Category: Economics

CNBC: Why drug prices are so difficult to bring down

This article was originally posted by CNBC.com Kari Firestone’s newest article discusses why the incentives for companies and research organizations may not be aligned with customers’ desire for lower drug prices. Additionally, the legal complexity of the Medicare system leaves the government with no negotiating power, further inflating prescription drug prices. Read the full article…

[VIEW FULL POST]

WSJ: Companies Lure New Workers With College Coaching, Student Debt Repayment

This WSJ article discusses how a tight labor market is forcing employers to offer new forms of benefits to lure prospective workers and retain current ones. While the seeming lack of wage growth has perplexed the market, the growth of traditional and non-traditional employee benefits often understate the extent of wage growth in today’s market….

[VIEW FULL POST]

WSJ: Business-Loan Drought Ends for Banks

This WSJ article highlights the acceleration in U.S. bank lending, which had curiously slowed the last couple of years despite solid economic fundamentals. Reasons for the deceleration included political uncertainty leading up to and after the Presidential election, as well as uncertainty regarding healthcare and tax reform. Now with some more clarity around these issues…

[VIEW FULL POST]

The Economist: The average American is much better off now than four decades ago

Citing Census Bureau information, politicians and media pundits often claim that Americans are no better off than they were 30 years ago. However, as detailed in this Economist article, a new report by the Congressional Budget Office disputes this claim, painting a rosier picture of American prosperity. Read the full article in The Economist

[VIEW FULL POST]

Which firms profit most from America’s health-care system

Healthcare has been a great sector in which to invest for many years now. But as The Economist lays out in this article, there are factors in place that may change the source of those high returns, especially for some participants in the industry. Read the full article in The Economist

[VIEW FULL POST]

The Economist: Steven Pinker’s case for optimism

Steven Pinker’s latest book, “Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress,” posits that the prevalence (and allure) of negative news undermines the amazing progress humanity is making. Nowhere is this more true than the public markets, where the most recent bout of volatility focused the minds of investors (and clients alike) more…

[VIEW FULL POST]