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Category: Spotlight Reports

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Procurement, the Trump Administration & the Road Ahead

Procurement, the Trump Administration & the Road Ahead

On February 28, President Trump spoke to a joint session of Congress for the first time, presenting a broad first-year legislative agenda that focused on a renewal of American jobs, infrastructure, the military, and an America-first approach to issues like immigration and trade. Although details are scant and congressional legislative timelines are still being worked […]

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Dodd-Frank Act: Seven Industries to Benefit from Potential Reform

Since the end of the presidential election, many businesses and banks have continually monitored what changes may come in the form of regulation. With a Republican-controlled White House and Congress, it will become increasingly likely that the regulatory direction in which the financial sector moved over the past five years will reverse. The Trump administration […]

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Five Industries Benefiting from a Growing Female Workforce

Five Industries Benefiting from a Growing Female Workforce

According to the latest available data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), women accounted for 46.8% of total employed individuals in 2016, nearly half of the workforce. Furthermore, women are outpacing their male peers in both enrollment and educational attainment. In 1980, the education gap between men and women was 7.0%; by 2015, that […]

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Fourth Quarter Macroeconomic Update

Fourth Quarter Macroeconomic Update

Inflation-adjusted gross domestic product (GDP) grew at an annualized rate of 1.9% in the fourth quarter of 2016, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), down from 3.5% in the previous quarter. Such growth is primarily a result of positive trends in personal consumption expenditure, private inventory investment, residential and nonresidential investment spending and increases in state and local government spending. However, declines in federal government expenditures and poor export performance limited growth. […]

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Find Your Focus: Factors To Consider When Calculating Risk

Find Your Focus: Factors To Consider When Calculating Risk

While every market faces its own unique challenges and growing pains, there are some markets that are more risky than others. IBISWorld has identified three criteria that buyers can use to more accurately evaluate the market: supply chain risk, supplier profitability and financial risk, and price driver volatility. Understanding market dynamics and the underlying risks […]

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Proposed Mexico Tariff: Industry Winners and Losers

On January 26, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the Trump Administration was considering imposing a 20.0% import tariff on Mexican goods. The Trump administration is currently weighing a number of options for comprehensive tax reform, of which a 20.0% import tariff is one proposal.  According to the United States International Trade Commission, general […]

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Corporate Tax Reform

Corporate Tax Reform: US Industries Set to Rise and Fall

Since the 2016 presidential election, participants in the business community have eagerly awaited the arrival of 2017, in hopes that the now Republican-controlled White House and Congress may together finally bring about comprehensive corporate tax reform. At 35.0%, the United States has the highest corporate income tax of any country in the Organisation for Economic […]

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Five Canadian Industries to Rise and Fall in 2017

Five Canadian Industries to Rise and Fall in 2017

From high-profile mergers and acquisitions to the Olympics, 2016 was a whirlwind of a year. Along with larger political and cultural trends, decade low oil and steel prices, rising unemployment and strong technological advancements have contributed sizably to both the growth and decay of a wide variety of Canadian industries this past year. Demographic shifts […]

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Gig Economy: Industries Embracing Mobile-Enabled Business Models

Gig Economy: Industries Embracing Mobile-Enabled Business Models

Technology has always been a crucial component of industry development and efficiency. While innovations in alternative energy and automation have improved processes in manufacturing and utilities industries, the rise of the internet and mobile technology has transformed dynamics within the retail, wholesale and service sectors. Developments in mobile commerce have allowed manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers […]

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Tech Takeover: Internet of Things

Tech Takeover: Internet of Things

This year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas demonstrated the next frontier for consumer technology: smart, Wi-Fi-enabled devices for the home. The annual trade show, which was held from January 5 to 8, is known for showcasing and previewing the year’s newest and most exciting technologies, including new releases, as well as concepts and […]