President Trump is eager to claim credit for Apple’s moves, but it’s a bit more complicated.

THE TICKER

President Trump took a bold announcement by Apple on Wednesday and made an even bolder claim about it. 

The electronics giant touted a massive new investment in the U.S. economy, pledging to contribute $350 billion to it over the next five years, with $30 billion of that sum coming in the form of capital spending, including for a new campus. And the tech company said it will create 20,000 new jobs in the United States. The president seized on the news as validation of the Republican tax package:

The issue: It’s not clear how much the new tax regime contributed to Apple’s decision, if at all. 

In a 1,093-word statement detailing the move, the company noted it is handing the Treasury a $38 billion one-time payment. That meets a requirement under the new law that corporations pay previously deferred taxes on their foreign profits. The law set up that provision as a sort of compromise: Companies are being forced to fork over a portion of those overseas stashes to Uncle Sam, but they are being charged a deeply discounted rate (15.5 percent for cash and 8 percent for less liquid assets.) Apple says it is counting the $38 billion it’s paying toward the $350 billion total it advertised Wednesday.

The law gives companies the flexibility to spread what they owe under the levy over five years. But the payment is mandatory — and not, as Trump suggested in his tweet, itself a vote of confidence in the brightening business climate at home.

Beyond that, the company doesn’t chalk up anything else in its announcement to the tax law. The Wall Street Journal’s Tripp Mickle does a careful job parsing the company’s statement: 

The company previously said it planned $16 billion in capital expenditures world-wide in the fiscal year that ends this September, up from $14.9 billion the previous year. However, Apple doesn’t break out its spending in the U.S., making it difficult to gauge how much of the $30 billion over five years it announced Wednesday is new.

Toni Sacconaghi, an analyst with Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., said Apple’s plans are in line with Trump administration goals, but that it isn’t clear how much of the commitments are new. And he said the company could deliver on those commitments with existing cash flow — without needing to tap cash holdings.

“It’s a nice number and puts a foot forward in line with where the administration wants to go with adding jobs and building in the U.S.,” he said. But he added, “It’s not clear these investments were impacted in any way by tax reform.”

Separately, Bloomberg News’s Mark Gurman reported Wednesday, the company is awarding most of its employees worldwide a $2,500 bonus in stock grants in the months ahead. For that, beneficiaries can thank the tax cuts. 

But the announcement of Apple’s multibillion-dollar investments carried significantly more weight for Trump and other Republicans eager to find signs the tax package is supplying a big boost of momentum to broader economic growth. Another entrant in the parade of companies handing out bonuses may be nice. What the GOP would prefer, however, is evidence that corporate giants are plowing their windfalls into the kind of spending that will trickle down to workers. 

“Certainly higher wages and bonuses are good news,” Tax Foundation senior analyst Scott Greenberg says. “But if the tax bill is going to have a large economic effect, it’s likely going to take some time to show up, because will take some time for companies to respond to the incentives offered by the new tax provisions.” And, he cautioned, “it’s difficult to separate causality from companies looking for gestures of public goodwill.”

Apple isn’t likely to fact-check Trump’s claims.

The announcement appeared designed to win the company some good-citizen points, with Apple CEO Tim Cook declaring in a statement that his company “could only have happened in America, and we are proud to build on our long history of support for the US economy.”

Recall that the tech titan came in for special abuse from Trump during the 2016 campaign. The candidate promised to make Apple “start building their damn computers and things in this country instead of in other countries,” at one point urged a boycott of Apple products, and said he would “come down so hard” on Cook that “his head would be spinning all of the way back to Silicon Valley.”

But Apple isn’t the only corporate giant that has been coy about pledging to use its tax gains for investments and wage hikes rather than, say, stock buybacks and dividend payments.

A CNBC survey of the 100 biggest companies by market cap found only nine with “specific plans to use some of the money saved from the corporate tax cuts to boost worker pay or invest in facilities or charitable causes.”

In other news, the sun rose today. Can we say for sure it would have but for the corporate tax cut?

MARKET MOVERS

— DOW 26,000. CNBC’s Fred Imbert: “Stocks traded higher on Wednesday following the release of stronger-than-expected quarterly results from some of the biggest U.S. companies. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 322.79 points, closing above 26,000 for the first time. The index first broke above the milestone mark on Tuesday. The S&P 500 gained 0.9 percent to finish at 2,802.56, with staples and tech rising more than 1 percent. The index also posted a record close.Tech stocks got a boost from Apple, which erased losses after announcing plans to repatriate billions in overseas cash. The stock closed 1.7 percent higher. The Nasdaq composite rose 1 percent to finish at 7,298.28, a record.”

It broke the record in record time. CNN Money’s Matt Egan: “The latest rush to buy stocks left the average up almost 8,000 points since… Trump’s 2016 election.The rally on Wednesday gave the Dow its best percentage gain since November. And it showed that the upward trend remains intact despite a big reversal the day before… But the velocity of the rally is raising eyebrows. It took just seven trading days for the Dow to climb from 25,000 to 26,000. While that is just a 4% advance, it’s part of a broader surge that has carried the Dow 42% during the Trump era. And the market rise has come with virtually no breaks.”

U.S. Industrial Production Rose 0.9% in December

U.S. industrial production rose sharply in December, boosted by gains in utilities output as cold weather swept across the nation and increased demand for heating.

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MONEY ON THE HILL

Shutdown showdown. The Post’s Mike DeBonis, Ed O’Keefe, and Erica Werner: “Bitter divisions in both parties threatened Wednesday to derail Congress’s effort to keep the federal government fully operating past the end of the week. The shutdown threat emerged on two fronts: Republican defense hawks in the House said a short-term spending plan the party introduced late Tuesday did not devote enough money to the military. Meanwhile, Democrats, whose support would be critical for passage in the Senate, began lining up in opposition amid pressure from immigration activists to use the budget talks as leverage to legalize many young immigrants known as ‘dreamers.’ By Wednesday evening, the short-term bill was on the cusp of failure…

House Republicans unveiled a bill Tuesday that would extend funding for four weeks, allowing time for further negotiations toward deals on long-term spending and immigration. To entice Democrats, GOP leaders attached a six-year extension of the popular Children’s Health Insurance Program, as well as the delay of two unpopular health-care taxes. But few, if any, Democrats have been swayed by the overture.”

Tax bill fails to crack majority. Politico’s Toby Eckert: “Support for the Republican tax plan has ticked up slightly since [Trump] signed it into law, but it still hasn’t drawn the backing of a majority of voters, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll.

The GOP’s top selling point for the plan recently — a spate of employee bonuses and wage increases — was a wash in the poll. The tracking poll, conducted Jan. 11-16, found that a 45 percent plurality of voters backed the plan based on what they knew about it, up from 42 percent in a similar poll before the legislation was enacted on Dec. 22. Opposition in the new poll came in at 34 percent, down from 39 percent. Twenty percent of respondents were undecided, up from 18 percent. After respondents were told about the major provisions of the bill, support rose to 47 percent, opposition remained at 34 percent.”

ICI reverses itself on fund rules. Politico’s Zachary Warmbrodt: “A prominent investment industry group is lobbying to keep in place major money market mutual fund regulations that it resisted only a few years ago. The issue will come to a head this week as the House Financial Services Committee votes on bipartisan legislation that would roll back regulations intended to prevent the kind of investor runs on money market funds that exacerbated the 2008 financial crisis. The Investment Company Institute, which represents money managers, did not support many of the safeguards the SEC enacted in 2014 but told senior lawmakers in a letter Friday that it now opposes the House bill that would defang the rules.”

