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Rachel Abrams from The New York Times and Sheelah Kolhatkar from The New Yorker join us to discuss the week's business and economic news. Now that Senate Republicans have unveiled their health care plan, a bill drafted in secret, we look at the potential impact it will have on low-income earners and how it could redistribute wealth to the rich.

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Rachel Abrams from The New York Times and Sheelah Kolhatkar from The New Yorker join us to discuss the week's business and economic news. Now that Senate Republicans have unveiled their health care plan, a bill drafted in secret, we look at the potential impact it will have on low-income earners and how it could redistribute wealth to the rich.

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Blended P/E: One of the simplest and most commonly used ways to determine the value of a publicly-traded business is by checking the company’s P/E ratio. The formula is very simple, it is simply the current price (P) divided by […] The post What Is The Definition Of The Blended P/E appeared first on ValueWalk.

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Not sure if this is new or is the talk he gave a few months ago but it has just been posted by the official Google Talk account on Youtube and is dated June 23 2017 – either way worth […] The post News? Mohnish Pabrai: “Intensive Stock Research Can Be Injurious to Your Health @GoogleTalks [6/23/17] appeared first on ValueWalk.

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Not sure if this is new or is the talk he gave a few months ago but it has just been posted by the official Google Talk account on Youtube and is dated June 23 2017 – either way worth […] The post New? Mohnish Pabrai: “Intensive Stock Research Can Be Injurious to Your Health @GoogleTalks [6/23/17] appeared first on ValueWalk.

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Via Global Macro Monitor blog, Lots of hand wringing these days about the flattening yield curve.  We still maintain our position that the signal from the bond market is significantly distorted due to the global central bank intervention (QE) into the bond markets.   See here and here. Most of what is happening with the U.S. yield curve is technical.  Sure, traders can get a wild hair up their arse,  believing the economy is slowing and try and game duration by punting

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On Thursday, workers at the North Charleston plant learned they'd soon face layoffs. The airplane manufacturer announced it would be cutting "fewer than 200 people" at the 787 Dreamliner campus and other facilities in the city...."Our competition is relentless, and that has made clear our need as a company to reduce cost to be more competitive," Boeing said in a statement. "We are offering resources to those affected by layoffs to help them in finding other employment and ease their transition as much as possible."...In December, Boeing said it planned to cut jobs this year because of a
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The Affordable Care Act gave health insurance to millions of Americans by shifting resources from the wealthy to the poor and by moving oversight from states to the federal government. The Senate bill introduced Thursday pushes back forcefully on both dimensions. The bill is aligned with long-held Republican values, advancing states' rights and paring back growing entitlement programs, while freeing individuals from requirements that they have insurance and emphasizing personal responsibility. Obamacare raised taxes on high earners and the health care industry, and essentially
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The over-criminalization of America has undermined justice, the rule of law and legal egalitarianism.While the corporate media devotes itself to sports, entertainment, dining out and the latest political kerfuffle, America has become the Over-Criminalization Capital of the World. The proliferation of laws and administrative regulations, federal, state and local, that carry criminal penalties has swollen into the tens of thousands.The number of incarcerated Americans exceeds 2.3 million, with the majority being non-violent offenders--often for War on Drugs offenses. Holly Harris has written an important summary of this profoundly destabilizing trend: The Prisoner Dilemma: Ending America's Incarceration Epidemic (Foreign Affairs, registration required).The
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Sycamore Partners has reached the advanced stages of negotiations to buy Staples (NASDAQ: SPLS) in a deal that could exceed $6 billion, according to Reuters, with an announcement perhaps coming as soon as next week. Retail Apocalypse Snowballs As Liquidity […] The post Sycamore Closing In On $6B Staples Acquisition appeared first on ValueWalk.

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Yesterday we wrote about coal company Murray Energy and its CEO, Bob Murray, actually following through and suing John Oliver -- something that Murray's lawyers had threatened to do when Oliver and his team had reached out to Murray for a piece Oliver was doing on coal. The result of being threatened was that Oliver spent nearly half of the 24 minute segment on Murray, carefully detailing some of Murray's history and positions. If you missed it, watch it again here: Anyway, when we wrote

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For today’s bulletin, we discuss the US housing market and provide a link to download a FREE STOCK REPORT on M/I Homes $MHO, one of out top-rated stocks in the Construction sector. VALUATION WATCH: Overvalued stocks now make up 57.07% […] The post US Housing Market Heats Up Again appeared first on ValueWalk.

