News from Pacific Northwest Advisors

Top-down or bottom-up to battle COVID-19?

Many pundits have speculated that authoritarian regimes have an edge in dealing with a pandemic like COVID-19.  Around the world, however, a handful of smaller democratic governments have done well in combatting the virus and securing popular support. The Guardian...

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Volunteers Battling Covid South of the Border

Despite tough headlines, let’s visit some volunteers making a difference “south of the border.” First, let us fly to beautiful Medellín, Colombia, the land of “eternal spring,” nestled in the Andean mountains, served by its funicular tram. Partners of the Americas’ volunteers have begun a campaign to help feed their neighborhoods suffering under Covid’s lockdown. It’s called “Si todos ayudamos? Toma o dona.” (“What if everyone helps? Take or donate.”) Compañeros have set up food stands in popular barrios. With the help of donations, volunteers purchased food for the elderly and low-income families in 300 popular apartment buildings. Massachusetts volunteers are in partnership with their counterparts in Medellín.

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Covid Waves from South of the Border

When I lived in Copacabana, I often jogged through the surf and dove under the Atlantic’s rolling waves. Afterwards, I’d join “beach friends” for an impromptu volleyball. A cool cerveja was our just reward. Today, Rio’s famous beach lies empty, save the gulls pecking...

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A Tale of Two Populists in Brazil and Mexico

In 2018, the two largest countries in Latin America elected two “populist” leaders as president, uprooting “mainstream” political orders in Brazil and Mexico. Both men in their sixties were born in small towns, of humble roots. One chose a military academy for his...

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KEEPING UP WITH RETALIATORY TARIFFS

The U.S. Commerce Department has up-to-date websites The U.S. Department of Commerce is tracking retaliatory tariffs against U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs. So far Canada, China, the EU, India, Japan, Mexico, Russia and Turkey have imposed or threatened...

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FEET ON THE GROUND IN BRAZIL?

Stephen Murphy plans to visit São Paulo, April 30 to May 8 - can he find you a new partner or licensee? He is a permanent resident of Brazil with longstanding friends to 'check out' any business situation. He'll also be in Rio May 9-15. Contact:...

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Finance 2017: Looking back and moving forward

PNWA Managing Director Jeff Hoyt (jeff.hoyt@pnwa.com) Corporate Finance: In 2017 we saw 10-year treasury yields move up and down and then end the year essentially flat at 2 ½ %. This despite the fact that the Fed Funds rate range was increased three times...

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2016: THE YEAR CHEAP MONEY ENDED

By Jeff Hoyt, PNWA Managing Director — Corporate Finance At last in December the Fed finally decided that the economy was strong enough to head towards normalizing interest rates. A single quarter point rise in itself was not terribly meaningful; however, the market...

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