coming weeks to a similar, albeit more expensive, contract as spring training begins around Major League Baseball. These two…

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Montevideo 101

Over winter break, I headed south to try and find some warmer temps. Most of my trip was spent in Patagonia, but that's for another post. Before heading to the end of the planet, I wanted to visit Uruguay. Uruguay has been on my list for many years, primarily as a professional curiosity. The Economist magazine named the small South American nation "Country of the Year" in 2013, an award given to the country that has shown the most progress in the last 12 months. From 2010 to 2015 it was run…

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How come it’s never a nice and straightforward slam dunk? To predict the superbowl winner. As it turns out the expected scores for this one are barely different.  And what little separation exists appeared only because I added a little touch of (sensible) ad hoc juice. 

The FULL New Haven Economics prediction model says: Patriots 33 – Rams 32. …

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An October 2018 article from the Motley Fool questions the integrity of the online retail giant Amazon, claiming it to be a monopolist in the market. We examine statements from its author, Adam Levine-Weinberg, and contrast them to historic and current antitrust policy. This paper suggests the findings of Adam Weinberg and the Motley Fool are flawed; Amazon is not a monopoly.

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Debates over the balance of power between U.S. state governments and the U.S. Federal government have been long-standing and on-going since the nation was established. Moreso, the debate is feverish within the court system over the issue of dual sovereignty and its similarities with double jeopardy as it relates to state and Federal court system. This paper examines the economic impact of the dual sovereign's clause on crime.…

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Update 01/30/2019: As we may know by now,  last Friday the Trump administration and House leader Nancy Pelosi struck a 'deal' that would open up the government through the 15th of February. This resulting impact of this deal is Trump conceding entirely to Pelosi after she held firm on revoking the SoTU speech in the House chambers. It is clear that Trump's expected value's on another tree were greater than holding - something we mentioned when we stated that…

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According to a Bloomberg article, investors can get a lot more from safe, liquid securities than from the S&P 500 Index adjusted for volatility. This is all due to a statement from JPMorgan Asset Management. “Cash isn’t only a safe place to invest, it now offers a better risk-adjusted return than equities.” The firm had a multi-asset strategy team, with $260 billion under management. This upgraded its recommendation on U.S. cash to overweight for 2019. John…

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Apple is experimenting with iPhone marketing strategies. Apple had aggressive trade-in offers that have temporarily reduced the cost of some of its latest iPhones. This is a rare step for a company that’s been raising device prices in recent years to lift revenue and profit. Apple is working on several new products and services. These include: an augmented-reality headset, driverless car technology, and digital offerings like original video. Analysts are…

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INF Treaty

Written by Brynn Slicer and Rebecca Satzberg.

The United States has accused Russia of violating the Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty and is threatening to withdraw from the treaty. NATO has also supported the accusations and is asking Russia to immediately stop and follow the treaty again. Russia has denied their breach of treaty, but this is not the first time they have been accused. In 2014 President Obama also accused Russia of violating after Russia allegedly tested a ground-launched…

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