7 June 2019

1) Years of slow economic progress, where the South nearly reach equality with northen and western neighbors, has reversed. Since 2009, the South’s growth in output and wages has slowed so the South is now receding compared with the rest of America. The twin forces of automation and globalization have wiped out millions of factory jobs where the lower wages and taxes were instrumental in the South drawing those businesses. The net result is the South’s economy is falling behind.

2) The discount retailer chain Costco announced they will be raising prices, stating the tariffs on China as the reason. Costco joins other retailers such as Walmart, Target and Macy in having to raise prices to consumers. There are fears that the wave of retail store closures will further increase as consumers retract from their spending habits.

3) Presidential candidate’s promise of free college to alleviate the growing student debt problem is facing problems of implementation. Low income students need more than just free tuition for gaining a college degree, and therefore the presidential plans will aid those who least need the financial help. The tuition accounts for half or less of college expenses. Presently, student debt stands at $1.6 trillion dollar, where presently 20 to 25% of new college graduates are unemployed or underemployed.

4) Stock market closings for 10 JUN 19:

Dow            26,062.68    up    78.74
Nasdaq         7,823.17    up    81.07
S&P 500        2,886.73    up    13.39

10 Year Yield:    up   at    2.14%

Oil:    up   at    $53.42

MERCEDEZ BENZ US HEADQUARTERS IS RELOCATING… TO ATLANTA…

 

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By: Economic & Finance Report

 Luxury  car maker Daimler AG (Mercedes Benz) is relocating down to Atlanta. The US  headquarters in New Jersey will no more be in existence.

Executives and management indicated that the shift was provided because of lower costs, the tax breaks they would receive and the close proximity to their southern car plants which is located in the state of Alabama. 

The shifting of personnel is expected to occur in July 2015, which  will include 1,000 personnel movint to the suburbs of Atlanta.  Executives @ Daimler AG also indicated that the relocation made sense because of the dynamic presence of the south currently and the infrastructure renovation that Atlanta has be going through in the last few years, made the decision much easier to relocate US operations down south

-SB