Tariffs On China Do Not Solve Lack Of US Competitiveness

Authored by Tom Luongo, I’ve been making arguments for months that Donald Trump’s trade war with China is the height of stupidity. While Trump has the power to do what he’s been doing – sanctioning actors and applying tariffs – some power is best left not used. The simple fact is that America is uncompetitive. […]

Renault and Fiat Chrysler Set to Announce a Global Partnership

Fiat Chrysler and Renault were deep in talks on Sunday about a global partnership agreement that could ultimately lead to a full-blown merger, according to three people with knowledge of the companies’ talks. The negotiations remained fluid on Sunday, with a range of outcomes possible. Both sides were hoping to announce an agreement on Monday […]

Teva Pharm to pay Oklahoma $85 million to settle opioid claims

BOSTON/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Teva Pharmaceutical Industries said on Sunday it had agreed an $85 million settlement with the state of Oklahoma days before the company was set to face trial over allegations that it and other drugmakers helped to fuel the U.S. opioid epidemic. A man walks past the logo of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries at […]

“Intervention” Is Coming…

Authored by Sven Henrich via NorthmanTrader.com, Sorry no weekend video this weekend, instead I just wanted to offer some commentary on some of the macro charts I recently posted on twitter. The larger message of all of these charts: Intervention is ultimately coming be it in the form of rate cuts and/or QE. It’s just […]

Guest Contribution: “The Trade War Resumes “

Today, we present a guest post written by Jeffrey Frankel, Harpel Professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and formerly a member of the White House Council of Economic Advisers. A shorter version appeared in Project Syndicate on May 23rd. Donald Trump on May 5 suddenly revealed that a trade agreement with China was not […]

First Opioid Trial Takes Aim at J & J

Did the people who brought you baby powder and baby shampoo also bring you the opioid crisis? That will be the question before an Oklahoma judge starting Tuesday, as the first civil trial takes off on the long, nationwide runway of trials against prescription opioid manufacturers, distributors and sellers. Oklahoma is squaring off against Johnson […]

How Democrats Are, and Aren’t, Challenging the Trump Economic Record

ImageSenator Elizabeth Warren campaigning last weekend in New Hampshire. The overall economic numbers “don’t reflect the experience of most Americans,” she said. CreditRobert F. Bukaty/Associated Press NASHUA, N.H. — Ask Democratic candidates for president how they would challenge President Trump’s boasts about the economy, and the initial response tends to be less an attack than a […]

President Xi Invites World To Join China In Building New Internet

Along with the cookouts and beautiful Memorial Day Weekend weather, President Trump offered plenty of distractions for any Americans still tuned into their news feeds – from photos of his golf outing with Shinzo Abe to his presentation of the ‘first-ever’ US President’s Cup. 令和初の国賓としてお迎えしたトランプ大統領と千葉でゴルフです。新しい令和の時代も日米同盟をさらに揺るぎないものとしていきたいと考えています。 pic.twitter.com/8ol8790xWY — 安倍晋三 (@AbeShinzo) May 26, 2019 Tonight in Tokyo, […]

Carmakers FCA and Renault to go public on tie-up talks

MILAN/PARIS (Reuters) – Fiat Chrysler and Renault are set to confirm tie-up talks on Monday, with the board of the French carmaker called to an early morning meeting to discuss the situation. FILE PHOTO: The logo of FIAT carmaker is seen on a steering wheel in Cairo, Egypt, May 19, 2019. Picture taken May 19, […]

Belgian Yellow Vests Clash With Riot Police On Election Day, Tear Gas Deployed

Yellow Vest protesters and other activist groups clashed with police in Brussels on Sunday, the final day of voting in EU and domestic elections.  Footage shows multiple scuffles between protesters and riot police, prompting the deployment of tear gas and batons. Protesters at Brussels Nord Station chanted “everyone hates the police,” as a helicopter hovered overhead. #Acte28.b […]

