It has been more than 10 years since the collapse of Lehman Brothers, which began a global financial crisis and an economic recession - a period of time that fundamentally changed the American economy. Although the data today shows that the country overall has seen economic improvement, the reality is that rural America hasn’t seen the same benefits as urban areas.
The United States has agreed to lift its tariffs on industrial metals from Mexico and Canada, clearing a major obstacle to congressional passage of President Trump's new North American trade deal. The bargain calls for Mexico and Canada to adopt tough new monitoring and enforcement measures to prevent Chinese steel from being shipped to the U.S. via their territory.
As the trade talks between the United States and China continue, the trade imbalance is just one part of a much larger struggle between the two largest economies in the world. What many don’t realize is that Chinese companies listed on U.S. stock exchanges pose a very serious and imminent risk to the U.S. economy. In fact, it strikes at the very heart of the U.S. financial system.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) released a report Wednesday calling on American businesses and policymakers to invest more in domestic capital in the United States and less on short-term financial profit for lasting economic growth and prosperity.
Companies were bracing Monday for how Beijing might retaliate against President Trump's escalation of a fight over technology and trade that threatens to disrupt a Chinese economic recovery. China has threatened "necessary countermeasures" for Mr. Trump's tariff hikes Friday on $200 billion of Chinese imports. But three days later, in a break with previous tit-for-tat penalties that were imposed immediately, Beijing had yet to announce what it might do.
“The U.S. government spends defense dollars in every state through purchases of military equipment, wages for service members and civilians, pension payments, health care services, and grants to states,” the authors of the report wrote. “But the size and mix of those investments vary substantially across the states,...
President Donald Trump boosted tariffs Friday on $200 billion in goods from China and was preparing more in his most dramatic steps yet to extract trade concessions, further roiling financial markets and casting a shadow over the global economy. China immediately said in a statement it is forced to retaliate, though hadn’t specified how as of 3:55 p.m. in Beijing.
There is broad support in the United States for faster economic growth--a goal that ultimately depends on boosting labor productivity. In the long run, that requires more innovation, a big component of which comes from private research and development (R&D). But what, if anything, can countries do to increase domestic innovation?
Legendary investor Warren Buffett has no doubt about the direction of U.S. prosperity -- up and to the right -- even as confounding factors like automation are thrown into the mix. On Saturday at the 2019 Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders Meeting, a shareholder asked Buffett how he as chairman of Berkshire Hathaway - a major employer and producer of consumer goods - viewed the outlook for the labor market amid the rise of automation and temporary employment.
What is happening to America’s middle class? People from across the political spectrum use a lot of different words to answer that question: “Hollowed out … wiped out … disappearing … declining … doesn’t exist anymore.” OK, but what’s really happening to the middle class? What do the numbers say?