Hunt Lawrence and Daniel J. Flynn

Hunt Lawrence is a New York-based investor. Daniel Flynn is the author of five books.

Deficits Become More Expensive

 

Long after the U.S. Federal Reserve halted quantitative easing, the European Central Bank (ECB) announced its decision last week to end its bond-buying program by the end of 2018. As Europe followed the U.S. lead in one area, its policies diverged in another. The ECB also announced that it plans to continue offering a negative […]

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Another Silicon Valley Giant Wades Into Healthcare

 

Cisco Systems dislikes the healthcare system. Cisco executives see it devour increasing portions of profits. So, the San Jose-based tech company ventures into healthcare in the hopes of keeping more dollars within tech. Cisco offers a clinic on its campus. It negotiates directly with Stanford Health. And it places incentives within the deal to encourage […]

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Gavin Newsom’s Victory Speech Silent on Single Payer

 

Gavin Newsom, who touted single-payer healthcare as a cornerstone of his campaign for governor, routed his opponents in California’s top-two primary on Tuesday. Newsom not only garnered a third of the ballots in an election with nearly two-dozen candidates but essentially Jedi Mind Tricked voters into selecting his preferred fall adversary by repeatedly mentioning Republican […]

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California Dreaming… of Single Payer

 

The California Democratic Party recently adopted its own Nicene Creed. While the Christians’ profession of faith numbers almost 400 words, Democrats offer a more succinct five: “I believe in single payer.” The mantra hits voters focused on Tuesday’s elections hard and often. Blah, blah, blah…single payer… blah, blah, blah… single payer… blah, blah, blah… single […]

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Iceberg Ahead

 

Ten-year U.S. Treasury yields achieved their highest rate since 2011 last week. Though high by recent standards, 3.1 percent falls well below the postwar average. This present state—relatively low rates that nevertheless rise—affirms Shakespeare’s advice, “neither a borrower nor a lender be.” For individuals looking to invest, the stock market, even as it cools dramatically […]

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Democrat Tsunami Looking More Like Ripple

 

Nancy Pelosi recently affirmed that upon seizing the speaker’s gavel she plans to force through tax hikes. Her admission follows a memo released by Senate Democrats earlier this year calling to increase the corporate tax rate from 21 to 25 percent and push the top personal rate back to its pre-Trump level of 39.6 percent. […]

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As Trump Delivers Jobs, Biden & Sanders Talk Inequality

 

Utah State University researchers released findings this week that one percent of trees in older forest constituted half of forest biomass globally. The axman, like the taxman, forever cometh to solve the slur against egalitarianism. Former Vice President Joe Biden addressed inequality on Wednesday at the Brookings Institution, which a few months back published a […]

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SALT Deduction Reduction Sends NY, CA Scrambling

 

High-tax states face a choice: reduce taxes or lose taxpayers. Stephen Moore and Art Laffer forecast in the Wall Street Journal the loss of 800,000 California and New York residents over the next three years. The exodus, the economics experts say, comes because of the tax bill, which limits the state and local tax (SALT) […]

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Amazon Primed for Healthcare Push (Putsch?)

 

Amazon announced its number of Prime customers for the first time last week. The online retailer counts 100 million of them — who, excluding students and others affiliated with educational institutions, each pay $99 — around the globe to subscribe. Sixty-seven million of these Prime customers live in the United States. A majority of U.S. […]

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Healthcare’s Disrupters

 

U.S. healthcare spending increased to $3.6 trillion annually in the year preceding February to exceed 19 percent of growth domestic product. Annual healthcare spending growth rose to 4.9 percent by February. The Altarum report providing this data notes that increases came across the board. HealthcareFinanceNews.com explains, “Year-over-year spending increased in all major categories. Nursing home […]

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