NAFTA Trucking Program Driving Equality for Mexico
Politics

NAFTA Trucking Program Driving Equality for Mexico

The 1994 passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was a major commitment to bolstering the interconnectedness between the United States and Mexico. Since implementation, the two countries have continued to realize increased economic growth and efficiency gains from integrated production. In 2012, Mexico was the second largest goods export destination for the … Continue reading

Holiday Spending: Past, Present, and Future
Economy / Fiscal policy

Holiday Spending: Past, Present, and Future

For the past decade holiday spending has begun before Halloween for about 40% of Americans, meaning the 2013 season is already underway. Halloween spending has served as an indicator of things to come, and this year spending decreased slightly (first decrease since 2009). The National Retail Federation (NRF) has projected a modest 2% spending decrease … Continue reading

Emerging Adults: Achieving Financial Independence from Parents
America / Economy

Emerging Adults: Achieving Financial Independence from Parents

Achieving financial independence has become more difficult for youths in the United States as the length of time necessary to complete education increases and the economy continues to recover from the Great Recession. The typical achievement indicators of adulthood, such as the completion of education and full time employment, as well as the social indicators … Continue reading

Housing Finance Reform: Corker-Warner Tackles Fannie and Freddie
Economy

Housing Finance Reform: Corker-Warner Tackles Fannie and Freddie

In response to the 2008 crash of the housing market, the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 created the Federal Housing Finance Administration (FHFA) to serve as government conservator of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Federal Home Loan Banks; and injected $188 billion in taxpayer funds to bailout the agencies collectively known as … Continue reading