GOP Senator to Block Two Trump Nominees Over Trade Concerns

A GOP senator with concerns about President Trump’s trade policy said Wednesday he would block two of the president’s nominees, saying the Trump administration hasn’t been responsive to his concerns on the issue.

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TRUMP TRACKER

Trump threatens NAFTA. Reuters’s Jeff Mason and David Lawder: “Trump on Wednesday said that terminating the North American Free Trade Agreement would result in the ‘best deal’ to revamp the 24-year-old trade pact with Canada and Mexico in favor of U.S. interests. Lawmakers as well as agricultural and industrial groups have warned Trump not to quit NAFTA, but he said that may be the outcome.

‘We’re renegotiating NAFTA now. We’ll see what happens. I may terminate NAFTA,’ Trump said in an interview with Reuters. ‘A lot of people are going to be unhappy if I terminate NAFTA. A lot of people don’t realize how good it would be to terminate NAFTA because the way you’re going to make the best deal is to terminate NAFTA. But people would like to see me not do that,’ he said. Trump’s comments come less than a week before trade negotiators from the United States, Canada and Mexico meet in Montreal for the sixth of seven scheduled rounds of negotiations to update NAFTA.”

Considers big “fine” against China. More from Reuters: “Trump and his economic adviser Gary Cohn said China had forced U.S. companies to transfer their intellectual property to China as a cost of doing business there. The United States has started a trade investigation into the issue, and Cohn said the United States Trade Representative would be making recommendations about it soon. ‘We have a very big intellectual property potential fine going, which is going to come out soon,’ Trump said in the interview. While Trump did not specify what he meant by a ‘fine’ against China, the 1974 trade law that authorized an investigation into China’s alleged theft of U.S. intellectual property allows him to impose retaliatory tariffs on Chinese goods or other trade sanctions until China changes its policies.”

Fed overhaul hits snags. The Post’s Heather Long: “In less than three weeks, the Federal Reserve, which is widely credited with playing a major role in leading the United States out of the Great Recession, will be under new leadership. Current Fed chair Janet L. Yellen is leaving, and Jerome Powell is President Trump’s nominee to take her place. But Trump’s efforts to remake the Federal Reserve will soon face key tests. The first hurdle will be the Senate. All of Trump’s appointees to the Fed require Senate approval, which has been slow in coming. Trump nominated Powell on Nov. 2, but the Senate didn’t act on his appointment before the end of the year, forcing the president to renominate Powell in 2018… Trump has made his priorities clear for a Powell-led Fed: He wants the stock market to keep soaring and the economy to grow faster. To make that happen, Trump would like interest rates to stay low and fewer restrictions on Wall Street banks. But Powell has been clear to stress the Fed’s independence — from Congress and the White House — in public appearances since his nomination.”

Powell says he’ll hold Deutsche Banke accountable. Bloomberg’s Jesse Hamilton: “Donald Trump’s pick to run the Federal Reserve, responding to a key lawmaker’s concerns over the president’s ties to Deutsche Bank AG, said the agency will hold the German lender to the same standards as the rest of the industry. Fed Governor Jerome Powell answered a letter from Senate Banking Committee member Chris Van Hollen ahead of the panel’s vote on his nomination to become chairman, telling the Maryland Democrat that he’s committed to supervising banks “in an independent manner.” Powell’s nomination was advanced by the committee on Wednesday, with Van Hollen voting in favor.”

Replacing Dudley. Reuters’s Jonathan Spicer: “Unions and groups advocating for retirees, teachers, housing, and workers’ benefits are among those visiting the ornate conference rooms of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to lobby for a less conventional candidate to serve as its next president. New York Fed directors leading the search for a successor to chief William Dudley, seen as the second most influential policymaker at the U.S. central bank, invited the guests to last week’s meeting to seek their advice. According to attendees and others familiar with the search, the directors are close to a “long list” of candidates and appear set to begin formal interviews within weeks. Until then, directors Sara Horowitz and Glenn Hutchins are taking steps intended to head off any criticisms of opacity and lack of diversity that, in recent years, have stung presidential searches at other district Fed banks. The afternoon meeting with 11 advocacy groups last week marked what one attendee called an unprecedented gesture of public outreach.”

RUSSIA WATCH: 

Bannon agrees to Mueller interview. The Post’s Roz Helderman and Karoun Demirjian: “Former top White House adviser and Trump campaign strategist Stephen K. Bannon has agreed to an interview for special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s Russia investigation likely to take place later this month, but his lawyer is pushing back against House investigators’ demands for an audience Thursday afternoon, arguing there is ‘no conceivable way’ Bannon will be ready for an interview on the panel’s terms. House Intelligence Committee members K. Michael Conaway (R-Tex.), who is leading the Russia investigation, and Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.), the panel’s ranking member, sent a letter Wednesday to Bannon’s lawyer, William Burck, insisting that Bannon return to Capitol Hill on Thursday at 2 p.m. to comply with a subpoena they issued Tuesday after Bannon refused to answer questions, citing orders from the White House.”

Probe could collide with midterms. Politico’s Darren Sameulsohn: “Robert Mueller’s Russia probe isn’t ending any time soon, and that’s bad news for President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans already bracing for a possible 2018 Democratic midterm wave. While many Republicans insist the Trump-Russia saga is overblown, they worry headlines about federal indictments, high profile trials—and a potential blockbuster meeting between Mueller and Trump himself—could obscure their positive message ahead of November elections and threaten their House and Senate majorities. In an ominous development for Republicans, a federal judge overseeing the upcoming trial of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates rejected Mueller’s request to begin in May and instead outlined a scheduled start as soon as September or October — peak election season.”

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Eric Trump’s 401(k) is up by 35 percent, but half of American families don’t even have one

“I didn’t think retirement was possible, and now it is,” he told Hannity.

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POCKET CHANGE

Goldman’s losing money. NYT’s Emily Flitter: “Goldman Sachs used to seem invincible. In the fourth quarter, it lost money. The Wall Street firm on Wednesday reported its first quarterly loss since 2011. It was the result of a one-time $4.4 billion charge stemming from the new tax law. But even ignoring that unusual event, Goldman’s weak core results showed how far the firm has fallen. The bank’s per-share earnings and revenue were both higher compared with a year earlier without the tax charge. But the results announced on Wednesday also revealed a decline in Goldman’s trading might, which has been drained by a potent combination of placid markets and quiet clients. Revenue in its business of buying and selling bonds, commodities and currencies — historically an engine of Goldman’s results — sank to $1 billion in the fourth quarter, half of what it was during the same period in 2016. For the year, net revenue in that business fell 30 percent. The drop sent Goldman’s shares down 3 percent on Wednesday.”

CRYPTO BITS: 

Treasury sees a threat. Bloomberg’s Saleha Mohsin: “The U.S. Treasury views virtual currencies such as Bitcoin as an “evolving threat” and is examining dealers to make sure they aren’t being used to finance illegal activities, the undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence said. Treasury is working with the Internal Revenue Service examiners to review 100 registered digital currency providers as well as others that have not registered, Sigal Mandelker said in prepared testimony to the Senate Banking Committee on Wednesday. The department is also working with the Justice Department to pursue money laundering cases.”

