Holiday Shopping Expects the “Trump Bump” Retailers Happy

Holiday Shopping Expects the “Trump Bump” Retailers Happy

Holiday Shopping Expects the “Trump Bump” Retailers Happy $ADBE Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving that’s been the traditional kickoff to the holiday shopping season, now it is no longer a 1 day event. The WS-J reported Thursday shoppers have already spent $27.2-B between 1 and 23 November, a 4.3% hike over the same frame […]

Carmike Cinemas Shareholders Approve $1.2-B AMC Merger

Carmike Cinemas Shareholders Approve $1.2-B AMC Merger

Carmike Cinemas Shareholders Approve $1.2-B AMC Merger $AMC, $CKEC Chinese-owned AMC Entertainment Holdings is on course to become the world’s biggest theater chain. AMC Entertainment Holdings (NYSE:AMC) has jumped another hurdle to becoming the world’s largest exhibitor. Chinese-owned AMC, the 2nd-largest US theater chain, Tuesday secured shareholder approval from Carmike Cinemas (NASDAQ:CKEC) for its amended […]

American Beverage Association Spending Millions Fighting “Soda” Tax

American Beverage Association Spending Millions Fighting “Soda” Tax

American Beverage Association Spending Millions Fighting “Soda” Tax $KO, $PEP A recent series of measures to tax sugary drinks, in an effort to fight obesity and diabetes, are forcing soda companies such as Coke (NYSE:KO), and Pepsi (NYSE:PEP) to reinvent themselves and diversify not only their business model, but their public image Voters and lawmakers […]

Dodd-Frank Act Should Be and Will Be Scrapped

Dodd-Frank Act Should Be and Will Be Scrapped

Dodd-Frank Act Should Be and Will Be Scrapped $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX President Elect Donald Trump is now translating his populist campaign vows into policy, including that the Dodd-Frank Act should be scrapped because it has made Wall Street banks an even bigger threat to the nation’s economy and working families. After the government’s answer […]

China’s High Earning Consumers Raidly Expanding

China’s High Earning Consumers Raidly Expanding

China’s High Earning Consumers Raidly Expanding China’s pool of high-earning consumers is set to surge in the next 15 years, their household spending growing to be greater than the EU’s current level, a report showed. The number of people earning more than $10,000 per year is expected to grow to around 480-M by Y 2030, […]

Obama’s Jobs Legacy: Near-Record 94.6-M Americans Not in Workforce

Obama’s Jobs Legacy: Near-Record 94.6-M Americans Not in Workforce

Obama’s Jobs Legacy: Near-Record 94.6-M Americans Not in Workforce A near record high of 94,609,000 Americans are not in the labor force, 425,000 more than last month’s 94,184,000, and the 2nd highest number on record. When US President Barack Hussein Obama took office in January 2009, 80,529,000 Americans were not in the labor force, and […]

Manual Transmissions are in the History Books at Ferrari (NYSE:RACE)

Manual Transmissions are in the History Books at Ferrari (NYSE:RACE)

Manual Transmissions are in the History Books at Ferrari (NYSE:RACE) $RACE There was a time when gated manual transmissions aka “sticks” were synonymous with performance cars, no more at Ferrari.   Ferrari is the latest automaker to retire the clutch pedal, a move that may seem like a gut punch to fans of stick shifts, […]

This Week’s US Economic Calendar: Expected, Revised & Prior

This Week’s US Economic Calendar: Expected, Revised & Prior

This Week’s US Economic Calendar: Expected, Revised & Prior 26 September, Monday New Home Sales, August (10:00a EDT): 585-K expected, 654-K prior 27 September, Tuesday Case-Shiller 20-City, July (9:00a EDT): 5.1% expected, 5.1% prior Consumer Confidence, September (10:00a EDT): 98.0 expected, 101.1 prior (revised from 99.8) 28 September Wednesday MBA Mortgage Index, 09/24 (7:00a EDT): […]

The US Fed has Not Delivered on the Economy

The US Fed has Not Delivered on the Economy

The US Fed has Not Delivered on the Economy The US Fed is stuck to actions devised by Ben S. Bernanke that have not worked to restore strong economic growth since the Great Recession The US central bank’s adherence to the idea that unemployment and weak demand can be cured with policies that encourage consumers, businesses and governments […]

‘A-Kicker’ Coffee From Down Under

‘A-Kicker’ Coffee From Down Under

‘A-Kicker’ Coffee From Down Under Viscous Coffee in Adelaide, Australia prides itself on having the world’s strongest cup of Coffee, with 4 shots of Espresso, 120 milliliters of 10-day brewed cold drip Coffee and 8 ice cubes made from 48-hour brewed cold drip. The A-Kicker Coffee was created by Coffee shop owner Steve Benington to […]

China’s Resolution Gives Hope to World’s Economy

China’s Resolution Gives Hope to World’s Economy

China’s Resolution Gives Hope to World’s Economy China’s ambition to advance reform and maintain medium to high growth has injected hope and stability into the world economy, experts say. Addressing the opening ceremony of the Business 20 Summit in Hangzhou, Chinese President Xi Jinping reassured the world’s business leaders that China can realize strong growth […]

Digital Driven Healthcare Businesses Put “The People 1st”

Digital Driven Healthcare Businesses Put “The People 1st”

