Tony Danaher's Contributions

Tech Innovations You Should Watch: Light-Based Memory, Quantum Computing, and Wireless Charging

Readers are likely familiar with optical fibers, which transmit data by means of light rather than electrical signals. The use of optics in data transmission is widespread because it allows many more data to be transmitted...

China’s New Infrastructure Bank Wins Grudging Assent From the US and Japan

We reported earlier this year on China’s new foray into development banking: the announcement of the foundation of a new multilateral financial institution under Chinese leadership. The Asian Infrastructure Investment...

The Oil Price Shock – A Boon, or a Harbinger of Disaster?

Oil analysts were mostly caught flat-footed by the price decline that began to unfold in June of last year, which has become one of six such drops of greater than 30 percent over the past three decades. Oil price forecasting

How a Silicon Valley Entrepreneur Plans to Revolutionize Higher Education

Technological change is one of the key drivers of economic growth for nations, and of success for individual companies that can harness it. The economic growth it creates has been the fundamental support of the...

No, China Is Not Crashing

Since a global stock market correction began to unfold about two weeks ago, financial headlines have brought forward a number of causes—seasonal weakness, fears surrounding the impending Fed rate rise...

Here Comes a “Godzilla” El Niño

For first worlders, weather is often just an annoyance or a pleasure; Californians have started to become more attuned to the weather’s economic influence during the ongoing drought. However, weather influences...

Herded Into Disaster: Yield Chasing, Liquidity, and ETFs

In 2002, addressing Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman on his 90th birthday, former Fed chair Ben Bernanke acknowledged the role of the Federal Reserve in worsening the financial crisis of the Great Depression...

The Digital Vortex That Eats Companies

No one expects a company to live forever, but the rate of attrition of top companies is accelerating. From 1955 to 1975, the roster of the U.S.’ top 500 companies churned an average of 11 per year. From 1976 to 1995...

First-Time Homebuyers Are Jumping Back in the Market

In April, first-time homebuyers made up nearly 40 percent of home purchases, marking a new high since a special tax credit for first-time buyers expired in 2010. First-time buyers represent one of the real signs of housing-market health, since...

What Will the Future Bring for Biotech?

So far this year, the biotech sector is once again outperforming the broad market. The equally-weighted SPDR S&P Biotech ETF (NYSE: XBI) is up more than the S&P 500 as of this writing. If the year closes in...

Bond Markets Suffer Volatility as Crowded Trades Unwind

Bonds had quite a ride over the past week. European bond yields, in particular, lifted off from their all-time lows; but the move’s speed and magnitude surprised investors. As readers are aware, the values of bonds move inversely...

Clouds on the Horizon for the US Federal Budget

Federal debt periodically raises its head as a political issue for Americans. In 2011 and 2013, lawmakers tangled over the raising of the Federal government’s debt ceiling; but deficits have not galvanized the American political imagination for some time.

Four Reasons Bull Market in China May Push Higher

Chinese markets have soared from last year at the same time their economy experiences a major slowdown. We explain why this is happening and why it is likely to continue...

Inflation-Deflation Battle Rages on While Basic Needs See Double-Digit Decline

For the time being, prices of many raw materials and finished goods are not rising. Supply gluts in energy markets, a series of bumper crops in agriculture, and improved manufacturing efficiencies are conspiring with sluggish global demand to keep a lid on prices...

Biosimilars: A Disruptive Wave Is About to Hit Biotech

Drugs fall broadly into two categories: small-molecule drugs and large-molecule drugs. Small molecule drugs are relatively simple to manufacture, and include all the over-the-counter remedies you’d recognize...

U.S. Regulators Easing Mortgage Credit Requirements

Last week, Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) director Mel Watt announced two measures designed to spur U.S. mortgage lending, as the U.S. housing market continues to lag.

The European Central Bank Embarks on Asset Purchases

Thus far, the European Central Bank (ECB) remains the only one of the world’s major central banks that has resisted QE in the wake of the global financial crisis. That hasn’t been a matter of prudence— it has been a matter of policy paralysis in the European Union...

Universities Feel the Gales of Creative Destruction

Technological, social, geopolitical, and economic forces are driving radical changes in higher education. These changes will affect universities, as some prosper and strengthen, others fall by the wayside, and new, experimental structures for the delivery of education arise.

Investors, Pay Attention: Causes and Implications of U.S. Dollar Strength

All of the money created by the world’s central banks is looking for a home where it will earn a return — without being eroded by inflation. And right now, its best option is to buy assets denominated in U.S. Dollars.

Keep Your Eye on These Disruptive Tech Ventures

As part of our ongoing emphasis on tech innovations, we’ll mention a few stories that have caught our eye recently. Some are obviously tech-related, others less so. We continue to believe that such innovations — and the entrepreneurs who bring them from concept to reality...

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