Bitcoin falls below $10,000. CNN Money’s Nathaniel Meyersohn: “Bitcoin keeps tumbling. The price of the volatile digital currency briefly dipped below $10,000 around 7 a.m. ET on Wednesday, its lowest level since late November, according to data from CoinDesk.com. Bitcoin has dropped nearly 30% this week and has lost almost half of its $19,343 peak value on December 16. Bitcoin approached its record as it launched on futures exchanges in the United States. But it has since fallen sharply. Other popular cryptocurrencies ethereum and ripple also have posted double-digit losses. One virtual currency exchange, Bitconnect, dived 93% late Monday. It’s unclear why bitcoin has had a rough week. Cryptocurrency is a murky market with frequent swings.”

Ripple founder loses $44 billion. CNBC’s Evelyn Cheng: “The digital currency plunge has wiped billions from the paper fortune of a cryptocurrency billionaire in just a few weeks. Ripple’s XRP coin has fallen 74 percent from an all-time high of $3.84 hit on Jan. 4, erasing $44 billion from the holdings of Chris Larsen, co-founder and executive chairman of Ripple. With XRP trading near $1 Wednesday, Larsen now holds the equivalent of just $15.8 billion, according to CNBC calculations using figures from Forbes. Citing sources at Ripple, Forbes said earlier this month that Larsen has 5.19 billion of XRP and a 17 percent stake in the start-up. Ripple holds 61.3 billion of the 100 billion XRP coins in existence. At XRP’s peak on Jan. 4, Larsen was worth $59.9 billion. That made him one of the five richest people in the U.S. and wealthier than Google’s founders, based on Forbes’ rich list.”

Stock market endangered? CNBC’s Stephanie Landsman: “A sustained sell-off in the cryptocurrency market will hit the stock market where it hurts, one major Wall Street firm warns. It’s a scenario investors are underestimating, according to Wells Fargo Securities’ Christopher Harvey. ‘We see a lot of froth in that market. If and when it comes out, it will spill over to equities,’ the firm’s head of equity strategy said Tuesday… ‘I don’t think people are really ready for that.'”

Goldman’s No. 2 Allegedly Swindled Out of $1.2 Million of Wine by Assistant

A former personal assistant to Goldman Sachs Group Inc. Co-President David Solomon faces federal charges that he stole more than $1.2 million of rare wine from his boss.

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BlackRock Lets Its Hair Down by Offering Unlimited Time Off

BlackRock Inc., taking a page from Silicon Valley where ping-pong tables and on-site gyms are common perks, is offering unlimited time off.

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THE REGULATORS

Fannie, Freddie regulator: Take them private. Bloomberg’s Joe Light: “Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s regulator is throwing its voice into the debate about what to do with the two companies at the center of the U.S. mortgage system. In a proposal obtained by Bloomberg News, Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt wrote that he and agency staff believe the mortgage market should be supported by shareholder-owned utilities with regulated rates of return and an explicit government guarantee of mortgage bonds. Watt sent the document, titled ‘Federal Housing Finance Agency Perspectives on Housing Finance Reform’ along with a letter dated Tuesday to Senate Banking Chairman Michael Crapo, an Idaho Republican, and Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio, the panel’s top Democrat. By sharing the perspectives now, ‘we seek to provide our views independently and transparently to those who have requested them while continuing to provide technical assistance to the committee and its members on other proposals that may be introduced,’ Watt wrote.”

Mulvaney moves to overhaul CFPB. LA Times’s Jim Puzzanghera: “On Wednesday, Mulvaney announced he was launching a review of the entire operation of the consumer watchdog agency created in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. The bureau has provided Americans with billions of dollars in refunds and debt relief, often at banks’ expense. Republicans and many financial firms have complained that it has been too aggressive… The bureau said it would formally request public input about whether it is ‘fulfilling its proper and appropriate functions to best protect consumers.’ It will seek comment on its enforcement of consumer protection laws, drafting of regulations, oversight of financial firms, monitoring of the marketplace and public education. The first function to be examined: how the bureau demands information from financial firms during investigations.”

Asks financial firms for complaints. The Hill’s Sylvan Lane: The CFPB “is asking the firms its regulates to submit complaints about the agency’s core actions. The CFPB announced Wednesday that the agency will ask ‘for evidence to ensure the bureau is fulfilling its proper and appropriate functions to best protect consumers.’ The request is the latest step forward in acting Director Mick Mulvaney’s effort to draw back the bureau’s aggressive regulatory and enforcement actions. Mulvaney said in a Wednesday statement that it’s ‘natural for the Bureau to critically examine its policies and practices to ensure they align with the Bureau’s statutory mandate.'”

Cordray blasts. More from The Hill: “The former director of the… CFPB blasted his successor in a series of tweets Wednesday for attempting to unwind the agency’s rule on payday lending. Richard Cordray, the bureau’s first director, panned the CFPB’s plans as ‘truly shameful action by the interim pseudo-leaders’ of the bureau.” … ‘Let’s see the case be made, with full debate, on whether the zealots and toadies can justify repealing a rule to protect consumers against extortionate payday loans,’ Cordray continued.”

Hoenig criticizes banking bill. Reuters’s Pete Schroeder: “A top official at a leading U.S. bank regulator is airing concerns about a Senate bill that would ease banking rules, saying parts of it could “significantly weaken” critical protections. Thomas Hoenig, the vice chair of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, warned lawmakers that efforts to ease new rules around leverage and proprietary trading could encourage banks to take on excessive amounts of risk, and put the stability of the financial system at risk. Hoenig said he was broadly supportive of the bill primarily aimed at easing rules for smaller banks, crafted by Republicans and moderate Democrats on the Senate Banking Committee, but has concerns about a pair of key sections. In particular, Hoenig warned Congress’s attempts to relax burdens around the Volcker Rule and the supplementary leverage ratio would do more harm than good.”

SCOTUS considers overtime rule. Washington Examiner’s Sean Higgins: “Looking under the hood and figuring out what is wrong is a popular cliche, but on Wednesday, the Supreme Court examined whether the workers who actually do that should be guaranteed overtime pay. The justices heard oral arguments in Encino Motorcars v. Navarro, a case involving whether the Fair Labor Standards Act’s overtime rules extend to “service advisers” at auto dealerships. It is the second time it has heard the case. Service advisers are the dealership employees who tell customers what repairs or other work their cars need. Congress exempted them from the overtime regulation in 1966, but in 2011, the Obama administration changed the rule and said service advisers should be able to claim overtime pay.”

New late trading method gets SEC ok. Bloomberg’s Annie Massa: “Cboe Global Markets Inc. got regulators’ permission to challenge its chief rivals in U.S. equities, the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq Stock Market, during their crucial end-of-day auctions. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission will let the company begin Cboe Market Close, which the company says is a lower-cost way to carry out certain closing trades that may otherwise be completed at markets owned by NYSE Group and Nasdaq Inc. NYSE and Nasdaq had argued against approval, saying Cboe’s offering could tarnish the critical role played by auctions that set closing levels for thousands of U.S. stocks. NYSE and Nasdaq both stand to lose volume from any mechanism threatening their closing auctions. Cboe countered that their concerns were overblown, since some brokers already provide a similar function for customers. The SEC came down in favor of Cboe, according to a filing Wednesday.”

CHART TOPPER

From Axios’s Chris Canipe and Steve LeVine: “Manufacturing jobs are up sharply from the recession:”

DAYBOOK

Today

  • The American Enterprise Institute holds an event on “New thinking about poverty and economic mobility.”
  • The Cato Institute Policy Perspectives 2018 hosts a discussion on “A Fiscal Rule to Tame Federal Debt?”

