With the NFL protests still prominently featured in the national news cycle, I thought it worthwhile to address another way in which the sports and government intersect: Taxpayer subsidies. Public funding for sports stadiums is no new phenomenon. State and local governments during the 1950’s began to lure teams to their cities with lucrative offers, … More Public Funding of Stadiums is a Loss for the Taxpayer
Unless you’ve been living under a rock or refuse to change the channel from Game of Thrones re-runs, you’re likely aware of the recent transgressions on behalf of Kim Jong Un and North Korea. Global markets traded markedly lower after President Trump’s comments in retaliation to the arming of North Korean patrol ships and discovery … More It’s Time to Invest in the US Defense Sector
Stocks Everyone has a vague understanding of what stocks are. Whether you’re a plumber, a professor, or a Wall Street banker, stocks play a critical role in all our lives. A share of “stock” is an extremely small (really, really, small) claim to ownership of a company. Shares of stock have different classes, such as … More A Comprehensive Introduction to the World of Finance
“President Trump signed on Friday an executive order that severely restricts immigration from seven Muslim countries, suspends all refugee admission for 120 days, and bars all Syrian refugees indefinitely.” (The Atlantic) Protesters are making their way to airports across the country this week, after press releases surfaced of President Trump’s recent executive order to severely … More Trump’s Executive Orders: What Do the Markets Think?
The Trump administration hit the ground running this week and began chipping away at their campaign promises. But what are these reforms and what impacts do they have on the domestic and global economy? … More Protectionism is Here to Stay, For Better or Worse
Earnings reports had the Street on their toes this week. Major players such as Alibaba ($BABA), Lockheed Martin ($LMT), and Johnson and Johnson ($JNJ) all brought surprises. Most notably, Alibaba, the Chinese online retailer, blew away analyst estimates with their report of $1.09 per share versus the consensus estimate of $0.85. A 28.2% surprise led to … More Recap on Earnings Projections: Who were the Big Winners and What’s to Come?
Part of a course last semester involved finding something objectionable in the latest issues of The Economist magazine and writing a rebuttal. Here’s what I came up with: Tight Response You claim the Federal Reserve and other central banks, used expansionary policy to prevent a shock from becoming a depression in 2008 (“The low-rate world”, … More Letters to The Economist
Investopedia is interested in seeing just how capable college students are of trading from their dorm rooms. Without access to the powerful tools today’s top-performing hedge funds are using, it will truly be a test of stock-picking ability. Students will place their bets, trading stocks and options, in hopes of claiming a top spot among … More Market Madness Challenge: A Test of True Trading Ability
President-elect Donald Trump became President Donald Trump on Friday, as over two hundred and fifty thousand onlookers crowded the national mall to witness the swearing in of the 45th President of the United States. The market has been increasingly volatile in anticipation of what lies ahead under the Trump administration. The Dow started the week … More This Week’s Market Movers: For the Week of January 16th
“Bubbles don’t correct, they burst” … More The Next Big Bubble