finance

Money talks; reviewing the global economy, government spending, taxes, and economic policy that affect our social and political future.

  • Tim Bryce
    Published 20 days ago
    A Fabricated Recession?

    A Fabricated Recession?

    BRYCE ON POLITICS
  • Alonzo Echavarria-Garza
    Published 2 months ago
    Our National Debt

    Our National Debt

    Like most of you, I was a bit confused and wanted elaboration on the subject of the National Debt. To me, this is one of the most important topics, regardless of who runs the country. So I started searching the web for explanation, but it seems that the articles online fall short of clarity. Most of these websites explain as if you are familiar with financial concepts. To add to the complexity, they reference other governmental websites that explain detail and components of the national debt.
  • Osei Agyemang
    Published 3 months ago
    Cuba's Economy Is Gradually Getting into the Picture

    Cuba's Economy Is Gradually Getting into the Picture

    Cuba has an unsolved problem with Fidel Castro on the nationalization of American real estate, but she recently agreed to hold a referendum to turn it into an economy conducive to investment. Unfortunately, for the northern Caribbean country, they are not ranked in the global ease of doing business. This, of course, means that investors will not be interested in the land for business. With only 11,490,125 people, one would've thought that it will find it cost effective. Unfortunately, this cannot be said about the republic. Many obstacles in Cuba are slowing economic progress.
  • C. Raymond Martin
    Published 3 months ago
    Universal Credit

    Universal Credit

    Recently, the contract for my temporary employment at a certain call centre came to an end. I can't say that I miss it. There's something about being routinely told that I'm a worthless idiot by faceless strangers that just doesn't appeal to me, and besides, the voices in my head pretty much have that base covered. So, with nothing else lined up, I had to schedule an appointment go to the Job Centre, but this was only the beginning of the nightmare.
  • Osei Agyemang
    Published 4 months ago
    How Beneficial Is Bank Consolidation?—Spotlight on Kenya, Africa

    How Beneficial Is Bank Consolidation?—Spotlight on Kenya, Africa

    Years ago I did not understand why good standing and independent banks eventually joined other financial institutions or banks. After a series of interviews with swayful financial advisors for the reasons, I was convinced. At the moment, the largest African bank, in terms of customer base, is in the news. The bank will be available to the public in the third quarter of 2019. It will soon be forthcoming because two Kenyan banks recently joined. The Kenya NIC Bank Plc (together with the parent company NIC Bank Group) and the African Commercial Bank are now consolidating. Regional supervisory authorities approved the merger. Kenya Central Bank and the Bank of Tanzania announced this on 30 May 2019.
  • Matthew Evans
    Published 8 months ago
    The Banking Industry

    The Banking Industry

    It was deja vu in a truly high stakes, high drama meeting. It was reminiscent of a depression era Reconstruction Finance Corporation meeting of seventy-five years ago. On that day, nine large bank CEOs were told by US Treasury Secretary, Henry Paulson, Federal Reserve Chairman, Ben Bernanke, and FDIC Chairman, Sheila Bair that it was in their own best interest to agree to the partial nationalization of their banks by the US Treasury Department. When the meeting was over, the CEOs had agreed to a $125 billion stake by the US government in their firms. They had no choice and history was made again.
  • David Wyld
    Published 9 months ago
    Economics 101 in Action

    Economics 101 in Action

    You want to see how the free market works? You want to see economic principles come to life? You want to see the "invisible hand" of capitalism in action? Well, a recent story out of Pennsylvania illustrates why the laws of supply and demand work—not in mysterious ways, but in very, highly predictable ways—and in ways that would make the authors of Freakonomics oh so very proud!
  • SKYLERIZED
    Published 9 months ago
    Striving for More

    Striving for More

    There are levels to this thing called life. Structures and strictures determine what people think, how they act, and what they wish to do with what reality presents them. In America, the freest, most noblest country in human history, we possess the rights and the luxuries and privileges that allow us to break down into classes what people have and don’t have. Or better put, what people produce and don’t produce and then consume. The lowest rungs of the ladder, the poor, are still far richer than billions of other people the world over. People with median household incomes of twenty thousand dollars or less may have running water, toilets, electricity, functioning refrigerators, washers and dryers, and even smartphones among the ability, of course, to rise from their a destitute position. Few places on Earth allow for such meager beginnings to flourish into greater wealth.
  • BJ Tyrrell
    Published 10 months ago
    Amazon HQ2

    Amazon HQ2

    With Black Friday just passing and onward to Cyber Monday which will continue on to a holiday increased shopping period through the remainder of the year, Amazon is on a lot of people’s electronic screens and taking in their hard-earned dollars…. Dollars that were taxedon earnings. Unlike Amazon, who avoids paying federal taxes using a variety of tax credits and tax exemptions that are legal and built into the U.S. federal tax code. A big one for this past year was the ability to deduct stock-based compensation of executives.
  • Jeff Nevil
    Published 10 months ago
    The Future of the British Furniture Industry Post-Brexit

    The Future of the British Furniture Industry Post-Brexit

    Following on from Theresa May’s recent declaration that the UK had agreed to a withdrawal agreement with the European Union, there have been positive murmurings emerging from a range of different industries within the business community. While the agreement has not been positively received across the whole of the public and political spectra, there is the possibility that MPs will eventually push the agreement through parliament to avert an unprecedented political crisis developing in the UK.
  • Chris Ricks
    Published 10 months ago
    Here Is Why Many Minority Communities Are in Financially Troubling Situations

    Here Is Why Many Minority Communities Are in Financially Troubling Situations

    Let’s begin by asking, why do minority communities lack the financial training and understanding that many other communities seem to possess? Where is the disconnect? Over my lifetime, I have seen many minority people grow up in poverty and remained there.
  • Dr. Williams
    Published 12 months ago
    Trump's Tariff War