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TRANSITION, CHANGE, EVOLVE AND THRIVE
The key to success in the new world economy requires a different approach, a fresh and prudent perspective. During times of change it is the leader of the organization, regardless of title, that takes on the responsibility for the ultimate success or stagnation of their enterprise.
At SJW Strategic Solutions we work proactively across the United States to guide, coach and analyze businesses in transition by elevating leaders and entrepreneurs to reach their maximum potential while achieving their professional objectives.
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Concord, OH 44077
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Financial & Economic Brief - October 22nd, 2014
• IBM Losses Stimulate Retreat - International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) stock fell 7.3% last week as it struggles to “transform quickly enough” to the change to cloud computing.
• Japan’s Consumption Tax - In April Japan decided to raise its consumption tax from 5% to 8% in order to control the growing public debt.
• China’s Corporate Debt Levels Rising - China’s corporate debt is now the world’s largest at $14.2 trillion and economists are starting to worry that too many loans have gone to underperforming firms.
Financial & Economic Brief - October 15th, 2014
• German Stocks Plunge - On Friday stocks in Germany’s biggest companies dropped by 2%, to about 8,800, threatening a third German recession since 2008.
• Consumer Spending Gives U.S. Advantage - Despite deteriorating growth overseas and fragile financial markets, U.S. consumer spending is likely to keep the U.S. economy from faltering.
• OPEC Warns of Even Lower Oil Prices - With a warmer winter predicted in the U.S., and the resulting lower demand for heating oil, oil prices, already dropping downward, are likely to continue to fall.
Financial & Economic Brief - October 8th, 2014
• Tech Companies’ Growth: New Bubble? - High-tech companies in the Bay Area are flourishing, and some are speculating on whether this represents a “bubble” similar to the one 15 years ago.
• Unemployment Rate Drops - For the first time in six years the U.S. unemployment rate in September fell below 6%, to 5.9%.
• Greece’s New Budget: Growth and Lower Taxes - Greece’s budget, released today, shows that it has largely reached its growth and budget surplus goals under its 240 billion euro EU/IMF bailout.
Financial & Economic Brief - October 1st, 2014
• U.S. Economy Grows as Pace Rises in Second Quarter - The Commerce Department on Friday said that its estimate of the gross domestic product (GDP) showed the economy expanding at an annual rate of 4.6%.
• Hong Kong Protests Hurt European Stocks - The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index was down 0.43% as Hong Kong unrest impacted Asia-exposed shares such as HSBC and Standard Chartered.
• Multinationals Not Creating U.S. Jobs - Over the past 4 1/2 years American employers have created 10 million U.S. jobs, while the large multinational companies have added few.
Financial & Economic Brief - September 24th, 2014
• Dollar Climbs to Highest Level - While government bonds have fallen this month, the U.S. dollar concurrently climbed to its highest level since 2010.
• Stocks Open Lower - The Dow Jones, S&P 500, and Nasdaq indexes were all down; the Dow Jones industrial average was down 0.2% and the S&P 500 index fell 0.4%.
• College Debt Weighs on Gen Xers - Gen Xers are making more money than their parents did at the same age, but they have not accumulated as much wealth.
Financial & Economic Brief - September 17th, 2014
• Investors Await Fed News - U.S. stock futures are holding steady despite last week’s decline in the stock market.
• Stocks Fall as Bond Yields Rise - The S&P 500 fell 0.6% to 1985.54 on Friday, the lowest level since August 19.
• Euro Zone Trade Surplus Rises - The European Statistics (Eurostat) office data showed that the euro zone’s trade surplus rose year-on-year in July as exports grew faster than imports.