Bank of Japan Continues Quantitative Easing Efforts

An elusive 2% inflation target leaves Japan contrarian to recent ECB and Federal Reserve strategies. On October 15th Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda stated that the central bank would continue to pursue its “aggressive” quantitative easing strategy to boost inflation. Kuroda’s decision is based on recently implemented labor-saving efficiency improvements, which are believed to lead to greater productivity, raising the economy’s productive capacity and thereby boost inflation. For this to hold true, price increases must become widespread, which would lead to inflation expectations for firms and households. Japan’s struggles to reach inflation continue to dominate economic policy. Despi

Blockchain: a Revolutionary Real Estate Tool?

Blockchain: a Revolutionary Real Estate Tool? - Keith Knutsson This site is optimized with the Yoast SEO plugin v4.6 - https://yoast.com/wordpress/plugins/seo/ / Yoast SEO plugin. [if lt IE 9]> <link rel='stylesheet' id='twentyseventeen-ie8-css' href='http://blogs.cuit.columbia.edu/ksk36/wp-content/themes/twentyseventeen/assets/css/ie8.css?ver=1.0' type='text/css' media='all' /> <![endif][if lt IE 9]> <![endif] StartFragment The surging blockchain market could prove itself to be a valuable tool in real estate purchases. With the abundance of government regulation and brokers, blockchain could increase the liquidity of the real estate market. The additional liquidity could foster demand an

Steven Mnuchin Takes Stance On Tax Reform

EndFragment On Friday morning, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin defended the administration’s commitment to implementing American tax reform. Mnuchin declared that he is looking to have a bill for the president to sign by the beginning of December. Any significant restructuring of the tax code is proving difficult. The last major overhaul was in 1986. Mnuchin’s hope lies in the ability of Senate to advance a budget that sets the parameters for a tax bill and establishes a procedure to approve it by a majority vote. One of the main arguments is that the tax cuts for companies would be an essential part of the plan to help middle-class families. Some of the reasons for implementing tax ref

Retail space in the US: Too Much?

Over the past 67 years, commercial retail space per capita has increased thirtyfold, according to CoStar Group. While some of this development is explained by the movement away from traditional mom and pop stores towards chains, the increased space has created additional vulnerabilities to retailers’ changing customers. Past retailer strategies consisted of expansion to increase sales growth. Yet, a report released by Barclays Inc. suggests that 38 of the top 50 grocery markets in the U.S. are already too saturated by food retail per capita or are on track to be so by next year. Without major strategical reorganizations, numerous retailers could very easily be facing enfeeblement. Customers

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