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That $22 trillion national debt number is huge, but here’s what it really means

National debt for the first time passed $22 trillion this week — a big, scary number that really doesn’t pose […]

Is the NHL the future of marijuana in pro sports? Why it could be

Player X is in the NHL. After home games, he has a routine. Typically, he’ll meet a few teammates at […]

Responsible competition and the future of US-China relations

Over the last two years, a near-consensushas crystallized among China-  Washington and Beijing whether there are locked in a great power competition over vital economic and security interests. […]

An easy fix could give the marijuana industry access to banking

Cannabis is now legal in a number of states, but the money it generates is still seen as tainted. The […]

Farm Belt bankruptcies are soaring

A wave of bankruptcies is sweeping the U.S. Farm Belt as trade disputes add pain to the low commodity prices […]

Mortgage industry isn’t ready for a climate change foreclosure crisis

A foreclosure crisis spurred by climate change is becoming a real threat to the mortgage industry as extreme storms and […]

As vague as it is, the Green New Deal could have a real impact on Corporate America. Here’s why

The “Green New Deal” plan is short on specifics, but it still could be meaningful for a number of industries […]

Chinese exiting US real estate as Beijing directs money back to shore up economy

Chinese net purchases of U.S. commercial real estate last year dwindled to their lowest level since 2012, as Beijing kept […]

Trading is a really harsh game for new investors

If you are looking for a proper second job for earning some extra form it, the trading business can be […]

Bill Gates aims to save $233 billion by reinventing the toilet

Bill Gates thinks toilets are a serious business, and he’s betting big that a reinvention of this most essential of […]

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