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Will Beer be the Straw that Breaks the Camel’s Back?

The situation in Venezuela has gone from bad to very bad and worse. There is triple digit inflation that makes money lose value by the hour. There are daily power…

Mozambique Faces Severe Crisis

It was looking pretty encouraging for Mozambique for a while. It had captured much of the agricultural potential when Zimbabwe expelled its farmers and then it found vast reserves of…

Currencies are Trending – Watch Out. $

Currencies are Trending – Watch Out.    $

There is a currency challenge coming to a global economy near you, and we aren’t the only ones worried enough to write about it. This could be the major event…

Auto Sales Recover in April.

US auto sales recovered in April according to an early estimate by Autodata. Autodata says that the US is back on track to sell about 17.4 million units, up from…

A Different Take on the ISM April Report $

There was a lot of commentary about the ISM Manufacturing Report on Business released Monday morning. Most of the focus on the report was on the top line numbers in…

Canada Goes Against the Grain  $

When Justin Trudeau was campaigning he offered a nod to those who opposed deficit spending and promised the country would limit the size of that deficit spend. Shortly after taking…

Graduates Expecting a Good Hiring Year

Graduates Expecting a Good Hiring Year

It appears that college grads will be entering a better year for hiring than has been the case for almost a decade. Those who graduated in the years of the…

Continued Slump in New Home Sector 

For the third straight month the number of new home starts fell. This is becoming a concern although there is still good news from the existing home market. There has…

Price vs. Value. $

Some of the top marketers I’ve ever been around have long found that value (a measure of the relationship between price vs. quality of a service or product) is typically…

Quick Note on Automotive and Durable Goods. $

Orders for new vehicles fell by 3% in March according to the durable goods report released today. The chart at right shows the year-over-year change in annualized auto sales (seasonally…

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