Aloha, TPP

By |2016-11-17T16:05:55+00:00November 3rd, 2015|Categories: Contested Spaces|Tags: , |

Hello or Goodbye to the Trans Pacific Partnership? This article was first published in the Fall/Winter 2015 issue of Understanding Investments. On July 31, representatives of the 12 core members of the Trans Pacific Partnership met for what was supposed to be the last time in Maui. They were trying to forge a trade pact that would be the largest free trade agreement ever and would include roughly 40% of the global economy. The delegates left Hawaii [...]

Sweetness and Light?

By |2016-11-17T16:13:17+00:00July 30th, 2015|Categories: Global Market Update|Tags: , , , |

“Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program.” “Still Life with Bread and Confectionary” by Georg Flegel, 1650. Source: Wikipedia I thought of that quote when I read that the Trans Pacific Partnership talks may “disrupt” US sugar policy. Our sugar program is a complex mix of import restrictions, price supports, and loan guarantees designed to protect the domestic sugar industry. Tariffs and quotas on sugar have been in place in one form or another since [...]