Coming Up

  • The SEC-NYU Dialogue on Securities Markets – Shareholder Engagement will be held in New York on Friday. 

THE FUNNIES

From The Post’s Tom Toles: 

BULL SESSION

Sen. Lindsey Graham tells lawmakers: “Stop the s-show and grow up:” 

Here’s an ongoing list of White House staff, Cabinet members, and federal appointees who quit or were fired under Trump:

Here’s how tech companies are using algorithms to prevent extremist content:

Stephen Colbert talks about how “Fire and Fury” author Michael Wolff got access to the White House: 

China’s Economic Growth Looks Strong. Maybe Too Strong.

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HONG KONG — The interest rate of development in China’s economy faster this past year the very first time in seven years as exports, construction and consumer spending all rose strongly.

A minimum of, that’s exactly what the government states.

The truth is, the interest rate of development in China’s economy is anybody’s guess. Various signals suggest China’s growth did accelerate this past year, that could provide the government the area it must tackle an amount of serious financial, ecological and social problems this season.

But calculating the dimensions and health from the world’s second-largest economy can be challenging at the best. Its official figures have grown to be implausibly smooth and steady, even while other nations publish results with lots of peaks and valleys. Officials in far-flung regions are acknowledging their figures are wrong. And outdoors experts crunching the information have develop different — in most cases less strong — results.

What China Reported

The Nation’s Bureau of Statistics announced on Thursday the economy expanded 6.9 % this past year, up slightly from 6.7 % in 2016 and breaking a pattern of gradual slowing that started this year. For that 4th quarter, the bureau reported economic development of 6.8 percent more than a year earlier.

Strength in exports, retail sales and also the property market helps spur growth, putting China inside a stronger position to tackle problems together with a sharp climb indebted, severe pollution along with other problems.

However that growth originates in a high cost: rising borrowing which has triggered downgrades of China’s sovereign debt rating by credit score agencies severe pollution of China’s air, water and soil and chronic social problems connected using the movement of millions of workers to metropolitan areas who’d little choice but to depart their kids within their hometowns. President Xi Jinping signaled in an important Communist Party meeting in October he desired to address a few of these chronic problems which the nation should no more highlight maximizing economic growth at just about any cost.

An Unusual Stability

China’s annual growth figures have lengthy been quite steady. Other large countries have experienced somewhat steadier growth than normal within the last many years. But China’s quarterly growth figures are suspiciously smooth, unlike quarterly development in a number of other countries.

Politics really are a primary reason. Local officials frequently face pressure to satisfy targets in the central government. In the first hint of monetary weakness, they’ve tended to step-up spending to stabilize economic output.

More and more, China is owning as much as data shortcomings, specifically in provincial data. The location of Inner Mongolia revealed this month that two-fifths from the industrial production it reported for 2016 didn’t exist. Last year, Liaoning Province in northeastern China says local governments had padded their economic growth statistics from 2011 to 2014.

Tianjin, a sprawling metropolis, briefly published on a single of their official websites a week ago that previous data have been inflated. The publish was rapidly deleted.

Ning Jizhe, the director from the National Bureau of Statistics, stated in a news conference on Thursday mid-day in Beijing there had lengthy been discrepancies between provincial and national data, however that the space have been narrowing. “Local data won’t influence the longevity of national statistics data,” he stated.

It may work another way, too: Some economists cite evidence that China also understates its growth during booms to smooth its results.

Slower Than Mentioned?

Economists who attempt to estimate actual growth tend to generate lower figures.

The Conference Board, a company group located in New You are able to, takes Chinese data for agriculture, construction and simply counted services, like transportation, as accurate. After that it adjusts the state data for irregularities in industrial production as well as in less easily counted services, like healthcare.

The end result shows Chinese growth to become somewhat less than reported, specifically in years with weak growth. Simultaneously, by understating the depth from the slowdown in 2015 and 2016, the state figures also seem to understate last year’s improvement.

The Conference Board’s results suggest the present uptick is real. However the board worries much from the growth originates from recent lending, despite China’s already huge accumulation of debt in the past years.

“We think the recovery is real,” stated Yuan Gao, the senior economist within the Beijing office from the Conference Board. “We’re just concerned that many it’s built on bad debt.”

Parsing the Figures

Diana Choyleva, an economist at Enodo Financial aspects working in london, also produces growth figures which are underneath the official results.

Many economists, including Ms. Choyleva, believe Chinese officials understate just how much prices increase in China. That has a tendency to overstate growth.

She adjusts official figures according to cost data and seasonality. She then finds the Chinese economy has a tendency to track Beijing’s stimulus efforts, which produce booms, and it is moves to curb unsustainable lending, which produce slowdowns.

China’s record issues exceed mere government meddling. The country’s economy is vast and rapidly altering. Officials still find it difficult to meet up with many years of growth and also to modernize data-gathering practices.

“It’s just simplistic to state they lie or it normally won’t lie,” stated Pauline Loong, the founder and md of Asia-analytica, a Hong Kong talking to firm focusing on landmass China. “They define their data differently, plus they keep altering their definitions.”

Follow Keith Bradsher on Twitter: @KeithBradsher.

Ailin Tang and Carolyn Zhang contributed research from Shanghai.

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Taxpayers to feet £200bn bill for PFI contracts, National Audit Office finds

Taxpayers are now being confronted with an invoice totalling £199bn to personal contractors for schemes underneath the questionable Private Finance Initative (PFI), even when no further deals are struck, a spending watchdog’s report finds.

The Nation’s Audit Office (NAO) found 716 deals are presently operational under PFI and it is successor PF2, with annual charges amounting to £10.3bn in 2016/17 – these types of stretch in to the 2040s.

The report was compiled prior to the collapse of contractor Carillion, nevertheless its release came because the construction giant’s failure sparked furious debate about the way forward for a method which Work leader Jeremy Corbyn denounced like a “costly racket”.

Mr Corbyn told Theresa May at Prime Minister’s Questions in the home of Commons: “These corporations have to be proven the doorway. We want our public services supplied by public employees having a public service ethos along with a strong public oversight.”

And something union stated the size of payments revealed through the NAO should mean the “game is up” for PFI.

The NAO came no conclusions around the merits from the PFI and PF2 systems, to which private consortiums raise funding to construct public venues like schools, hospitals and roads, to acquire regular payments over as much as 3 decades.

However it discovered that the non-public finance route “results in costs when compared with openly financed procurement”.

The Government’s Commercial Infrastructure Plan recommended this year that capital elevated through PFI cost 2 per cent to 3.75 per cent more than from condition borrowing, the NAO stated.

It added: “Small changes to the price of capital may have a significant effect on costs. Paying off a personal debt of £100m over 3 decades with interest of two percent costs £34m in interest. At 4 percent this greater than doubles to £73m.”

The report stated there had not a “robust evaluation” of whether it was offset, as PFI supporters claim, by benefits for example reduced risk towards the citizen and greater-quality facilities.

The chair from the influential House of Commons Public Accounts Committee, Megabites Hillier, stated that, twenty five years after it had been launched under John Major, there is “little evidence” that PFI was delivering good value.

“Many local physiques are actually shackled to inflexible PFI contracts which are exorbitantly costly to alter,” the Work MP stated. “I am concerned the Treasury has relaunched PFI under new branding, without having done anything about the majority of its underlying problems.

