Sing., Malaysia, Vietnam Added to US Money Watch-list

Sing., Malaysia, Vietnam Added to US Money Watch-list

The US Treasury has just added Sing., Malaysia and Vietnam to a watch-list for currency (money) manipulation, putting their Fx (foreign-exchange) policies under scrutiny. Sing. (Singapore) made the list because of its large current account surplus and net foreign currency purchases of at least $17-B in Y 2018, equivalent to 4.6% of GDP, according to […]

‘America First’ Policy Key Element in 2020 Election Campaign

‘America First’ Policy Key Element in 2020 Election Campaign

FLASH: The Y 2020 Election’s Key May Be America First! Thataccording to Defense One. Next year, all announced Dems in the White House race, except 1, possible contender Joe Biden have little experience in shaping America’s place in the world. But President Trump’s ‘America First’ non-interventionist foreign policy will likely make the issue a Hot […]

Bernie Sanders’ 2016 Campaign Broke Federal Laws

Bernie Sanders’ 2016 Campaign Broke Federal Laws

FLASH: Bern’s 2016 Presidential campaign violated FEC laws, no Bern is about to Feel the Burn! A political watchdog group has accused Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and his 2016 presidential election campaign of breaking federal election laws by allowing 3 foreign nationals to work on the campaign in decision-making positions. The Coolidge Reagan Foundation, a […]

Vast Majority of American Voters Favor ‘America First’

Vast Majority of American Voters Favor ‘America First’

FLASH: Harvard/Harris Poll: 3-in-4 Voters Favor ‘America First’ on Immigration, Trade, and Trump Foreign Policy About 3-in-4 American voters favor a populist-nationalist “America First” legal immigration, trade, and foreign policy platform from candidates running for office that prioritizes protecting the way of life and economic security of United States citizens above all else. The latest Harvard/Harris Poll finds […]

Some Companies that ‘Inverted’ to Return US for the Trump Tax Cuts

Some Companies that ‘Inverted’ to Return US for the Trump Tax Cuts

Some Companies that ‘Inverted’ to Return US for the Trump Tax Cuts Some of the US companies that moved offshore in a wave of inversion deals are now considering returning to the United States now that domestic tax rates are lower and tax policing is tougher abroad, attorneys and consultants said. Some clients have asked […]

Russia Sells US Treasuries, Buys Gold

Russia Sells US Treasuries, Buys Gold

Russia Sells US Treasuries, Buys Gold $GLD Russia is buying Gold, and selling its US Treasuries to avoid “political blackmail,” according to a precious metals market analyst. “This is also a kind of political declaration, stating that countries which have too many dollars can become the object of political blackmail,” the expert, Munich-based Dimitri Speck […]

President Trump’s Foriegn Policy, “So Far, So Good

President Trump’s Foriegn Policy, “So Far, So Good

President Trump’s Foreign Policy, “So Far, So Good” Thursday, Senator Tim Scott (R:SC) characterized President Donald Trump’s foreign policy chops as “so far, so good.” In an afternoon TV interview the South Carolina Republican insisted that “we have to have confidence in the President of the United States when he says what he says.” “The […]

Expat Americans Continue to Renounce Citizenship

Expat Americans Continue to Renounce Citizenship

Expat Americans Continue to Renounce Citizenship A steady stream of American citizens reportedly have renounced their citizenship since the implementation of stricter tax rules. Many Americans who live in other countries face higher tax bills, difficulty in obtaining and keeping financial accounts and complex retirement savings rules Some advocates urge the US government to tax […]

Box Office: ‘Solo’ Fades, off 65% in 2nd Frame on Star Wars Burnout

Box Office: ‘Solo’ Fades, off 65% in 2nd Frame on Star Wars Burnout

Box Office: ‘Solo’ Fades, off 65% in 2nd Frame on Star Wars Burnout $DIS, $FOXA, $VIA, $LGF Solo: A Star Wars Story, in its 2nd frame, continued to fade. The space adventure from Disney (NYSE:DIS) and Lucasfilm took in $29.3-M in North America, down 65% from the $84.7-M in claimed in its 1st outing. The […]

President Trump Wants Just One Voice on Foreign Policy

President Trump Wants Just One Voice on Foreign Policy

President Trump Wants Just One Voice on Foreign Policy US President Donald Trump gave Secretary of State Rex Tillerson the gate because he wants the United States speaking with “a singular voice” in its foreign policy, Marc Lotter, a national spokesperson for the Commander-in-Chief, Tuesday. “He’s moving forward,” Mr. Lotter said. “We are at a very […]

China’s FDI Dives After PBOC Curbs

China’s FDI Dives After PBOC Curbs

China’s FDI Dives After PBOC Curbs China’s investment in other countries has taken a deep dive since Beijing tightened controls to cool surging spending on assets deemed unneeded for Chinese economic development. Outward investment, aka FDI (foriegn direct investment), in the 1st 8ht months of this year fell 41.8% rom a year earlier to $68.7-B, […]

Beijing Has “New Rules” for Outbound Investment

Beijing Has “New Rules” for Outbound Investment

Beijing Has “New Rules” for Outbound Investment China has codified its rules on overseas investments, making explicit its campaign against irrational acquisitions of assets in industries ranging from real estate to hotels and entertainment. The authorities set out 3 categories: Banned, Restricted and Encouraged (see the lists below) Beijing has outlawed investments in gambling and sex […]

