Economy

July 4, 2020

A Tribute to America

Independence Day, July 4th, 2020 Ladies and Gentlemen, my name is the United States of America. I was born on July 4, 1776, conceived in freedom and liberty. That freedom has brought millions to my shores to cast their lot with me. It has also given human incentive its widest scope. Now, just 244 years later, I am a diverse, multilingual country that is bound together by a single language, English. The dominant language of the business world, of the Internet world, and the second language for most of the world. Who would have believed that 60% of the world’s […]
July 2, 2020

Not Locking Down

A report from First Trust Advisors, L.P.: A resurgence of new Coronavirus cases around the country has created uncertainty for investors. Stock markets fell last week, not because of the virus, but because investors fear another round of economy-killing, government-mandated lockdowns. We don’t expect that to happen, but when the government is involved, risks are definitely higher. After the peak in early April, the seven-day moving average for new cases bottomed on June 9 at 21,282. Since then, they’ve surged, hitting 39,662 per day in the seven days through yesterday. That’s an 86% increase in only 19 days. (Daily volatility […]
October 17, 2019

Cash Flow Is King

Let’s say the USA could convince each billionaire in the world to give every penny of their wealth to the US Treasury. How long do you think we could run the US Government based on the Fiscal Year 2020 Budget? I had to do the math. According to Forbes’ 33rd Annual World’s Billionaires Issue, there are 2,153 billionaires in the world. In total, they have a combined worth of $8.7 trillion dollars(1). The US Federal Budget for 2020 is $4.74 trillion. (2) $8.7 trillion divided by $4.74 trillion translates that we could only run the United States for 22 months! […]
September 2, 2019

Labor Wins It’s Day… What is the significance of Labor Day?

Ah, Labor Day! Born in the United States out of the Industrial Revolution. The unofficial end of summer and beginning of fall. Three days to spend with friends and family, typically enjoying some good old-fashioned BBQ. But what are we recognizing? For many, the significance of Labor Day has been lost in time. At the end of the 1800s, the average American worked 12-hour days and seven-day weeks in order to barely make ends meet. Children, as young as 5 or 6, worked in mills, factories, and mines, to help their families survive, earning a fraction of their adult counterparts’. […]
April 14, 2018

The USA vs China & the World

If you just listen to all the hype about China. You’d be convinced they are going to take over the world. There’s so much talk today about their incredible growth rate and the power of their economy; we may forget just how good we are doing in the US. Yes, it is amazing how quickly the Chinese government has forced their growth pattern. They’ve literally flooded millions of people from their hometowns with the Three Gorges project and forced them to move to the city. They are relocating 250 million people, according to a NY Times report, from the countryside to the city, […]
April 11, 2018

Opening Outlook on Trump and 2017

Every Monday, we receive an email from Brian Wesbury and his Economics team at First Trust. This week’s was especially interesting and I thought you would enjoy reading this as you start your New Year. Here’s to a prosperous 2017 for you and your family! Watch the Spending Brian S. Wesbury, Chief Economist Robert Stein, Deputy Chief Economist Date: 1/3/2017 President-elect Trump wants a Race Horse Economy, not a continuation of the Plow Horse we’ve had for the past several years. Out of all of his proposals, the one that should help the economy the most is corporate tax reform, […]