Tax Cuts Inspire Wall Street Investments

Despite investors’ doubts on tax reform, Wall Street has been buying the stocks of companies that would benefit the most from a tax reforms: ones that currently pay the highest effective rates. Key investors believe that tax cuts have been completely discounted in market valuations, leaving options with great growth possibilities and limited risk. Those Read More…

ECB Weighs its Options

In September, Eurozone inflation rose at an annual rate of 1.5 %, falling short of economists’ forecasts and leaving the ECB (European Central Bank) questioning whether the economy is strong enough to roll back its bond-buying program. Weak inflation in France and Spain, as well as fall in unemployment in Germany, indicates a strong eurozone Read More…

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…