Economy & Policy

EU Likely to Raise Tobacco Taxes to Suppress Smoking

Butt out or pay up. The EU is set to propose stronger taxes on cigarettes and its first union-wide excise levy on vaping and tobacco-warming products, according to a draft European Commission document, curbing smoking habits, and opening gobs of…

Try Topping That: Markets Face a Tougher 2022 After Last Year’s Record Run

The S&P 500 has officially doubled since New Year’s 2018, the first time the index has produced a three year return of 100% since March 2000. Last year (that’s how we refer to 2021 now) the S&P hit seventy record…

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Inflation Isn’t Bad For Everyone, Just Ask Debtors

Inflation is a pain. It costs more for dinner, fuel, and housing — you can’t even shop for a used car without watching the savings evaporate as prices creep up, up, and up on that creaky old Subaru that would…

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Gigantic Corporate Debts Could Pin the Fed in an Inflation Trap

For the US Federal Reserve, 2022 is looking like a classic case of damned if you do, damned if you don’t. Inflation grew 6.8% in November, or the fastest in 40 years, but any rate hikes to slow rising consumer…

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Things Have Gone from Bad to Worse for SPACs to Round Out the Year

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There was a time in the far distant past when dinosaurs roamed the earth and when merging with a special purpose acquisition company, or SPAC, was practically the hottest trend on Wall Street. All the way back in early 2021….

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America Proposes Corruption Crackdown With Real Estate Focus

The White House made an astronomical claim on Monday: that acts of corruption cost 2% and 5% of global gross domestic product. That would be about $1.7 to $4.2 trillion dollars, according to World Bank data. How this figure was…

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The World’s Most Expensive City is Not What You’d Expect

Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv / If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere. Not quite as catchy as the original, but just like in New York New York you won’t have trouble finding a local deli. Israel’s second…

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Half of 2021’s IPOs are Trading Below Their Debut Price

In a year of record-setting initial public offerings, some companies are taking the initial part a little too seriously. New data shows shares in almost half of all companies that raised $1 billion or more through an IPO this year…

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The Optimistic Case for Omicron

Here comes déjà vu December. There’s a new Covid-19 variant, travel measures are tightening, and Wall Street traders’ brows are furrowed with more sweat than usual (let’s face it, traders are frenetic, sweaty people). On Friday, global shares fell the…

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Biden Sticks with Jerome Powell for Another Fed Chair Term

Between a COVID-induced recession, unprecedented stimulus, and, now, rising inflation, setting fiscal policy the past couple of years has been difficult sailing. For the Biden administration, however, the path forward is simple: steady the ship and keep Jerome Powell at…

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Beijing Bailout and E-Commerce Troubles Hit China

Chinese President Xi Jinping has wielded an economic chainsaw this year, cutting through industries from entertainment to education to tech to real estate in an unprecedented regulatory reset. Billionaires have been brought to heel and celebrities the government didn’t like…

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