Foreign Investors See Malaysian Ringgit (MYR) Potential

Foreign Investors See Malaysian Ringgit (MYR) Potential

Things are looking up for Malaysia, with more foreign investors cashing in on the country’s improving economy and strengthening currency, market participants told CNBC on Tuesday. Funds are flowing into Malaysia as the economy and local currency, the ringgit, strengthen, market participants said Upcoming elections present risks, but investors should see volatility as an opportunity to […]

American’s With Foreign Accounts, Listen Up

American’s With Foreign Accounts, Listen Up

American’s With Foreign Accounts, Listen Up If the total balance of your foreign financial accounts exceeds $10,000 at any time during a calendar year, then you must file an “FBAR” (FinCEN Form 114, Annual Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts) with the US government for that year. An FBAR for a given year is […]

H-1B Applications Fall, Employers Anticipate Trump Reforms

H-1B Applications Fall, Employers Anticipate Trump Reforms

H-1B Applications Fall, Employers Anticipate Trump Reforms $INFY Employers applied for about 16% fewer H-1B visas for highly skilled workers this year than in Y 2016 reflecting concern that The Trump Administration will take a more restrictive approach to the program. Employers seeking visas for Y 2018 submitted 199,000 applications this year, compared with 236,000 […]

Congress Demands State Dept. Investigation of Obama

Congress Demands State Dept. Investigation of Obama

Congress Demands State Dept. Investigation of Obama Y’all know one of my favorite points of order is to evidence progressive socialist hypocrisy. It’s so very easy to do, but of course the liberal progressive media seems to have problems presenting “fair and balanced” coverage. It’s quite disconcerting when you flip over to ABC, CBS, NBC, […]

China, No Restrictions on Foreign Firms Cross Border Transfers

China, No Restrictions on Foreign Firms Cross Border Transfers

China, No Restrictions on Foreign Firms Cross Border Transfers $USDCNY China’s foreign exchange authority (SAFE) said last Friday that there are no restrictions on foreign firms’ cross-border profit transfers, responding to market concerns about tightened regulation over capital outflows. As China has realized convertibility under the current account, real international payments and transfers are not […]

Weekend Box Office:’Boo! A Madea Halloween’ Debuts at $27.6-M

Weekend Box Office:’Boo! A Madea Halloween’ Debuts at $27.6-M

Weekend Box Office:’Boo! A Madea Halloween’ Debuts at $27.6-M $SNE, $LGF, $VIA, $CMCSA Tom Cruise’s Never Go Back followed at #2 with $23-M from 3,780 theaters, in what box-office observers describe as a decent start. The horror prequel ‘Ouija: Origin of Evil’ opens with solid numbers, comedy ‘Keeping Up With the Joneses’ DOA,  ‘Moonlight’ marks […]

China Scraps Asset Allocation Restrictions on Foreign Investors

China Scraps Asset Allocation Restrictions on Foreign Investors

China Scraps Asset Allocation Restrictions on Foreign Investors China’s securities regulator said last Friday it has removed asset allocation restrictions on qualified foreign investors to allow them greater freedom to invest. In principle, neither the allocation mix for investors under the Qualified Foreign Institutional Investors (QFII) nor the RMB-denominated Qualified Foreign Institutional Investors (RQFII) programs […]

There is Growing Evidence That Obama’s Foriegn Policy is Failing

There is Growing Evidence That Obama’s Foriegn Policy is Failing

There is Growing Evidence That Obama’s Foriegn Policy is Failing When US President Barack Hussein Obama travels to Asia next week, he will try to reassure leaders in the region that he still has the ability (read political power) to deliver US approval for the sweeping Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), even though the 2 Presidential candidates […]

NYC, Commercial Real Estate Capital of the World

NYC, Commercial Real Estate Capital of the World

NYC, Commercial Real Estate Capital of the World $JLL New York has knocked off London as the world’s premier city for FDI (foreign investment) in commercial real estate due to fears the vote to leave the EU aka Brexit, will diminish the British capital’s appeal as a global financial center. Data on cross-border property transactions […]

Saudi Stock Market Easing Restrictions on Foreign Investment

Saudi Stock Market Easing Restrictions on Foreign Investment

Saudi Stock Market Easing Restrictions on Foreign Investment Ownership limits and minimum qualifications for overseas institutions will be eased next month Saudi Arabia will ease restrictions on foreign investment in its securities markets next month, sooner than previously indicated, in an effort to attract more institutional money into its exchange, the regulator said Wednesday. With […]

Box Office: Bad Reviews and Audience Reaction Hurts ‘Suicide Squad’

Box Office: Bad Reviews and Audience Reaction Hurts ‘Suicide Squad’

Box Office: Bad Reviews and Audience Reaction Hurts ‘Suicide Squad’ $TWX, $IMAX David Ayer’s Suicide Squad  opened to $135.1-M at the North American box office, but bad reviews and tepid audience reaction are taking a heavy toll. After taking in $65.1-M Friday, it looked like the Warner Bros.’ a unit of  Time Warner (NYSE:TWX) tentpole, playing […]

Donald Trump, “America First and I have my own money”

Donald Trump, “America First and I have my own money”

Donald Trump, “America First and I have my own money” Republican Presidential front-runner Donald Trump said he does not need the support of Charles Koch. In an interview with Mr. Trump said, “What he says bears no relationship on what I do or say. I don’t need his money. I got my own money,” while […]