Economic Outlook

Trump Declares Victory As He Faces Two-Year Struggle With House Democrats


Despite record voter turnout and a staggering $5 billion political spend between both parties, Democrats’ hoped-for ‘blue wave’ failed to materialize on Tuesday. Instead, the reality was closer to a purple wash.

Democrats won a slight majority in the House – they were up 26 seats at last count, three more than the 23 needed to flip control, with more races expected to be called in their favor on Wednesday – but Republicans picked up seats in the Senate, solidifying what had been a razor-thin majority. Almost all of those seats were won by staunch conservatives who are expected to back the Trump agenda. Meanwhile, it’s unlikely that the Democrats will come anywhere close to the 40 seats they would have needed to signify a “tsunami-like” victory. However, at least one Democratic narrative was validated as 18 of the 29 Republican districts that flipped to the Democrats were won by women, cementing the ‘year of the woman’ narrative… CLICK for complete article

China Ready For Trade Negotiations


China is ready to negotiate a trade deal with the United States as both economies stand to lose from a prolonged trade war, Vice President Wang Qishan said today as quoted by Bloomberg. Wang was speaking at the Bloomberg New Economy Forum in Singapore, and added that trade was the “anchor and propeller of China-U.S. relations.”

However, President Xi’s number-two as Bloomberg called him, also warned against “right-leaning populism” and “unilateralism.” CLICK for complete article

What’s Behind Buffett’s Billion Dollar Berkshire Buyback?


As quarterly profits double for Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate, the legendary investor moves to buy back over $900 million in shares in one of the first signs of vindication for bulls who say the run it’s over.

Buffett thanks Trump’s December 2017 tax cuts and lower-than-expected losses in Berkshire’s insurance business for what turned out to be a Q3 2018 operating profit of $6.88 billion—up from $3.44 billion a year ago…. CLICK for complete article

One Of Canada’s Biggest Industries Has No Long-Term Strategy


“Canada has no energy plan beyond pedal-to-the-metal export of its non-renewable energy assets.”

That’s the bottom line of a recent opinion piece in Calgary Herald by David Hughes, an earth scientist and research associate with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives…. CLICK for complete article

How Shall We Communicate?


There are many ways to communicate, and big improvements are underway to dramatically increase the overall volume and speed of data communications.  Starting with the volume of information to be communicated, there are several technologies that will potentially process more data at higher speeds than ever thought possible.  Quantum computing is a holistically new way to solve difficult problems based on the principles of quantum physics.  This is where high-end computing is heading, giving us a sense of how super computers, super data centres, and super cloud networks will look and operate.  The research investment already tops $10b US, being led by USA, China, Australia, the European Union, and many other countries.  Google, IBM, and Intel all want to transition the technology into commercial services and products, targeting applications in data analytics, logistics, engineering, and software automation.  Today’s best quantum computing systems are being developed in research laboratories; however, they have not yet succeeded in justifying long-term growth or producing commercially viable products and services.  Like many new technology developments, some will be in our hands tomorrow, some next week, some next decade.  And some may not ever get off the test bench – that is the nature of disruptive technology.

One way or another the amount of data we will have at hand is going to increase and the ongoing challenge is to manage all that data effectively.  Managing it requires effective storage and communication solutions.  The preferred method for data storage is the cloud, and the preferred method for global data communications is satellite transmission.  New technologies that can improve on the status quo will be in high demand.  In the processing and storage field there are several developments that hold promise, such as new and more efficient enterprise database designs, and new cloud networking solutions, some based entirely on satellite networks.  Amazon’s Web Services (AWS) segment needs all these new solutions in order to grow their business around the globe.  As partnerships form to seamlessly integrate these services, global expansion becomes more efficient and a must-do for many multi-national corporations.

The Trend Disruptors team is watching new technologies and identifying the companies that stand out in terms of investment potential.  These companies may be large or small, and some of the small start-ups will make the grade and succeed, either on their own or by being acquired by larger organizations.  The best and most promising will generate Trend Disruptors recommendations.  We are watching a broad range of companies and technologies, all striving to disrupt specific market segments and industries.

Let Trend Disruptors be your guide to the future, as we continue to identify technology investment opportunities that can lead to financial success.

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Trump Unveils New Tax Plan Ahead Of Mid-Terms


Trump’s new 11th hour mid-term election rallying cry is again taxes, and this time it’s a deal for those who were left out of the last bonanza—the middle class. But the vague plan is being criticized as a fake, pre-election stunt at worst; and at best, something that could only happen next year, and only if Republicans maintain control Congress. CLICK for complete article