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Toshiba Shares Tumble after S&P Global Downgrade Warning

On Friday, a report released by the credit rating firm S&P Global, indicated that Toshiba Corp could be facing a credit rating cut by several notches if the firm winds up receiving financial assistance encompassing debt restructuring – sending the stock price down about 9%.

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Economic Data Points to Improved Demand

Retail sales in January here in the US beat the expectations of most economists in January as households bought electronics and a range of other goods, showing domestic demand has remained steady and should boost overall economic growth throughout the first months of the year.

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Yellen Says Fed on Course to Raise Interest Rates

Federal Reserve Chair, Janet Yellen, announced on Tuesday to lawmakers in Congress that she believes the American economy is on track for interest rates to be raised steadily throughout year, as delays could cause unintended consequences.

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Trump Strengthens US China Relations

After accepting a congratulatory phone call from the President of Taiwan, Trump worried investors globally as China mandates the “One China” policy be in place before it interacts with any country – i.e. no government can engage in any treaties with, or interact directly with, Taiwan, which considers itself a separate nation from China.

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Treasuries and Gold Surge

Amid political risk in Europe and the rest of the global landscape, US treasuries yields hit their lowest level in several weeks and gold hit a three-month peak as investors wait for political risk to evaporate.

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Increasing Exports in December Brought Down US Trade Deficit

American exporters exceeded economists’ expectations in December and hit one and a half year highs as it outpaced the growth in imports, lowering the total monthly trade deficit by 3.2% to $44.3B – however the deficit did increase over a yearly basis for 2016.  As part of his plan to spur economic growth in America, increasing exports will be a key part on the process according to Trump and his appointed officials that have spoken on the issue. 

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Energy Companies Pull Market Down

US stocks slipped on Monday, driven by energy companies suffering falling oil prices that will likely impact their profit margins. Other factors contributing to the downturn include investors awaiting further clarity on Donald Trump’s economic policies and speculation ahead of the latest earning reports that are expected to be released shortly.

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Factory and Payroll Date Indicate Stabilizing US Economy

The first month of 2017 is over, and key factors in judging the health of the economy are trending in a positive direction. US Factory output has officially surpassed a two year monthly high in January amid sustained gains in new orders and raw materials costs, indicating domestic demand is on the rise.

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Employment Growth Slowing, Wages on the Rise

Unemployment filings came in lower than expected last week, yet another sign that the economy is off to a solid start this year. However, worker productivity – output per worker – did reportedly see a slowdown in the last quarter of 2016, meaning companies will either need to hire more or find more skilled workers to keep up with rising demand.

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United States Consumer Spending on the Rise

Last month during the holiday season, as expected there was a rise in consumer spending as households bought more vehicles and took advantage of a variety of services amid rising wages, indicating sustained domestic demand could result in an uptick of economic growth starting early 2017.

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Is United States Infrastructure Spending Coming soon?

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton both championed significant infrastructure spending as a dire need for America to fix the nation’s crumbling infrastructure and putting Americans back to work to boost the economy. Since emerging as the victor, Donald Trump has released a plan relying mostly on tax credits and private/public partnerships to spur private investment in infrastructure (which analysts have noted seems unfinished and lacks a lot of significant details), and earlier this week the Senate Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer introduced a more widespread one relying on $1 trillion in government spending.

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Cuban Trade Officials Visit United States

This week, a Cuban trade delegation made up of high ranking government officials, are traveling to four states and six ports to brainstorm potential increased collaboration between the two nations, while the Trump administration is openly reconsidering the advances in economic cooperation made by the Obama administration.

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Russian Sanctions May be Lifted as Economy Gets Boost from Oil

A year ago, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland there was a very somber energy vibrating from Russian representatives. Oil prices were near a twelve year low below $30/barrel, and fresh sanctions (over Russia’s actions in Ukraine) from the West lead by America were crippling their economy and financial markets.

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NAFTA Renegotiation to Begin Shortly

Throughout his campaign, Donald Trump made clear that he is no fan of free trade agreements that he believes ship American jobs overseas, specifically naming NAFTA and the TPP (still under negotiation). With only two full days in office, he is wasting no time beginning the process to make NAFTA more favorable to American workers

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Chinese GDP Growth Holds Steady

The world’s largest emerging economy, China, is predicted to have seen a steady 6.7% growth during the final quarter of 2016. Aided by higher government spending and generous bank lending, the tailwind heading into what is expected to be a turbulent 2017 will give the country a good head start.

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Quick UK - USA Free Trade Agreement?

“We’re going to work very hard to get it done quickly, and done properly” – President elect, Donald Trump. Without counting the EU as a single entity, the UK is currently the 7th largest trading partner of America, if one accounts for the total exchange between both nations. With Britain voting last year to leave

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