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SC Public Policy Update - January 2017

What's New - Members of the South Carolina General Assembly returned to Columbia on Tuesday, January 10th, to begin the first year of the 122nd Legislative Session. The top priorities facing lawmakers entering the new...more

What Will Interest Rates Do in 2017?

Our good friends at HJ Sims Investments recently published their “Market Outlook” for 2017, which features some interesting speculation on where interest rates will go under a Trump Administration....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation—the company that “serves as the back end for much Wall Street trading”—has announced a big step forward in the embrace of blockchain technology to track and report transactions. IBM...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

By volume, December wasn’t an incredible month for US jobs. But the report did help cap a year that saw average hourly earnings rise 2.9%—the best since 2009 and a “turning point for the overall economy,” according to one...more

Texas City Joins Growing Ranks of Cities Raising the Minimum Wage to $15 Dollars

Taking its cue from other, larger cities, San Marcos, Texas, recently voted to raise the minimum wage to $15 dollars per hour for businesses applying for tax breaks and others incentives to build or expand in the city. In...more

Marketing of foreign funds in the UAE

Onshore UAE - The Board of Directors' Chairman Decision No. (9/R.M) of 2016 Concerning the Regulations as to Mutual Funds (the New Funds Regulation) recently came into force and is now the main piece of legislation...more

2017 Construction Outlook: Slow, Mature Growth, but No Decline, Expected

As we count down the remaining days of 2016 (thank God) it’s time to think about what the new year will bring (I’m good with pretty much anything at this point)....more

South Carolina Economic Development Incentives for Warehouse and Distribution Operations

South Carolina offers a wide variety of economic development incentives to businesses seeking to locate or expand in the state. This incentive array focuses on certain types of businesses the state wishes to attract. One such...more

Update: EB-5 Program Receives Another Short-Term Extension

On December 9, 2016, as part of federal spending legislation, the EB-5 Regional Center Program received a short-term extension through April 28, 2017. The Program has been similarly extended, with no change in policy, on...more

The Northern Powerhouse and wider opportunities for Chinese investment in UK infrastructure

On 10 November, the eighth UK-China Economic and Financial Dialogue, a two day event aimed at further deepening the countries' trade relationship, was brought to a conclusion. In addition to roundtable talks on trade,...more

EB-5 Program Gets Temporary Extension; USCIS Issues New EB-5 Policy Manual

The EB-5 Regional Center Program has been extended through April 28, 2017, following the passage of a continuing resolution (CR) by Congress that narrowly avoided a government shutdown. The CR provides continued funding...more

Cuban Entrepreneurs Ask President-Elect Trump to Continue Opening Trade Relations with Cuba

The U.S. advocacy group, Engage Cuba, announced yesterday that a group of Cuban entrepreneurs has penned a letter to President-elect Trump, asking him to continue opening trade and relations between the U.S. and Cuba....more

Bennett Jones Fall 2016 Economic Outlook

This Fall Outlook has four sections. The first section describes the main aspects of the "new normal" of low growth that has prevailed for advanced economies in the last six years of economic recovery. The second section...more

The Future of the U.S.-Canada Trade Relationship in Light of the Election

The United States and Canada enjoy a unique bilateral relationship. That relationship reflects a unique friendship, underpinned by shared geography, similar values, common interests, deep connections and powerful,...more

Saudia Arabia’s new finance minister faces questions over implementing Vision 2030 in education sector

Saudi Arabia last week appointed Mohammed al-Jadaan as the country’s new finance minister. Al-Jadaan has reinforced his commitment to the country’s Vision 2030 initiative, which was revealed earlier this year to serve as a...more

A Plethora of Propositions: Real Estate Tax, Land Use and Governance on the San Francisco Ballot

Admittedly the issues may appear benign compared to the Presidential race and the drugs, sex and other provocative topics on the state ballot. But San Francisco voters again face a long list of significant local propositions...more

Props L and M Would Shift Authority from Mayor to Board of Supervisors

Members of the Board of Supervisors have proposed two important Propositions for the November ballot that would amend the City Charter and shift authority over certain City agencies and Departments from the Mayor’s Office to...more

ManattJones Global Strategies - November 2016

CEO’s Executive Summary: October news was dominated by cabinet changes and progress on the 2017 budget. Senator Raul Cervantes replaced Arely Gomez as attorney general, reflecting renewed efforts to stem crime and corruption...more

The Economic Impact of Cultural Events in Denver

Last month the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts (“CBCA”) rolled out its biennial Economic Activity Study of Metro Denver Culture (the “Activity Study”). The Activity Study examines self-reported data from 264 cultural...more

In the Global Trenches: Making Sense of the Global Economies

On a daily basis, there’s regular media references to trade, global economies, emerging markets, BRICS – and now CIVETS and the Next Eleven. There’s continuous debate whether the category of emerging markets is even valid...more

The launch of the Green Economy Programme

This article provides a summary of the key points addressed by the Minister of Energy (the “Minister”) at the launch of the Green Economy Programme (the “Programme”). The launch took place in the Municipality of Nelson...more

Workplace Law Discussed During Final Presidential Debate

Workplace law was once again a topic of discussion during last night’s third and final presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. While not covered as extensively as during the first debate on September 26,...more

Update: EB-5 Regional Center Program Receives Short-Term Extension

On September 29, 2016, as part of recently enacted federal spending legislation, the EB-5 Regional Center Program received a short-term extension through December 9, 2016. The Program has been similarly extended, with no...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

Federal regulators unveiled a proposal yesterday that would push the country’s biggest banks and other “critical financial companies” to shore up cybersecurity protocols, to prevent hacks, and to have a recovery plan at the...more

U.S. Commerce Department Releases Updated Report Showing Intellectual Property-Intensive Industries Contribute $6.6 Trillion and...

The U.S. Commerce Department recently released a comprehensive report, entitled “Intellectual Property and the U.S. Economy: 2016 Update” (the “Report”). The Report, which was co-authored by the Economics & Statistics...more

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