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Should Farmers Fear Trump?

Thomas Coe  |  Business Fundamentals

There’s a growing fear in the agriculture community but not from drought or pestilence. The fear circles around the potential impact that trade disputes and disruptions stemming by Trump's administration policies and actions could have on U.S. exports of commodities. The farming community may find its political support will change with the loss of market share of global agricultural exports.

Should Farmers Fear Trump?

Derek Abrams  |  Economics

The United States has the biggest agriculture industry on earth, yet farmers face mounting pressure from Russia, Brazil, and Ukraine. Those rival countries, as well as others, are well-positioned to profit from the United States pulling back from trade deals.

The Greatest Generation Is Now Around the Corner

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Marketing

5G will be great for streaming video but will also enable a new world of connected cars, drones, and robots. The future cellular networks will generate $3.5 trillion in economic output.

How to Lose $6 Billion

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Business Strategy

Nuclear power looked like a promising business when Toshiba acquired Westinghouse Electric in 2006. Now cost overruns and delays at the only nuclear plants under construction in the United States since 1979 will cripple, if not bankrupt, the once formidable industrial conglomerate.

The Master Chides His Students

Delvin D. Hawley, Ph.D.  |  Finance

Warren Buffett inspired a generation of financial pros to believe beating the market was possible. Lately, however, he's become an outspoken booster of low-cost funds that passively track stock market indices, saying that most money managers and investment consultants aren’t worth their fees. That's putting growing pressure on the financial advice industry to justify their worth to clients.

Dirty Deeds Hidden In a Mess of Data

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Org Behavior & HR

The Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) depends on Congress for funding; as a result, the regulator is chronically short of resources it needs to enforce regulations related to derivatives and other complex financial instruments. While the CFTC collects mountains of data, the agency can't afford the technology resources needed to analyze it. Nevertheless, the CFTC has taken some notable enforcement actions and is working with private analytics companies to spot illegal trading maneuvers and enhance enforcement.

Should Farmers Fear Him?

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  International Business

The U.S. agriculture industry depends heavily on exports, with more than half of U.S. wheat, rice, cotton, and soybean production traded overseas. Uncertainty over Trump’s farm policy, along with his administration’s clear signals to scuttle multilateral trade agreements, could be good news for farmers in Russia, Brazil, and Ukraine. With Trump pulling out of the Trans Pacific Partnership on trade, which was backed by farmers, countries that remain in the partnership may have preferential access to important markets.

Innovation: Needle Camera

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

Using a tiny camera at the end of an elongated needle, the Mi-eye2, the only product of Trice Medical, can enter into an injured joint and provide superior visual information about the type and extent of the injury. This allows the proper type of treatment to be determined without the degree of risk of orthoscopic units as well as the superior imaging than MRIs can provide.

The Master Chides His Students

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Operations Management

Warren Buffett convinced many investors that the market can be beaten, but he’s a big fan of index funds. Awkward. He picks a bone with stockpickers.

Mirror, Mirror, You’re the Smartest of Them All

Bob Cohen, MBA  |  Exploring Your Potential

Brick-and-mortar retailers are consistently looking for ways to contend with their online competitors. A San Francisco startup may have the solution, but will the way it operates and its price tag limit its market appeal?

Toys "R" Russia? Retailer Detsky Mir Says, "Da"

Bob Cohen, MBA  |  Exploring Your Potential

Children’s products retailer Detsky Mir’s $355 million IPO could be a harbinger of better times for Russia’s consumer companies. As long as Russians, like Anna Krutevich, still plan to spend 15 percent of their income on their kids.

Music Festivals Have A Volume Problem

Bob Cohen, MBA  |  Exploring Your Potential

Ticket sales at Bonnaroo, one of the nation’s most successful and innovative music events, fell by almost half last year, a sign that even hit festivals are suffering from a glut of events. However, Randy Phillips, CEO of LiveStyle, says, “There aren’t too many festivals — there are just not enough good festivals.”

Labor’s Last Stand

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D.  |  Business Law

There are now twenty-eight states with right-to-work laws that ban mandatory union dues.The last case to address this issue before the U.S. Supreme Court resulted in a split decision.

SEC's Acting Chair Acts LIke He Runs the Place

Larry Walther, Ph.D., CPA, CMA  |  Accounting & Taxation

Top leadership at the SEC of course depends on who runs the White House. Leadership transitions are usually accompanied by a new president, and this period is no different. Well, maybe just a bit different. The current Acting SEC head is not just an actor but is moving aggressively to roll back regulations that could lessen the work for audit firms.

AI Speed-Reading for the Masses

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Information Technology

AI technology can do more than recognize cats in YouTube videos. It's now used to power Echo and Tesla's self-driving cars.

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