A Very Merry U.S. Consumer

Meghan Shue |
Wilmington Wire
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November 30, 2017— The U.S. holiday shopping season was off to a solid start this past Thanksgiving weekend, with U.S. consumers feeling jollier than they have in recent years. While deals on Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday are watched closely by shoppers, sales data over this five-day period are scrutinized by analysts and economists for messages about what the holiday shopping season may bring for retailers.

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Political Turmoil in Saudi Arabia Could Place ARAMCO IPO and Potential MSCI EM Status at Risk

Clement K. Miller |
Wilmington Wire
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November 10, 2017— Saudi Arabia is planning an IPO for 5% of ARAMCO, the state-owned oil company, for 2018 or 2019. With an estimated value ranging from $50-$100 billion, the IPO would be the largest-ever IPO. The proceeds are slated to fund a capital increase in Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, the Public Investment Fund. New York and London are competing to be the listing venue – President Trump even promoted New York by tweet.

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Where is the Lyft? The Rise of the Gig Economy

Anthony Silva |
Wilmington Wire
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November 2, 2017— Technological advances have fundamentally changed the way our society exchanges goods and services and have paved the way for the rise of the “gig economy.” This type of economy is mainly made up of flexible jobs that are usually short term in nature and are composed mostly of independent contractors and freelancers instead of full-time employees—think about the Ubers, Lyfts, and Airbnbs of the world.

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