EconVue Weekly Spotlight July 2, 2016

Markets stopped their free fall this week, as analysts struggled to understand the impact of Brexit, and UK politics boiled over.  We continue our coverage and expect that Brexit is the very definition of what journalists call a story with legs.  Anything could happen, as we said prior to the Brexit vote, but it is not likely the vote will either be recalled or ignored.  Europe is on a new trajectory.

EconVue Q&A with David W. Johnson and his new book, Market vs. Medicine: America's Epic Fight for Better, Affordable Healthcare

EconVue Q&A with David W. Johnson and his new book, Market vs. Medicine: America's Epic Fight for Better, Affordable Healthcare

Q: Who should read market vs. medicine?

A: Healthcare professionals and anyone interested in how the market will fix America’s very broken and very expensive healthcare system.

Q: You have interviewed many healthcare startups for this book, which company stands out the most and why?

Lactose Intolerance: Aaron Rodgers and the Cheese-Heavy American Diet

Wisconsin may never be the same. Green Bay Packers star quarterback announced this month that he has stopped eating dairy products to “get healthier.” As Bart Simpson might observe, the State of Wisconsin is having a "collective cow".

The Packers are the only publically-owned NFL team. Wisconsin is “The Dairy State.” The Packers and dairy products are inextricably woven into the identity of Wisconsin residents. That’s why Packers fans proudly call themselves “Cheeseheads.”

Shanghai Report: Reform with Chinese Characteristics

The Lujiazui Forum, June 11-12 in Shanghai featured a gathering of senior level Chinese officials and prominent academics to talk about the economy and how the financial sector can contribute to overall economic growth. The annual gathering is named for the Lujiazui neighborhood in the Pudong district of Shanghai. Shanghai is positioning itself for rapid emergence as an international financial hub.

EconVue Weekly Spotlight: Brexit Special Edition

With a story as big as Brexit, with both market and historic implications, it is easy to become overwhelmed by oceans of mediocre or partisan commentary.  Wading  through scores of articles this past week, I have discovered some wonderfully illuminating discussions about a known unknown that  no one can predict.  Below please find my selection of original and provocative articles that go beyond Thursday’s vote,  offering deeper analysis of the EU writ large, and perspective from other countries and regions.

Peter Tasker - Why Asia Should Care about Brexit?

Here is my comment on Peter Tasker's commentary on Why Should Asia Care about Brexit?

The FinTech Bubble - My Response

My response after reading professor Joi Ito's piece at https://joi.ito.com/weblog/2016/06/14/-the-fintech-bu.html, 

Rebate Madness - Branded Drug Pricing Goes Rogue

Like hospitals that optimize revenues through complex assignment of charges, discounts and subsidies, aligned pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) and pharmaceutical companies manipulate retail and net pricing on “branded” drugs to enhance organizational profitability.

EconVue Weekly Spotlight

This month the G7 finance meetings were held in Sendai, a city that experienced natural devastation in 2011. At the leaders' summit that followed, President Obama paid a historic visit to Hiroshima, whose destruction was entirely man made.  Both cities have personal significance for me, going back to my exchange student days.