Price Transparency: An Exacerbation or Solution to the Mounting Cost of Health Care?
Healthcare / Politics

Price Transparency: An Exacerbation or Solution to the Mounting Cost of Health Care?

On Wednesday, June 27, the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) held a hearing to discuss the rising cost of health care in the U.S. Several panelists mentioned increasing price transparency as a potential solution to the growing issue. The disclosure of health care prices is by no means a new … Continue reading

Immigration / Politics

Immigration Reform: Whom Does America Want?

Following through on one of his core campaign promises, President Trump ended DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) last year, the Obama era executive order that gives work permits to undocumented immigrants who arrived in the country as children.   Starting September 5th, 2017, Congress had six months to come up with a replacement before the … Continue reading

The Inefficiencies of Employer-Sponsored Visa Caps
Immigration / Labor Force / Politics

The Inefficiencies of Employer-Sponsored Visa Caps

by Finn D. Reynolds On April 6th, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced it had reached the 65,000 H-1B visa cap for 2019, as well as the 20,000 cap for advanced degree petitioners. This comes just five days after USCIS started accepting H-1B petitions, and marks the sixth consecutive year that it reached the … Continue reading

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

Politics

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