“We require more purchase of our schools and hospitals but when we obtain the contracts wrong, taxpayers spend the money for cost.”

The nation’s secretary from the GMB union, Rehana Azam, stated the report demonstrated PFI to become “a catastrophic waste of taxpayers’ money”.

He added: “Nothing can hide the chronic failure it has shown to be over decades. Carillion is only the latest illustration of how bad things fail when public services remain at the disposal of profit-hungry companies. This report should imply that the sport expires for PFI.”

A Government spokesman stated: “Many vital infrastructure projects like roads, schools and hospitals are compensated for by PFI and PF2, stimulating our economy, creating jobs and delivering better public services. We have reformed the way we manage PFI contracts, and thru PF2 have produced one which improves transparency while offering better good value.

“Taxpayer cash is protected through PFI and PF2, because the perils of construction and lengthy-term upkeep of a task are used in the non-public sector.”

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Apple pledges to invest $350 billion and produce 20,000 jobs towards the U.S. within next 5 years

stated Wednesday that it’ll spend $350 billion on development and make 20,000 jobs within the U . s . States within the next 5 years, outlining the very first time the way it invested within the U.S. economy following a new tax law passed late this past year.

Apple stated that as needed through the new law, it’ll pay $38 billion in taxes on its massive cash holdings overseas. The main one-time payment may be the largest announced as an effect of the tax law, experts stated.

“On the main one hands, this can be a record payment. However, it shows how effective they have been at gaming the system” all over the world, stated Edward Kleinbard, legislation professor in the College of Los Angeles.

Because of the new corporate tax rate of 15.five percent on overseas cash, that signifies Apple is coming back around $245 billion in cash towards the U . s . States. In the last earnings report, the organization reported it held $252 billion in cash overseas.

Apple has for a long time faced scrutiny and critique all over the world because of its tax policies. The organization lately decided to pay greater than $100 million (81 million pounds) in taxes to British government bodies after an audit.

It’s also lobbied for that U . s . States to ease tax rates on foreign profits introduced to the nation, stating that such changes allows the organization to take a position more freely within the U.S. economy.

“We believe deeply in the strength of American resourcefulness, and we’re focusing our investments in places that we may have a direct effect on job creation and job readiness,” Apple leader Tim Prepare stated inside a statement. “We possess a deep feeling of responsibility to provide to our country and those who help to make our success possible.”

That echoes statements Prepare made this past year, as he told the brand new You are able to Occasions that companies possess a “moral responsibility” to grow the economy within the U . s . States.

The White-colored House applauded Apple’s announcement. “Just because the President guaranteed, making our companies more competitive worldwide is converting straight into benefits for that American worker, through elevated wages, better benefits, and new jobs,” Lindsay Walters, a deputy White-colored House press secretary, stated inside a statement. Others, including AT&T, American Airlines and Walmart,  also have linked worker bonuses to the brand new law.

Additionally towards the tax payment, Apple stated that more than the following couple of years it’ll considerably increase the 84,000 employees it’s within the U . s . States. The brand new jobs can come from hiring at Apple’s current locations and from the new campus centered on tech support team for purchasers. Apple will announce its location later this season. Additionally, it stated it intends to build several new data centers within the U . s . States — including formerly announced projects in New York and Iowa — and stated it broke ground on the new facility Wednesday in Reno, Nev. Overall, Apple will expend $10 billion on building data centers included in a $30 billion purchase of capital expenses.

It isn’t obvious the amount of a big change this really is from what the organization is presently spending. Apple has spent between $12 billion and $15 billion on projects for example facilities or land globally previously couple of years, although it hasn’t stated the amount of that visited U.S. projects.

The organization didn’t say the amount of its investments announced Wednesday were already planned.

Apple has faced repeated critique from U.S. lawmakers because of not generating of their products, like the iPhone, the iPad and Mac computers, within the U . s . States. Apple does have hardware within the U . s . States, but many of their goods are created and put together in China. The organization has recently centered on building more facilities within the U.S.

It’s also growing how big a formerly announced manufacturing fund to aid its network of suppliers for parts which go into its devices. That fund increases from $1 billion to $5 billion. This fund has bankrolled initiatives in Kentucky and Texas Apple didn’t offer further information on where it might purchase U.S. manufacturing later on.

Further investment may also get into coding and application-development education initiatives.

Analysts stated that overall this news will reflect well on Apple. “We believe 80% of Apple’s motivation associated with today’s news is perfect for economic reasons, 20% for political reasons, and both are great for the organization lengthy-term,” stated Gene Munster, a longtime Apple analyst and managing partner of Loup Ventures, stated inside a note to investors.

Apple’s stock closed up 1.65 % to $179.10 on Wednesday.

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Dow jones Johnson tops 26,000 for brand spanking new as stock exchange boom continues

US share index increases 1,000 points in 12 days – but sceptics warn rise might be last hurrah before an accident

Trader Gregory Rowe wears a Dow 26,000 hat as he works on the stock exchange floor. Trader Gregory Rowe wears a Dow jones 26,000 hat because he utilizes a stock market floor. Photograph: Richard Came/APThe Dow jones Johnson Industrial Average has capped the 26,000 mark the very first time, a brand new landmark within the Wall Street stock exchange boom which has collected pace since 2012.

The key index people shares has risen 1,000 points in only 12 days – and 6 stock exchange buying and selling sessions, considering that Wall Street was closed for Martin Luther King Junior Day on Monday – fuelled by the increase within the global economy and the possibilities of bumper company earnings because of Jesse Trump’s corporate tax cuts.

The Dow jones added almost 280 points at the begining of buying and selling in New You are able to, hitting a higher of 26,081 before falling back underneath the 26,000 mark towards lunchtime. The greatest gains were for pharmaceutical company Merck & Co, health insurer U . s . Health insurance and digger manufacturer Caterpillar.

The Dow jones required 19 buying and selling sessions to increase from 24,000 to 25,000 on 4 The month of january and it is up greater than 40% since Trump’s election in November 2016. Sceptics have dubbed the most recent phase from the bull market a “melt-up”, around shares ongoing to increase despite searching overpriced by traditional yardsticks, and warn maybe it’s a last hurrah before a downward correction or crash.

longest-ever periods of expansion, only surpassed through the booms that required devote the 1960s and also the 1990s prior to the dotcom crash. The United States has been growing with no correction since June 2009, following a recession that adopted the economic crisis.

Inflation and rates of interest have continued to be low all over the world, assisting to fuel the stock exchange boom, because the greatest countries’ central banks pump billions to their economies through quantitative easing.

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Within the United kingdom, the FTSE 100 came by about 13 suggests 7,755.93, as European shares dipped slightly after strong gains in recent days.

However, Bitcoin slid around 18% on Tuesday to some four-week low, departing it simply above $11,000 among fresh fears of the regulatory attack.

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Justice department asks top court to intervene in combat Daca

Department asks high court for ‘direct review’ of ruling that temporarily blocks Trump administration from phasing out Daca

Trump in the Oval Office on Tuesday. He tweeted: ‘We need a merit based system of immigration, and we need it now!’ Jesse Trump within the Oblong Office on Tuesday. He tweeted: ‘We require a merit based system of immigration, so we require it now!’ Photograph: Evan Vucci/APThe Department of Justice stated it’s appealing against a federal judge’s ruling that temporarily blocked the Trump administration from phasing the Obama-era program granting protections to youthful, undocumented immigrants – and asking the final court to intervene.

