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Right to Work vs Union State Economies
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David Stockman's Viewpoint on the Obama Budget Disaster
Regulations Harm Small Business and Protects Corporations
Gas Prices as an Indicator of Energy Costs
Governments Acting as Venture Capitalists
College Education Economics
Industrial Wind and the Production Tax Credit
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Corporate Spying and Intellectual Theft
The Foolish Exporting Natural Gas Policy
A Matter of Time for a VAT Tax
Big vs Small Bank Loans
Bankruptcy Trends in the Post Meltdown Era
Money Center Banks and Stricter Financial Oversight
Electric Power Generation under NYS Article X
Growth in the National Debt
Advantages of Chinese Trade Policy
Unemployment as a Lifestyle
Immigration Hurts American Employment
Bank for International Settlements on Big Banks
Small Business Assault from Obamacare
Compound Interest and the Debt Bubble
The Federal Centralization Economy
Parking Offshore Profits Hurt the Domestic Economy
The Record of Olympic Economics
Financial Algorithmic Trading
Goldman Sachs Above the Law
The MF Global Magical Mystery Tour
Destroying Internet Freedom by Taxation
The Permanent Unemployment Economy
Jackals of Jekyll Island - Federal Reserve Audit
QE3 Blowing Up the Debt Bubble
Riots Over Rotten Apple Mania
Gap Between College Costs and Inflation
Counterproductive Minimum Wage Mandates
Derivative Meltdown and Dollar Collapse
Central Banks Game Plan: One World Currency
European Commission Single Supervisory Mechanism
Lunacy of FEMA Hurricane Insurance Subsidy
Taxmageddon Holding Hands while Jumping Off the Cliff
The Direction of Equities in the Obama Economy
Is it FAIR to Tax the Rich out of Business?
California Dreaming: Bankruptcy, Pensions and Taxes
Pay Differential - Private Sector and Federal Government
Long History of HSBC Money Laundering
Swan Dive of 2013 Economy
Federal Reserve May Pause Quantitative Easing
The Economics of Sequestration
The state-owned Bank of North Dakota
Chinese Takeover with Free Trade Zones
Low Interest Rates Impoverish Savers
Bond Bubble Expectations
Currency Wars - Race to the Bottom
Government Subsidizes and Bankrupt Companies
Economics of Gun Control
Refuse to Buy or Sell with the Federal Government
The Cyprus Great Bank Robbery
Keystone Pipeline Blockage
Move Over IMF for the BRICS Development Bank
Obama Budget Proposes Cuts to Social Security and Medicare
The Risk and Reward of Bitcoins
Farm Supports and Social Welfare
Internet and Sale Taxes Dialectic
The Warren Buffett House of Cards
IRS as a Political Hit Squad
Revenue Budget Projections
Google and the NSA Connection
The Roubini - Faber Debate
Hydrofracking Boom or Bust
Goldman Sachs - first learn, then earn and serve
The Federal Reserve after Ben Bernanke
Implications of a Pyrrhic Real Estate Rebound
The New Normal: Part-Time Employmentyment
U.S. & Europe Trade Deal Honeymoon
Detroit City Bankruptcy Blues
J P Morgan and Commodity Manipulation
Strange Business Success Ventures
Business of Evangelism Religion
NFL Marketing Machine
Privacy Gone on Offshore Assets
Chinese Banks Quasi Government Institutions
Forecasts of a Doomed Economy
Financial Meltdown Five Years After
Corporate Profits and Worker Unemployment
Renminbi Soon to Be a Reserve Currency
Rehypothecation of Collateral
IMF Proposal to Tax Bank Deposits
Transfers excluded, JP Morgan Chase is Wired
Insurance Companies Profit from Obamacare
Climate Change by Executive Order
Economics of Non-governmental Organizations
Why Business Franchising is a Bad Deal
The Business of the Christmas Season
China Becomes Largest Trading Nation
Obamacare as a Jobs Killer
Does a 100 Trillion Debt Total Matter?
Underground Commerce is the Real Economy
Technology and the Future of Jobs
The Japanese Debt Economy
Individual Wealth in Perspective
Inevitability of Financial Bubbles
Russian Sanctions Backfire
Is the Dollar and Equities Ready to Crash?
Economic Reality of a Wealth Tax
How stable is the Bond Market?
Are International Stocks Safer than U.S. Equities?
David A. Stockman - The Great Deformation
Chinese and Japanese Deflationary Economies
Euro Crisis Deepens
Russia's SWIFT Settlement Alternative
The Swiss will not have more EU QE
Business of Global Warming Fraud
Economics of NYS Southern Tier Secession
Fear of IRS Tax Audits Diminish
Where is Global Economic Growth?
Government's share of minimum wage increase
Economic Growth Is Impossible
Replace the Business Cycle with Permanent Poverty
Who benefits from the lifting of Iranian sanctions?
Who Wins in a Currency Devaluation War?
Labor Day when there is no work
Municipal Bankruptcies and more on the way
Undeniable Social Security Demographics
Grinch that stole Christmass
Business Mergers Soar in 2015
The Chinese Market Crash
Driverless Vehicles Powered by Artificial Intelligence
U.S. Banks Ready for Negative Interest Rates?
International Trade Sinks with the Baltic Dry Index
SunEdison Green Power Bankruptcy Inevitability
Another Record Collection from Federal Taxes
Absurd Valuations on Unprofitable Tech Stocks
BATR Index
Forbidden History
Reign of Terror
Stuck on Stupid
Totalitarian Collectivism
Global Gulag
Inherent Autonomy
Radical Reactionary
Strappado Wrack
View from the Mount
Solitary Purdah
Dueling Twins
Varying Verity
911 War of Terror


