Crude Oil Expectations Upgraded

Analysts have raised their expectations on the future of crude oil prices as inventories fall and geopolitical risk to global supply rises. The global benchmark more commonly known as the Brent crude is expected to average $63 per barrel in 2018. The U.S. standard indicator, West Texas Intermediate is set to close around $59 per Read More…

The Flattening Yield Curve

Despite a healthy equity risk premium and strong fundamentals, a flattening yield curve is causing concerns among investors. The gap in long- and short-term borrowing is hovering near its lowest in over ten years. While it might be true that flattening yield curves historically have significantly increased the probability of recessions, incoming NY Fed chief Read More…

Splitting Bets hit Facebook Stock

With the world largest asset manager, BlackRock ($6.32 tn), is increasing its holding in the Social Media giant, the world’s largest stock-picking fund stands out amongst other investors. Other funds managers have reduced or eliminated their position amidst controversy about the company’s data management. This position might reveal itself as an endorsement of Facebook by Read More…

Earnings Week Volatility

With increased volatility in recent weeks, the US market is anticipating a tough earnings week. Investors fear missed expectations could change the narrative of strong global fundamentals. Strong earnings are believed to decrease volatility in current market and return optimism to the stage. With a market correction for the first time in two years, the Read More…

Auto Dealers Struggling with Prices

Higher interest rates and the implementation of tariffs on production parts and material are creating concerns among auto dealers for increasing prices of vehicles. Auto dealers have joined hands with consumers and are lobbying to keep prices as low as possible for the consumer, worrying existential fears for the future of the business of prices Read More…

Subscription: Products and Services

Subscriptions for products and services are increasing in popularity. The subscription e-commerce market has grown by more than 100 percent a year over the past five years. The largest such retailers generated more than $2.6 billion in sales in 2016, up from a mere $57.0 million in 2011. Fueled by venture-capital investments, start-ups have launched Read More…

Organizational Structure

Changes in technology are prompting organizational leadership structures to change as well.  As the use of digitization, analytics, and AI progresses and extends its reach past industries and geographies, there has been additional points of thought regarding the competitive landscape beyond products and services: the company structure. For a company to avoid falling behind in the Read More…

Rising Healthcare Costs Cloud U.S Market

With political talks regarding healthcare crossing the news spectrum and the Department of Labor proposing a rule where small businesses and self-employed individuals are able to group together to purchase coverage through “association health plans” (or AHPs for short). Especially for sole proprietors, such as Uber drivers or other freelance workers emerging in what has Read More…