The department stated it’d filed an appeal within the ninth circuit court and promises to “take the rare step” in a few days of seeking a quick track towards the top court.

The announcement came because the fate of nearly 700,000 Dreamers, who have been introduced towards the US as children, has elevated the threat of a government shutdown with lawmakers in Washington in an impasse over immigration. William Alsup, an american district judge in California, purchased the Trump administration a week ago to carry on processing renewals for that 2012 program established by Obama, referred to as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Daca), which granted temporary legal status to Dreamers.

In announcing the administration’s decision to appeal from the ruling , the lawyer general, Shaun Sessions, stated: “It defies both law and customary sense for Daca … to in some way be mandated nationwide with a single district court in Bay Area.

“We are actually using the rare step of requesting direct review around the merits of the injunction through the top court to ensure that this problem might be resolved rapidly and fairly for the parties involved.”

Trump announced in September he was rescinding Daca and gave Congress until 5 March to pass through a substitute.

The resulting debate on Capitol Hill over how you can resolve the problem through legislation has rattled negotiations over funding for that government, which is a result of expire on Friday. Absent an offer within the next four days, Congress looked more and more poised because of its first government shutdown since 2013.

Obama pre-emptively cast blame on Democrats, who’ve required that any bill to finance the federal government be supported by protections for Dreamers.

“The Democrats wish to shut lower the federal government over Amnesty for those and Border Security,” Trump tweeted Tuesday. “The greatest loser is going to be our quickly rebuilding Military, at any given time we want it more than ever before. We want a merit based system of immigration, so we require it now! Forget about harmful Lottery.”

Throughout a shutdown, vital government services for example police force and air traffic control would continue, as would benefit programs like social security, Medicare and State medicaid programs. But nature would close, and lots of federal bureaucrats could be told to go home.

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Exactly what is a Government shutdown?

When Congress does not pass appropriate funding for government operations and agencies, a shutdown is triggered.

Most federal services are subsequently frozen, barring individuals which are considered “essential”, like the work from the Department of Homeland Security and FBI. Consequently, most non-defense federal workers are put on delinquent furlough and told to not are accountable to work. Active duty military staff is not furloughed.

In the height from the 2013 government shutdown, nearly 40% from the government workforce were furloughed. The workers were retroactively compensated by Congress, in line with previous shutdowns.

Airports remains open but service could be disrupted because of “non-essential” worker furloughs. Nature, monuments and museums, in addition to passport offices, are usually closed. The Government can also be partly closed, prompting a slowdown from the processing of tax statements and ale banks to allow mortgage along with other loans that depend on IRS verification.

The United States Postal Services are funded individually and for that reason mail remains delivered. Benefits for example social security, Medicare and food stamps also continue being distributed.

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Analysts have forecasted that the price of furloughing federal employees could total $6.5bn per week and “possibly snuff out any economic momentum”.

Talking with Bloomberg, Nobel prize-winning economist Frederick Stiglitz stated a shutdown would pose a significant threat to global stock markets, that have hit a number of record highs since Trump’s inauguration, something obama has attempted to affiliate themself with personally.

“Uncertainty isn’t good for that global economy,” stated Stiglitz. “And one of the uncertainties are these government shutdowns, which may be most likely horrible for that markets.”

Democrats believe tying fixing Daca to some must-pass spending bill will coerce more lawmakers to election in support of an agreement, because of the deep partisan divide over immigration.

Republicans have considered these to be separate issues, but have independently expressed concern that the shutdown would call into question remarkable ability to control because the party that controls Washington.

There has not been a shutdown of the us government with only one party in charge of the White-colored House and both chambers of Congress.

S&P Global stated the outcome of the shutdown could be felt through the US economy: “A disruption in government spending means no government paychecks to invest lost business and revenue to personal contractors lost sales at stores, particularly individuals that circle now-closed nature and fewer tax revenue for The Government. Which means less business activities and less jobs.”

Almost a million individuals will not get regular paychecks if your shutdown happens, S&P stated. “With every day the shutdown drags on, federal workers may begin to drag back on household spending at restaurants, childcare, or stores due to worries they won’t get compensated in the near future,” it stated.

Efforts to hash out a contract were seriously undermined a week ago if this was reported that Trump asked the necessity to admit immigrants from “shithole countries”.

The president’s remarks apparently came throughout a private ending up in lawmakers while discussing immigrants from Haiti and El Salvador, who’ve been provided temporary protected status by the federal government. The Trump administration has gone to live in strip them of this status, potentially forcing overseas as much as 200,000 Salvadorans and 60,000 Haitians.

The White-colored House denied that Trump’s comments may have led the way for any shutdown.

“No, I believe he’s worried that Democrats’ unwillingness to place country in front of their party is what’s stalling things,” the White-colored House press secretary, Sarah Sanders, stated.

Sanders stated the White-colored House’s position was that immigration and spending talks ought to be stored separate.

The growing discord has motivated Republican leaders to go over a brief-term stopgap measure to avert a shutdown by night time on Friday. People of Congress passed an identical resolution in December, kicking the deadline to 19 The month of january.

Democrats earned critique from immigration activists for neglecting to contain the line in December. They face mounting pressure to not stall on protections for Dreamers. Internal divisions remain inside the party over whether a shutdown is essential with no solution on Daca.

Trump official: ‘I have no idea if Norwegian is predominantly white’ – video

Trump’s latest questionable remarks on immigrants nevertheless made an appearance to mark a level.

In a hearing on Capitol Hill , Democrats grilled Kristjen Nielsen, Trump’s homeland security secretary, on her behalf boss’s attitude toward immigrants.

Nielsen stated she didn’t recall Trump’s specific remark about African countries, prompting a quick rebuke from Cory Booker, certainly one of just three black senators.

“Your silence as well as your amnesia is complicity,” he stated.

She seemed to be requested about Trump’s alleged remarks backing immigration from countries like Norwegian, which as Senator Patrick Leahy stated is “predominantly white”.

“I really don’t know that, mister, however i imagine that’s the situation,” Nielsen responded.

Airbus A380 – is that this the finish for that super jumbo (already)?

Flight 1 from Heathrow to Kl is Malaysia Airlines’ flagship service. And the plane with this particular flight number that touched lower in the capital’s airport terminal on Tuesday evening would be a very new arrival.

Instead of the mighty double-decked, four-engined Airbus A380, the aircraft that taxied towards the terminal in the finish of the 6,600-mile journey would be a single-deck twin-jet which had been delivered fresh in the factory in Toulouse only three days ago.

The Airbus A350 might be smaller sized, but based on Malaysia Airlines’ publicity, it provides passengers “a more spacious interior” around the lengthy haul from London.

The Airbus A380 is made for lengthy-haul routes from London. Having a capacity around 500, it may extract probably the most value from precious slots at Heathrow, the world’s most congested hub. 

Why has got the Malaysian carrier downsized? The air travel believes that mixture of improved efficiency and passenger appeal will prove more lucrative compared to “SuperJumbo” on its key intercontinental link, making it able to better contend with British Airways’ nightly Dreamliner service while using Boeing 787.

The airline’s salesforce might be silently relieved, too. Inside a ferociously competitive market, they’ve 42 percent less seats to market on every departure.

Across in the Toulouse HQ of Airbus, the salesforce for that A380 was without an excellent 2017. This past year Airbus predicted an industry for typically 70 “very large aircraft” sales yearly to 2036. At the moment the only real aircraft within this category would be the A380 and also the Boeing 747-8. But Boeing has predicted a significantly smaller sized market, with typically just 26 sales annually.

