COVID-19 has an unprecedented and far-reaching effect on the global economy, bringing up lots of uncertainties and potential risks for investment in 2020. The historically low mortgage rates provide possibilities for the potential investment return in the real estate sector
As the coronavirus pandemic rages on, global economies continue to sink as unemployment and decreasing consumer good demand pose serious long term threats. Developing nations are particularly vulnerable as they lack the required infrastructure to bail local enterprises.
What if Nasdaq isn’t the dominant science and technology focused stock exchange? Investing Columnist Leo Wang explores the rise of Asia’s newest and most valuable market—one which also leads China’s counter against America’s technological and financial hegemony.
Travelers can now take advantage of unique vacation opportunities — for free. Senior Investing Columnist Sean Toobi breaks down the home exchanges domain and its growing popularity despite the recent struggles in the broader travel and tourism industry.
When asked to name a company dedicated to corporate social responsibility, almost everyone will immediately mention Patagonia. Patagonia, an upscale apparel retailer, for years was viewed as an anomaly by both investors and industry experts. The company preaches against consumerism with their “Don’t Buy This Jacket” campaign, where they actively exposed the environmental harm of one of their products. A company that discourages people from shopping could not possibly be successful in the long run. However, over the past decade, Patagonia has defied all odds by quadrupling in profit and reaching a valuation of $1 billion dollars.
A total of 101 incidents at various banks across Lebanon from November 1 to January 13, including sit-ins, minor and violent scuffles, hostage taking, and forklifts blocking bank entrances, have only contributed to the exponential decline in consumer confidence in local banks. To regain political balance and hopefully reinvigorate foreign stimulus to abate the rising economic disaster, a new Prime Minister, Professor Hassan Diab, was installed. However, this decision—one that was backed by the US-delegated terrorist militant group Hezbollah—has not sat well with citizens, as they believe the new candidate was selected by the same political elites behind past political corruption in Lebanon.
It’s no secret that COVID-19 has transformed the American economy. Manufacturing plants are shutting down, employees who can are working from home, and companies are struggling to stay afloat. Although many of these changes are temporary in such scale, they may be permanent in a smaller scale—i.e., some number of employees who were previously commuting to work will likely permanently switch to working from home after being introduced to this possibility.
Cryptocurrency’s conundrum is that businesses will not want to accept cryptocurrencies as a payment method until its value stabilizes (the price of cryptocurrencies routinely yo-yo by five percent per day). The value can only become more stable once people start using it to actually purchase goods and services. Instead, cryptocurrency prices are currently determined by speculators. In other words, cryptocurrency’s future transactional demand will only really increase once its present transactional demand increases since this is the only thing that will allow its value to be sufficiently stable for businesses to accept.