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Week of October 29th, 2018

America's global trade war finally arrives at the WTO as members dispute US tariffs










  • Seven countries — including Mexico, Canada and the European Union — disputed U.S. tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum at a meeting of the World Trade Organization in Geneva on Monday.
  • Rarely has the WTO faced so many disputes about a handful of actions, experts say. But President Trump's pursuit of protectionist trade policies has stoked nationalism around the globe.
  • Experts say the moves have exposed how broken the system has become. The disputes on Monday's docket will be a critical test of whether the WTO still has teeth.(Source                       

Top 9 Economic Predictions for the Next 10 Years

To start planning for your future for the long term, here are the top nine predictions that most affect the U.S. and your own personal economy over the next decade. 











The Federal Debt Will Increase

The U.S. debt exceeded $21 trillion in 2018. It had remained stable after sequestration kicked in, which required a mandatory 10 percent federal budget cut through 2021. But that could be repealed under a Trump presidency.

Trump promised to reduce the debt. But his policies may increase it by $5.6 trillion

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The future of work won't be about college degrees, it will be about job skills

  • According to the survey Freelancing in America 2018, released Wednesday, 93 percent of college-educated freelancers say their skill training is more useful in the work they are doing now than their college training.
  • Sixty-five percent of children entering primary school will end up in jobs that don't yet exist, reveals the World Economic Forum.
  • The result is a proliferation of new, nontraditional education options.

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Twenty million students started college this fall, and this much is certain: The vast majority of them will be taking on debt — a lot of debt.

What's less certain is whether their degrees will pay off.

According to the survey Freelancing in America 2018, released Wednesday, freelancers put more value …..(Source:


'Signing Day' recognizes high school seniors starting jobs, not college

Seniors don hardhats after signing letters of employment with a local Virginia business.

Seniors don hardhats after signing letters of employment with a local Virginia business.

(Photo: Henrico County Public Schools/Facebook)

"This is a celebration of students who are entering the workforce or post-secondary training with a plan," said Mac Beaton, director of Henrico Schools’ Department of Career and Technical Education, in a Facebook post. "They’ve chosen to maximize their high school opportunities for career training and industry certifications, with an eye on becoming successful and financially secure much earlier in life."


Wegmans, Publix, Nugget Included in 2018 Best Workplaces for Women

Congratulations To Wegmans Ranked #2

Wegmans, Publix, Nugget Included in 2018 Best Workplaces for Women

Wegmans employees celebrate the values that contribute to making the company a great place to work

Fortune magazine and Great Place to Work have ranked Wegmans Food Markets second, Publix Super Markets 29th and Nugget Markets 95th on the list of the 2018 Best Workplaces for Women. The annual ranking of 100 businesses is compiled from anonymous survey feedback from more than 4.5 million U.S. employees…..