1) GE (General Electric) announced they will freeze pensions for about 20,000 salaried U.S. employees in order to help the ailing conglomerate cut debt and reduce its retirement fund by $8 billion dollars. Presently, the company has $105.8 billion dollar debt. Their pension plans are among it biggest liabilities and is underfunded by about $27 billion dollars. This move will not effect present retirees who are collecting their pensions.
2) Twenty-one days into the strike, the UAW (United Auto Workers) and GM (General Motors) contract talks have taken a turn for the worse. The snag is product commitments for U.S. factories for new vehicles, engines, transmissions and other items represented by the union. GM is losing $80 million dollars a day, while striking workers are earning about one fifth their regular pay as $260 a month strike benefits.
3) The U.S. railroads slump is getting worse from the slowdown as manufacturing threatens U.S. economy. Trucking is also feeling a slowdown with less than truckload cargos decreasing, although long haul trucking seems to be holding up. Truck rates have dropped, which is pulling some freight business away from trains.
4) Stock market closings for – 7 OCT 19:
Dow 26,478.02 down 95.70 Nasdaq 7,956.29 down 26.18 S&P 500 2,938.79 down 13.22
1) Saudi Arabia has restored 75% of its crude oil output and will have restored full production by next week. The September 14 attacks had reduced crude production to half, but promises that production will be fully restored by the end of September. The Saudis have managed to avoid a world wide oil crisis by drawing upon their stockpiles to continue supplying their customers at near pre-attack levels of crude.
2) The retailer giant Amazon plans to purchase 100,000 electric delivery vans from the company Rivian as part of its carbon neutral plan. Furthermore, Amazon announced plans to up its present 40% renewable energy to 100% by 2030. Rivian will design a custom electric delivery van for Amazon to be delivered between 2021 and 2024, who also has an agreement with Ford to develop an electric F-150 pickup truck. Amazon is also working to halt its support of the fossil fuel industry, stopping donations to climate denying politicians and think tanks, and stopping the oppression of climate refugees.
3) The British travel firm Thomas Cook has collapsed with bankruptcy, leaving about 600,000 customers stranded. The 178 year old group, which is debt plagued and struggling against fierce online competition for some time, is blaming Brexit uncertainty for the recent drop in bookings, and thus its inability to secure $250 million dollar loan to prevent collapse. This also leaves 22,000 staff members unemployed, with the British government chartering airlines to fly stranded passengers home.
4) Stock market closings for – 23 SEP 19:
Dow 26,949.99 up 14.92 Nasdaq 8,112.46 down 5.21 S&P 500 2,991.78 down 0.29
1) The woes of traditional American big box retailers continues with J.C. Penney seeking strategies to keep their money losing company afloat. The company is in talks with specialist on reorganizing their trouble companies debt. Dressbarn, another retailer has announced the closing of all its retail stores starting this August with the closing of 53 stores.
2) The American retiree population is running out of money too soon. Three fifths of retirees do not have any traditional pension plan. The much vaunted 401K plan for replacing retirement plans, which became popular in the last quarter of the twentieth century, is failing to provide the needed retirement income despite the soaring stock market of the last ten years. This will leave America’s young people with a massive burden who themselves are facing financial challenges with shrinking job markets and displacement by technology.
3) The renowned airline manufacture Boeing announced they are taking a $4.9 billion dollar charge in the second quarter which will wipe out all of it’s profits for that quarter. This charge is compensation to airline companies for having their aircraft grounded, resulting in loss of business and revenues. Furthermore, Boeing has cut production of their best selling product as deliveries are backed up pending acceptance of their software fix by the government.
4) Stock market closings for – 19 JUL 19:
Dow 27,154.20 down 68.77 Nasdaq 8,146.49 down 60.75 S&P 500 2,976.61 down 18.50
1) News for budding entrepreneurs. Each year, roughly 30,000 new consumer products are introduced to the market place, but 95% of them fail. The primary reason for failure is lack of preparation, of not understanding the ‘product life cycle’. The life cycle is the time from inception to obsolescence the product experiences. As a product goes through its life cycle, the sales and profit margins will fluctuate, so you must adjust your marketing mix accordingly. The subject is complex and extensive, and a new entrepreneur should spend time researching and understanding the topic before investing in a new product venture.
2) AT&T and Microsoft announced they have agreed on a cloud deal worth more than $2 billion dollars. AT&T will use Microsoft’s Azure cloud service for its computing needs and Office 365 software for its 268,000 people. Additionally, the two companies will work together on edge computing with Microsoft technology deployed alongside AT&T’s up coming 5G network and applications requiring extremely small delays in passing data back and forth such as real time control systems applications.
