economy

March 09, 2018

MSNBC host Chris Matthews said President Donald Trump is using tariffs to look out for “people that nobody else is looking out for” and argued that tariffs are also very much a “cultural issue” in the Rust Belt.

March 06, 2018

Many pundits argue the biggest problem facing America today is income inequality. But the important question is, how much is this disparity growing? If inequality is growing at a massive rate--with the wealthy getting virtually all the gains of a growing economy--then policies aimed at simply “growing the pie” are unlikely to be successful.

March 05, 2018

How do you stack up against the wealthiest Americans? To be a 1 percenter, you need to have an adjusted gross income of at least $480,930, according to the latest data from the IRS, which looked at income statistics for tax year 2015. The top 1 percent accounted for 1.4 million individual income tax returns -- out of 141.2 million total -- that year.

February 27, 2018

As Federal Reserve chairman, Jerome Powell oversees monetary policy and regulates banks. But members of Congress questioned him as if he were an omnipotent politician capable of addressing all sorts of issues that fell beyond the normal duties of central banking.

February 20, 2018

In December 2016, CHX filed a proposed rule change, pursuant to the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, that would allow a group, led by Chongqing Casin Enterprise Group, to acquire the exchange. The SEC on Thursday blocked the $25 million takeover due to concerns about the ability of the Chicago exchange “to ensure ongoing compliance” with ownership and voting limitations. Moreover, the Commission questioned whether “the proposed ownership structure” would allow it “to exercise sufficient oversight” of the exchange.

February 14, 2018

While President Trump campaigned on an aggressive infrastructure spending platform and has kept infrastructure on his agenda while in the White House, there are several high-profile projects which are already underway and in the pipeline across the country. These projects have been the result of government programs and private investments that seek to address the dire state of the nation's infrastructure.

February 11, 2018

How has Japan's economy remained resilient in the face of its demographic challenges? Sunday offers the answer: It's the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Both aspects of what the world is celebrating today — women and science — are at play in Japan's economic resilience.

February 07, 2018

The intention to generate social or environmental benefit is key to impact investing. But a tax break can be an additional incentive. Among the many provisions of the Republican tax bill signed by President Trump last month is the new “Investing for Opportunities Act,” which lets investors temporarily defer taxes by investing their capital gains in distressed areas designated as “opportunity zones.”

January 21, 2018

Apple (AAPL) said it will build a second corporate campus and hire 20,000 workers in a $350 billion, five-year commitment to the U.S. economy. Apple, the world's biggest company by market capitalization, said Wednesday it will contribute $75 billion of that amount through investments in American manufacturing, planned capital expenditures and what it called a "record" tax payment after it repatriates overseas profits.

January 21, 2018

AAPL may now be joining its most famous and influential shareholder in again becoming more US-centric. The catalyst: the tax bill. The US has joined most of the rest of the world with a humble tax policy. When AAPL earns money in the EU, or Brazil, it now pays no tax penalty for its foreign subsidiary to pay a dividend to the parent. This money can now go to shareholders, or it can be invested in the US.

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