How The Trade War is Burning the Amazon and what Europe is Going to Do About It



A bunch of seemingly unrelated stories are converging to create a large political issue for Brazil, Europe, and international traders. Here is how all of these separate stories are influencing each other on an international stage.


From Green New Deals to Tax Incentives; How 2020 Democrats Plan to Combat Climate Change



A recent poll found that 82 percent of registered voters who identified as Democrats or Democratic-leaning independents listed climate change as a “very important” top priority they’d like to see get the focus of a presidential candidate. Despite this, we have heard very little about different candidates policies. This episode goes over the four candidates plans that have put forward climate change plans, Bernie Sanders, Beto O’Rorke, Michael Bennet, and Elizabeth Warren.


The Great Yield Curve Inversion of 2019; Is a Recession Coming?



Everybody wants long term bonds! Over the last few days we have seen the interest rates on ten year bonds drop below the interest rates of two year bonds. That might sound inconsequential, but it has many people asking if a recession is coming. This episode goes over what that inversion means, and how different people are interpreting it.


The Hong Kong Protesters Shut Down an Airport



Pro Democracy protests have been going on for ten weeks in Hong Kong, spurred on by the recent failed Extradition Bill proposal. With protesters pushing harder and China appearing to prepare to push back, the question on everyone’s mind right now is what is going on. Here’s the answer.


India Takes Over Kashmir; The Repealing of Article 370



India finds itself in a constitutional crisis as people are asking whether they have the authority to repeal Article 370 or the constitution, called the Temporary provisions with respect to the State of Jammu and Kashmir article. This constitutional change would allow the government of India to directly control the region. Here’s what’s happening!


China Devalues the Yuan; The US/China Trade War Gets a Second Front



This week Trump labeled China a currency manipulator as the Chinese yuan dropped to a ten year low. People are asking what is going on and whether this could trigger a currency war between China and the United States. Here’s what this means.


Congress Solves Mass Shooting and Gun Control Reform



Congress has several gun control reform bills. This episode goes over the major proposed reforms. First, The House of Representatives recently passed the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 and the Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019. The other unpassed pieces of legislation are The Raise the Age Act, The Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act, and the Gun Violence Prevention Research Act.


Ending the War in Afghanistan; A Breakthrough in US Taliban Negotiations



After months of meetings between US Afghanistan Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban negotiators we have begun to see progress. Taliban leaders are meeting with Afghan government leaders, a ceasefire has been agreed to, the US is withdrawing thousands of troops, and the Taliban are committing to anti-terrorist measures. While many are logically skeptical, these new dialogues are inspiring cause for optimism. Here’s the significance of this update.


Why Did the Federal Reserve Lower the Key Interest Rate?



For the first time in ten years the Federal Reserve dropped the key interest rate. Some people are suspicious because lowering this rate is generally associated with a stimulus strategy in an ailing economy. This episode looks at the potential reasons this was done including copying a strategy employed by Alan Greenspan to buoy the economy in the mid nineties, a strategy to slightly raise inflation, and a strategy to alleviate trade war pressures.


Boris Johnson’s Brexit; The Consequences of a No Deal Brexit



With UK’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s most recent Brexit Ultimatum directed at the European Union, most people are suspecting that a no deal Brexit is in the cards. The question at this point is, what are the costs of a no deal Brexit? And what options are left on the table for Boris Johnson’s administration?