Recently the planemaker Airbus delivered an archive 127 aircraft. The great majority were from the highly effective A320 family. From the 22 wide-bodied planes, twelve were A330s and nine fresh young A350s. Only one SuperJumbo was delivered. 

Based on the maker, the A380 is really a “marvel of science and engineering”, and “no other travelling experience comes close”. However the firm’s own spreadsheet reveals internet sales this past year were minus two: no new orders, and a few cancellations.

Only Emirates has shown a powerful dedication to the A380: the jet is in the centre of their business design to get people-carrier for that world. The Dubai-based air travel has purchased 142, which about 2-thirds have showed up. But at November’s Dubai Airshow, an anticipated new order for that A380 unsuccessful to materialise. Rather, Emirates chosen 40 Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

Shortly before Malaysia Airlines’ new kid around required removed from Heathrow, the bosses at Airbus sounded an alert.

“If we can’t exercise an offer with Emirates,” stated the planemaker’s top salesperson, John Leahy, “I think there’s no choice but to seal lower the programme.”

This type of move could be deeply humiliating for that European consortium, as well as an admission that Airbus wasted many vast amounts of euros backing the incorrect horse. What exactly went awry using the A380, and it is there any prospect that could come good? Fundamental essentials key issues.

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Within the high stakes bet on ordering new aircraft, the important thing unknowable is: ten years from now, what’s going to they cost? 

The launch customer for that A380 was Singapore Airlines. Last summer time came back its first SuperJumbo towards the lessor. A Ten-year-old, well-maintained jet must have an all natural secondhand market. However the aircraft that triumphantly travelled from Singapore to Sydney on 25 October 2007 is presently kept in storage at Lourdes. If your buyer can’t be found, the plane might be damaged up for parts.

Before the market establishes a significant value for secondhand A380s, airlines and lessors is going to be disinclined to invest in the Superjumbo. And also the longer the 9V-SKA (the registration from the launch plane) sits on the floor in south-west France, the greater it appears as though a defunct plane walking.

A lot of seats

At any given time when aviation is expanding globally at 7 percent annually, the concept that an airplane might have a lot of seats may appear absurd. Surely it might be much more efficient to exchange the motley mixture of 757s, 767s, 777s, 787s, A330s and A340s around the London-New You are able to run with A380s, halving the amount of flights and creating more slots? Well, departing aside the matter that no US air travel has expressed curiosity about the A380, the marketplace around the world’s premier intercontinental air route demands frequency. American Airlines, British Airways, Delta, U . s . and Virgin Atlantic realize that the premium passengers who bankroll the hyperlink care more about the following departure being only an hour or so away compared to the visual appeal of the double-deck jet.

BA, the only person of individuals carriers using the A380, deploys it totally on transatlantic routes — but to relatively low-frequency destinations, for example La, Miami, Bay Area and Vancouver. (Additionally, it flies the SuperJumbo to Singapore, Hong Kong and Gauteng.)

You can envisage BA up-gauging some Boeing 747 and 777 routes, for example Dallas and Toronto. The move would cut the price per seat. However that adds procuring seats to become offered on the wet Wednesday at the end of The month of january. And all sorts of at any given time when BA’s Heathrow hub-and-spoke model has already been being attacked by budget airlines offering point-to-point options — one not predicted one fourth-century ago, when Airbus started searching in a Large Commercial Transport.

A lot of engines

In 1993, a plane from the proportions of the A380 could simply be created with four large engines. Within an era when oil was comfortingly below $20 a barrel, fitting two engines on every wing is at vogue — and appreciated by passengers. The 4-engined Airbus A340 involved to produce and Richard Branson was promoting Virgin Atlantic’s 747s using the slogan “4 engines 4 the lengthy haul”.

Today, Mister Richard and pretty much every other aviation entrepreneur is pleased with two engines. The fuel burn per seat around the A350 is a lot less than the A380, while capital and maintenance pricing is commensurately lower.

Pilot films A380 take-removed from Heathrow

No prestige premium

Projections for that A380 anticipated inflight departmental stores and gyms, but in the economy passenger’s perspective the truth continues to be seats, seats and much more seats. An unscientific Twitter poll I am performing suggests about one out of three passengers may well be more attracted an air travel offering an A380. However the same proportion believe “New planes are better”, plus they could switch within the other direction. It’s telling that Emirates made a decision to unveil its ultra-luxurious first-class product on the Boeing 777, no Airbus A380.

Cause for optimism?

Unless of course a first-class passenger on Emirates from Gatwick, you might have observed the quiet thought that among the airline’s three daily departures to Dubai is shortly to alter. Same A380, different configuration: no first-class cabin (filled with shower), a lot more seats in economy, with room in excess of 600 (one-third greater than on BA). Tickets in the Sussex airport terminal are offered for a cheap price to individuals from Heathrow, which move can help keep fares lower. Possibly the airlines that have installed more and more elaborate facilities happen to be searching within the wrong direction is the answer lie in cramming in lots of more passengers?

The A380 is certified for 873 seats, but to date no air travel went for anything like than number. Passengers are sitting down no more than 10 across, though around the primary deck it might be easily 11. That can be a may horrify vacationers who see Ryanair-style standards on lengthy-haul flights, it might transform the financial aspects of flying between large population centres: Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai …

Airbus leader Fabrice Bregier believes there’s huge potential in China for that A380: “We have to convince the airlines that they’ll improve their share of the market, that they’ll increase tremendously their image purchasing the A380 and operating them from big Chinese hubs.

“The greatest market deserves the greatest aircraft.”

It might happen. The increasing star at Airbus at this time may be the A321. If this first made an appearance in 1993, the “stretch” from the effective A320 earned little attention and couple of orders. One fourth-century on, with new engines, the A321 is just about the aircraft preferred by airlines attempting to open lengthy-range point-to-point routes, and it is extremely popular with passengers.

The A380 might take a stretch, growing capacity beyond 900 and cutting seat costs even more. However an air travel must take a risk on secondhand SuperJumbo jets. Malaysia Airlines has some spare now.

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Having to pay tipped workers better wouldn’t result in less restaurant jobs

following the finish from the Civil War as a way for that restaurant and hospitality industry, brought through the Pullman Co., to employ recently freed slaves without having to pay them base wages. The result was to produce a permanent servant class, to whom down to having to pay a full time income wage was shifted from employers onto customers. In lots of other nations, waitstaff were eventually introduced to legal parity along with other workers, thought as professionals like other people. In “Homage to Catalonia,” George Orwell described his shock upon coming in Barcelona and observing that “waiters and shopwalkers looked you hard and treated you being an equal.”

This didn’t take place in the U . s . States, where tips were enshrined into law, affecting nearly six million workers today, 65 % who are women. Waitstaff and bartenders who bring home sub-minimum wages tend to be more than two times as prone to live underneath the poverty line as non-tipped workers. The wage floor varies across the nation, as states set their very own regular and tipped minimum wages.

Seven states — Alaska, California, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, Or and Washington — have eliminated the 2-tiered system entirely. New You are able to seems is the next condition which will join this trend: Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D) lately announced that he’ll hold proceedings to understand more about setting just one statewide minimum wage for those workers. As well as in the District, advocates have collected enough signatures to place the problem around the 2018 ballot but they are facing a legitimate challenge.

