Category Archives: Economy

China – Nice Overview

While I don’t agree with all of this site’s points, it definitely is eye-candy and a handy reference for someone wanting to get up to speed on China. Reuters did an unusually good job with this one…

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2013/03/05 · 08:42

Excellent presentation about Big Data…

Big Data and advanced analytics from McKinsey Chief Marketing & Sales Officer Forum

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USA – Financial problems of and investment advice

Two seemingly unrelated articles here, here and here.  Note, for many, lowering exposure to the US markets (stock and bond) is partially driven by concern about government finances. The California post by professor Mead is indicative of problems in the pipeline that may become evident on the federal level in the near future…

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Israel – Background and Game Changing New Developments

Excellent background here in Stratfor report “The Geopolitics of Israel: Biblical and Modern.

Which you should follow up with this article from Wharton on an energy-based national game changer.

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“Fiscal Crises and Imperial Collapses: Historical Perspective on Current Predicaments”

Outstanding presentation by Niall Ferguson on the crisis and collapse of political and economic systems. Although the lecture occurred 2 years ago, it is even more relevant today.  The Ad Orientem blog brought this to my attention, and helpfully says:

“This is an outstanding lecture on how countries get too heavily indebted and then suffer a ruinous financial collapse.  If you want to understand what is going on now in Europe, and what is almost certainly going to happen here in the coming years, watch this lecture.  I suggest starting at around the 8 minute mark to skip the introductions.”

I hope that you find it interesting, as it is a very important hypothesis.

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Taken from: The Wall Street Journal Entrepreneurship Weekly Review

Small Firms See Pain in Health Law
by: Louise Radnofsky
Aug 01, 2012
Click here to view the full article on WSJ.com

TOPICS: Government Regulation, Healthcare, Small Business

SUMMARY: Small firms are nervous about the impact of the new health law. The law requires that employers with 50 of more full-time workers provide health insurance to employees by 2014 or pay a penalty. This provision may cause some firms that planned to expand, cut back on their plans to say under the 50 employee threshold. Restaurants and retailers, in particular, may feel the pinch. These industries historically have been the least likely to provide insurance to workers, and may now need to start providing health insurance. McDonald’s, for example, has estimated that the law will add between $10,000 and $30,000 in added annual costs to each of its 14,000 restaurants in the U.S., 89% of which are franchisee-owned. One owner of a Quiznos franchise, quoted in the article, said “I don’t have the profit margin to pay for it.” Some owners who offer limited health-benefit plans have actually said that they might drop their plans and pay penalties rather than provide the more expensive insurance. Democrats who crafted the health-overall law say that employee coverage is essential to making the law work. One benefit of the new law is that it will create insurance exchanges that will allow employers to shop for the most economical health care plans possible.

This article illustrates the impact that government regulations have on small business. Talk to your students about the new health care legislation, and the impact that it will have on small business. Think of a small business that may soon cross the threshold of 50 employees, and the options that the business has in regard to the health care law. Also, talk about the role of government in regulating small business in general.

Reviewed By: Bruce Barringer, Oklahoma State University

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Problems with both the Start of Working Life and the End of Working Life in the USA

For starters:  this is a pretty grim article regarding the young university graduates “Jobless generation puts brakes on US” (from that daily font of Keynesian wisdom – which was supposed in 2009-2012 to get the USA out of this mess by opening the spigots of deficit spending – the Financial Times).

Now the other end of the working life, and selecting the most populous US state, we have the wonderfully terrifying PensionTsunami.com website. Poke around it a bit, you really won’t be disappointed.

“The oncoming wave of pension debt is even bigger than it seems. The purpose of this website is to provide an overview of the multiple pension crises that are about to drown America’s taxpayers. Our primary focus is on California, but we also track other states, corporate pensions, social security and international trends.”

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