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International Politics The Week Ahead

Weekly Risk Outlook

Jeremy Corbyn likely new leader of UK Labour Party. Last FOMC member speech before September Fed meeting. Chinese data roils market. Canada makes rate decision. Civilian exchanges to ease tension between Koreas. All this

North America Politics

US immigration standoff highlights economic opportunity

As the immigration topic is once again debated in the U.S. House of Representatives, the populist branch of the Republican party should accept that economic integration will stimulate, not harm, state

Natural resources and energy North America

Keystone XL vote increases Washington gridlock

Both the House and Senate have voted to approve the Keystone XL, but President Obama is slated to veto the bill. With important deadlines coming up, the Keystone debate will

Economics International The Week Ahead

GRI’s Weekly Risk Outlook

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen speaks to Congress on interest rate expectations in 2015. The US looks to conclude its consideration of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Transatlantic Trade and Investment

Finance North America

What US capital gains tax reform means for investors

President Obama has put forth a new proposal to eliminate the “step-up” basis on inherited assets and subject more of their capital gains to taxation. What does this proposal mean

Economics Middle East/North Africa

Falling oil prices hamstring Iran’s economy

The recent drop in oil prices has hurt an already struggling Iranian economy as international sanctions continue to cripple the country’s economic growth. Relief from these restrictive measures could revitalize the economy. 

North America Politics

Will Obama’s State of the Union proposals survive Congress?

Last night, President Obama delivered his 2015 State of the Union Address to a special joint session of Congress covering swathes of domestic and foreign policy issues. The important question,

North America Politics

Industry interests could pave a rocky political path for US-Cuba relations

The thaw in tensions between the United States and Cuba will likely be hamstrung by U.S. domestic politics. However, pressures from major interest groups that would stand to benefit from closer

Latin America Politics

US-Cuba thaw stepping stone to expanded Latin America trade

Given the shift in U.S.-Cuba relations, the April 2015 Summit of the Americas may serve as a significant stepping stone to expanded trade relations between the United States and several Latin American

Economics North America

Inversion rules transform US tax reform debate

The new US rules to discourage tax inversions are surprisingly tough, and set the table for tax reform debates in 2015. The ongoing tax inversion debate in the US can