Sunday links: a never-ending game

Registration for the first of its kind Wealth/Stack Conference on September 8-10th, 2019 at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort in Arizona is now open! Use this link to get an exclusive discount so you can check out how advisors are bridging the gap between technology, investment management and practice management. Quote of the Day “Trying to […]

Heavy Fighting Rips Through Tripoli As Libya's Gen. Haftar Renews Offensive

After few week lull in Gen. Khalifa Haftar’s Libya National Army (LNA) advance on Tripoli, fighting has once again ripped through the Libyan capital city, in an ongoing renewed civil war between parallel governments in east and west of the country which has now killed over 500 and pushed 75,000 out of their homes, and has again […]

The Bulls Continue To Bet On The Fed

Authored by Lance Roberts via RealInvestmentAdvice.com, Over the last several weeks, we have been discussing the potential for a market correction simply due to divergences in the technical indicators which suggested near-term market risk outweighed the reward. As is generally the case, bonds have been warning the bullish bias of equity investors was likely misplaced. […]

When People Doubt You, Just Keep On Winning

After 10 years of grinding away, one of my friends sold his business for $73 million at age 32. It was a bootstrapped business, so he ended up getting over 80% of the gross proceeds. Can you imagine? Wow. When I asked him what he did with his newfound riches, he said he took a […]

Fiat Chrysler's Italian headaches show challenges of global tie-up

TURIN, Italy/LONDON (Reuters) – Fiat Chrysler has been angling for a combination with another automaker for years, and its latest attempt – for a global tie-up with France’s Renault – could address some of the main weaknesses of both companies, sources say. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) workers exit the Mirafiori plant in Turin, Italy May […]

Chinese State Reporters Caught “Snooping Around” NATO Base, Germany Investigates

Journalists representing China’s main state media outlet are in hot water after they were seen filming NATO military equipment and asking probing questions of German soldiers about their daily routines and military jobs.  The incident has threatened to alight fresh controversy related to European and US suspicious of aggressive global spying tactics by Beijing, not […]

Bias against indigenous Americans?

We conducted a resume correspondence experiment to measure discrimination in hiring faced by Indigenous Peoples in the United States (Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians). We sent employers realistic 13,516 resumes for common jobs (retail sales, kitchen staff, server, janitor, and security) in 11 cities and compared callback rates. We signaled Indigenous status in […]

Why Trade Shows Are Still Important

Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin If someone tells you trade shows are yesterday’s news, they are making a gross miscalculation. There are no bad marketing strategies. Everyone is unique, and everyone needs a mix that works for them. “All you need is online marketing” is one of the world’s three great […]

Viral Markets in Everything

The Persistence of Chaos is an Airgapped Samsung 10.2-Inch Blue Netbook (2008) that is running Windows XP SP3 and 6 pieces of malware that collectively caused some $95 billion in damages. One of the worms trapped on the computer, for example, is: SoBig SoBig was a worm and trojan that circulated through emails as viral […]

We tried that before and it didn’t work!

We tried it once. Does that mean we can never try it again? Photo by Becky McCray. Guest Post by Paula Jensen When was the last time you heard someone say, “We tried that before and it didn’t work!”  In my early days as a local leader those words spoken by an experienced leader often […]

Links 5/26/19

SpaceX just launched 60 satellites for its Starlink Constellation. Internet service providers should be very worried. Universe Today (a Starlink “satellite train”). So much for astronomy? Wow these 60 Starlink @spacex satellites are going to be bad for astronomy. They just flew over Brighton, looking like a train of satellites covering 25 degrees (outstretched hand) […]

The Electric Vehicle Revolution Will Come from China — not the US

By Jack Barkenbus, Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Energy & Environment, Vanderbilt University. Cross-posted from Alternet. The electric vehicle revolution is coming, but it won’t be driven by the U.S. Instead, China will be at the forefront. My research on EVs, dating back a decade, convinces me that this global transformation in mobility, from […]

National Security Motivations for Protection, and Agricultural Policy Determinants