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Negotium is the Business of Commerce

It often seems that people around the world have little in common. Culture and heritage varies, but every society and tradition is engaged in the universal practice of business. The manner and methods may have a regional flavor, while the basic purpose is to facilitate buying and selling. Everyone on the planet benefits from honest commerce. Sustaining your sustenance is a necessary requirement of life.

While money may be a medium of exchange to enhance the barter transaction, the true purpose in the art of the deal rests upon developing a balance where all parties benefit. This standard is both sensible and moral. Unfortunately, not all parties are equal in skill or commitment to create an economic system that avoids discord and builds lasting prosperity.

The intensity that motivates an entrepreneur to take the risk of creating a business is usually a main component that separates the owner of an enterprise from the manager of a company. The notion of a free enterprise economy is hailed as a model that yields wealth and widespread participation. Yet, there are few lasting examples where the private sector is allowed to reach the pinnacle of productive and efficient economic growth that raises the standard of living for the general population.

Since conducting business is inherently natural, the factors that inhibit or restrict commerce are artificial or contrived. Governments operate as controlling authorities. Such jurisdictions do not generate wealth because they do not produce anything of value. This simple principle is fact, but most proponents of the State avoid or deny this reality.

Nevertheless, global finance is the most prolific and dominating influence on politics, prosperity and conflicts among nations. Poverty has many faces, but institutional design has more to do with intended hardship than intentional solutions.

The subjects and topics of the Negotium series of columns will provide a sensible and informative guide on the complexities of business, economics, finance and global commerce. The dominance of transnational corporations of the international trading system is manifest in the products and prices that the consumer pays.

The term interdependence is a curse that every individual bears as the end consequence of the dubious Free Trade policy, that each of us experience every day.

The Negotium site provides links, references many of the most illuminating business sources available, and seeks to provide enlightened commentary on the economic practices that affect all our lives.

M A R K E T S site archives several financial articles and provides interactive updates on varied business aspects. The Daily Business Report features the most noteworthy article of the day.

Negotium invites you to make a habit of reading the essays and hope you will recommend this site to your colleagues and friends.

This business site consists of a weekly column that deals with the political nature of economics and markets. The Daily Business Report features the most significant news about money, markets and commerce.

Negotium is Latin for Business. The entire quote - Neither a borrower nor a lender be, For loan oft loses both itself and friend, And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry - is from Hamlet Act 1, scene 3, 75-77. The truth in these words penned by The Bard of Avon is ageless.  Withal, the global business practices and transactions that take place at lightening speed are on a scale, unthought-of in Shakespeare's day.

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Wall Street, Money and the Merchant Class

The Merchant Class represents the most fundamental organization of business activities. Ownership of these ventures is private and usually managed by the proprietor. They may be small operations or large in scope, but they all hold in common the independence in management control that private ownership affords. Salaried managers are 'hired help' and lack the sole authority for mergers and acquisitions. This distinction is crucial from a public company where senior management routinely compromise the interest of the operations for self enhancement or 'so called' share holder value. Corporate buyouts and takeovers seek to purge the expenses of the operation, usually translated into employee termination. Increasing the quarterly reporting of bottom line return on equity becomes the only objective. The real work of the company takes a back seat to cooking the books.

Tariffs For Survival Or Profits For Multinationals

The political agenda for those who demand trade to be a one way street, flowing in the direction of imported foreign goods, should be totally clear. Destroy American industry and her people will be required to accept a bleak economic future. When government employment replaces skilled labor, your nation is doomed. Tariffs level the playing field and will stop the exodus of crucial elements of industrial autonomy. The choice is obvious. If America is the end user, we become the loser if we abandon homeland production. There is more at stake than just steel. The survival of a free people is the real issue.


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