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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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Hoppy Go Lucky: Craft Beer vs. Cider on St. Patrick’s Day

Hoppy Go Lucky: Craft Beer vs. Cider on St. Patrick’s Day

On March 17, millions of Americans celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with festivities full of shamrocks, leprechauns, parades and beer. While Guinness, an Irish beer, remains a popular choice on this holiday, consumer tastes have been trending toward artisanal beer with finer ingredients and a wider variety of flavors than traditional beers. Over the past five […]

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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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Oscars 2017: How Movie Theaters Fare After the Nominations

  On January 24, 2017, the nominees for the 89th Academy Awards were announced over the first-ever global live-stream, hosted by esteemed actors, actresses, writers, directors and the president of the Motion Picture Academy of America.  However, before the nomination announcement had even finished, the Academy’s choices were already a lightning rod for conversation. La […]

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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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Broken Heart: Valentine's Day Spending Expected to Fall in 2017

Broken Heart: Valentine’s Day Spending Expected to Fall in 2017

Consumers will leave retailers brokenhearted this Valentine’s Day, as IBISWorld anticipates holiday spending to contract 2.3% in 2017. Although the average consumer is only expected to cut their Valentine’s Day spending by $0.96 this year, the overall decline in holiday spending will stem from a drop in the number of shoppers participating in the special […]

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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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Game Time: Sector Spending on Super Bowl Advertising

Game Time: Sector Spending on Super Bowl Advertising

In 2016, 111.9 million people tuned in to witness the Denver Broncos defeat the Carolina Panthers in the historic Super Bowl 50. However, the milestone faceoff was especially significant in terms of advertising, as costs for a 30-second midgame commercial averaged $5.0 million. This record is anticipated to be exceeded in 2017 as despite consistent […]

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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 […]