Given recent developments in the use of Section 232 in steel, aluminum, possibly uranium and automobiles, as well as the increasingly expensive bailouts of the ag sector, it behooves us to see some earlier perspectives on the use of such protectionist and interventionist measures, as provided by Peter Navarro. From Peter Navarro, The Policy Game (Wiley, 1984), p.82, […]

the research puzzle

the research puzzlemind the gapswatching youa chemistry is performeddear prudencethe dangers of maximizationbest and brightestquant questions http://researchpuzzle.com/blog a blog by tom brakke Thu, 23 May 2019 14:54:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 http://researchpuzzle.com/blog/2019/05/23/mind-the-gaps/ http://researchpuzzle.com/blog/2019/05/23/mind-the-gaps/#comments Thu, 23 May 2019 14:54:02 +0000 tom brakke http://researchpuzzle.com/blog/?p=4355 According to Wikipedia, “mind the gap” is “an audible or visual warning […]

Yes there has been an American male culture collapse

During the last 50 years, the earnings of prime-age men in the United States have stagnated and dispersed across the education distribution. At the same time, the labor-force participation rates of men without a college education have steadily declined. While wage and participation trends are often linked for this population, we have argued that this […]

Shielding The World From US Chaos Is No Easy Task

Authored by Federico Pieraccini via The Strategic Culture Foundation, Donald Trump’s foreign policy relies heavily on putting to use to the tools available to the Empire: economic terrorism, threats of war, diplomatic pressure, trade wars, etc. But in resorting to tried-and-true imperialism, it is isolating itself internationally from traditional allies and raising tensions on the global chessboard to an unprecedented level. […]

Visualizing How Much Oil Is In An Electric Vehicle?

When most people think about oil and natural gas, the first thing that comes to mind is the gas in the tank of their car. But, as Visual Capitalist’s Nicholas LePan notes, there is actually much more to oil’s role, than meets the eye… Oil, along with natural gas, has hundreds of different uses in […]

Watch: DHL Launches First Fully-Automated Drone Delivery Service In China

DHL Express, an international courier, and Ehang, a Chinese company focused on producing intelligent autonomous aerial vehicles, have entered into a partnership to solve the last-mile delivery challenges in metropolitan areas across China, read a DHL press release. A lunch ceremony of the new drone delivery service was held last Thursday (May 16) at the […]

Doug Casey: “This Is Going To Be One For The Record Books”

Authored by Doug Casey via InternationalMan.com, Just because society experiences turmoil doesn’t mean your personal life has to. And a depression doesn’t have to be depressing. Most of the real wealth in the world will still exist – it will just change ownership. What is a depression? We’re now at the tail end of a […]

Three Charts Show Millennials Are Nowhere Close In Buying A Home

After decades of unrestricted money printing, debt accumulation, and financial bubbles, millennials are still hibernating in their parents’ basements. The Federal Reserver’s prolonged quantitative easing, now more recently quantitative tightening, has inflated home prices that have recently peaked. To avoid an extended housing decline, millennial first-time homebuyers will be needed to shore up bids, but […]

“Drop Gold” Myths: A Naturalist Exposition Of Gold's Manifest Superiority To Bitcoin As Money

Authored by Roy Sebag via GoldMoney.com, Introduction The purpose of this paper is to formally address public statements and representations made by Grayscale Investments, LLC (“Grayscale”) and its principal, Barry Silbert, beginning on or about May 1, 2019, through an advertorial campaign entitled: “DropGold,” which was ostensibly designed to educate precious metal investors on the relative advantages […]

San Francisco Police Chief Apologizes for Raid of Journalist’s Home

The chief of the San Francisco Police Department apologized on Friday for a police raid at the home of a Bay Area freelance journalist in an effort to discover his confidential sources. “I’m sorry that this happened,” the chief, William Scott, told The San Francisco Chronicle. “I’m sorry to the people of San Francisco. I’m […]

Latest Gillette Ad Features Dad Teaching Transgender Son To Shave For The First Time

Months after releasing an ad shaming all men for being ‘toxic’ pigs (while curiously cutting out a scene from the original ad featuring a booty-grabbing fake rap video), Gillette wants female-to-male trans individuals to know that once those hormones kick in, they’ve got your shaving needs covered.  Their new advertisement features the moment a loving dad teaches his […]

