A Boon for the US Economy

On December 20th, 2017, the US Congress passes the first tax reform bill since 1986. Upon this momentous event, the U.S markets and stocks finished at the highest they have ever had this year. Two of which the Dow Jones Industrial Average “rose 55.64 points to 24,782.29 and traded more than 100 points higher”, and “S&P 500 gained .2%  to 2,684.57, with financial and energy rising .9% and 2.1%”. This increase in the stock market is showing great promises that companies are beginning to liquefy assets, and invest more in their specific departments.

In addition following the tax reform bill several companies began announced that they would be providing a higher pay, and bonuses to several of their employees. This included companies such as Comcast, AT&T, Boeing, and Wells Fargo, which announced that they would give $1000 bonuses to over 200,000 employees. They have also announced several investments of millions of dollars on new departments and employee benefits. In the case of Boeing, they stated that they “would spend $300 million because of the tax plan” and Comcast announced that in addition to the $1000 bonuses, “they expect to spend well in excess of $50 billion on infrastructure over the next 5 years.

While only a hand full of companies have declared to invest for further expansion and compensation most CEO’s believe that the tax cut will end up boosting the economy as more trust is built between investors and the markets. According to the CEO of Adrian Day Asset Management, ‘There is real hope that the tax cuts will boost the economy, which is what they were intended to do’, this will then result in more and more companies investing in new departments, and creating more higher paying jobs.

Author: Angel Veloz, Sabre88 LLC

Editor’s note: Original Sources


https://www.cnbc.com/2017/12/21/us-stocks-tax-bill-wages.html

http://time.com/5074911/tax-reform-bill-company-investments-bonuses/

Business and Bitcoin

Bitcoin is a digital form of currency that has caught the eye of several businesses, and entrepreneurs from every market. The currency founded in 2009 by an unknown person by the name of Satoshi Nakamoto, has had its highs and lows in the market. However as of recent months Bitcoins have experienced an exponential growth in it’s price, which is attracting the attention of several large businesses such as Microsoft, Expedia, and many more.

While Bitcoins are looking to be increasing in popularity, and value this does not signify that they will continue to increase for the next months, years. In fact, companies who have invested in Bitcoin are taking one of the biggest risks imaginable, due to the uncertainty of how Bitcoin will fluctuate in the market. As of December 2017, one Bitcoin is equivalent to $16,600 US dollars; due to its high risks companies who place the majority of their investments into Bitcoin have a possibility of losing millions of dollars if there is the slightest shift in its price.

Even with these high risks, there are companies as previously mentioned who are taking the plunge into the new possible era of currency. While the majority are multi-million-dollar firms that can afford to take the high risk that Bitcoin brings; this is not discouraging some small business owners to also take the risk using Bitcoin as another form of payment for their businesses. In Upstate New York, a seafood restaurant called “Ocean Blue” is one of the first small businesses to incorporate Bitcoin as a payment method for food. While there is a very high risk, the restaurant owner explained that ‘because Bitcoins aren’t associated with regular banks they are not troubled by the rising cost of credit card fees”. By using Bitcoin, they are able to control these rising credit card fees, which is one of the biggest issues that small business is running into.

Even though the transition from fiat currency to data currency is a very difficult process, business big and small are beginning to take the first steps to take part to use Bitcoin for future investment. By being one of the first companies to take the leap into a possible new era of currency, they will be able to grow and expand their business beyond what they are currently capable of.

Author: Angel Veloz, Sabre88 LLC

Editor’s note: Original Sources


https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/on-small-business/wp/2017/12/08/a-restaurant-in-upstate-new-york-is-accepting-bitcoin-should-you/?utm_term=.79069cb5c798

US Job Surge-Unemployment at a 17 Year Low

As of the 2007 recession, the US economy has seen a plethora of highs and lows regarding several markets, and the overall economy. As of recently, however, the labor market has been steadily climbing up even in the direst of situations. According to data provided by the ADP Research Institute, companies across the United States have employed about 190,000 workers just in the month of November alone. This indicates that even after “months of hurricane-related distortions”, the economy continued to thrive, and expand at rates which we have experienced in several years.

In addition, this consistent growth directly matches other ADP data that shows the expansion of consumer demand and consumer trust in the market. In fact, it is estimated by economists that during the month of November, the economy had a median estimated gain of 200,000, thus having “unemployment at an almost 17-year low”

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While this is a positive sign for companies all over the United States, this will be a boon specifically to developing business who are starting to enter the market. Small businesses make up the backbone of the United States economy, therefore having a strong economic growth will encourage entrepreneurs to invest in their desired market, open a business and provide further employment for local residents in their area. As a result, experiencing this drastic growth in the economy even after several months of consecutive natural disasters, might encourage companies to have more trust in the market; thus, providing more employment opportunities.

Author: Angel Veloz, Sabre88 LLC

Editor’s note: Original Sources


Based on sources from the https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/on-small-business/companies-in-us-added-190000-jobs-in-november-adp-data-show/2017/12/06/48f662fe-da96-11e7-a241-0848315642d0_story.html