3) The debt of America is about to hit a record high, a result of cheap money and soaring debt, which has fueled the decade long economic expansion and bull market. There are raising fears of what could happen if there is a shift in the fragile economic balance. The total American debt, both public and private amounts to nearly $70 trillion dollars, with the economy about $21 trillion dollars in size. Difficulties could arise if America should experience a recession with both government and private sectors having trouble meeting their repayments.
4) Stock market closings for – 17 JUL 19: Disappointing quarterly reports pulled the markets down.
Dow 27,219.85 down 115.78 Nasdaq 8,185.21 down 37.59 S&P 500 2,984.42 down 19.62
1) Estimates for National Employment Report forecast 140,000 new jobs, but private employers added just 102,000. This compares to 41,000 new jobs for the pervious month. This report comes ahead of the U.S. Labor Departments’s more comprehensive non-farm payrolls which includes both public and private sector employment.
2) Renown former Chrysler CEO Lee Iacocca, the man who put the Mustang in Ford’s lineup, has died at 94. Mr. Iacocca is also noted for creating the minivan and Chrysler K-cars in his 32 year career in Detroit. He’s best noted for his turn around of Chrysler corporation when in 1979 the company was floundering with $5 billion dollar debt turning out gas guzzler cars that people didn’t want. To save the company, he secured $1.5 billion dollar loan guarantees from the Federal Government which kept the company afloat until new fuel efficient cars could be produced.
3) The U.S. trade deficient surges to a five month high in May as imports of goods increased with businesses building up stock supplies to avoid tariffs. The trade deficit increased 8.4% to $55.5 billion dollars. The widening trade deficit adds to weak housing, manufacturing, business investment and slow consumer spending which may spell a lowering of the American economy. The trade deficit may be further aggravated with the suspension of Boeing’s 737 MAX deliveries.
4) Stock market closings for- 3 JUL 19: Stocks surged up on news of new U.S.- China talks.
Dow 26,966.00 up 179.32 Nasdaq 8,170.23 up 61.14 S&P 500 2,995.82 up 22.81
1) Venezuela has 1,700,000% inflation rate, its money now so worthless that the people are now using the Columbia Peso to do business such as paying for labor and buying goods. This has come about because so many Venezuelans are buying what supplies they can get from Colombia.
2) Wal-mart announced they will no longer employ store greeters. This was a job that many handicapped people could do, and there are thousands of disabled workers whose jobs will be lost with limited prospects of re-employment. No reason was given, but the slump in big box retailing was most likely a significant factor.
3) The Central Bank Chief warns that dangers are brewing ahead, the bank closely watching the situation. While the current economy is heathy, fears of the impact of China’s and Europe’s economic future are of particular concern from effects of Brexit and trade negotiations. Also considers the Federal debt making an unstable economic environment.
4) 26 FEB 19 Stock market closings:
Dow 26,057.98 down 33.97 Nasdaq 7,549.30 down 5.16 S&P 500 2,793.90 down 2.21
Mega host Sammy BE (Bizman Bassey) co host James Lymon, along with Jon Don Sterling (on the boards), wrap up 2017 with a year end review on the economy, business and finance.
They engage on topics ranging from Bitcoin, stocks profits/declines, Trump’s Republican tax bill (which he signed into law before Christmas began), our military & manufacturing sector encompassing a strong nation and our huge deficit and/or debt to China(in the $$$trillions$$$ of dollars)……
This year has seen its share of ups and downs in the economic & financial stratosphere but overall the year turned out to be a learning experience, as every year before it should be. Only time can tell what the new year (2018) will bring.
One thing is for sure 2018 shall surely be one that is newsworthy on the economic, financial and business front, and as it develops we will report on it, discuss it, and of course podcast it… The EFR Podcast show… Happy New Year 2018.
Remember to tune in, and continue to #Stay Blessed & #God Bless…
Approx. 13 of the 18 casino’s operating in Puerto Rico are restored; after the devastation that rocked the US island that houses close to 4 million people. Department of Tourism in Puerto Rico, has indicated that cruise and hotel accommodations are nearly restored, insisting that cruises have started departing in and out of ports and harbors.
It’s highly interesting to say the least because more then 85% of the general populace in Puerto Rico is without power and electricity, so the tourism aspect of this revelation is somewhat surprising. Puerto Rico’s tourism accounts for more then $2 billion annually toward the island’s revenue, so at the same token if tourism can get up to speed in production, travelers may revel to tour Puerto Rico, as they have done before Hurricane Maria occured.-SB
Standard and Poor downgraded Brazil’s debt credit to “Junk”. The Bovespa stock index fell 0.33% Thursday, by end of the day. Brazil must cut spending and expenditures to increase stability to its economy.
President Dilma Rousseff discussed alternatives and options with her economic team, on finding certain solutions to the downgrade by Standard & Poor’s… One of the main options discussed was cutting spending drastically. Economically, Brazil is already over ten billion dollars in debt. Inflation is north of 10% and unemployment has risen drastically, over the course of a few years time.-SB