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There's a reason this week's EIA survey showing gasoline and oil supplies declining has failed to stop RBOB prices from collapsing to 7-month lows: The start of the summer has done nothing to revive sluggish demand. That's because despite what the EIA survey said, little has been done to reduce record fuel inventories. The squeeze has gotten so bad, Northeast Colonial Pipeline Co., the operator of the biggest US fuel pipeline system, said that demand to transport gasoline to the

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Authored by Patrick Buchanan via Buchanan.org, In the first round of the special election for the House seat in Georgia’s Sixth District, 30-year-old Jon Ossoff swept 48 percent. He more than doubled the vote of his closest GOP rival, Karen Handel. A Peach State pickup for the Democrats and a huge humiliation for President Trump seemed at hand. But in Tuesday’s final round, Ossoff, after the most costly House race in history, got 48 percent again, and lost. If Democratic donors are

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The $600 to $800 price tag on the latest Apple or Samsung smartphone could create some serious sticker shock, especially compared to the much cheaper models from Chinese competitors. Chinese smartphone brands from the Pearl River Delta region and the city of Shenzhen are gaining market share fast. They can contract with manufacturers in Shenzhen who are already tapped into the region's vast smartphone supply chain and pump out low-cost phones under their own brands, no designing or engineering necessary. The Wall Street Journal went to Shenzehn to find out what it would take to make their own smartphone brand. Wall Street Journal reporter, Liza Lin, talked to Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal talked to about how she and some of her colleagues created their smartphone, the WSJ 1, for just $70. The following is an edited version of their conversation. Kai Ryssdal: So were you guys just sitting around the Journal bureau in Hong Kong one day and said, "Hey, listen, let's make a phone"? Liza Lin: We are looking for a way to tell the story of Shenzhen and the Pearl River Delta, which is pretty much the area that makes all the smartphones in the world. And the Asia editor came up, and he's like, "Why don't you guys make a smartphone?" And that was when we were like, "What? OK." So a colleague of mine made some calls to Shenzhen, we looked on Alibaba.com, found a couple, narrowed it down and that was it, we went down. Ryssdal: And you wind up making a phone that costs $70. I'm going to say that again, 70 bucks — the WSJ 1 — and it works, and it's got some small amount of bells and whistles. And all of a sudden, you guys were in business. It was crazy. Lin: So given the fact that we were making 20 phones, I figured the phone costs $200, $300 U.S. at least. And when I asked her the total and she said, "It's $70 a phone." And I was like, "Whoa, are you kidding me?" So we did it. Related How Apple's technology affects the smartphone repair business Building a better smartphone for blind users How much would an all-American iPhone cost? Ryssdal: There's a great phrase that one of the folks in your video uses, and he talks about technology as a commodity, and I wonder really if what's going on in south China now is technology manufacturing as a commodity? They have this thing that everybody wants. Lin: Indeed. When China started to open up its economy to the world, and that was back in 1980, Shenzhen was earmarked as a special economic zone. So a lot of foreign companies came in — think of guys like Nokia, Motorola — and the economy just built up from there. So now you have a thriving supply chain for any sort of electronic product that you can think of. Ryssdal: Not that the Wall Street Journal is going to get into the telephone manufacturing business — you guys are not a competitor — but what does sort of the larger lesson of you making the WSJ 1 mean for companies like Apple and Samsung, who are right now the giants? Lin: So in 2012, the Chinese brands had a global market share of 20 percent. As of the first quarter of 2017, Chinese brands have doubled their market share. So you're looking at a market share globally of 40 percent. Basically, they're eating Apple and Samsung for lunch. They're expanding in India. They're expanding in Indonesia. Africa in some cases, too. And these are the emerging markets that Apple and Samsung will have to go into. Ryssdal: So you've got these 20 WSJ 1s. What are you going to do with them? Lin: Yeah, good question. Ryssdal: Because I bet everybody wants one, right? Lin: Yeah, there was a bit of a tussle in the office about who would get those phones.

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It was a busy day on Wall Street today, and there was good reason for that. It was the annual reshuffling of the popular trading benchmarks known as the FTSE Russell Indexes. Those indexes track the largest U.S. companies in the U.S. stock market, and they determine what’s in a bunch of securities mutual funds.  Click the audio player above to hear the full story.

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Two industry groups that represent cattle ranchers have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture. They want the USDA to reinstate country-of-origin labeling for beef, because they say consumers want to purchase meat from animals born, raised and slaughtered in the U.S. For example, pieces of beef from Canada can come across the border to a U.S. processing plant, get ground into hamburger, and that hamburger then sold without any indication of its origin. The previous COOL rules were repealed in 2015, after the World Trade Organization found they were unfair to cattle producers in Canada and Mexico.  Click the audio player above to hear the full story.

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President Trump's practice of calling out major U.S. corporations to publicly pressure them to keep jobs in the U.S. has been well publicized since the 2016 election campaign. Trump has in the past, for example, criticized the air conditioning company Carrier for plans to move jobs to Mexico. He then took credit when the company agreed to a plan enhanced by state tax breaks to keep a thousand jobs in Indiana. He's also put pressure on Ford, GM and Toyota over U.S. jobs. But turns out some of those companies are still planning domestic manufacturing layoffs and going ahead with plans to make products in Mexico and China. Economists say that’s because as much as publicly traded companies try to avoid negative PR, their strategic decisions are driven most by economic pressures, such as international tax rates, production and labor costs, and the profit expectations of shareholders.  Click the audio player above to hear the full story.

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How is the price of gold established? In the futures or ETF market? And what role does high-frequency trading play a role in gold price discovery? Such are the questions academic Joerg Picard sought to answer in the first HFT […] The post Do HFTs Drive Gold Prices? appeared first on ValueWalk.

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