Creating A Comfortable Work Experience

Businesses are now designing office spaces that increase the amount of square footage per employee when shared work settings are taken into account. Many companies are expanding the selection of alternative places to get work done such as coffee rooms, cafes, and kitchen areas. Firms are also taking into consideration informal living room spaces, reading Read More…

The Tax Bill

Last week Congress passed a $1.5 trillion tax cut and the largest structural overhaul of the tax system since 1986. The Senate passed the tax-overhaul bill, 51-48 Wednesday 20th after it swiftly passed through the House on a 227-203 vote on Tuesday 19th. The measure then headed to President Donald Trump for his signature on Read More…

Volatility in the Junk Bond Markets

Volatility within the junk bond markets has caused US energy giant, NRG Energy, to end a debt sale. In a statement, NRG Energy stated that “borader market conditions” were the reasons for a pulled $870m bond sale late on Thursday and blamed “broader market conditions” for its decision, after the market had lurched lower over Read More…

New Federal Reserve Chief and What it Means

As Janet Yellen’s term comes to an end, President Trump chooses Jerome Powell as the new Federal Reserve chief. The new chief could mean little change in monetary policy and a less aggressive approach to financial regulation. Economists are currently expecting the Fed to raise short-term interest rates next month and lift them three times Read More…

Q3 Productivity Growth

U.S. workers increased output per hour in the third quarter at the best rate in three years, representing that slow productivity gains might finally be breaking out. According to the Labor Department, nonfarm business-sector productivity increased 3.0% in the third quarter. “The third quarter of 2017 is a big turnaround from the results we have Read More…

US Growth

US data has revealed that the economy has its fastest six-month stretch of growth in three years despite a devastating period of natural disasters. This growth is followed by the 3.1% growth in the Q2, making it the first six-month stretch since 2014 in which US gross domestic product grew more than 3 per cent Read More…

Bank of Japan Continues Quantitative Easing Efforts

An elusive 2% inflation target leaves Japan contrarian to recent ECB and Federal Reserve strategies. On October 15th Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda stated that the central bank would continue to pursue its “aggressive” quantitative easing strategy to boost inflation. Kuroda’s decision is based on recently implemented labor-saving efficiency improvements, which are believed to Read More…