What happened during one of Brexit’s most pivotal weeks

After seizing control of the parliamentary agenda, a cross-party alliance of British lawmakers threw a wrench into Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plan to leave the European Union regardless of whether a deal is in place. On September 4th, 2019, British MPs voted 327 to 299 to pass a bill aimed at blocking a no-deal Brexit […]

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Everything you need to know about US trade deals

2019 will likely go down as the year that trade dominated headlines. The US is currently working on several deals with several trading partners. Some of those trade talks have made substantial progress; others, not so much. Among all the news of increasing tariffs, trade wars, and various negotiations, it can be challenging to keep […]

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What’s with all the recession talk?

The dreaded ‘R’ word is making headlines again. Recession.  Warnings of a potential recession are certainly not new, but a recent report from the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) has given fresh cause for concern. The report, which was released August 19, found that a majority (74%) of American business economists think the US […]

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How we got here: a timeline of the US-China trade war

Rollercoaster. That’s one word that probably best sums up the ongoing tit-for-tat trade conflict between the US and China. The lengthy back and forth between the US and China has brought multiple promises of an impending trade deal, only to see additional tariffs come into effect. The trade war between the world’s two largest economies […]

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Here’s how much American businesses paid for tariffs in June alone

As the year-long trade dispute between the US and China continues to escalate, American businesses and consumers are left paying the price for the mounting tariffs. In June, American companies paid $6 billion in tariffs, one of the highest tariffed months in US history and a 74% increase from what was paid a year earlier. […]

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The currency shift: US-China trade dispute takes an alarming turn

The US-China trade dispute took a dangerous turn this week. For the first time in 25 years, the US Treasury Department labeled China as a currency manipulator. The designation came on August 5, the same day China allowed its currency, the yuan, to drop to its weakest level in more than a decade. On top […]

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Study shows majority of small businesses unprepared for cyber attacks

Capital One’s recent breach that exposed the personal information of some 100 million Americans served as another reminder about the increasing risks posed by cyber criminals. But a new study found that despite the rising risks, cyber security efforts aren’t a top priority among small businesses. The 2019 SMB Cyberthreat Study from Keeper Security, which […]

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UK nearing ‘full-blown’ recession as no-deal Brexit looms

The UK’s budget watchdog has warned that leaving the European Union without a Brexit deal would throw the country into a recession. The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) said the UK economy appears to have “flatlined” and that a no-deal Brexit scenario could more than double the country’s budget deficit by next year. “This raises […]

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More tariffs could still be ahead in US-China trade spat

Thinking things have been relatively quiet on the US-China trade dispute front? We can change that for you. While the two countries have resumed trade talks, there are indications that a deal isn’t close to happening soon. On July 16, President Donald Trump said that he hasn’t ruled out imposing additional duties on Chinese imports, […]

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All about the Generation Z consumer

In a recent article, we gave some insights to help you get to know the coveted millennial consumer group. But that’s not the latest generation that businesses need to be mindful of when it comes to marketing. Hot on the heels of millennials is Generation Z. The two age groups are often lumped together, but […]

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