How The U.S. And China Are Fighting For Global Power

How The U.S. And China Are Fighting For Global Power

In his trade conflict with China, President Trump has made big demands and big claims that his tariffs on Chinese imports will force Beijing to give in. I think we will make a deal with China. I really think they want to. I think they sort of have to. The reality is more complicated. President […]

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Why Alibaba Gave Up On U.S. Consumers

Why Alibaba Gave Up On U.S. Consumers

Alibaba is China’s largest e-commerce platform. In its latest earnings report, Alibaba disclosed having 636 million annual active consumers on its China retail marketplaces. As a point of reference, that’s almost double the entire population of the United States. But despite its enormous Chinese following, Alibaba is still not a well-known brand to many Americans. […]

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How Decades Of US Sanctions Crushed Iran’s Economy

How Decades Of US Sanctions Crushed Iran’s Economy

Tensions between the U.S. and Iran are on the rise. Iran has filed a complaint with the United Nations over what it says was a U.S. violation of its airspace. The U.S. claims Iran shot down a drone in international airspace. Announcement from Iran today that it has breached another limit set by the 2015 […]

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Why Ford And Other American Cars Don’t Sell In Japan

When it comes to cars, Americans seem to love the Japanese. But the Japanese don’t seem to love Americans back. Japanese brands sell remarkably well in the United States. Several of the best-selling automakers in America are from Japan, and their products seem to dominate entire segments in sales and critical acclaim. Japanese automakers sell […]

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Why Tim Hortons Struggles In The United States

You know that old joke that there’s a Starbucks on every corner in the United States. In that Dunkin’ Donuts slogan, America runs on Dunkin’. Well, there’s a Canadian coffee chain that makes those look like quaint little neighborhood cafes. Meet Tim Hortons, Canada’s one stop shop for coffee, breakfast, lunch and doughnuts. In 2018, […]

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How The US-China Trade War Turned Into A Currency War

How The US-China Trade War Turned Into A Currency War

The trade war took a dangerous turn and is now morphing into what many are calling a currency war. It’s all out economic warfare between the two biggest economies in the world. U.S. and China. Two key developments took us here. The Chinese currency weakened passed a significant level that investors were thinking maybe China […]

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How Amazon Paid $0 Federal Income Tax in 2018

Amazon is a very sophisticated tax player. Amazon is very much the canary in the coal mine. They’re really doing what a lot of politicians wish more companies would do. Amazon is a huge company, but you know just how huge it really is. We start with amazing Amazon somewhere CEO Jeff Bezos is smiling. […]

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How Venezuela Descended Into Turmoil

How Venezuela Descended Into Turmoil

Venezuela was once South America’s richest country. Now it’s in turmoil. Here’s how we got here. Juan Guaido declared himself acting president of Venezuela in January 2019. Venezuela, though, already had a president — Nicolas Maduro. The socialist leader has led the country since dictator Hugo Chavez’s death in 2013. Maduro had just been sworn […]

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