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The Opioid Epidemic’s Age Blindness
America / Labor Force / Politics / U.S. Domestic Policy

The Opioid Epidemic’s Age Blindness

The single strongest indicator of the opioid crisis is drug overdoses, which have grown rapidly in recent years due to opioid dependency. The rise in overdose deaths has been driven by opioid dependency, fueled by over prescription. Between 1999 and 2015, prescription opioid sales per capita rose 356 percent[1]. During that period, opioid-related deaths quadrupled. … Continue reading

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Is the Yield Curve Suggesting Another Recession?

One of the most reliable recession indicators is the yield curve, which measures the spread between short and long duration bond yields. A steeper curve, or when long term yields exceed short term yields, is usually associated with higher inflation and economic expansion. Contracting yield spreads, in contrast, usually suggests slower growth and tighter monetary … Continue reading

China / Economy / Politics / Tariffs / Trade

Trump States Will Be Hit by Chinese Pork Tariffs

Yesterday, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce imposed retaliatory tariffs on 128 U.S. products totaling $3 billion “in order to safeguard China’s interests and balance the losses caused by the U.S.” The tariffs, initially threatened in March, are the Chinese response to the Section 232 measures on steel and aluminum imposed by President Trump earlier that … Continue reading

Lift off to Mars
Politics

Lift off to Mars

Photo: SPLOID, Jesus Diaz, 2014 Space Exploration Technologies Corp., also known as SpaceX, was founded almost 16 years ago with the intention to reduce space transportation costs and begin the colonization of Mars. Founder, Elon Musk, faced some challenges getting the company off the ground, including facing bankruptcy in 2008 after three failed launches. However, Musk’s … Continue reading

Politics

Where the U.S. stands on Cybersecurity

Introduction The United States is at a crossroads with cybersecurity. The threat of cyberterrorism from both state and non-state actors is very real, yet the U.S. has been painfully slow when it comes to digital safeguards. The government’s past failures to secure its assets is problematic, especially with the approaching midterm elections, and only deliberate … Continue reading