14 October 2020

1) Cuba’s economic minister urged calm as the government prepares to unify its dual currency system and multiple exchange rates in hopes of improving economic performance. The nation is undergoing a crisis caused by new U.S. sanctions on top of decades-old embargos, the pandemic and its inefficient Soviet-style command economy. The country could not overcome the crisis without unification which included wage, pension and other measures to protect the population. The monetary reform will eliminate the convertible peso while leaving a devalued peso, the officially exchanged rate since the 1959 Revolution is one peso to the dollar. The country would end up with a single currency and exchange rate with the dollar, but it’s unknown what the rate might be or the date devaluation would happen. Economists forecast this will cause triple digit inflation and bankruptcies while at the same time stimulating domestic economic efficiency and exports over imports.
2) Two more arms sales to Taiwan is reported to be moving forward. America is seeking to sell sophisticated military equipment, the MQ-9 drone aircraft and a coastal defensive missile system putting the island nation in a better position to repulse invasion by Red China, who claims Taiwan is a wayward province. China has stated she will reunite the province to the mainland, by force if necessary. Presently, there are as many as seven major weapon systems making their way through the U.S. export process, as the administration ramps up pressure on China. All arm sales to Taiwan must be approved by the Senate.
3) California’s PG&E (Pacific Gas & Electric) company is warning of up coming power outages in Northen California because of increased fire risk. Two dangerous wind events are expected this Wednesday and Thursday and into Friday. High winds pose a fire danger from sparking of power lines into vegetation, thus starting fires in dry areas already ravaged by fires. Power outages are anticipated in 34 California counties. Cutting off the electrical power is presently the only means to ensure against sparking wild fires in windy conditions, and has become standard operation procedure.
4) Stock market closings for – 13 OCT 20:
Dow 28,679.81 unchanged
Nasdaq 11,863.90 unchanged
S&P 500 3,511.93 unchanged
10 Year Yield: down at 0.73%
Oil: up at $40.18

24 August 2020

1) Despite being in a major recession with unemployment hovering around 22 million, the home sales market is on fire, last month setting a record 24.7% increase compared with June. While the housing market was all but frozen this spring, surprisingly it has rebound from the effects of the pandemic crisis. The previous record for sales was set in 1968 with a 20.7% rise. Furthermore, all regions of the country reported strong sales of homes. One factor is considered that all the work at home has homeowners looking for larger houses. The strong sales is driving prices upward, with the median price of homes up 8.5% from July, now at $304,100. This is the 101st straight month of increasing prices.

2) AI (Artificial Intelligence) has made significant inroads in competing with humans to do tasks better and faster. In a field most people would consider as strictly a human endeavor- Dog fighting, or aerial combat where fighter aircraft chase each other through the sky trying to shoot each other down, now has AI systems to replace people. An AI system developed by Heron Systems went against a human F-16 fighter pilot in simulated air combat and defeated him 5-0. The simulation was limited to the nose cannon only, no missiles allowed. A couple of years ago, Boeing Aircraft said they were developing robot airliners which flew by themselves- no pilots!

3) Researchers have created a minuscule robot beetle, weighing only 88 milligrams, that can operated for two hours without a battery. The machine runs on liquid methanol that powers its artificial muscles allowing it to carry 2.6 times its body weight. The artificial muscles are called ‘catalytic artificial micro-muscle’, that uses special metals that allows the use of methanol to generate power to a micro-machine. While the RoBeetle is just a demonstration of a technology, it shows that power can be derived without the use of conventional batteries, which limit the size and weight of micro-robots.

4) Stock market closings for – 21 AUG 20:

Dow 27,930.33 up 190.60
Nasdaq 11,311.80 up 46.85
S&P 500 3,397.16 up 11.65

10 Year Yield: down at 0.64%

Oil: down at $42.25

AMAZON IS ON AN AQUISITIONAL ROLL…. BUYING WHOLE FOODS FOR COOL $13.7 BILLION……..

By: Economic & Finance Report

Jeff Bezos and Amazon (AMZN)  are on a buying up everything and anything run.  Amazon (AMZN) will be purchasing the healthy food store chain Wholefoods Inc (WFM), which practically is a nationwide conglomerate in its own right.

The sale now puts Amazon (AMZN) as owners of hundreds of Whole Foods (WFM) stores and subsidiaries around the country, and spearheading them with a potential rivalry with heavyweight retail chain Walmart Stores Inc (WMT). The current CEO of Whole Foods Market Inc ( John Mackey), will remain as Whole Foods (WMT) CEO, after the Amazon (AMZN) buyout. The sale of Whole Foods (WMT) increased the company’s market share by 21% on the NASDAQ boards, on Friday June 16, 2017.

Whole Foods Market Inc (WMT) has been suffering as of late and the buyout to Amazon (AMZN) seemed a natural fit for CEO Mackey, who was fighting internal control of the company from activist investors. -SB

POWER COMPANY ASSOCIATION INDICATES DOMINICAN REPUBLIC OWES THEM $800 MILLION FOR POWER SUPPLY USAGE..

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By: Economic & Finance Report

The Dominican Electricity Industry Association (ADIE) has specified to the Dominican Republic that it is owed $800 million dollars for power supply usage at national electrical plants  and facilities. The association has indicated that the government owes power supply producers the vast of the $800 million due. They have threatened to cut of power and electricity on the island if the money is not soon to be repaid.

 Govt analyst believe a sure blackout could occur, and would put a halt on the activities and largely effect the economy in DR. The government in DR has not paid the power suppliers for more then eight months, and the association does not want to extend anymore credit or “produce anymore lifelines for the country”, until they are fully paid.

So far government officials have not come with any solution on how to finance nor start repaying the power suppliers. -SB