Global Elites Started The Russia Nonsense

Authored by Thomas Farnan via Human Events, Attorney General William Barr has turned the attention of the Russia probe to its origin.  Who started this and why?  The answer, as in all the best crime dramas, is probably hiding in plain sight. On August 11, 2018, I wrote: The British aristocracy has a condescending view of […]

Fiat Chrysler in tie-up talks with Renault: sources

MILAN/PARIS (Reuters) – Fiat Chrysler and Renault are in talks on a comprehensive global tie-up that could address some of the main weaknesses of both carmakers, two sources with knowledge of the discussions told Reuters on Saturday. FILE PHOTO: A Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) sign is seen at its U.S. headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan, […]

How To Avoid Medical Debt If You're Self-Employed

People across the economic spectrum are struggling to pay their medical bills today. A recent survey by the Commonwealth Fund found that 41% of Americans have problems with medical bills or problems paying off medical debt. The situation is often especially challenging for freelancers with unsteady income. It can be hard to keep pace with medical […]

Fiat Chrysler and Renault in Talks on Possible Alliance

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and the French carmaker Renault are holding discussions about a possible alliance aimed at strengthening both companies’ competitiveness in Europe and other parts of the world, a person familiar with the matter said on Saturday. The talks are still in early stages and could still collapse, but they come amid significant technological […]

Facebook Bans CrossFit Group For Advocating Low-Carb, High-Fat Diets

Authored by Timothy Meads via Townhall.com, As conservatives warn of the dangers of Silicon Valley’s left-wing monopoly on political speech, one fitness and self-improvement company has jumped into the fray to discuss free speech on social media. Crossfit, the high-intensity gym program, released a statement this past Thursday slamming Facebook for the unexplained removal of its content […]

The Week in Business: Farmers Get a Bailout, and Trump Heads to Japan

Want this column in your inbox? Sign up here. Hello! Tariffs don’t observe long weekends, but at least markets around the world will get a break from their two-week slump for Memorial Day and a bank holiday in Britain. Here’s what else you need to know in business and tech news. MAY 19-25 What’s Up? […]

Terminator: Dark Fate (teaser trailer)

Welcome to the day after Judgment Day. Producer James Cameron returns with director Tim Miller for Terminator: Dark Fate. In theaters 11.1.19 Terminator: Dark Fate[embedded content] Linda Hamilton (“Sarah Connor”) and Arnold Schwarzenegger (“T-800”) return in their iconic roles in Terminator: Dark Fate, directed by Tim Miller (Deadpool) and produced by visionary filmmaker James Cameron […]

10 Key Steps To Building A Great Small Business Website

By Allison Bowlus Whether you are a freelance photographer, own a hardware store, or have another type of small business, a great website is essential for your company’s success. As a webmaster who has worked on building or marketing over 100 small business websites, I know what it takes to create great and engaging business […]

Why Focus Is The Shortest Cut To Business Growth

Getty Getty Most businesses are presented with numerous market opportunities. For instance, skills like web design, development and sales expertise can address the need of many segments in different industries, however, startups and service providers risk performing well enough in many areas but not exceptionally well in any. To stand out, businesses must specialize which requires […]

Huawei Ban Threatens Wireless Service in Rural Areas

OPHEIM, Mont. — Kevin Nelson was recently in the middle of his 3,800-acre farm in northeast Montana, where the landscape stretches out like an ocean, when his tractor broke. He tried to find a cellular signal strong enough to send a photo of the broken part to a repair shop 65 miles away, but failed. […]

Professional Assange Smearers Finally Realize His Fate Is Tied To Theirs

Authored by Caitlin Johnstone, Rachel Maddow has aired a segment condemning the new indictment against Julian Assange for 17 alleged violations of the Espionage Act. Yes, that Rachel Maddow. MSNBC’s top host began the segment after it was introduced by Chris Hayes, agreeing with her colleague that it’s surprising that more news outlets aren’t giving this story more “wall to wall” coverage, […]