Digital Driven Healthcare Businesses Put “The People 1st” A digital shift in healthcare has paved the way for advances in automation, AI (artificial intelligence) and even surgical robots. Whether using a virtual human to capture patient intake data or sensors to monitor symptoms, digital technology is driving the industry forward. But concern exists that this technology […]

M-Commerce is “Retail in Your Pocket”

M-Commerce is “Retail in Your Pocket”

M-Commerce is “Retail in Your Pocket” $WMT, $BAC Back in Y 1997 at the launch of the Global Mobile Commerce Forum, Kevin Duffey coined the phrase ‘Mobile Commerce” meaning “the delivery of electronic commerce capabilities directly into the consumer’s hand (pocket), anywhere, via wireless technology.” I took that to mean a retail outlet in your consumer’s pocket. […]

In Digital Readiness Singapore Ranks #1, US #5, UAE 26th

In Digital Readiness Singapore Ranks #1, US #5, UAE 26th

In Digital Readiness Singapore Ranks #1, US #5, UAE 26th A nation’s ability to take advantage of information and communications technology in order to increase its competitiveness and well-being depends on its readiness quickly to implement and adopt new technologies as they emerge. The World Economic Forum identifies this ability as network readiness, and in […]

China, International Investors Confident about Economic Transformation

China, International Investors Confident about Economic Transformation

China, International Investors Confident about Economic Transformation The Fourth Industrial Revolution is driven by the increasing use of digital technologies and highly intelligent robots in the leading world economies. International investors are confident about China’s economic transformation, believing it can bring them good opportunities. Speaking on the sidelines of the ongoing World Economic Forum in […]

The Fed Policy Makers are Fighting for Their Lives

The Fed Policy Makers are Fighting for Their Lives

The Fed Policy Makers are Fighting for Their Lives Something interesting happened the Friday (Quad Witching) before Brexit; trading volume exploded on a decline in the Dow Jones.  In the BEV chart below I inserted the daily trading volume (mils) for the Dow Jones instead of the usual BEV values to highlight what happened. It […]

Unlike US Consumers, China’s Consumer Plan More Spending

Unlike US Consumers, China’s Consumer Plan More Spending

Unlike US Consumers, China’s Consumer Plan More Spending Most Chinese consumers will continue to spend in Y 2016 despite slowing economic growth and market volatility, according to research by Boston Consulting Group (BCG). About 75% of Chinese consumers plan to maintain or increase their spending this year, down from 81% in Y 2015, according to […]

Americans Have a “Sweet” Tooth, It is Killing Them

Americans Have a “Sweet” Tooth, It is Killing Them

Americans Have a “Sweet” Tooth, I is Killing Them Americans have a “sweet tooth” and it’s killing them. The over consumption of sugar has been linked to a variety of chronic health problems such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease. It is almost impossible for Americans to avoid sweet stuff because their food […]

World’s Central Bankers are Fighting “the Tape”

World’s Central Bankers are Fighting “the Tape”

World’s Central Bankers are Fighting “the Tape” The world’s central bankers are fighting “the tape” by pumping massive amounts of liquidity into the global economic system in an effort to avert deflation. Notably, deflation is a natural force of nature during Peace Time, when globalization leads to free trade and heightens competition. During War Time, […]

80% of Professionals Will Leave GCC if Income Tax Introduced

80% of Professionals Will Leave GCC if Income Tax Introduced

80% of Professionals Will Leave GCC if Income Tax Introduced VAT in the UAE will bring higher inflation, society of finance professionals says An overwhelming majority of finance professionals would leave the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) if income tax was implemented, research has revealed. In a study by CFA Society Emirates, 80% of the respondents said that […]

Genetic Engineering Affects Environmental Change, the Stakes are High

Genetic Engineering Affects Environmental Change, the Stakes are High

Genetic Engineering Affects Environmental Change, the Stakes are High $MON There are widespread examples throughout history of pest control experiments gone very wrong. Today, the stakes are really high, as scientists are increasingly turning to GE (genetic engineering) techniques to affect environmental change. Already this year the Zika virus, which is carried by the Aedes […]

China: Online Growth in “Fast-Expanding Market” Mode

China: Online Growth in “Fast-Expanding Market” Mode

China: Online Growth in “Fast-Expanding Market” Mode $BABA China’s online market with rapid development is at the “take-off” stage, corresponding to the “Fast-Expanding Market” (FEM) model. This is the main conclusion in the article “Fast-Expanding ‘Online’ Markets in South Korea and China: Are They Worth Pursuing?” published by Associate Professor Adrian T H Kuah and Dr. […]

We Live in Interesting and Disruptive Times

We Live in Interesting and Disruptive Times

We Live in Interesting and Disruptive Times The Chinese greeting, ‘may you live in interesting times’ is a metaphor for life in the 21st Century. Over the past several years we have seen major changes and developments for the in the Television and Advertising industries, the impact of most of those changes are only understood in […]

More Singaporeans Satisfied with Current Property Market

More Singaporeans Satisfied with Current Property Market

More Singaporeans Satisfied with Current Property Market About 28% of respondents said that they are “very or quite satisfied with” the current Singapore property market, while more residents said they intend to purchase residential property in the next 6 months, according to Property Affordability Sentiment Survey 2016, a regular survey of Singaporean residents that provides […]