Weekly Reads: 03/03/2017
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Weekly Reads: 03/03/2017

The Week’s Best Articles: Week of February 27, 2017

Tax: Border Adjustment and Transfer Tax – click here
A quick look at the potential impact of the rumored border tax plan.  Such a program is likely to solve certain issues but also create new ones.

Infrastructure: Who Wants to Pay? – click here
In what should come as no surprise there is wide agreement that the country needs an investment in infrastructure.  However, equally unsurprising is that very few want to pay for it.  This dynamic is likely to make negotiations very tense in Washington and around the various state capitals.

Health Insurance: Test for Republican Health Care Plan – click here
A quick look at how the Republican health care mindset has changed over time.  Not surprisingly, many of the firm comments the party made early on during Trump’s tenure have been tempered.   Changes will come but it is our view that there will be changes not outright removal of the current Obamacare setup.

Interest Rates: What a Rate Hike in March Means – click here
Mohamed A. El-Erian gives a quick summary of what a Fed rate increase in March would mean.  Succinctly put it would mean that the Fed is becoming more confident about the future of the economy.  The next few weeks should give investors the data they need to make an informed prediction and position portfolios appropriately.

Infrastructure Spending: Promised Economic Stimulus Not Happening Until 2018? – click here
Forbes takes a quick look at what the repercussions of the political infighting the Republican party is experiencing over repealing Obamacare and its impact on Trump’s other large promises: tax reform and infrastructure spending.

Technology: 10 Potential Breakthroughs for 2017 – click here
As admires of technology some of the items on this list are pretty phenomenal and exciting to think about.  While there may be skeptics of the face verification technology by face++ it seems more and more likely that we are headed toward a world with that technology in it.

Technology: What We Can Learn From Snap’s IPO – click here
The biggest IPO in a few years will provide a wealth of knowledge for market investors.  Most notably it will give us insight into how strong the “animal spirits” of investors are.  It will also provide another interesting data point in the war against super-voting shares and total control by corporate founders.

Credit Cards: American Express Giving Away Uber Rides – click here
American Express announced new changes to their platinum card to make it more competitive with its main competitor the Chase Sapphire card.  Now they will be giving away $200 in Uber rides!  

Credit Cards: American Express Giving Away Uber Rides – click here
American Express announced new changes to their platinum card to make it more competitive with its main competitor the Chase Sapphire card.  Now they will be giving away $200 in Uber rides!