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The House Republicans have put forward the first of a three-part effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).1
In this first step, many (perhaps most) of the ACA benefit-related provisions are maintained while most of the taxes levied to fund the ACA are eliminated.
President Trump’s first week in office was marked by a blast of executive orders; revisions in the permanent National Security Council membership with the addition of Steve Bannon and the relegation of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Dunford, and National Intelligence Director designee, Dan Coats, to occasional visitors; and bold statements about import tariffs and the Mexican wall.
In the fast-paced days since Donald J. Trump clinched the U.S. Presidency, financial and media analysts have scrambled to list areas in which the new Trump Administration is likely to upend current policy orthodoxy. President-elect Trump has criticized the Fed’s low interest rate policies as ineffective and distorting, a corner of the U.S. policy arena only now getting serious attention.
With the U.S. economy waning and frustration running high, both candidates’ economic plans are wide of the mark.
Political promises divert economic value from the market benefits of competition and consumer choice.
Trump fills a gaping void in angst-ridden Middle America. President? Not so much!
Labor markets signal strength; commodities and financial markets signal weakness: what’s a central bank to do?
Changes in capital taxation are an efficient tool for economic fairness.
U.S. stocks are a buying opportunity.
Shifting benefits from poverty programs into cash transfers creates a clearer pathway out of poverty.
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