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That the Cannes International Film Festival, European Football leagues, Kentucky Derby, 2020 Olympics, and many more events throughout the globe are being postponed because of a virus that started in a Chinese city might seem like a chain of events from a conspiracy chaos theorist.

However, the panic caused by the coronavirus illustrates the extent our world is interconnected .“Global” is the keyword since many of the problems we are now facing are global in nature such as a pandemic, economic inequality, and global warming. The coronavirus is proving just how interdependent we are with international travel spreading the virus…


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Proctor and Gamble or P&G is the worlds biggest consumer goods company, it was founded back in 1837 and is headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. The company has a portfolio of popular products like Febreze, Always, Ariel, Gillette, Crest, Pantene, and many more. In August 2014, P&G started resturcuring by dropping and selling around 100 brands that have been loosing 3% of annual sales from 2011–2014 (like Pringles, Clairol, Lindor, and many more.) P&G said their core brands (roughly 65) generated around 90 percent of sales and more than 95 percent of profit over 2011–2014. “Less will be much more,” Chief…


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During the last few years, alternative finance has been slowly transforming the offerings of financial services and the providers of such services in two main ways. New business models and new technologies. It’s critical to understand the four key and interrelated technologies that have allowed alternative finance to flourish. These can be known as the ABCDs driving FinTech, namely, artificial intelligence, or AI, blockchain, cloud computing, and data.


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The evolution of the world’s money payment and transfer methods (from the perspective of individuals) has developed drastically over the decades. Throughout evolution, there have been four different phases.

Barter, the first phase, extended from 9000 BC up until 600 BC. In this process, goods were exchanged directly between people. This system, however, had limitations like the difficulties of carrying goods and transporting them across long distances to make exchanges. Because of these limitations, people transitioned into phase two which was using commodity money. Some popular examples of commodity money are gold or silver. An interesting theory about that time…


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In May, Costa Rica’s new 38 year old president Carlos Alvarado announced the plan of the ban in his inauguration speech. Costa Rica will be the first nation in the world to eliminate fossil fuels completely, but it will be a hassle.

In his speech, he said that “Costa Rica must be one of the first countries to decarbonize, if not the first to accomplish it.” He also said “When we reach 200 years of independent life we will take Costa Rica forward and celebrate … that we’ve removed gasoline and diesel from our transportation,” he promised to the crowds…


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Oil has been the fuel our world runs on since the mid 1900's. Even though oil was used in the 1800's for basic stuff like oil lamps, the discovery of the world’s first commercially viable oil well in the 1900’s was the spark. It came at a time when emerging technology created new products that can be produced from oil. Since then, oil consumption grew exponentially because of many factors like the increase in demand for vehicles, gasoline, diesel, and heating fuel.

Even though oil is used globally, the biggest demand always comes from developing nations. This need is due…


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President Trump’s tariffs on $34 billion of Chinese imports has taken effect. This lead to China saying that it will be forced to retaliate but no new tariffs have been enforced or increased yet.

On Friday July 6 at 12:01, new US tariffs were in full effect on $34 billion imports from China, with $16 billion additional tariffs that could be imposed in the next two weeks as President Trump has said. The $16 billion additional tariffs will probably be in retaliation of the Chinese response. The new tariffs are imposed on Chinese goods ranging from airplane parts to farming…


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As Washington and Beijing are having tariffs war, there is a growing concern about the consequences these duties will have on emerging-market economies and currencies.

These tensions are reaching new peaks as China is threatening new tarrifs on US products. However no tariffs have been put in effect yet.

Emerging countries like Mexico, Taiwan, South Korea, South Africa, Malaysia, Singapore, and many more will face a cut to their growth because of these duties. Mexican export goods go overwhelmingly to the U.S. This means that significant trade barriers could bear more macro-downside risk than for other emerging nations, but for…


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After the 2008 crash and the Lehman Brothers collapse, HFTs or High Frequency Trading were introduced to the market. Exchanges like the NYSE gave incentives to companies to add liquidity to the market, which resulted in the popularity of HFTs.

The HFTs were introduced most importantly to increase liquidity and also to remove the bid ask spread. However, HFTs disadvantages could be seen in these tense times. HFTs withdraw liquidity when there are complex news that the algorithms are not programmed to analyze. An example of this was back in May 2010 when the Dow Jones dropped 1000 points in…

Fadi Thomas AlAji

Finance and Economics graduate “The truth is permanent, everything else will fall by the way side.” Reach me at fadi.aji7@gmail.com

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