Opponents of the trend, particularly center industry, have contended that such measures could be disastrous for restaurants, making them raise prices, lose business and slash jobs. Dire warnings that buyers would stop tipping entirely convinced legislators to invalidate a greater tipped minimum wage approved by referendum in Maine.

Are these concerns valid? The actual fact that individuals haven’t stopped likely to restaurants or tipping servers in California or Montana suggests that they’re overblown. To achieve further insight, we checked out the outcome on restaurant worker earnings and employment from New You are able to state’s last rise in the tipped minimum wage, from $5 to $7.50 in 2015, using data in the Bureau at work Statistics’ Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, which tracks employment and earnings by industry.

What we should found was that around following a increase, full-service restaurant workers saw their average take-home pay (including wages and tips) increase 6.4 %, a bigger increase compared to any neighboring condition (none which elevated their tipped minimum wage for the reason that period), while the amount of these workers elevated by 1.1 %, or 3,751 new jobs.

But there are lots of other activities that could affect employment and earnings. A boom or bust throughout the economy from the condition, or perhaps New You are able to City alone, could mask whatever effect the absolute minimum-wage hike may have had. And also the querry is still: When compared with what? We would have liked to understand not just whether New York’s restaurant workers taken advantage of the wage hike, but whether or not they accomplished it in accordance with restaurant workers elsewhere.

To higher isolate the result of recent York’s tipped-minimum-wage increase using their company factors, we compared restaurant worker earnings and employment in counties on each side from the New You are able to-Pennsylvania border, a long border New You are able to explains to another condition. Pennsylvania provides a obvious contrast it last elevated its tipped minimum in 2007, also it now sits at $2.83, cheaper than New York’s. Counties on each side of the border share mostly exactly the same economic indicators and labor pools and therefore give a natural experiment for the consequence of policy change on only one side from the border.

Our findings reveal that restaurant workers in counties around the New You are able to side from the border did much better than individuals in counties around the Pennsylvania side. Around the aggregate, around following a tipped-minimum hike, individuals New You are able to border counties saw restaurant workers’ take-home pay increase typically 7.4 % and employment increase 1.3 %, in contrast to Pennsylvania border counties, which saw a pay increase of two.2 percent along with a decline in employment by .2 percent.

These bits of information are simply one area of the puzzle alterations in earnings and employment can differ a great deal by establishment, which can’t be taken by county aggregates within the BLS data. Small alterations in employment might be statistically minor and in line with frictional unemployment, the conventional flux of individuals departing jobs and searching for brand new ones.

However the recent results for salary is obvious. Restaurant workers didn’t lose take-home pay following a tipped-minimum-wage hike actually, they earned considerably more — and much more in accordance with their neighbors. Simultaneously, there’s no evidence it’d an adverse impact on employment.

Sometimes the toughest patterns to determine are individuals by which nothing happens. For many years, restaurant industry lobbyists have predicted the sky would fall with every tipped-minimum-wage hike. Following the effective adoption of single tiers in seven states and numerous raises in other people, it’s time for you to acknowledge that such Chicken Little scenarios have unsuccessful to materialize.

Productivity to get as banks finally overcome the crisis, states BoE’s Tenreyro 

Britain’s finance sector is the reason for most from the productivity crisis, but should soon start growing again – potentially putting an finish towards the severe slowdown in growth and living standards.

Greater productivity would also allow the Bank of England raise rates of interest more gradually, stated Silvana Tenreyro, who became a member of the Bank’s Financial Policy Committee this past year.

“The [financial services] sector’s publish-crisis performance continues to be as poor since it’s pre-crisis performance was strong. Credit and deposit growth happen to be weak as banks and households have searched for to deleverage,” she stated inside a speech at Queen Mary College, London.

“But individuals processes have largely run their course.”

Later on the finance industry could “move in lockstep with aggregate GDP and productivity in all of those other economy”.

“In accordance with yesteryear couple of years, that will add up to a useful boost to productivity growth,” she stated.

Productivity has fallen in financial services since 2009 even while other sectors have become continuously Credit: Bank of England

This can be significant because financial services have reduced Britain’s productivity by .3 percentage points each year typically since 2009, while other sectors have expanded.

Productivity is essential for lengthy-run success, allowing living standards and wages to increase.

The manufacturing sector has additionally performed poorly since 2009, as get it and professional, scientific and technical services.

“Together, these four sectors, which will make up only one-third of worth-added, can entirely take into account the slowdown [in productivity growth],” she stated.

The other 14 sectors from the United kingdom economy stored growing in a steady rate pre and post the economic crisis.

A recovery in investment would also aid boost productivity growth, Ms Tenreyro stated, enhancing the United kingdom meet up with another G7 economies, which tend to be more productive with regards to the output generated by hourly labored.

She presently believes that “possibly a few more increases in Bank Rate is going to be needed within the next 3 years” – but if productivity growth accumulates, less might be needed.

Jeremy Corbyn attacks Conservatives&apos &aposrip-off privatisation policies&apos after Carillion collapse

Jeremy Corbyn has launched a scathing attack around the Conservative Government’s “rip-off privatisation policies” following a collapse of unsuccessful construction company Carillion.

It had been announced the organization was entering liquidation today raising fears about the way forward for countless major projects and a large number of jobs across the nation within an already challenging here we are at the economy. 

Carillion was among the Government’s most significant contractors and offers services for schools, prisons and hospitals. 

Inside a video released through social networking, the Work leader stated the company’s collapse would be a “watershed moment” making a rallying demand the necessity to “get back control” of public services.

Also, he linked the Carillion fiasco with the wintertime crisis within the NHS and also the broader culture of privatisation and outsourcing, that they stated causes damage through the public sector – including in health, rail, prisons as well as Armed Forces’ housing, with Carillion maintaining 50,000 home for that Secretary of state for Defence. 

Corbyn also pledged that “Labour will finish the PFI scam, put an finish the non-public-profit-is-best dogma and run our public services for the advantage of the numerous, and not the profits from the few”.

“Within the wake from the collapse from the contractor Carillion, it’s time to put an finish towards the rip-off privatisation policies which have done serious harm to our public services and fleeced the general public from vast amounts of pounds,” he stated. 

“This can be a watershed moment. Over the public sector, the delegate-first dogma has wreaked havoc.

“Frequently it’s the same firms that go from plan to service, creaming off profits and neglecting to deliver the caliber of service our people deserve.

“The evidence is obvious which is everywhere. Consider the up £2bn public bailout of Richard Branson’s Virgin and Stagecoach for his or her own failure to operate New England rail correctly – or the scandal from the NHS being sued by private the likes of Virgin after losing an agreement bid.”

He added: “Staff and patients within our NHS are facing shocking conditions this winter season. Tory underfunding is responsible for the crisis, but privatisation, outsourced contracts and profiteering makes it worse.

“Our public services – health, rail, prisons, even our Armed Forces’ housing – are battling after many years of austerity and contractors siphoning off profits in the public purse.

“It’s time we required back control. We not only have to ensure the public sector gets control the job Carillion was contracted to complete – but go much further and finish contracts where costs spiral, profits soar and services are useless.

“Work will finish the PFI scam, put an finish the non-public-profit-is-best dogma and run our public services for the advantage of the numerous, and not the profits from the couple of.”

Carillion first revealed it had been in danger in summer time this past year after accumulating financial obligations close to £1.5bn. 

The Federal Government has become facing major questions why it awarded £2bn worth of official contracts to the organization after it issued a string of profit warnings.

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