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Just How Strong Is the U.S. Dollar?

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 2:12:37 PM America/Denver

american currency usdThe story of the U.S. dollar for some time, since July 2014 at least, has been that it is seeing an unusually rapid rise against all other world currencies. The dollar gained strength due in large part to the U.S. having an especially strong economy while the rest of the world struggled. During the second half of 2014, the U.S. dollar increased in strength against all other major global currencies, including the Swiss franc, Japanese yen, and British pound. And in early 2015, CNN reported that the U.S. dollar was seeing its fastest rise in 40 years, asserting that the unexpected rise of the dollar wouldn’t be changing anytime soon.

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Venezuela's Economic Crisis

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 2:08:16 PM America/Denver

venezuelan flag with word crisisThe South American country of Venezuela is currently facing the most serious economic crisis of any Latin American country. President Nicolas Maduro, the successor to Hugo Chavez, recently declared a state of emergency in the country. According to Forbes, inflation will likely top 400% this year, and many parts of the the country are already seeing a lack of electricity access. Matt O’Brien of the Washington Post recently stated, “[Venezuela] has the world’s worst economic growth, worst inflation and ninth-worst unemployment rate right now. It also has the second-worst murder rate, and an infant mortality rate at public hospitals that’s gotten 100 times worse itself the past four years.”

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A Look at Russia’s Struggling Economy

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 2:01:42 PM America/Denver

russian currency rublesRussia’s economy has been operating at a deficit since 2012, and poverty there continues to be on the rise. In fact, the World Bank predicts that the poverty rate will reach 14.2% in 2016. The country’s Reserve Fund is also expected to run out by 2017—just next year. Recently one New York Times economic analyst took an in-depth look at potential contributing causes to Russia’s struggling economy; here is a brief overview of those factors that are contributing to Russia’s economic instability.

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Greece Seeing More Bailouts

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 2:00:00 PM America/Denver

focus on greece in europeThe Greek government-debt crisis has definitely been a hot topic in global economy news for some time now, and it looks like European leaders are scrambling once again to come up with solutions for Greece’s struggling economy.

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The Panama Papers Explained pt. 3

Sunday, May 22, 2016 1:08:32 AM America/Denver

The release of the Panama Papers represents the single largest journalistic leak and, perhaps, achievement of investigative journalism in the digital age. The papers give a rare glimpse into the world of offshore shell corporations, and the many ways that they can be used nefariously, due to the lack of oversight that accompanies them. Because news is still coming out about the Panama Papers every single day, it can be difficult to keep track of what exactly this latest revelation means. To help in that understanding, here is a 3-part series that explains the Panama Papers and what we can expect to see from here…

Regions of hidden wealth

Of the offshore business structures that were created by Mossack Fonseca, most of the ones that were hiding wealth for the purpose of tax evasion (which are nearly all of them) were set up in the Caribbean, with over half of them being on the British Virgin Islands, Panama, and the Bahamas. Of where this money came from, nearly all of it derived from industrialized, and often Western, countries. China, Russia, and Hong Kong represented the largest contributors of tax evaded wealth, with Britain and Sweden being shockingly high, as well.

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The Panama Papers Explained pt. 2

Sunday, May 15, 2016 1:06:12 AM America/Denver

 release of the Panama Papers represents the single largest journalistic leak and, perhaps, achievement of investigative journalism in the digital age. The papers give a rare glimpse into the world of offshore shell corporations, and the many ways that they can be used nefariously, due to the lack of oversight that accompanies them. Because news is still coming out about the Panama Papers every single day, it can be difficult to keep track of what exactly this latest revelation means. To help in that understanding, here is a 3-part series that explains the Panama Papers and what we can expect to see from here...

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The Panama Papers Explained pt. 1

Sunday, May 8, 2016 1:02:39 AM America/Denver

The release of the Panama Papers represents the single largest journalistic leak and, perhaps, achievement of investigative journalism in the digital age. The papers give a rare glimpse into the world of offshore shell corporations, and the many ways that they can be used nefariously, due to the lack of oversight that accompanies them. Because news is still coming out about the Panama Papers every single day, it can be difficult to keep track of what exactly this latest revelation means. To help in that understanding, here is a 3-part series that explains the Panama Papers and what we can expect to see from here...

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Iraqi Kurdistan and Sub-State Economics

Sunday, May 1, 2016 12:58:13 AM America/Denver

When the situation in Iraq is being discussed and analyzed, it’s important to not forget that there are many different sub-state factions in Iraq that are working together (and also against each other) to try to put the country back on its feet. One of these groups, the ethnic section of Iraq known as Iraqi Kurdistan, is absolutely crucial to the success of the country has a whole. This is a challenging situation, as there have often been difficulties, and even flat-out violence between the Kurds and other Iraqi Arabs. However, working together is the only way to work the country through its tumultuous situation. Here’s some information on the state of Iraqi Kurdistan...

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The Weakness of Abenomics

Friday, April 29, 2016 5:07:00 PM America/Denver

Japan is one of the the largest economies on the planet. To be precise, it is the third-largest, behind only the United States and China. However, its current economy might be in a bit of a pickle, due to Shinzo Abe, the two-term Prime Minister of Japan, and his, until now, relatively successful economic program, dubbed “Abenomics”. This program, which was put forward by Abe during 2012, which was the general election for his second term, effectively stimulated the Japanese economy and drove up stock prices. However, there is one factor that could bring Abenomics down across the country. Here is some information on the weakness of Abenomics...

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Japan's Economic Evolution

Monday, April 25, 2016 4:38:00 PM America/Denver

If we measure by nominal GDP, the three largest economies in the world belong to the United States, China, and Japan. Japan, though, didn’t always have the foundation to be such an economic powerhouse. The country has had an interesting journey from being an imperialist theocracy that fought against the Allied powers in World War II, to near economic annihilation, to surprising success in the post-war period. Here is some surprising information about Japan’s period of economic evolution that they have experienced in the time since WWII...

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