Financial Flooding Will Recede

The physical damage from Hurricane’s Harvey and Irma can last for a long period of time, however, the overall economic damage is likely to recede and should do little to alter the US Federal Reserve’s strategy for tightening monetary policy. In 2005, the Fed lifted short-term interest rates just a month after Hurricane Katrina ripped Read More…

Technology’s Impact on Perception of Economic Opportunities: A Matter of Education

Polling firm PSB and research by Burson-Marsteller reveal significant attachment between Americans vision of economic potential and their education level. Many less educated individuals view the technological disruption as a setback – more and more competition fighting for a shrinking labor demand and fear of their skills to be considered obsolete. The study found that Read More…

New President, New Reforms

Newly elected French leader Emmanuel Macron won the French presidency on a pro-business, pro-eurozone platform. However, an election of this magnitude rarely leads to consensus in government. As Macron’s proposed reforms began to take shape, his poll numbers dropped. Nevertheless, French business leaders remain positive. For many years, they faced elected officials who had little Read More…

German Economic Growth Q2

FRANKFURT—Germany has maintained a solid economic performance, despite a mild slowdown in Q2. According to the Federal Statistical Office, GDP grew 0.6% in the three months through June, totaling 2.5% year-to-date. Economic forecasts predict growth to continue at 2.8% annually. In comparison to the U.S., Germany’s economy fell short 0.1%, which expanded at an annualized Read More…

Emerging Markets: An Attractive Investment With No Timeline to Slow Down

The growth gap between emerging markets and developed markets follows a trend. Throughout the 2000’s, emerging markets began to outperform developed markets. But from 2009 to 2015 the performance gap between emerging and developed markets narrowed. However, the gap has widened since the financial crisis and emerging markets continue to outperform developed markets. Several indicators Read More…

Prosperous European Real Estate Market Leads to Growth for Alternative Assets

Low interest rates imposed by the European Central Bank have made the European real estate market surge in foreign investments in recent years. The artificially low rates deem stocks risky and bonds expensive, nudging people to real estate investments instead. Additionally, momentum on real estate prices has occurred amidst quelled concerns regarding a rise in Read More…