First Things First: Globalization

by Jack Martin

Global Chairman, CEO
October 3, 2018

First Things First: Globalization

Globalization

First things first: Want to point your attention to a remarkable speech by Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury. Addressing the Trade Unions Congress conference in Manchester recently, Archibishop Welby made the religious case for economic justice, arguing that that the “bible is political from one end to the other.” Where his remarks truly caught my attention, … Read more

First Things First: Trust in the Press

press

Jack’s thoughts on making sense of what is going on behind the headlines. First things first: Do you trust the news to be truthful? That question came up a lot last week, as online companies such as Facebook, Google, and Twitter sent executives to answer questions on Capitol Hill about political censorship and foreign interference in U.S elections. … Read more

First Things First: A Strong U.S. Dollar

First things first: We heard a lot about the strong dollar last week, whether it was in the president’s comments about the Federal Reserve, the resumption of trade talks between the U.S. and China, or the implementation of 25-percent tariffs by the U.S. on another $16 billion of Chinese goods. The U.S. trade deficit on … Read more

First Things First: The Power of Independents

Jack’s thoughts on making sense of what is going on behind the headlines. First things first: When looking at American politics, we tend to focus on the Democrats and the Republicans, but if independent voters were an organized party it would be bigger than either of them. I’m seeing a big increase in independent American … Read more

First Things First: Decline of the Chinese Yuan

Jack’s thoughts on making sense of what is going on behind the headlines. First things first: An interesting debate is emerging regarding the decline of the Chinese yuan relative to the dollar. Since the beginning of the summer, the yuan has dropped 6 percent to its lowest point in just over a year. This is the first time … Read more