Should the Minimum Wage Increase in the U.S.

There are many factors that must be carefully taken into account when choosing a position on whether or not the minimum wage should be raised. One must consider the positive and negative moral and scientific outcomes that could occur due to an increase in the minimum wage. Keith Knutsson of Integrale Advisors states “Although this Read More…

Equity Derivatives No More – Warren Buffett

Let’s take a deeper dive into Warren Buffets portfolio. Equity-index put options written by Berkshire Hathaway Inc. have started to expire and the remaining options will expire by January 2026. His firm originally initiated these deals between 2004 and 2008 to bet that stock prices would rise in the long run. Not only that, but Read More…

Why is the Japanese Yen Considered a Safe Haven Currency?

A risk-off can occur when global investors’ behavior becomes more risk-averse or economic fundamentals become more uncertain. The yen has shown past historical trends of serving as a safe haven currency in times of a risk-off (2008 financial crisis, 2010 distressed European market, Japan earthquake and the Italian elections). During times of increased global risk Read More…

Trade War Risks Lead To Gradual Rate Hikes

The Federal Reserve exemplified strong economy warranted continued increases in the benchmark policy rate while citing tensions rising with emerging-market turmoil and the trade war. As growth gets a boost from tax cuts and additional government spending, U.S. central bankers are trying to keep the economy on a substantial path. Minutes from the last Fed Read More…

What Trump Tariffs Mean for U.S. Industries

U.S. industries have been shaking with news on trade tariffs. Duties on $34 billion of Chinese goods took effect this week while China has imposed retaliatory duties of similar size on American goods. Firms like General Electric Co. are making contingency plans should a trade war ensue and also say tariffs are the wrong way Read More…

Analysis on Global Corporate Debt Markets

After the great recession in 2008, a shift in lending strategies among corporations has occurred, especially in regards to bond financing, as commercial bank lending has been minimized. Recent research suggests that of all corporate debt, nineteen percent is in the form of bonds – that’s almost twice the percentage investors saw in 2007. With Read More…

Is China’s Property Market a Bubble or Balloon?

The markets have proven to be quite resilient despite long-running international concerns about China’s property bubble. The Chinese government has instituted various austerity measures to cool down the market, but buoyant demand for property has helped avoid any serious downturn. Various factors continue to support the Chinese property sector. Some of the factors include the Read More…

Smart-city technologies effect on crime and emergencies.

The effect of smart-city applications could affect various dimensions of life and thereby attract investors from various industries. While research suggests a wide range of outcomes, this is due to mostly varying application performance from city to city. Factors such as existing infrastructure systems might limit the potential impact of a technology. One of the Read More…