Andrew F. Kotuk

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End of Year Presents

Tariffs avoided with Phase I trade deal between China and the U.S. was one of the catalysts this week. The other was the confidence vote

PAYROLL VERSUS PRODUCTIVITY

Trucking. It seems that is what the economy is doing when you look at job growth: trucking along nicely. In November stocks surged by 266,000.

Winter is Here

Winter is here early this year. Usually here, in Southern California, we do not see snow or rain until middle to late January. The forecast is for more of the same

Thankful

This week Thanksgiving is celebrated across America with family and friends. At times it is hard to find something to celebrate

FEAR OF MISSING OUT

Markets are hitting fresh new highs. Optimism is in the air. A surge in the markets of ten percent (10%) once the Phase One tariff

Breaking

VA launches new surgery initiative across the nation, a critical step to saving the lives of Veterans considering surgery

The Joint Commission and National Quality Forum announced VA’s Surgical Pause practice has been recognized with the prestigious John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award in the National Level Innovation in Patient Safety and Quality category for its innovative efforts resulting in improved health care outcomes of frail Veterans considering surgery.

Most of Russia’s opposition is either dead, in exile abroad or in prison at home. What happens now?

Alexei Navalny was asked four years ago what he’d tell Russians if he were killed for challenging President Vladimir Putin. “You’re not allowed to give up,” he told a documentary maker. “If they decide to kill me, it means we are incredibly strong and we need to use this power.”

How California political power could shift south – and to the left – after Feinstein

Younger, more liberal, more weighted to the south: California’s political demography is shifting, particularly as two of its political lions move off the stage. For generations, the Bay Area has punched above its weight in terms of influence, and California’s political position has grown up – and old – with it.

President Biden expected back in California for more reelection fundraising this month

President Biden is planning a swing through Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area later this month to raise money for what is almost assured to be a rematch against former President Trump in the November election.